Weekly Update

Weekly Update for Mars Hill Presbyterian Church

January 11, 2019

  • Please be in prayer for Dr. King and the choir as they prepare for this Sunday. The texts will be Isaiah 43:1-7 and Acts 8:14-17. The sermon title is: “How God’s power works with our weaknesses.” Jen, Johnny and the choir have been working hard on some beautiful music. Please invite your family and friends to join us as we worship our gracious God.
  • The Sunday School Lesson is entitled, “Submit to God,” and the Bible verses to read are James 4:1-10. Please lift our teachers in prayer as they prepare their lessons for Sunday, and please try to come to a class. We want everyone to be a life-long learner, and it’s really fun!
  • As everyone knows, we’ve got a greenhorn in the office. If there is something you want placed in the bulletin, newsletter, or weekly update email, PLEASE let us know! You can reply to this email, call or even send a text. I would rather have something five times than not at all, so come one, come all! I appreciate everyone being gentle with me! Thank you!
  • Song for a Cure, Circle II’s second annual fundraiser, will be a fun night to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Saturday, January 19th at 7 p.m. at the Sue E. Trotter Black Box Theater at the Arts Center. See any Circle II member for tickets. (Please note that this is a correction in the date from last week!)
  • This year’s Martin Luther King Day worship service will be hosted in the sanctuary of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church on Monday, January 21 at noon with Pastor Edmund Cox of Freedman Chapel as the speaker. A light lunch will follow in the fellowship hall.
  • The annual Session retreat is set for Saturday, January 19th, from 9 a.m. until noon in the church fellowship hall.
  • Men’s Prayer Breakfast meets Wednesday mornings at 7:00am at Shoney’s. Bill Wilson will be bringing the devotion this week. We invite you to join us or to let us know your prayer requests.
  • If you are responsible for one of our annual reports, please have your information to the church office Monday, January 14th, or as soon as possible! Thanks!
  • Please bring any articles for the February Horizon to the church office as soon as you can, but certainly no later than Monday, January 28th.
  • Remember our ongoing project of collecting non-perishable food, cleaning items and personal items. Please place your items for Coordinated Charities in the box in the Fellowship Hall. The needy are always with us.
  • We’re also working on blessing bags for those who come to us in need. We have a Collection Basket for this project in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Adult Choir will rehearse at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. We would love for you to join the fun!
  • Please be in prayer for Caroline Alexander and our youth as they are getting ready for the youth conference “Resurrection” in Pigeon Forge. Our students will join with students from Keith Memorial UMC and their youth director, Mark Reedy. The dates for the conference are January 25-27. There is a mandatory parents’ meeting at Keith at 7 p.m. Sunday night during which paperwork will be completed.
  • Please let the office know when you have a new email address, phone number or mailing address. If anyone has an email address for Randy Ayers, please let me know.


 Just a note to all to let you know that after a considerable delay due to weather and other difficulties, the four benches that were purchased and assembled for use in the Prayer Garden were installed today.  Many thanks to Glen Ingram, Marc Adams, Jim Nelson, and Larry Woodard for their work. And a special thanks to Glen for fabricating the custom shims/spacers that were required.  And we again say thanks to the families who gave the funds to purchase the benches - Marc Adams, Rosemary DenUyl, Beverly Harrison, and Jim Nelson.  I hope that you all will take the opportunity to inspect the benches the next time you are at the church.

Our next task in the works will be to install the newly renovated fencing, to be used to separate the Memorial Garden area from the main courtyard. Weather permitting, and as work coordination allows, we hope to install the fencing with the next 2 months or so.

Many thanks to each of you for your participation and support of our project.