It is our desire to be a servant in our community. We have committed ourselves to be the hands, feet, face and voice of Jesus Christ to the homeless and the hungry in surrounding communities, as well as throughout the world.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
If you would like to be part of the mission work at NewLife, please contact the church office.
Family Promise of Genesee County is a branch of the Interfaith Hospitality Network, a non-profit 501(c)3 national corporation (familypromise.org) currently operating in 41 states. There are 181 affiliates in operation and dozens others in development. They are dedicated to keeping families together during temporary periods of homelessness, while assisting them in finding permanent housing.
In response to our Mission as an out reach church, we joined this effort by making our church available to feed and house homeless families for a one-week period each quarter.
We are always looking to fill positions in the following areas:
overnight hosts • food prep • dinner hosts • evening hosts
See our Mission board in the café to see how you can help or contact the church office!
As a congregation, we have a timely opportunity to redefine what it means to serve others. The needs are great in Flint’s east side. Greater still are the lives at stake. Our ministry presence is important to help them meet their basic needs. Imagine this neighborhood, now in ruin,with access to physical and spiritual building blocks to revitalize and sustain it…where meals are served to the needy…where Christian tutors and counselors transform lives…where hope is realized
To learn more and get involved, check out the videos on FranklinAveMission.org.
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” ~ Isaiah 6:8
NewLife has a wonderful mission opportunity right here in our own back yard on the third Friday of each month. My Brother’s Keeper is a homeless shelter in Flint that provides a meal, a bed and a devotional time for men in need. Since 2011, we have had the privilege of serving God as we serve these men for an evening by preparing a meal, leading a devotional time, and eating and visiting dinner tables.
You can be involved in a variety of ways including set-up, food preparation, serving, visiting and clean-up. Check out our Mission board in the cafè for more information.
Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me. ~Matthew 25:40
A special third Sunday offering is collected each month to support two local food pantries, assist in feeding families at the Franklin Avenue Mission and My Brother’s Keeper, a men’s shelter in Flint. Your generous donations help feed many in our community who would otherwise go hungry.
Rev. James and Deaconess Christel Neuendorf serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod(LCMS) as missionaries in Puerto Rico. Both have served as missionaries in this region since 2008, based in Panama and then in the Dominican Republic.
James serves as a church planter and pastor in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. His focus is to establish a strong Lutheran presence in this city which will boldly proclaim the Gospel and meet the physical and spiritual needs of a community that is hungry for the Gospel and for hope.
As a deaconess, Christel is involved in the long-term disaster relief efforts at the mission’s various Casade Amparo y Respuesta al Desastre (House of Refuge and Disaster Response) mercy houses. From these places, LCMS missionaries and Puerto Rican Lutherans offer food, water and other basic necessities to community members affected by the hurricane. She is also engaged in assessing needs in the community and coordinating efforts to meet those needs as a congregation and mission.
James and Christel both grew up in Michigan. James, as a pastor’s son, has called many places “home,” most recently Ann Arbor, Mich., where he also attended Concordia University and met Christel. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and earned his Master of Divinity at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. Christel is a native of Flushing, Mich. She also graduated from Concordia University, Ann Arbor,Mich., with a degree in business and received her deaconess certificate from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. Christel continues to call NewLife Community Lutheran her home church where her mother, Annie, faithfully attends.