Weekly Update

April 12, 2019 

  • Please lift Ford in prayer as he prepares the message for Sunday. The texts will be Jeremiah 31:7-9 in the Old Testament and Mark 10:46-52 in the New Testament. The sermon title is: “And Jesus Stopped...”
  • Special thanks to Brittany Duggan for all her hard work as she pinch-hits for Johnny who is recovering from his surgery. She is playing piano during choir rehearsals, and playing piano and organ for our worship services. We deeply appreciate her sweet spirit and her willingness to step in!
  • Continue in prayer for Jen, Brittany, and the choir as they study and prepare for worship on Sunday. This week the choir will present, “God Loves His Children ” which is a selection from the dramatic musical being presented on Good Friday at Allen Memorial – see more information below! Please invite your friends and family to join us Sunday as we worship our risen Savior.
  • Sunday School meets at 9:45 a.m. Lesson 7 is entitled “Called to Remember,” and the text is Matthew 26:1-13. Please lift Doug Harrod and Sandra Boyd in prayer as they prepare their lessons for Sunday.
  • Liz Ingram is first elder in April and Janet Martin is serving as second elder.
  • Holy week services begin at 12:05 each day with a light lunch or refreshments served afterward. Mars Hill will be the host on Tuesday, April 16th, and on Wednesday, April 17th, Ford will be the guest preacher at the Athens Church of the Nazarene, 1908 W. Madison Avenue. The schedule for Holy Week is toward the bottom of this email, and a printed schedule is available at each entrance to the sanctuary.
  • The Holy Week service on Tuesday will also feature a solo by our own multi-talented Jen Nunley. She will be presenting “He Was Despised.”
  • We will have two other guests musicians over the next two weeks. Savannah Self will be our accompanist during the Holy Week service at noon on Tuesday, and Judy Sullins will be the accompanist on Easter Sunday. We praise God that they enjoy serving the Lord through their music.
  • ***Sunday will be the final day for ordering your Easter lily!

The Flower Committee is making Easter lilies available again this year for placing in the sanctuary in honor or in memory of a loved one. They’ll be delivered to the church in time for the Maundy Thursday service and can be taken home (or brought to a local hospital or nursing home) following the Easter Sunday service. Lily order forms will be in your bulletin on Sunday and can be placed in the offering bag or left at the office. Each lily will be $7.

  • By this time next week, we’ll all be getting ready to attend the dramatic musical, “For Such a One as This”. If you love music, if you love a good performance, if you love the Easter story, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity! It’s being directed by Jen Nunley and presented in a joint effort between our choir and the Allen Memorial UMC choir. The poster Jen designed is still part of the snips at the bottom of the email. I hope to see you there!
  • “For Such a One as This” is free of charge and is directed by our own Jen Nunley.
  • Featured in the dramatic musical will be performances by several very talented people from our community including Josh Bragg, Cynthia McCowan, and Jason Carusillo.
  • Good Friday is April 19th and the production begins at 7 p.m.
  • The event is being hosted by Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Decatur Pike, Athens (across from Ingles).
  • We’ll get to enjoy some selections at MHPC on Easter Sunday.
  • Our Wednesday evening Lenten Bible studies are winding down with only one more to go. They’ve been so well attended and have been a wonderful time for study and for rekindling friendships and making new ones. Special thanks to Team 5, Liz and Glen Ingram’s team, who prepared and served a fun picnic supper with all the fixin’s, plus drinks and fabulous desserts. More than 50 people enjoyed great food, fellowship, prayer and learning. Next week’s dinner will be hosted by Linda and Don Cheek’s team (Team 5) who’ll be serving a great taco bar. Please call the church office at 745-1403 to reserve your spot for the rest of the study, or place a request form (available at each door) into the offering bag on Sunday. Studies begin at 6 with the meal to follow at 6:30.
  • Mars Hill Youth are meeting each Wednesday for the Lenten lesson and meal, then assembling in the Youth Room where they continue to discuss the lesson. Please pray without ceasing this group of Christian young people as they grow in the Lord and in friendship with one another. Pray especially for their leader, Caroline Alexander, who has a tender heart for this ministry
  • MHPC’s fun and exciting Annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Susan and Barry Willis is fast approaching! Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 20th and be sure not to miss this event! You don’t have to have children to enjoy the afternoon, just bring a lawn chair and watch the fun. The hunt starts at 2 p.m. and those families hunting eggs are asked to bring one dozen eggs for each child to front porch of the Willis home any time before noon on Saturday. We will have a bulletin insert this week for you to complete to help with planning, or, as always, you’re welcome to call the church office at 423-745-1403 or send an email to mhpc1398@bellsouth.net.

