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New Song Community Church ramps up for summer

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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With its opening March 1, the New Song Community Church is the newest in Lincoln, but already it has seen strong attendance, according to Lead Pastor Lane Olson. Currently, the congregation numbers about 150 regular attendees, but numbers have been as high as 235 some weekends. “We’re doing very well,” Olson said. The New Song Community Church is “nondenominational in flavor” but affiliated with the Assembly of God, according to Olson. “We want to be an R-rated church,” Olson said, explaining that the “R” stands for relationships. The three relationships stressed are the relationship with God, the relationship with the community and people’s relationships with each other. New Song’s tagline is “You belong here,” according to Olson, and he said he strives to welcome everyone. “People want a place they belong, a place they feel at home,” Olson said. The church is located at the corner of Sixth and D streets, in the old St. Joseph’s church building. In moving into the building, New Song has done renovations, some of which are still under way. “We are almost complete with all interior renovations,” Olson said. A dedication is planned for Sept. 20. On the Fourth of July, New Song will be participating in the festivities at McBean Park following the parade, painting faces and applying fake tattoos for kids. Special “Celebrate America” services will be held at 9 and 10:45 a.m. July 5. New Song will take on an old look the first week of August, as it hosts a vacation Bible school – an “underground” church with a Roman theme. The church will be transformed into a Roman setting, with pillars bedecking the walls, among other changes. The school will be open to all kids in the community, and about 200 are expected to attend. “It’s going to be really great quality,” Olson said. “We have about 50 adult volunteers.” Those volunteers, along with sponsorships, allow New Song to bring the school to the community free of charge without sacrificing any quality, according to Olson. “It’s free, because that makes sense in this economy,” Olson said. Regular church services are held every Sunday, and youth programs and music services are offered on weeknights. There are also programs for youths, including a scheduled visit to Folsom Lake yesterday. “I want to do what God wants me to do,” Olson said. “I want to do it in the context of true community.”