December 2018 New Heights Newsletter

In the December 2018 edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan reflects on the town of Bethlehem, there are upcoming church events, and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: “Insignificant Bethlehem?”

It’s December, the last month of 2018.  As we near the end of this year and look back on what occurred, some may smile because of the success God has blessed you with. However for others, hopes have been dashed on the rocks of reality and replaced by fears of an uncertain future.  Looking ahead toward 2019 offers little hope that things will be different, little basis for diminished fears.  We may feel too powerless, too weak, too insignificant to make the changes we need in order to see our hopes become a reality.

This reminds me, during this Christmas Season, of the little town of Bethlehem. Bethlehem was a small, insignificant town a few miles outside of the capital of Israel – Jerusalem.  If towns could have feelings, Bethlehem would feel powerless, weak, and insignificant.  Fears, not hope, would occupy its thoughts. But in the Old Testament book of Micah, a prophecy was made about this little town of Bethlehem, that would change everything.  Micah 5:2 says, “As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah, even though you remain least among the towns of Judah, nevertheless, the one who rules in Israel for me will emerge from you. His existence has been from antiquity, even from eternity” (ISV).  This prophecy foretells the birth of Jesus on Christmas morning in the little town of Bethlehem 700 years before it happened. Out of this small town would come the Messiah, the Son of God, who existed in eternity past, to redeem humanity from its bondage to sin and bring the gift of new life for this world and for the Kingdom to come.  The greatest of all hope came to the little insignificant town of Bethlehem!

If you have put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, then the God who created the universe has emerged inside you!  It doesn’t matter how unimportant or insignificant the world thinks you are.  Jesus thinks you hold tremendous value – enough value to die for on the cross for you. You are a child of the King and He loves you more than you could ever know!  The Christmas Carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” ends its first verse with the phrase,  “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight“. No matter if you are feeling happy and fulfilled or powerless, insignificant, and fearful, may all your hopes and fears met in Jesus this Christmas!

- Pastor Dan

 

UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS:

  • Grocery Giveaway – Saturday December 1 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 December 2.  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.
  • Christmas Caroling – Saturday December 8 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 Dec 8th at 4:30 pm at Pastor Dan & Marsha’s home located at 8146 Dawn Ave in IGH.  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! 
  • Christmas Sunday - December 23, at 10:30 am (note the time change) we’ll be with the people of Crossroads Church in the worship center for a joint-worship service. Our children will be singing Christmas Carols to us and Pastor Dan will be preaching.  Fellowship and refreshments will follow. Be sure to invite your F.R.A.N.s (Friends, Relatives, Associates at work or school, Neighbors) to join us.
  • Christmas Eve Service – Monday December 24 at 5:00 pm at Crossroads Church.  Join our brothers and sisters in Christ to welcome Jesus’ birth with a candlelight service full of carols and a message of hope.
  • Pre-Service Prayer – Join us on 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).

 

SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES:

1)  Women’s Discipleship Brunch – Saturday mornings at 10:00 am once per month at location to  be announced. Next brunch will be on a Saturday soon. Leader is Marsha (651) 270-5923.

2)  Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Every other Saturday morning at 8:00 am. The next breakfast is Nov 24 at Perkins Restaurant on Robert St in West St Paul. Leader is Pastor Dan (651) 216-0923

3)  Thursday Bible Study – 6:00 pm at Andrea Rohly’s home 5435 Audubon Ave #101 in IGH. We’re studying the Lord’s Prayer. Leader is Pastor Dan.

Call Pastor Dan at (651) 216-0923 for more information about our Bible studies.

 

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. Contact Nina Dally at (612) 865-4176 for more information.

Upcoming Youth Group Events:

  • Dinner & Game Night – Wednesday December 5th at 5:00 pm at Woodlyn Heights Senior Care Center located one block east of the church. Our youth will eat dinner with the residents and then play board games with them.
  • Youth Group Fundraiser – after church on Sunday December 9. Proceeds will go toward our youth group ministry.

 

DECEMBER QUOTES:

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?”  – G. K. Chesterton

Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.” – Corrie Ten Boom

The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity–hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory–because at the Father’s will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross.” – J.I. Packer

Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts, the gift of God to man – His unspeakable gift of His Son, and the gift of man to God – when we present our bodies a living sacrifice.”             - Vance Havner

 

 

 

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