Weekly Update Feb 23, 2017

Prayer Focus
Let's join together in prayer for our neighbors. Whether you live in an apartment, a subdivision, or on the farm, pray for those in the neighborhood where you come and go for shelter. And pray for those who are in temporary housing and are living in shelters, alleys or on the streets. How can we be good neighbors?
"Jesus, help us to love our neighbors. In this season of reflection and repentance, help us to let go of bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead help us to be kind to all people, tenderhearted, forgiving each other just as God through Christ has forgiven us. Help us as a church family to draw closer to God, Father, and Jesus our Lord, through loving each other. Holy Spirit, heal our broken relationships."    Amen
1 John 4: 7–11: Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 

Annual Meeting & Chili Lunch (February 26, 12–2:30pm)
Join us this Sunday for a Chili Luncheon in Fellowship Hall and then we'll gather in the Sanctuary to elect new officers, reflect on the 2016 ministry year, hear updates from ministry areas, pray together, and look forward to the 2017 and beyond. Childcare provided! 

The Broken Way (Spring All Church Focus): Starts 3.4-5.2017
Grace wastes nothing. Our lives are the raw material the Spirit uses to make us who God calls us to be. We'll read Ann Voskamp's The Broken Way: a daring path into the abundant life. (This book will challenge us with its honesty to open ourselves and be vulnerable about our brokenness.) For 6 weeks, we will learn how God works in and through our brokenness to heal, redeem, and rescue us. Books, study guides and home group DVD's are now available in the lobby. Home Group leaders can pick up books and study guides and 1 DVD. Sunday messages will be coordinated with the scripture texts used in the study guide. 

Ash Wednesday: 3.1.2017 @7pm
Let's walk the broken way together! We will confess our limits, failures, and deep need for God. We will gather around the ancient practices of prayerful reflection, personal and communal repentance, and the symbolic marking of ashes on our foreheads. Bring your family, friends and home group to this significant time of worship together.

Saturday Worship Gathering Launch: 3.4.2017 @5:30pm
Join us as we create another worship option at Huron Hills! Saturday gatherings will be participatory and interactive. Every week will have time for prayer, quiet reflection, and Holy Communion. The teaching will be same as Sundays. Children will be included in the gathering. (HH Kids is Sunday only.) 

Staff Searches Update
Get excited! We now have candidates in the pipeline! These past months MinisterSearch has been laying the groundwork for candidates with cold calls, recruiting, email blasts and job board postings. Thousands of leads have been reviewed and now it's time for us to start our part of the process. Two Advisory Search Teams have been recruited by the board: one for Youth Pastor, the other for Associate Pastor. These teams will assist Pastor Nathan in reviewing candidates for his recommendation to the board, give prayer covering, wise counsel, and coordinating nominee/candidate visits and the arrival of new staff. 
Please pray for these advisory search teams: 
Youth Pastor Advisory Search Team
Michael Hoffman, Nathan Clair, Cathy Galura, Kurtis Rosen, Chris Cristian, Anna Mason, Marcy Hires

Associate Pastor Advisory Search Team
Nathan Clair, Gary Court, Dave Baldrige, Eric Svaan, Julie Esch, Melodie Marske

Board Connection
This Sunday, February 26, is our annual meeting and election! Although only members can vote in the election, we encourage everyone to attend to hear updates from various ministry areas and celebrate what’s happening in our church. We are gathering in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy a chili lunch after second service before moving to the sanctuary for updates. See you there!

Website facelift!
HuronHills.org has gotten a facelift! What's new? Clearer ways of getting around, and learning where you fit at our church. This site better conveys the many pathways through which God is moving at Huron Hills! As always, you can find information about classes, meeting times, and a link to give online. We're still in the process up finalizing and updating information, so please "pardon our dust" over the coming weeks as we work to get everything entered properly.

Shiloh
The name Shiloh means "place of peace." For women experiencing the pain of infertility or loss, nothing may be more needed than peace, rest, support, and understanding. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning March 1 (after the Ash Wednesday gathering) in Room 117 on the lower level. The lower level doors will be unlocked, and you will be greeted with tea, snacks, and a place of peace.  bianca@huronhills.org

Something Different:
Serve Our City 2017 (May 6, Projects Start at 12:30pm. Celebration Cookout 5pm)

Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to connect with our mission? Let's bless our community! Join us as we do a ministry experiment at Huron Hills! This year we will suspend the Annual Garage Sale, and connect with our community in a different and powerful way. We're assembling teams of people from Huron Hills for a day of service projects at 4 different sites: Mitchell Elementary, C.A.N. Green-Baxter Court, Huron High School, and our own HH Kids entrance area. Clean up, beautification, prayer walks, collaboration and connection with Green-Baxter residents, and other improvements will communicate in practical ways a love for our city, people far from God, and help continue our practice of training in servant leadership our HH Youth Mexico Team! As the day ends, our church family will gather for a celebration cookout at 5pm! More info coming soon! 

Group Life At Huron Hills
Get connected and grow! There are groups every day of the week! Sunday Adult Bible Classes, Home Groups, Midweek Bible Studies, and you could start a group too! Check out the table in the lobby to sign up for classes and learn more! GroupLife@huronhills.org.

The Word Sunday Class—9:30am, Room 217
The Word is a class for adults focused on in-depth Bible study. We meet to savor the beauty of Scripture and seek its meaning for our present day. The current study is on The Letter to the Colossians.

Bridges Sunday Class—11:00am, Room 217
We gear the class toward international students but anyone is welcome. We are studying The Gospel of Mark. Teachers are Ryan Nelson, Rich Steiner and Peter Talbot.

Echoes of the Old Testament in the New—11am, Room 216B
Taught by UofM Chemistry Professor, Roseanne Sension. 

The Alpha Course—6pm, Tuesdays, The Lodge (new day and location!)
Alpha is an evangelistic course, which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. Over 20 million people have been to the Alpha series. This course is designed for those who want to explore what it means to follow Jesus. Facilitated by Myra and Gary Court.

Beyond Sunday with Pastor Nathan
Disciplines of the Spirit (5 weeks, Thursdays at 7pm).

Sunday Adult Bible Class
Loving your Muslim neighbor—9:30am.

