Subject: West Side Update - October 22

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Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
October 22, 2012

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Phoebe Kmeck
Volunteers Manager,
Sunday Service Ministries

Phoebe Kmeck was born and raised on the UWS, but spent her childhood on and off the road, following the whims of her parents' acting careers. She started coming to Redeemer when she was 12 and accepted Christ on a Youth Group ski trip. Phoebe joined Redeemer staff in 2004, and now oversees our West Side Sunday Service Ministries leaders and volunteers—including the Ushers, Welcome Center Greeters, and Information Center, Book Table and Communion Teams. Phoebe says, "It's an honor to work alongside the volunteers and witness Jesus revealing himself in their actions and servant hearts."

Phoebe's transient upbringing resembled her hot and cold relationship with God. "Regardless of my inconsistent faith," says Phoebe, "God showed me through his provision of community at Redeemer that he is my life's only anchor and the only semblance of stability I can trust in this ever-changing world and city."

Fun Phoebe Fact: She's a singer/songwriter under the name Phoebe Lyng. You can find her music on iTunes and the Redeemer Forum for Singer-Songwriters CD for HFNY, In the City.

Hello ,

Every weekday morning I take my 7-year-old daughter to her school bus on my ‘scooter’ (Yes, I have a scooter, or more accurately, a XOOTR!). On a recent rainy morning I decided I would ignore the elements and transport her while holding an umbrella in one hand and steering with another. Some of you already know what is coming, but yes, halfway there we fell. She got a scraped knee, me–a busted up face and wounded ego. For the next week every time I looked in the mirror I was reminded of a basic fact of life–there are consequences to foolishness! Of course the Bible reminds us of this constantly, exhorting its readers to trust God’s wisdom even when it seems alien to our desires and instincts. This means remembering that wisdom is not just knowing the right thing to do, but acting on that knowledge. I certainly knew better than to risk riding a scooter one handed in the rain. My prayer is that our community would both study and trust God’s wise word in our daily lives, so we not only avoid the pain that comes from ignoring him, but celebrate and model his loving wisdom to a watching world.

For those who find me (Wisdom) find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death. – Proverbs 8:35-36

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

Volunteers Live Longer
The Great BIG Volunteer Sign up continues...

We are celebrating Sunday’s launch of the Downtown congregation and sending a big thank you to the 34 new volunteers who've already signed up to fill gaps on the West Side! These new volunteers will be basking in blessings that include: 1) a free mp3 sermon subscription and 2) deeper connection to community–but also, according to Health Psychology, volunteering will prolong their life. We are looking for 100 volunteers–there are opportunities for ALL, whatever personality. Please consider serving with Sunday Service Ministries and email Phoebe (featured in this week's West Side Story). Or serve with the Children’s Ministry and email Amy for info. We need you! 

November is Nomination Month for Elders and the Diaconate
Are you a member of Redeemer? It’s your privilege to nominate fellow members for the roles of Elder, Deacon and Deaconess. Please read the description and prayerfully consider Christians that might be a good fit (mature in faith). Submit nominations online, or download a nomination form, or pick up a form at the info table after the Sunday services.

Serve Meals to the Homeless on the UWS
Sundays from 4:45PM to 7:00PM
A chance to serve in the neighborhood with Hope for New York. Volunteers are needed to set up, serve meals to the homeless and clean up afterwards at All Angels (W. 80th between Broadway and West End). Email Veronica to sign up or for more info.

TONIGHT: Faith & Work Night for Vocation Groups
Monday, October 22 from 7:00PM at W83 Ministry Center

What’s your profession? Film, IT, advertising, marketing, PR, dance, healthcare, architecture, engineering, construction, urban planning, entrepreneurship or business? Vocation Groups are on. Meet, network, connect.

Diaconate Annual Open House
Thursday, November 8 from 6:30PM 
at the Redeemer Offices
Thinking about serving with the Diaconate? Come to the Diaconate Open House and hear from current Deeks about their experience. Light refreshments served. Click here to RSVP.

Gospel and Stewardship Workshop
Saturday, November 10 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM

Want to learn a gospel approach to your finances? How to create a budget you can keep? Get rid of that debt? Come to our all day seminar at the Redeemer Office in Midtown. $20 includes lunch. Click here to find out more and register, or email Missy for info.

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