Subject: West Side Update – March 31

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WestSide Update
March 31, 2014

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Geoffrey Allen
Senior Designer

“I really enjoy collaborating with other artists in the city,” says Geoffrey Allen. “I’ve often found that our work together can sometimes far surpass what we could have crafted in isolation. Everyone benefits from the result.”

Geoffrey is a senior designer for the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He grew up on the East Coast and Texas and moved into NYC at the end of 2008 — just in time to take advantage of a renter’s market in Hell’s Kitchen. Last year, he moved to Washington Heights and is enjoying living by Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters. He’s attended Redeemer since 2008, and he became a member in 2012. He’s on the 11:30 Communion Team with others in his Community Group and recommends West Side Men, the New City Catechism, and the In the Living Room program for artists [see Events].

Recently, Geoffrey went through one of the Center for Faith & Work’s new Vocational Intensives (which just ended this past Saturday). It’s a three-month study that is usually divided by industry and focuses on weekly readings, devotionals and group discussion. “The intensive is structured into three segment themes — heart, community and culture — which build on one another in a truly transformative way,” says Geoffrey. “I found Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together to be terribly convicting in regards to prayer and community.”

The intensive also gave Geoffrey the chance to reflect with others on his work and his industry. “The intensive ended with ‘cultural renewal projects,’ in which our groups identified areas of brokenness in our industries and brainstormed ways to address these issues,” says Geoffrey. He recommends the Vocational Intensives for anyone, of any industry: “It’s not designed to teach you new information so much as to provide you with tools God can use to transform your heart, your community, and ultimately, components of your industry.”

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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It’s hard to believe that Easter is only a few weeks away! One of the things I found myself doing last week was researching lunch options for our family and friends to enjoy on that festive day. No doubt many of you will be doing the same. While I was searching online, I was convicted by the notion that I hadn’t put the same effort toward considering whom to invite to an Easter service who might not regularly attend church.

In this year of Public Faith, during which we have been encouraging the members of our community to renew their willingness to be public about their faith, one practical suggestion would be to write down a couple of names this week of people you know and invite them to one of our Holy Week services. On the West Side alone we’ll have seven different opportunities (two Good Friday services and five Easter services)! And invite them to a meal or coffee after or before the service. It is one small way to publicly celebrate the reality of what Christians have affirmed through the centuries:

Christ has died.
Christ has risen.
Christ will come again.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Holy Week 2014
Good Friday, April 18; Easter Sunday, April 20
This year at W83, the sanctuary will be open for prayer on Good Friday from noon until 3PM. We’ll also have two Good Friday evening services which we expect to reach capacity. On Easter, we’ve added an extra morning service for a total of five WS services. As you make plans and invite friends and family, please note that we expect all morning services to meet or exceed capacity so please plan accordingly. A complete schedule for all Redeemer Holy Week services and events can be found here.

What does it mean to be ‘born again’?
During Lent, we look forward to Easter when Jesus resurrected from death to eternal life. In the New Birth Portrait video series, hear from people in our church, including a handful of West Siders, talk about going from spiritual death to new life in Christ. Watch them all here.


The Hope Exchange: Today’s the day!
Today’s the last day of Hope for New York’s membership drive for The Hope Exchange, our committed monthly giving programs. Join us today, and you’ll ensure that we can do  big things for the poor and marginalized all year round.

Take kids from Inwood ice skating
Saturday, April 5, from 9AM to 2PM
Volunteers are needed to lead a Wollman Rink ice skating trip for Operation Exodus kids ages K–8th grade from the Inwood after-school program. Contact Marissa at to sign up.

New York City Relief Bus
Saturday, April 12, from 10AM to 2PM in the Bronx
Saturday, April 19, from 10AM to 2PM in Harlem
Saturday, April 26, from 7:45PM to 10PM near Port Authority
Connect with the homeless in the Bronx, Harlem and Port Authority. NYC Relief uses mobile buses to provide food, counseling, spiritual help and resources to communities in need. Click on the respective links to R.S.V.P.


Gospel & Stewardship workshops
Saturdays, April 26 and May 10
Redeemer Diaconate and Redeemer Counseling Services are hosting Gospel and Stewardship workshops. Part 1, “Theological Perspectives of Money,” will take place on April 26, and Part 2, “Budgeting and Debt Reduction,” on May 10. The two workshops are designed to give you a comprehensive, biblical understanding of money, as well as the practical tools to implement that gospel worldview into your personal finances, discussing topics such as budgeting, debt reduction and more. If you can’t make this session, the two-part workshop will also take place in June and October. More info and registration details here.

Men’s Beyond Abuse retreat
From Friday, April 25, at 1PM to Sunday, April 27, at 3PM
As a follow-up to the Beyond Abuse Seminar, the Diaconate would like to offer a three-day retreat for sexual abuse survivors. The retreat focuses not on the past, but offers you spiritual tools to help you move beyond the abuse and look to the future. The impact of abuse is considered alongside the current challenges you face. A similar retreat for women will take place in May. For more information, visit here or email.

In the Living Room comes to the West Side
Tuesdays, April 29 through June 10
Registration is now open for the West Side Living Room artist intensive. Seven classes include art sharing, theological teaching, group discussions and commissioning by Rev. David Bisgrove. If you are an artist who would be encouraged and served by learning more about integrating your faith and your art, please apply here.

West Side Children’s Ministry Talent Show
Saturday, May 10, at 5PM, W83
Looking for a fun way for your family to plug into Redeemer? Join us for our second Annual Talent Show, featuring the talents of Redeemer’s West Side Children! Dinner will be provided, and registration is required. Sign up here. Email Meagan if your child would like to participate in the talent show.

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