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Mail from Matt


Weekly Mail from our preacher, Dr. Matt Soper

1548 Heights Church Mail from Matt

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hello 1548 Heights partners and friends,

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

1. THIS SUNDAY'S MESSAGE: Exodus 15:5-14 The Lord Will Fight For You
We will unpack God’s deliverance of the Israelites through the Red Sea and how that speaks to God’s deliverance of us into new life.

2. THIS SATURDAY!
Relationship Seminar, Saturday October 21, 10-12 noon at 1548 Heights.
“From Bad to Good and Good to Even Better: Tools for a Healthier Relationship.” Led by Angela Soper, LCSW.
There is no charge for the seminar but a $10 donation to the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry is suggested.
BE SURE TO REGISTER

3. CANNED FOOD DRIVE
We will collect canned foods this Sunday in partnership with Arms of Hope’s fall canned food drive. Please place your canned foods in the fellowship hall.

P.S. My Constant Beautiful Struggle (See below)

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. LADIES BRUNCH AND FELLOWSHIP
Saturday October 28 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Sandy Randolph’s house
Text your RSVP to Kim @ 832-867-4804 and get directions

6. MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Saturday Oct 21 10 – 12 noon, Relationship Seminar
Saturday October 28, Ladies Brunch and Fellowship, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Friday-Saturday November 10-11 Church Camp Out and Fish Fry

7. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
To allow yourself to be God’s beloved is to be God’s beloved. To allow yourself to be chosen is to be chosen. To allow yourself to be blessed is to be blessed. It is so hard to accept being accepted, especially from God. It takes a certain kind of humility to surrender to it, and even more to persist in believing it. Any used person knows this to be true….
-- Richard Rohr, Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality

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

In Him,
Matt

P.S. MY CONSTANT BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE
“Christianity is primarily mystical not moral.”
One of the reasons I love reading Richard Rohr is because he crashes into my carefully constructed belief architecture and challenges me to plant a garden instead of construct a house, think poetically instead of legally, mystically instead of morally, organically instead of organizationally. In other words, he hits all my blind spots.

And I love it. Because …
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hello 1548 Heights partners and friends,

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

1. THIS SUNDAY'S MESSAGE: Exodus 11 The Hard Side of God
Continuing our series in Exodus, this chapter gives us two very difficult topics regarding God’s mysterious ways: the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart and the tenth plague in which the first born children of Egypt are killed.  How are we to view this “hard side” of God?

2. CANNED FOOD DRIVE THIS SUNDAY
This will benefit Arms of Hope, one of our key mission partners. Bring canned food to the Fellowship Hall this Sunday if you can!

3. DUMPSTER JUNK TOSS THIS SATURDAY!

We have rented a dumpster for five days (all that is permitted post-Harvey) from Friday thru next Wednesday.  We will clean out all the clutter from all three floors of the building behind the sanctuary. This Saturday Oct 14 will be an all-hands-on-deck, come-one-come-all, you’ll-remember-this-for-the-rest-of-your-life congregational endeavor. Drop by the building between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. this Saturday and pitch in. Keep all small children and pets away from the dumpster ‘cause if it doesn’t move we’re tossin’ it!

4. P.S. OUR TWO ANSWERS

5. RELATIONSHIP SEMINAR, SATURDAY 10/21 10-12 noon at 1548 Heights.
“From Bad to Good and Good to Even Better: Tools for a Healthier Relationship.” 
Led by Angela Soper, LCSW. There is no charge for the seminar but a $10 donation to the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry is suggested.
Register at www.1548Heights.org/seminar

There is no charge for the seminar but a $10 donation to the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry is suggested.

6. MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 
Saturday, Oct 21 10 – 12 noon - Relationship Seminar
Friday-Saturday, November 10-11 -  Church Camp Out and Fish Fry

7. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:
The question asked is not, “What should be happening in my life?” But “What is happening in my life?” The present moment, the present set of circumstances, the present relationships in our lives – this is where God lives. This is where God meets us and gives us life. -- Alice Fryling

Thank you for your faithful service and giving!

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

In Him,
Matt

P.S. OUR TWO ANSWERS
The question was multiple choice and I was convicted.

Let me explain. I have been participating in a ministry called Friend Speak (www.LST.org) offered by the First Colony Church. Friend Speak is a national evangelistic and friendship ministry that uses the Bible to help people learn English as a second language. The premise is very simple: the Holy Spirit is in charge, let the Word do its work, and be a friend and mentor.

Both of my present ‘Readers’ are from China. One is already a Christian; the other is a woman, wife and mother who has been in the U.S. for ten years, is a once-a-year Buddhist (her words) and wants to perfect her English. So obviously we talk a lot about Chinese and American culture, and about the Christian understanding of God and Jesus vis-à-vis her worldview.