Snow Patrol Volunteers Needed
Your HHC Properties Ministry Team is looking for volunteers to take a weekend this winter to be responsible to remove snow from the walks around the church and the Lodge and to keep the areas near the doors clear of ice during the Sunday morning activities. This is a Saturday/Sunday AM only responsibility. We have great equipment and will train you to use it. This could perhaps be a Fellowship Group or parent/child activity. Be a part of the Snow Removal Team at Huron Hills! If you are willing to volunteer for an upcoming weekend this winter, please email Brad Davis at bzdavis1@comcast.net

From the Board Chair
We are in the midst of a search for a Youth Pastor and an Associate Pastor (responsible for managing and implementing pathways into our mission, ministry, and membership). Both positions will center on people who are far from God and helping them develop a close and living relationship with Jesus Christ. And, for those who know and trust Christ, to help them grow in faith and service. Paul writes in Romans 12 that we are to be “constant in prayer” and we need to be praying that the Lord will bring His people to Huron Hills to serve in these two roles. John Collman reminded us during the Lead Pastor search that we should call the Search Team the “Find Team” for God had someone in mind and our posture should be to pray for that person to be “found”. Let us continue to pray in faith and confidence that the Lord will direct our “search”. 

Coffee Lovers!
Huron Hills is a highly caffeinated church, and serving coffee on Sunday mornings is one way we extend a welcome to all. The coffee prep team is in need of additional volunteers. To serve, contact Jane Talbot at jane.m.talbot@gmail.com.

Women's Bible Study
Join a group of women who love studying God's Word every Thursday morning at 9:45am in Room 217. Childcare is not provided. For any questions, please contact Dena Cooperwasser at denacooperwasser@gmail.com.

HHMoms
HHMoms is meeting in Room 216B every Friday morning from 9:30–11am. All are invited regardless of life stage. Child Care will be provided. HHMoms is a place for moms to get together, encourage each other and grow in faith. Please complete a registration form online at huronhills.org or pick one up from the Info Center. For more information, contact Carole Metzger at carolekm@gmail.com.

HHKids News

Hope Clinic
HHKids are practicing Love this month by collecting items for Hope Clinic. Sheets with needed items are in their classrooms.

Volunteer in HHKids
Welcome families with a friendly face or learn how to be a host to check them into HHKids! Contact bianca@huronhills.org

February in HHKids Elementary
Our theme this month is LOVE: because we are created in God’s image, we have the capacity to love. Every time we choose to treat others the way we want to be treated, we show others a glimpse into the perfect love God has for each one of us. Our memory verse is John 4:10, "Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins."

February in First Look
This month, our preschoolers will be learning that Jesus’ love is SO BIG!  Jesus loves them with a love that is bigger than they can imagine! Our memory verse is Ephesians 3:18 - “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

HHYouth News
There are weekly email updates sent out for HS and MS parents. If you're not on the list but would like to be, please email brian.samuel@gmail.com to get added. Any and all questions are welcome! The youth team can be emailed at hhyouth@huronhills.org, or you can talk to us in person! Feel free to contact Kristin Wagner (kwagner6@emich.edu) for HHYouth HS events and Liam Branton (liambranton94@gmail.com) for HHYouth MS events. If you would like to be added to Mid-high email list, please contact Liam Branton at liambranton94@gmail.com.

MidHigh

  • M68 Wednesdays 7–8:30pm at the Lodge. Come for snacks, games, worship and community! 
  • XP3 Sundays at 9:30am. The XP3 Midhigh Room has a new foosball table!
  • ZAPZONE Lazer Tag—February 24 at 6:30pm. Come for a fun night of lazer tag. The event is from 6:30–9:30pm, drop off and pick up is at the Lodge. The cost is $15, pizza included. Invite your friends!

High School

  • Youth Group—Sundays, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ The Lodge
  • Girls Small Group—Tuesdays, 8:15pm @ Steph Ebright's house
  • Guys Small Group—Wednesdays, 7pm @ Dave Raymond's house

Both Middle and High School!
Springhill winter retreat—March 3–5. There are still spots open. Email us and we can get you paid and registered! Turn in $130 and fill out the SpringHill online form: https://register.springhillcamps.com/Registration/RequestCode/H309H906C. Arrive at 4:30pm on March 3 at the church. We will return ~3:30 on March 5.


HHCollege News

Welcome College Students
LIKE our Facebook page HHCollege to keep up with all that's happening with the college ministry at Huron Hills! 

The Lodge for College and Young Adults (18+)!
Undergrads, grads, and Young Adults, join us anytime on Mondays from 7–10pm at our Lodge, 3100 Glazier Way as your gathering for friends, food, faith, and fun. *we will not meet on February 27, but on March 6 we will have our monthly potluck and ALL of HHC is invited! Please bring a dish to share!

Small Groups
If you would like to get connected into a small group please email Sarah at sarah10keck@gmail.com.

Ulunch
March 12 is Ulunch! Invite a friend and stay for a home cooked meal after the 11:00 service.

 

Weekly Update Feb 16, 2017

The Broken Way (Spring All Church Focus): Starts 3.4-5.2017
Grace wastes nothing. Our lives are the raw material the Spirit uses to make us who God calls us to be. We'll read Ann Voskamp's The Broken Way: a daring path into the abundant life. (This book will challenge us with it's honesty to open ourselves and be vulnerable about our brokenness.) For 6 weeks, we will learn how God works in and through our brokenness to heal, redeem, and rescue us. Books, study guides and home group DVD's are now available in the lobby. Home Group leaders can pick up books and study guides and 1 DVD. Sunday messages will be coordinated with the scripture texts used in the study guide. 

Ash Wednesday: 3.1.2017 @7pm
Let's walk the broken way together! We will confess our limits, failures, and deep need for God. We will gather around the ancient practices of prayerful reflection, personal and communal repentance, and the symbolic marking of ashes on our foreheads. Bring your family, friends and home group to this significant time of worship together.

Saturday Worship Gathering Launch: 3.4.2017 @5:30pm
Join us as we create another worship option at Huron Hills! Saturday gatherings will be participatory and interactive. Every week will have time for prayer, quiet reflection, and Holy Communion. The teaching will be same as Sundays. Children will be included in the gathering. (HH Kids is Sunday only.) 

Staff Searches Update
Get excited! We now have candidates in the pipeline! These past months MinisterSearch has been laying the groundwork for candidates with cold calls, recruiting, email blasts and job board postings. Thousands of leads have been reviewed and now it's time for us to start our part of the process. Two Advisory Search Teams have been recruited by the board: one for Youth Pastor, the other for Associate Pastor. These teams will assist Pastor Nathan in reviewing candidates for his recommendation to the board, give prayer covering, wise counsel, and coordinating nominee/candidate visits and the arrival of new staff. 

