Weekly Update

November 22, 2019

Please be in prayer for Ford as he prepares for worship on Sunday. His message is entitled, “Seeing Jesus As Our Prophet, Our Priest and Our King.” We’ll be reading  Psalm 3:1-8 in the Old Testament, and John 18:33-38a in the New Testament. We’ll see you at 10:45 a.m. Sunday!

Sunday school meets each week at 9:45 a.m. We have classes for children, young people, college students and adults. Please lift our teachers in prayer as they study their lessons: Doug Harrod, Sandra Boyd, Dick Pelley, Jeremy Riggs, and Caroline Alexander.

We will be blessed on Sunday as Elijah Alberto-Bello will be our guest soloist. Elijah is the recipient of a Mars Hill Music Scholarship. He is a freshman music education major at TWU where he sings in Chorale and Concert Choir. We appreciate Elijah and his willingness to praise God with his gift of music.

The December newsletter is available to pick up outside the office. Please save the church the price of postage by picking your copy up on Sunday!

Our youth group meets each Sunday morning during the Sunday school hour at  9:45 a.m. under the direction of Caroline Alexander. Please continue to pray for this vital ministry and its leadership.

Liz and Glen Ingram have invited everyone to join them for a time of fellowship following the service Sunday. They will be serving light refreshments. There is a sign-up sheet on the table next to the office for anyone who would like to sign up to bring refreshments. Please remember that we are concentrating on keeping things simple so we can focus on the fellowship time.

Please pick up your Advent devotional for 2019, “Straw for the Manger, Creating a Matthew 25 Advent Season.” This is a devotional written by and for Presbyterians that invites each of us to grow in Christ as we remember His command to love one another and care for the "least of these." Part meditative devotional, part journal and part planner, it is designed to challenge us to fill the days of Advent with simple, practical and loving deeds that help our neighbors, calling each act of kindness a piece of straw for the manager to make a soft bed for the Christ child when He arrives on Christmas. The booklets are available at each door of the sanctuary.

MHPC will next be serving lunch for Grace and Mercy on Friday, December 13th. There is a sign-up sheet on the table outside the sanctuary next to the office. There is especially a need for spaghetti casseroles. The recipe is on the clipboard along with the sign-up sheets!

Keep up with what’s going on at church by following Mars Hill on Facebook. And please feel free to interact with the posts! Also, be sure to check out the Mars Hill website! Photos and other items of interest have been uploaded. https://marshillpres.org/

In November our on-call elders are Marianna Speakman and Bill Wilson.

If you haven’t turned in your pledge form, please do so this Sunday. There are extra copies of the form at each entrance to the sanctuary.

The MHPC Women’s Bridge Club meets to play at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 6 p.m. Thursdays.

The Men’s Prayer Breakfast gathers at 7 a.m. each Wednesday morning at Shoney’s. We invite you to join us or let us know your prayer requests. Bringing the devotion over the next several weeks will be:

  • November 27         Dick Pelley
  • December   4         Doug Harrod
  • December 11          John Mackersie
  • December 18         Steve Akers

A new cycle of GriefShare will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17th. This is a vital ministry that our church shares with the community. We appreciate Dick Pelley for his willingness to serve God by providing this encouraging support group. You can contact Dick or the office for more information, or go to www.griefshare.org.

Volunteers are needed for our children’s ministry! If you’d like to work with our children during children’s church, please pick a Sunday and sign up on the green sign-up sheet located outside the office. You may also call the office to sign up.

The Mission and Outreach Committee has decided to start a ministry to provide medical supply items such as crutches, walkers, a hospital bed, potty chair, etc., to church members and the community. If you have any items you’d like to donate, please contact Marianna Speakman, a member of the committee, or the church office.

The fun and faithful “Little Choir that Could” meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the music room.

Many, many thanks this week to Matthew Reed! He thinks he slips in and out without anyone noticing, but this is not true! We see and appreciate the work he does week by week. This week he spent three full days working at the church, changing all the ceiling tiles in the Pat Adams Music Room, and cleaning and organizing the storage and supply room. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

Many thanks to Mary Jane and Rick Bettis for decorating our sanctuary so beautifully for Thanksgiving.

Thanks also to Alan Payne who saw that our website was down, called our provider and was told that someone had tried to hack our site! He got everything cleaned up and the site is back online.

Looking ahead – save the dates!

11/17 -  Session

11/20 -  Newsletter deadline 😊

11/23 – “Distinguished Young Women”

11/28 -  Thanksgiving

11/30 -  Athens Downtown Christmas*

12/1 -  HANGING OF THE GREENS with pizza dinner

12/1 -  First day to order poinsettias – form in bulletin

12/2 -  Optimist Chili and Soup Fundraiser*

12/13 -  Grace and Mercy lunch (spaghetti casserole)

12/15 -  Last day to order poinsettias

12/15 -  Session

12/15 -  MHPC Family Christmas celebration with a potluck supper and visit with Santa

12/22 -  Joy Offering

12/24 -  Christmas Eve

12/25 -  Christmas

12/29 -  Fifth Sunday collection for community assistance

The “Distinguished Young Women” event (formerly Junior Miss) is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23rd, at the Athens junior high, we’re happy to know that our own Johnny Coffman will again be serving as the master of ceremonies.

As you visit family and friends, if you happen to pick up a bulletin from another church, or an order of service from a wedding, funeral or baptism – or really, anything you think we’d like to see! – it would be very much appreciated if you could drop it by the office. Thank you!

Please remember our ongoing project of collecting non-perishable food, cleaning items and personal items for Coordinated Charities. As the weather changes, people will be needing more help than usual. The collection basket is in the fellowship hall. “Feed my sheep.”

Thanks be to God for the wonderful congregation we have here at Mars Hill!