In the April edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan shares some Easter thoughts, there are upcoming church events, quotes and more!
NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: “Strangely Easter” Just a little over three months ago, we celebrated Jesus’ birth on Christmas morning. At Christmas, we Christians often comment on how Jesus was born in such humble surroundings. Mary gave birth to Jesus in a stable with farm animals as an audience and He was laid in a manger – a feeding trough for those animals. For the birth of the King of Kings – Strangely subdued. Strangely humble. Just as Jesus’ birth in a manger had little fanfare, Jesus’ resurrection did not happen with television cameras focused, pyrotechnics exploding, not even a respectable crowd gathered. Just an alarming word from Mary Magdalene about Jesus’ body being gone produced a panic among the disciples and a foot race between Peter and John. John looked and merely saw the emptiness of the tomb. Peter saw the connection between this moment and the mysterious words of Jesus—and he believed (John 20:1-8). Now things were really confusing, and the disciples just went home. It was to a broken-hearted Mary Magdalene who stayed at the tomb that Jesus revealed himself. Easter is the most important day in human history but Jesus’ resurrection is strangely subdued. Strangely humble. But a day is coming that will be different! Easter is a foretaste of a resurrection of masses of people when the history of the world is drawn to a end. The Bible says Jesus will come dramatically in the sky, there will be a loud trumpet blast and all who are alive on earth will see Him. All who have put their faith and trust in Jesus throughout history will be resurrected and drawn up to meet Jesus in the sky along with those believers who are alive when He returns. What an incredible scene! Strangely magnificent. Strangely amazing! The amazingness and magnificence of Jesus’ resurrection should change us. It should have a powerful effect on us each day that we’re alive as a Christian. Christ is risen! And because He has, we no longer have to fear death but can look forward to eternity where we will be God’s people and God himself will be with us. He will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Revelation 20: 4). Where in your life do you need the resurrection power of Jesus at work today? - Pastor Dan
UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS:
- Lent Soup Suppers - This Wednesday April 5 at 6:00 pm is our last one! Join us for a soup dinner, prayer, songs, and hearing a testimony from a missionary – J.J. Wessman, exiled missionary to Israel.
- Holy Week of Prayer & Fasting - For Monday through Saturday April 10-15, we are calling the people of New Heights for a time of prayer and fasting during Holy Week. See the instruction sheet at church for more information.
- Maundy Thursday Service and Communion – Thursday April 13 at 6:30 pm in the worship center at Mt Bethel Church. Join us and the folks of Mt Bethel Church in commemorating Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples and the new commandment (“Maundy”) Jesus have us.
- Good Friday Service – Join us on Friday April 14 at 6:30 pm as we reflect on Jesus’ death on the cross and His blood that was shed for the forgiveness of our sins.
- Easter Celebration - On Sunday April 16, join us for breakfast and fellowship at 9:00 am. At 10:00 am we’ll have a powerful worship service celebrating Jesus’ resurrection, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for the children. Be sure to invite your F.R.A.N.s (Friends, Relatives, Associates at work or school, Neighbors) to come!
- Men’s Discipleship Breakfast - Saturday April 22nd 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!
- Feed My Starving Children – Wednesday April 26 at 6:00-7:30 pm at their Eagan Warehouse located at 990 Lone Oak Road #136. Come help us show God’s love by packing meals to help feed starving children around the globe. Be sure to sign up on the bulletin board in the back of church.
YOUTH GROUP: Our youth group is for students in grades 6-12. We meet on Sundays after church and also do periodic fun activities. 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
Also we are starting our planning process for this summer’s Vacation Bible School. Contact Elisha at (651) 343-5236 to volunteer or get more information.
EASTER QUOTES: “Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life.” – Ravi Zacharias “While the resurrection promises us a new and perfect life in the future, God loves us too much to leave us alone to contend with the pain, guilt and loneliness of our present life.” - Josh McDowell “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis “The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom. . . . It is the decisive event demonstrating thet God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven. The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.” – N.T. Wright