New Life Lutheran Church in Menomonie, WI was established as an NALC mission congregation in February, 2011. The congregation worships in an elementary school cafeteria because it is large enough to accommodate their numbers. Each Sunday they set up chairs and tables, the sound system, and everything needed for communion and fellowship. They hold a bi-weekly Bible study in the evening, a men’s Bible study in the morning, and a monthly women’s Bible study. They are actively looking for a permanent building site either to occupy or to build upon and have held fund-raising events for the building program.
The congregation is actively involved in the local food pantry, often donating food for a growing population of underfed people. They also use the food pantry building for many of their meetings, including Bible study and confirmation. Their nine confirmation students recently put together six boxes of Christmas presents for the Samaritan’s Purse program, and the congregation has identified a needy family in the area on whom they will shower presents so that the children in that family will have a wonderful Christmas.
New Life has advertised themselves to the community by participating in holiday parades and local charity events, printing invitation cards, packaging food for Children Against Hunger, and selling doughnuts at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday in the summer. People often come to watch their doughnut-making machine and find out why the members are having such a great time making little round cakes with holes in them. It has actually turned into an evangelism tool, as they have become known as the “Doughnut Church.”
Comprised of dedicated Christians who warmly welcome anyone who comes to their fellowship and who step up to take responsibility for the operation of their faith fellowship, these are people who remain committed to the faith once delivered to the saints and do so with grace and energy. Their pastor, the Rev. Dr. Roy A. Harrisville III, says, “As their pastor I am pleased to serve them and appreciate very much their wonderful support and accommodation of my position as Dean of the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan Mission District. They are a delight to serve.”