As Christians – regardless of denomination – we are to “proclaim the Gospel.” Restated… we are to “share the good news.” What does that sharing mean in a functional way?
From our New Church perspective the “gospel”, the “good news” is simple … It is good news that we can be regenerated. In other words, the good news is that we can change, i.e. regenerate, finding ourselves re-created with a new heart transformed by God, ever more soft and loving, and at the same time more courageous and clear. That is the “new will” that Emanuel Swedenborg spoke of.
It is interesting to see how our experience of God changes as well. It is not that the “good news” descends on us with the explosive heft and weight of ecstatic spiritual experience. It is instead a gentler, evolutionary experience – one more aligned to music, more aligned to subtle stirrings in our soul, a place of new ways of loving and knowing based on a subtle awareness in which Christ becomes present anew in our acts, not as an object to be grasped but as the direct and transforming center of life.
The connection to Christianity is obvious – that the way to that connection is following the path God laid out for us through the simple dedication to follow Jesus – the very incarnation of this “good news.” That simple … and that challenging!
And, beautifully, it is “news” we truly SHARE….
Want to connect more with Pastor Chuck?
Ever wonder what Pastor Chuck is reading or how he gets inspired? Or maybe you or someone you love needs some pastoral counseling (virtual options available) or maybe you will be in the area and you just would love the chance to have lunch with Pastor Chuck.
There you can see what he’s reading, service trips he’s heading out to, connections, inspirations and everything in between. You can also Direct Message pastor Chuck there to set up a virtual pastoral counseling session, reach out about a baptism/wedding etc. or even set up a meal with him (at his favorite restaurant…yup, you guessed it, Bertuccis).
Above are some snapshots from Pastor Chuck this week!
Join together with other congregants and help us purchase beef from a family farm to be distributed in the Philadelphia area. Many food banks are seeing higher than average demand and often things like beef and other meat (especially high quality meat) is hard to come by.
We have a local family farm that wishes to donate their beef at cost if enough people are interested in supporting this initiative. They process and sell the meat at 1/4 cow intervals. We are hoping to raise enough to contribute 1/4 cow that will then be distributed locally through “Helping Hands in the Northeast”
NewChurch LIVE would like to double our efforts and maximize our impact! For every dollar raised by the congregation NewChurch LIVE will match it and donate that amount to Heiffer International. Heiffer International supports communities across the world by training farmers, donating animals and sustainably working to end poverty by supporting and investing in local farmers and their communities.
For more information or to contribute toward this initiative email us or click the button below!
Help children start off the school year right with all the back to school supplies! Items can be dropped off locally at our office, ordered and delivered, or you can use the Amazon wish list button above to make things even easier!
All donations will support Gemma services: https://gemmaservices.org/
and Kids in Need Foundation: https://www.kinf.org/
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Amazon Smile is now available on the Amazon App!!
Here is the info for to support NCL in the App:
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select “New Church Live” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.
How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “New Church Live” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
By using the links above a percentage of your purchases will automatically be donated back to NewChurch LIVE (at no cost to you!) Easy for you! It’s a WIN-WIN!