Subject: West Side Update - November 26

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Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
November 26, 2012

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Meredith Stone
Client Services Director 
Redeemer Deaconess

“I used to think that I felt closest to God when I was alone and surrounded by the beauty of nature (such as on a hike in the mountains), but now I feel closest to God when I am surrounded by the very things that reflect him the most—people,” says Meredith Stone. “Even though I am an introvert, I really love seeing God's reflection in the many people who constantly surround you in the city.”
 
Meredith has lived in NYC for eight years. She moved frequently while growing up, but mainly lived in Michigan and Illinois. She now works as the Client Services Director at the Midtown Pregnancy Support Center. 
 
Meredith is married to a fellow deacon, Jason Stone. They have an 8-month-old son, Evan, who was born six weeks early. “We experienced amazing support from our church community, especially fellow deacons, when our son was born early and was in the NICU for 18 days. The prayers and practical support we received made us feel so cared for. We saw in a very visible way what an awesome community we have at Redeemer, and we are so thankful for that.”
 
Meredith enjoys volunteering and giving back to others. She currently serves with DOVE (Domestic and Other Violent Emergencies) at NY Presbyterian Hospital as an on-call advocate for people admitted after domestic violence or sexual assault. She also brings this love of service into the Redeemer community, where she’s helped in Children’s Ministries and led a Community Group. And in 2008, she joined the Diaconate.
 
 “I wanted to be a deaconess because I felt that God had provided for me in a way that could pour out to others,” Meredith says. “One of the most rewarding things about supporting others is that it is such a testimony to how God can satisfy when everything else is taken from you—as so many things of this world can be.”

Vision
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.

Hello ,

One of the things I love about Thanksgiving is the way people open their homes to one another. It’s not only a chance to enjoy friendships around a meal, but demonstrates the grace of ‘making room’ for those who wouldn’t otherwise have a place to go. This is an example of one of the four priorities of the West Side congregation in seeking to be a church ‘not for ourselves’ (Romans 15:3). Specifically, seeking to advance Redeemer's vision and loving our neighbors through the way we: Invite People In.
 
As we enter the Advent season, let me encourage you to live out this priority in your own life. Prayerfully consider, for example, inviting someone to one of the Christmas services in December. Take time to get to know the names of people in your building and neighborhood who you see regularly. Make room in your life for those in our community who you know are struggling or lonely and invite them out for coffee or a meal. We do this in response to Jesus, the word make flesh, who poured out his life so that we might be invited into and made part of his family.

The word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.? We saw the glory with our own eyes, ?the one-of-a-kind glory,? like Father, like Son, generous inside and out,? true from start to finish. – John 1:14 (The Message)

In Christ,


Rev. David Bisgrove

Community
Children's Choir
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.

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.

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.

Serve
HFNY His Toy Store Outreach
4000 toys needed by December 2
Please donate toys for families in deep need, many of whom have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Donate via Amazon wish list, or bring to W83 on Sundays, or click here and volunteer your time to receive toys at W83.

It’s Nomination Month for Elders and the Diaconate
End of November deadline is close
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 after the Sunday services.

Events
Faith & Work Night at W83
Monday, November 26 at 7:00PM
Come along to a vocation group! The evening starts with food and fellowship, and continues with breakouts to re-envision work in light of the gospel. Find your group and RSVP online.

Birthday Party for Jesus at W83
Saturday, December 1 at 9:30AM

Christmas fun for Pre-school and early elementary aged children! Email Kathryn for info and to RSVP.

Praise Night and After Hours
 at W83
Saturday, December 1 at 8:00PM
A bit lost in the crowd at Redeemer? Come along Saturday evening for Worship, live music, coffee and dessert.
 
New Class: Why Your Work Matters to God
December 2, 9, 16 from 11:15AM to 12:30PM
Sign up for this new three-part class exploring why God cares about the work we do Monday through Friday. For more information about this and other classes click here, or contact Karen.

 
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