Subject: West Side Update – March 24

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
March 24, 2014

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The Kill Family
Josh and Kristen,
Halle, Maia, Jones and Lael

The Kill family first came to NYC four years ago after spending time as missionaries in Europe and returning to the states with a heart for postmodern and urban culture. “Moving to New York was the fruit of years of prayer to live, work and love people in an urban center, and we are so thankful for God’s grace in bringing us here,” says Kristen.

In the Kill home, the arts have a high priority, with someone usually writing, cooking, painting or otherwise creating something, and Family Movie Night is a weekly tradition. Outside of the house, Josh is the director of platform at Squarespace, an online web-building software company, and a photographer; Kristen works as a freelance writer and speaker and homeschools their four children.

In our West Side congregation, they’re involved in their Community Group, and Kristen also leads a Kids’ Community Group on Wednesdays at W83. They’re even working with a group of other families at Redeemer to buy a building together on the UWS and look at new ways “for those in the church to support one another in community,” says Kristen. It’s part of their family’s passion to encourage families in NYC emotionally and practically. “Family life can be stressful here — there are such big drains on time, space, finances, etc.,” she says. “But! It’s also really exciting because we have an opportunity to innovate new rhythms and practices for living in a healthy way here, and it stretches us to depend on God in ways we wouldn’t have had to otherwise and that we are so so thankful for!”

The family’s favorite WS spot? “We are big fans of Brother Jimmy’s because kids always eat free!” says Kristen. “Also, after church, it is nearly empty! We’ve become friends with the staff there and it’s kind of a tradition to venture there for Sunday brunch — join us!”

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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Lent is a sober time. Repentance. Self-denial. Sacrifice. Death. These are practices and themes that often bring discomfort. At the heart of that sobriety is the cross. We often sing “The Glory of the Cross,” which reminds us of the centrality and weight of this symbol in the Christian faith. That weight includes the horror of the kind of death Jesus experienced. Crucifixion was an invention of the barbarians, is perhaps the cruelest form of execution ever practiced, and was reserved for those who were considered, as one writer put it, “non-persons.” Therefore as John Stott wrote, it was this combination of death, crime and shame that put Jesus “beyond the pale of respect, let alone worship.”

Yet Jesus chose to die this way, speaking openly about his death (Mark 8:31–32) that would set us free from sin and restore our relationship with the Father (Mark 10:45). It is the juxtaposition of this cruelty — shame and death alongside Christ’s obedience, willingness and love — that overwhelmed the writers of the New Testament and the early church, leading to the cross becoming the universal symbol of Christianity. It is no wonder then that the more we meditate on the glory of the cross, the more we will glory in it.

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (Galatians 6:14, KJV)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


West Side Prayer Ministry
Serve our church by interceding for our congregation, staff and ministries! Two opportunities: (1) Join us on Sunday mornings at W83 from 10:55 to 11:25AM in Room 405, or (2) become a Prayer Team member to receive regular prayer requests via email. More here.

The Hope Exchange: 100 new members by next Monday
Still not sure about signing up for The Hope Exchange, HFNY’s committed monthly giving program? Check out our generosity tool on our website, and see what the money you spend on everyday purchases (a latte, or a cab ride, or a movie ticket) could do for the poor of our city. A small gift every month could do big things for New Yorkers in need!


Serve men and women on the Upper West Side
Saturdays, twice monthly, at 103rd & CPW
Serve with The Bridge expansion program by helping to lead activities and outings and build relationships with men and women living with mental illness issues and addiction disorders. Contact

Pilot Program: Student Career Night in Harlem
Tuesday, March 25, from 6:30 to 8:00PM
Share your profession or industry with 9th and 10th graders to encourage them toward exploring and preparing for college. Contact for more info.

Prep for World Vision Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 5, from 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Help put together thousands of Easter eggs for a huge outreach to the Bronx community. R.S.V.P. here.


G62 Parents
Thursday, April 10, from 7:30 to 9:30PM, W83
Please join other parents of special needs children for fellowship and prayer as we live out Galatians 6:2 (G62), “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Desserts and coffee will be served. Register here.

2014 Ei Forum: Disruption
May 30 and 31
Disruption can either bring great instability or serve as a tremendous source of opportunity. How might the disruptive power of the gospel provide us with a new vision of God’s glory and propel us forward in our work to bring about significant innovation? Registration now open! More here.

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