Whew! What a year. When 2020 began, no one knew that it would be this kind of year. But here we are. I'm so proud of our community and the ways we have navigated this pandemic--and the national social unrest--we have been confronted with. Your generosity, compassion and leadership have been a gift. In the visible and invisible ways that you've served, I offer my sincere gratitude.
As we step into our 34th year as a congregation, I'm excited about the new ways God is leading us. We will continue to do the things God has called us to, as reflected in our 5Ms. At the same time, we are at a place where we are looking to expand these values through the training of leaders and the starting of new, New Life churches.
We must prayerfully seek new ways to engage our neighbors, discipling women, men and children to follow Jesus, multiplying the impact God has called us to. We have much to be grateful for, and we have much to look forward to. Despite everything we have had to endure, God has given us a fruitful 2019-2020, and I’m excited to see what he unfolds to us as we step into this next season as a church family. Thanks for being who you are and for doing all you’ve done.
With great love and affection,
As I reflect back on this year, I see two visions - one before Covid and one after. Before Covid, the image I see is of a movie playing on a screen and someone’s finger is on the fast forward button. Because the movie is playing fast, I can’t make out the details or faces. This is how I remember things and events before Covid - a blur. In the next image, I see someone pressing the slow motion button. Though time is moving at normal speed, the image in the picture is moving very slowly. As I process the details, one of the things that I see is incredible loss: of income, of mobility, of community, and of lives. However, as difficult as these losses are, I'm reminded of the story of Joseph, who lost his youth and his innocence; Job, who lost his family and wealth; a father who lost his Prodigal Son; and of course, Jesus, who lost his life. The good news is that their losses were not the end of their stories. Each of their lives were eventually "reset" by God in the form of redemption, through His infinite power and grace. Likewise, I believe that God can and will "reset" our lives by redeeming what we have lost during this difficult period. I pray that there will come a time in the future, when you are able to utter the following words of praise spoken by them:
Joseph: "What was meant for evil, God used it for good."Job: "My ears had heard of You, but now my eyes have seen you.Prodigal Son: "(I) was lost but now am found."
As challenging as this season has been, I also pray that you will hold on to the promise made by Jesus right before He ascended to heaven, "surely I am with you always."
I am so grateful for each of you, for the ways you have stepped up to support and encourage each other. I thank the staff for making it a priority to safeguard our health while shepherding our souls. Thank you for your diligence in migrating your ministries online to keep us connected. Thank you to our prayer ministries for interceding on behalf of our church. Thank you to New Life CDC for serving our neighbors so faithfully during this time of crisis.
And finally I’d like to thank my fellow Elders. I appreciate your collective spiritual and personal maturity, your insight, wisdom and heart to serve God. It’s an honor and a privilege to serve alongside you.
I believe New Life will come back stronger than ever because we have an awesome God, and I look forward to hearing stories of how God has “reset” lives by redeeming losses during this challenging time.
Cate Song | Pastor of Worship Ministries
Jessica Rechner | Sunday Program & Sunday Ambassador Coordinator
Susan Vivas | Executive Assistant
Tom Henry | Tech Coordinator
Silvett Garcia-Tsuang | Communications Coordinator
Jacqueline Snape | Executive Pastor
Victoria Kolsch | Treasurer
Jessica Ellwood | Bookkeeper
George Cuffe | Building Manager
Ed Gruber | Building Mechanic
Josela Reales | Front Desk Coordinator
Dominick Baerga | Environment Setup Associate
Peter Rohdin | Community Life Team Pastor
Helen Kim Nowalk | Small Groups and Communities Pastor
Sherin Swift | Pastor
Redd Sevilla | Missional Neighborhood Groups
Kelly Ng | Director of Marriage Ministry
Myrna Rohdin | Community Life Coordinator
Lisa Galindo-Ramos | Community Life Administrative Assistant
We value deep, beneath-the-surface life transformation. We aim to grow deeply in love with God, ourselves, and others – going back to go forward, and learning how we can more truly become who God has made us to be.
We recognize that we have been changed by God’s love, so we endeavor to share this love in word and deed as we seek the prosperity of our community of Elmhurst & Corona, Queens.
Matt Manno | Next Gen Ministries Pastor
Dave Cales | New Life Kids Pastor
Brendaliz Ayende | Next Gen Ministries Administrative Assistant
Ruth Lugo | Executive Director of EHD
Pete Scazzero | Co-Founder of EHD
Geri Scazzero | Co-Founder of EHD
Rick and Jiji Harner | New Life Fellowship Missionaries