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November 15, 2022 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How did I get here?

In September of 1997, I found myself in the Homer Babbidge Library at UConn, reading an article in Christianity Today on trends they were seeing in youth and young adult ministry. I was a senior at UConn, thinking about where I would end up when I graduated. It had been quite a journey at UConn. On the second day of college, I had committed my life to Jesus. Since then, I had gotten involved in a Christian fellowship group called InterVarsity, joined the staff of a parachurch ministry called Musicon, and served two summers as the Youth Program Director at South United Methodist Church in Manchester, making many wonderful friends along the way. As I entered my senior year, I knew that I wanted to keep following Jesus wherever He might lead....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church life Tags: NewLife, Church life, God's leading

August 10, 2021 by Eric Stillman 1 comments

A faithful example to the family of God

On July 12th, 1992, NewLife Christian Fellowship held its first ever public worship service, at the Gallery Restaurant in Glastonbury. Since the second month of the church's existence, when they took over the responsibility from Ron and Eva Say, Jim and Dorothy Scrobko have faithfully prepared the communion elements and served the Lord and God’s people at NewLife by helping us to fulfill Jesus’ command to “do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). In fact, in those early days, communion was actually served from the bar at the Gallery, which, according to Dorothy, is a sign of God’s sense of humor....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church life Tags: NewLife, Service, faithfulness

July 16, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How has God gifted you?

I‘ll never forget how I went about choosing my college major. I was sitting down to take my SAT‘s in high school, and part of the introductory portion required me to fill out what areas of study I would be interested in pursuing in college. I went down the list and crossed off everything that I did not want to study, and was left with psychology. That sounded pretty interesting, so just like that, psychology became my major. I will also never forget how I discovered what my heart really wanted to do. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Service Tags: NewLife, Service

June 18, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Leave a legacy

There aren‘t many people who could tell you the historical significance of Edward Kimball. After all, he is so un-famous that he doesn‘t even have his own Wikipedia page. But through his simple service to God, he has had a worldwide impact. In 1854, Kimball was a Sunday School teacher in Detroit, and one day he went to visit a 17 year-old boy who was in his Sunday School class who had little interest in God or religion. During his visit with this young man at his job in a shoe shop, he led the boy into a relationship with Christ. That young man was D.L. Moody, who went on to become one of the greatest evangelists in the world, sharing the gospel with 100 million people, as well as founding Moody Bible Institute and The Moody Church in Chicago. But the story doesn‘t end there....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: NewLife, Discipleship

June 4, 2013 by Eric Stillman 3 comments

Goodbye, Glastonbury

Well, we finally received our Certificate of Occupancy for our new building, and so, ten long months after we first visited the building at 1155 Silas Deane Highway, we will be worshiping in Wethersfield this Sunday. And four and a half years after moving to 131 Griswold St, we will be leaving both the building and Glastonbury. In some ways, everything is changing. We are changing buildings, changing towns, and *gasp* changing from an east of the river church to a west of the river church. How these changes will affect us, God only knows. But in other, more important ways, nothing is changing....Keep Reading

Posted in: Faith Tags: NewLife, Faith

January 29, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Be reconciled

“If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)...Keep Reading

Tags: Relationships, NewLife

January 22, 2013 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

We’re on the move...

Today’s blog post is written by Jim Quigley, who is coordinating the move to our new location. ...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife

November 6, 2012 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Anthony Varesio (November 6, 2012)

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22)...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Guest Blogger

January 24, 2012 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Jim Quigley (January 24, 2012)

Today’s Pulse article is written by Jim Quigley, who works with the youth group at NewLife, about the upcoming 30 Hour Famine....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Guest Blogger

December 20, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The battle on the front lines

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:13-...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Missions

July 12, 2011 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Brad Brinkley (July 12, 2011)

Today’s guest blogger is Brad Brinkley. Brad and his wife Taylor have been a part of NewLife since last November....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship

May 10, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A love letter to my church

