On Monday November 13, we had our annual Congregational Meeting. During these meetings we worship together, hear ministry updates and elect new leaders. I want to give you a short recap of some of what happened at this year's meeting. We re-elected two new elders: Dan Larson and Jacob Samad (both have served before). Paul Boys, Josh Kaufmann and Ben Frade are rotating off...Keep Reading
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This summer we’re going to walk through 1 Corinthians 13 phrase by phrase, considering both the nature of love, and how to embody it. It’ll be ugly at times, because none of us are touching the way of life in this chapter. But it will be hopeful, because we can see real growth in love, individually and as a community....
Here's what you need to know and remember about coming back to the building for worship as we reopen. ...
For our Signs sermon series we had several artists from New City represent the sign in their artwork. Sadly we had to cease meeting together in the midst of the series but here are the pieces and brief descriptions from the sermons shared in the series either in person or via our house church liturgies. Thanks to all the artists who encouraged us by using their gifts to create these delightful works! ...
We're just about at the midway point of our Making Room project. Throughout the month of November we'll be taking stock of where we're at and reminding ourselves of where we're going. We'll do this by studying the book of Ruth....Keep Reading
"Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." (Mark 6.31) At New City our policy is to grant pastors a three month sabbatical after seven years of ministry. We've been really fortunate to have a lot of longevity on our team -- Brian, Mike and Ryan have all been here long enough to have a sabbatical. And this summer, my fourtheenth at New City, I'm enter...Keep Reading
Making Room, who's afraid of deconstruction, and getting ready for sunday...Keep Reading
This happy convergence got me thinking about Paul's emphasis in the second half of Romans 2 on the dangers of an empty spiritual life. Paul gives a few signs to help us diagnose this kind of "dead orthodoxy" in ourselves....Keep Reading
This weekend Pastor Mike walked us through the story of David bringing the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. There's a lot going on in this episode: Uzzah's death, David's dance, Michal's mockery. But this week I was thinking mostly about what the ark of the covenant represented to the people of Israel....Keep Reading
Amazing Grace was written by John Newton as a New Year's song. It's original title, which I like quite a bit better, was "Faith's Review and Expectation." The idea was to sing out the previous year by looking back at all that God had led you through (that's faith's review); and to look ahead to the next year with hope for more of God's grace (that's faith's expectation). I...Keep Reading
You may have recently noticed that wehave constructed a new pavilion in the land next to our church building. As we wait to move forward with our facilities master plan and in light COVID-19, we wanted to create an open air space for folks at our church and in our neighborhood to gather. The outdoor pavilion was approved by the city building and zoning and is available fo...Keep Reading
None of our ministries have been altered more significantly during covid19 than New City Kids. I'm so proud of our New City Kids staff, for all the content they created for children in weekly home church lessons, virtual VBS, and Youtube stories and songs. This is definitely not what they had in mind when thinking about our spring and summer ministry, but they've adapted w...Keep Reading