September 2016 New Heights Newsletter

In the September edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan reflects on Old Testament prophecy, there are upcoming church events and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: 

Lately in my daily Bible reading, I’ve been going through the Old Testament prophets.  I like these books as they have many inspiring and encouraging verses.  But I’m not sure they are the type of book you would want to read if all you’re looking for are the warm fuzzies.  They are full of God’s warnings of coming judgment if the people don’t repent of their sins.

One such case is in the Book of Jeremiah.  He was a prophet in the 600′s BC.  His book begins with a bleak picture of Israel. The nation has once again turned from her God and Jeremiah’s opening chapters are full of graphic warnings of God’s coming judgment if they don’t repent of their sins.

Our nation has also turned from God and from following His ways.  We see the same patterns of sin in our nation and world that we read about the the ancient Israelites committing in the Old Testament.  The Bible says God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  God sent judgment on the ancient Israelites for their sins. The Old Testament prophets’ words warn us today of God’s coming judgment for our sins if we don’t repent.

But Jeremiah also speaks of hope!  A refrain appears at the beginning of Jeremiah 4 that we see frequently in virtually all the Prophets – “If you, Israel, will return…”  God’s judgment, even in the sternest chapters of Old Testament history, was always paired with an offer of mercy and restoration. God has never been limited or restrained in His desire to extend mercy, grace, restoration, and offer a chance to start again in life His way. We learn in Romans that it’s God’s kindness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4), not His anger.  This is our chance to participate in God’s activity, model His nature, and have an impact on our community, nation, and world. Our job is twofold: 1) begin with ourselves. Are we finding fault with God that we would stray and get distracted by other things (Jeremiah 2:5)? Are we confessing and repenting that we might live in the obedience of faith? 2) Are we influencing those around us by shining the light of Jesus and being sure to pray for them?

Let’s not let the words of Jeremiah go unheard but us.  Let’s respond in a way that pleases God!  - Pastor Dan

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Men’s Discipleship Breakfast - Saturday September 17 at 8:00 am at Sunlight Restaurant located at the corner of Marie and 7th Avenue in South St Paul.  Come join the men of New Heights for a great time of food, fellowship and learning how to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ!

Fall Kickoff – Sunday September 18th at 10:00 am at Mt Bethel Church.  It’s time to get back to our full church schedule!  We’ll kickoff our fall sermon series and you’ll have an opportunity to sign up for our fall small group Bible studies.  There will also be updates on our children’s ministry and youth group.  Also, the Gilmore family will be joining us to give an update on what God has been doing in their ministry of Bible translation in Tanzania.  Be sure to invite a F.R.A.N. (Friend, Relative, Associate at work or school, Neighbor) to attend with you!

Lunch with the Gilmore Family - Everyone is invited over to Pastor Dan and Marsha’s home located at 8146 Dawn Ave in Inver Grove Heights after our worship service (approx 11:45 am) on Sunday, Sept 18th.  You’ll have a chance to hear from the Gilmores what God is doing through their ministry of Bible translation in Tanzania and ask them any questions you may have.

Feed My Starving Children – Wednesday September 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at their Eagan Warehouse located at 990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136 in Eagan.  We’re joining the people of Mt Bethel to help pack meals to be shipped overseas to feed starving kids.  Sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board.  

Megan is collecting donations in the jar by the refreshments to be used to buy equipment for the Behavioral Specialist for the South St Paul School District.  Please donate today!

New Heights is looking for nursery help.  We could structure this position as fulfillment of community service hours or as an internship for those interested in a childcare career.  See Elisha for more info.

Pre-Service Prayer – Join us at 9:25 am every Sunday morning as we pray for God to bless our worship service and do a powerful work in each person’s heart!

 

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 are currently planning and preparing our small group Bible studies for our Fall Kickoff.

 

YOUTH GROUP NEWS:

Our youth group is for students in grades 6-12.  We have an exciting Fall planned for our youth.  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

 

Back to School Wisdom from Dr Seuss: 

You’re off to great places

Today is your day

Your mountain is waiting

So get on your way!  

 

Other Back to School sayings:

You know it’s time to go back to school when you hear your parents singing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

Parent: “What did you learn at school today?” Child: “Apparently not enough.  We have to go back tomorrow!”

Colossians 3:23 “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

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