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Beginning The End
On any given night in Grand Rapids, over 200 youth are surviving without a safe place to sleep at night. Afraid to go home. Afraid to stay on the street. They drift from couch to couch, doing whatever it takes to survive. This past year, over 400 of them walked through our doors for the first time. And over the course of the year, almost half of them came back 20-30 times. Why? Because this is where they can belong. This is where their basic needs can be met without a costly return. MORE >
Each week, our Kids Welcome Teams oversee the check in of our volunteers and kids to get our morning started off right. If you can smile, give high fives, and make parents and kids feel safe and welcome, you could be a great fit! Visit marshill.org/serve-kids to learn more about serving in Babies + Preschool.
Mars Hill Kids Volunteers: Don’t forget about our annual MHK Thanksgiving potluck next Sunday, November 15! If you have yet to sign up, be sure to do so at marshill.org/mhkpotluck, then join us from 12:30-2pm in the Student Room to celebrate all that God is doing in our Kids programs and enjoy a holiday feast. We look forward to celebrating together, and are so thankful for all of our amazing volunteers.
Middle schoolers [grades 5-8]—join us for First Sundays, which meet on the first Sunday of each month, during both the 9am and 11am Gatherings. We will meet in the Student Room, near the North entrance to the building. Come get a taste of what our student ministry is like and the chance to experience a little bit of Sunday night on a Sunday morning.
That’s what our students encountered a few weeks ago when they Treaded Water for Water. Our 6th graders spent 3 hours in the pool with a full hour of treading to raise $300 for 20 Liters. Their spirit, energy, and hearts for helping others are inspiring.
Our Special Needs staff and volunteers make it possible for kids and adults with special needs, along with their families, to be fully engaged in the activities of the church. We’re currently in need of 15 Special Needs volunteers to walk with our kids + students during programming or assist in our Kids/Adults classrooms. Training will be provided. All you need is a caring heart. Learn more about the available roles at marshill.org/volunteer/special-needs
Every Sunday, our Hospitality Team makes coffee, cuts bagels, welcomes our community, ushers people in the Shed, hands out Bibles, answers questions, gathers our compost, and more. Could you join this important team and help make our Sunday experience warm and inviting? Visit marshill.org/volunteer/sunday-hospitality to learn more and sign up.
For many, home is synonymous with a warm meal. So could a warm meal also help create a feeling of home? We think so. And that’s one of the reasons we take great care in serving delicious, hot meals at HQ. Now, we’d like to extend the opportunity of making others feel at home to you. Could you make a meal for the runaway and homeless youth that stop in to HQ for a warm meal during these cold Michigan months? To make it as easy as possible, we’ve already created the menu, and provided recipes and preparation instructions for you. Items simply need to be dropped off two days in advance, so that they can be cooked on site by our staff and volunteers at meal time. Visit marshill.org/HQmeals to sign up.
Our next Baptism Sunday will take place on Jan 17. If you or your child is interested in being baptized on that day, plan to join us for a required Baptism class on Sunday, Dec 13 from 10:15-11am. The Kids + Family class will take place in Room 401, while the concurrent High School + Adults class will take place in Room 403. Learn more at marshill.org/baptism.
To help you lean into this important season of preparing for Jesus’ birth, and keep you up to date on what’s happening when over the holiday season, Advent calendars, as well as a Guided Reading Schedule, will be available on Nov 22.
News + Events
Thank you to the over 700 people who gathered with us on Nov 14, to hear Tony and Peggy Campolo discuss divergent views on gay sexuality and the church, and how we as a community might build bridges of understanding among us so that we may grow in a spirit of grace and humility towards each other and our neighbor. It was a great experience of learning and growing together. If you missed it and would like to watch it online, it’s available at marshill.org/wayseries
Writer, speaker, activist, and founder of Momastery.com, Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of New York Times bestseller, Carry On, Warrior. She is also the founder and president of Together Rising—a non-profit that serves women who need help getting back on their feet—in addition to being a self-proclaimed “Recovering Everything”, so she should fit right in here. Women—join us for a special Way Series event just for you on Saturday, Jan 23.
Come sit down, take your shoes off, and let’s chat with Glennon on what it means to be brave as we walk in the way of Jesus. This event will feature a moderated discussion, followed by the opportunity to meet and greet Glennon while we all enjoy coffee and dessert. Register now at marshill.org/wayseries.
Groups + Classes
Terminal Hope is a volunteer led, cancer support group for anyone who has been given a cancer diagnosis, and aims to provide a caring and supportive environment. As a person who has to deal with routine scans, treatments, and MRIs, this group hopes to be a place where you can unpack these burdens with others who are dealing with the same issues. Together, we’ll help those facing a cancer foster a secure hope in Jesus. Join us on Tues, Dec 1 from 7-8:30pm in Room 406.
Zumba is a fun, energetic dance fitness class that focuses on cardio, balance, muscle conditioning, and flexibility to help you get in shape. Taught by certified trainer, Noelle Babechenko, these free classes are offered on Thursday evenings, from 7-8pm in the Zoo Room [near North Entrance]. Please note that there won’t be class on Nov 26 or Dec 24. No need to register ahead of time, just show up in comfortable clothes and shoes, and ready to have an awesome time.