Thursday, January 31, 2008

Small Group Change

Seth Schmit’s small group now meets in the building on Thursday nights at 7:30pm. Stop by and check it out!

New Small Group

We have a new small group starting this week open to everyone. It is led by Matt Mac Ritchie and is held on Thursday nights at 7:00pm in South Corona. We even have childcare available! For more information, check out the Information Table or check out the groups page on our website.

Sweet Relationships

Want to sweeten up your relationships? Join us for a four-week series on building better relationships. Series starts this Sunday.
Topics include...

2-3-08 Sugar Daddy: Understand the Big Daddy of Relationships

2-10-08 Sour Patch Kids: Getting Rid of Relationship Ruiners

2-17-08 Lifesavers: Putting Love in Action- How to Save a Life

2-24-08 Good and Plenty: The Sweetening Ingredient for Relationship Repair

Subscribe the Weekend Message Through Itunes

You can subscribe to a podcast of our weekly message via itunes. To go to the itunes store click here

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

January Financial Update

The January Giving was - $32,360
The amount we need to pay the bills - $42,907
The difference – a shortfall of $10,547

Thanks to everyone who faithfully supports our church. The giving for the month of January was $32,360, the minimum amount we need to pay the bills is $42,907. This means we had a shortfall of $10,547. As a result we will carry a “minus” into the next month, please pray for God’s provision for our church.

Photos From Corona Hills

Here is the link to the photos taken on 1-20-08 at our first service back at our Corona Hills building.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Love cooking? Love people?

New Life is looking for people who are interested in preparing an occasional meal for families who have recently had a baby, lost a family member, or are dealing with a serious illness. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. show your interest by supplying your email or phone number
2. respond to email requests for help if you are able. If you are not able, simply don’t respond.
3. prepare a meal or order out for a family in need
It’s that easy! For more information call Cherlyn Johnson at 775-1140 or email

On Mission Moment - Grounded in Christ

Our purpose as a church is to
“reach people for Christ and get them grounded, growing and on mission”.
In this post we’re going to look at what it means to be grounded in Christ. For our church, a person who is grounded in Christ, is someone who…
1) Professes faith in Christ’s finished work
Someone who is grounded in Christ experiences forgiveness of sins and salvation through Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. They place their faith in Christ and Christ alone. They believe that his death on the cross is sufficient to cover all sins, past, present and future. (Acts 4:12, Romans 10:9, 1Peter 3:18)
2) Experiences assurance of salvation through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
When we place our faith in Christ, we receive the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee that we belong to Him and are going to heaven. (Ephesians 1:13-14, 2 Corinthians 5:5, 2 Corinthians 1:22). Someone who is grounded in their faith is experiencing assurance of salvation and the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. (Ro 8:9)
3) Publicly declares their faith through baptism.
Someone who is grounded has obeyed Christ’s command to be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Our church practices “believer’s” baptism, which means that the person must be old enough to personally place their faith in Christ. Our method of baptism is baptism by immersion. To learn more about baptism, or to see a video of a baptism, check out the information below.
If you want to find out more about being Grounded in Christ, here are some options

1) Attend “Accelerate” This workshop is designed to get you grounded in Christ, it’s normally offered each quarter. You can check more information on Accelerate
2) Learn more about Baptism – you can go online to our baptism webpage or email us at
3) Talk to a staff member – email us at

Friday, January 25, 2008

This Sunday - 1/27/08

Last Sunday was our first service in the newly renovated Corona Hills building. Join us this Sunday as continue our series – How to Make a New Start. This week’s topic is - “Stepping Out – Pressing Through for a Miracle.”

Get a head start by reading the passage ahead of time - Luke 5:17-26

See you Sunday!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Prayer for Monday Meeting with the County

This coming Monday we’re meeting downtown with the Riverside planning department regarding the proposed plot plan for our property. Please pray for God to open the way for us to build quickly and with no unnecessary hindrances. Specifically pray that we won’t be required to do a traffic study.

