March 2019 New Heights Newsletter

In the March 2019 edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan, with all this snow, reflects on getting stuck, there’s upcoming church events and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: “Don’t Get Stuck!”

We just had a February where we set a record (by a large margin) for the amount of snow.   Last weekend, I-35 was closed south of Owatonna for two days due to snowfall and blizzard winds creating huge drifts. A large number of vehicles got stuck in the snow. I heard of this one guy who had a 4WD pickup but got stuck because he only had his truck in 2WD.  When he switched to 4WD, he was able to escape the snow and get to his destination.

Thinking about the possibility of getting stuck in all this snow brought my attention to a passage in the Old Testament.  Genesis 11:31-32 reads “Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai, and his grandson Lot and left Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan. But they stopped instead at the village of Haran and settled there.  Terah lived for 205 years and died while still at Haran.” (NLT)   Abraham’s father Terah took his family on a journey to the Promised Land of Canaan.  They left their home, their livelihoods, their comforts, all because God had revealed to them an awesome gift and destination – the Promised Land.  Along the way to Canaan, they stopped at Haran and got stuck.  They settled there and Terah ended up dying in Haran.  Later, we know Abraham made it to Canaan but what a sad ending for Terah!

God has called each of us to join Him on a journey to the Kingdom of God.  He has equipped us with the Holy Spirit who gives us inner peace, joy, spiritual gifts and an abundant life.  But sometimes we get stuck on the way.  We settle for less than what God had in store for us.  We will inevitably get stopped along the way in our journey but there is a difference between getting stopped and getting stuck. When we get stuck, we need to ask for God’s help in shifting gears and getting back on our journey.  God didn’t call us to get stuck and die in Haran.  He has called us to shift into 4WD and get back on track toward Canaan, the Promised Land, the Kingdom of God.

Are you stuck in your journey with God?  Are you tempted to settle for less than God’s best for you?  Did you set out for a Christ-like life but settle for one plagued with sin and guilt?  Did you set out for a great marriage with God in the center but settle for just co-existing?  Did you set out to devote your gifts and talents to serving God but settle for devotion to your career?  Did you set out to impact your community and world for Jesus Christ but settle for just sitting in the pew?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t be like Terah.  Go to God in prayer and ask Him to get you unstuck.  The Holy Spirit is way more powerful than a four-wheel-drive vehicle.  Allow the Spirit to get you back on track on your journey with God!

- Pastor Dan

 

UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS:

  • Grocery Giveaway – Saturday March 2 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm at Church.  Come get free groceries and invite people you know who may need some food.  Volunteers are needed (2 shifts: 8:00 am – noon & noon – 4:00 pm) to help with setup, take down and distributing the groceries.
  • Joint Worship Service – Sunday March 3 at 10:30 am (Note time change) in the worship center (we worship in the chapel). Join with our brothers and sisters from Crossroads Church for a combined service including Communion.
  • Sandwich Sunday – After the combined worship service on March 3. Help make sandwiches we’ll take to feed the homeless in the Twin Cities area.
  • Ash Wednesday Soup & Service - Wednesday March 6th at 6:30 pm for soup followed by worship at 7:00 pm.  Join us as we kick of the season of Lent together.
  • Men’s Discipleship Breakfast - Saturday March 9th at 8:00 am at Perkins Restaurant on Robert Street in West St Paul.  Join the men of New Heights as we seek to grow as a disciple of Jesus.
  • Church Bowling Bonanza - Saturday March 30 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at Drkula’s Bowling Center located at 6710 Cahill Ave in Inver Grove Heights. Cost is $10 per person for 2 games and shoes.  Sign up on the Resource Table at church or call Pastor Dan at (651) 216-0923 to reserve your spot.
  • Easter Sunday -  On April 21 join us for a free community breakfast at 9:30 am, followed by worship service at 10:30 am in the worship center as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. After the service, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children.  Don’t miss it and be sure to invite your F.R.A.N.s (Friends, Relatives, Associates at work or school, Neighbors).
  • Couples Communication Seminar - Thursday evenings 6:30 to 8:00 pm starting on April 25 through May 30.  Are you thinking of getting married (this seminar can fulfill your premarital counseling requirements for the discount on your marriage license)? Are you struggling to communicate with your spouse or significant other?  Would you just like to learn to communicate to others better? Then this seminar is for you! Childcare will be provided. The seminar is free but you must pre-register either at the resource table at church or by contacting Pastor Dan at (651) 216-0923 or danschauer004@gmail.com.
  • 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).

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES:

We have an exciting Children’s 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.

 

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.

1)  Women’s Discipleship Lunch – Once a month on a Saturday at 10:00 am at Marsha Schauer’s home located at 8146 Dawn Ave in Inver Grove Heights.  The next meeting is on Saturday March 16.

2)  Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Every other Saturday morning at 8:00 am. The next breakfast is March 9 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 Book of Colossians.  Leader is Pastor Dan (651) 216-0923.

Get involved in a Bible study today!

 

YOUTH GROUP:

We have an awesome Youth Group comprised of young people full of life and seeking to grow closer to God.  Our youth group is for students in grades 6-12.

  • Weekly meeting – Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Crossroads/New Heights Church located at 5590 Babcock Trail in Inver Grove Heights
  • Spring Break Mission Trip – March 23-27 at Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota.

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

 

MARCH QUOTES:

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.” – Victor Hugo

Spring, a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can really be.”

Every flower must first grow through dirt!”

“Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, or friendly.  You lead the way!” – Steve Maraboli

 

Comments

  1. Great newsletter! I like the idea of having a good devotional message at the beginning (and this was a good one, about getting stuck/unstuck) and the informational section was thorough. Please add my email address to your list so I can be a subscriber.

    p.s. At the bottom of the Newsletter page, where it urges the reader to subscribe, there is no link or instructions on how it can be done. Maybe your web person needs to address that for the future, as I was left to guess I could subscribe by asking for it here.

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