Weekly Update

October 18, 2019

Please be in prayer for Lyla Dunlop as she professes her faith in Jesus Christ on Sunday through believer’s baptism. 

Remember Ford as he prepares for worship on Sunday. He will be bringing the message, “The Blessing of the Sacrament of Baptism.” We’ll be reading Genesis 12:1-3 in the Old Testament, and Matthew 28:16-20 in the New Testament.

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: Sandra Boyd, Dick Pelley, Jeremy Riggs, Caroline Alexander and Doug Harrod.

FYI – we haven’t converted from cooling to heating just yet, so it’s a little chilly in the sanctuary. You may want to wear a sweater 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. This week’s study focus is “adventure and journey,” and includes an afternoon nature hike at Indian Boundary State Park on Saturday. Next week’s focus is “Reformation Sunday.” Upcoming subjects for study and discussion include what the Bible teaches about generosity, the difference between judgment and discernment, and the meaning and practice of prayer. Please continue to pray for this vital ministry and its leadership.

Don’t forget to follow 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

In October the elders will be Danny Reed and Marianna Speakman. Elders for November are Marianna Speakman and Bill Wilson.

The Pulpit Nominating Committee (PNC) has two reminders to share with everyone. Please:

  1. …drop off your questionnaire response as soon as you can! Your opinion is very important for the future of Mars Hill. The PNC wants to hear from everyone, both members and regular attendees, and they’d like to have the answers tabulated before our lunch next week. There are folders at each entrance to the sanctuary for you to leave your completed form, or you can drop it by the office. Your help is appreciated!
  2. …plan to attend the church-wide catered lunch meeting following the worship service on Oct. 27th. You can RSVP using the form in Sunday’s bulletin or just reply to this email with a number, no need to get fancy. Of course, you are always welcome to drop by or call.

There are still a few weeks open for others to sign up to bring refreshments. We are concentrating on keeping things simple so we can focus on the fellowship time. This week, Peggy and Scott Hallenberg have invited everyone to join them.

Session meets on Sunday at noon, followed by a meeting of the PNC at 2 p.m.

The MHPC Women’s Bridge Club is growing, and it isn’t too late to join the new class! Marianna Speakman will be teaching at 12 noon each Tuesday. The only cost is $6 for the textbook. Contact Marianna or the church office for more information. The group also meets to play at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 6 p.m. Thursdays.

The Men’s Prayer Breakfast group meets at 7 a.m. each Wednesday morning at Shoney’s. We invite you to join us or to let us know your prayer requests. Sharing the devotion in the coming weeks will be:

Oct 16    John Mackersie

Oct 23    Glen Ingram

Oct 30    Johnny Coffman

Nov 6      Bill Wilson

Nov 13    John Mackersie

Nov 20    Johnny Coffman

Nov 27    Dick Pelley

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.

Crafty Fellowship will be getting together at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 22nd. Bring your lunch and come visit!

Thank you to Melissa Goins who spent about forty-five minutes learning how to compose and print the bulletin. One more person knowing how to do this would be ideal. We are also looking for someone to help organize the newsletter, and someone to help with the church Facebook page. Please call the church office if you’re interested!

Thanks to Alan Payne for all he’s done for me in the office this week! Thanks to Glen Ingram and his helper Dietrich who, along with Larry Woodard, did so much work in the church this past week, including replacing toilets, fixing leaks and working tirelessly on the children’s music room floor and the heat and air unit.

Exciting things are happening in Choir! If you’ve been thinking about joining this fun group, now is the time! Work is beginning on the Christmas cantata, so this is the perfect time to begin! The group meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

We are considering offering the Dave Ramsey “Financial Peace” program here at Mars Hill. Please let me know if you’re interested!

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!