Subject: West Side Update - September 3

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WestSide Update
September 3, 2012

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Susana Gough
Susana Gough
Ministry Coordinator

Susana Gough is a true New Yorker—she was born and raised in Chinatown by first generation, working class immigrants. She grew up non-Christian and accepted the Lord during her last semester of high school. Susana lives in Hell's Kitchen with her husband, Jonathan, their son, Timmy, and their dog, a goldendoodle named Surely Goodness and Mercy ("Surely" for short). She enjoys cooking for others, grocery shopping in foreign countries, checking out free summer events in NYC, and taking long, eight-mile walks through the city.

Susana's degree is in Cognitive Psychology and she previously worked for Herald Youth Center. She's attended Redeemer since 2003 and came on staff in 2005. Now, as our West Side Ministry Coordinator, she aids our staff, lay leaders and elders by providing administrative support and managing plans for communications, community groups, membership and special projects. "I mind the nitty-gritties so that the vision and ideas of our staff and lay leaders can come to fruition and flourish," says Susana.

Fun Susana Fact:
"Our fun family pastimes include telling people that our goldendoodle, who looks like a large goofy sheep, is an 'albino Rottweiler with a perm.' We get asked, 'What breed is your dog?' all the time and it gets tiresome!"

Hello ,

It is Labor Day, which according to the Department of Labor is a “yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” The first observance of this holiday actually took place in NYC in 1882.

The day is a reminder of two principles that we find in Scripture. First, work is a good and noble thing worthy of tribute. God has created us in such a way that we find a sense of purpose and identity in our work. But by celebrating the value of work through a day off from work, the holiday also reminds us of the biblical principle of Sabbath which guards us from deriving too much of our sense of purpose and identity from our work. As Barbara Brown Taylor put it, "Sabbath was the day when Israel celebrated its freedom from compulsion...on that one day every week they remembered their worth lay not in their own productivity but in God’s love for them."

In a city that never sleeps, it is important to look beyond a day off from work to the rest we have in Christ through his death and resurrection.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


West Side Back-to-School Family Game Night!
Friday, September 7, 5:00PM at W83 Ministry Center
Join us for a time of fun, fellowship, games and of course, food!!  It will also be a great time to meet our staff and get information about our Children's programming. Children of all ages welcome! We are asking for a suggested donation of $10/family. Please click here to register.

Sign up for a Beta Group today!
Registration to join a Beta Group is now open! Beta Groups are 7-week Community Groups designed to welcome newcomers to community life at Redeemer. Beta Groups start meeting the week of September 30. We are also still looking for people to lead these groups. For more information about joining or leading a group, click here or email

Use Your Professional Skills to Serve HFNY Affiliates
Hope for New York is now accepting applications for two new Professionals in Action (PIA) volunteer projects! Restore NYC needs web content specialists/web writers to help write new copy for their website and train employees in best practices for writing for the web. The Bowery Mission Women's Center needs construction experts (contractors, floor technicians, painters) to renovate their laundry room. Click here to learn more and apply, or email with questions!

West Side Children's Ministry is looking for a few good TECHIES!
Would you like to offer your A/V technical skills on Sunday mornings to serve Redeemer's next generation? We are starting new programming in the children's ministry in September and need a few people to help run power points and projectors in our classrooms. If interested, please email Amy.  

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

New Leader Basics this month at Redeemer Offices!
Are you in a community group and interested in leading becoming a CG Leader? Sign up to attend a leader training on Saturday, September 8 from 1:30PM to 6:30PM or on Saturday, September 15 from 1:00PM to 6:00PM at the Redeemer Offices on the 4th floor at 1359 Broadway (at 36th Street.) Register on the CG website. Email for more information.

Gospel & Culture Conference discounted registration ends soon!
Wrestling God. Work Re-imagined. As we go about our daily work, we are constantly wrestling God. Through this grueling, humbling, sanctifying process we experience the power of the gospel making us more fully human, transforming us into faithful co-laborers. The work of the Holy Spirit enables us to then re-imagine not only ourselves, but also our work places, our industries, and even our society as a whole in light of God’s redemptive purposes.
Register now to receive the lowest registration rates for this year’s conference.


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