 Men’s Prayer Breakfast meets Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. at Shoney’s. We invite you to join us or to let us know your prayer requests.

  • High Nooners will not be meeting in April. Instead, Bill Wilson says, everyone should come to Mars Hill to support our guest minister, Jessica Boyce, and get some free food for lunch! 😊 The next meeting will be 11:30 a.m. May 21st, at Gondolier.
  • Adult Choir will rehearse at 7 p.m. on Wednesday following the fellowship meal. We would love for you to join us!
  • Scholarship applications for Fall 2019/Spring 2020 are available in the church office and are due back between March 1st and May 31st. If you need one mailed to you, call the church office at 423-745-4103 or send me an email, mhpc1398@bellsouth.net.
  • Our important GriefShare program starts this Sunday afternoon, April 14th. The program provides support, encouragement and information to those who are grieving after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. The group, facilitated by Dr. Dick Pelley, will meet in our fellowship hall for about two hours each Sunday at 2 p.m. for a 13-week program. It’s open to the community and free of charge. GriefShare is part of a network of 12,000 church worldwide and is non-denominational. Featuring biblical concepts for healing, it will include encouraging video seminars, an information-packed personal workbook, instruction on journaling and personal study, and small group discussions about the weekly video. An important point about this program is that each session is “self-contained,” so attending in sequence isn’t necessary. The group helps the grieving move from mourning to joy. You can learn more about it at griefshare.org. Please continue to lift this ministry up to the Lord in prayer.
  • The bright green order forms for luminaria for this year’s Relay for Life are still available at each entrance to the sanctuary. These will be lit in memory or in honor of someone who has battled cancer or who is fighting the disease right now, and placed along the route of the walk. Your willingness to support this good work is appreciated.

 COMING SOON! MHPC’s traditional breakfast honoring students graduating from high school or college is set for the beginning of June. Please make the office aware of your student! Thank you!

  • DID YOU KNOW:  Tylenol, Advil, band aids, safety pins and instant cold packs are available in the church office? (You thought I was kidding, didn’t you? 😊 )
  • Come by the church office to take a look at we’ve moved some things around! Ford found a couple of nice tables in the church basement, dug them out, dragged them outside, then cleaned them up and did a light refinish on them. They look great! And what’s more, they make the office more workable. (See some photos below.)
  • Thank you to Alan Payne for his weekly check-in (and a phone call or two, or three…) and to Carole Haynes for her steadfastness and friendship. Thanks to Matthew Reed for his hard work on the sound system in the fellowship hall. It looks great and sounds even better! The lawn looks trim and tidy because Connor McJunkin spent a hot Thursday afternoon mowing. Thank you also to everyone who’s come by this week including Liz Ingram, Barry Willis and Marc Adams.
  • My posse rode to my rescue on Friday, helping me with the bulletins and inserts! Much love to Liz Ingram, Carole Haynes and Melissa Goins, who went above and beyond the call of duty. Many thanks also to Kim Mynatt-King for kindness and moral support by phone!
  • Thanks, as always, to Sherree Reed and Annette McJunkin who spend so much time on bookkeeping and accounting here at Mars Hill.