Subject: West Side Update – June 18

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Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
June 18, 2012

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Ricci Family
Connie & Joe
Jack, Adelle, Giovanna & Marco

Connie and Joe Ricci have been in NYC for 23 years, married for 20, and at Redeemer for 19. After a year at Redeemer, they committed to staying in NYC. “Childless, we were clueless to the commitment we made!” says Connie. But through it all, “God really has blessed that commitment very specifically,” says Joe.

At the time, they were pursuing acting careers and living on the UES. “I remember getting a stroller and it taking up half our living room,” says Joe. So they moved to Washington Heights, where they still live, to be near the kids they tutored through HFNY’s Operation Exodus. 

Joe works in insurance and Connie works for Weight Watchers. Now with 4 kids, Connie says, “we have an additional quote to live by from John 2: ‘He must increase, and I must decrease.’ The focus has shifted from why we're in the city (Joe and I) to why our kids are.”

The kids attend public school and love the cultural diversity. They also like music. Jack (16) plays guitar and ukulele, Adelle (14) plays ukulele and loves acting, Giovanna (11) likes fashion design and singing in the shower, and Marco (9) is an air guitarist with keyboard aspirations. Connie and Joe no longer serve Operation Exodus, but Jack tutored there last summer and plans to again.

The Riccis have served Redeemer in many ways. Currently Joe teaches Sunday School and Connie is Communion Coordinator for the 11:15 AM service. Hospitality is key for them—they have a constant flow of neighbors and friends through their doors. “A lot of our fun is having people over,” says Connie. 

Hello ,

Yesterday was Father’s Day, a holiday established in the early 20th century by a woman who, along with her six siblings, was raised by her widowed father. My own father died of cancer 25 years ago, and so it is on days like yesterday that I remember the role he played in shaping my life. And in turn I reflect on how to honor him by loving and shepherding my own daughters. 

Over the years, reflecting on the role my dad had in my life has helped me understand the deeper significance of my relationship with the God who Jesus says we are to address, “Our Father….”

For example, my dad owned a nursing home and anyone who wanted to be in his presence needed an appointment. There had to be a formal reason to meet with him. The exceptions to that rule were me and my two brothers. It didn’t matter what type of day he was having, my brothers and I could run past the receptionist, around his assistant’s desk, and right into my dad’s arms. All because he was “our father.”

To be a Christian is to remember that you have been adopted into a family and can freely run into the arms of God your father. May you know his joy this week as you pray to him as your Father.

"The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.' The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children." – Romans 8:15-16

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

Calling all Photographers and Photo-Lovers!
Love pictures? We do too. That's why we're collecting photos for and from our WS congregation. Whether you're a professional photographer or an iPhone snapshotter, we'd love your submissions! We're looking for both quality photos of the West Side and in-the-moment snapshots of our congregants, events and neighborhood. If you snap a pic of that sunset tonight, feel free to email it over. Or Email Us for more information, guidelines, credits, submission instructions and multiple submissions. Stay tuned—as we see what we receive, we'll let you know how to view them.

SSM Needs Communion Team Members
Sundays, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Services

The 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Communion Teams are currently seeking Redeemer members willing to help prepare and serve communion. We need you! If you're not a member, we have many other volunteer opportunities at the PM services, including ushering, greeting, and running our Book Table, Sermons Table or Information Center! If you're willing and interested, please email Phoebe.

Volunteer at New Song Fundraiser in Harlem | HFNY
Saturday, June 30, 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM, in Harlem

Volunteers needed to help with set up and/or breakdown at yoga fundraiser event for New Song's Harlem Center for Healthy Living (HCHL). The HCHL supports individuals and families in Harlem in holistic, healthy living practices. Serve in Shift 1 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM and/or Shift 2 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Contact Vivian.

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

Children's Ministries Missions Month
July, During Regular Sunday Progams 
Missions Month will begin on July 1st in the Children’s Ministry. Children will get to meet Redeemer’s Missions Teams throughout the month. Our hope is that the children will be able to engage in all that God is doing around the world through the church plants of Redeemer. Children will be learning what it means to be a missionary as well as interesting facts about India, South Africa and Argentina. Be on the look out for ways your family can participate in Missions Month! Contact Amy for more information.

Preparing for Marriage
Saturday, June 23, 9:00 AM, at Redeemer Offices

Getting married? Or just considering it? You don't have to be engaged to participate. Even if you've just begun considering the possibility of marriage, this is a powerful way to discover whether you should continue in your relationship. Held at the Redeemer Offices, 1359 Broadway, 4th Floor (at 36th St.). Email or Click Here to find more information and register online.


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