August 2019 New Heights Newsletter

In the August 2019 edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan reflects on “Suffering to Comfort”, there are upcoming church events and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: “Suffering to Comfort?”

Let’s say you are currently going through tough financial times, which person would you be most drawn to for comfort – one who has rich parents and has never struggled financially in their entire lives or someone who has gone through tough financial times and came through with God’s help?

If you are currently going through physical struggles with illness, who would you be most drawn to for comfort – someone who has never been sick a day in their lives or someone who recently struggled with the same illness but God helped them through it?

If you recently lost a loved one to death, who would you be most likely to go to for comfort – someone who has never lost anyone close to them or someone who recently lost their parent to a tragic death and was able to find comfort through their faith?

In all three above examples, the answer is obvious.  When we seek comfort due to the suffering we are going through, we are drawn to people who can relate to us because they have gone through the same thing. All of us have wondered why God allows us to go through difficult times. Has it occurred to you that the reason we go through much of our suffering is so that we can comfort others who will go through similar suffering in the future?

2 Corinthians 1:3-6 says, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. (4)He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. (5)  For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. (6)Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.” (NLT).

So the next time you go through a difficult time,  ask God to help you be aware of who may be coming across your path that you could comfort. The suffering you went through could very well be solely for the purpose of you blessing another who is going through similar pain right now.  I pray that the Holy Spirit will open our spiritual eyes to see these opportunities to bless others through the difficulties we have gone through.

- Pastor Dan

 

UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS:

  • Grocery Giveaway – Saturday August 3 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm at Church.  Come get free groceries and invite people who need food. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, take down and distributing the groceries.
  • Joint Worship Service – Sunday August 4 at 10:30 am (Note time change) in the worship center. We’ll join with our brothers and sisters from Crossroads Church for a combined service including sharing Communion together.
  • Sandwich Sunday – After the combined worship service Sunday August 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.
  • Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Saturday August 10 at 8:00 am at Perkins Restaurant on Robert Street in West St Paul. Join us for a great time of fellowship, food and learning to grow as a disciple of Jesus.
  • Facilities Cleaning Party – On the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, starting on August 10, we’re gathering to clean, garden, and make our facility look beautiful and inviting to guests.
  • New Heights Book Club – We are reading “Beautiful Outlaw” by John Eldredge and gathering to discuss its impact and how we can apply to our lives what we’ve learned. Discussion meeting dates:  Thursday, Aug 15 (chapters 7-12) &  Thursday, Sept 12 (chapters 13-17). All meetings are at 7:30 pm at Helen’s home located at 108 Richmond St East in South St Paul.  See Helen to join the club!
  • Outdoor Worship Service & Block Party – Sunday August 18 at 11:00 am we’ll be having an outdoor joint-church worship service with Crossroads Church.  Following the service, we’ll have a block party for everyone. This is an awesome opportunity to reach out to our community and invite them to participate in Jesus’ love.  Fill out the insert in this bulletin to volunteer.

 

SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY: 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 – On a Saturday in August  TBA at 10:00 am at Marsha Schauer’s home located at 8146 Dawn Ave in Inver Grove Heights. . Join the women of New Heights for a great time of fellowship, food, and fun!  Leader is Helen. See her for more information.
  2. Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Every other Saturday morning at 8:00 am. The next breakfast is August 10 at Perkins Restaurant on Robert St in West St Paul. Leader is Pastor Dan (651) 216-0923. Don’t miss this great time to grow as a disciple of Jesus!
  3. Thursday Bible Study – This Bible study is now on summer break. We will resume meetings in September.

 

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.

 

AUGUST QUOTES TO PONDER:

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”- Augustine

The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.”―Billy Graham

I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking God to do His work though me.” – Hudson Taylor

If God is your partner, make your plans BIG!” - D.L. Moody

 

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