message from the pastor : A Spirit of Giving

Kirk Nowery, in his book, "Revolutionary Generosity" tells the story about a little girl named Alexander Scoot, fondly called Alex. On August 1, 2004, Alex died at age 8. Two days before her first birthday she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer that she battled for 7 years.

At age 4, Alex was so grateful for the care she received she decided to set up a lemonade stand to raise money for her local hospital in Connecticut. Alex's stand and Spirit attracted a lot of attention and soon all around the country over 4 million dollars was raised to help fight cancer.


The church today could use that same kind of spirit. That spirit that sees beyond self and sees the big picture of all the great needs around us. Alex did not live to see the full impact of her tiny lemonade stand but her spirit lives on. 

You never resemble the character of God any better than when you give to the greater cause of Christ. Little Alex wasn't thinking "what's in it for me" but what can I do for the greater cause.

Listen Church! New Heights needs you more than ever these days to express a spirit of giving. So many things we want to get accomplished for Christ and many things in the making but there must be the funds to get them accomplished. Christ is simply calling us to be faithful. 

Oh God, give me and this church the spirit of Alex and Jesus, to give faithfully.

Whatever it takes, 

- Rick Kennedy, Pastor

Today's Verse

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 28:19

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Growing spiritually doesn't happen when we know what Jesus says. It happens when we apply what he says. Application happens best within the context of community. Just a few of the many ways you can connect include: Sunday morning small groups, Men's Ministry, Women's Ministry, Student Ministry, and much more.


We believe when people engage in service, it leads to life change. Whether you serve on a ministry team in our church, in our community, or in the world, God calls us to serve one another. We have many areas to serve in which include: Children's Ministry, music, kitchen, Hall / Door Greeter, production team, community projects and Mission trips.


Jesus doesn't want the church to be an exclusive club. He wants everyone to know him and follow him. We think it is vital that as we become fully engaged in church, we invest in unchurched people in our lives and get to know them. Then when the time is right, invite them to take the next step toward Jesus.


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