October 2019 New Heights Newsletter

In the October edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan reflects on autumn harvest, there are upcoming church events, and more!

NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: “It’s Harvest Time!”

The days have gotten shorter and the temperatures are falling – October is here and so is the time of harvest. We frequently see pumpkins, corn, squash with hay and straw used to decorate harvest celebrations. Traditionally, harvest celebrations are a time to thank God for the fruit of the field that He has blessed us with.

Jesus used the harvest of crops in his day and time as a metaphor for our need for Christian workers to get out in the fields to harvest souls for the Kingdom of God. Jesus said in Matthew 9:35-38, “Jesus traveled through all the cities and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And wherever he went, he healed people of every sort of disease and illness. He felt great pity for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.’”

As Jesus traveled from town to town, He felt compassion because of the great need He saw for people to hear the Good News of the Gospel. People needed to hear that Jesus was offering deliverance from bondage to their sins and new life both now and for eternity. If they didn’t hear this Good News, they were in danger for spending an eternity separated from God. This truth caused Jesus much agony. Jesus knew He and His disciples could only do so much themselves. He told his disciples to pray to the Father to send more workers to the “fields,” the places where people live, work and play, to spread the news about Jesus. Then there could be a harvest celebration of souls.

Jesus wants us to have a harvest celebration for the souls of people! In Luke 15:10, Jesus says there is a celebration thrown in heaven when even one sinner repents and is saved. When God looks at the “fields” of Inver Grove Heights and surrounding areas, what do you think He sees? He sees a great harvest but few workers willing to go out and do the harvesting. A recent Barna survey showed that only around 4% of Christians engage in evangelism and outreach of any kind. The verse from Matthew is just as true today as it was in Jesus’ time, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few.”

We all need to do two things in response to Jesus’ words here: (1) We need to pray to God to raise up more workers for New Heights so we can be more effective at harvesting souls for God. (2) All of us need to get out in the “fields” ourselves. What keeps you from being a harvest worker for Jesus? Ask God to give you a heart for the lost. Pray for the F.R.A.N. s (Friends, Relatives, Associates at work, Neighbors) in your life who are not saved. Ask God to help you recognize opportunities to share the Gospel with others. Ask him for courage and boldness to share the Gospel clearly and effectively. My hope and prayer is that we can have a real harvest celebration at New Heights for the souls who have made Jesus the Savior and Lord of their life.
- Pastor Dan

 

UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS:

  • Grocery Giveaway – This Saturday October 5 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. See Pastor Dan for more information.
  • Joint-Worship Service – This Sunday Oct 6 at 10:30 am in the worship center with our brothers and sisters from Crossroads including Communion.  Pastor Dan will be preaching on “Better Together” from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.
  • Sandwich Sunday – After church this Sunday October 6 help us pack sandwiches that will be brought to feed the homeless in our area.
  • New Heights Book Club – It’s been said, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Our book club can help you accomplish both for God’s glory!  We’re reading “The Good and Beautiful God” by James Byran Smith.  We’ll meet to discuss chapter 1 in on Sunday Oct 27 after church over lunch. See Helen for more info.
  • Thanksgiving Sunday – On Sunday November 24 we’ll have a joint worship service with Crossroads Church revolving around the theme of Thanksgiving.  Following the service, everyone is invited to a Thanksgiving Lunch with turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, and the works!  Be sure to invite a FRAN (Friend, Relative, Associate at school or work) Neighbor to join you in expressing our thanks to God.

 

SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES: 

We have four Small Group Bible Studies to choose from:

1)       Women’s Discipleship Brunch – Saturdays once a month at 10:00 am at Marsha’s home located at 8146 Dawn Ave in Inver Grove Heights.  The next brunch is on a Saturday in October.

2)       Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Every other Saturday morning at 8:00 am. The next meeting is this Saturday October 12th at Perkins Restaurant on Robert St in West St. Paul.

3)       Unafraid Bible Study – Mondays at 6:00 pm in the Conference Room here at church. The goal is to create a community of believers who are unafraid to: seek God together, to love one another, to struggle with scripture together. This is a joint-church Bible study with Crossroads.

4)       Thursday Bible Study – 6:15 pm at Pastor Dan & Marsha’s home located at 8146 Dawn Ave in Inver Grove Heights studying the Book of Joshua. Leader is Pastor Dan (651) 216-0923.

 

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 NEWS:  Weekly meetings for students in grades 6-12 are on Sundays at 6:30 pm at the Lakeville Campus. Transportation from IGH will be provided. Contact Nina at (612) 865-4176 for more information.

 

OCTOBER PONDERINGS:

I do not get to know God and then do His will.  I get to know Him more deeply by doing His will.” – Phillip Yancey

I loved autumn, the one season of the year God seems to have put here just for the beauty of it.” – Lee Maynard

When everything seems to be changing we can rely on God’s consistency.” – Hebrews 13:8

We are to show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.” – C. S. Lewis

 

 

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