The Last Candle of Advent

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Merry Christmas Eve, Heights fam! We’re wrapping up Advent 2015 by lighting the Christ candle today. Check out this video as we reflect on all that the Christ candle signifies for us and the whole world.

Praying that your heart would be filled with fresh adoration for our Savior today and every day.

“Behold, your king is coming to you!” Zechariah 9:9

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How to Thrive During Exams

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“It’s that time of year, when the world falls in love. Every song seems to say…EXAMS.” Wait. Something’s not right here. That might not be how the lyrics go, but that is probably how most of you feel this week.

As if the holidays themselves don’t bring enough hustle and bustle, throw some exams and major test grades in the mix and you get a three-ring circus. If you aren’t a student right now, just reading that probably takes you back to the many exam seasons you endured. The stress is real, but does it have to consume you and/or your student?

No! Contrary to what the world tells us, we don’t constantly have to be consumed with stress over the things going on in our lives. Jesus is better than stress.

At the root of it, stress is a side effect of trusting in self rather than God. In God, there is no fear (1 John 4:18). If we believe He is who He says He is, then He is in complete control of every tiny detail of our lives, even exam week (Is. 45:6-7). Yes, we have a responsibility to work enthusiastically to glorify Him in all our work (Col. 3:23). But through the gospel we’ve been freed from striving to find our identity in any personal successes. Jesus already won the victory for us and has given us a secure and successful identity: beloved children (1 John 3:1).

So as exam week labors on, we are praying for you, parents and students alike, that your love for Jesus would be greater than your stress.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3

Our friends at The Perch Blog have written even more practical tips on how to thrive this exam season. Check it out!



This blog was written by Mollie Tyler, Associate Student Minister to Girls. 

Make CHI ALPHA 2016 More Affordable!

We’ve extended our deadlines for you to get a great deal on Chi Alpha!! Keep reading to find out the new extended deadlines.

For students in grades 7-12, CHI ALPHA 2016 is the most anticipated student ministry event and one of the biggest church-wide events at The Heights.  From February 18-21, students from over 60 schools in north Texas will converge together in Richardson to experience Gospel-centered community and seek to grow in our understanding of what the Gospel enables us to be and do.

Similar to last year, the Chi Alpha 2016 registration cost is $85.00 per student to attend the weekend.  This cost includes 3 meals, a shirt, and covers other expenses to help make for a great experience.  However, we have some opportunities to make Chi Alpha 2016 more affordable for students and their friends.

The 50/35 Plan 
The first 50 Heights Students that register with a friend that does not normally attend The Heights before January 25, 2016 will receive the registration cost of $50.00 while their friend will receive the registration cost of $35.00.  THAT’S NOT ALL!  These 50 students and their friends will all be entered into a drawing to win an Apple Watch or a $300 Visa Gift Card.  To take advantage of this promotion, please register in person at The Heights Church.

Early Bird Special
Register online or in person before February 1, 2016 and receive the “Early Bird” rate of $70.00 for the weekend.  Many of our students take advantage of this offer.  We hope you do the same!  CLICK HERE to register at this price.

Of course, financial assistance may be available upon submission of a scholarship application.

For more information about CHI ALPHA 2016, visit www.heightsstudents.org/events.

 

The Butler Fam’s Journey.

As you may have already heard, Cory Butler, our lead student pastor, and his family are moving to York, England in obedience to the Lord and the calling He has placed on them in this season. Keep reading below to hear more about their journey.


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“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

The Great Commission is the clear mission of the Christ-follower. It is also the mission of the local church and UK-USA to make disciples in York and in the Tees Valley. It is our prayer that the church in England will rise up and return to its strength from years past. As it stands today, there is a loss of Gospel identity and hope. But, the light shines brightest in the darkness, and Christ is that light.

As a family, we have three primary goals for our 3 year endeavor in York:

  1. Build the Kingdom by building the local church.  This will happen through our personal gift sets and through our Gap Year Workers.  
  2. Recruit, disciple, train and send Gap Year workers.  Currently UK-USA leads 47 Gap Year Workers (18-24 yrs old) by placing them in a local school and a local church.  
  3. Share the Gospel with families in the York area who do not know Jesus.  

There is an intense longing in our hearts for the people of England.  We long to glorify God by making as many disciples as we can while we live in York.  It would be our greatest joy to see you join us in the endeavor to live the Great Commission.  For more information regarding our journey and how you can be a part click here

In closing, please know that we are incredibly grateful for the church called the Heights.  It is our joy to be sent by such an amazing body of believers. Thank you for all of your encouragement and support.  

Cory, Meredith, Liam and Noralee Butler