Subject: West Side Update - September 24
September 24, 2012
Barry and Tess
Hudson, Ronan, & Wyatt
Barry and Tess Russell, both from Texas, met during Freshman Orientation at the University of Texas and were married two weeks after graduation. “This seemed like a reasonable life decision at the time,” says Tess. “But it is funny what an oddity we are to our friends and colleagues in the Northeast, to be in our 30’s and married for 12 happy years.” They moved to NYC in 2005 and have been in midtown West ever since.
Barry works in technology at Goldman Sachs and Tess is an anesthesiologist at St. Luke's Hospital and Roosevelt Hospital on the UWS. They have three boys—Hudson (who turns 3 this month), Ronan (19 months), and Wyatt (4 weeks). “For six weeks, we will have three boys under three years old,” says Tess. “Yes, these were all planned pregnancies. No, we do not have a trust fund.”
Barry and Tess have been in a community group since their first month attending Redeemer, now seven years ago. They’ve lead several community and Beta groups along the way. This involvement has been key for them: “We find ourselves being unable to leave NYC and unable to leave Redeemer because of the community. We have found amazing fellowship with people on the same path and struggling with the same obstacles. This has led to really rich relationships,” says Barry.
Both Tess and Barry enjoy reading, playing games, learning about wine, entertaining and eating. Whole Foods is their go-to place on the weekends: “For our traditional ‘get the family out of the apartment before we all go insane’ breakfast every Saturday morning,” says Barry.
For the newcomers to NYC, the Russells have some advice: “One: Get rid of the junk and learn to enjoy moderately minimalist living. Two: Spend time up-front making your living space a cozy place that you want to go home to. It is amazing what a coat of paint, HGTV, and 12 trips to Ikea can do! Three: Get plugged into fellowship as quickly as possible. Relationships take longer to build in NYC because everyone is so busy.”
When a friend first told me back in 1989 that there was a new church starting on the Upper East Side (Redeemer) my initial reaction was skepticism. Looking back 23 years later I realize that my skepticism not only revealed an ignorance about the dynamic of new churches, but more alarmingly my lack of faith in God’s power and love for the City, as well as my narrow view of the Gospel. This past Sunday’s celebration of the churches being started in different global cities through Redeemer City to City was a reminder to me of just how much God loves this world of his, and of the faithfulness of those from different corners of the globe who want others to experience that love.
In our little corner of the world, we have a chance to once again participate in God’s love for NYC as we send out hundreds of people from our community to launch the Downtown congregation. Join me in praying for John, Jeff and the Downtown team as we look forward to their first day of worship on October 21st. I look forward to looking back 23 years from now and once again being humbled and amazed at God’s love for his church and this City.
He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God – Psalm 78:5-7
Commissioning of Downtown Congregation - THIS Sunday!
Sunday, September 30, all worship services at W83 Ministry Center
Join us this coming Sunday as we commission and pray for the hundreds of people we'll send out from the West Side to begin worshiping as part of the Downtown Congregation starting October 21. During this exciting time for our church, please prayerfully consider if God is calling you to be part of this new Redeemer congregation. You can learn more about the launch and how to get involved by going to Downtownchallenge.com.
Sign up for a Beta Group
If you are new to Redeemer and ready for a taste of community life in NYC, sign up for a 7 week Beta Group! A number groups will be Seeker Groups, designed especially for people who are still exploring the claims of Christianity. Beta Groups start meeting next week, so there's still time to sign up! To learn more or register yourself, visit the Beta Group website (or send the link to a friend who may want to sign up!) Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Redeemer Membership Class
Saturday, Sept 29, 9:00AM to 1:00PM at 1359 Broadway
If you haven't signed up yet, there's still time! Whether you've just started attending Redeemer or you've been around awhile but haven't yet become a member, we invite you to this half day session where you'll learn more about Redeemer and what the commitment of membership means for the church and you. Click here to register or email email@example.com with any questions.
Mentor Youth in Washington Heights with Operation Exodus
Saturdays | 9AM-12PM | Washington Heights
Build into the lives of children in Washington Heights through the ministry of Operation Exodus! K-12th grade students gather on Saturdays from 9AM-12PM for Bible lessons and personal enrichment. Volunteer mentors work in teams to lead these sessions. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join a Great Team Serving Communion!
Sundays, 5:00PM and 7:00PM services
The 5:00PM and 7:00PM Communion Teams are currently seeking Redeemer members willing to help prepare and serve communion the first Sunday of each month. We need you! If you're willing and interested, please email Phoebe. Click here for more information.
See our website for further needs listed on our Serve with Us page.
Saturday night is movie night at W83!
Saturday, September 29, 7:30PM at W83 Ministry Center
Bring a friend and experience the sci-fi classic, Gattaca starring Ethan Hawke, Jude Law and Uma Thurman. Cost is free. Snack bar is open! There will be a brief, post-film discussion on the topic of "Science and Restoration," with Abe Cho, Cory Cates and David Plant. This Film Forum is presented by Youth Ministries and all snack bar proceeds will support Youth Ministry scholarships. See YOU at the movies!
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