Subject: West Side Update – May 28

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WestSide Update
May 28, 2012

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Mary Adams
Mary Adams
Retired Teacher, Volunteer Language Teacher

Mary Adams was born in NYC, and after growing up elsewhere, she returned in 1965 at the age of 23. She's lived on the UWS with her husband, Tom, since the 1980s.

Mary taught at Brearley, a private school for girls on the East Side, until retiring about 20 years ago. She now volunteers with Literacy Partners, a program in Harlem where she's worked with 10 adults so far, teaching them to read at the Kindergarten and First Grade levels.

One student has particularly touched Mary's heart—a girl who grew up in the Bronx and was passed through the grades without ever learning to read. Mary says, "It has to be providential. She is an amazing learner. God has given her to me. And she is going to learn how to read." Mary says emotional factors greatly influence the learning. "Early on she told me, 'I'm a slow learner.' That was her impression of herself. Now that she's learning to read, she's not a slow learner, she knows she's learning," says Mary. "She's learning really, really fast."

Mary became a Christian about ten years ago and started coming to Redeemer five years ago, after her old church closed down. The move to Redeemer has taken some adjustments. "My initial reaction was, 'All these young people! There's no one my age!'" But Mary says, "The young people have just been lovely to me." Mary appreciates the education and rigor in the teachings at Redeemer and looks forward to seeing how the West Side congregation develops.

Hello ,

Spring is my favorite time of year. Perhaps you share this sentiment after the long weekend we just celebrated. Over the years I’ve realized that my particular affection for springtime has to do with where we have been (winter) and where we are going (summer). The colors of spring are not necessarily more inspiring than the colors of autumn. But their beauty is multiplied by their contrast with the dark gray of winter. And the hints of warmer weather and longer days brighten my spirit because they point to summer, a more relaxed time of picnics and bike riding with my wife and girls. Spring therefore represents a season of coming through a dark place, and looking forward to better times.

This is a picture of why Christians are to be people of joy and hope. For to be a follower of Jesus is to know that because of Christ’s resurrection, the darkness that engulfed the cross (Mark 15:33) has been replaced by the dawn of new beginnings—and that the world will one day fully realize the fruit of Christ’s resurrection. This is why I counsel people struggling with their own difficult seasons of doubt or discouragement to keep coming to worship on Sundays. Because it is as we celebrate the good news of Jesus in worship together that we reenter the story of hope and joy, and realize that Christ died so that we might one day rest forever in his presence. So as we slip from spring into summer, continue to make time to reenter the story of Jesus so that we can live out the words below:

“…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  –Hebrews 12:2

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

David speaks on Kingly Work & the Paradox of Power
David Bisgrove spoke at the Center for Faith & Work's Vocation Group Night last Monday, continuing their series on Becoming Fully Human. If you missed it, we hope you'll watch the video and listen to David share his own professional journey and the ways God used work to shape and form him as a leader in a fully human way. What does kingly work look like in your own vocation in light of the work of Christ? Watch here.

David Bisgrove

Serve Breakfast to Homeless & Join Morning Gospel Service | St. Paul's House & HFNY
Mondays in June from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at 335 W. 51st St.

Volunteers needed to help prepare and serve a meal to the homeless and needy and participate in morning Gospel service. This is a great opportunity to serve your neighbors before work! Contact Carlos at Saint Paul's House.

See our website for further needs listed on our new Service Opportunities page.

Sunday Membership Q&A
June 10 at 12:45 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center, Room 405

One option for becoming a member at Redeemer is to watch the membership videos online at your own pace, then attend a Q&A session after a morning worship service. If you've already watched the videos, or plan to do so in the next two weeks, we have a Q&A session for you in June. Click here to register, or to find more information on Redeemer membership and start the membership process. You can also email or contact Susana Gough at (212) 808-4460, extension 1417.

The Heart of the Matter: Relationships that Heal 
Tuesday, June 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center

Sandi Taylor will lead this special class for women only. As women we care deeply about our relationships and yet often find them to be broken, filled with hurt and disappointment—even within our Christian community. This class will focus on how the gospel can transform our relationships into ones that are incarnational, offer healing and ultimately bring God glory. Register here!

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