Today’s post is reprinted from a post written on August 7, 2007. It’s one of my personal favorites, written back when we were a church of 40 or so, and a reminder to me of the amazing grace of our God. Despite our best efforts to screw things up, He continues to love us and to never give up on us, and continues to convince “O we of little faith” that the best is yet to come....Keep Reading

Tags: God, NewLife

February 1, 2011 by Jim Quigley 0 comments

Guest blogger: Jim Quigley (February 1, 2011)

Today’s guest blogger is Jim Quigley. “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” (Luke 15:28-32)...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship

January 25, 2011 by Gordon Lawrence 0 comments

Guest blogger: Gordon Lawrence (January 25, 2011)

Today’s guest blogger is Gordon Lawrence, a long-time member of NewLife as well as a volunteer with Free Inside prison ministry. He is writing today to share about his experience with Free Inside, as well as to share some of the opportunities for people to partner with this important ministry....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Outreach

January 11, 2011 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Don’t go it alone

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship

December 14, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What would you like me to write about?

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is" his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2)....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship

June 22, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

In memory of Eve Christie (April 2, 1942 - June 16, 2010)

This morning was the memorial service for Eve Christie, a woman of great faith and prayer who was a long-time member of NewLife before moving to a different church in 2008. Eve died last Wednesday of cancer at age 68, but she left a legacy of the power of prayer and the joy of trusting in the Father through even the most difficult circumstances. One of the verses shared during the service was Philippians 1:21 - “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Eve’s life was most certainly about Jesus Christ, and praise God that in death she has only gained a greater relationship with Him....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Death

June 15, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Glastonbury Fight Club

One of the highlights of my week this past month has proven to be Fight Club, the new men’s group that began meeting on Wednesday nights in May. What a privilege it has been to see men sharing their lives and struggles with each other, encouraging each other with Scripture and from personal experience, and forming real friendships. I have found that while there is a place for Bible study, there is also great benefit to beginning with our issues and struggles and then bringing Biblical wisdom into those specific situations. One passage in particular that has ministered to our group has been Micah 7:8-9, which reads:...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship

June 1, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Returning to Jesus

Whenever I am reading through the Bible, I always experience a sense of welcome familiarity upon returning to the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - that feels like returning home after a long trip. As rich as many of the Old Testament books can be, they often require an understanding of the history and key people of Israel, as well as familiarity with the general scope of the Bible. But the Gospels are familiar ground, the stories of Jesus’ life both beautiful and easier to relate to....Keep Reading

Tags: Jesus, NewLife

April 13, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

What style of preaching is best?

For this week‘s post, I wanted to turn things around on you and ask your opinion on something: What do you think of topical sermons?...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Preaching

April 6, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Practical Christianity

Jerry Bridges, in his book The Gospel for Real Life, tells a story about a Southern plantation owner who left a $50,000 inheritance (equivalent to about $500,000 today) to a former slave who had served him faithfully all his life. The lawyer for the estate duly notified the former slave of his inheritance and told him that the money had been deposited for him at the local bank. However, weeks went by, and the former slave never called for his inheritance, and so that banker called again to tell him that he had $50,000 to draw on at any time. The former slave replied, ‘œDo you think I can have fifty cents to buy a sack of cornmeal?‘...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Salvation

March 30, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

My baptism story

This past Sunday, we celebrated a baptism service as one of our newest members, Anthony Varesio, was baptized. Many people come from traditions where infants are baptized, and then confirm their baptismal vows in their teenage years. In our tradition, as we understand the Bible, we believe that baptism is a public expression of an inward reality, that an individual has died to his or her old self, been washed of his or her sins, and has been raised to new life in Christ. Consider Romans 6:3-4 - ‘œDon‘t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.‘ Baptism is a way of identifying oneself with Jesus in His death and resurrection, and therefore something we believe should be experienced by those who can consciously make such a profession of faith. Finally, it is also an act of obedience, keeping in mind that Jesus, who himself was baptized in Matthew 3:13-17, commanded us in his Great Commission to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything He had commanded us....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Salvation

January 19, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

And God said, "Go hang thyself"?

