Every faith holds, preciously, at its core a central message or image. For Judaism it is the Shema. For Catholicism, the Catechism. For many mainline Christian faiths, the Nicean Creed.
What would it be for our Christian New Church denomination?
I would humbly offer it may well be the image of 12 city gates.
Just a few short decades after the death of Jesus, one of his followers, John, was exiled to the island of Patmos. There he witnessed a beautiful image that pictured a new heaven arriving on the earth, in the form of the New Jerusalem.
The dimensions John speaks of defy the ancient mind – a full city descending from heaven, 1,200 miles on each side with 12 gates – 3 for each of the cardinal directions – North, South, East, and West. These gates – always open. The sun lighting the city – never setting.
We hold dearly this image not for its singularity to our particular denomination but instead to the inclusive image it embodies – an image welcoming to all – North, South, East, and West.
As the sermon writing team put together Sunday’s service, this theme came directly to the fore. I would urge you to take a listen if you have not already. This is what, my friends, we are signing up for at NewChurch LIVE.
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/
Did you know that when you shop with Amazon they donate a percentage back to NewChurch LIVE? Simply use this link at in your browser: smile.amazon.com/ch/45-4966388.
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!