Please pray for these advisory search teams: 

Youth Pastor Advisory Search Team
Michael Hoffman, Nathan Clair, Cathy Galura, Kurtis Rosen, Chris Cristian, Anna Mason, Marcy Hires

Associate Pastor Advisory Search Team
Nathan Clair, Gary Court, Dave Baldrige, Eric Svaan, Julie Esch, Melodie Marskie

Board Connection
In preparation for the election and Annual Meeting next month, the ballot and information about each of the candidates is now available at the Info Center. You may notice that there is an extra candidate for the Board - the Nominating Committee has exercised their constitutional right to expand the Board in order to provide more hands for leadership work and increase diversity and abilities on the Board. Members, we encourage you to review the slate of candidates so you can pray and discern prior to voting at the upcoming Annual Meeting on February 26. Special thanks to the Nominating Committee for putting together the slate of candidates!

Annual Meeting Childcare!
We need 5 folks who are able to watch kids while their parents attend the annual meeting on February 26th, after the chili luncheon. Compensation included. bianca@huronhills.org

Website facelift!
HuronHills.org has gotten a facelift! What's new? Clearer ways of getting around, and learning where you fit at our church. This site better conveys the many pathways through which God is moving at Huron Hills! As always, you can find information about classes, meeting times, and a link to give online. We're still in the process up finalizing and updating information, so please "pardon our dust" over the coming weeks as we work to get everything entered properly.

Shiloh
The name Shiloh means "place of peace." For women experiencing the pain of infertility or loss, nothing may be more needed than peace, rest, support, and understanding. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning March 1 (after the Ash Wednesday gathering) in Room 117 on the lower level. The lower level doors will be unlocked, and you will be greeted with tea, snacks, and a place of peace.     bianca@huronhills.org

All Church Prayer Gathering! (February 16, 6–7pm)
Last year was filled with fruitful ministry, and we want the Spirit of God to move and work even more. At this time of guided prayer, we'll gather to pray for more conversions, decisions for renewal, life change here, and around the globe. Let's pray for new staffing needs, our missionaries, and for new opportunities to reach people who are far from God. Let's pray for our neighbors, friends and co-workers who need Jesus!

Annual Meeting & Chili Lunch (February 26, 12–2:30pm)
Save the date! Our annual meeting returns! Join us for a Chili Luncheon in Fellowship Hall and then we'll gather in the Sanctuary to elect new officers, reflect on the 2016 ministry year, hear updates from ministry areas, pray together, and look forward to the 2017 and beyond. Childcare provided! 

Group Life At Huron Hills
Get connected and grow! There are groups every day of the week! Sunday Adult Bible Classes, Home Groups, Midweek Bible Studies, and you could start a group too! Check out the table in the lobby to sign up for classes and learn more! GroupLife@huronhills.org.

The Word Sunday Class—9:30am, Room 217
The Word is a class for adults focused on in-depth Bible study. We meet to savor the beauty of Scripture and seek its meaning for our present day. The current study is on The Letter to the Colossians.

Bridges Sunday Class—11:00am, Room 217
We gear the class toward international students but anyone is welcome. We are studying The Gospel of Mark. Teachers are Ryan Nelson, Rich Steiner and Peter Talbot.

Echoes of the Old Testament in the New—11am, Room 216B
Taught by UofM Chemistry Professor, Roseanne Sension. 

The Alpha Course—6pm, Tuesdays, The Lodge (new day and location!)
Alpha is an evangelistic course, which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. Over 20 million people have been to the Alpha series. This course is designed for those who want to explore what it means to follow Jesus. Facilitated by Myra and Gary Court.

Beyond Sunday with Pastor Nathan
Disciplines of the Spirit (5 weeks, Thursdays at 7pm). Starts February 16.

Sunday Adult Bible Class
Loving your Muslim neighbor—9:30am. Starts February 19.

Snow Patrol Volunteers Needed
Your HHC Properties Ministry Team is looking for volunteers to take a weekend this winter to be responsible to remove snow from the walks around the church and the Lodge and to keep the areas near the doors clear of ice during the Sunday morning activities. This is a Saturday/Sunday AM only responsibility. We have great equipment and will train you to use it. This could perhaps be a Fellowship Group or parent/child activity. Be a part of the Snow Removal Team at Huron Hills! If you are willing to volunteer for an upcoming weekend this winter, please email Brad Davis at bzdavis1@comcast.net

From the Board Chair
We are in the midst of a search for a Youth Pastor and an Associate Pastor (responsible for managing and implementing pathways into our mission, ministry, and membership). Both positions will center on people who are far from God and helping them develop a close and living relationship with Jesus Christ. And, for those who know and trust Christ, to help them grow in faith and service. Paul writes in Romans 12 that we are to be “constant in prayer” and we need to be praying that the Lord will bring His people to Huron Hills to serve in these two roles. John Collman reminded us during the Lead Pastor search that we should call the Search Team the “Find Team” for God had someone in mind and our posture should be to pray for that person to be “found”. Let us continue to pray in faith and confidence that the Lord will direct our “search”. 

Coffee Lovers!
Huron Hills is a highly caffeinated church, and serving coffee on Sunday mornings is one way we extend a welcome to all. The coffee prep team is in need of additional volunteers. To serve, contact Jane Talbot at jane.m.talbot@gmail.com.

Women's Bible Study
Join a group of women who love studying God's Word every Thursday morning at 9:45am in Room 217. Childcare is not provided. For any questions, please contact Dena Cooperwasser at denacooperwasser@gmail.com.

HHMoms
HHMoms is meeting in Room 216B every Friday morning from 9:30–11am. All are invited regardless of life stage. Child Care will be provided. HHMoms is a place for moms to get together, encourage each other and grow in faith. Please complete a registration form online at huronhills.org or pick one up from the Info Center. For more information, contact Carole Metzger at carolekm@gmail.com.
HHKids News

Hope Clinic
HHKids are practicing Love this month by collecting items for Hope Clinic. Sheets with needed items are in their classrooms.

Volunteer in HHKids
Welcome families with a friendly face or learn how to be a host to check them into HHKids! Contact bianca@huronhills.org

February in HHKids Elementary
Our theme this month is LOVE: because we are created in God’s image, we have the capacity to love. Every time we choose to treat others the way we want to be treated, we show others a glimpse into the perfect love God has for each one of us. Our memory verse is John 4:10, "Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins."

