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New Thing’s 3rd anniversary is a blessed event

Posted 11/23/16

New Thing’s third anniversary is upon us, and we are so excited.

Dec. 1 will be the anniversary of our hard launch. So much has happened. Some expected. Some we could have never imagined, but then, that is the very nature of the God we serve. …

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New Thing’s 3rd anniversary is a blessed event

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New Thing’s third anniversary is upon us, and we are so excited.

Dec. 1 will be the anniversary of our hard launch. So much has happened. Some expected. Some we could have never imagined, but then, that is the very nature of the God we serve.

Our hope three years ago was that we would be a place of connection for people in the neighborhoods of Highspire and Lower Swatara Township. Our hope was that we would reach people who had never had a relationship with Jesus and perhaps those who had abandoned the community of faith. That has happened. But we have been surprised that we have also become home for people from Middletown and Steelton. 

We have been surprised that God has allowed us to be a place of safety and healing for families with children on the autism spectrum, for people with physical and developmental disabilities, for survivors of domestic and child sexual abuse, for people in recovery from various addictions, for people experiencing life transitions. It is a place where the hopeless are finding hope, the rejected are finding acceptance, the broken are being healed.

It is also a place with a stronger sense of connection than we could have projected. Unlike many churches, a majority of New Thing people are very engaged in the life of the community of faith. Whether it is worship or Bible study or a mission project or participation in God’s Kitchen or an outreach event, New Thing people show up to participate and/or accomplish the goal. 

But it is not just members of New Thing who show up. We also have members of other communities of faith and people who don’t/won’t align themselves with any faith community who are committed to missions, Bible study and outreach at New Thing.

Throughout our three years, we have been blessed by the people we call “New Thing’s Army.” These are the people who come alongside us with prayer support, contributions of materials, helping hands and, yes, financial support. Some of these people we have never met. Some have moved to different ministries but still invest in all that God is doing here. Without all of you, New Thing would not be able to accomplish all that God has allowed us to accomplish.

We are located in an economically marginalized community. We have a core group of people who are committed to trusting God through tithing. Many of our folks struggle day by day to make ends meet, yet they are growing in their faithfulness, taking consistent steps to live into God’s call to stewardship. But we could not do all that we do without the help of so many others. 

We have learned that we serve a “just-in-time” God. Again and again, God has given us a vision, it has seemed to be impossible to accomplish, but just-in-time, the right combination of committed people and resources has come together to achieve the unimaginable. And we are beyond grateful.

JoAnn M. Darrow

lead pastor

New Thing Community

2285 W. Harrisburg Pike

Middletown

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