Subject: West Side Update - July 30

Redeemer WestSide Newsletter
Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
July 30, 2012

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The Rotondos
Kim and Joe
and Juliet and Jonathan

Kim and Joe Rotondo met in 2002, at a Redeemer fellowship group Joe was hosting and co-leading. Joe grew up in Brooklyn and NJ, and is now a Portfolio Manager. Kim was adopted as an infant from South Korea and grew up in St. Croix and upstate NY. She previously worked in human resources and management consulting and now “runs around after” their children—5-year-old Juliet and 2-year-old Jonathan.

At Redeemer, Kim and Joe have hosted and led community groups and served together through the citilights ministry.

Joe also plays drums and guitar. He served for four years on the Board for Young Life and has been on the Board of Executive Counselors for Redeemer City to City for seven years. Kim loves the performing arts (especially ballet), has served with Redeemer moms’ groups, and serves at Geneva School where their daughter, Juliet, attends.

They say their kids are the classic girl and boy. Juliet loves dressing up, hearing princess stories, and doing arts and crafts, while Jonathan can be found jumping in mud puddles and tossing or kicking any kind of ball. Jonathan also loves all things construction: “The building behind us was torn down and a new one is going up, which is an endless source of entertainment and education,” says Kim.

Joe and Kim admit that raising a family in the city is challenging. “But the most challenging thing is also the most rewarding thing,” says Kim. “Though people move in and out of the city, we have been incredibly blessed to know people who have taken permanent residence in our hearts. We are continually humbled by the generosity and hospitality of the Christian community, with people opening their homes, sharing their time, and lifting up prayers of support.”

Favorite WS Spot: “We love the Children's Museum and running around the Time Warner building on a rainy day.”

Hello ,

This past week my youngest daughter participated in a half-day sports camp in Central Park. On one of those days, as parents, counselors and children waited for the camp to begin, a distant rumbling from above was heard. With a quick glance towards the thickening clouds it was apparent that what we had seen and heard meant rain was on its way.

On my way home I reflected on that experience in light of the current sermon series on the Gospel of Matthew. From the beginning of his public ministry (Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near - Matthew 4:17), through his miracles and parables, and ultimately to his death and resurrection – we are reminded that when Jesus was born in Bethlehem the thunder began to rumble and the clouds began to gather. The long awaited King and Messiah was on his way with a message of truth, redemption and hope. As the Body of Christ, the church is both a present expression of Christ’s gospel, and a visible reminder that one day Jesus will come again. This promise is the source of our purpose and hope.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-13

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Cool spots to spend a hot summer days!
Another great suggestion from our wonderful friends in the Arts Ministry for great UWS cultural spots to visit during these long summer days.

The Museum of Biblical Art (Broadway at W 61st St) A great local cultural venue, the museum is open until 8:00pm on Thursdays, with special spotlight tours scheduled every third Thursday and some Saturdays. Click here for more information. This summer they are offering an amazing FREE photo workshop for children! For groups of up to 20 children aged 7-12 years old with at least two adult chaperones/counselors, MOBIA provides all materials, including digital cameras. Click here for details on the photo workshop.
Looking for a free daily devotional?
Check out The Park Forum's 843 Acres devotionals, which are short (400 words or less), intentional (a Bible-reading plan), meditative (one topic each day), urban (city themes), and mobile (no images, just text with Bible passages, great for smartphones). The Park Forum is in a readership campaign to sign up 843 new readers by Labor Day so now is a great time to try it! To receive email devotionals Monday through Friday click here. To receive two email devotionals per week (Monday and Thursday) click here. For more information and to view sample devotionals, click here.

Serve Lunch at Hargrave Senior Center | Project FIND
Sundays from 11:00AM to 2:00PM | 71st and Columbus Ave.

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 at HFNY.

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

Join citilights 30s on Saturday night at The Sixth Ward!
On Saturday, August 4 from 7:30PM to 10:30PM, citilights 30s will gather on the outdoor patio at The Sixth Ward, 191 Orchard St., for food, fellowship, and/or a game of pool. No need to RSVP. For more information, call Jessica at (516) 606-7723 or email

Citilights is a bridge-building community for people in their twenties or thirties who are either new to Redeemer Presbyterian Church or looking to become more involved. Click here to learn more about citilights. 

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