Military Appreciation Days at CiCi’s and Cold Stone

Liberty Steele smiles at her mother while getting a Hello Kitty sparkle tattoo in CiCi's Pizza during the Military Appreciation Event. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

Liberty Steele smiles at her mother while getting a Hello Kitty sparkle tattoo in CiCi’s Pizza during the Military Appreciation Event. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

Soldiers and the families fill CiCi's Pizza in Watertown's Stateway Plaza for the Military Appreciation Event. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

Soldiers and the families fill CiCi’s Pizza in Watertown’s Stateway Plaza for the Military Appreciation Event. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

WATERTOWN, NY - “Overwhelming” is how CiCi’s Pizza General Manager, Joel Berthet, describes the initial hours of the restaurant’s Military Appreciation event, happening today and tomorrow (Feb. 10 and 11) at the franchise’s Stateway Plaza location. All soldiers, both active duty and retired, as well as their family members, eat and drink for free at both CiCi’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery. “We’re so excited to see this many soldiers and their families come out,” says Berthet, working to keep the buffet stocked with fresh pizzas.

Jennifer Sewell from Houston, TX arrived early with her children to take part. “We’ve gone through multiple deployments,” says Sewell, “and my husband is currently deployed, so it’s the little things like this that keep you going. It’s so helpful to not have to do this on your own; that’s what this kind of event does.”

Elly and Beaux Sewell pose after getting their faces painted, provided by Brushstrokes by Melina. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

Elly and Beaux Sewell pose after getting their faces painted, provided by Brushstrokes by Melina. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

“Today’s food was provided by a number of area businesses that share our love for our troops,” says co-owner, Christopher Hopper, as he moves between tables, clearing dishes and shaking hands. The list includes Page Fitness, Lake Ontario Realty, Barden Homes, SpringDrive, Brushstrokes by Melina, New Life Christian Church, JAM School of Music, Nina Hopper Vocal Studios, and Forté Management Group (Homes and Property). “We’re asking everyone to patron these companies and pass it on,” says Hopper.

Soldier Eddie Rosario, originally from Ohio, brought his daughter to enjoy the food and free face painting on his day off. Encouraged by her to get something scary, he did just that, choosing the Punisher’s iconic skull motif. “This is really cool,” says Rosario. “My wife’s happy, my daughter’s happy, our friends are happy, we just love it.”

Eddie "The Punisher" Rosario sports some Cold Stone ice cream. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

Eddie “The Punisher” Rosario sports some Cold Stone ice cream. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

“These restaurants are taking the time to really appreciate what the military does and who we are,” says US Army Specialist David Waters, who was so encouraged by all the generosity that he spontaneously joined other volunteers to bus tables. “Some of us work behind the lines, others out in front. But a day like this says, ‘You’re all important to us.’”

To participate, military personnel need only to arrive in uniform or present proof of service. For more information, visit, or stop in at either store in Stateway Plaza, 1222 Arsenal St., Watertown, NY. Phone: (315) 681-6061.



GM Joel Berthet places new pizzas on the buffet at CiCi's Pizza for the restaurant's Military Appreciation Event. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

GM Joel Berthet places new pizzas on the buffet at CiCi’s Pizza for the restaurant’s Military Appreciation Event. Photo by Gideon Blackburn.

New Multisite: North Campus

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Our new multisite North Campus in Depauville, NY is open and serving the communities of northwestern Jefferson County, including residents the upper St. Lawrence as well as the northeast bays of Lake Ontario.

Our North Campus offers an intimate worship experience, capturing the essence of New Life’s 200-year-old history in northern NY. Since vacating the “Old Stone Church” in 2008 to build our present Main Campus in Watertown, it’s been our desire for praises to ring from within the building once again. With its original bell and stained glass windows, North Campus is a beautiful mix of old and new, infused with the life of the Holy Spirit.

Why Multisite?

