Saturday, December 29, 2007

December Giving

Thanks to your generousity, we were able to finish off 2007 strong. Instead of a shortfall, we experienced a $6900 surplus in our regular giving and on top of this, we also received $6000 in “Gift to the King” giving. This giving has allowed us to fund some underfunded ministries. Let’s take a moment to give thanks to the Lord!

Friday, December 28, 2007

KidzLife Christmas Video

Here is the video we showed during our Christmas Eve service of our kids telling the Christmas Story.

This Sunday!

Join Mike Wagner this Sunday for "Lost". We will be doing a message on Luke 2:41-50. Be sure to read ahead and we will see you on Sunday!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Thank You!

The Bible says that as believers we’re each called to play a part in the church. In fact the Bible says this, the Body of Christ grows as each part does it work. We want to give a big thanks to the following people who have recently started serving at New Life.

-Allen Adam - Greeting
-Marisa Adam - Greeting
-Solomon Cheifer- Lighting
-Zachary Dunn - KidzLife
-Ray Edwards - Lighting
-Marilyn Feldmeier- Greeting
-Jeannette Russell - KidzLife
-Lindsay Russell - KidzLife
-Guy Wilcox- Greeting
-Sherry Wilcox- Greeting
-Sarah Webster - KidzLife

It’s people like this who allow the ministry to happen. If you want to find out more about serving, send us an email or check out our website.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

We're Moving!

We’re moving our weekend services back to Corona Hills

The Background - As many of you know, a church has been leasing our Corona Hill Facility on Sunday morning. Their monthly payment of $6000 makes it possible for us to keep our Corona Hills facility while we meet at Santiago.

Last Week - We received a letter from the church giving us 30 days notice. Their financial situation requires them to move out of our building early. Their last Sunday in our building will be January 13th.

What it means for us- Without their rent, we can’t afford to make payment on two facilities, and since we are still bound by our lease at Corona Hills, we need to move our morning services to our Corona Hills facility and stop meeting at Santiago.

When it Will Happen - Our first Sunday at Corona Hills will be January 20th.
For More Information - Check out our FAQ

Christmas Eve Monday, December 24th!

You're invited to our Christmas Eve service on Monday, December 24th at 5:30pm at our Corona Hills location.

Mexico Christmas Trip

Here are some picture from our Christmas Trip to Casa Hagar an Orphanage in Mexico we support.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Thanks to our new volunteers!

KidzLife children’s ministry recently had four new members volunteer to serve! Let’s praise God for them and pray that He will continue to move the hearts of people to want to serve in this ministry. We still need at least 12 more volunteers. If you would like to find out about serving, contact

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Baptism Video

Here is the video we showed on Sunday of our 11-18-07 baptism.

The Connection Between the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts?

This Sunday is the beginning of our study through the book of Luke. Here is a quiz question? What is the connection between the book of Luke and the book of Acts? Read Luke 1:1-4 and the Acts 1:1-2 and see if you can make the connection.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

New Members!

Congratulations to our new members, Daniel Ahlgren, Chris Bernardo, Trevor Burton, Tiffany Campbell, Karl Diekman, Alex Huerta and Sarah Webster. Please join us in praying for our new members.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Note from Mike Hannah

On Sunday Mike Wagner challenged members to take one of the invitation postcards to our new Christmas series and do one of three things with it....

1)  invite someone to church
2)  Leave the invitation somewhere public - like a doctor's waiting room
3)  Put it on your refrigerator and remember to pray for the series

I did all three. After church on Sunday I gave an invitation to the guy we buy firewood from .  I left one at a coffee shop I go to, and I put one on our refrigerator to remind me to pray.  Above is a picture of it on our fridge. 

How about you?  Will you take the challenge to do at least one? 

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Miracle Series

Miracles come at unexpected times, to unexpected people, in unexpected places. This December we’re starting a series through the book of Luke. Between now and the end of the year we’ll be looking at the Christmas story. Topics for this series include:

Miracles Come at Unexpected Times
Experiencing a Miracle When Hope is Gone: Zechariah and Elizabeth – Luke 1:1-25

Miracles Come to Unexpected People
Experiencing a Miracle When You Feel Like You Don’t Have a Lot to Offer – Mary and the Angel Gabriel – Luke 1:26-38

Miracles Come in Unexpected Places
Experiencing the Miracle in the Manger - The Birth of Christ – Luke 2:1-20

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Q and A on the Weekend Message - Part 2

During the weekend service Mike Hannah teaches the Bible. We're going to do a few questions and answers on the weekend message. This week's question is....

Question – How long does it take you to prepare a message.

