Subject: West Side Update - December 3
December 3, 2012
Claire and James Griffin
Claire and James Griffin were married in October 2010. Two weeks later, they drove a U-Haul from Washington D.C. (where they had lived and met) to NYC. They settled into the UWS and soon began coming to Redeemer.
“Finding good community and being willing to commit to Community Group, our church, etc., was key for us when we moved here,” says James.
They saw the UWS as approachable and community-oriented. “We loved getting to know the neighborhood and quickly found it to be home,” says Claire. “Many of our friends live within walking distance, our community group meets around the corner from our apartment, and every store we need is walk able—once you figure out how many groceries you can carry at a time.”
James and Claire began attending Redeemer while the church was in the midst of launching the three congregations. They found it to be a great time to get plugged in, and soon began serving. They helped organize West Side Suppers, previously led their community group, and currently host a Beta Group.
They also usher at the 9:15AM service. “Serving one Sunday a month teaches us that the church is an ‘every member ministry,’” says Claire. “We have enjoyed getting to know fellow ushers, serving our fellow worshippers, and routinely seeing the same people. We are typically in the balcony…come say hi!”
Claire and James are avid runners and have both run the NYC Marathon. They also cycle (James just completed the HFNY charity ride) and generally like to be outdoors. On a more leisurely note, they enjoy learning about wine and experiencing the culture that’s uniquely New York. “NYC is also a great launching pad for our wanderlust. We love to travel,” says James.
And though you’ll now find them exploring the City, they haven’t forgotten their Southern roots (James grew up in Louisiana and Claire hails from North Carolina). “Though we’ve taken ourselves out of the South, the South can’t be taken out of us,” says Claire. “We love college football, basketball and chicken biscuits. And every so often our charming drawls still come out.”
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.
Not long ago I walked into a Starbucks, saw a few people in line, and left. That experience underscored how impatient I can be, and how much (like most New Yorkers) I hate waiting. And yet we have come to a season in the church calendar that is all about waiting—Advent. The word means ‘coming’ and is the time when the church remembers Jesus’ first coming and anticipates his coming again. It is a time when we long for reconciliation in our broken relationships, for justice in our broken communities and joy in our broken hearts. But waiting is not a license for passivity. To the contrary, reflection on Christ’s birth moves us into the world to proclaim the good news the prophets of old were waiting for— “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light”. Advent is a time when we remember the generosity of God who in love sent his only Son to suffer and die in our place. We in turn are to live generous lives of sacrifice that reflect and point people to the light of the world. To help you, we have created a weekly Advent meditation. It is meant for individuals, small groups and families and will be emailed to you on the four Advent Sundays. Click here to sign up.
Rev. David Bisgrove
The Redeemer Advent Meditation
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Lessons and Carols Services
December 9 at 9:15AM and 11:15AM with Handel’s Messiah
December 16 at 5:00PM and 7:00PM with band and string section
Bring a friend to a special Christmas service where the story of Jesus's birth will be presented, accompanied by a selection of beautiful music.
Morning Services, December 16
On December 16, don’t miss the children singing at the beginning of both morning services.
West Side Men at W83
Tuesday Mornings from 7:00AM to 8:15AM
If you’re a West Side man come along for coffee, bagels, Bible study and fellowship. Click here for info.
Hope for New York
‘Tis the Season to Volunteer
Hope for New York has a new webpage listing all volunteer opportunities over the Christmas period, click here.
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.
Entrepreneurship Initiative Workshop at W83
Monday, December 3 at 7:00PM
Prospective entrepreneur? Sign up for this workshop and learn how to plan for success with your venture. Register here or email Calvin Chin for more info.
West Side Women Christmas party at W83
Tuesday, Dec 4 at 7:30PM
Calling all West Side women! You’re invited to a night of fellowship, treats and Christmas fun. See you there…
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