Our multisite vision is to plant expressions of New Life Christian Church in communities throughout Jefferson County, including our Online Campus, in order to bring the Gospel of Jesus to people wherever they are. These campuses share the same board, finances and resources as our Main Campus in Watertown, and incorporate both video streaming and in-person messages, as well as live worship.

Site Pastors:
Peter and Nina Hopper

Peter and Nina first met in Freeville, NY while serving pastorally and in the recording arts at Love Inn—one of the first Christian communities birthed out of the Jesus People movement of the early 1970s (which later became Covenant Love Community Church). Their success with the nationally syndicated Scott Ross Show—the first Christian radio broadcast in the US—as well as Psalm of Life record company, helped open even more doors in the recording industry; Peter has credits to over 6,000 albums today. Their pastoral tenure at Covenant Love was eventually interrupted to open and run MasterView SoundCrafts Recording Studios from 1987 to 2011. In the midst of running the business, they accepted the senior pastor position of Reach Out For Christ Church where they served from 1994 to 2011. The Hoppers are known for their loving and encouraging counsel, stemming from 43 years of pastoral care, as well as Peter’s decades-long recovery from a mid-air collision in 1983 which almost took his life.

New Life Christian Church
North Campus
32487 Rt. 12
Depauville, NY 13632

The Landing Zone: Military Life Ministry

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New Life Christian Church is pleased to announce the launch of the Landing Zone, our new our newest full-time program dedicated to supporting Ft. Drum soldiers and their families.

With more than 30% of the church membership comprised of soldiers, our senior leadership has desired to provide even more intensive pastoral care for the community’s military personnel, knowing that their needs are unique. Our Military Life Leaders, Steve and Sarah Byers, were selected based on their combined years of experience within the US Army, their natural love for military families and the hardships they endure. From multiple deployments and the resulting strains placed on marriages and children, to the trials of PTSD and losing loved ones in the line of duty, there are few scenarios the Byers have not walked through themselves, making their time-tested counsel that much more reliable.

In addition, the Landing Zone’s LifeGroup begins February 5th, offering Bible studies, counseling and a deployed spouse support program.

If you’re active duty and want more information, or you’ve served in the armed forces in the past and would like to get involved, please contact the church office at (315) 788-0825 and speak with Steve or Sarah.

Daniel Fast Food List

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Candleight Christmas Eve Service

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We will be gathering at 5:00 PM for a wonderful night of caroling by candlelight, worship, and a reflection on the message of Christmas. Join us for this wonderful night on the eve of our Savior’s birthday.

Merry Christmas!

Harvest Party 2013

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From tons of free candy for the little ones to the half-time rock show for the children at heart, New Life’s Harvest Party has everything under one roof. No long drives or traffic. And safety is always our top concern. Try your hand hay bail bowling or ring toss throwing, then douse your favorite pastor in the dunk tank! There’s something for everyone. Join us October 31st from 6:00pm to 8:30pm; we guarantee that your family will leave smiling.

WARNING: New Life is not responsible for sugar highs. But you can thank us when they finally crash, then sleep like 16-year-old boys after a week of football camp.



Friday, October 4th 2013
Story by: Gideon Blackburn

WATERTOWN, NY – Furloughed workers won’t be going hungry in Jefferson County during the shutdown, not if the local church and businesses have anything to say about it. While thousands of Federal employees around the country are facing suspended paychecks due to the deadlock in Congress, furloughed residents in the north county will be able to eat free at two local establishments, all thanks to the generosity of some creative local leaders.

New Life Christian Church and the law offices of Stuart McCreary Esq. are leading the charge in sponsoring free pizza and ice cream on Monday, October 7th at CiCis Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery in the Stateway Plaza on Arsenal Street. “This is open to all furloughed employees, including their family members,” says New Life’s Senior Pastor, Kirk Gilchrist. “All they need to do is show up at CiCis and Cold Stone this week, and the tab is on us. No strings attached.”

