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Bundle Up Burton This October 12-26
Every year we spend 3 week gathering up coats, hats, and mittens for the kids at Burton Elementary. Why? It’s simple—because they need them. Many of the kids at Burton Elementary don’t have warm clothes to wear while playing outside or walking to and from school. And some kids at Burton have never, ever had a new coat because their families have to decide between food and hats, or diapers and mittens when there simply isn’t enough money to go around.
You can help Bundle Up Burton by donating new and like-new coats, mittens, hats, and gloves this Oct 12-26. Just grab a tag near the Welcome Center on an upcoming Sunday and drop your items back there by Sunday, Oct 26.
Join us at 8pm on Wednesday, Oct 22 at Wealthy Theater to watch and discuss the film, Her.
Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, Her follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.
News + Events
You can grab a copy of his NIV First Century Study Bible at Kregel Parable Christian Stores and Baker Book House for 28% off throughout October.
Join us on Nov 8 at 7pm for "Screen Time: Technology In A Sacred Universe" with Dr. Craig Detweiler. This event is designed for adolescents, emerging adults, and adults, and will provide a “big picture” discussion of this topic, as well as practical tips and ideas for individuals and families. Our experience will be interactive, including discussion time with our guest speaker. We’ll also utilize social media to generate questions and start conversations around this topic, so please feel free to leave your smart phones “on”, and bring your tablets and laptops along with you. Dessert and refreshments will be provided. RSVP at marshill.org/screentime by Nov 4.
Groups + Classes
In October, our Adoption Group will be changing out their regular meeting for a special Family Night at the park! Bring the whole fam and a picnic, and let’s get to know each other better while our kids play.
Monday, Oct 13 | 5:30-7:15-ish | Hager Park
Learn the Scriptures the way Jesus did by joining the oldest Bible study around. Explore the Torah [the first 5 books of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures] during this year-long class. Registration is required. Join us for an introductory class on Monday, Oct 13 at 7-8pm in Room 509 to learn more.
Mondays, Beginning Oct 20 | 7-9pm | Preschool Rooms
Short Circles are a great way to build relationships while digging deeper into our teaching series and learning more about God. This fall, our Short Circles will follow along with our Sunday Sacred Universe teaching series and run for 6 weeks. Grab materials for your current group or sign up to join a new group at marshill.org/sc. A variety of groups for Young Adults, Mixed, Couples, and more are available all over West Michigan.
Groups begin gathering the week of Oct 12
If you’ve ever wanted to say that, and you can play a mean bass or the drums, then you may be in luck. We’re currently looking for 2 bass players and 2 drummers to join our Sunday morning band. Commitment is once a month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and arrange an audition.
Just kidding. This is a room of 2-year-olds. It’s going to be fast and fun. So we’re looking for an organized, energetic person to lead the team of volunteers who will be caring for our newest 2 year olds. Interested? Contact email@example.com to learn more about this 11am Room Leader position.
Not sure what that is? You will be soon. This combo of volleyball and foursquare has quickly become a favorite at The.element. Come and check it out on Sunday nights from 6-7:30pm in the Student Room [North entrance]. [Please drop off at the North entrance and pick up at the West entrance.]
Just ask one of our 5th and 6th graders that attended Fifty6 Day Camp this summer, and rode the zipline or was launched into the air from the blob.
Our Have It/Need It Room in Babies is available for anyone to drop off or grab something you need. Share and share alike. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Dedicating your child to God and committing to raise them in the faith is a beautiful and powerful experience. We hope you’ll consider taking this important step at our fall Child Dedications on Nov 9. Register now at marshill.org/dedications and save the date for our required teaching night on Oct 26.
In October, both Fifty6 + The.element will collect supplies to fill 100 backpacks for homeless teenagers in Grand Rapids. As part of this experience, Andy Soper, our Director of Mobilization will share a little about HQ with our middle schoolers on Oct 19 and raise their awareness of homeless teens in their own neighborhoods.
Want to help fill a backpack? We’re collecting: deodorant, socks, beanies/hats, bandaids, chap stick, pens/pencils, notepads, nail clippers, feminine hygiene products, body powder/foot powder, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizer. Donations can be dropped at the Welcome Center by Oct 26.
On Oct 12 we’ll kick off another important coat drive for the kids at Burton Elementary, so now is a great time to be thinking about what gently used or new coats, hats and mittens that you could donate.