The story goes that there once was a man who, in order to seek God‘s will for his life, was fond of opening up his Bible and reading whatever verse he first laid his eyes on, so that he might obey it. One day, as this man was going through a particularly difficult time with his family, he sought the Lord for guidance. Opening his Bible and pointing, he found his finger resting on the second part of Matthew 27:5, which read ‘œThen Judas went out and hanged himself.‘ Puzzled by the Lord‘s directions, but still hungry for a word from God, he called a ‘œdo-over‘ and flipped to another page, where his eyes fell on the latter half of Luke 10:37: ‘œJesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.‘‘ Flustered, but chalking it up to coincidence, the man decided to give his method one last chance. Saying a quick prayer, he flipped the pages and inserted his finger between two of them, pointing to the end of John 13:27. There, staring up at him, were these words: ‘œ‘What you are about to do, do quickly,‘ Jesus told him.‘...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Bible

January 5, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

A New Year‘s challenge

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Bible

November 10, 2009 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Anthony Varesio (November 10, 2009)

Today‘s Pulse of NewLife is written by guest writer Anthony Varesio. Anthony and his wife Carrie live in Glastonbury, and have been attending NewLife for about eight months....Keep Reading

Tags: Guest Blogger, NewLife

October 15, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

And down the stretch they come‘¦

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:11)...Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Bible

October 6, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

You don‘t have to go to church to be a spiritual person pt. 2

Last week I reference an article in The Hartford Courant and asked the question of why we shouldn‘t all just be spiritual people while keeping our distance from organized religion. After all, with the options available to us today, it is possible to listen to your favorite preacher, worship band, and even to financially support your favorite cause, all from the comfort of your own home, without having to worry about the messiness of relating to other people. Thank you to all who shared your thoughts on the blog or on my Facebook page. Here are my thoughts on the matter:...Keep Reading

Tags: Church, NewLife

September 9, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The Unique Call of Pastoral Ministry pt. 2

When I was younger, I used to assume that pastors and priests must get free tickets to heaven for giving their life to the service of God. I no longer believe that, now that I know that God‘s grace and favor are not earned but are a free gift, and that we serve Him not for what we can get from Him but because of what we have already gotten from Him. I‘m not in this ministry for the free ticket, the money, the hours, or any of those reasons; I am doing this because I believe this is what God has made me to do. Last week I shared five of the challenges that are unique to the pastor‘s job. This week, let me share three of the blessings that are unique to this calling....Keep Reading

Tags: Church, NewLife

September 1, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The Unique Call of Pastoral Ministry pt. 1

‘œIt must be nice to only work one day a week!‘ Ahh, the pastor‘s favorite words to hear. To those unfamiliar with church life, it may seem that the pastor does little more than stand up on a Sunday and speak for thirty minutes and then shake hands with people as they live. The reality, of course, is quite different. The pastor‘s job is one of the most unique jobs out there, in my opinion, and I thought it might be instructive to share five of the challenges that are unique to the pastor‘s job. Next week, I will share some of the blessings that are unique to this calling. What I write is not meant as a complaint; rather, I believe it will help you know better how to pray for me and my family, and will be helpful to any of you who are considering going into the ministry....Keep Reading

Tags: Church, NewLife

July 28, 2009 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

And God said‘¦ "choose the Cocoa Puffs‘¦ with soy milk"

Somewhere in this great land of ours, there stands a man who has yet to leave his closet. He is a very spiritual man, but he is not in the closet because he has come to spend time with the Lord in prayer. No - he went in to get a shirt to wear that day. However, after a couple of hours he is still in his closet, because he has been waiting on God to clarify whether he should choose the navy and gray striped button down or the green polo shirt....Keep Reading

Tags: NewLife, Discipleship