The one thing that I am not short on right now is scripture verses to look up and read. Many people are sending me wonderful passages of encouragement, refreshment, courage and hope. This morning I read Galatians 6:2 and my face lit up....
When it comes to heart, few congregations stand out like New Life Community Church (BIC) in Carlisle, Pa.
A congregation of relational people meeting relational needs in their community, New Life invites the homeless to join them for Sunday breakfast, provides bicycles for those without transportation, and gives furniture to folks leaving temporary housing. They’ve adopted a local BIC congregation and even sent out half their leadership team to plant a church across town.
Well it happened... the Canadian Pastor had to cancel Sunday morning worship! It isn't a pride thing, it is a complete love and passion for being together as a church family that has brought me to say for the past 11 years that NLC will always be open. The reality is though that 3 feet of snow in less than 24 hours changes things.
It has not been an easy road, but it's been one where our faith and the great faithfulness of God have been evident every step of the way. From relocating to three different facilities, planting a church, adopting a church, and now buying a huge vacant downtown church; we have seen many answers to prayer and miracles. Our testimony is not unlike that of the Israelites as they sought to follow God and walk in His promises.
Several months of prayer, wrestle, challenge, lots of hard work, prayer filled sleepless nights and tons of faith are about to come to a partial close tonight. Tonight at 5pm our newly appointed Trustees and myself (Pastor Ryan) will meet with three godly lawyers and leaders from Carlisle United Methodist to sign the closing documents. Tonight at 6pm NLC will be the expectant new stewards of 64 E. North St. and 54 E. North St. I sit here at my dining room table emotional and in some ways blank as I type these words.
After several months... make that several years of prayer and dreaming; NLC will be moving into a new facility in just over one month. January 17th will be our FIRST service in the former First United Methodist Church building at 64 E. North St. This building will be New Life Community Church's new home. We along with several community partners will engage our community together, sharing space, ideas, talents, skills and all from under the same roof.