Redeemer West Side Update

Last week, Hope for New York sponsored a discussion entitled “Seeing our Immigrant Neighbors.” It was a timely and rich evening of stories, information and challenges facing many in our community. As we prepare to celebrate America’s independence tomorrow, it is important to remember not only the privileges those of us who are American citizens share, but the responsibilities Christians have as citizens of God’s kingdom.

The apostle Peter, writing to the church, reminded the early followers of Jesus that they too were once on the outside looking in. At one time they were “not a people” (they didn’t belong), because they had not yet “received mercy.” But, through the mercy of God, they were now a “chosen people, a holy nation, and God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9-10).

It is God’s mercy, demonstrated through Christ’s death, that makes us God’s children and gives us a hope and a future. And, therefore, it is mercy that we are to extend to our neighbors — a love and care that reflects the heart of God, who is described as one who defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among us.  

(God) defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.  And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. — Deuteronomy 10:18-19

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove
Redeemer West Side Senior Pastor


Zoe Garcia
W83 Events Coordinator

I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I fell in love with this city when I moved here, and continue to fall even deeper in love with it.

Zoe Garcia has lived in New York City for five years and currently lives in Bay Ridge. She was born in Davis, CA and attended UC Berkeley where she earned her BA in Theater and Performance Studies.

Zoe joined the Redeemer staff in October 2016 as the Events Coordinator for W83 Ministry Center. In her role she coordinates the events booked in the classrooms and some events in the sanctuary and loft. “I reserve the spaced needed and get a full idea of what the clients wants to do in the space,” she explains. “I put together the contracts, the layout, the event notes and communicate that information to the rest of our events and operations team.”

Although moving to New York City was one of the biggest, scariest life decisions she’s ever made, she quickly became smitten with all aspects of the city, even the ugly parts. “I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I fell in love with this city when I moved here, and continue to fall even deeper in love with it.”

In her free time, Zoe enjoys walking around the Upper West Side and purchasing goodies at Levain Bakery. While she doesn’t own any furry friends, she does own three plants: Bill, Ted, and one whose name has yet to be given. Speaking in different dialects and silly voices is a skill she loves developing. “If I could be a voice over actor for cartoons, I think I would die happy.”


Sort and pack donated materials, July 8: Join World Vision to sort and pack donated materials that will be distributed to communities in need in the South Bronx. Volunteers will be working in a warehouse setting and you will get dirty! Please wear close-toed shoes, clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and layers because it can get cold. RSVP online. 

Assist with Summer Day Camp Activites: Volunteers are needed to help run a five-week program for children between 1st grade and 6th grade. The program includes reading, sports and games, field trips and other fun activities. RSVP online. 

• Assist with Music Instruction with children and youth: An intensive program designed for children between the ages of 8-18. Students receive weekly instruction in music theory, choral singing, sacred dance, piano and brass instrumentation on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Volunteers will assist with instruction and support of the students. Request info online.