Answer – It really varies from week to week. Some weeks are crazy and I don’t have as much time to study, some weeks are more “normal”. Likewise, some messages come together quicker, some come together slower. But I would say on average - 10 – 12 hours.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Hell, the Devil and Eternal Punishment

This Sunday we’re continuing our series on the End of the World. We’ll look at what the Bible says about Hell, the Devil and Eternal Punishment. Here are a couple of questions to get you thinking?

Who is in charge of Heaven?
Who is in charge of Hell?
Can the Devil read your thoughts?
How does the concept of Hell line up with God's Love?

See you on Sunday?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

November Financial Update

November Giving - $34,908
November Shortfall ($7,996)

“Thank You” to all who faithfully support New Life Community Church. Above is a chart of our average monthly giving for recent months and our current monthly minimum budget.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Weekend Messages

During the weekend service Mike Hannah teaches the Bible. Over the next couple weeks we're going to do a few questions and answers on the weekend message. This week's question is....

Question – How do you decide what to speak on?

Answer – Each Fall I begin the process of putting together the message schedule for the following year. I usually begin with a season of prayer and reflection. During this time I seek direction from God. I also try to take into consideration needs of the church, and a balance between what we’ve covered recently and things we haven’t covered as a church.

My favorite way to teach is to go through books of the Bible, so that is my natural leaning. If you look back at our history as a church, about 75% of the time we go through books of the Bible, about 25% of the time we do topical studies. Some subjects, especially theology is probably best covered topically. For example, if you want to know what the Bible says about Holy Spirit, you need to look at more than one passage.

After praying and getting initial direction, I’ll usually run a proposed message schedule by the church board and at a staff meeting for feedback. After this, I’ll put together a message schedule for as far into the year as I can plan. I usually have a rough idea of what I’ll be speaking on at least six months out, sometimes for the whole year.

For 2008 I’m thinking of going through three books of the Bible.

The book of Luke – It’s been a while since we’ve done a series through the life and teaching of Jesus, the last time was 2001. You can’t go wrong when focusing on Jesus!

1 John – I’ve never done a series through 1 John and I’m pumped about studying this book. As part of our “One Hit Wonder” series we studied 2nd and 3rd John, so this will complete our study of the three epistles that bear John’s name.

James – In Fall of 2008 I’m praying about doing a study through the book of James. There is a lot of practical advice for living for Christ in James. One of the focuses is on putting your faith into action.

Small Group Report

Here's an email from someone who visited one our small groups for the first time.

First of all, thank you so much for allowing me to come--thinking that it was only a young couples group, which I can see is not the focus--it really is the only one that I can attend due to my crazy "i need to learn to say no" schedule.

Second, I really really enjoyed it. I haven't been to a Bible Study in a long time where I was forced to think about what I was going to say. I actually had to stretch my mind. I love that feeling. It was very refreshing not having to answer the same "churchy" questions in the same "churchy" way. I really enjoyed the challenge of exploring ideas that are both Biblical and different from my own understanding.

Third, I really liked splitting up into groups at the end for prayer--the "guys with guys" and "girls with girls" thing. I think that that is very important and beneficial.

If you are part of small group, let us know about your experience by emailing us at

If you're not part of small group, check out groups on our

Monday, November 26, 2007

Have You Been to an On Mission Meeting?

If not there’s one scheduled for Monday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm at our Corona Hills location. This meeting is an opportunity to hear about our focus as a church and learn how to play a part. Sign up on Sunday at the Information Table.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lets give thanks to our awesome God for all he does in our lives and the lives of others.

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.
--Psalm 30:11-12

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Giving to God!

Giving is a way to worship God with our wealth. To find out more about giving, check out this page on our website.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Baptism Congrats!

Congratulations to Jeremy Fischer, Teddy Johnson, Keri Kaus and Joe Monge. These members took the step of faith and were baptized Sunday.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Youtube Videos

We have now had over 3500 views of Youtube videos. Below is a player for our channel on youtube.

P.S. If you want to check out out videos, on the right column of this page, you can scroll down to "labels" and choose videos.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

End of the World FAQ's

Here are some frequently asked questions about the end times. Click here for answers to these questions.

What is the battle of Armageddon?
What is the mark of the beast (666)?
Will Christ come before or after the Tribulation?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Women's Retreat

Here are some photos from the Women's Retreat. It was an awesome time of fun and fellowship!

Monday, November 12, 2007

End of the World Song

The trailer for our current series includes clips from old shows and the song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” The original song was by a band called R.E.M. The version you hear on our video is by a Christian band called D.C. Talk (pictured above). DC talk covered the song on their 1997 live album Welcome to the Freak Show.

