Our Story – Lutherdale Retreats

October 30, 2020

Lutherdale Bible Camp is a more recent part of New Life's history! This camp was formed in 1944 and now serves over 240 ELCA congregations and other ecumenical faith partners. Centrally located between Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, Lutherdale serves Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois as a summer camp and conference center for youth and...

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Our Story – LOMC Retreats

October 23, 2020

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center is a part of New Life's history! The beautiful camp is located on 640 acres in Oregon, IL and was formed in 1974.  LOMC is a ministry of the ELCA congregations in Illinois and eastern Missouri. The purpose of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) is to be the Church in outdoor settings, nurturing Christian...

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Our Story – Come As You Are Breakfast

October 16, 2020

In the Fall of 1981, New Life built upon it's love for gathering together, sharing a meal together, and having some fun. So Mens and Ladies breakfasts on the second and third Saturdays of the month began. Women cooked for the men and men cooked for the women. Ron Yost was the chief cook in the beginning for the women followed by Charlie Brown. It c...

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Our Story – Sanctuary Lamp

October 9, 2020

You may remember when we were able to gather in person, inside for worship; this lamp hung in our sanctuary. It was taken down for safe keeping during the building repairs. But it has been cleaned up and rehung in our sanctuary space! Thank you to Don Costello who cared for it.  ...

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Our Story – Talent Show

October 2, 2020

New Life has been a congregation that likes food, fellowship and music. So in 1999, all those things came together as a Talent Show! Here are some of the acts that participated and entertained our New Life community....

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Our Story – Fun and Games

September 25, 2020

In a nod to simpler times, when we could safely gather, New Life was a great place for family friendly games and fun. For example, in 1988 there was a Olympic style event planned for the kids. Maybe not your usual sporting events but feats of skill none the less....

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Our Story – Music to make you move

September 18, 2020

New Life has always been a fun loving community. It also has been a community that likes to dance. So here are some memories from our love of music to make you move! This love of music and movement started very early, in August 1970 to be exact. A teenage dance was held behind the church in the parking lot. Record players provided the music and...

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Our Story – Pastors

September 11, 2020

An important part of the history of any church is the Pastors who become part of the church family. Here is a listing of the individuals who have cared for us, prayed for us, stood with us in the happy moments and sad, inspired us and played a role in our faith life. *Pictures are from the time they served at New Life Started     ...

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Our Story – Tornado Relief in Washington, IL

September 4, 2020

In November 2013, an EF-4 tornado hit the town of Washington, Illinois. This community, located east of Peoria, had between 250-500 buildings damaged or destroyed and about 120 people were injured. New Life volunteers showed up in the spring of 2014 to help in the long recovery effort to clean up the land....

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Our Story – Tutoring Ministry

August 28, 2020

The Tutoring Program at New Life has been serving the Bolingbrook community for over 20 years. This has been a wonderful resource for children 2nd grade through 8th grade. Students are from our congregation as well as the community. We work with the local schools, social workers and teachers to identify students who may benefit from this extra help...

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