Subject: West Side Update – March 3

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WestSide Update
March 3, 2014

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Ted Jeon
Vice President, Private Equity

“I started thinking, ‘What does professional success actually look like?’ Because the harder I worked, the less and less likely it seemed that it would be enough, as that’s not where true peace and sufficiency come from,” says Ted Jeon.

Ted grew up outside of Philadelphia and went to Princeton University. He has lived in the same apartment on the UWS since moving to the city in 2007. He worked for two years at Goldman Sachs and is now a Vice President at a private equity firm in Westchester.

Ideas about faith and work weren’t new to Ted — during college he'd been an active member of a Christian fellowship that was led by David Kim, who’s now the executive director of the Center for Faith & Work and the Gotham Fellowship. But after being in the workplace several years, Ted says, “I saw the need to be able to better apply my faith in concrete ways in my career.” So he did the Gotham Fellowship in 2013.

Gotham was a huge influence in thinking a lot more about how to actively live my faith during the week as well — to parse that out and really try to figure out what that means for me,” says Ted. “I work just as hard as I did before, but I’d like to think that at least on the margins, I find less of my meaning and joy in life from the outcomes. I can’t say that I’ve fully accomplished that, but to be more aware of my idols and ‘disordered loves’ has been eye-opening and liberating.”

Outside of work, Ted is a big sports fan: he’s in a weekly basketball league and plays golf and tennis. His favorite UWS restaurant is Ocean Grill, for the simply prepared seafood. And when he was in middle school, Ted placed ninth in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee: “So I can say I’ve been on ESPN.”

As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
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This year our sermon series have centered on the seasons of the church calendar: Advent, Epiphany and, starting this Sunday, Lent. One reason these “seasons” are helpful is that they remind us of the narrative arc of Jesus’ life, tracing his journey from the cradle to the cross. They also remind us that our church is historically connected to the communities of Christians who for centuries have celebrated the gospel through the church calendar.

Redeemer as a church also has a narrative and vision that inform our West Side congregation’s ministries. So as we transition from Epiphany into Lent, marking another major shift in the narrative of Jesus’ life, I thought it might be helpful to remember the larger 25-year narrative and vision that inform our West Side congregation.


As a church of Jesus Christ, to help build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.

In particular, the West Side congregation seeks to advance Redeemer’s vision by the ways we:

  1. INVITE people in to meet God,
  2. CARE for each other in community,
  3. EQUIP people to go out to serve the world, and
  4. LOVE our neighbors as Christ loves us.

To find out more, please go here to watch our membership videos or learn more about Redeemer’s vision and history.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. (Eph. 2:19–20)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Daylight Savings is this Sunday!
Sunday, March 9, at 2:00AM
This Sunday we “spring forward” one hour, so don’t forget to set any analog clocks one hour ahead on Saturday night.

Called: Congregational Meeting
Sunday, March 9, at 11:45AM, 695 Park Ave
The Session has called a special Congregational Meeting on next Sunday at Hunter College, immediately following the East Side morning service, for the purpose of approving the mortgage refinancing for our W83 Ministry Center. This is good news because it will lower our interest rate.

Each person wishing to vote on the above item must be a member in good standing and must be present in person at the meeting. Please note that the Book of Church Order of the Presbyterian Church in America does not permit proxy voting. No other business will be conducted and childcare will be provided. Like all Congregational Meetings, a quorum is required to conduct official business so please mark your calendars to attend if you’re a member.

The Diaconate’s Community Closet
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, at 1359 Broadway
The Diaconate is organizing a Community Closet for unemployed women in our church family who are in need of professional clothing for job interviews. The Deeks’ Closet seeks “nearly new” pristine professional clothing, coats, accessories and wire hangers for our sisters. Please bring your items and mark them "for the Diaconate" to the Redeemer's midtown office (1359 Broadway, 4th Fl) on March 5th, 6th and until noon on the 7th.

Job opening at Redeemer
The Redeemer Sermon Ministry is currently interviewing for a full-time Customer Care Representative. Information and details here. Résumés may be sent to


The Hope Exchange: Cabs for CARE. Movie tickets for COMPASSION. Takeout for HOPE
The Hope Exchange is Hope for New York’s monthly giving program to support the poor and marginalized in our city. Wondering how to make room in your budget to support New Yorkers in need on a regular basis? Check out our generosity tool to see what everyday purchases you could exchange for a big impact over the course of the year. You can find out more about joining The Hope Exchange here.

Do you have the gift of administration?
Tonight at 7:00PM, 335 W 51st (btw 8th & 9th Aves)
We’ve got a cool opportunity tonight at St. Paul’s House: they’ve received a big influx of food at their food pantry, and they’d love volunteers to help them organize it for distribution to the community later this week! R.S.V.P. to Nick at

Serve community of UWS seniors
Sunday March 16 and 23, from 11:30AM to 1:30PM, 141 W 73rd
Join us in serving lunch and spending time with seniors playing games, making a craft, or just engaging in conversation at Hamilton Senior Center. Great as Community Group monthly service project! R.S.V.P. here.


EI Applied Case Study: Venture Growth & Expansion
Thursday, March 6, 7:00PM
Hear and learn from the work of entrepreneurs Drs. David AND Janet Kim of Beacon Christian Community Health Center and the work of renewal happening in Staten Island. Register here.

Hope for New York’s info session: Spots are filling up
Thursday, March 13, 7:00PM, 1359 Broadway
Have you always wanted to volunteer with HFNY, but haven't known where to start? Find out more about Hope for New York's 40+ non-profit affiliates and how you can get involved as a volunteer at our Information Session on March 13. Dinner will be served! Info and R.S.V.P. here.

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