The passage recently was Luke 12:13-21 about the man whose land and crops flourish and who decides to build bigger barns to hold it all so he can take his leisure. …. www.preachermattsoper.blogspot.com


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hello 1548 Heights partners and friends,

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

1. This Sunday’s Message: Exodus 5:1-9Opposition

As we continue our series in Exodus, we will look at how God’s calling to change always brings opposition, from without and within.

P.S. Anger (see below)

2. Relationship Seminar, Saturday 10/21 10-12 noon at 1548 Heights.

“From Bad to Good and Good to Even Better: Tools for a Healthier Relationship.” Led by Angela Soper, LCSW.
There is no charge for the seminar but a $10 donation to the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry is suggested.
Register at www.1548Heights.org/seminar

3. Mark Your Calendar:

Oct 21: 10-12 noon; Relationship Seminar
Nov 10-12: Church Camp Out & Fish Fry

4. Thought for the Week:

If within us we find nothing over us, we succumb to what is around us.
– P.T. Forsythe

Thank you for your faithful service and giving!

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

In Him,
Matt

P.S.     Anger

            When I was at Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans we were allowed to leave campus for lunch and I often browsed the grocery store across the street for something worthwhile. I remember distinctly multiple instances when I fantasized about taking a baseball bat and laying waste to the neatly arranged rows of cans, bottles, and food items. I remember this vividly because even then I wondered where this anger came from, though I was also grateful that I only imagined laying waste to food items, not people. But where did that anger come from? Existential angst, hormones, a bad pimple? It was a mystery.

            To this day I will occasionally be in the gym or in traffic and a flash of anger will go through me that almost frightens me in its intensity...
Read more at www.preachermattsoper.blogspot.com

 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hello 1548 Heights partners and friends,

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

1. This Friday evening Sept 29 at 1548 Heights!

Heart for Freedom Art Exhibit+ Auction: Artists in the Fight Against Human Trafficing  (All Profits Will Benefit Free the Captives)

5 p.m. VIP ($50) Cocktail Hour and private viewing
6 p.m.  General Admission ($10) exhibition begins
Purchase tickets in advance ($50 or $10) at www.heartforfreedom.com/tickets. Or at front door ($20).

2. This Sunday’s Message: Exodus 3:1-15 God’s Revelation and Our Response

In the fourth message from our series on Exodus, we will look at the famous “burning bush” event and God’s revelation to Moses. What does this teach us about God, ourselves, and our purpose in the world?

3. Congratulations to Megan Rowan and Jared Humphrey on the birth of their son, Barron Luke, born September 25!

Barron weighed 7lbs 2 oz. Mom, Dad and son are home and doing well. Megan recently attended the Discovering 1548 Heights Luncheon and is one of our new partners.

4. Relationship Seminar, September 23, 10-12 noon at 1548 Heights.

“From Bad to Good and Good to Even Better: Tools for a Healthier Relationship.” Led by Angela Soper, LCSW.
There is no charge for the seminar but a $10 donation to the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry is suggested.

Register at www.1548Heights.org/seminar

5. Mark Your Calendar:

Sept. 29: 5-10 p.m.; Free the Captives /Heart for Freedom Art Show
Oct 21: 10-12 noon; Relationship Seminar

6. Thought for the Week:

Remember, every viewpoint is a view from a point. The Bible gives you a new and very free viewpoint from which to read the world. But it will only feel like freedom if you do not have a lot to prove and a lot to protect.
– Richard Rohr, Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality

 Thank you for your faithful service and giving!

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

In Him,
Matt

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hello 1548 Heights partners and friends,

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

1. This Sunday’s Message: Exodus 2:1-10, 23-25   God Heard and Remembered

In this third message in our series we will explore how God is working behind the scenes in the life of Moses and how God works in our lives in ways we don’t always understand.

2. Hurricane Harvey Relief Blood Drive, this Sunday Sept 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 1548 Heights.

Thank you to everyone who signed up and to those who will be out of town but donated blood beforehand! Walk-ups are welcome. Put on your hospitality cap–many neighbors will be coming through to donate.

3. We welcome new 1548 Heights Partners Sheila Bentley and Megan Rowan.

Both Sheila and Megan attended the recent Discovering 1548 Heights Luncheon to learn more about our history, ministries, missions and the covenant of partnership. The next Discovering 1548 Heights Luncheon will be January 21. Welcome Sheila and Megan!

3. Relationship Seminar, October 21, 10-12 noon at 1548 Heights.

“From Bad to Good and Good to Even Better: Tools for a Healthier Relationship.” Led by Angela Soper, LCSW.
There is no charge for the seminar but a $10 donation to the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry is suggested.
Register at www.1548Heights.org/seminar

4. Mark Your Calendar:

Sept. 24: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Hurricane Harvey Relief Blood Drive
Sept. 29: 5-10 p.m.; Free the Captives /Heart for Freedom Art Show
Oct 21: 10-12 noon; Relationship Seminar

5. Thought for the Week:

Let God have your life. He can do more with it than you can.
– D.L. Moody

 Thank you for your faithful service and giving!

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

In Him,
att