October 2018 New Heights Newsletter

In the October edition of the New Heights Newsletter Pastor Dan reflects on our busy lives, there are upcoming church events and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: “Back to the Busyness”

Where has the relaxed atmosphere of summer gone?  It’s October and we all seem to be back to the hustle and bustle of life at full steam. The kids are back in school, vacations are over and work has picked up in pace.  What really makes our lives so busy?  Is busyness just a part of living in modern America or are we needlessly buying into a cultural myth?  What is it we expect to find at the end of the rat race?

There is an Indian parable about a guru who had a disciple.  He was so pleased with the disciple’s spiritual progress that he left him on his own.  The disciple lived in a mud hut.  He lived simply, begging for his food. Each morning, after his devotions, the disciple washed his loin cloth and hung it out to dry.  One day, he came back to discover the loincloth torn and eaten by rats.  He begged the villagers for another, and they gave it to him. But the rats ate that one too. So he got himself a cat.  That took care of the rats, but now when he begged for his food he had to beg for milk for his cat as well.  “This won’t do,” he thought.  “I’ll get a cow.”  So he got a cow and found he had to beg now for fodder. So he decided to till and plant the ground around his hut.  But soon he found no time for contemplation, so he hired servants to tend his farm.  But overseeing the laborers became a chore, so he married to have a wife to help him.  After time, the disciple became the wealthiest man in the village.

The guru was traveling that area and stopped in.  He was shocked to see that where there once stood a simple mud hut there now loomed a palace surrounded by a vast estate, worked by many servants.  “What is the meaning of this?” he asked his disciple.  “You won’t believe this master,” the man replied.  “But there was no other way I could keep my loincloth!”

What is the lesson of this parable?  The power of a parable is in letting you figure out what it means for you.  That is why Jesus seldom explained his parables.  But I can’t resist asking you a few questions.  What is your most basic purpose in life?  (hint: the Bible says it’s having a personal relationship with God and bringing Him glory by doing His will).  Is the “palace” you’ve constructed helping or hindering you from accomplishing this purpose?  What can you do to live a more simple life dedicated to the fulfilling of your God-given purpose?  Don’t be caught on judgment day telling God, “I was only trying to keep my loincloth!”- Pastor Dan

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Grocery Giveaway – this Saturday October 6 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm here at Crossroads Church.  Come get free groceries and invite people you know who may need some food.  Also, we need volunteers (2 shifts: 8:00 am – noon & noon – 4:00 pm) to help with setup, take down and distributing the groceries.
  • Sandwich Sunday – Sunday October 7.  Join us and the folks from Crossroads after the worship service as we make sandwiches that will be given to homeless people in the Twin Cities.
  • Pre-Service Prayer – Sundays at 9:30 am to pray for the worship service, for Pastor Dan’s message, the worship team to lead us into God’s presence, and for God to draw people to Himself through our church. We’ll also pray for God to provide us with more workers for the harvest of souls (Luke 10:2).

 

SERMON SERIES UPDATE:

We are continuing our journey through the book of Acts called “Acts of New Heights”.  This Sunday, October 7, #16 “Commissioned by God” from Acts 13:1-12.  God called Paul and Barnabas to a specific ministry so the church at Antioch laid hands on the them and commissioned them to the Lord’s work.  They then set out for the island of Cyprus to proclaim the Gospel to the people there.  Did you know that God has commissioned each one of us for a specific ministry?  To ignore this is to miss out on the purpose God created you for and finding true fulfillment in life.

After this Sunday, we’ll look at Paul’s first missionary journey and discover that despite hardships, he was able to persevere and continue in the work God had called him to.  We all experience difficult times but God wants us to persevere and continue in the calling He has given us for our lives.

 

SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES:

  1. Women’s Discipleship Brunch – Next meeting will be Saturday Oct 20 at 10:00 am. Leader is Marsha (651) 270-5923.
  2. Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Every other Saturday morning at 8:00 am. The next meeting is Saturday Oct 13 at Perkins Restaurant on Robert St in West St Paul.
  3. Thursday Bible Study – 6:00 pm at Andrea Rohly’s home 5435 Audubon Ave #101 in Inver Grove Heights. We are studying the Lord’s Prayer. Leader is Pastor Dan (651) 216-0923

 

YOUTH GROUP:  Our youth group is for students in grades 6-12. Weekly meetings are on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Crossroads/New Heights Church. Contact Nina Dally (612) 865-4176 for more information.

Our next fun activity will be a trip to Sky Zone on Sunday November 11 after church.

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES: 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

Contact Elisha our Children’s Ministry Director at (651) 343-5236 for more information.

 

OCTOBER QUOTES:

Busyness does not mean you are a faithful or fruitful Christian. It only means you are busy, just like everyone else.” – Kevin DeYoung

Busyness also seems to be a determination not to “miss out on life.” Behind much of the rat-race of modern life is the unexamined assumption that what I do determines who I am. In this way, we define ourselves by what we do, rather than by any quality of what we are inside. It is typical in a party for one stranger to approach another with the question, “What do you do?” Perhaps we wouldn’t have a clue how to reply to the deeper question, “Who are you?” – James M. Houston

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

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