April 2019 New Heights Newsletter

In the April 2019 edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan reflects on Spring Resurrection, there are upcoming church events and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: “Spring Resurrection”

As I write this reflection, I’m sitting at the golf course where I work part-time. We are open for business but as I look outside, I see brown grass, leafless trees, and areas still covered by snow.  But in a few weeks, the grass will green up, the buds on the trees will break open with new leaves, and the snow will have long ago melted.  Spring will have sprung from winter and there will be much rejoicing. Spring is a big deal for a golf course!

Also a few weeks away is Easter and the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  I’ve been thinking more about Easter as it approaches.  To most of our culture, Easter is a minor holiday that brings to mind bunnies, colored eggs, and candy for our children.  But for us Christians, Easter is the most significant holiday of the year. Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, is a big deal for the Christian!

Why is Jesus’s resurrection from the dead a big deal? Before we met Jesus, we were dead in our sins.  We were spiritually lifeless. Then spiritually, spring came!  In Romans 4:25 the Apostle Paul says, “He (Jesus) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (NIV).  Jesus was raised from the dead for our justification.  Justification is a word we don’t use too much anymore.  Justification means that we have been declared innocent. God thinks of our sins as forgiven. Instead of our sins, He sees Jesus’ righteousness as given to us. As a result, God declares us to be blameless in His sight.  This means we have been ushered into the Kingdom of God.  We are promised new life – both now in this world and for eternity in paradise restored! Isn’t Easter cool?

April is here! Spring has sprung! And Jesus has risen from the dead!  Make Easter a big deal this year by allowing the truth of the resurrection to spring into your heart anew and to transform your life.

- Pastor Dan

UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS:

  • UMCF Friendship Dinner – Friday April 5 at 6:00 pm at St Lucas Community Church in Lake Elmo.  Join with others from 4Cs churches in our area for food, fellowship, fun and learning. Sign up on the Resource Table today or by contacting Pastor Dan at (651) 216-0923.
  • Grocery Giveaway – Saturday April 6 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 April 7 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 April 7. Help make sandwiches we’ll take to feed the homeless in the Twin Cities area.
  • Easter Sunday -  On April 21, join us as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. We start with a free community breakfast at 9:30 am, worship service is at 10:30 am in the worship center, followed by 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 with 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.
  • Sunday with the Gilmores - On Sunday May 19, the Gilmore Family (missionaries we support in Africa) will be with  us.  They will be sharing their testimony of God’s work through them in Africa during the worship service.  Following the service, you are invited to lunch with the Gilmores at Pastor Dan’s home located at 8146 Dawn Ave in IGH where you can spend more time getting to know them and ask them any questions you may have.
  • 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:  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. These are our current groups:

1)  Women’s Discipleship Lunch – Saturday April 13 at 10:00 am at Marsha Schauer’s home located at 8146 Dawn Ave in Inver Grove Heights.  Leader is Helen (651) 334-3844.

2)  Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Every other Saturday morning at 8:00 am. The next breakfast is April 6 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. Leader is Pastor Dan.

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: 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 Height

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

 

APRIL THOUGHTS:

If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.” – Timothy Keller

The devil, darkness, and death may swagger and boast, the pangs of life will sting for a while longer, but don’t worry; the forces of evil are breathing their last. Not to worry…He’s risen!”  – Charles R. Swindoll

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

In short, I didn’t become a Christian because God promised I would have an even happier life than I had as an atheist. He never promised any such thing. Indeed, following him would inevitably bring divine demotions in the eyes of the world. Rather, I became a Christian because the evidence was so compelling that Jesus really is the one-and-only Son of God who proved his divinity by rising from the dead. That meant following him was the most rational and logical step I could possibly take.” – Lee Strobel

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