Subject: West Side Update – April 14

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
April 14, 2014

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Will Anderson
Community Group leader

“I find that the deeper I serve, the more I witness God at work in my life and in others’,” says Will Anderson.

Will has lived in NYC for nine years. Though he originally felt like it was the cold, fast-paced, overwhelming New York City of the movies, he is now struck by how much it feels like a small town he can consider home.

“In large part, I owe that loving, small-town feel to my Community Groups and my involvement over the last two years with them,” says Will, who has helped lead two Community Groups. He lives in Astoria and works in installing lighting for Broadway, Fashion Week and corporate shindigs. “It’s my backstage pass to the city,” says Will.

This year’s focus on Public Faith has helped Will face some of his fears. “This focus on being public with my faith has helped to open up a bold new way to live — eager and ready to share and help in a real way,” he says. “I gain strength and insight from my Christian friends and fresh understanding and self-reflection from my non-Christian ones.”

Though Will’s involved in many extracurricular activities — participating in his Community Groups, playing touch football with fellow Redeemerites, swimming, running, playing his guitar and, recently, learning to dance salsa and bachata — he’s found that it’s not the activities that make his life matter, but the heart and compassion he opens himself up to while doing it.

“Reordering my priorities and putting God first has given my life the daily balance and fullness I’d always been hoping for,” he says.

No longer overwhelmed by the cold hustle and bustle of the city, “I’m now overwhelmed with God’s blessings and guidance — something that was always there and waiting for me to discover,” says Will.

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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People and cultures have always had ways of saying things by doing things, like the high five to celebrate victory, a handshake to greet friends or close a deal, military salutes to communicate respect for authority — the list goes on.

Yesterday on the first day of Holy Week, millions of Christians around the world, including those in our West Side congregation, carried palm branches into the streets of their towns and cities. What was “being said”? Jesus is King! During this week that culminates in the darkness of death and the light of resurrection, Palm Sunday reminds us that to be a Christian is to publicly affirm in front of the whole world, “I am a subject of the King of kings” (Matthew 21:5; Mark 11:10). It reminds us that our ultimate loyalty is to the politics of Jesus and his kingdom, and that we are to live those political values out in the way Jesus demonstrated, by taking up our cross daily.

See you on the other side of the grave!

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Holy Week: This is it!
Good Friday services: 5:00 & 7:00PM
Easter Sunday services: 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30AM; 5:00 & 7:00PM

Easter is this Sunday, April 20. As you make your plans, know that we expect all three morning services to exceed capacity, so please plan accordingly. On Good Friday, the sanctuary will be open from noon till 3:00PM for quiet prayer and reflection. Childcare for infants through pre-K will be available at both Good Friday services that evening, and we invite elementary-aged children to join us in the service. On Easter, childcare and Children’s Ministry will be available for the first four services of the day. See a full schedule of Redeemer Holy Week events and services here.

Hope for New York: Easter sacrificial offering this Sunday
This Easter, as we’re celebrating Christ’s work of resurrection and reconciliation, we’re also celebrating the work of restoration he’s doing through Hope for New York nonprofit affiliates. Please pray for the clients of these affiliates who will be sharing their testimonies on Easter, and also prayerfully consider how you can give to support the work of these organizations. One hundred percent of what you give through the Easter sacrificial offering will go directly to support Hope for New York’s affiliate programs to serve New Yorkers in need. Find out more here.


Did you know our Communion bread is gluten-free?
It is! And did you know if you are a member of Redeemer you can serve the Lord’s Supper as part of a Communion team? It’s true! If you’re interested, email Amanda at or sign up here.

Here are some highlighted opportunities to serve from Hope for New York. As always, you can check their Volunteer page to see opportunities by neighborhood and service type.

Help with Easter Outreach with World Vision & A House on Beekman
Saturday, April 19, from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, 547 E 146th St
Volunteers are needed to provide help with concessions, games, face-painting, cleanup and all sorts of Easter fun at huge community outreach to more than 2,000 kids and families in the Bronx. R.S.V.P. here.

Serve Easter Sunday lunch to UWS seniors
Sunday, April 20, from 11:30AM to 12:45PM, 111 W 71st St
Up to five volunteers are needed to serve at lunch service at Project FIND where seniors from the Hamilton residence and in the community come for community and a meal. R.S.V.P. here.

Pack the pantry on Monday evenings at St. Paul’s House
Monday, April 21, at 7:00PM, 335 W 51st St
Help with packing food bags for the St. Paul’s House pantry, which provides emergency food for their neighbors in need. R.S.V.P. for April 21 here.


City Rhythms: Film
Thursday, April 24, from 7:30 to 9:30PM, W83
What is it about film that we find so captivating and compelling? Why is the film industry so important to the flourishing of NYC? Join us as CFW artist-in-residence Ben Stamper premieres his CFW-commissioned works on the five boroughs of NYC. Hors d’oeuvres provided by The Pixie & the Scout. Details here.

Gospel & Stewardship workshops
Saturdays, April 26 and May 10
Redeemer Diaconate and Redeemer Counseling Services are hosting Gospel & 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.

Kids in the city?
Tuesdays, April 29 and May 6, from 7:00 to 9:00PM, W83
For those thinking about starting a family, come to “Thinking About Kids,” April 29. If you’re wondering how the gospel relates to educating your kids, join a panel of parents on May 6 for our “Education Forum.” More information and registration here. Questions? Email

Open Forum: ‘Sex and the Romantic Solution’
Thursday, May 8, at 7:00PM, W83
Join us for a brief concert by the West Side band with guest soloists, and a lecture by Dr. Timothy Keller on sex, followed by an open-mic Q&A. Bring a friend! Contact for R.S.V.P. info.


Redeemer’s Got Talent!
Saturday, May 10, at 5PM, W83
Does your child sing or dance, or have any other talent to share? Now is the time to take center stage in front of the West Side Community. The night will feature special performances of songs and Scriptures from Sunday School by all 3s, pre-K and elementary classes. A community dinner will follow the show ($20 per family or $10 per person). Click here to register, and please email Meagan if your child would like to perform.

Women’s Beyond Abuse retreat
Registration deadline: Thursday, May 1
Retreat: Friday, May 16, at 1:00PM to Sunday, May 18, 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. For more information, visit here or email.

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