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Enter Into Lent As A Community
This Lent, we’ll continue studying the seasons of the spiritual life in our12 Words teaching series. Throughout March, we’ll explore surviving through delay with the word, When. While in April, we’ll look at surviving through disillusionment, with the word, No.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE SPECIAL GATHERINGS
- Get marked with ashes at one of our Ash Wednesday Services [6:30am or 12noon] on March 5
- Join us on Good Friday [April 18] to reflect and prepare for Resurrection Sunday
- Celebrate resurrection with us at our 9am + 11am Gatherings on April 20
News + Events
We have a number of great guest teachers lined up for this spring—from author and Denver Community Church Pastor, Michael Hidalgo in March, to our very own Meredith Dancause in April, then author and executive editor of Christianity Today, Andy Crouch, plus author/speaker/activist/public theologian, Brian McLaren in May. Keep an eye on marshill.org/teaching/sundays to learn more as the dates arrive.
Missed signing up to express your interest in our new Outreach initiatives at our Launch Party? You can get on our update/needs list by simply emailing Outreach@marshill.org and listing which initiatives you’d like to be contacted about.
On Feb 2, you heard a bit more about a new class debuting this fall. EXEGY develops leaders in all spheres of life [work, home, relationships, ministry] and equips them to live intentionally into their vocational calling, congruent with who God created them to be, serving God in the world. Led and taught by Mars Hill pastoral staff, this 9-month program will help you unfold a deeper understanding of who God is, what your place is here, and how you might lead others in this same pursuit. Learn more and apply online at marshill.org/exegy. Space is limited.
You follow people on Twitter, follow friends on Instagram, follow certain YouTube channels... but what does it really mean to be a follower? Middle Schoolers—join us in Fifty6 and The.element on Sunday nights this month to explore the gospel of Matthew and find out what it means to follow Jesus.
Students—On Mar 2, MHS programs will be closed to give our leaders the chance to process everything they learned at our MHS Collaborative. Then on Apr 6 we’ll be closed for Spring Break— named cause it breaks our hearts that we won’t get together. We know it’s tough, but hang in there, and be sure to show up on all the other Sundays for a great time of growing in God and community.
On March 28-30, Anthem Seniors and their LifeGroup leaders will head to the Campau Heaven Retreat House for a Senior Retreat where they’ll celebrate their journey to this point and prepare for life after High School. Please pray for our seniors and their leaders as they enjoy the weekend together and begin this important transition.
It’s almost walk season again, so mark your calendars and save the date for this year’s Walk for Water! Registration and fundraising will begin at Mars Hill on April 13 to help us prepare well for our May 17 walk. Taking place in downtown Grand Rapids, we’re hopeful that 2014 will be our best year yet.
Serve 3 is our Parent Serve Initiative that allows parents to serve, see what their babies are up to on Sunday mornings and helps us to stay open.This past month we had 10 parents check out what their babies are up to on Sunday mornings. If you have a baby in our Babies ministry and are able to serve 3 times this year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
On March 8, a group of Preschool volunteers will attend a Kids Volunteer Conference in Grand Rapids. We are excited to see our volunteers get the chance to connect with other Kids Ministry volunteers and receive added practical training on how they can best serve the kids of Mars Hill.
Wait. I think that’s something different. This February, our Preschool Volunteers are invited to gather together for some Soul Care and experience God with their fellow leaders. Come step out of the busyness of life and care for your soul in community. It’s a great opportunity to pour in, after all the ways in which you pour yourself out for others. Check your email for dates + info.
Join us this February 26 at 8pm at Wealthy Theater for our next Adding Angles Film. Short Term 12 follows Grace, a 20-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, she’s a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge, but her own difficult past—and a surprising future that suddenly presents itself—throw her into unforeseen confusion. While the subject matter is complex and often dark, this lovingly realized film finds truth and humor in unexpected places. As always, great discussion will follow.
The road to divorce is never a simple story. The road to recovery is a journey, as well. Walk with other members of our community moving beyond divorce in a 4-week group that focuses on relevant issues such as forgiveness, stress, anxiety, self-care, and navigating new relationships. This group experience is designed to help participants take the next step on their journey of wholeness. Register at marshill.org/groups to join us on Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 from 7:30-9pm in Room 221.
Come shake your booty with instructor Aimee Workman at the start of each week. This free class is offered on Mondays, Feb 3-Apr 28, from 6-7pm in Room 515. Register online at marshill.org/groups
Many of the kids involved with our Special Needs ministry really benefit from integrating with others in their peer groups during age-appropriate Mars Hill Kids programming. To do this well, we arrange for caring adults to accompany each child, so that they can participate while also having their individual needs met throughout the morning. Would you be interested in serving as a 1:1 Special Needs Volunteer? Visit marshill.org/volunteer/special-needs to learn more and apply.
If you’ve been waiting for your chance to join our Women of the Word group since our Shauna Niequist event—the time is now. We’ll be starting a new study, Beth Moore’s Sacred Secrets, on Jan 7. Register at marshill.org/WOW, then just order your book from a local bookstore and join us on Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm in Room 509.