May 2017 New Heights Newsletter

In the May 2017 New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan shares reflections on healthy church growth, there’s upcoming church events and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: 

For May I wanted to take a look at church growth.  There is good church growth and not so healthy church growth.  Paul writes in Ephesians 4:16 “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly.  As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”

In biology, there are 2 kinds of growth—symbiotic growth and parasitic growth.  This is a helpful and challenging way to look at spiritual growth in our church.

  • Symbiotic growth is a give-and-take relationship in which both sides benefit.  Symbiotic growth is characterized by such words as “yes, I have needs, but I’m willing to give too because everyone needs to benefit.”  Instead of saying, “I’m going to church,” remind yourself, “I am the church”!
  • Parasitic growth is when one side feeds off another but gives nothing back. When you come out of church and say, “I didn’t get anything out of that service,” you may be practicing parasitic growth. Parasitic growth is characterized by such words as “pray for me, preach to me, counsel me, help me, but don’t expect me to do anything for myself or others.”

God wants you to be a fully functioning part of His church. And if you’re not sure what your “part” is, ask me and we will look and see how God has equipped you with gifts and talents for a certain ministry in our church.  We are never more fulfilled in life than when God is using us with the gifts and talents He created in us to help others in the church.

- Pastor Dan

 

UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS:

  • UNITE National Day of Prayer – Thursday May 4 at 7:00 pm outside of US Bank Stadium on the Medtronic Plaza in downtown Minneapolis. Join thousands from all ages, denominations, and backgrounds as we worship and pray for this season of outreach in the Twin Cities.
  • Baptism/Child Dedication Class – Sunday May 7 after church at Pastor Dan & Marsha’s home. If you are interested in finding out more about what it means to be baptized or have your child dedicated to God, sign up at the resource table at church or by contacting Pastor Dan.  Lunch will be provided.
  • Men’s Discipleship Breakfast - Saturday May 20th 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!
  • Start of Summer Spectacular - Sunday May 28th of Memorial Day Weekend (the unofficial start of Summer) at Brian and Michelle Schauer’s home located at 9000 150th Street East in Hastings.  We’ll play yard games, have a cookout dinner with hamburgers and hot dogs (provided by the church – contact Michelle or JoAnne to contribute a food & drink), a bonfire and s’mores.  Don’t miss this exciting time to hang out with your church family!

 

YOUTH GROUP NEWS: Our youth group is for students in grades 6-12.  We meet on Sundays after church.  We are planning some great summer activities that include camp and Valley Fair.  For more information contact Pastor Sherry at (651) 276-9127

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY UPDATE:  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

Vacation Bible School is planned for Sunday August 13 to Thursday August 17

 

INSPIRING QUOTES:

Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.”  A. W. Tozer

There are five things that  you have to do or you will  not be used by God. 1.  Keep your life clean. 2.  Keep your eyes open 3.  Keep your heart grateful  4.  Keep your purpose firm 5.  Keep your mind on Jesus.”  - Rick Warren
“If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others.”  - Oswald Chambers

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