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Feed The Hungry
Many of us have no idea what it means to go hungry. Not having enough food is something that never even crosses our minds. Yet, 1 in 4 children in Grand Rapids are undernourished and underfed. In Kent County alone that adds up to 6,500 households per month who need assistance. For local food pantries, that is a heavy load.
Join us this holiday season in supporting the hungry among us by filling up an extra grocery bag [or 2 or 3 or 10] on your next shopping trip. Grab the list of needed items here. Then drop your bag[s] back at Mars Hill by Sunday, December 15, 2013.
This past November, 126 students gave up products produced through the exploitation of others for 3 days. Here’s how it impacted one student: Before this weekend I had no idea of the amount of people being exploited for work. When I first heard it, I thought, “Oh, that’s really sad.” And then proceeded to forget about it. But after going on the scavenger hunt and learning more about business practices I don’t think I’ll forget again. This weekend gave me more perspective on how people across the world are treated and I feel a need to try to help make a change in these people’s lives.
Want to know what’s a great Christmas gift? Winter Camp. Who needs more socks and underwear when you can send your student away for a weekend of broomball, tubing, wall climbing, laughing, dancing, singing, and learning. Visit marshill.org/students to learn more about this awesome Jan 10-12 event, register, and make your own gift card for putting under the tree.
This fall, Fifty6 and The.element have been exploring how they can be ‘God with us’ for someone in our local community. One way in which they’ll do this is by partnering with Arbor Circle to provide street survival backpacks to homeless youth in Grand Rapids. Want to help? Email our Students Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and drop off your donations by Dec 8.
We’re looking for quite a few volunteers for a special project this January 7-23. If you’d be able to help fold simple origami, cut string, attach weights, or help with installation, email Comm at email@example.com for more.
You’ve seen them once. You’ve seen them twice. And here they are again. Not because we don’t have anything else to write about, but simply because we still really need to fill these volunteer roles. Check them out, then visit marshill.org/volunteer to learn more:
- Special Needs One-on-One Volunteers—Be a buddy for one of our Special Needs Kids during program. Yeah, it’s as fun as it sounds.
- Mid-Week Cleaners for Preschool—Well, this one is self-explanatory.
- Shepherds [all ministries]—Lead a small group of kids in learning the way of Jesus each Sunday morning.
- Room Leaders in Babies + Preschool—Lead our leaders by providing guidance for our Shepherds on Sundays.
- Welcome Team in Babies + Preschool—Greet our kids and parents each Sunday and help them get checked in safe and sound.
- Middle School LifeGroup + Family Leaders—Journey with 5th-8th graders as they learn their Identity, Mission, and Belonging.
Not to be partial but I’m sure if you asked anyone on the Kids Large Group teams, they’d tell you that Large Group is where all the fun is had. So get in on the fun by serving in these great volunteer roles. Now available are positions for a Female Teacher, Bass Player, and Tech Team Volunteer in Elementary. Our Preschool Large Group Team is also looking for a Teacher and Tech Team Leader. You can learn about each of these opportunities and more at marshill.org/serve-kids
Have room for one more on your Christmas list? You can give the gift of access to clean water to one person for only $20. Visit 20Liters.org/give to donate your one-time or recurring gift. Plus, be sure to check out the online store and stuff their stockings with our super comfy tees.
This past week, we finished giving out coats at our Burton Boutique and with this cold weather there couldn’t have been a better time. When asked about Bundle Up Burton, importance of this event rang true in the comments of one student… I think it's a good idea so that parents can have more money for food and kids can get a coat. Because if not, kids just wear thin sweaters or families don't have money for food or other stuff. If I didn't get a coat, I would have been wearing a sweater this winter. Thank you to all that participated. You truly made a difference.
This Dec 22 our families and volunteers will join together to put on a live nativity presentation for our 3-5 year olds. If you’re the parent of a 3-5 year old, and interested in playing a part in our presentation, email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org
A weekly support group is available on Tuesdays from 9:30am-10:30am for moms of children with special needs. Join us to share, learn, pray, and walk together. For more info, email email@example.com
As we enter into a month of leaning into “Thanks” together as a community, our hearts have been filled with gratitude for what God is doing in the lives of our littlest community members through our volunteers. So we want to continue this season of thanksgiving by gathering together and celebrating the work that’s being done with a festive Thanksgiving feast. Mars Hill Kids Volunteers—you’re invited to our 2nd Annual All MHK Volunteer Thanksgiving Potluck! Bring your family, a dish to pass for 8-10, and your recipe [see your email for details] and join us on Sunday, Nov 17, from 12:30-2pm in the Student Room.
If you’re on an adoption journey, join our Adoption Group to find a safe place to share, hear stories, pray together, and find encouragement from those who understand. This Dec 9, we’ll enjoy a Christmas potluck at 5:45pm in Room 501. Just bring the fam and a dish or two to pass. Then, save the date for a special guest on Jan 13, when Carissa Woodwyk, local counselor and former Elder, will share her adoption story, as well as valuable insights into the world of adoption.
It may seem like it’s a ways out, we know, but Advent will be here before you know it. So here’s a heads up on what’s coming up. On Dec 1, Advent calendars with practices for each day of Advent will be available in the Welcome Center and at each of our exits. Then, Advent services will be held at 6pm each Sunday night. We hope you’ll set aside this time to join us in entering into this sacred season in a special way.
News + Events
Many of us have no idea what it means to go hungry. Not having enough food is something that never even crosses our minds. Yet, 1 in 4 children in Grand Rapids are undernourished and underfed. Let’s do something about that. Fill up an extra grocery bag [or 2 or 3 or 10] on your next shopping trip. Grab a bag or Needs List from the halls on Dec 8, then drop your bag[s] right back where you found them by Sunday, Dec 15 and we’ll make sure they get to the food pantry.
The following financial info is for the month to date and fiscal year to date through 10.30:
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