December 2017 New Heights Newsletter

In the December edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan reflects on Christmas hope, there are upcoming church events and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: “Hope for this Christmas”

Hope is in short supply this Christmas. From the threat of war from North Korea, to the rising frustration with our current political situation, to the rash of recent natural disasters,  hope seems very elusive.  Instead of the usual gifts under the tree, maybe what we really need this Christmas is the gift of hope.  But where can we find hope in such hopeless times?

Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

A verse in the Christmas Carol “O Holy Night” says, “A thrill of hope; the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”

God the Father sending His Son Jesus into this world offers hope, and hope, as the song says, provides a thrill to our souls.  If faith is what we give to God, and hope is what He gives to us, then we can receive the gift of hope this Christmas during these trying times.

These thoughts are the basis for our Advent sermon series.  It’s called “Christmas Hope”.  We’ll be looking at the hope God gave Mary who was humble and didn’t think she had anything to offer but was mightily used by God.  Then the shepherds heard the angels sing and they received hope for a Savior and release from bondage to their sins. And finally, there is Simeon, an old man looking for hope for the future of Israel.  When he saw the baby Jesus, he expressed hope for eternity.  Also on Sunday December 10, we’ll hear the message of Christmas hope through our children as they present to us their annual Christmas program.

We all need hope this Christmas.  Be sure to come to New Heights this Advent to receive the thrill of the true gift of hope!

- Pastor Dan

UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS:

  • Christmas Caroling – Saturday December 2 at 3:00 pm at Woodlyn Heights Senior Care Center located just west of Hwy 52 on Upper 55th Street.  Missing the Christmas spirit? Come sing Christmas Carols to the residents, see their smiles, and feel your heart warm.  You don’t even have to be a good singer!
  • Christmas Party – Saturday December 2nd at 4:30 pm at Pastor Dan and Marsha’s home located at 8146 Dawn Ave in Inver Grove Heights.  There’ll be a potluck dinner, fellowship and our annual gift exchange (bring a wrapped gift of $10 value and a wrapped gift for your own kids that are attending). Don’t miss this annual highlight of Christmas warmth, fun and love with your church family!
  • Men’s Discipleship Breakfast - Saturday Dec 9 at 8:00 am at Pastor Dan’s home.  Come join the men of New Heights for a great time of food, fellowship and learning how to grow as a disciple of Jesus.
  • Children’s Christmas Program - Sunday Dec 10th at 10:00 am in the worship center.  This will be a joint service with Mt Bethel Church.  Be sure to invite your F.R.A.N.s (Friends, Relatives, Associates at work or school, Neighbors) to see our adorable children bring us the true message of Christmas.
  • Joint Worship Service with Mt Bethel - Sunday December 31 at 10:00 am in the worship center New Heights will be joining the congregation of Mt Bethel Church for a joint worship service.  It will be Pastor David’s last Sunday before he retires.  Come thank Pastor David for his service to God as we worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ from Mt Bethel.
  • Annual Congregational Meeting - After church on Sunday January 28th.  We’ll have lunch together and then hear about the exciting plans God has for the New Year from each of our ministries, vote for two Elders to new terms and vote on our annual budget for 2018.

 

 CHURCH MAILING ADDRESS CHANGE:

We have closed our church’s PO Box.  Our new mailing address is: 3239 70th Street East in Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 (this is the address at Mt Bethel Church)

 

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 4 Bible studies to choose from:

1)       Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 pm at Mt Bethel Church.  Leader is Derrick Gall (651) 497-5148.

2)       Thursday Evenings at 6:00 pm at Pastor Dan & Marsha’s home located at 8146 Dawn Avenue in Inver Grove Heights.  Leader: Pastor Dan (651) 216-0923.

3)       Hastings Group – Contact the group leader  Pastor Sherry (651) 276-9127 for the next meeting time and location.

4)       Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Twice a month on Saturday morning at 8:00 am alternating between Sunlight Restaurant, Darryl Bunn’s home, & Pastor Dan’s home.

Get involved in a Bible study today!

 

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 4 years old
  • God’s Little Lambs: K – 1st Grade
  • Jesus’ Little Lambs: 2nd – 3rd Grade
  • Sonshine Kids:  4th – 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.  For more information contact Pastor Sherry at (651) 276-9127

 

CHRISTMAS QUOTES:

For it is in giving that we receive” – Francis of Assisi

Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day” – Helen Steiner Rice

What can I give Him, Poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would give Him a lamb. If I were a wise man, I would do my part.  But what I can I give Him, I’ll give my heart.”               - Christina G. Rossetti

How many observe Christ’s birthday, how few His precepts” – Benjamin Franklin

You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell Him you have received His Christmas gift!” – John R. Rice

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