Authentic Versus Counterfeit

We had a great first Sunday at our new location! Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us. We started a new Series called “Authentic Versus Counterfeit”. We looked at the topic of Authority and that true God-given authority is given, not taken. It is grounded in relationship and submission to God and authority He’s already established not in self appointment or social status. It is also used to glorify God and edify others not for personal attention or gain. Lastly true authority operates in whole truth not in partial or bent truth used to suit its own purpose.

Our scripture references were Numbers 16, Acts 4:36-5:11; 19:11-20, 2 Corinthians 10:8 and Ephesians 1:20-23; 2:4-6.


Dear New Beginnings Church Family,


It is with excitement and anticipation that this letter is being presented.  A big change is coming for us as a church family.  For some this may come as a shock but after much prayer and consideration we have been led to no longer continue to meet in our current building at 309 5th Street Centuria, WI.  This building has served New Wine/New Beginnings well for a number of years but its age, needed repairs and upgrades as well as significant monthly payments has become more of a burden than a blessing.  We have now started the process to surrender the building to the bank who holds the loan for it.  We have always believed the need to be good stewards of what God has given us, including your generous financial donations. We want your gifts to be used to advance God’s kingdom in the Unity area of Polk County but the majority of New Beginning’s income is immediately designated to a building.  Beginning on Sunday November 5, 2017 we will be relocating to the Balsam Lake Legion Hall located in Pine Park, 316 Tuttle Street.  Utilizing this building will cost a fraction of what we are currently paying and allow us to sow money into more outreach to the local community as well as save for a future, permanent meeting place.

It’s understood that a decision like this has the potential to confuse and upset people.  We understand that many have fond memories attached to this building and we don’t seek to make light of that but we also must understand that our identity as believers and as a church is not found in where we meet physically but in our relationship and meeting with Jesus Christ.  The church is the people, not the building.

This transition will truly be a new beginning.  Up to this point we have been operating under New Wine Ministries Inc. 501(c)(3), but, with the surrendering of the building we will also be dissolving new Wine Ministries Inc.  We have already started the process of receiving a new tax ID number and will only be known from this point forward as New Beginnings Church.  All year-to-date giving records have been recorded and will still be honored and a receipt of giving will be provided at the end of 2017 for both New Wine and New Beginnings.

While this may seem like a great deal of change, in reality, very little is changing as far as who we are as a Church. The vision, mission and values remain the same.  We look forward to continued times of food and fellowship, weekly Bible study and more opportunities to serve the Unity area.

Please be praying that this transition will go smooth as we look forward to all that God wants to do through us and in us.  May God Bless you!

Love in Christ,

Pastors Kevin and Kaija Hikel

Board of Directors – Phil Stratmoen, Duaine Olson, Jason Bump

Secretary/Treasurer – Pam Stratmoen