Does The Move to Corona Hills affect our plans for building on our Property?

Now that we are back in the Corona Hills facility, one question is, “How does this affect our plans for building on our property” We hope it may result in speeding up our plans.

We are actively exploring the possibility of building on our property sooner than we first imagined. The plan is to begin with a smaller building and “phase” in our construction.

The key factor in determining the timeline for moving into a building is our giving. Each month members of the church are giving to a project Growing in Faith. It’s the level of giving which determines the speed at which we can move forward.

You can follow the Growing in Faith blog to keep track of progress.

Week One of Accelerate

Accelerate started this week with the biggest group ever – 16 people. Everyone who signed up, showed up.

Let’s pray that God uses this group to help people get grounded, growing and on mission.

Accelerate is a key step to getting connected to our church. To find out more accelerate click here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Small Group

Our new college-age small group meets on Monday nights at 7:00pm.Check out the
small group page for more info.

Monday, January 21, 2008

We just passed 5000 views on YouTube

Our videos now been viewed over 5000 times on YouTube. If you haven't seen our videos you can check them out here . The videos we show on Sunday are posted on YouTube.

Update: We are at 5200 views

Property Meeting With Riverside County

As you may know, we are hoping to move forward as quickly as we can in constructing a building on our property. Our next step is to have our plot plan approved by the County of Riverside. Last week we meet with the Riverside County Planning department. 

At this meeting we were introduced to the person who will be our case planner and showed them our proposed site plan. The meeting went very well. Our civil engineer got the answers he needs to move ahead with the conceptual site plan. 

In a couple weeks we will meet with a senior planner who is in charge of entitlement. Entitlement is the process of having our plot plan approved. To learn more about entitlement, check out this post.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Parking on Sunday

Looking for parking, there are spaces behind our building, all along the north side of the business park. In some cases you may actually get closer to the auditorium

Join us for our first service in Corona Hills

This Sunday is our first weekend service in our building. We think you’ll be surprised by what you see. We have renovated much of the inside of the building and it’s looking great! We want to thank all the volunteers who helped make this happen!

P.S. If you come at 11:00 and the parking lot looks full, there are about 50 spaces behind the back of the building.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Can You Help- Clean Up, Set Up, Straighten Up

Hey New Lifer’s,

Our first service in the building is only days away and we need your help to get ready. At this point all the construction and painting is done. Now is the time to clean up, set up and straighten up. If you can help, the following are the times the building will be open...

Wednesday – from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Thursday – from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday – from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday –from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

If you can help, just show up, or better yet, let us know you’re coming. Either way, hope to see you there!

Water line is brought to our property

The water line to our property was laid.  We have a 12" line.  (Which apparently is a good size, at least that's what they tell us). Both the sewer and the water line have now been brought to our site.  These are important steps that help us as we look forward to getting a building. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Almost 5000 views on YouTube

Our videos have been viewed almost 5000 times on YouTube  We are only 35 views shy.  If you haven't seen our videos you can check them out here  .  The videos we show on Sunday are posted on YouTube. 

Outreach to Corona Hills

It’s been four years since we’ve done any outreach in Corona Hills. Moving back to the building is an opportunity to once again reach out to this community. We hope to send a mailer to the Corona Hills area letting everyone know that we are once again meeting there. If you would like to give toward this, write “Outreach” on your gift.

Update: We have already received $1000 for outreach, the total cost will probably be $2500

Monday, January 14, 2008

Can You Help Out at the Building This Week?

This Sunday is our first service in the building. We still have work to do to get ready. We are looking for people who can help organize, clean and do touch up work. Below are times the building will be open.

Monday 9-9
Tuesday 9-9
Wednesday 9-9

If can play a part, contact us at

Friday, January 11, 2008

Thanks to Everyone who helped with the work day

We want to give a big thanks to everyone who came Saturday to our work day at the building.

