Subject: West Side Update - October 15

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WestSide Update
October 15, 2012

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Brendon Desrochers 
Digital Media for MLB.com
Redeemer Deacon


“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
an officer after several people mentioned the idea to me, so I figured I ought to pray about it,”
says Brendon. “After a year or so, I decided to feel my way through the process to see if being a deacon was a good fit, and I found the actual training to be outstanding. My walk was enriched so much during training that I got the sense that maybe I was in the right place.” 

And as for community, Brendon has served as a Community Group leader and co-host since 2008. He and Theresa also foster community in and through their home: “We have a relatively large apartment for New York (the benefits of living way Uptown), and so we try to repay the gift of hospitality that others have shown to us by hosting groups and hosting dinners.”


Hello ,

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:
 
"When we practice hospitality we experience the refreshing joy of becoming conduits of God's hospitality rather than being self-decaying cul-de-sacs. The joy of receiving God's hospitality decays and dies if it doesn't flourish in our own hospitality to others."
 
May our West Side congregation be a community that is known for its generous hospitality to all our neighbors. 

But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. – Luke 14:13-14

In Christ,


Rev. David Bisgrove

Community
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.

Serve
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.

Events
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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