A Word From Our Lead Pastor

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,

Pastor Rich
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A Word from our Elder Board Chair

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. 

God Bless,

Steve Lee
Elder Chair

Elder Board

Rick Chowayou
Rick Chowayou
Susan Chung
Susan Chung
Julie Lee
Julie Lee
Steven McIntosh
Steven McIntosh
Hector Pabon
Hector Pabon
Rich Villodas
Rich Villodas
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Churchwide Services

Worship & Churchwide
Services Staff

Cate Song  |  Pastor of Worship Ministries
Jessica Rechner  |  Sunday Program & Sunday Ambassador Coordinator
Susan Vivas  |  Executive Assistant
Tom Henry  |  Tech Coordinator

Average
Sunday Attendance

1158

Easter Service
Attendance

2000

Average Live
Stream Viewership

1289

Next Step Cards
Filled Out

70

Sunday
Ambassador
Volunteers

100

Worship
Team
Volunteers

80

Stories of New Life

The worship ministry at New Life has opened my eyes and solidified what is truly important for my journey in life. Through the rehearsals, prayers and Sunday morning worship I have become connected with people who have been instrumental in providing genuine insight on how to improve my relationship with not only God but all of his children as well. I am forever thankful for this team and the joy it brings into my heart.”
Vicki Richards
New Life Choir Member
After attending New Life for a couple of years and enjoying a few small groups I felt a need to be more involved with a ministry on a regular basis.  One Sunday, Jessica spoke to the congregation about the Sunday Ambassador Team and the various areas within the Sunday services where they help out, and I thought I’d contact her for more information. The rest, as they say, is history.  Jessica enthusiastically extended me an invitation to serve in the Welcome Center, and the entire team gladly accepted me as well.  Especially Donna, who patiently worked with me training and guiding me along after the 12:30pm service.  Volunteering in the Welcome Center has enabled me to meet wonderful New Lifers and visitors, while supporting the pastors in registering people for various church activities, workshops and small group meetings.  The Welcome Center is really like the hub of the lobby.  People stop by not only to purchase Bible resources and other materials, but also with questions or concerns that we can refer to a Pastor or other group leaders.  And sometimes, they just stop by to say “Hi” or ask for prayer.  So, it has been a great opportunity to meet people while supporting the church.
Sheilah Vaughan
Welcome Center Ambassador

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Digital and Social Engagement

Communication Staff

Silvett Garcia-Tsuang |  Communications Coordinator

YouTube Views

85,800

Sermon Podcast
Downloads

134,235

Social Engagements

8,877
Followers:
Facebook - 5,305
Instagram - 1371
Twitter - 2,201

Website Views

140,000

YouTube Views

85,800

Sermon Podcast
Downloads

134,235

Website Views

140,000

Social Engagements

8,877
Followers:
Facebook - 5,305
Instagram - 1371
Twitter - 2,201
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Tithes &
Offering
$
3,319,197
Total Revenue
$
3,567,170
Other
$
170,926
Building Fund
$
77,047
Building Updates
+4.5%
Increase in
total revenue
$3,413,177 (2018)
$3,567,170 (2019)
+7.4%
Increase in
tithes & offerings
$3,089,627 (2018)
$3,319,197 (2019)
Total Revenue
$
3,567,170
Tithes &
Offering
$
3,319,197
Other
$
170,926
Building Fund
$
77,047

Mortgage Balance

$
1,912,670.47
as of December 31, 2019

New Life
CDC Revenue

$
525,926

EHD revenue

$
873,689

Community Development

$
202,987

Missional Offering

Global Partnerships

$
328,200
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Staff & Leadership Updates

New Staff

Helen Kim
Pastor of Small Groups
and Communities
Helen Kim
Pastor of Small Groups
and Communities
Andres Valenzuela
Director of School
of Formation
Andres Valenzuela
Director of School
of Formation
Isabel McLeod
Administrative Assistant
to Executive Pastor
Isabel McLeod
Administrative Assistant
to Executive Pastor

Deacons

Myrna Agosto
Myrna Agosto
Nelli Carlese
Nelli Carlese
David Cales
David Cales
Aimee Fareth
Aimee Fareth
Peter Fol
Peter Fol
Kelly Cosgrove-Fol
Kelly Cosgrove-Fol
Anthony Geramita
Anthony Geramita
Meybol Geramita
Meybol Geramita
Ellen Hwang
Ellen Hwang
Linda Johnson
Linda Johnson
Russell McLeod
Russell McLeod
Isabel McLeod
Isabel McLeod
Belinda Mendez
Belinda Mendez
Tammy Murray
Tammy Murray
Carroll Oliver
Carroll Oliver
Monique Perello
Monique Perello
Judith Rapley
Judith Rapley
Liesel Schumacher
Liesel Schumacher
Josh Simone
Josh Simone
David Snape
David Snape
Not pictured here:
Carlos Agosto, Marta Andrade, Tony Andrade, Kennet Berrios

