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Place + Purpose Aren’t As Elusive As They Can Seem
Have you ever asked—what am I here for, and why? You’re not alone. Our Students ask those questions all the time. And every year, 100s of you commit to walking with our students to answer these questions. To say to them—you belong—and find the belonging you’ve been searching for at the same time. From backstage tech and office help to front and center, walking with our students as a LifeGroup leader, there are opportunities for all schedules and personalities. Young. Old. Hip or on the dorky side. You have something to offer. You belong here.
We’re currently looking for another 60 volunteers for our 2013-2014 school year. Learn More Now >
News + Events
Join Mars Hill for Art + Spirituality, a one-time event the Grand Rapids Art Museum [101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503] on Friday, June 14 from 6:30-9pm. We'll begin promptly at 6:30pm in the Cook Auditorium with a teaching by Kent Dobson, then proceed into the museum at 7pm to view the Jansma Collection, and return to the Cook Auditorium at 8:15 for dessert and discussion. The evening includes free admission to the GRAM, however, you will have the opportunity to contribute a suggested donation of $10 at the door to help cover the costs. Space is limited. Register now.
On May 19, our community will celebrate the baptism of over 50 of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Please join us in supporting them with your presence, love, and cheers.
Covenant Members—please join us on Sunday, May 19 from 12:30-1:30pm in the Shed for our 2013 Annual Meeting. During this important meeting, we will:
- Present 3 new Elder candidates
- Hear a word from Kent
- Discuss + vote on the 2013-2014 budget and Elder nominations
Many people just watch movies and then move on with life, never processing the experience. By intentionally engaging in discussions about what we are seeing and hearing, we can learn and grow in significant ways. So join us for a 4-day plunge into the art of film at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept 12-15. The trip will provide space for getting to know others from our community as we discuss how the stories each film presents interacts with our own stories, the Biblical narrative, and the many other stories playing out in our culture. Cost is $240 before July 1 and includes tickets to 5 films, transportation, lodging, and breakfast each morning. Visit marshill.org/ yaevents to learn more.
Our program year may have ended on May 19, but wipe those tears Students, there’s more MHS to come. Fifty6 and The.element Summer Bible Studies will take place at Millenium Park from 4-6pm on June 11, 18, and 25. Summer Anthem meets from 7-8:30pm each week at Mars Hill on Wed, June 12, 19, 26 and July 10, 17, and 24. Check your Summer Calendars for more details on these and other special events.
It’s hard to believe another year is almost over, but with May flowers also comes May Year-End Picnics for our Student Ministries. Fifty6 will meet from 3:30-5:30pm at Hager Park. The.element will gather at Hager Park from 6-8pm. And Anthem will meet at Strikers from 6-9pm.
I mean, it’s Senior Night! So if you’re an extra special, awesome senior—you’re invited to join us on Sunday, May 12 in Room 501 at 6pm for dinner and time with your Senior Family before heading to a special night of Anthem.
If you like to spend your days making incredible things happen from behind the curtain, we’ve got just the job for you. Help our Students Team set up, tear down, clean up, prepare food, take photos, provide clerical assistance, and more, as a Behind the Scene volunteer. Learn more at marshill.org/volunteer/mhs-support-teams
Over 1000 kids play, eat, and learn each week in Mars Hill Kids so as you can imagine, it’s quite a job to clean up after them. A job that could perhaps be right for you. This mid-week role is great for people who need flexibility in their serving role. Join the MHK Cleaning Team and help ensure that all Mars Hill Kids environments are clean and sanitary when kids arrive on Sunday mornings. Express interest at marshill.org/ cleanteam, then grab your rag and let’s go.
MHS Tech Team Volunteers assist in various aspects of the weekly programming production, such as sound + lights, Mac [ProPresenter], and video editing. Anyone with experience or a willingness to learn is encouraged to apply. Serving in this role takes place on Sunday nights and requires about 2 hours/week. Learn more at marshill.org/volunteer/mhs-support-teams
Our Elementary program will be closed on May 19 so that we can all celebrate Baptism together, while all Kids programs will be closed on May 26 for the Memorial Day holiday. We hope your whole family will join us in the Shed.
Kids and Students Volunteers—Volunteer Appreciation Nights are almost here! Kids Volunteers—be sure to RSVP by May 16 at marshill.org/kidsrsvp. Student volunteers, if you’ve RSVP’d, we’ll see you on May 17!
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 12 from 6-7:30pm. We’ll experience large group worship and teaching with the current 5th and 6th graders, then 4th graders and their parents will have a brief time to hear from Kyle regarding Fifty6.
Our Shed can hold 3500 people on a full day. On Apr 27, over 750 people stepped into the shoes of our brothers and sisters in Rwanda at our 2013 Walk for Water, raising over $60,000. That’s enough to provide access to clean water for 3000 people. Almost as many as those around you today. Thank you to everyone that walked, fundraised, bought a t-shirt, and donated. You made a difference.
Join us on May 9 at 7pm as we host the Calvin Theatre Company’s final production of Grains of Hope—a documentary play on refugees in West MI, at Wealthy Theatre. Following the show a panel discussion with our Refugee Ministry and local refugees will take place. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the life of the refugees around us. Learn More >