Redeemer West Side Update
Summer is upon us, and that (hopefully!) means time for extra reading. For the past few years our Redeemer West Side pastoral staff has offered recommendations for summer reading, books that we’ve especially enjoyed as well as books that we think are important for your spiritual formation. This year we are doing something a little different. Rather than each member of our pastoral team recommending a random list of great books, we wanted to take the opportunity to specifically bring to your attention resources we’ve found valuable on the topics of racial justice and reconciliation. Paul Yoo, a member of our Redeemer WS pastoral team, has provided us all with an annotated bibliography of resources that we think are especially worth your time and energy this summer.
The Bible has much to say about justice and reconciliation, and it’s our hope that these resources will stir your minds and hearts. May God use these resources to help our whole church family better live the glorious vision of Micah 6:8:
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
For many months we have been the Church scattered throughout the city, loving our West Side neighbors and worshiping remotely during this COVID-19 pandemic. These trials have been difficult. Some of us lost loved ones, and we all know people who have experienced loss due to the illness. During this time we pray that God has worked in your hearts and brought you closer to him. As we enter into a new phase of ministry, we are committed to continue participating in the Holy Spirit’s transformation of our neighborhood, city and world.
We are delighted to regather for limited in-person Sunday Worship services! We plan to resume a hybrid in-person/live stream Sunday Worship service at W83 Ministry Center on July 12, 2020 at 10 a.m.
As this is a limited regathering, please make sure you read through our registration requirements and safety protocols here.
• Volunteers needed for Vacation Bible School: Love your youngest West Side neighbors by helping out with VBS this year! During the week of July 13 we need seven more awesome volunteers to serve as Virtual Small Group Leaders. Contact [email protected] for more info.
• Disaster Relief Fund: This relief fund is available to those in our West Side community who have been financially impacted from wage loss due to COVID-19. Your church community has come together to support you during this time of need!
• Sign up for our Virtual Book Club, July 7: Join Pastor Joel for three weeks to read through and discuss Tim Kellers latest ebook How to Reach the West Again.
• Read through safety protocols for in-person services: July 12 marks the first day of our limited regathering! Please make sure you read through our safety protocols and registration requirements.
• Serve neighbors in need at a mobile soup kitchen: If you feel comfortable, join New York City Relief's outreach to offer soup, prayer, and resources to the East Harlem and South Bronx communities.
• Teach ESL classes on Zoom: The Brooklyn Arab American Friendship Center welcomes volunteers who to each ESL while also forming meaningful friendships across cultures.
• Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals in COVID-19 New Normal, July 13: RCS is hosting a free workshop for healthcare professionals in partnership with the NYC chapter and the Psychiatry Section of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) that will discuss the signs of trauma and acute/chronic stress and practical ways to process those experiences to build resilience and improve self-care. This workshop will include a breakout group time facilitated by licensed counselors or psychiatrists. The breakout groups are limited to the first 100 participants who register.
• Join a Virtual Bible Study, Aug 5: Join Pastor Bijan for four weeks as we consider spiritual battles and the armor of God in Ephesians 6
• Pray for our city on Neighborhood Prayer Walks: Pray and walk through the Upper West Side and Washington Heights this summer. These are a way for us to gain God’s eyes and heart for our neighborhoods, and to cry out for God’s kingdom to come in our city. Families with children are welcome!