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Congratulations Hope Farms!
Bethany Christian Services’ Hope Farms, was our biggest Outreach Grassroots Grant recipient this year! This 5-acre farm is located in southeast Grand Rapids. It’s programs help refugees turn their past farming experience into deeper agricultural and entrepreneurial skills. Produce from the farm then is sold to local farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and restaurants. While gaining valuable knowledge and experience, refugees also earn a supplemental income and gain access to healthy foods. Learn more about one of their farmer’s Hope Farms is working with right now >
Parents—Join your rising kindergartner for kickoff on Sunday, September 13. Come experience what their Sunday mornings will look like from start to finish. It’s a great opportunity to see how they’ll learn so you can best engage with them about their experiences. No RSVP or registration is necessary. Simply show up at check-in at 8:30/10:30am.
Each Sunday our volunteers spend hours pouring into our littlest community members. So on August 30, we want to spend a couple hours pouring into them. Kids Volunteers—please join us for a special training from 9:30-11:15am and let’s prepare together for another great year. Parents—note that our Kids programs will be closed on that day, as well as on Sept 6 for the Labor Day holiday.
This summer 11 of our Anthem students are spending 5 months learning about local and international aid practices while working in the Mars Hill garden. In October, this Oikos team will then travel to Haiti to experience the impact of both helpful and harmful aid practices, and implement what they’ve learned. You can follow along here by reading about what this experience has meant to each student so far at marshill.org/students/anthem/oikos
Here’s a clip of one student’s story:
Oikos has changed my understanding of food/faith/justice in that my eyes have been opened to the cold hard facts: not everyone has food, not everyone knows about Christ, and justice is nowhere near prevalent. These 3 necessities were rooted in my life from the start and Oikos has made me realize how much I have been taking for granted.
Mars Hill Students Leaders, we're so excited to pour into you and help you as you prepare for another great year as a MHS volunteer. Here's one more reminder of our training dates:
- Life Group Leader Coach Training - Aug 23
- MHS All Volunteer Training - Aug 30
- MHS Volunteer Retreat - Sept 11-13
We’re still looking for a number of volunteers to serve in Mars Hill Students during the upcoming school year. Could you walk with a group of 5th graders? Eat candy? Play silly games? Talk about Jesus? Then we might be a match made in heaven. Visit marshill.org/serve-students to view all the available positions and apply.
Don’t mind if we do... Would you like to be part of our Sunday Hospitality Team that provides snacks [baked goods, fruit, scones, veggies, etc.] every other month for our Sunday Team to enjoy before or between the Sunday Gatherings? Email Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and volunteer.
Want to know how you can serve HQ, our runaway and homeless youth shelter? There’s a new list of needed items in the Welcome Center. Check it out and know that every item that’s mentioned has a particular person waiting for it RIGHT NOW. Interested in donating time rather than resources?? Check out hqgr.com to view the current Volunteer Needs and training opportunities.
Calling all cooks, chefs, grill gourmets, and bakers. Are you interested in using your culinary skills to serve others in our community? We are hoping to find more volunteers to serve on our Meals Team. Contact email@example.com to get involved.
Join Into The Noise this September 17-20 for a trip to the Toronto International Film Festival where we’ll view film and spirituality through a new lens. Prices begin at $200 and include transportation, lodging [pricing varies], daily sessions, and 5 film tickets. Register at intothenoise.org/register using the password: wonder.
News + Events
We’re excited to have another inside voice share at our Sunday Gathering on August 30. Matthew Laidlaw is the Community Life Pastor at Mars Hill. Before this role, he served on the Kids + Students Ministry Team for 8 years. He is a graduate of Kuyper College and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and has lived and studied in the Middle East. Matt is a Certified Trainer for the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and is an Editorial Board Member for the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a sports enthusiast, food snob, and lives in Jenison with his wife and two young children.
This year, we’re offering baptisms multiple times a year, as a way of weaving this important step of faith into our community life and opening up the opportunity to people who weren’t able to make our spring Baptism Sunday. We hope you’ll join us to support, encourage, and celebrate those being baptized on August 23 at 10am.
Groups + Classes
ArtPrize is known for its ability to ignite conversation. Into The Noise gives that conversation a home. The ITN ArtPrize experience is the perfect opportunity to gather with others to scrutinize and explore this environment of art and artful expression through communal observation and reflection. Visit intothenoise.org to learn more and register.
Interested in starting a new group or teaching a class? We’d love to hear more about your idea and talk more about what leadership at Mars Hill entails. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.