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Dr. Matt Soper

1548 Heights Church Mail from Matt

December 6, 2017

Hello 1548 Heights partners and friends,

A few items as we look forward to this Sunday and our shared life in community.

1. SUNDAY'S MESSAGE: Advent, Week 2. Mark 1:1-4, 2 Peter 3:8-15 A; The Grace of Confession
John the Baptist comes proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus calls everyone to repent and believe the Good News. Peter tells us that God wants ?all to come to repentance.? Why is confession (repentance) so powerful and how is it ultimately a grace gift from God?

P.s. Good and Beautiful (see below)

2. AGAPE FELLOWSHIP MEAL THIS SUNDAY!
Plan to stay after service this Sunday, December 10th for our Annual Christmas Agape Meal. Bring your favorite holiday side dish, salad or dessert to share. Honeybaked Ham and Iced Tea will be provided. Invite your family & friends! Bring Luby?s take-out if you want.

3. TWO WAYS TO BRING JOY TO A NEEDY CHILD OR FAMILY THIS CHRISTMAS! 
The Church at 1548 Heights is proud to support Small Steps Nurturing Center https://ssnc.org here in Houston & Arms of Hope in Medina, Texas www.armsofhope.org?! 
Choose new cozy Pajamas for the preschool children of Small Steps and/ or a Gift Card for families of Arms of Hope. 
Please bring your unwrapped and labeled Pajamas or Gift Card to church on or before Sunday, December 10th. 
More information and link to Sign up is below. 

4. FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY IS COMING TO 1548 HEIGHTS!
January 8 - February 12, Monday evenings 7:00pm - 8:30pm.
$129 for all materials. Learn how to develop a savings plan, get out of debt, save for the future, live generously, and experience financial peace!
Email mhsoper@outlook.com to express your interest (you don?t have to commit or pay just yet).

5. WORSHIP VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP
We encourage all 1548 Partners and interested friends to click on the attached link below to view the Worship Volunteer Opportunities. Please review your calendar and sign up on a date of your preference. The available slots go through the last Sunday of the year on 12/31/2017. Each date has 8 slots. Sign up before they fill up!

You will get a reminder for the date you signed up 6 days before your chosen date. If you like, we would recommend making a Signup Genius account as this will give you the opportunity to modify your chosen dates as needed.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Erick or Carol Leon at (646) 546-8646.

6. MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Sunday December 10 -  1548 Heights Christmas Fellowship Meal following morning worship.
Monday January 8-  7-week Financial Peace University begins
Sunday January 21-  next Discovering 1548 Heights Luncheon

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: OUR STORIES
We are shaped by our stories. In fact, our stories, once in place, determine much of our behavior without regard to their accuracy or helpfulness. Once these stories are stored in our minds, they stay there largely unchallenged until we die. And here is the main point: these narratives are running (and often ruining) our lives. That is why it is crucial to get the right narrative.
Once we find the narratives inside our minds, we can measure them against Jesus narratives. Because Jesus is the preexistent and eternal Son of God, no one knows God or the nature and meaning of life more than Jesus. Jesus? narratives are the truth. He himself is the truth. So the key is adopting Jesus? narratives.
                                    -- James Bryan Smith, The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love With the God Jesus Knows

Thank you for your faithful service and giving! Have a great weekend and I'll see you Sunday morning.

In Him,
Matt

P.S. GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL
Several things catch my attention this week. You won't mistake any of my thoughts for Aristotle's Metaphysics, but perhaps they will be helpful and/or interesting to you.

Human Nature
      For years and years people railed against?
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November 30, 2017

Hello 1548 Heights partners and friends,

A few items as we look forward to this Sunday and our shared life in community.

1. SUNDAY'S MESSAGE: Advent, Week 1. Isaiah 64:1-9
Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth. But it’s not all smiles and carols. Part of the waiting is through hard times and wondering when God will arrive.  We’ll explore that this week as we turn our eyes towards Jesus in the season of Advent.

