Subject: West Side Update - October 15
October 15, 2012
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“Finding community has always been a challenge for us in New York,” says Brendon Desrochers.
He and his wife, Theresa, met at Northwestern University and both moved to NYC in 2004. Brendon left for a year in 2005 to attend graduate school at St. Thomas University. While he was gone, Theresa joined a Vision Group, which later merged with an existing Community Group. “It soon became our home base for community once I returned to the city,” says Brendon. “Redeemer—and especially community groups—have been great resources to replenish community and show us the body of Christ in the city.”
Brendon grew up in Rhode Island. He works in digital media for Major League Baseball Advanced Media, where he’s in charge of MiLB.com. He and Theresa were married in 2008. He’s currently training for a marathon, enjoys reading history, and of course, loves sports. He considers Riverbank State Park a “hidden gem.”
Brendon became a Deacon at Redeemer in May 2011. “I first seriously considered becoming
As most of you know we are in a sermon series on generosity. Yesterday’s sermon focused on one expression of biblical generosity—hospitality. The word hospitality literally means the ‘love of strangers.’ It means warmly inviting people into a space they otherwise wouldn’t feel free to enter. In the New Testament the church was exhorted to bring people into their living space and common home life, sharing food, warmth, rest and shelter. In a city that is often cold and uninviting, where so many people remain nameless to us, it is important to remember that to be a follower of Jesus is to model his radical hospitality, the one who gave his life to invite us into his family. Practically, it means inviting people to church, into your home and making room in your life and schedule to serve the poor. As John Piper put it:
Rev. David Bisgrove
The BIG West Side Volunteer Sign up
As you know we're getting ready to send off the Downtown Congregation! It's cause for great celebration and a big request: to fill 100 vacant volunteer positions on the West Side. Please consider how you can pitch in!
Become a Sunday Service Ministries volunteer and serve once a month as an usher, greeter, or a book table, info table or communion volunteer (communion team requires church membership.) Sign-up and serve as a Community Group, or sign-up as an individual and meet new people! Email Phoebe to sign up or find out more.
The Children’s Ministry is seeking friendly people to greet families, tech-savvy people to run computers and video, and engaging, creative people to lead small group discussions, storytelling and help with the Children's worship. Please email Amy to apply or click here to learn more.
Teach Art Class to Teen Moms on the West Side
From October 10: 2nd Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30PM
Are you creative? Gifted Hands Community Art Class is looking for volunteers to help both with art and crafts classes, and childcare. Email Ashley or click here for more info.
Transitions: Old Wine into New
Fridays from 9:30AM at the W83 Ministry Center
If you’re 60 plus, you’re very welcome to join this new group in our church community. Email Ellie Ellsworth for more info or to sign up. See you there!
Middle and High School Education Forum
October 26 from 6:45 to 9:00PM at the W83 Ministry Center
Calling all parents of Middle and High School students! Join us as Dr. Brent Bounds, Director of Family Ministries, hosts a panel of parents who will share their experience of navigating the challenges of the NYC education system. $5 includes light dinner. Click here to register or find out more.
Still time to sign up for the Gospel & Culture Conference
November 2 & 3
Wrestling God. Work Re-imagined. Join us for Redeemer's 2nd annual Faith & Work Conference. Includes an excursion to ‘glimpse’ the culture of our amazing City. Speakers include Tim Keller. Register today. Don’t wait, it’s filling up fast!
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