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Community

Community Life Staff

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

Life Change Happens Better In Circles Than In Rows We want to build deep, authentic relationships - creating spaces where we can truly be known.  Our small Groups and communities are places where we can become connected with God and with others.
We want to build deep, authentic
relationships - creating spaces
where we can truly be known.  
Our small Groups and communities are places where we can become connected with God and with others.
60
Small
Groups
540
Group
Members
64
Small
Groups
540
Group
Members
60
Small
Groups
Life Change Happens Better In Circles Than In Rows We want to build deep, authentic relationships - creating spaces where we can truly be known.  Our small Groups and communities are places where we can become connected with God and with others.
We want to build deep, authentic
relationships - creating spaces
where we can truly be known.  
Our small Groups and communities are places where we can become connected with God and with others.
65
Group
Leaders
Elmhurst Public
Spaces (MNG)
Flushing
Forest Hills Monday
Genesis Process
Long Island Great Neck
Flushing/
ForestHills/
Rego Park
Married with Kids
Mom & Tween
Daughters
Single Women’s
Group
Sunnyside/
Woodside
23
Summer
Parties

Stories of New Life

As we were discerning, the Lord spoke to us through His word in that ‘He came to seek and save the lost.’ It is so easy to be lost here in New York and not have found your place. We were married last year, and it was our heart’s desire to open up our home to anyone, no matter the age, gender, ethnicity, or marital status, who was looking for a ‘home base, a safe place.’ That, for us, is a small group where you can connect. In running the Forest Hills Monday Night Group, we have been blessed to walk on this journey with fellow followers of Christ, especially at a time such as this. As members of New Life Fellowship, we have been so blessed by everyone and hope to continue to do so for a long time to come.
Peter & Awilda Stieglmayr
Forest Hills Monday Small group Leaders
I moved to Queens, NY in 2018. I was so excited to start a life in the big city with my daughter and the man I was preparing to marry. Church was always a part of my life, so I was eager to find a new church home. Little did I know how much I would need it just short of a month after moving here. My relationship abruptly ended, and as much as I love NYC I was left feeling very alone and depressed here. I had no family or friends here to comfort me. I found New Life by doing research of churches online. I read about the history of the church and decided to visit. I knew immediately after attending for the first time that I found where I wanted to continue growing spiritually. I signed up for Emotionally Healthy Relationships in the fall and took Emotionally Healthy Spirituality afterwards. I was so happy to be amongst others while also growing spiritually, but when those classes ended, I felt alone all over again. One Sunday after church small group tables were set up downstairs I decided to go learn about the many different groups. I left my information with a couple of groups, and CAYA (Come As You Are) ended up being the first I attended. I cannot express how thankful I am for my small group. I finally felt connected and settled a year after moving to NYC and I have my small group to thank for that. I have developed meaningful relationships with amazing people who are pretty much my family here. It is so important to become connected with a small group when you are part of a congregation of many people. Being in a small group has helped me feel so much more connected to my church and the community. It has also helped me develop meaningful relationships with people I can pray with, pray for, and dig deeper into the word of God. My small group has also been so encouraging and supportive of fostering skills I did not realize I had deep down inside of me. I feel more comfortable in church knowing that I am not alone in my daily struggles with life because I have a group of people to turn to for support.
Shonda Bradshaw
CAYA Small Group Member

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Formation

Maturing as Followers of Christ

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.

