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Goodbye, Glastonbury

June 4, 2013 by Eric Stillman 3 comments

Posted in: Faith

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for… By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-10).

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. Having been an itinerant people for the last 20 years – after all, this is our sixth move – we know that the church is not the building, but the people. Whether we meet in Glastonbury, Wethersfield, or on the Putnam Bridge somewhere between the two towns, we are a family. Our security is not in a building, but in our God; our treasure is not in bricks and mortar but in heaven. Our vision is not to build an organization but to be a church where lives are being transformed by the gospel of Christ into His likeness. It is not to preserve a building but to preach the gospel and make disciples, to love our community in word and deed.

Life is a journey of faith. We make the best decisions we can with the wisdom we’ve been given, and trust that God will go before us and work all things together for good. When we moved to 131 Griswold Street back in December 2008, we were a congregation of about 50 people, knowing that such a move would mean taking on a financial burden that we could not meet unless God brought more people to our church. But in the end, we chose to walk by faith and not by sight, knowing that we’d rather take the risk than play it safe. And now we are moving to an even bigger building, taking on a greater financial burden, again trusting that it is better to walk by faith than to walk by sight, better to trust in God than to shrink back in fear. There are no guarantees, other than that God is sovereign and that we can trust Him along the journey. But that is the only guarantee we need.

I have been incredibly blessed to be the pastor of this church for the past seven years. Despite my best attempts to screw it up, God has been merciful daily to me and blessed our church immensely, and I am grateful to all who have been a part of the NewLife family. We are far from a perfect church, but God has promised to complete the good work He has begun, and I know that He who has promised is faithful.

So thank you Jesus for loving and leading your church. I’ll see y’all on the other side of the river.

3 Comments

I drove by your new building this morning and was so intrigued to see the new life sign outside the 'mystery building!' I am a Wethersfield resident looking for a new faith community.. Looking forward to attending soon!

Jennifer Edman on Jun 30, 2013 at 10:19pm

I've been following your progression from the beginning & praise God, you've finally arrived! Blessings to you, your congregation & all your future members of New Life! God bless you all!!

Patty Varesio on Jun 8, 2013 at 2:45pm

I've been following your progression from the beginning & praise God, you've finally arrived! Blessings to you, your congregation & all your future members of New Life! God bless you all!!

Patty Varesio on Jun 8, 2013 at 2:45pm

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