New Life Center was founded 58 years ago. The sanctuary was built in the early 1960s with the remainder of the complex sometime before 1970. With a building of vintage age, there are often many things needed to keep it up-to-date. We arrived in Gold Beach nearly 12 years ago. We have been working to bring the building up-to-date since that time. We began with new windows in the educational wing and new siding on the second floor. We continued with sloping new roof structures throughout, as much of the building originally had flat roofs. We enlarged and remodeled the church kitchen, remodeled the restrooms and nursery, replaced baseboard heaters with fan-forced wall heaters. As the years passed, we came through many changes. The finances on the south coast have been challenging for a small church, but God is always faithful!
Sometimes it is easy to become discouraged and the enemy likes to help make people feel isolated and alone without help. It is awesome to see the great fellowship we have among the Oregon Ministry Network as we see other churches and ministries come alongside to work as a body in meeting the needs across our state.
Two years ago, a group of three brothers from Redmond, Oregon traveled to the far reaches of the south coast to help replace windows in the fireside room and restrooms, repair siding and do many other repairs to help us move forward. A breath of life encouraged the body at New Life Center to feel a part of a bigger family. Earlier this March, a group from Albany First Assembly volunteered to come and do whatever work we needed to help bless us once again. Seven men came for three days and we were amazed as they worked tirelessly to repair dry rot in walls of the parsonage/apartment.