Subject: West Side Update - May 21, 2012

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WestSide Update
May 21, 2012

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Dan Kramer
Financial Planner & Wealth Manager

Dan Kramer moved to NYC (and the UWS) in October 1995. Only a few months later, he came home from work to find his apartment destroyed by fire. Dan says, “This was my first experience of real community at Redeemer—when my friends and cohorts helped me restore my sanity (and my underwear, shoes, ties, shirts, furniture…).”

Dan has served as an elder at Redeemer since 2002. Check out his recently released New Birth Portrait, where Dan shares about his life, his premonitions of an early death, and how, in Christ, he learned he could "just start living."

Hello ,

As many of you know, I was fortunate enough to be part of Redeemer from the very beginning. I began attending Redeemer in 1989, when I'd just graduated from Columbia Business School. This was the first time I had been part of a church plant and it was one of the most exciting and rewarding seasons of my life. In many respects, we are once again in that kind of season, having launched the East and West Side congregations—and preparing now to launch the Downtown congregation.

During the last two weeks, I’m sure you've heard us talk about the Downtown Challenge, and if you attended one of the worship services yesterday you had an opportunity to view the Downtown Challenge video. To help launch Downtown, two donors have presented us with a $1 million matching gift, which is both a confirmation to us of God's leading and a challenge to us to respond to it. What's important in this initiative is not merely a few large gifts, but broad participation throughout our congregation. In many ways, launching the Downtown congregation will be one of the most important things we do this year as an entire collegiate church and as the West Side congregation. That’s because this initiative is at the heart of the Redeemer vision, rooted in Romans 15:2-3: “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself.” We are here for our city, not ourselves. Participating in the Downtown Challenge is a practical and strategic way for you to be part of the same excitement and mission that launched Redeemer 23 years ago.

So please be in prayer for the Downtown congregation as it prepares to launch, and consider what part God has called you to play in supporting John Lin and his team. If you haven't yet seen it, please view the Downtown Challenge video and check out the website to learn more.

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

At our worship services yesterday we were thrilled to welcome new deaconesses, deacons and elders. To learn more about the critical role our officers play at Redeemer, click here.

Deaconesses: Christine Kim, Lisa Ortiz, Monica Philippo & Mary Jane Sobel.

Deacons: Kevin Feltes, Bob Highsmith, Chris Malynowski & James Vanreusel.

Elders: Max Anderson, Christian Becker & Tim Knapp.

We also want to say a special thank you to our dedicated officers who have just completed their terms of service: deaconesses Sarah Repucci and Jil Guyon, and elders Ted Morgan, Victor Clemente and Cory Cates.

We want to say a big thanks to all who signed up for the service opportunities featured last week: Sunday Service Ministries, the Children’s Ministry Team, and Hope for New York's (HFNY) program for tutoring low-income students. It’s exciting to see more and more of us serving our congregation and community! 

Serve Lunch at Hargrave Senior Center | Project FIND & HFNY
Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ?

Project FIND’s mission is to provide low and moderate-income and homeless seniors with the services and support they need to enrich their lives and live independently. Volunteers are needed to help serve lunch at a senior center on the Upper West Side. Group opportunity only. Contact Savina or find out more about Hargrave.

Summer Reading Program for Kids | HFNY
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Lead a reading program for kids before work! Volunteers are needed to work with a small group of elementary school students. The commitment is for seven weeks only. Located two blocks from the W83 Ministry Center. Prior experience in tutoring/teaching helpful. Contact Savina.

West Side Suppers
Dates and locations TBD

This summer we look forward to starting West Side Suppers—informal congregational gatherings where we can come together to build and strengthen relationships, have fun, and celebrate what God is doing. Stay tuned for dates and locations! If you’d like to help us get started, we’d love volunteers to plan, host, set up, clean up or provide child care. Contact Claire.

Children’s Ministry’s Family Pizza Party & Game Night
June 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., W83 Ministry Center

As we look towards summer, we’re excited to have our first Pizza Party & Game Night! Be prepared to play some of your favorite games while munching on yummy pizza. This will be a wonderful way for parents, children and volunteers to get to know each other better. There is a $10 donation request per family for the pizza dinner. Event open to children and their families. Contact Benita.

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