The song goes quick so it’s hard to hear the lyrics, so here they are…

That's great, it starts with an earthquake, Birds, snakes, and aeroplanes You know I am not afraid. Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn World serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs Feed it like an aux feeds, grunt, no, strength, no Ladder starts with a clattered gear found high Wire in a fire represents a seven gauge In a government rage

It's the end of the world as we know it It's the end of the world as we know it It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine

That's great, it starts with an earthquake,
Birds and snakes, and aeroplanes Toby Mac has never, ever, ever been afraid Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn World serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs Feed it like an aux feeds, grunt, no, strength, no Ladder starts with a clattered gear found high Wire in a fire represents a seven gauge In a government rage

End Times Hotline

Check out our "End of the World" webpage. You can ask end time questions and check out end times information.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Giving Update

As a church we’re trying to get “On Mission” but we’ve had a challenge that’s holding us back – our weekly giving. We recently sent out an important letter with the details. If you didn’t get a copy, you can check it out here. If you did get the letter, let’s pray for giving that will help us go to the next level as a church.
Click Here to View.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Interested in serving at New Life?

If so, check out First Serve. First Serve is an opportunity to test the waters in serving at New Life. It's designed as entry level experience to serve God. For more information check out our First Serve webpage.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

It All Starts With an Earthquake

Check out our Website for Resources from this Sunday's message. Click here to visit.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Fall Back!

Don't forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night. This is the time we fall back.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

A HUGE Thank You!

Thank you to all of our awesome volunteers that made our Harvest Festival a great event. We appreciate all you do here at New Life!

"I thank my God every time I remember you." Philippians 1:3

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Harvest Festival Tonight!

Join us tonight at 6:00-8:30pm at our Sampson location for our annual Harvest Festival. This is a great alternative to trick or treating. Join us for games, crafts, food, a chili cook-off and of course lots of candy. Tickets are still available to purchase at the door for $9 each child, adults are free. See all you cowpokes there!
For directions click here

Monday, October 29, 2007

October Financial Update

“Thank You” to all who faithfully support New Life Community Church. Below is a report of our average weekly giving for recent months and our current weekly base budget.

Average weekly giving:

July - $8,419.64
August- $9,691.52
September- $9,723
October - $9,404

Current Weekly Base Budget - $10,726.75

End of the World

Join us this Sunday for the start of our series, "It's the End of the World as We Know It, and I Feel Fine!" Topics Include...

It All Starts With An Earthquake

I’ll Be Back! The Return of Christ

Making the Final Cut: The Judgement

Is it Just Me , or is it Hot in Here? Hell, Eternal Punishment, and the Devil.

I Feel Fine! Heaven, Eternity and Other Really Great Stuff

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Can We Pray for You?

Each week members of our prayer team lift up the needs of those we request prayer.

If you have a prayer request, let us know! Put it in an email and send it to the email address below

Weekly Prayer Email

Each Week we send out a weekly prayer email, with three all-church prayer requests. This provides a way for members to lift up the church in prayer. If you would like to receive this email. Let us us know at

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Mexico Outreach

We are taking a group of people to an orphanage in Mexico we support for our annual Christmas trip. It’s a joy to bring the “Hope of Christ” through presents and dinner for over 90 orphan children. If you would like to provide a gift or make a donation, please stop by the Information Center by November 25th. If you would like to support this ministry, write “Mexico” on the memo area of your check. Thanks for your support!

Pray for those Affected by the Fire

We just got off the phone with one of the families in the church, the husband is a firefigher and has been deployed to the Malibu fire. Other members have sent in prayer requests for friends who are effected by the fire. Let's pray for safety for all those involved.

Small Group Communion

This week our small groups will participate in a communion. For more information about small groups and communion send us an email.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Living By Faith

Have you ever felt like life isn’t fair. Have you ever wondered what in the world God was doing? If so, you’re not alone. There will be times when life doesn’t make sense. Times when we think God should be acting but He doesn’t, that God should be speaking but He’s silent. A guy named Habakkuk had a lot to say about this topic.

A while back our church did a series on the book of Habakkuk. The topics included:
  • What to do when Life Doesn’t Make Sense
  • How to Deal Honestly with Doubt
  • What to Remember When Life Get’s Hard
This Sunday's message is about how to respond when God is silent. If you're going through a challenging time and need some encouragement, check out these messages from Habakkuk.

What to do when Life Doesn’t Make Sense

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How to Deal Honestly with Doubt

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What to Remember When Life Get’s Hard

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I hear God better when...