Family Movie Night at the Lodge!
Join us at the Lodge on February 18 at 6pm to watch Zootopia. Bring your friends, blankets, pillows, and a snack to share! bianca@huronhills.org

February in First Look
This month, our preschoolers will be learning that Jesus’ love is SO BIG!  Jesus loves them with a love that is bigger than they can imagine! Our memory verse is Ephesians 3:18 - “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

HHYouth News
There are weekly email updates sent out for HS and MS parents. If you're not on the list but would like to be, please email brian.samuel@gmail.com to get added. Any and all questions are welcome! The youth team can be emailed at hhyouth@huronhills.org, or you can talk to us in person! Feel free to contact Kristin Wagner (kwagner6@emich.edu) for HHYouth HS events and Liam Branton (liambranton94@gmail.com) for HHYouth MS events. If you would like to be added to Mid-high email list, please contact Liam Branton at liambranton94@gmail.com.

MidHigh

M68 Wednesdays 7–8:30pm at the Lodge. Come for snacks, games, worship and community! We will be continuing the Alpha curriculum, and will be talking about prayer.

XP3 Sundays at 9:30am. 

ZAPZONE Lazer Tag—February 24 at 6:30pm. Come for a fun night of lazer tag. The event is from 6:30–9:30pm, drop off and pick up is at the Lodge. The cost is $15, pizza included. Invite your friends!

All Church Movie Night, February 18 at 6pm at the Lodge. All ages are welcome to join us for a free movie night! We'll be enjoying Disney's Zootopia. Bring pillows and blankets, and a snack to share!

SpringHill Winter Retreat—This is an opportunity to come hear a great speaker, listen to an amazing band, and grow in our relationships with Jesus. There are also tons of fun activities at SpringHill like tubing, broomball, horseback riding, high ropes courses, and much more! Retreats are a time to refocus and get excited about our relationships with Jesus. Retreats also build deep community among the students and leaders. 

  • When: March 3–5
  • Where: SpringHill Camp in Evart, MI.
  • Cost: $130, in cash or check. Deadline: Feb 18. Money can be given to Bill, Liam, or Kurtis. Scholarships are available. Talk to or email Bill Sponseller at billsponz@att.net.
  • Forms: Each person attending must fill out SpringHill’s online form once they have paid. https://register.springhillcamps.com/Registration/RequestCode/H309H906C
  • Friends: Invite as many as you can! They will need to fill out the HHYouth Liability Form as well.
  • Contact: liambranton94@gmail.com with any questions

High School Wilderness Trip open to outgoing 8th graders. Saturday June 17 - Tuesday June 20. Location: Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Additional Info:
Email Liam Branton (liambranton94@gmail.com) with any questions, comments, or concerns.
You can also email your student's dates or schedules for their sports games, concerts, or plays. We would love to come and support them.
Have a great week!
-The Midhigh Youth Team

High School

  • Youth Group—Sundays, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ The Lodge
  • Girls Small Group—Tuesdays, 8:15pm @ Steph Ebright's house
  • Guys Small Group—Wednesdays, 7pm @ Dave Raymond's house

SpringHill Winter Retreat—This is an opportunity to come hear a great speaker, listen to an amazing band, and grow in our relationships with Jesus. There are also tons of fun activities at SpringHill like tubing, broomball, horseback riding, high ropes courses, and much more! Retreats are a time to refocus and get excited about our relationships with Jesus. Retreats also build deep community among the students and leaders. 

  • When: March 3–5
  • Where: SpringHill Camp in Evart, MI.
  • Cost: $130, in cash or check. Deadline: Feb 18. Money can be given to Bill, Liam, or Kurtis. Scholarships are available. Talk to or email Bill Sponseller at billsponz@att.net.
  • Forms: Each person attending must fill out SpringHill’s online form once they have paid. https://register.springhillcamps.com/Registration/RequestCode/H309H906C
  • Friends: Invite as many as you can! They will need to fill out the HHYouth Liability Form as well.
  • Contact: liambranton94@gmail.com with any questions

High School Wilderness Trip! Saturday, June 17–Tuesday, June 20. Location: Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

HHCollege News

Welcome College Students
LIKE our Facebook page HHCollege to keep up with all that's happening with the college ministry at Huron Hills! 

The Lodge for College and Young Adults (18+)!
Undergrads, grads, and Young Adults, join us anytime on Mondays from 7–10pm at our Lodge, 3100 Glazier Way as your gathering for friends, food, faith, and fun.

Small Groups
If you would like to get connected into a small group please email Sarah at sarah10keck@gmail.com.

Weekly Update Feb 9, 2017

Prayer Focus
Let's join together in prayer for our neighbors. Whether you live in an apartment, a subdivision, or on the farm, pray for those in the neighborhood where you come and go for shelter. And pray for those who are in temporary housing and are living in shelters, alleys or on the streets. How can we be good neighbors?

"Dear Jesus, because you love us so much, help us to love our neighbors. In this season of reflection and repentance, help us to let go of any bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead help us to be kind to all people, tenderhearted, forgiving each other just as God through Christ has forgiven us. Help us as a church family to draw closer to God, Father, and Jesus our Lord, through loving each other. Holy Spirit, heal our broken relationships." Amen

1 John 4: 7–11
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 

Board Connection
In preparation for the election and Annual Meeting next month, the ballot and information about each of the candidates is now available at the Info Center. You may notice that there is an extra candidate for the Board - the Nominating Committee has exercised their constitutional right to expand the Board in order to provide more hands for leadership work and increase diversity and abilities on the Board. Members, we encourage you to review the slate of candidates so you can pray and discern prior to voting at the upcoming Annual Meeting on February 26. Special thanks to the Nominating Committee for putting together the slate of candidates!

Website facelift!
HuronHills.org has gotten a facelift! What's new? Clearer ways of getting around, and learning where you fit at our church. This site better conveys the many pathways through which God is moving at Huron Hills! As always, you can find information about classes, meeting times, and a link to give online. We're still in the process up finalizing and updating information, so please "pardon our dust" over the coming weeks as we work to get everything entered properly.

