Subject: West Side Update - November 19
November 19, 2012
Ben Sanders is on his second round of living in NYC. He grew up in Rhode Island, as one of five children (and the fourth child born in just five years). He originally came to NYC in 1997, right after college, and married his wife, Carrie, in 2003. They moved to Virginia for business school in 2004, then worked in L.A. for a year before returning to NYC in 2007. Ben and Carrie have a 3-year-old son, Ryland, and a 12-month-old son, Halsey.
Ben works as an executive recruiter focusing on the private equity industry. He enjoys reading and University of Alabama football. In 2001, Ben sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, from Rhode Island to England, on a 59-foot boat with six other guys. They all survived!
Ben and Carrie have been part of Redeemer since 2001, except for the years they were away from the city. “When we moved back to NYC in 2007, we felt very strongly that we were called to be at Redeemer and part of this community, and that we needed to do more than just sit in the pew and tithe,” says Ben. They got involved in the women’s and men’s ministries, and became ushers and usher co-captains. In 2010, Ben became an Elder.
“I became an Elder because I felt called by God to be involved in this church and to be one of those men, as Ezekiel 22:30 describes, who ‘stand in the gap’ and help build the church while also shepherding and protecting the flock,” says Ben. “The status itself didn’t change my life. But living in the role and in what I feel the Lord requires of me certainly has changed things—especially my prayer life, my involvement in other people’s lives, and the way I think through, in a deeper way, the areas in which God is working in my life.”
To build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
We moved into our current apartment five years ago and were pleasantly surprised on Thanksgiving Day to find marching bands outside our building lined up for the parade. Thanksgiving has been a festive neighborhood celebration for our family ever since. Of course tragic events in our city (Hurricane Sandy), as well as our neighborhood and church (death of children) deepens the challenge of answering the question—how do we ‘give thanks in all circumstances’? (1 Thess. 5:18) The Bible tells us suffering strengthens our faith (James 1:3-4), makes us conduits of God’s comfort to others who are suffering (2 Cor. 1:4), and points to the glory and life of Jesus (2 Cor. 4:10). In other words, Christians give thanks in the midst of suffering because instead of turning us inwards, it sends us out into the world, pointing to Jesus, whose suffering will one day end all suffering. As we come to our various Thanksgiving tables this week, remember the ultimate table, the Lord’s Supper, which is also known as the Eucharist (a word that means thanksgiving). And thank God for the ways he has allowed us during this difficult season to follow Jesus in his mission of hope and redemption.
Rev. David Bisgrove
Hurricane Sandy Response
Help those in need...
Please Pray, Act, Give. Hope for New York is compiling details of volunteer opportunities across the city, click here to register for volunteer updates. Please consider giving to the Redeemer Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to help with needs both in our church community and throughout the city with organizations that provide assistance.
Day-After-Thanksgiving Pot Luck at W83
Friday, November 23 from 6:00PM
Bring your leftovers—and bring your friends and neighbors! It's a pot luck with a difference, we'll be putting together care packages for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. RSVP here.
Sign Up by December 1
Do you have 1st to 5th Grade children who would like to sing during service on December 16? Email Michelle Jennings by December 1 to RSVP.
It’s Nomination Month for Elders and the Diaconate
The entire month of November
Know any members that would make a good elder, deacon or deaconess? If you are a member, please read the description and nominate Christians that might be a good fit. Submit nominations online, or download a nomination form, or pick up a form at the info table after the Sunday services.
The Great BIG Volunteer Sign up
A Great BIG Thank You...
...to all those who signed up to serve at a West Side Sunday Service. Every team has someone new! Thank you.
Redeemer Ei Annual Business Plan Competition
Deadline: Midnight Tonight (November 19)
Entrepreneurial? Submit an executive summary online by midnight to enter the Business Plan Competition.
Understanding Grief Class at W83
Sunday, December 2 from 11:15AM to 12:30PM
A chance to hear from counselors and discuss tools for understanding grief. Click here to register for this and other classes, or email Karen for more information.
Membership Q&A on the East Side at Hunter College
Sunday, December 2 from 12:45PM to 2:15PM
Interested in becoming a member of Redeemer? Watch the membership videos online, then attend a Q&A hosted by Redeemer elders. Register for the Q&A here or email Susana with questions.
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