August 2017 New Heights Newsletter

In the August 2017 edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan reflects on the truth of the Bible, there are upcoming church events and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: Is the Bible Really True?

At New Heights, we treat the Bible as if it is God’s direct Word to us.  We believe it was inspired by Holy Spirit.  It’s our standard for what we believe and how we live out our lives. But have you ever wondered why?  Is the Bible really deserving of such authority over us?  Have you ever joined with a growing number of people in our culture and asked questions like: “Isn’t the Bible is full of contradictions & myths?”,  “Isn’t the Bible just another book like any other book?,  “What evidence is there that Bible is true and really is God’s Word to us humans?

For the rest of this summer leading up to our Fall Kickoff on Sunday Sept 17, we are doing a series called, “How Do I Know the Bible is True?”  During this series, we’ll look at evidence such as: The Unity of the Bible, Manuscript Evidence, Archaeological Evidence, Fulfilled Prophecy, Jesus’ Testimony about the Bible, and how the Bible has impacted millions of lives.

2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to win full approval in God’s sight, as a worker who is not ashamed of his work, one who correctly teaches the message of God’s truth” (GNB). My hope and prayer is that this series will show you that there is overwhelming evidence the Bible is true.  May this fact challenge you to be students of God’s Word and motivate you to apply it to your lives daily and be able to correctly teach God’s message to others.  Also if you have friends and family members who are skeptics, please invite them to come hear this sermon series.  I’ll join you in prayer that the truth of the Bible will transform their hearts and minds!  - Pastor Dan

 

UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS:

  • Church Picnic – After church on Sunday August 6th at the South Valley Park Pavilion located at 2810 70th Street East in Inver Grove Heights.  We’ll BBQ some food for lunch, have some fun games for the kids and adults (maybe even a New Heights football game). Sign up at church to contribute food items.
  • Feed My Starving Children – Wednesday August 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at their Eagan Warehouse located at  990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136, Eagan, MN 55121.  Help us get nutritious meals to starving kids worldwide.  Sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the back of church.  
  • Back to School Bash – Saturday August 19 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at St Patrick Church located at 3535 72nd Street East in Inver Grove Heights.  1100 backpacks stocked with school supplies will be given FREE to students pre-K to 12th grade.  New and gently used clothing will also be available. There will also be inflatables, food, entertainment, games and more!  Donations of funds and school supplies are needed.  This event is sponsored by the IGH Ministerial Association.  See Pastor Dan for more information.
  • Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Saturday September 9 at 8:00 am at Sunlight Restaurant located at the corner of 7th Avenue and Marie in South St Paul.  Join the men of New Heights for a great time of food, fellowship and growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  • Fall Kickoff Sunday – Sunday September 17 during our worship service.  We’ll hear what God has in store for the coming church year from our various ministries, have an opportunity to sign up for Bible study, and start our fall sermon series.
  • 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.

 

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

 

YOUTH GROUP:

Our youth group is for students in grades 6-12.  We meet on Sundays after church and also do periodic fun activities.

  • Youth Group Back Pack Filling - Join other youth groups in our city to fill 1100 back packs on Wed Aug 16 at 7:00 pm at the Church of St Patrick.  These back packs will be given away to students in need at the Back to School Bash on Saturday Aug 19 from 11:00 to 1:00 pm at the Church of St Patrick in Inver Grove Heights.

 

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

“Take all that you can of this book upon reason, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier man. (When a skeptic expressed surprise to see him reading a Bible)”― Abraham Lincoln

“The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.”― Søren Kierkegaard

“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.” Augustine of Hippo

“The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.”― Dwight Lyman Moody

 

 

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