Subject: West Side Update - August 27

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WestSide Update
August 27, 2012

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Will Tant
Will Tant
Community Group Intern

Originally from a small beach town in North Florida, Will Tant traveled the world as a professional surfer for 15 years. He moved to Harlem in 2007 and is now a student at Columbia University. Will began attending Redeemer shortly after moving to the city and became a Christian within a Redeemer Community Group. “Within this group, I began to understand the difference between the Gospel and religion,” says Will. “Seeing how God has reshaped me and my friends within community is unbelievable. It is a true testament to a power that is mightier than this world and grounded in love and self-sacrifice.”

With this kind of history with Community Groups, it’s fitting that Will joined our staff as a Community Group Intern in July 2012. He now assists our Community Group Leaders, making sure they receive the needed support and resources. “Everyday I have the opportunity to see and hear about lives that have been changed by the Gospel,” he says. Will can often be found having a burger and milkshake at Shake Shack or grabbing a cookie at Momofuko Milk Bar. He enjoys swimming and still surfs at least once a week.

Fun Will Fact: “I am a coffee snob. Somehow Starbucks is no longer good enough for me.”

Hello ,

One recent weekend morning I was riding my bike on the loop in Central Park. As it turned out I was joined by hundreds of runners participating in a New York Road Runner’s race. As the various runners, walkers and riders were making their way through the park, a lone woman stood on the side playing the theme song from Rocky on her violin. At first it struck me as comical, but as I rode away I realized that this young woman was offering those in the race the gift of encouragement. And as that theme song sunk into my own psyche I smiled and pedaled harder. 

The gift of encouragement is important and powerful in our daily lives. It is why the Bible is constantly reminding us to affirm and encourage one another. John Stott puts it this way, "God means his church to be a community of mutual support…'encourage one another,' and 'build one another up' (1 Thess 5:11)…caring, encouraging and comforting are ministries which belong to all members of the Body of Christ."

As the woman on the violin reminded me, it doesn’t take much to encourage someone, just the willingness to put the concerns of others ahead of your own.

Be kind and compassionate to one another – Ephesians 4:32

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Save the Date: Membership Classes coming up this fall!
Saturdays from 9:00AM to 1:00PM, September 29 at 1359 Broadway, 4th Floor and November 10 at 150 W 83rd St
To pursue the commitment of becoming a member of Redeemer, you can complete the viewing of our membership videos online with a follow up Q&A session at a later date, or you can watch the membership videos together as part of a class that also includes the Q&A.

This fall, Redeemer will offer two dates for the in-person Membership class on Saturdays from 9:00AM to 1:00PM - one in September at the Redeemer Offices and one in November at the W83 Ministry Center. To register, or to learn more about the classes or the membership process, please visit our website
or email us at

Serve Redeemer's Next Generation!
The West Side Children’s Ministry is excited to launch new Sunday programming this fall. We are looking to grow our volunteer teams for our pre-school and elementary classes. If you are interested in influencing Redeemer’s next generation, email Amy or stop by the Children’s Ministry desk on the 3rd floor Sunday morning or evening.  

Serve Meals to Homeless at All Angels on UWS
Sundays: September 2, 9, and 23 from 4:45PM to 7:00PM | 80th St. and Broadway

Volunteers needed to set up, serve and clean up after meal service for homeless at All Angels Church on W. 80th between Broadway and West End. Contact Veronica at HFNY.

Save the Date: HFNY Volunteer Fair at W83 Ministry Center!
Sunday, September 16 following 11:15AM service, Fellowship Hall

Come meet staff and volunteers from the amazing nonprofit affiliates of Hope for New York. You can learn more and sign up to be part of the mercy and justice work being accomplished on the UWS and across New York City! For more information about volunteering with HFNY click here.

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

Save the Date: Youth Prayer Walk for Schools on September 22!
On Saturday, September 22 at 10:00AM, Jr. and Sr. High school students, parents, and secondary teachers are invited to the Youth Prayer Walk for our Schools. A prayer team will be praying on location at several school sites on Manhattan's West Side. There will also be a prayer meeting for East and West side home schooled students.

If you would like to participate or submit prayer requests, please email The deadline to submit requests is next Sunday, September 2. 

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