P.S. The Dance Floor (see below)

2. FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: LUBY'S!
Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. We have a very good time. Luby’s offers everything, not just chicken-fried steak. I personally like the chicken-fried pecan pie.

3. TWO WAYS TO BRING JOY to a needy child or family this Christmas! 
The Church at 1548 Heights is proud to support Small Steps Nurturing Center here in Houston and Arms of Hope in Medina, Texas!

Choose new cozy Pajamas for the preschool children of Small Steps and/or a Gift Card for families of Arms of Hope.  Please bring your unwrapped and labeled Pajamas or Gift Card to church on or before Sunday, December 10th.  Click the button below for more information and to commit to a gift.

4. FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY IS COMING TO 1548 HEIGHTS!
January 8 – February 12, Monday evenings 7–8:30 p.m.
$129 for all materials. Learn how to develop a savings plan, get out of debt, save for the future, live generously, and experience financial peace!
Email mhsoper@outlook.com to express your interest
(you don’t have to commit or pay just yet).

5. WORSHIP VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP
We encourage all 1548 Partners and interested friends to click on the attached link below to view the Worship Volunteer Opportunities. Please review your calendar and sign up on a date of your preference. The available slots go through the last Sunday of the year on12/31/2017. Each date has 8 slots. Sign up before they fill up!

You will get a reminder for the date you signed up 6 days before your chosen date. If you like, we would recommend making a Signup Genius account as this will give you the opportunity to modify your chosen dates as needed.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Erick or Carol Leon at (646) 546-8646.

6. MARK YOUR CALENDAR

  • Sunday December 10:  1548 Heights Christmas Fellowship Meal following morning worship.
  • Monday January 8: 7-week Financial Peace University begins
  • Sunday January 21: next Discovering 1548 Heights Luncheon

7. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Immersed in Blessing
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)

Now this alone transforms our perspective. Do you habitually, regularly think of your life as immersed in blessing? Just as a fish lives its life immersed in water, (in Christ) our lives are immersed in blessing.
– M. Robert Mulholland, Jr., The Deeper Journey: The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self

Thank you for your faithful service and giving!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you Sunday morning.

In Him,
Matt

P.S.     The Dance Floor

The torrent of sexual harassment allegations continues, with Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor being the latest (check back in an hour) media titans to be fired. I’m fascinated by a particular aspect of this cultural tsunami: the “crescendo” element. I heard a behavioral scientist explain this with two examples:

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Tuesday November 21, 2017

Hello 1548 Heights partners and friends,

A few items as we look forward to this Sunday and our shared life in community.

1. SUNDAY'S MESSAGE: Exodus 34:29-35; II Corinthians 3:7-18 The Glory
In this last message in our series on Exodus, we will look at the glory of the Lord in Moses, Israel, and through Christ in us. What is God’s glory and why is it so central in our lives with Jesus?

2. THANKSGIVING WEEK SCHEDULE
Wed Prayer Meeting (tonight)               NO
Sunday 9 a.m. Adult Bible Study          NO
Sunday 10 a.m. Worship Service           YES!

P.S. Ten Things I’m Thinking (see below)

2. TWO WAYS TO BRING JOY to a needy child or family this Christmas!
The Church at 1548 Heights is proud to support Small Steps Nurturing Center here in Houston and Arms of Hope in Medina, Texas!

Choose new cozy Pajamas for the preschool children of Small Steps and/or a Gift Card for families of Arms of Hope.  Please bring your unwrapped and labeled Pajamas or Gift Card to church on or before Sunday, December 10th.  Click the button below for more information and to commit to a gift.

3. FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY IS COMING TO 1548 HEIGHTS!
January 8 – February 12, Monday evenings 7–8:30 p.m.
$129 for all materials. Learn how to develop a savings plan, get out of debt, save for the future, live generously, and experience financial peace!
Email mhsoper@outlook.com to express your interest
(you don’t have to commit or pay just yet).

