Stories: Our History
New Life began to meet as a church fellowship in the Spring of 2008 - so we're a young church. Yet most of the folks in our church have been going to church for years. It begs the question: Why did you begin New Life Fellowship?
A number of years ago many of the original members were a part of church that increasingly became difficult to stay within. The message of Grace - that simple Biblical message that says that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ was missing. They were interested in doing church simply - we call it "the Gospel in bluejeans". We wanted to created a simple but profoundly important story: We wanted to be a fellowship (a community of believers) who loved God, Jesus, the Spirit, and the word of God as it proclaims the Gospel of Salvation through God's Grace and Faith. No frills, no organizational wows...just a gathering of people to pursue Jesus and his life in our lives.
Since we were a brand new church we had nothing except our hearts and minds to begin with. We asked - because of former history - Elliott Pollasch to help with the necessities: Tax exemption, organizing Elders (to serve as Leaders) and Trustees (to handle the financial things). We rented Randolph Christian School and began weekly meetings in the gymnasium. It was, and still is, a fellowship of loving volunteers that makes New Life possible.
18 months into our history, Elliott came as our Pastor. He was part-time at first (he was a Dean of a Christian College in Madison) but he (and wife Linda) moved up to lead the fellowship. The fellowship grew and in time he resigned as the Dean and became the fellowship's first full-time pastor.
We began to meet at the Randolph Christian School and still meet there. The school provides a large meeting space that a group of volunteers set up on a weekly basis (and much to surprise of new-comers), almost everyone who comes to the morning service participates in packing it all up afterwards. We have a kitchen where coffee and tea is always on hand. We have classrooms we use for a nursery, children's worship, and Sunday School. We get asked from time to time "when are you going to build?" The answer is we have a building fund that keeps growing but we don't have any desire to go into debt in order to build a building when we have good facilities to use now. We realize that buildings are often the focus of a culture when it comes to "church"; but we want to show that church is not a building, or a place, or even a time; but church is a fellowship of believers.