Subject: West Side Update – March 10

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WestSide Update
March 10, 2014

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Katherine Evans
Communications Manager,
Hope for New York

“I attended Redeemer during the summer of 2007 while I was interning in NYC in college. I joined a Community Group that summer and had never experienced community like that before — here were these vastly different people from all sorts of backgrounds coming together and being honest about what they were struggling with and praying together and encouraging one another. So I knew that if I moved back to NYC, I’d want to get involved at Redeemer,” says Katherine Evans.

Katherine grew up in Raleigh, NC, and went to college at UNC-Chapel Hill. She moved back to NYC in 2010 and has lived in the same apartment near Lincoln Center ever since. She’s the communications manager at Hope for New York (HFNY): “I love sharing with people how God is working through our nonprofit affiliates and how people can get on board with what he’s doing through Hope for New York,” she says about her work.

Katherine volunteers with our WS Children’s Ministry, working with 3rd and 4th graders on Sundays. She’s a HFNY team leader with the Bowery Mission Women’s Center, and she co-leads a women’s Community Group that has continued to influence her greatly. Since reading Bonhoeffer’s Life Together last year, she says her Community Group has focused on how we need each other in community primarily to point each other to Jesus.

Katherine loves running up the Hudson River Greenway, going to Selected Shorts at Symphony Space, watching movies at Lincoln Plaza Cinema, and having egg creams and grilled cheese with bacon at Old John’s diner. Fun fact? She says, “I’m a quadruplet, which means I have two brothers and one sister, and we’re all the same age.”

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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Living in NYC oftentimes means living in the shadows. Tall buildings and narrow streets make strolling in the sunshine a rare event. Lent is a season marked by an increased awareness and intent to live in the shadow of the cross. This annual journey with Jesus to his death is marked by self-examination, self-denial, acts of compassion and renewed commitment to the community of Christ. Of course there is always the danger of these disciplines becoming a source of guilt and/or pride, which is why the cross must always be casting its shadow over our repentance as well as our acts of service, reminding us of these three truths, taken from the writing of John Stott:

  1. Our sin must be extremely horrible.
  2. God’s love must be wonderful beyond our comprehension.
  3. Christ’s salvation is a free gift.

Holding these truths together keeps our repentance from becoming morbid introspection and our acts of compassion from becoming ways to earn God’s favor. So as we journey together toward Good Friday and beyond, may we walk in the shadow of Christ’s cross, becoming increasingly shaped by its offer of forgiveness and new life.

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. (Joel 2:12–13)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


This Sunday is Sunday Service Teams Day
We all have different gifts — and they all can serve the church! (Romans 12) Come next Sunday to hear from Sunday Service team members and captains about the different teams and learn how you can best serve the church on Sundays. We look forward to seeing you! Questions? Email

What does it mean to be ‘born again’?
The term is as polarizing today as it was two millennia ago when Jesus confided to a friend, “Truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (John 3:3). The New Birth Portrait video series was created to explore and further articulate the meaning of his words through the lives of “New” Yorkers. Watch them all here.

First Annual Elementary Game Night is in the books!
Thank you to all who came out to our first annual Elementary Game Night on Saturday! It was a great time of games and fellowship with over 100 people. Want to learn more about our Children’s Ministry on the West Side and get involved with future events? Go here.


Here are some highlighted service opportunities from Hope for New York. As always, you can check their volunteer page for more ways to serve.

Let’s reach 100 for the Hope Exchange
By the end of the month, we’re hoping to add 100 new members to The Hope Exchange, Hope for New York’s monthly giving program to support the poor and marginalized in our city. Thinking about joining and making regular generosity to the poor a part of your life? Find out more here.

Pilot Program: Deliver meals to homebound elderly in UWS
Sunday, March 16, from 9:30AM to 12:00PM
Help pilot a new program to deliver meals on foot to elderly neighbors who can’t cook or buy groceries on their own. Great opp for families or groups! R.S.V.P. here.

Build relationships with teen moms
Wednesday, March 12, from 6:30 to 8:30PM
Female volunteers (only) needed to assist with monthly Gifted Hands art and crafts ministry at Covenant House to serve teen moms. Volunteers can also offer childcare and play with the children of mothers attending the art class. Contact


This Thursday: Hope for New York’s volunteer info session
Thursday, March 13, at 7:00PM, 1359 Broadway
There are still spots at HFNY’s volunteer info session and dinner! This is a great chance to get an overview of HFNY’s programs and learn how you can get involved volunteering with organizations that serve New Yorkers in need. R.S.V.P. here.

Join a West Side Class during Lent!
Sundays starting March 16, from 1:15 to 2:30PM, W83
New West Side Classes begin this Sunday. Choose from: “Investigating Christianity,” “The Purpose and Practice of Spiritual Disciplines,” “Public Faith: Christian Apologetics” and “How People Change.” For more information and registration, click here. Questions? Contact Karen.

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