112
Newcomers Lunch
and Communitas Membership
Classes attendees
6
marriage events covering topics such as expectations in relationships, going back to go forward, prayer for couples, and a premarital training
72
people participated in financial literacy classes (classes included “Preparing for Retirement”)
203
People attended the EHD course (Part 1 EHS and/or Part 2 EHR)
33
attended Alpha
(More are staying and getting plugged in at New Life)
14
Baptisms (12 on Sundays & 2 in Missional Neighborhood Groups) Only 1 person out of the 14 is a formal member
120
couples equipped by Marriage Ministry Team: (12 couples equipped in counseling sessions and 21 couples in our premarital seminar)
109
who attended a Congregational Day Alone with God
188
participants in Online Bible Study Groups - approximately 188 In April and May 2020, during the pandemic, we launched Alone Yet Together and Deeper, two interactive bible studies aimed at providing online opportunities for spiritual formation through scripture.
112
Newcomers Lunch
and Communitas Membership
Classes attendees
72
people participated in financial literacy classes (classes included “Preparing for Retirement”)
6
Newcomers Lunch marriage events
covering topics such as expectations in relationships, going back to go forward, prayer for couples, and a premarital trainingClasses attendees
203
People attended the EHD course (Part 1 EHS and/or Part 2 EHR)
109
who attended a Congregational Day Alone with God
33
attended Alpha
(More are staying and getting plugged in at New Life)
188
participants in Online Bible Study Groups - approximately 188 In April and May 2020, during the pandemic, we launched Alone Yet Together and Deeper, two interactive bible studies aimed at providing online opportunities for spiritual formation through scripture.
33
attended Alpha
(More are staying and getting plugged in at New Life)
120
couples equipped by Marriage Ministry Team: (12 couples equipped in counseling sessions and 21 couples in our premarital seminar)

Stories of New Life

My sister would often invite me to go to church with her, but I would always refuse because of my past experience with church. What changed in my life was when I came to New Life for my niece’s [Ashley’s] baptism. I was very moved by the way people behaved toward each other. I felt it when I first walked in. The people are different and there’s a lot of love here. I heard my niece’s testimony and was moved by her experience and then I heard Pastor Rich service that day and I knew I found something special. I knew I found my true home.
Idalia Landin
baptized in January of 2020 after attending
Alpha and witnessing Ashley Mangual’s
baptism in Oct of 2019
After getting engaged, meeting with Kelly helped us feel more prepared and hopeful for our future. It’s been great to get a nonjudgmental, outside perspective on our relationship, from someone so helpful and knowledgeable.  Attending the Premarital Seminar helped us learn how to better communicate, by equipping us with new skills that we wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere else. Tools like the Community Temperature Reading help us stay connected, despite our hectic schedules. Having the Marriage Ministry in our lives has been a wonderful gift that we’re beyond grateful for.
Kristiana Peralta &
Jose Rohdin

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Mission

Making Disciples of all Nations

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.

We launched
a new Missional Neighborhood Group (MNG)
Members meet in public spaces
like a cafe, restaurant,
park or library.

Momentum Yes

We launched “Momentum Yes”
and “Start Here” to cultivate
mission among New Lifers

Start Here

2-3
evangelistic outreaches were held in Elmhurst and Corona each week

Stories of New Life

Learning from the Missional Neighborhood Groups, Start Series and MomentumYes has changed my perspective and equipped me to be on mission. I'm learning to be intentional with my relationships for Kingdom purpose, and pray for unengaged unreached people groups already here in NYC. Building relationships and studying the bible with Hindu-turned-atheist, Buddhists and Muslims teaches me to love others graciously, and challenges my faith to grow deeper. It's exciting to be at the front seat in witnessing God's redemption of people; joining Him where He is already at work has given me incomparable joy!
Salva Avena
MNG participant
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Next Gen Ministries

NextGen Staff

Matt Manno  |  Next Gen Ministries Pastor
Dave Cales  
|  New Life Kids Pastor
Brendaliz Ayende  
|  Next Gen Ministries Administrative Assistant

Average
weekly kids in attendance

215

Average
weekly kids

215
(before COVID-19)

Small
group leaders

27

Assistant small
group leaders

8

Average students
in weekly gatherings

120
(before COVID-19)

Student
small groups

14

Small
‍group leaders

25
120
people attended our first NextGen Ministries Parenting Conference in October of 2019

Boosters After
School Programs

31
Students supported, including those who are falling behind due to COVID-19

Young
Governors

11
YGs have been trained as teen community organizers. This year, YGs have decided to focus their work on responding to the needs of immigrants and unifying our diverse community. Current projects now include emergency COVID-19 response.

Success
Groups

7
we have enrolled our 5th cohort in the past year and, in this pandemic, we have positioned ourselves to enroll 2 more as a means of releasing much needed funding

ESL

31
immigrant adult students continued to receive the gift of language as they become part of our community

Food
Pantry

150k
pre-pandemic, our core service was on track to provide 150,000 pounds of food for the year.

Health
Center

3082
patient visits in the past year.  In this pandemic we prioritize the most vulnerable such as the homeless and underinsured in the area.

Cub
Scouts

TBD
Cub Scouts are in a regrouping phase after the graduation of a number of Cub Scouts and in light of the pandemic.