Shiloh
The name Shiloh means "place of peace." For women experiencing the pain of infertility or loss, nothing may be more needed than peace, rest, support, and understanding. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning March 1 (after the Ash Wednesday gathering) in Room 104 on the lower level. The lower level doors will be unlocked, and you will be greeted with tea, snacks, and a place of peace.

All Church Prayer Gathering! (February 16, 6–7pm)
Last year was filled with fruitful ministry, and we want the Spirit of God to move and work even more. At this time of guided prayer, we'll gather to pray for more conversions, decisions for renewal, life change here, and around the globe. Let's pray for new staffing needs, our missionaries, and for new opportunities to reach people who are far from God. Let's pray for our neighbors, friends and co-workers who need Jesus!

Annual Meeting & Chili Lunch (February 26, 12–2:30pm)
Save the date! Our annual meeting returns! Join us for a Chili Luncheon in Fellowship Hall and then we'll gather in the Sanctuary to elect new officers, reflect on the 2016 ministry year, hear updates from ministry areas, pray together, and look forward to the 2017 and beyond. Childcare provided! 

Group Life At Huron Hills
Get connected and grow! There are groups every day of the week! Sunday Adult Bible Classes, Home Groups, Midweek Bible Studies, and you could start a group too! Check out the table in the lobby to sign up for classes and learn more! GroupLife@huronhills.org.

The Word Sunday Class—9:30am, Room 217
The Word is a class for adults focused on in-depth Bible study. We meet to savor the beauty of Scripture and seek its meaning for our present day. The current study is on The Letter to the Colossians.

Bridges Sunday Class—11:00am, Room 217
We gear the class toward international students but anyone is welcome. We are studying The Gospel of Mark. Teachers are Ryan Nelson, Rich Steiner and Peter Talbot.

Echoes of the Old Testament in the New—11am, Room 216B
Taught by UofM Chemistry Professor, Roseanne Sension. 

The Alpha Course—6pm, Tuesdays, The Lodge (new day and location!)
Alpha is an evangelistic course, which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. Over 20 million people have been to the Alpha series. This course is designed for those who want to explore what it means to follow Jesus. Facilitated by Myra and Gary Court.

Beyond Sunday with Pastor Nathan
Disciplines of the Spirit (5 weeks, Thursdays at 7pm). Starts February 16.

Sunday Adult Bible Class
Loving your Muslim neighbor—9:30am. Starts February 19.

From the Board Chair
The message of the gospel is one of unbridled love that leads to repentance, forgiveness and new life. As we enter 2017, the Board’s vision for Huron Hills is a place where we seek to be Christ-centered, Conversion-oriented, Bible-centered, Action-oriented. We want to be a community of believers who are eager to share life with one another. One of the ways in which we live out our calling is in home groups. Someone said that home groups “aren’t just one more thing to do” but home groups are the thing to do! Groups are doing life together. In times of struggle, I have found my group is the place where I experience support and encouragement. I can count on them. If you are not in a group, I urge you to join one and experience life in Christ with others. Check out how to join a group at the group life table or email grouplife@huronhills.org. 

Coffee Lovers!
Huron Hills is a highly caffeinated church, and serving coffee on Sunday mornings is one way we extend a welcome to all. The coffee prep team is in need of additional volunteers. To serve, contact Jane Talbot at jane.m.talbot@gmail.com.

Women's Bible Study
Join a group of women who love studying God's Word every Thursday morning at 9:45am in Room 217. Childcare is not provided. For any questions, please contact Dena Cooperwasser at denacooperwasser@gmail.com.

HHMoms
HHMoms is meeting in Room 216B every Friday morning from 9:30–11am. All are invited regardless of life stage. Child Care will be provided. HHMoms is a place for moms to get together, encourage each other and grow in faith. Please complete a registration form online at huronhills.org or pick one up from the Info Center. For more information, contact Carole Metzger at carolekm@gmail.com.

HHKids News

Hope Clinic
HHKids are practicing Love this month by collecting items for Hope Clinic. Sheets with needed items are in their classrooms.

Volunteer in HHKids
Welcome families with a friendly face or learn how to be a host to check them into HHKids! Contact bianca@huronhills.org

February in HHKids Elementary
Our theme this month is LOVE: because we are created in God’s image, we have the capacity to love. Every time we choose to treat others the way we want to be treated, we show others a glimpse into the perfect love God has for each one of us. Our memory verse is John 4:10, "Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins."

Annual Meeting Childcare!
We need 5 folks who are able to watch kids while their parents attend the annual meeting on February 26th, after the chili luncheon. Compensation included. bianca@huronhills.org

Family Movie Night at the Lodge!
Join us at the Lodge on February 18 at 6pm to watch Zootopia. Bring your friends, blankets, pillows, and a snack to share! bianca@huronhills.org

February in First Look
This month, our preschoolers will be learning that Jesus’ love is SO BIG!  Jesus loves them with a love that is bigger than they can imagine! Our memory verse is Ephesians 3:18 - “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

HHYouth News
There are weekly email updates sent out for HS and MS parents. If you're not on the list but would like to be, please email brian.samuel@gmail.com to get added. Any and all questions are welcome! The youth team can be emailed at hhyouth@huronhills.org, or you can talk to us in person! Feel free to contact Kristin Wagner (kwagner6@emich.edu) for HHYouth HS events and Liam Branton (liambranton94@gmail.com) for HHYouth MS events. If you would like to be added to Mid-high email list, please contact Liam Branton at liambranton94@gmail.com.

MidHigh

M68 Wednesdays 7–8:30pm at the Lodge. Come for snacks, games, worship and community! We will be continuing the Alpha curriculum, and will be talking about prayer.

XP3 Sundays at 9:30am. 

Midhigh Hang Out, ZAPZONE Canton Lazer Tag! Friday February 24, 6:30–9:30pm, drop off and pickup is at the Lodge. The cost is $15, pizza included. Invite your friends!

All Church Movie Night, February 18 at 6pm at the Lodge. All ages are welcome to join us for a free movie night! We'll be enjoying Disney's Zootopia. Bring pillows and blankets, and a snack to share!

