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Advent Begins Nov 30
This year, to intentionally mark the season in our Sunday Gatherings, we’ll take elements from our past evening Advent services and bring them to our Sunday morning Gatherings. Now, rather than having a separate service, we’ll enter in as a full community through a special communal worship experience and environment. To guide you through this experience, we’ll provide you with a printed liturgy each week that you can keep and reflect on after the Gathering. Advent Calendars will also be available beginning Nov 23 at exits and in the Welcome Center.
Groups + Classes
The next film in our fall Adding Angles series, The Homestrech, follows 3 homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. The film then goes beyond high school, to focus on the crucial transition after graduation, when the structure of school vanishes, and homeless youth struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent. A powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young, homeless and building a future in America today.Nov 20 at 8pm, Wealthy Theater
Join us at our gathering on Monday, Nov 10 from 7-9pm to hear guest speaker, Dennis VanKampen, who is one of Mars Hill’s lay pastors, speak on God’s heart for adoption. Come share life, your adoption journey, and the joys and struggles with others on the same journey. Have questions? Call Kate at 616.307.6021.
Sunday, November 16 is Sport Team Day in Elementary! If you’re in or volunteer in our Kindergarten through 4th grade, be sure to wear your favorite sport team attire to church to take part.
Mars Hill Kids Volunteers—you’re invited to our annual MHK Thanksgiving potluck on Sunday, November 16! Join us from 12:30-2pm in the Student Room to celebrate all that God is doing in our Kids programs while enjoying a holiday feast. If you’re a volunteer in MHK, you should have already received an email invite with more details and a link to RSVP. If you did not receive that email, please be sure to let us know, and we’ll contact you right away. We look forward to celebrating together, and are so thankful for all of our amazing volunteers.
Throughout November, our middle school ministries, Fifty6 and The.element, will be collecting supplies for homeless youth outreach backpacks that will be distributed at HQ. We have invited students to think creatively about how they can raise awareness in their community and collect the following supplies: Deodorant, Socks, Beanies/hats, Bandaids, Lip balm, Pens/pencils, Notepads, Nail clippers, Feminine hygiene products, Body powder/foot powder, Shampoo, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Soap, and Hand sanitizer. Check out our Facebook page in mid-November for photos and updates.
Five times a year, LifeGroups Leaders plan RELA Nights for their groups to get together and grow as a community outside of our regular Sunday evening programming. Bowling, frisbee golf, corn mazes, apple orchards, video games, yoga, bonfires, are just a few of the activities our awesome volunteers have planned for their small group of students so far this year. We are so blessed by their creativity and love.
If you’re not shy, you know how to make silly sounds, you wanna fly, can’t keep your feet on the ground then we’ve got an urgent, urgent, emergency—our Preschool Team needs an 11am Large Group Leader. It’s urgent. Urgent. Emergency. This creative, up-front personality will make the Bible come alive by leading our kids and leaders in storytelling, prayer, singing, role playing, games and more. Interested? Contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org cause it’s urgent, urgent, urgent, urgent.
We’re in need of a few more people to help us with: Security! Could you ensure that Mars Hill is a safe place at our weekly Gatherings and special events? Active-duty and retired police and military service men and women, as well as those who have security background, are invited to apply. Visit marshill.org/security to learn more.
You’re invited to our next 2 filter building parties on Mondays, Oct 27 and Nov 10 from 6:30-8:30pm at Mars Hill. With your help, we’ll assemble SAM 3 water filters for 1275 people in need of clean water in Rwanda. Sign up yourself, your family and your friends now at 20Liters.org/filterbuild
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.