Girl
Scout

32
young girls were trained and mentored to reinvest in the local community through food and clothing drives

Stories of New Life

Young Governors has also allowed me to better understand how I fit into the context of this ever-changing world. Society often gives little credit and invests little faith in young people on their ability to enact change. Young Governors has taught me how to be a valuable young citizen. [It] has given the opportunity for talented and driven young people to become part of the change, rather than the problem. I have learned so much from YG, ranging from simple marketable skills to more complex ones like how to begin to understand my very existence. YG has taught me to live life with a greater sense of purpose and confidence, and I am incredibly thankful for these experiences and more to come.
Jane Chen
Young Governor
Aura is a volunteer at the Homeless ministry. She cooks delicious meals for our homeless guests, up to 30lbs or more in 1 and 2 large catering trays, 2 -3 times a week. She then delivers them to us, and alongside with the Homeless Ministry staff, she serves the delicious meals to those in need. Despite her tiny kitchen in her small apartment, she says she can think of no better way to volunteer her time and cooking skills to bless the hungry and those living on the streets. She is a physical manifestation of the love of God to the homeless here in the Elmhurst community. Without volunteers like her we could not operate and provide the most basic of needs for existence for the homeless, where every day, the heavy burden of finding food is their main priority. We thank Aura for her faithful dedication to those in need here in Elmhurst.
Aura
Homeless Ministry Volunteer
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Mentoring to Build a Team of Deeply Changed Leaders
In Fall 2019, Pete and Geri led a group of 16 NYC- Metro next-generation pastors through “Leader’s Version” of the 8-week Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course, digging deep into their lives and leadership.  
In May 2020, Pete and Geri mentored a group of 100 pastors from North America and various West-African countries through the 8-week “leaders version” of the EH Spirituality Course.
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Introducing Leaders to the Culture of Emotionally Healthy Discipleship
In weekly installments of the EH Leader Podcast, Pete Scazzero talked directly with pastors and church leaders exploring the paradigms and practices they need to transform their church culture and multiply deeply changed disciples.  The podcast reached over 1,360,000 downloads in 2019.
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Transforming Staff Teams into Deeply Changed Leaders
The new Team Transformation Video Series introduces 3 core resources for developing and discipling emotionally mature staff teams.  Pete leads each discipleship experience via video: Explore Your Genogram, Discover Sabbath and Craft a Rule of Life for teams of 3 to 300!
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Mentoring to Build a Team of Deeply Changed Leader
To support the introduction of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course and Emotionally Healthy Relationships Course in spanish language translations, we started expanding the ministry to include a Spanish language division, Discipulado Emocionalmente Sano.  We are completing the translation of a spanish website including free resources to equip pastors in Emotionally Healthy Discipleship.

Global Missions: New Life in the Philippines

Rick and Jiji Harner | New Life Fellowship Missionaries

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Tutoring about 100 students every week in G1:27 Tutoring TEAM. G1:27 Scholar Derek Salundaguit finished his degree in architecture. We currently have 3 scholars: Jameson Colentava ( 3rd year engineering), Judelou Congson (2nd year education) & Jezryl Soronio (1st year psychology)
26
Our Home School and Good Shepherd schools provided primary education for 26 students this year.  1 of our Good Shepherd graduates (Jezryl Soronio) has finished a year of college attending part-time
50
Emotionally Healthy Woman Course was published locally by OMF so we have them available at costs reasonable for people who earn here in the Philippines. We taught Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and Emotionally Healthy Woman at Asian Theological Seminary in Manila in their Strategic Leadership Institute with more than 50 attendees.
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Our church Olive Grove baptized 9 new believers

Stories of New Life

Maria* and her 2 sisters all have different fathers. They grew up moving from house to house, living in very small rooms often without electricity and at times without food to eat.  When she was 12 and entering high school, her mother became pregnant again, so Maria stopped her schooling.  Someone saw her walking and told her she could make money posing for pictures.  She followed him and began by taking pictures in a swimsuit that he gave her.  At 12 years old, she got used to this type of behavior and realized she could market herself to make money so her family would have food to eat.  Though she got to the point where she could get more money, she felt empty and tired and would cry out to God.  She had been in the industry for more than 10 years when her friend invited her to the small group from our church.  Though she felt uncomfortable, she didn’t want to say no to her friend.  At the small group, people share their stories and pray for one another.  Over time, she got used to this very different environment and felt the freedom and safety to share her story.  She found Christ and has entered into a mentoring relationship to be discipled.  She chose to be baptized in November 2019, even though she was working in another country.  She flew back just for our baptism and shared her story through many tears . . .
* the name of the young woman in this story has been changed for her protection