Springhill winter retreat, March 3–5. Cost is $130 (scholarships are available), and is due by February 12th. Checks can be written to "Huron Hills Church." Once we have the money, we will send you an email with the link to the online Spring Hill forms to be completed. We will be handing out flyers with more information, but email me with any questions. Here is a link to their website: https://www.springhillcamps.com/experiences/youth-retreats/winter-teen-retreats

High School Wilderness Trip open to outgoing 8th graders. Saturday June 17 - Tuesday June 20. Location: Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Additional Info:

Email Liam Branton (liambranton94@gmail.com) with any questions, comments, or concerns.
You can also email your student's dates or schedules for their sports games, concerts, or plays. We would love to come and support them. Have a great week!
-The Midhigh Youth Team

High School

Youth Group—Sundays, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ The Lodge
Girls Small Group—Tuesdays, 8:15pm @ Steph Ebright's house
Guys Small Group—Wednesdays, 7pm @ Dave Raymond's house

Spring Hill winter retreat on March 3–5. Cost is $130, and is due by February 12. Checks can be written to "Huron Hills Church." Once we have the money, we will send you an email with the link to the online Spring Hill forms to be completed.

High School Wilderness Trip!
Saturday, June 17–Tuesday, June 20. Location: Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

HHCollege News

Welcome College Students
LIKE our Facebook page HHCollege to keep up with all that's happening with the college ministry at Huron Hills! 

The Lodge for College and Young Adults (18+)!
Join us at the Lodge (3100 Glazier Way) Monday night, February 13 at 7pm for a breakfast for dinner potluck! Please bring a dish to share. 

Weekly Update Feb 3, 2017

Prayer Focus
Let's lift up our leaders in prayer, specifically Pastor Nathan and our church board. Give thanks for David Baldrige, Nathan Clair, Gary Court, Cathy Galura, Michael Hoffman, Carole Metzger, Dale Patterson, Sara Samuel, and Carol Springer, asking God to richly bless them as they serve the people of Huron Hills.

 

Pray for wisdom and understanding:

Ephesians 1: 15–17

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

 

Pray for Spiritual strength and character:

1 Timothy 6:11–12

Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

 

Board Connection

In preparation for the election and Annual Meeting next month, the ballot and information about each of the candidates is now available at the Info Center. The election consists of voting in new members to the Nominating Committee, and confirming new Board members, a new member of the Auditing Team, and the Treasurer. Members, we encourage you to review the slate of candidates so you can pray and discern prior to voting at the upcoming Annual Meeting on February 26. Special thanks to the Nominating Committee for putting together the slate of candidates!

Website facelift!

HuronHills.org has gotten a facelift! What's new? Clearer ways of getting around, and learning where you fit at our church. This site better conveys the many pathways through which God is moving at Huron Hills! As always, you can find information about classes, meeting times, and a link to give online. We're still in the process up finalizing and updating information, so please "pardon our dust" over the coming weeks as we work to get everything entered properly.

 

Thank you, Huron Hills!
Let’s give a hand to the 42 pair of hands that volunteered to serve the homeless families at Interfaith Hospitality Network this past week. These hands from HHC served meals, provided childcare, companionship and overnight support to the families at IHN’s Alpha House. Many other hands generously supplied items for the IHN food pantry and supply closet. Thanks to all. Join hands with us to serve during our next host week, May 1–5. Contact Margaret Gaugler for more information at mjgaugler@gmail.com.

 

All Church Prayer Gathering! (February 16, 6–7pm)

Last year was filled with fruitful ministry, and we want the Spirit of God to move and work even more. At this time of guided prayer, we'll gather to pray for more conversions, decisions for renewal, life change here, and around the globe. Let's pray for new staffing needs, our missionaries, and for new opportunities to reach people who are far from God. Let's pray for our neighbors, friends and co-workers who need Jesus!

 

Annual Meeting & Chili Lunch (February 26, 12–2:30pm)

Save the date! Our annual meeting returns! Join us for a Chili Luncheon in Fellowship Hall and then we'll gather in the Sanctuary to elect new officers, reflect on the 2016 ministry year, hear updates from ministry areas, pray together, and look forward to the 2017 and beyond. Childcare provided! 

 

Group Life At Huron Hills

Get connected and grow! There are groups every day of the week! Sunday Adult Bible Classes, Home Groups, Midweek Bible Studies, and you could start a group too! Check out the table in the lobby to sign up for classes and learn more! GroupLife@huronhills.org.

The Word Sunday Class—9:30am, Room 217
The Word is a class for adults focused on in-depth Bible study. We meet to savor the beauty of Scripture and seek its meaning for our present day. The current study is on The Letter to the Colossians.

Bridges Sunday Class—11:00am, Room 217
We gear the class toward international students but anyone is welcome. We are studying The Gospel of Mark. Teachers are Ryan Nelson, Rich Steiner and Peter Talbot.

Echoes of the Old Testament in the New—11am, Room 216B
Taught by UofM Chemistry Professor, Roseanne Sension. 

 

The Alpha Course—6pm, Tuesdays, The Lodge (new day and location!)
Alpha is an evangelistic course, which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. Over 20 million people have been to the Alpha series. This course is designed for those who want to explore what it means to follow Jesus. Facilitated by Myra and Gary Court.

Beyond Sunday with Pastor Nathan
Disciplines of the Spirit (5 weeks, Thursdays at 7pm). Starts February 16.

Sunday Adult Bible Class
Loving your Muslim neighbor—9:30am. Starts February 19.

From the Board Chair

The message of the gospel is one of unbridled love that leads to repentance, forgiveness and new life. As we enter 2017, the Board’s vision for Huron Hills is a place where we seek to be Christ-centered, Conversion-oriented, Bible-centered, Action-oriented. We want to be a community of believers who are eager to share life with one another. One of the ways in which we live out our calling is in home groups. Someone said that home groups “aren’t just one more thing to do” but home groups are the thing to do! Groups are doing life together. In times of struggle, I have found my group is the place where I experience support and encouragement. I can count on them. If you are not in a group, I urge you to join one and experience life in Christ with others. Check out how to join a group at the group life table or email grouplife@huronhills.org. 

 

Coffee Lovers!

Huron Hills is a highly caffeinated church, and serving coffee on Sunday mornings is one way we extend a welcome to all. The coffee prep team is in need of additional volunteers. To serve, contact Jane Talbot at jane.m.talbot@gmail.com.

 

Women's Bible Study
Join a group of women who love studying God's Word every Thursday morning at 9:45am in Room 217. Childcare is not provided. For any questions, please contact Dena Cooperwasser at denacooperwasser@gmail.com.

HHMoms
HHMoms is meeting in Room 216B every Friday morning from 9:30–11am. All are invited regardless of life stage. Child Care will be provided. HHMoms is a place for moms to get together, encourage each other and grow in faith. Please complete a registration form online at huronhills.org or pick one up from the Info Center. For more information, contact Carole Metzger at carolekm@gmail.com.


