New Life is a Christ centered , Bible believing, spirit-filled church in Alpena, Michigan. 


At New Life we are commited to helping you get to know God better and to grow spiritually. You will find relevant messages, great music and friendly people who genuinely care about each other, all in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. We are real people who have discovered the hope that God offers, regardless of our circumstances.


317 South Ripley Boulevard

Alpena, MI 49707

(989) 354-0095


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COVID-19 Updates From New Life

A Note from Pastors Gary and Michelle Smith


In this time where we're all being challenged, and we're having to navigate some very unusal circumstances in our world, we would like to encourage you with the words we find in Joshua 1:9 (NASB), "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." This is a tremendous promise for us as believers! 

We also want to let you know about how we're navigating this novel season at New Life. Right now our government is asking all of us to follow guidelines they've inacted in order to stop further spread of the virus, and we as leaders are going to honor their request. For this time, we will not be meeting in person on Sunday mornings in the church building. But, as you well know, the church is not the building, the church is the PEOPLE, and so we are encouraging you to continue to stay connected with one another. 

In the coming weeks,  we will be livestreaming messages and times of worship in our New Life Friends and Family facebook group  , which is open for anyone who would like to join.  

There WILL be Wednesday Night Discipleship class, as we are under the recommended government limits concerning gatherings.  There won't be childcare or New Life Kids, but we encourage you to come out and stay connected to the body of Christ as much as we can. Let's not let the fire go out! 

We'll continue to communicate updates as they come via this website, Facebook, emails, phone calls, texts, and whatever means we can find to creatively stay connected.  

During this time, we as a church family can be a voice of hope and a beacon of light to our community. There are a lot of people who are feeling hopeless and afraid right now, and we can share the hope, peace and love we have in Jesus with them!  There are a lot of ways we can shine - shopping for an elderly neighbor, checking in with a friend, maybe running errands?  This should be the church's finest hour!  Let's be the hands and feet of God to those around us.  

In this time of "social distancing," we can still be connected- especially through a phone call! We encourage you to give people a call, maybe someone who's homebound during this time, or even someone who's newer to our church body to remind them that they aren't alone and that we're in this together. 

Lastly, please remember to keep this in perspective. Don't let the voice of the world overwhelm you.  We want you to stay connected to God's word and the promises we find there.  One of the things that He promises is found in John 14:27 where Jesus himself said," Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]"  These are the words of the Prince of Peace himself.  He promises that He will give us His peace, and it's not what the temporary peace you find in the world.  It's the peace that only comes from God that passes all understanding that will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 

Don't panic- the world is speculating a lot of different things, but we also know that Psalms 1 says, "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night."  People don't know what's going to happen, but we can keep grounded in the word, grounded in hope, and also continue to look at things in perspective.  

Let's stay strong. Let's stay encouraged. Let's stay connected.

And let's continue to stand in prayer. 

We love you!

God Bless,
- Pastors Gary and Michelle

An Invitation For You

As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, we invite you to join us each week for encouragement, livestreams, updates and other resources via our Facebook page and groups. 

Join These Community Groups 

for livestreams, updates and resources

Like and Follow These Pages

for event updates, encouragement and more

Adjusted Office Hours 

Effective 3/18/2020 to TBD

Tuesday, Wednesday &  Thursday

9am to 12pm 

New Life can still be reached via email

24 hours a day 7 days a week. 
Reach us at church@newlifealpena.org


Online. Mail. In Person

Though we are not able to meet in peron during this season,

it is important that we continue to honor and trust God with our finances.

Give Online Simply and Securely Here

OR you can mail your offering to 

New Life Christian Fellowship

317 South Ripley BLVD

Alpena, MI 49707

OR you can drop it off in person at the church office

Tuesday from 9am- 12pm

Event Information

Effective 3/18/2020 to TBD

Sunday Messages Livestream

10am in NLCF Family and Friends Community Group on Facebook

VIRTUAL Wednesday Night Discipleship School

6pm in NLCF Family and Friends Community Group on Facebook


VIRTUAL Saturday Worship Livestream

7pm in NLCF Family and Friends Community Group on Facebook

Monday Financial Peace University
Postponed- Date and Time TBD

Tuesday Healing Class with Patty Spaeth

Cancelled 3/24
will evaluate weekly

VIRTUAL Thursday Intercessory Prayer
More information coming soon! 
No in person Intercessory Prayer at this time.

Thursday Men's 33 Group
Postponed. Date and Time TBD

Upper Penninsula Events

Night of Hope (3/20) and Freedom Workshop (3/21)
Postponed. Date and Time TBD

March ROCK Meeting (3/26)
Postponed. Date and Time TBD

Annual New Life Body Meeting (3/29)
Postponed. Date and Time TBD


ROCK Men's Advance (5/1-3)

Postponed. Date and Time TBD


We will continue to update this as more information is available. Thank you for your patience! 

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