September 2019 New Heights Newsletter

In the September 2019 edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan reflects on “Making the Most of Autumn”, there are upcoming church events, and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: “Making the Most of Autumn”

September marks the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn. Our children return to school.  Our vacations are over.  We start a new church year.  Summer tends to be a laid back time of relaxing while the coming of Autumn signals a return to our routines, busyness and stress. For many of us, this presents a challenge.  How will we respond to this challenge?

In my daily Bible readings, I recently read Ephesians 5:15-17 “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do” (NLT).  Here the Apostle Paul tells us to consider carefully our way of life and make wise choices.  When God presents us with opportunities for His Kingdom, we are to react thoughtfully and make the most of them.

These truths from God’s Word got me thinking about September.  How are we doing spiritually heading into Autumn? Maybe we should do a quick spiritual self-check?  Ask the Holy Spirit to evaluate how you spend your time, talents and treasure (money). You may be surprised!  As a committed follower of Jesus, our activities and pursuits should reflect a life lived for Him.  If they don’t…

How can we follow Paul’s wisdom for wise living?

1. Realize that without Jesus, all is in vain – Jesus Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice to pay for our sins so that all who believe in Him could be forgiven and receive eternal life. Without salvation and a personal relationship with Jesus, all of your time is wasted.

2. Reflect Jesus – This Fall, we’ll be doing a sermon series called, “Reflecting Jesus”.  God wants us to imitate Him in all we do (Ephesians 5:1).  We do this by walking in love, turning from sin, and trying to learn what is pleasing to God. Of course, imitation requires that you know Jesus, His ways, and His desires by reading the Bible, putting its Truth into practice daily in our lives, and having a growing, intimate relationship with Him!

3. Make the most of your time. Moving through life with little thought or reflection results in hours spent on endeavors that, in an eternal sense, are fruitless and a waste of time. The apostle Paul warns us to be wise in making the most of opportunities. Ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of divine appointments He as for you on His (and our) schedule everyday.  Maybe it’s an appointment to encourage the downcast, help someone in need, or share the hope in Jesus to the hopeless. Whatever it is, make the most of your time!

Corrie ten Boom said, “The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.” Make the most of this Autumn by significantly donating to the Kingdom of God!

- Pastor Dan

UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS:

  • New Start Time - New Heights’ has moved its worship service start time to 10:30 am from our previous s time of 10:00 am. This time change will allow us to better do joint ministry with Crossroads Church.
  • Joint Worship Service – Sunday September 1 at 10:30 am 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 September 1. 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.
  • Grocery Giveaway – Saturday September 7th 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.
  • 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. Our next meeting is Thursday, Sept 12 (chapters 13-17) at Helen’s home located at 108 Richmond St East in South St Paul.
  • Facility Work Day – On the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The next work day is Saturday September 14.  Join us and help clean, garden, and make our facility look beautiful and inviting to guests.
  • Fall Kickoff Sunday – Join us September 15 as we kickoff the new church year. We’ll hear what God has in store for our various ministries, have an opportunity to sign up for a small group Bible study. Make sure to participate in our “Invite a F.R.A.N.” Contest.  A “F.R.A.N.” is an unchurched Friend, Relative, Associate at work or school, Neighbor.  The person who brings the most F.R.A.N.s on 9/15 wins a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: 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. With that as our goal, 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 – Sundays 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.

 

SMALL GROUPS: Going to church on Sunday is great and is a spiritual essential. But did you know that if you truly want to grow as a disciple of Jesus, you need to be involved in a small group Bible study?  Small groups are places where we grow closer to each other, share our burdens, pray for each other, wrestle together with the Biblical text and apply it to our lives, and more! We have several small group Bible studies to choose from to fit your schedule.

  1. Women’s Discipleship Brunch – Saturday, September 28th at 10:00 am at Marsha’s home located at 8146 Dawn Ave in Inver Grove Heights.  See Helen for more information.
  2. Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Every other Saturday morning at 8:00 am. The next meeting is Saturday September 14th at Perkins Restaurant on Robert St in West St. Paul.
  3. Unafraid Bible Study – Mondays at 6:00 pm in the Conference Room. This Bible study’s purpose is to create a community of believers who are unafraid. Unafraid to seek God together. Unafraid to love one another. Unafraid to struggle with scripture together.
  4. Thursday Bible Study – 6:15 pm at Andrea’s home in Cottage Grove starting Thursday September 19 and studying the Book of Joshua.

Contact Pastor Dan at (651) 216-0923 today to get involved in a small group Bible study!

 

SEPTEMBER PONDERINGS:

When opportunity presents itself, don’t be afraid to go after it.” – Eddie Kennison

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go!” – T. S. Elliott

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.” – Simon Sinek

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