HHKids News

February in HHKids Elementary

Our theme this month is LOVE: because we are created in God’s image, we have the capacity to love. Every time we choose to treat others the way we want to be treated, we show others a glimpse into the perfect love God has for each one of us. Our memory verse is John 4:10, "Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins."

 

Annual Meeting Childcare!

We need 5 folks who are able to watch kids while their parents attend the annual meeting on February 26th, after the chili luncheon. Compensation included. bianca@huronhills.org

 

Family Movie Night at the Lodge!

Join us at the Lodge on February 18 at 6pm to watch Zootopia. Bring your friends, blankets, pillows, and a snack to share! bianca@huronhills.org

 

February in First Look

This month, our preschoolers will be learning that Jesus’ love is SO BIG!  Jesus loves them with a love that is bigger than they can imagine! Our memory verse is Ephesians 3:18 - “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

 

HHYouth News



HHYouth News

There are weekly email updates sent out for HS and MS parents. If you're not on the list but would like to be, please email brian.samuel@gmail.com to get added. Any and all questions are welcome! The youth team can be emailed at hhyouth@huronhills.org, or you can talk to us in person! Feel free to contact Kristin Wagner (kwagner6@emich.edu) for HHYouth HS events and Liam Branton (liambranton94@gmail.com) for HHYouth MS events. If you would like to be added to Mid-high email list, please contact Liam Branton at liambranton94@gmail.com.

 

MidHigh

 

M68 Wednesdays 7pm–8:30 at the Lodge. Come for snacks, games, worship and community! We will be continuing the Alpha curriculum, and will be talking about how we can have faith. 

 

XP3 Sundays at 9:30am. 

 

Spring Hill winter retreat on March 3rd-5th. Cost is $130, and is due by February 12th.  Checks can be written to "Huron Hills Church." Once we have the money, we will send you an email with the link to the online Spring Hill forms to be completed. We will be handing out flyers with more information, but email me with any questions. Here is a link to their website: https://www.springhillcamps.com/experiences/youth-retreats/winter-teen-retreats

 

High School Wilderness Trip open to outgoing 8th graders! Date: Saturday, June 17–Tuesday, June 20. Location: Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (passports are NOT required)All outgoing 8th graders and high schoolers are invited to join us for 3 days of camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming, eating smores, growing in community, and deepening relationships with God. 

 

Additional Info:

Email Liam Branton (liambranton94@gmail.com) with any questions, comments, or concerns.

You can also email your student's dates or schedules for their sports games, concerts, or plays. We would love to come and support them.

Have a great week!

-The Midhigh Youth Team

 

High School

Youth Group—Sundays, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ The Lodge

Girls Small Group—Tuesdays, 8:15pm @ Steph Ebright's house

Guys Small Group—Wednesdays, 7pm @ Dave Raymond's house

 

Spring Hill winter retreat on March 3–5. Cost is $130, and is due by February 12. Checks can be written to "Huron Hills Church." Once we have the money, we will send you an email with the link to the online Spring Hill forms to be completed.

 

High School Wilderness Trip! Date: Saturday, June 17–Tuesday, June 20. Location: Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (passports are NOT required)All outgoing 8th graders and high schoolers are invited to join us for 3 days of camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming, eating smores, growing in community, and deepening relationships with God. 

 

HHCollege News

 

Welcome College Students

LIKE our Facebook page HHCollege to keep up with all that's happening with the college ministry at Huron Hills! 

 

Ulunch Sunday!

Ulunch is this Sunday, February 5! Come to the fellowship hall for a free homemade lunch and to connect with other students/young adults!

 

The Lodge for College and Young Adults (18+)!

Join us at the Lodge (3100 Glazier Way) Monday night, February 6 at 7pm for a Disney movie night! Please bring a movie snack to share. Next week we'll have a breakfast for dinner potluck! Plan to invite a friend. Undergrads, grads and young adults are welcome! 

Weekly Update Jan 26, 2017

Weekly Information 1/26/17                                                                                        

Prayer Focus
Let's lift up our leaders in prayer, specifically Pastor Nathan and our church board. Give thanks for David Baldrige, Nathan Clair, Gary Court, Cathy Galura, Michael Hoffman, Carole Metzger, Dale Patterson, Sara Samuel, and Carol Springer, asking God to richly bless them as they serve the people of Huron Hills. 

Pray for wisdom and understanding:
Ephesians 1: 15–17
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

Pray for Spiritual strength and character:
1 Timothy 6:11–12
Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Board Connection
In preparation for the election and Annual Meeting next month, the ballot and information about each of the candidates is now available at the Info Center. The election consists of voting in new members to the Nominating Committee, and confirming new Board members and the Treasurer. Members, we encourage you to review the slate of candidates so you can pray and discern prior to voting at the upcoming Annual Meeting on February 26. Special thanks to the Nominating Committee for working to put together the slate of candidates!

Reaching Out to Homeless Families
Four times a year HHC serves as the host congregation at Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) at Alpha House. The mission of IHN is to provide food, shelter and comprehensive services in a caring atmosphere of dignity and safety for the homeless families of Washtenaw County. The goal is to support the families in securing and maintaining their own home.

You can extend the love of Christ to these families by volunteering to provide supplies, prepare and serve meals, participate in the children’s activity time or stay overnight. Our next host week is Monday, January 30—Friday, February 3. Join hands with others at HHC to serve those in need. Look for the sign up board in the foyer of HHC or contact Margaret Gaugler for more information at mjgaugler@gmail.com. Additional information about IHN can be found at www.alphahouse-ihn.org.

All Church Prayer Gathering! (February 16, 6–7pm)
Last year was filled with fruitful ministry, and we want the Spirit of God to move and work even more. At this time of guided prayer, we'll gather to pray for more conversions, decisions for renewal, life change here, and around the globe. Let's pray for new staffing needs, our missionaries, and for new opportunities to reach people who are far from God. Let's pray for our neighbors, friends and co-workers who need Jesus!

Annual Meeting & Chili Lunch (February 26, 12–2:30pm)
Save the date! Our annual meeting returns! Join us for a Chili Luncheon in Fellowship Hall and then we'll gather in the Sanctuary to elect new officers, reflect on the 2016 ministry year, hear updates from ministry areas, pray together, and look forward to the 2017 and beyond. Childcare provided! 