Last Sunday at Santiago

This Sunday is our last Sunday at Santiago High School. Join us as we get ready to make this our big move. We’ll continue our new series ‘How to Make a New Start”, Our topic is: Staying Strong - Avoiding The Temptation Trap. Our main passage is Luke 4:1-13

Leader's Get Together This Monday

We’re having a leader’s get together this Monday evening at the Corona Hills facility. The time is 7:00 pm. Contact your staff leader for more information.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Wednesday Night Young Adults Group Rocks!

This past Wednesday, the entire group came down to the building to help us get ready for services in Corona Hills. Special Thanks to Jacob Ruiz, Laurie Ormonde, Mike and Yvette Kalajian, and their daughter, Jeremy and Sarah Clark. That's a great way for the small group to serve!

Can You Help us Move?

On Sunday after church we’re packing up and moving everything to our Corona Hills. We will be at the building from 1:30 to 4:00 to unload and set up the building. We can use your help. If can play a part, contact Seth Schmit at

Church Work Day

This Saturday is our church work day. We’ll be at the Corona Hills building getting it ready for services. We’ll be at the building from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm this Saturday. No skills are necessary, just a heart to help. If you haven’t signed up, it’s not to late, let us know you’re coming by emailing us or just show up at the building on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Growing in Faith Video

This is our Growing in Faith update video we showed during Sunday's service.

Can You Help Out at the Building This Week?

Dear New Lifer,

We’re looking for people who can come in during the week (prior to this Saturday’s work day). To help with some organizing, painting, general cleaning, moving stuff around. Everyone is welcome to help and no special skills are needed, just a heart to help.

Below are the times the building will be open, let us know you’re coming by and we’ll have something ready for you to do.

Tuesday – 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday – 9:00 am– 9:00 pm
Thursday – 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Hope to see you at the building!

P.S. If you if you can do electrical work, contact Seth Schmit at

Monday, January 7, 2008

Church Work Day

We need to get the building ready for our first service. So on Saturday, January 12th from 8am-5pm we’re having a work day. Everybody is invited and no skill is required. If you have a heart to help, let us know by sending us an email.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Follow Up From Sunday's Message

On Sunday we started our series on Making a New Start. If you want to learn more about how people change. Here are three resources that might help….

“Put On, Put Off Principle”
This message is a study of the “Put On, Put Off” principle from Ephesians 4.

Download MP3 File

"Why Most Change Doesn't Work"
9/9/07 Weekend Message on the Holy Spirit. Series: the Transformer. Speaker: Mike Hannah

Download MP3 File

Holy Spirit versus Human Effort
The following is an excerpt from the first message in January where a contrast is made between relying on the Holy Spirit versus trying to accomplish your goals solely through human effort.

Download MP3 File

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Praise Report - Growing in Faith Giving for the Month December

We have a praise report! Giving toward Growing in Faith for the month of the December was $19,000. This is more than the average ($12,000 a month). This extra large amount helps make up for the previous two months in which the Growing in Faith giving was below the needed amount (only $7500). So all in all, we ended the year where we needed to be! Thanks to all who are giving to Growing in Faith.

Friday, January 4, 2008

How to Make a New Start

This Sunday we are starting a new series, "How to Make a New Start".

Topics include...

Starting Strong – How to Make a New Start Stick. Luke 3:1-20
Staying Strong - Avoiding The Temptation Trap. Luke 4:1-13
Starting Over – Finding Faith When God Gives You a Second Chance. Luke 5:1-11
Stepping Out – Pressing Through for a Miracle. Luke 5:17-26

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Growing in Faith Update

We want to let you know that we are taking a fresh look at the possibility of constructing a building on our property. Here’s why:

Because of the increased value of our property, and the possibility that we could construct a smaller, starter building, we believe it may be possible to build on our property sooner than we imagined. We are busy working with the county to get more details.

We’re still gathering information, but we want to let you know so you can be praying with us.
We also want to give you a big thanks for supporting Growing in Faith. It’s your monthly Growing in Faith giving that has brought us to this point and it’s your giving that will help us move forward.