May 2019 New Heights Newsletter

In the May 2019 edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan reflects on living among skeletons, there are upcoming church events and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS:  “Living Among Spiritual Skeletons” 

At New Heights, we seek to reach those in our community who need to have their lives transformed through an encounter with Jesus Christ.  But for those of you who have been actively involved with New Heights, you know that this can often be a frustrating.  Many people we encounter and share the Good News about Jesus’ love seem apathetic toward God.  They are focused only on this physical world and are ignoring the spiritual.  They are alive physically but without a life-giving relationship with God, they are spiritually dead.  Skeletons moving and walking around is an image often used in horror movies to scare us. But what if we are truly living in a horror movie?  What if we are living among spiritual skeletons? If so, what can we do about this horrible situation?

Ezekiel was a prophet to the Jews after they had been exiled to Babylon around 600 B.C.  He apparently felt the same way about the people he was prophesying to.  No one was listening.  No one was responding to his call to repentance.  But one day, God gave Ezekiel a vision of just what is possible when one serves a God who is almighty.  Ezekiel 37:1-10 says, “The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me around among the old, dry bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground.  Then he asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones become living people again?’ ‘O Sovereign Lord,’ I replied, ‘you alone know the answer to that.’  Then he said to me, ‘Speak to these bones and say, Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to breathe into you and make you live again!  I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’  So I spoke these words, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as they had been before.  Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, …and the wind entered the bodies, and they began to breathe. They all came to life and stood up on their feet-a great army of them.”

What an incredible vision for a discouraged prophet!  God offered Ezekiel hope for a nation of people who could be compared to dry bones spiritually – skeletons.  Ezekiel was right when he replied to God’s question about whether these dry bones could live again by saying, “you alone know the answer to that.”  Notice that it is God and Him alone that makes the dry, dead bones come to life.  All Ezekiel had to be was obedient and speak the word of God to the bones.

Here are some lessons for us from Ezekiel’s vision. First, it is only God that can make the dry bones of our community come to spiritual life. Second, like Ezekiel, we need to faithfully and obediently speak God’s Word to these people.  Third, we know that God moves in the spiritual realm only when we commit to pray persistently.  If we as a church would commit to be faithful in these three things, I believe we would see God move in this community in a miraculous way.  The dry bones of our community would come to life!  The spiritual skeleton apocalypse would be forever thwarted!  – and that would be awesome!

- Pastor Dan

 

UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS:

  • UNITE National Day of Prayer – Thursday May 2 at 7:00 pm at Grace Church in Eden Prairie.  Hillsong Worship will lead us in singing, Nick Hall will bring a message from God, and we’ll spend time together in prayer for our nation, city, churches and individuals.
  • Couples Communication Seminar - Thursday evenings 6:30 to 8:00 pm, May 2, 9, & 16.  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.
  • Grocery Giveaway – This Saturday May 4 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm at Church.  Come get free groceries and invite people who may need some food. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, take down and distributing the groceries.
  • Joint Worship Service – Sunday May 5 at 10:30 am (Note time change) in the worship center. Join with our brothers and sisters from Crossroads Church for a combined service including Communion. Pastor Dan will be preaching.
  • Sandwich Sunday – After the combined worship service next Sun May 4. Help make sandwiches to feed the homeless in the Twin Cities area.  We need donations of bread, meat, etc. See the joint-church sign up table.
  • Sunday with the Gilmores - On Sunday May 19, the Gilmore Family 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 with them and ask them any questions you may have.
  • Vacation Bible School – Monday to Friday evening, June 10-14 from 6:00 to 8:15 pm at Crossroads/New Heights Church located at 5590 Babcock Trail in Inver Grove Heights. The theme is “Roar! Life is wild but God is good”.   To register your children and to volunteer to help in all areas of VBS, Contact Judy at 651-414-9756.
  • Church Camping Trip – Thursday to Sunday, July 25-28 at Lamb’s Resort & Campground on the North Shore of Lake Superior. This promises to be an awesome time of getting away from our hectic lives and connect with God, each other, and nature.  Talk to Marsha to reserve your spot and for more information.
  • 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.

1)   Women’s Discipleship Brunch – Saturday May 25 at 10:00 am at church located at 5590 Babcock Trail in Inver Grove Heights. Join together with the women of New Heights seeking to grow more like Jesus!

2)  Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Every other Saturday morning at 8:00 am. The next meeting is Saturday May 11th 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 IGH studying the Book of Philemon. Leader is Pastor Dan (651) 216-0923. This group is on break during the Couples Communication Seminar.

 

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.

 

MOTHER’S DAY (MAY 12) THOUGHTS:

“Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.”  – Billy Graham

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” – Henry Ward Beecher

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. 26When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. 27She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. 28Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: 29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” 30Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.”  – Proverbs 31:25-30 (NLT)

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