Subject: West Side Update - September 17

Redeemer WestSide Newsletter
Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
September 17, 2012

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David and Phil
Phil Li and David Bisgrove
Redeemer Seeker Group Members

In October 2009, Phil Li and David Bisgrove were part of a new Redeemer Seeker Group, a group that would meet for seven weeks to explore the claims of Christianity. It's been three years now and they're still meeting.

Click Here to see their Stories of Renewal video, where David and Phil share their experience.

Want to know more about leading or attending a Seeker or Beta Group? It's a seven week commitment beginning the week of September 30 and it's not too late to sign up. Click Here for more information or email

Hello ,

As a parent of a child who has entered the world of nightly homework and weekly tests, I have begun to experience the growing anxiety of wanting my daughter to"‘succeed." Of course there is nothing wrong with wanting your child or loved one to do well, but a recent article in the Washington Post about a cheating scandal at Harvard (When Ambition Trumps Ethics) reminded me of the need to shift my focus to my daughter’s internal success. As the Harvard professor who wrote the article stated, focusing only on external results leaves us with, "hollowness at the core."

Following Jesus means remembering that growth and success in the Christian life is best characterized by fruitfulness in our inner spirit. Jesus told his disciples to "bear much fruit" (John 15:8). This means we are to tend to our own "core" to make sure we are growing in Godly character. May we be a community that grows and excels in godliness, relying on the grace of God and the power of his Spirit to bear the fruit of the gospel of Jesus.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. – Galatians 5:22-25

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Sign up for a Beta Group today!
Are you ready for a 7-week journey deeper into community in NYC and Redeemer? Have we got just the groups for you! 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! For more information about joining (or leading!) a group, please click here or email

Save the Date: CFW Vocation Nights Fall Kick-Off
Monday, September 24, 7:00PM at W83 Ministry Center

Because all of us spend so many of our waking hours at work, Redeemer's Vocation Groups gather regularly to re-envision what our work looks like in light of the gospel. Several of the groups are starting back up again this month after the summer break and are a great way to meet others working in your field. Click here for details.

HFNY Volunteer Fair Follow Up
If you had a chance to visit the HFNY volunteer fair yesterday, you already know what exciting work there is to join in renewing hope in NYC! Click here to see a video highlighting the awesome nonprofit affiliates and relationships that are transforming the lives of HFNY volunteers and the people they meet. If you missed the fair, and would like more information about volunteering with HFNY, please click here.

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 find more information and apply, or e-mail with questions!

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

Redeemer City to City Sunday
Sunday, September 23 at all worship services

Redeemer City to City is a separate, non-profit organization that was started by Redeemer Presbyterian Church to catalyze church planting and generate gospel-centered content. This year, Redeemer City to City will help to start 40 new churches in 25 cities. On Sunday September 23, Redeemer will introduce and pray for a group of international church planters and also take a special offering for this work. To learn more about City to City or to make a gift, please click here.

Redeemer Membership Class
Saturday, Sept 29, 9:00AM to 1:00PM at 1359 Broadway

Whether you are fairly new to Redeemer, or have been a long time attender, if you are not yet a member of Redeemer, we invite you attend a half day membership seminar coming up at the Redeemer Offices at 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl (at 36th St.) This seminar is an opportunity for you to learn more about Redeemer including the covenantal commitment of membership, and what that means for the church and you! Click here to register or email with any questions.

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