May 2016 New Heights Newsletter

In the May issue of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan reflects on Mother’s Day, there are upcoming church events, an update on our move to Mt Bethel Church and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTION: “Mother’s Day”

During May we devote a day of appreciation to our mothers.  Mothers Day occurs on the second Sunday in the Month of May – on the 8th this year.  It is situated during a wonderful time of the year with summer approaching, flowers blooming, and refreshing spring breezes.

The holiday was started over 100 years ago by a mother who was concerned about the plight of poor people in Appalachia.  In 1905, a woman named Anna decide to raise awareness and was successful in establishing a national holiday in 1914, when it was signed by President Woodrow Wilson.  She did this in honor of her mother who worked to end the sanitation problems in Appalachia.  The holiday quickly became an occasion for commercial gain when people began buying Mother’s Day cards and gifts, which disappointed the founder.

A holiday for mothers isn’t just an American idea.  Other countries celebrate it too.  For example, in Britain servants and apprentices who worked for professional people were allowed visits to employee’s moms. Gifts in the form of sweet breads were given in honor of them. The day came to be known as “Mothering Sunday” and was celebrated prior to the Easter season. In ancient Greece they worshiped a Greek god called Cybele. The Romans worshiped a god called Juno. The Romans dedicated a holiday to Juno on behalf of moms on a day called Matronalia.  Honoring moms is certainly not exclusive and original to America.

Many of you, like me, have been blessed by God with an awesome mother.  It’s been a special pleasure for me to be of assistance to her this past week as she went through hip replacement surgery.  I don’t know of many more ways the love of God is demonstrated more powerfully in this world as it is through the love of a mother for her children.  My thought was that the least I can do to show what her love meant to me by returning that love through service in her time of need.  If you have the opportunity, take time on  Mother’s Day to show how much you love your mom, not just with a card or over-priced flowers, but through an act of service and love toward her.  God, your mother, and even your own heart will be blessed!             – Pastor Dan

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Unite! National Day of Prayer – Thursday May 5th at 7:00 pm at Mariucci Arena on the U of M Campus.  We’ll leave town around 5:30 pm.  Sign up to go on the sign up sheet on the Resource Counter at church.  This event is free!

Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Saturday May 14th at 8:00 am at Sunlight Restaurant located near the corner of 7th Avenue & Marie in South St Paul.  Join the men of New Heights as we enjoy great food, fellowship and the opportunity to be challenged to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

First Sunday at Mt Bethel – Sunday May 15 at 10:00 am New Heights will be moving the location of our worship services to the fellowship hall at Mt Bethel United Methodist Church.  We will no longer be meeting at the Veterans Memorial Community Center.

Feed My Starving Children - Wednesday, June 22 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at their Eagan warehouse located at 990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136. Eagan, MN 55121.  Don’t miss this opportunity to show Jesus’ love by packing meals to feed starving children around the world.  There will be a sign up sheet posted at Mt Bethel so you can register after our move there on May 15.  

Camp JIM (Jesus Is Mine) – Jr High (grades 7-9) summer camp is July 24-29.  Camp JIM is located on a beautiful lake outside of Brainard MN.  The Brimmers who our church supports, helps run Camp JIM.  You can sign your kid up at www.campjim.org.

 

SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES:

We at New Heights believe strongly that our small group Bible studies will deepen your understanding of God’s Word and give you an opportunity to ask questions and apply the Bible to your life. We also spend time each week praying for each other’s needs. Our small groups are also a place where you can meet new people and form deep and meaningful relationships that can encourage and uplift you. We have 3 small groups to choose from and all will be doing questions related to the sermon topic on the Gospel of Mark.

 

  1. Monday – 6:30 pm at Darryl & Jo Bunn’s home located at 208 10th Avenue S in South St Paul. Questions? Call Darryl at (651) 451-1962.
  2. Tuesday – 6:30 pm at various locations in Hastings. This group meets every other week. Contact Pastor Sherry at (651) 276-9127 for more information.
  3. Thursday – 6:30 pm at Dan & Marsha’s home located at 8146 Dawn Avenue in Inver Grove Heights. Contact Pastor Dan at (651) 216-0923 for more information.

 

YOUTH GROUP:

Our youth group is for students in grades 6-12 and meets on Sundays after church.    Youth Group will include a Bible lesson, games, and exciting things like pizza lunches and afternoon outings. For more information contact: Pastor Sherry at (651) 276-9127

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY:

We have an exciting Children’s ministry program at New Heights! We believe the Christian education of our children in solid, biblical instruction is of the utmost importance. It can make a difference not only in our children’s eternal destiny but in those they affect during their lifetimes. We offer the following children’s classes held during our Sunday worship service:

  • Nursery: newborn through 3 years old
  • Little Lambs: 4 year olds through 1st Grade
  • Sonshine Kids: 2nd Grade through 5th grade

 

MT BETHEL UPDATE:

We are moving!  We had a unanimous vote on Sunday April 17 to move to Mt Bethel.  Our first Sunday at Mt Bethel Church located at 3239 70th Street in Inver Grove Heights will  be on May 15th.  Our last Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Community Center will  be on Sunday May 8th.  A special thanks to the Community Center for being great hosts for us these past years.  We are looking forward to the exciting things God will do as new opportunities of ministry open up for us.  Keep praying for a smooth transition to our new home for worshiping and service God.

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