April 2018 New Heights Newsletter

In the April 2018 edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan on Easter morning, there are upcoming church events, and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: “Not an Ordinary Sunday Morning!”

It seemed like just an ordinary Sunday morning to her. Like so many other mornings before.  But there was one big exception, the deep sadness in that was causing pain in her heart.  It felt like a sharp knife penetrating to the depths of her being.  She had lost her best friend to death on Friday and now she was on her way to his grave.  But when she got to Jesus’ tomb that morning, everything changed!

Just as Jesus’ birth in a manger had little fanfare, Jesus’ resurrection did not happen with a big parade.  In the garden where Jesus’ tomb was, only an alarming word from Mary Magdalene about Jesus’ body being gone was heard.  It produced a panic among the disciples and a foot race between Peter and John. John won the race and looked in but 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).

Things seemed really confusing, so the disciples just went home. Amazingly, it was to this broken-hearted friend Mary Magdalene that Jesus first revealed himself. Mary was the first to behold something the world had never seen before, a resurrected, glorified body. More than a Lazarus raised out of his tomb, Jesus was changed into what will be the final destiny of all who believe in him. This is the hope to which all believers cling.

Easter, Jesus’ resurrection day, is a foretaste of  a resurrection of all people when this era of the history of the world has drawn to a end. What God promises to those who belong to Jesus is not the loss of self into nothingness, but the resurrection and re-making of everything that is right and good in the world He has created. And until then, He invites us to begin living transformed lives according to the principles of the Kingdom of God – lives continually shaped and changed by the hope of the redemption of everything God has made.

The reality 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 EVENTS:

  • Grow! Discipleship Basics Class – Sunday April 22 after church at Pastor Dan & Marsha’s home located at 8146 Dawn Avenue in Inver Grove Heights.  This class will teach you the four basic habits every Christian needs to develop to grow to spiritual maturity.  Lunch will be provided.  Sign up on the sheet on the Resource Table in the back of church.
  • Sturgis Mission Trip Meeting – Sunday April 29 right after church.  This will be an informational meeting for anyone possibly interested in going on the Sturgis Mission Trip this summer from Saturday August 4 to Friday August 10. We’ll be going to the Sturgis Bike Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota to minister to the bikers by washing their bikes, praying for them, sharing the love of Jesus, and seeing lives transformed for God!  Contact JoAnne at 612-239-9057 for more information.
  • National Day of Prayer Event – Thursday May 3 at 7:00 pm at River Valley Church. 4898 Energy Way, Apple ValleyMN 55124. Join us and thousands of other Christians from around the Twin Cities as we pray for our nation and city and also pray for God to move powerfully for the Pules Twin Cities evangelism event at US Bank Stadium on Friday May 18. 
  • Pulse Twin Cities - Friday May 18 at 7:00 pm at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.  We are seeking to fill the stadium with over 66,000 Christians and those who need to hear the Good News about Jesus. There’ll be awesome music and a Gospel message from Nick Hall.  Begin praying for who God is calling you to invite.  See Felicia for more information.

 

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 3 Bible studies to choose from:

1)  Thursday Evenings at 6:15 pm at Pastor Dan & Marsha’s home located at 8146 Dawn Avenue in Inver Grove Heights.  We’re studying the book of Revelation. Leader: Pastor Dan (651) 216-0923.

2)  Friday Evenings at Rudy & Felicia Hutchinson’s home.  Leader is Jason Hutchinson. More details on this new group to come soon.

3)  Saturday Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Twice a month on Saturday morning at 8:00 am alternating between Perkins 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

Vacation Bible School will be held from Sunday evening August 12 to Thursday evening August 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Contact Elisha our Children’s Ministry Director at (651) 343-5236 for more information.

 

YOUTH GROUP:

Our youth group is for students in grades 6-12.  We meet on Sundays before church church at 9:00 am and also do periodic fun activities. For more information contact Pastor Sherry at (651) 276-9127

 

APRIL EASTER QUOTES: 

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ came to do three things. He came to have my past forgiven, you get a purpose for living and a home in Heaven.” – Rick Warren

The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom. It is the decisive event demonstrating that 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

“But what appeared to be a defeat was actually the greatest victory of all” – Eugene Peterson

 

 

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