In this issue of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan reflects on thanksgiving and contentment, there are upcoming church events and more!
In the September edition of the New Heights Newsletter, Pastor Dan reflects on starting off the fall well, there’s upcoming events and more!
NEW HEIGHTS REFLECTIONS: A Poem for Mother’s Day
You painted no Madonnas
On chapel walls in Rome,
But with a touch diviner
You lived one in your home.
You wrote no lofty poems
That critics counted art,
But with a nobler vision
You lived them in your heart.
You carved no shapeless marble
To some high-souled design,
But with a finer sculpture
You shaped this soul of mine.
You built no great cathedrals
That centuries applaud,
But with a grace exquisite
Your life cathedraled God.
Had I the gift of Raphael,
Oh, what a rare Madonna
My mother’s life would show!
–Thomas W. Fessenden
Unite Twin Cities: National Day of Prayer – Thursday May 7th at 7:00 pm at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis featuring Kari Jobe and Francis Chan! Event is free. Contact Pastor Dan if you are interested in attending.
Feed My Starving Children – Wednesday May 20th at 8:00 pm at their Eagan Warehouse located at 990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136 Eagan, MN 55121. Don’t miss this opportunity to pack meals that will help feed starving children overseas. You can sign up at the Resource Table at church or go online to: www.fmsc.org and sign up under the New Heights Community Church group.
Woodlyn Heights Prayer Partners – Thursday May 21st at 1:45 pm at Woodlyn Heights senior care center located just west of Hwy 52 on Upper 55th Street where Tom Schauer lives. They are looking for people to come and meet with and pray with residences. See Pastor Dan or Gwen for more information.
Men’s Discipleship Breakfast – Saturday May 23 at 8:00 am at Sunlight Restaurant in located at the corner of Marie and 7th Avenue in South St Paul. Join the men of New Heights as we enjoy great food, fellowship and the opportunity to be challenged to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Southview Acres Outreach – Sunday May 31st after church. We’ll get some lunch together and then minister to the residents of Southview Acres located at the intersection of Mendota Road and Oakdale in West St Paul. See Jo Bunn for more information.
SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES:
NHCC believes strongly in small group Bible studies. In our small groups, you will deepen your understanding of God’s Word, 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.
We have 3 small group Bible studies to choose from:
- Monday Evenings at 6:00 pm at Pastor Dan’s home located at 8146 Dawn Avenue in Inver Grove Heights. We’re taking a deeper dive into the Sunday sermon topic. Contact Pastor Dan at (651) 216-0923 for more information. Childcare can be available upon request.
- Tuesday Evenings at 7:00 pm alternating between the Liljedahl’s and the Bunn’s home studying the Book of Ecclesiastes. Contact Russ at (651) 455-7812 for more information.
- Thursday Evenings at 6:30 pm at various locations in Hastings. This group meets the first, second and third Thursdays of each month and is studying the Gospel of John. Call Sherry at (651) 276-9127 or JoAnne at (651) 437-2301 for more information.
YOUTH GROUP NEWS:
Our youth group is for students in grades 6-12. We have a great time playing fun games and getting to know God and each other better. Our weekly meetings are on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm at Grace Christian Reformed Church located at the corner of 75th Street and Clayton in Inver Grove Heights.
- Unite Twin Cities: National Day of Prayer – Thursday May 7th at 7:00 pm at Mariucci Arena on the U of M Campus in Minneapolis featuring Kari Jobe and Francis Chan. The event is free!
- Youth Group Weekly Meeting – Wednesday May 13 at 7:00 pm at Grace Church
- Youth Group Weekly Meeting – Wednesday May 20 at 7:00 pm at Grace Church
For more information contact:
Pastor Dan at (651) 216-0923 or Pastor Sherry at (651) 276-9127
We’re still very disappointed that New Heights’ attempt to purchase the church building on 6th Avenue and Marie in South St Paul was unsuccessful. However we are trusting in God to provide for us a place that will be even better! Right now there are a couple of properties that we have some interest in that we would like more information about. We’ll keep you posted of any developments. Please continue to pray that God will provide a building that is right for us.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:
Run with Passion, Purpose, and Perspective
Hebrews 12:1-3 develops the theme of endurance. “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”
The first three verses teach us that the key to persistence is passion.
All the men and women of faith in Hebrews 11 “made it” because they felt passionate about their cause. The writer compares our lives to a race and tries to convince us that we must run with endurance if we plan to finish well.
The text also suggests that if the key to persistence is passion, then the key to passion is purpose. We must run with purpose, not aimlessly.
And the key to purpose? Perspective. The writer of Hebrews admonishes us to consider three things that will help us to finish well:
1. Consider them (12:1)
Since a great cloud of witnesses has gone before us, we must get serious about finishing well.
2. Consider ourselves (12:1)
It is now our turn to run the race and watch for pitfalls. We must lay aside every encumbrance that would prevent us from finishing well.
3. Consider Jesus (12:2–3)
Jesus ran His own race and endured hardship by fixing his eyes on the rewards; we must follow His example.
Drawn from an article in The Maxwell Leadership Bible.
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