Subject: West Side Update – April 7

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
April 7, 2014

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Kelly Griffin
Community Group co-leader

“I was initially intimidated by the size of Redeemer, but I find that the more I serve, and participate in church activities, the more I get to know people and the church becomes like home,” says Kelly Griffin. “There are wonderful people at Redeemer, but I have to be willing to extend myself.”

Kelly grew up in upstate New York. She moved to NYC for the first time in 2002 and stayed three years, living on the UWS. She came back in 2012 and now lives in Washington Heights, where she operates a transcription service and continues her love of classical music.

Kelly has attended Redeemer for a year and a half. She ushers, participates in the music ministry, and co-leads a Community Group. “I especially enjoy the friends that I have made in Community Group,” says Kelly. “It makes my neighborhood feel small knowing that I have people who care so close by.”

Kelly’s favorite restaurants on the UWS are Sarabeth’s and Pomodoro Rosso. She loves to bake and share desserts with her friends. “NYC is an easy place to isolate. I can become buried in work and self-interest,” says Kelly. “Redeemer has been an amazing place to grow in hospitality, service and public faith.”

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.
Hello ,

The other day the sun was out for more than 45 minutes and the temperature reached into the 60s. As I walked the southern portion of the Central Park Reservoir, not only did my pace slow out of enjoyment of the sunlight glimmering off the water, but also to observe those stopping to take pictures of the few flowers bravely poking their colorful heads through the cold, damp soil. In many ways the experience was both an example of why I love spring and a metaphor for Lent, a word derived from an old English word for “spring.”

Despite autumn’s beauty, my enjoyment of that season is tempered by the knowledge that the days are shortening and winter is coming. But in spring I laugh in the face of April snow because its “sting” is temporary and will inevitably yield to the life-giving warmth of summer. Christians are currently in a season marked by shadows and intensified repentance, not out of some twisted need to prove the sincerity of our penitent nature to a frowning God, but out of awe and gratitude for the meaning of the winter of Christ’s death. So let us not be too quick to look over the horizon of this season, but instead find new ways to take up our cross and follow Jesus.

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:23-25)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Good Friday on the West Side
This year at W83, we’ll hold two Good Friday services on April 18 at 5:00 and 7:00PM. Childcare for infants through pre-K will be available. Also that day, from noon to 3:00PM, the sanctuary will be open for quiet prayer and reflection, with musicians providing meditative music. A full Holy Week schedule is available here.


The Hope Exchange: Big Thank You!
Big thanks to those of you who committed to regularly giving to the poor and marginalized through Hope for New York’s Hope Exchange this month! Sixty-six of you joined last month, and we’re looking forward to building into this community of givers committed to supporting HFNY’s work throughout the year.

Revitalize a community center in Coney Island
Saturday, April 19, from 9:00AM to 4:30PM
Ten volunteers are needed to help Habitat for Humanity paint a community center that is opening up after being closed for over a year due to damages from Hurricane Sandy. Great group opportunity! R.S.V.P. here.

Help with Easter Outreach with World Vision & A House on Beekman
Saturday, April 19, from 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Volunteers are needed to provide help with concessions, games, face-painting, clean up and all sorts of Easter fun at huge community outreach to 2,000+ kids and families in the Bronx. R.S.V.P. here.

Serve UWS seniors every fourth Sunday
Sunday, April 27, from 11:30AM to 1:30PM
Volunteers are needed to regularly serve at lunch service at Project FIND: Hamilton Senior Center on the fourth Sunday of the month. Great monthly Community Group opportunity! R.S.V.P. here for April 27.


Faith & Work Prayer Night
Thursday, April 10, at 7:00PM, W83
How can we rely on God through prayer to be strengthened and equipped for our daily work? Join CFW and executive coach Lourine Clark for a night of worship and prayer to seek God for spiritual strength in the workplace. Following a time of worship, Lourine and Redeemer’s Pastor of Faith & Work David H. Kim will explore Jeremiah 17:5-8, guiding us through times of corporate and individual prayer. Event details here. Register here.

Men’s Beyond Abuse retreat
Registration deadline: Friday, April 11
Retreat: Friday, April 25, at 1:00PM to Sunday, April 27, at 3:00PM
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.

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.

Children’s Ministry Sunday
Sunday, April 27, all day, 5th floor coffee hour
Volunteering with the Children’s Ministry is a great way to connect with others at Redeemer. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, we encourage you to sign up during Children’s Ministry Sunday! It is our hope to have 50 additional volunteers sign up to serve in our classrooms for the summer and fall months. We will have testimonies at all four worship services and a volunteer sign-up table on the 5th floor after each service. Learn more about our West Side Children’s Ministry here.

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