4. WORSHIP VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP
We encourage all 1548 Partners and interested friends to click on the attached link below to view the Worship Volunteer Opportunities. Please review your calendar and sign up on a date of your preference. The available slots go through the last Sunday of the year on12/31/2017. Each date has 8 slots. Sign up before they fill up!

You will get a reminder for the date you signed up 6 days before your chosen date. If you like, we would recommend making a Signup Genius account as this will give you the opportunity to modify your chosen dates as needed.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Erick or Carol Leon at (646) 546-8646.

5. MARK YOUR CALENDAR

  • Sunday December 10;  1548 Heights Christmas Fellowship Meal following morning worship.

6. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
I hope at this point in your spiritual journey you’ve discovered there is always a deeper agenda at work in your life. God has an agenda for you. God’s agenda catches up the threads of your agenda, weaving these together in ways radically different than you expected.
– M. Robert Mulholland, Jr., The Deeper Journey: The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self

 Thank you for your faithful service and giving!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you Sunday morning.

In Him,
Matt

P.S.     Ten Things I’m Thinking

This is a stream of consciousness blog, an exercise in speed writing on deadline. If you’re expecting deep stuff, read the book of Hebrews. But if you are interested in what’s on my mind, keep reading.

I sent out a letter this week…

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Wednesday November 15, 2017

Hello 1548 Heights partners and friends,

A few items as we look forward to this Sunday and our shared life in community.

1. SUNDAY'S MESSAGE: Exodus 32:1-14  “These Are Your Gods!”

In this tenth message from our series in Exodus, we will look at what prompted the Israelites to grow impatient and ask for new god(s), how impatience can be a temptation in our own faith lives, and how we trust God during delays.

P.S. The Human Touch (see below)                                                                                                                                                                     

2. OUR CHRISTMAS WISH LIST:

  • Elevator Repair:  $ 5,650.20
  • Signage (backlit!) on front of building: $10,050

These are great opportunities for special end-of-year gifts!

3. FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY IS COMING TO 1548 HEIGHTS!
January 8 – February 12, Monday evenings 7–8:30 p.m.
$129 for all materials. Learn how to develop a savings plan, get out of debt, save for the future, live generously, and experience financial peace!
Email mhsoper@outlook.com to express your interest
(you don’t have to commit or pay just yet).

4. WORSHIP VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP
We encourage all 1548 Partners and interested friends to click on the attached link below to view the Worship Volunteer Opportunities. Please review your calendar and sign up on a date of your preference. The available slots go through the last Sunday of the year on 12/31/2017. Each date has 8 slots. Sign up before they fill up!

You will get a reminder for the date you signed up 6 days before your chosen date. If you like, we would recommend making a Signup Genius account as this will give you the opportunity to modify your chosen dates as needed.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Erick or Carol Leon at (646) 546-8646

5. MARK YOUR CALENDAR 
Monday November 20 
Heights Community Thanksgiving Potluck and Worship Service; 5:30 meal, 7:00 worship
Sunday December 10  1548 Heights Christmas Fellowship Meal following morning worship

6. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: THE 3 LIES
The three big lies in America are: 1. I am what I do. 2. I am what I have. 3. I am what people think about me.”
– Henri Nouwen

Thank you for your faithful service and giving!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you Sunday morning.

In Him,
Matt

P.S. The Human Touch

On a recent visit to New Orleans I heard a sermon (Andrew Thayer, Trinity Episcopal) in which the speaker told of a time he was visiting a church member in the hospital. After the visit, he found himself hurriedly headed out of the room feeling rushed and distracted by his to-do list. He raced for an elevator whose door was closing. An elegant elderly lady in the elevator saw him and stuck her hand in the path of the doors to re-open them; at the same time he did a sort of karate chop to similarly stop the doors from closing. Unfortunately, as she leaned over and he chopped, he caught her necklace and broke it, spilling her not-inexpensive pearls all over the hallway, the elevator and some down the cracks. After scrambling to pick up as many as he could, he apologized profusely, and to emphasize his apology and sincerity he lightly placed his hand on her shoulder.

Before he could remove it …  

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