This year is a remarkable milestone for New Covenant Christian Church. It is the church’s 30th anniversary since it was established in January 1984.
“The 30 years is important to us in the sense that we have been able to reach out to help a lot of people and make a difference in a lot of people’s lives,” says Pastor Michael Carmody who have been with the church for 28 years. “And, of course, 30 is a milestone in the sense that we are thankful that we’ve been able to maintain the church and keep doing this for 30 years.”
Pastor Carmody says reaching out to the community is an important objective of the church; it has always been trying its best to make a difference.
Many bittersweet moments had happened in the past 30 years.
“There are always challenges in the ministry, in church and in life,” Pastor Carmody says.
He recalls a challenge the church faced in a summer, when about 14 families left as they relocated to other parts of the country. Fortunately, the church recovered and more people are joining now.
Despite the difficult times, there are many precious moments that happened in the past three decades. Pastor Carmody expresses his gratitude to those who have been together with the church for many years.
“I’ve been here long enough now that I am dedicating the children of children that I dedicated many years ago,” he says. “I’m marrying young people whose parents I married, so just being here long enough to watch families grow and change has been a blessing for me.”
Speaking of the church’s future, the congregation is now saving money to build a new sanctuary. Pastor Carmody says they will also continue with the effort of increasing outreaches to the community as well as to the world through supporting missionaries.
To celebrate the 30 years of ministry, the congregation is currently planning events and outreach projects for the upcoming three months. These will include some annual events the church has been doing in past years, like providing automobile service for widows and single mothers, free oil changing, and a Halloween celebration.
The church will also focuses on doing more practical outreaches. The public is encouraged to submit its ideas, as well as photos and testimonies online at www.ncccfd.org/#/30-years.