The following is a portion of a blog post by Mark Batterson, a pastor in D.C.To read the all then of his thoughts, click on the link at the bottom of the page.

#1 I hear God better after I've confessed my sin.
Somehow confession gets rid of the static. Besides, when I'm living with unconfessed sin I don't always want to hear God's voice.

#2 I hear God better when I'm worshipping Him.

Worship is one way I tune into God's frequency.

#3 I hear God better early in the morning.

Some of you have never heard God's voice in the morning :) Part of spirituality is understanding your circadian rhythm.

#4 I hear God better after I've read my Bible.

When you open the Bible God opens His mouth. When you close the Bible God closes His mouth. Not sure who said that first, but it's true!

#5 I hear God better when I'm not in a hurry.

Blaise Pascal said, "All of man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone."

Read the rest here

Monday, October 15, 2007

Online Giving

Did you know we offer an online option for giving to God. To find out more check out our the online giving page on our website.

Mexico Outreach Story

Hi Everyone,

I was fortunate enough to travel to Mexico and visit the orphanage that we support as a church. Gwen Edwards and Emily Wagner from KidzLife also came and had a great time hanging out with the kids there. In the next couple of blog posts I will share some more pictures and stories about what we experienced there. First, though, I want to share the story of Lupita, who you see pictured between NLCC member Dave Bourbinay and his son, Jonah.

Lupita was found going from truck stop to truck stop in Baja California when she was 7 years old. She was brought to the Casa Hogar orphanage by the authorities. This is the orphanage that we help support as a church.

Devon and Cindy Dickinson, former members of New Life Community Church, began to work with Casa Hogar in 1998; around the same time Lupita arrived there. Devon had a friend who was in medical school at the time and thought it would be a great idea to bring him down to Mexico to perform some minor health check ups. When he got to Lupita, he noticed she had a heart "murmur" of sorts. He believed it to be unique enough that it warranted further investigation. Mexican physicians confirmed that Lupita had a hole in her heart.

Lupita, being extremely young, said that she remembered having surgery at an earlier age, but couldn't provide any more information than that. Devon and his friend were able to get travel papers for Lupita to be seen by a heart specialist at Loma Linda University.
Her condition was so serious that the doctor said he couldn't explain why she was still living and breathing. The good news was that Lupita's serious condition was operable. The bad news was that, even with Loma Linda's kindness and generosity, the surgery would still cost around $50,000.

A group of concerned members from our church sprang into action and started to "shop" heart surgery rates.
God provided. The pediatric heart specialist team at Cedars Sinai was able to provide the surgery for $20,000. The funds were raised and Lupita had the surgery.

As a testament to the toughness of this young girl, she had open-heart surgery on a Wednesday and was released on a Sunday evening .........that's one tough 12 year old!

During the next year and a half, Lupita stayed with different NLCC families while commuting back and forth from the orphanage in Mexico so she could see her doctors for follow up.

Lupita just celebrated her Quincenerra Fiesta for a Mexican girl's 16th birthday. She has a strong faith in our Lord and has personal, first hand experience of His grace and healing. She has made strong ties to friends on both sides of the border.

God truly provided “New Life” to this young girl. Lupita's story is awesome and inspirational, but not rare. Each one of the 90+ children and adolescents at the orphanage have unique and amazing stories to share. God says He will neither leave us nor forsake us. When we are dealing with our own difficult times, let us all remember the strength, courage, and faith that these children have shown us.
-Mike Wagner

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Mexico Outreach Photos

Click Here to check out pictures from our Mexico Outreach trip on October 6th.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Last Point from Sunday's Message

Note from MIke Hannah: On Sunday I got so "into" the message that I forgot to give the last point from Sunday's message. Here is it....

September Financial Update

“Thank You” to all who faithfully support New Life Community Church. Below is a report of our average weekly giving for recent months and our current weekly base budget.

Average weekly giving:

June - $10,952.76
July - $8,419.64
August- $9,691.52
September- $9,723

Current Weekly Base Budget - $10,726.75

Friday, October 5, 2007

This Sunday- Can You Hear Me Now

This Sunday is the start of our new series on learning to hear God’s voice. Service times at 9:30 and 11:00 am. Bring a friend and join us this Weekend. Topics for the series include...

Getting a Stronger Signal – October 7th
Increasing Your Coverage – October 14th
When You’ve Lost Reception – October 21st
God’s Family Plan – October 28th

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Online Photo Gallery

We've added a new feature to our website, online photo galleries, you can check it out at

Below is a sample of our Hume Lake Photo Gallery.