November 2018 New Heights Newsletter

In the November 2018 issue of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan shares about a “Spiritual Veterans Day”, there are upcoming church events and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: A Spiritual Veterans Day

Sunday November 11 is Veterans Day, a day to celebrate the courage and sacrifice of the veterans of our armed forces.  This holiday began as Armistice Day to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. After World War II, Raymond Weeks, a WW2 veteran, came up with the idea of expanding Armistice Day to become a celebration of all veterans — an annual National Veterans Day. It became law nine years later on May 26, 1954.

On Veterans Day, there are various ceremonies around our nation celebrating the dedication of our veterans to our country.  Did you know that the official State of Minnesota Veterans Day Event is right here in Inver Grove Heights at the Veterans Memorial Community Center Armory?  During that event here in IGH and around our nation, veterans will be greeted by people like you and me with a “Thank you for your service” as we express our appreciation to them for their dedication and sacrifice to our country.

This offering of thanks to veterans for their service got me thinking – what if there was a “spiritual” Veterans Day?  After all, the Bible teaches us that we live in a world of conflict between two spiritual kingdoms – the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness.  There is an everyday battle for the souls of people fought with the weapons of sharing the love of Jesus by spreading the Gospel message of hope with others through actions and words.  And like in physical battles, this spiritual battle also has casualties.  Soldiers for Jesus suffer wounds, scars, hurt feelings, disappointment, weariness, and discouragement. People are tempted to give up but persevere through it all.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a “Spiritual” Veterans Day to thank followers of Jesus for their dedication and sacrifice?  The good news is that there is such a day!  When we pass from this life to our eternal home and encounter Jesus, the Bible tells us in Matthew 25 that Jesus will utter a “Well done good and faithful servant” to those of us who served God valiantly in this life. I also believe that those already in heaven due to our faithfulness in Christ will come up to us and offer a heartfelt “Thank you for your service.  I’m here in this awesome place with God forever because of your faithfulness and obedience to Jesus. ”  What a Veterans Day that will be!  But we don’t have to wait until that incredible day.  We can express our thankfulness to those who have impacted our lives through their faith and dedication to Jesus today.

One last thought and challenge – not all of you are living a life that will bring this type of response from Jesus and others. The good news is that it’s not too late to change that.  Give Jesus and others your best in the time you have left in this life. Make an eternal impact on others as you look forward to that future Spiritual Veterans Day!

- Pastor Dan

UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS:

  • Remember to “Fall Back” by setting your clocks one hour back before you go to bed this Saturday night, November 3!
  • Pre-Service Prayer – Join us on Sundays at 9:30 am to pray for the worship service, 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).
  • Grocery Giveaway – Saturday November 3 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 November 4.  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.
  • Thanksgiving Sunday – November 18 we’ll worship with our brothers and sisters from Crossroads at 10:30 am (note time change) in the worship center. After the worship service will be our much-anticipated annual community Thanksgiving meal. Be sure to invite your F.R.A.N.s (Friends, Relatives, Associates at work or school, Neighbors) to join us as we offer thanks to God for His many blessings.

 

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.

Small Group Bible Studies:

1)  Women’s Discipleship Brunch – Next meeting will be on a Saturday in November at 10:00 am. Leader is Marsha (651) 270-5923.  Contact Marsha at 651-270-5923 for the date & location of where you can grow as a disciple of Jesus!

2)  Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Every other Saturday morning at 8:00 am. The next meeting is this Saturday November 10 at Perkins Restaurant on Robert St in WSP. Come join the men of New Heights as we grow together as a disciple of Jesus.

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

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

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. Weekly meetings are on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Crossroads/New Heights Church located at 5590 Babcock Trail in Inver Grove Heights. Our next activity is a trip to Sky Zone on Sunday, November 11 after church. Contact Nina Dally at (612) 865-4176 for more information.

 

NOVEMBER PONDERINGS:

Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.” – A. W. Tozer

Hold material goods and wealth on a flat palm and not in a clenched fist.” – Alistair Begg

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” – G.K. Chesterton

We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” – Harry Ironside

 

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