Subject: West Side Update – April 7
April 7, 2014
“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.
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)
Rev. David Bisgrove
Good Friday on the West Side
The Hope Exchange: Big Thank You!
Revitalize a community center in Coney Island
Help with Easter Outreach with World Vision & A House on Beekman
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
Men’s Beyond Abuse retreat
Gospel & Stewardship workshops
Children’s Ministry Sunday
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