Subject: West Side Update - September 10

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WestSide Update
September 10, 2012

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Monica Philippo
Monica Philippo
HFNY Volunteer
Redeemer Deaconess

Monica Philippo and her Redeemer Community Group began volunteering with Hope for New York in the Fall of 2011. They chose a HFNY affiliate on the UWS, Project Find – Hargrave Senior Center, which is a community center for low-income and homeless seniors. “Redeemer's vision is to love and serve the City, and the thing we've always been challenged by as a group is how do we love and serve the neighborhood we're in?” says Monica.

The group teams up with a second Community Group and volunteers once every six weeks. Some serve in the kitchen, some bring the food out to the seniors, and they all work to put on special programs at Christmas and Easter. The seniors at Hargrave are aged 60 and over and practice various faiths.

“You meet all these great New Yorkers who are retired and have really awesome stories. I love chatting with them and seeing a different view of New York,” says Monica. “I have bumped into seniors from Hargrave during the week. I think that's probably the best part, to be able to see them when I’m going to the grocery store.”

Monica is originally from Hong Kong and moved to Queens when she was eight years old. When she and her husband, Tim, were married in 2001, they moved out to NJ. But during the 2005 Vision Campaign, they moved to the UWS so they could live in the same neighborhood as their church and be closer to work.

Monica is a Producer at the American Museum of Natural History’s Educational Department. She first attended Redeemer in 1997 and has at times served as a Community Group Leader, Community Group Leader Coach and Usher. This past May, she became a Deaconess.

Serving at Hargrave has helped Monica and her group to focus not only on supporting each other within the group but also on what it means to love their neighbors. “It makes us more aware of our surroundings and helps us see people as made in God’s image,” says Monica. “Volunteering at Hargrave has given us more confidence in approaching more people on the street who might be in need, and not ignoring them. It’s that combination of boldness and graciousness.”

Interested in HFNY volunteer projects on the Upper West Side? Click here to find affiliates listed by geographic region.

Hello ,

It was 5:30AM (yes AM!!) when my 7-year-old daughter came into our room last week.  She was so excited about getting back to school that she couldn’t sleep. For our daughter the main source of her excitement was a desire to see her friends. She couldn’t wait to reconnect with them after the long break and tell them all about her summer. It is a great reminder of the importance of friendship and community.

As we begin our first full ministry year as a congregation, there will be both familiar and new faces sitting next to us in the sanctuary and gathered at coffee hour on the 5th floor. In the upcoming weeks, we have an opportunity to answer the call to community in two important ways. First, we can take time on Sundays not only to connect with old friends, but also to reach out to those who might be sitting or standing alone. NYC can be a tough place to make friends and feel connected, so we all need to practice hospitality. Secondly, for all of us who haven't yet joined a community group, the fall is a great time to join a beta group (click here to sign up.) In a church as big as Redeemer and in a city as transient and frenetic as New York, it is critical to find ways to connect with smaller groups to create friendships and explore our faith together. So take a chance and sign up for a 7-Week Beta Group. It will be the best investment you make this fall!

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. – 1 Peter 4:9-10

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Registration is Open for West Side Women!
West Side Women is a new weekly gathering where Redeemer women, their friends and neighbors come to seek God and relationships with other women. A Friday daytime group and a Tuesday evening group will both meet at the W83 Ministry Center at 150 W 83rd St. Starting September 14, the Friday morning group meets from 9:30-11:30AM. Starting September 18, the Tuesday evening group meets from 7:30-9:30PM. Click here to learn more, and click here to sign up!

Sign up for a Beta Group today!
The goal is community, and the time is NOW! Beta Groups are 7-week Community Groups designed to welcome newcomers into community life at Redeemer. Beta Groups start meeting the week of September 30, so sign up today! We are still looking for people to lead some of these terrific groups. For more information about joining or leading a group (or both!) please click here or email

Save the Date: HFNY Volunteer Fair at W83 Ministry Center!
Sunday, September 16, after the 11:15 service on the 5th Floor

If you (and as highlighted in our West Side Story, maybe your whole Community Group!) are looking for opportunities to start serving the city, this is the event for you! On Sunday, September 16 following the 11:15AM worship service, come meet staff and volunteers from the amazing non-profit 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, please click here.

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

The Well is back - THIS Friday!
Friday, September 14, 10:00PM-12:00AM at Redeemer Offices

Pray with friends, and pray for friends! Through small group prayer, reflection and contemporary worship, The Well is a time to focus on grasping the beauty of the gospel and sharing it with others. The group will meet in the main conference room at 1359 Broadway, 4th Floor (at 36th St.) Please email Daniel to RSVP.

West Side SSM & CM Volunteer Training Event!
Wednesday, September 19, 6:30PM at W83 Ministry Center
We are so grateful for the mighty volunteers who so faithfully serve our Sunday Service Ministries and Children's Ministry! Volunteers who have yet to attend a Volunteer Training Event can click here to register!  

EI 2012-2013 Business Plan Competition Kick-Off!
Wednesday, September 26, 7:00PM at W83 Ministry Center

The Center for Faith and Work's Entrepreneurship Initiative welcomes people with new or soon-to-be launched ventures to come out and be a part of the 2012-2013 Business Plan Competition! The Kickoff event is a chance for you not only to meet previous winners, finalists, judges, coaches, and investors but also to learn about workshops and experienced entrepreneurs who can help enhance your gospel imact, develop your plans and refine your pitch. Registration is required to attend. Please click here to learn more and to sign up!

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