The Weekly Online
Give. Gather. Go.
Sometimes standing up for the oppressed doesn’t involve standing at all. So what will you do to help those without access to clean water? Give money? Gather funds through your awesome new fundraiser? Get a group together and walk for water? How about all 3?
This year’s Walk for Water takes place on May 17 from 11am-12:15pm at Ah-Nab-Awen Park [in front of the Gerald R. Ford Museum] in Grand Rapids. Learn how you can make an impact for the 1 in 9 without access to clean water now.
Are you gifted in making others feel welcome? We are looking for several Ushers to serve at 10:30am on Sundays [before the 11am Gathering]. Interested? Learn more at marshill.org/volunteer/sunday-hospitality
If you’re a trained medical professional—we need your help. We’re looking for several individuals to serve on our 11am Emergency Response Team. Individuals on this team serve from 10:30am–12:30pm once every 4 weeks by responding to any emergencies that arrive. Learn more and express interest at marshill.org/volunteer/sunday-gatherings
Our Special Needs Ministry is looking for a Sunday morning one-on-one buddy for a 16-year-old student with Autism. Please contact Amber at email@example.com to learn more.
Kids + Student Volunteers—we can’t wait to celebrate you! Save the dates for our Kids VAN on May 2 and Students VAN on May 16.
Fun activities encourage and celebrate the variety of ways that kids learn through a theory much like multiple intelligences.
- Games can help children recall or apply what they are learning.
- Acting out a Bible story or drama can help kids better retain the main details and characters of the story.
- Craft projects can help integrate concepts with existing life experiences.
- Science experiments bring to life the extraordinary ways that kids see our world and help them enter into God’s story.
- Music and movement encourages kids to express their feelings and ask questions about who God really is.
On Feb 23, we celebrated the dedication of 18 children at Mars Hill. Please join us in praying for the kids and their families:
- William Grandon, Kristana Koster + Ron Beard
- Shiloh Grace, Rachelle, + Nathan Blacquiere
- Carter Michael, Reese Ann, Carla, + Rick Bolhuis
- Leah Joy, Anita, + Tyler Buitenwerf
- Cecilia Kendall + Rebekah Burge
- Lisbet Fay, Lauren, + Devon Carlson
- Jameson David, Emily, + Matthew Carmichael
- Evelyn Joy, Amanda, + Max Hotchkin
- Keira Joy, Anna Johnson, + Chris Richardson
- Eleanor Lou, Katie, + Ted Kelbel
- Treyton Lee, Megan, + Michael Kelder
- Carolyn Jane, Melissa, + Larry Oppenhuizen
- Brooke Marie, Nicole, + Jim Pachulski
- Hudson Ross, Kara, + Ross Poll
- Lily Judith, Rachael Dumond, + Justin Richards
- Fiona Louisa, Sara, + Chad Soukup
- Teegan, Michelle, + Jared Vermeulen
Parents—for one special night, you and your 4th grader are invited to Fifty6 for a taste of what is to come. Please join us on Sunday, May 4 from 6-7:30pm. You’ll experience large group worship and teaching with the current 5th and 6th graders, then 4th graders and their parents will enjoy a special snack while hearing from Kyle about Fifty6.
I mean, it’s Senior Night! So if you’re an extra special, awesome senior—you’re invited to join us on Sunday, May 4 from 6-7pm for dinner and time with your Senior Family before heading to a special night of Anthem in your honor.
8th graders—you’re invited to be our special guests at Anthem on Sunday, Apr 27 from 7:30-9:15pm in the Student Room. [Just plan on sticking around after The.element with your LifeGroup Leaders.] Then come hang with Rocky, Hannah, and the Anthem team, and get a look at where you’ll be next year.
Join us on Wednesday, April 23 at 8pm at Wealthy Theater for a documentary that tells the real story of the ongoing struggle of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of 6 very different protesters. Starting in the tents of Tahrir in the days leading up to the fall of Mubarak, we follow our characters on a life-changing journey through the euphoria of victory into the uncertainties and dangers of the current ‘transitional period’ under military rule, where everything they fought for is now under threat or in balance. Discussion to follow.
Each year, our Baptism Gatherings offer our community members the opportunity to declare their commitment to following Jesus in a powerful, public way. Are you ready to take this step in your faith? Baptism classes for Adults + Students, and Kids + Families will take place on April 27 at 10:15am and 12:15pm in Rooms 401 + 403 to help you discern whether now is the right time for you to be baptized, and prepare for our June 8 Baptism Gatherings. Have questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
EXEGY develops leaders in all spheres of life and equips them to live intentionally into their vocational calling, congruent with who God created them to be, serving God in the world. Led and taught by Mars Hill pastoral staff, this 9-month program will help you unfold a deeper understanding of who God is, what your place is here, and how you might lead others in this same pursuit. Learn more and apply online at marshill.org/exegy
News + Events
We have a number of great guest teachers lined up for this spring! On May 4, author and executive editor of Christianity Today, Andy Crouch, will lead us through a combined worship/teaching experience, while author/speaker/activist/public theologian, Brian McLaren guest teaches on May 18.
On April 18—You’re invited to join us in the Shed from 3-9pm to reflect on the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion. At the start of each hour, Mars Hill staff and lay pastors will lead those gathered together in a brief reflection, while interactive stations will be available throughout the Shed to help you engage in the spirit of Good Friday and connect more fully with the words from our teaching series. We hope you can join us.
We have a number of great guest teachers lined up for this spring—from author and Denver Community Church Pastor, Michael Hidalgo in March, to our very own Meredith Dancause in April, then author and executive editor of Christianity Today, Andy Crouch, plus author/speaker/activist/public theologian, Brian McLaren in May. Keep an eye on marshill.org/teaching/sundays to learn more as the dates arrive.