Additional businesses are making substantial bids to cover other days of the week-long push to lend a helping hand, running from Monday, October 7th to Thursday, October 10th. Lake Ontario Realty’s CEO Amanda Miller, who’s co-sponsoring Wednesday’s giveaway along with Barden Homes, was quick to jump on board. “I think as a community, the business owners and citizens need to stick together,” says Miller. “This is the perfect time for us to rally together and show our support of one another.”

Jefferson County has hundreds of residents effected by Congress’ delay in moving forward with legislation to fund the Federal government, effecting more than 40% of Ft. Drum’s civilian workforce.

“Cold Stone and CiCis are offering all our products at cost,” says franchisee Christopher Hopper, co-owner of the two restaurants. “We just ask that the furloughed employees remember that when they were down, these areas businesses were there for them, and to tell their friends to do business with all of them when they can.”

Other major contributions have come in from Page Fitness, Photography by Angela, A.T. Matthews and Dier, Family Chiropractic Care, and Big Apple Music.

Free buffets and ice cream are available Monday, October 7th through Thursday, October 10th. •••


MONDAY: New Life Christian Church, Stuart McCreary Esq. Law Offices
TUESDAY: Page Fitness, Photography by Angela, Family Chiropractic Care
WEDNESDAY: Lake Ontario Realty, Barden Homes
THURSDAY: A.T. Matthews & Dier, Big Apple Music

4 Services

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That’s right: we’ve moved to 4 services on Sunday mornings.

We’ve seen so many new people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior in the last year that we need to expand. For any organization, significant growth is the best kind of problem to solve, and for us, it means making more room.

Our new service times are now 8:30 AM, 9:45 AM, 11:15 AM and 12:30 PM. While this isn’t a perfect answer to our space issues, it’s the one we feel best for this season as we try to accomodate members and guests alike.

Thanks for your eagerness to embrace more souls as we spread the Gospel in Jefferson County!

The City

We are just a few short weeks away from introducing our brand-new, online-community here at New Life.

While Facebook and Twitter are great ways to connect with people around the world on the outside, The City is New Life’s way of connecting you with people right here within the church. Since you know your audience, and all your information is secure, you can have confidence in connecting with other members and building longterm relationships.

Whether you’re looking to connect with a LifeGroup, check in with your child’s ministry teacher, or post a request for help moving into a new home, The City is where we’ll be, ready and waiting for you.

Stay tuned for more information right here and during the Sunday morning announcements this winter!



DOWNLOAD: October’s Sunday Handout – Amplified Series (JPG)

Amplified Series: Sunday Messages

• October 7 :: Pastor Kirk Gilchrist
Plugged In: The Hidden Hunger for Power
• October 14 :: Pastor Christopher Hopper
Amped: Power Evangelism
• October 21* :: Pastor Kirk Gilchrist
Feed Back: Living the Supernatural
*no 3rd service (12:30) due to set up for Phil Wickham concert
• October 28 :: Pastor Kirk Gilchrist
Turn It Up: Filled Up and Sent Out
• November 2, 3, 4 :: Michael Tyrrell
Overdrive: Living For Another Level

Michael Tyrrell

Michael Tyrrell will be joining us again this weekend. We’ve learned so much from Michael in the past and it’s always been an encouraging time! Below is his schedule for the weekend:

Friday: 7 P.M. – The Holy Spirit Unleashed
Saturday: 9 A.M. – 11 A.M. – The Baptism of the Holy Spirit (class & prayer)
Sunday: All three services


Daylight Savings Time

Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK an hour this Saturday night before you go to bed (unless your super awesomely cool smartphone does it for you)!


Kids Corner

Our Childrens Ministries are about to get new names and a new look! Later this month we’ll be unveiling Seeds (Nursery Ages +0-2), Sprouts (Children Ages 3-5), and Thrive (Kids Ages 6-12). We’ll also be sharing more on our new text-message service and weekly Parenting Tips for moms and dads.



A list of our most current life groups is up on our website now. Click here for more info!