Subject: West Side Update - July 16

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WestSide Update
July 16, 2012

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Abe Cho
Abe Cho
Assistant Pastor

Abe Cho grew up all over the country, living in Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia and Connecticut. He has his M.Div and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was previously the Youth Pastor at First Korean Presbyterian in Hartford, CT and the Director of University Ministries at Citylife Presbyterian in Boston. He is currently a D.Min. candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Abe and his wife, Jordyn, have been in NYC since 2007 and have three young children, Lydia, Ezra, and Micah.

As Assistant Pastor, Abe's role includes pastoral care and counseling, leadership development, overseeing the Community Group staff, helping shape overall strategy and vision, leading services, and preaching and teaching.

Outside of work, you can find him reading, playing volleyball with his wife, or going on "Scooter Adventures" in Riverside Park with his kids. If you really want to stump him, ask him if he's right-handed, left- handed or ambidextrous (he actually doesn't know).

Favorite WS Foods:
"My favorite food on the UWS right now is the candied pork belly slider at a place called Say Cheese, just two doors down from the W83 building. The pork bun at Momofuku Milk is also good, but the bun was a bit disappointing. I am also not ashamed to admit that I love the McRib at McDonalds."

Hello ,

On a recent Saturday, Alice and I took the girls to the Lasker public pool in Central Park. As we made our way from the subway into the park towards the pool, I was struck by the scores of people coming from all different directions headed to the same destination.  We had all come for some variation of fellowship and comfort on a hot summer day. That visual reminded me of what happens each Sunday, not just at Redeemer, but also around the world.  People stream into God’s presence from all walks of life for fellowship, comfort, encouragement and hope.  

Worship is critical to our relationship with God and one another. It provides a way for us to remember who we are and where we are going as we travel the pilgrimage of following Jesus. There are seasons in everyone’s Christian journey where we stumble, doubt and get discouraged. Over the years the one thing I have always counseled people to do in the midst of these difficult times is to continue to attend corporate worship. For it is in the midst of our collective singing, repenting and remembering the gospel that we are healed, restored and sent back into the world to live out and proclaim the good news of Jesus. So in the midst of your own journey, remember the words of A.W. Tozer who said, “without worship, we go about miserable.” 

"Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!" - Psalm 147:1

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Thanks to our amazing VBS volunteers!
Last week, more than 200 Redeemer kids and their friends came out to learn about the gospel and what it means to trust God. We send our huge thanks to the flight crew of more than 100 amazing volunteers, along with Children's Ministry staff and staff across Redeemer who shared their passion, vision, time and talents to make this a very special week. To see the awesome highlight video, click here.

CFW InterArts Fellowship TONIGHT at W83 Ministry Center!
Monday, July 16, 7:00 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center

Tonight the Center for Faith and Work's InterArts Fellowship is pleased to welcome jazz musician & composer James Hall, choreographer Anna Hillengas Troester and Professor of Theology Cherith Nordling to explore how ETERNAL LIFE is part of our present life as artists. Join us for an evening of art and dialogue celebrating new dance & music compositions and an exciting new exhibition at the W83 Ministry Center by Redeemer Arts' own artist-theologian Maria Fee. For more information about the InterArts Fellowship, click here.

Serve the Homeless with the Relief Bus
Saturday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 124th St. and Park Ave.

Serve food through the Relief Bus kitchen, distribute donated items, and pray with and encourage those in need in the Harlem community! Click here to register for the outreach.

Serve Breakfast to Homeless & Join Morning Gospel Service at St. Paul's House
Mondays in July and August, 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., 335 W. 51st St.
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

See our website for further needs listed on our Serve with Us page.

Save the Date for CG Board Game Night!
Friday, August 24, 7:00 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center
Is your Community Group looking for a fun summer activity? Join us for our first West Side Community Group Board Game Night! We'll gather in the Fellowship Hall for a fun and informal night of classic board games. We'll have lots of games there, and please feel free bring your favorite to loan or donate. Our biggest thanks to Mei Wong for coming up with this very cool idea and bringing it to life out of Catalyst Labs! Click here to register and find out if Professor Plum did it in the library with the lead pipe.

A few spots left for our first West Side Supper!
Friday, July 20, 7:00 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center

If you're interested, please click here to register - spots are filling up fast! Suggested donation of $15 to cover cost ($5 for children under 12). All ages welcome and strollers are permitted in the Fellowship Hall for this event; you can also contact Bethany to request vouchers to help cover cost of childcare on your own. For other questions about the event, please contact Claire.

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