Group Life At Huron Hills
Get connected and grow! There are groups every day of the week! Sunday Adult Bible Classes, Home Groups, Midweek Bible Studies, and you could start a group too! Check out the table in the lobby to sign up for classes and learn more! GroupLife@huronhills.org

  • The Word Sunday Class—9:30am, Room 217
    The Word is a class for adults focused on in-depth Bible study. We meet to savor the beauty of Scripture and seek its meaning for our present day. The current study is on The Letter to the Colossians.
  • Bridges Sunday Class—11:00am, Room 217
    We gear the class toward international students but anyone is welcome. We are studying The Gospel of Mark. Teachers are Ryan Nelson, Rich Steiner and Peter Talbot.
  • Echoes of the Old Testament in the New—11am, Room 216B
    Taught by UofM Chemistry Professor, Roseanne Sension. 
  • The Alpha Course—6pm, Tuesdays, The Lodge (new day and location!)
    Alpha is an evangelistic course, which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. Over 20 million people have been to the Alpha series. This course is designed for those who want to explore what it means to follow Jesus. Facilitated by Myra and Gary Court.
  • Beyond Sunday with Pastor Nathan
    Disciplines of the Spirit (5 weeks, Thursdays at 7pm). Starts February 16.
  • Sunday Adult Bible Class
    Loving your Muslim neighbor—9:30am. Starts February 19.

Thank you, Huron Hills!
We want to convey our deep gratitude to the HHC family for their expressions of love, and sympathy at the passing of Robert Court. The beautiful plant that we received from HHC was a wonderful demonstration of the care and concern of the church.  
Sincerely, The Gary & Myra Court Family

From the Board Chair
The message of the gospel is one of unbridled love that leads to repentance, forgiveness and new life. As we enter 2017, the Board’s vision for Huron Hills is a place where we seek to be Christ-centered, Conversion-oriented, Bible-centered, Action-oriented. We want to be a community of believers who are eager to share life with one another. One of the ways in which we live out our calling is in home groups. Someone said that home groups “aren’t just one more thing to do” but home groups are the thing to do! Groups are doing life together. In times of struggle, I have found my group is the place where I experience support and encouragement. I can count on them. If you are not in a group, I urge you to join one and experience life in Christ with others. Check out how to join a group at the group life table or email grouplife@huronhills.org. 

Opportunities to Help Refugees
The link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e48aea92ba0fe3-inkind48 will take you to a site which lists the latest practical/tangible needs for refugees in our area. Currently there are needs for laptop computers; children's sleeping bags and electric blankets. If you are able to provide item(s), just enter your information into the web site, and you will be contacted for arrangements to be made for pick-up.

Washtenaw Refugee Welcome is asking partner congregations to help generate a list of employers in Washtenaw county who are willing to consider hiring refugees. "The refugees we are trying to help all speak English, have professional experience, are computer literate—some are highly skilled, all have at least some college education (including one MBA), and are willing and eager to work. Transportation is the greatest obstacle. Full- and part-time positions are welcome."

If you know any potential employers to add to the list, please send an email to Cathy Galura cgalura@umich.edu.

Consider working with Samaritas to foster unaccompanied refugee minors—most are 16–17 years old and come from Africa, Central America and the Middle East. Mentor and tutors are also needed for young adults.

Intro & info meeting Saturday, January 28, 10am–1pm at Zion Lutheran. Click here to enroll: http://www.washtenawrefugeewelcome.org/traaining/ 

Coffee Lovers!
Huron Hills is a highly caffeinated church, and serving coffee on Sunday mornings is one way we extend a welcome to all. The coffee prep team is in need of additional volunteers. To serve, contact Jane Talbot at jane.m.talbot@gmail.com.

Women's Bible Study
Join a group of women who love studying God's Word every Thursday morning at 9:45am in Room 217. Childcare is not provided. For any questions, please contact Dena Cooperwasser at denacooperwasser@gmail.com

Creation Care + Environmental Stewardship
"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." (Psalm 24) Creation Care involves learning about God's concern for His Creation, as well as creatively and responsibly living our faith in ways that honor the integrity of the earth and our neighbors. We will study, volunteer, and find ways to change our lives both spiritually and practically to live more in sync with God's will for us and His Creation. If you'd like to learn more about Creation Care, or get involved, contact Brian Surguine: briansurguine@gmail.com

HHMoms
HHMoms is meeting in Room 216B every Friday morning from 9:30–11am. All are invited regardless of life stage. Child Care will be provided. HHMoms is a place for moms to get together, encourage each other and grow in faith. Please complete a registration form online at huronhills.org or pick one up from the Info Center. For more information, contact Carole Metzger at carolekm@gmail.com.

HHKids News

January in HHKids
This month we will explore knowledge—discovering something new so you can be better at whatever you do. We want kids to know that God is real, God made them and all things, and His word guides us on our journey through life. Our memory verse is Psalm 119:105-- Your word is like a lamp that shows me the way. It is like a light that guides me. (NIrV) 

January in First Look
This month the preschoolers will be hearing stories from the life of Jesus, learning that he is all we need, and He’s with us ALL THE TIME. Our memory verse is “You are everything I need.” Psalm 119:57

HHYouth News

There are weekly email updates sent out for HS and MS parents. If you're not on the list but would like to be, please email brian.samuel@gmail.com to get added. Any and all questions are welcome! The youth team can be emailed at hhyouth@huronhills.org, or you can talk to us in person! Feel free to contact Kristin Wagner (kwagner6@emich.edu) for HHYouth HS events and Liam Branton (liambranton94@gmail.com) for HHYouth MS events. If you would like to be added to Mid-high email list, please contact Liam Branton at liambranton94@gmail.com.

MidHigh

  • M68 Wednesdays 7–8:30pm at the Lodge. 
    Come for snacks, games, worship and community! We will be continuing the Alpha curriculum, and will be talking about why Jesus had to die on the cross.
  • XP3 Sundays at 9:30am. 
  • This Saturday: Midhigh Game Night, January 28 from 5:30–8pm. We will be at the Lodge and food will be provided. Feel free to bring your favorite game! Parents, this is the same time as the "Huron Hills Date Night," so you can drop the younger ones off at the church as well, then have the evening to yourself!
  • Spring Hill winter retreat on March 3–5. Cost is $130, and is due by February 12. Checks can be written to "Huron Hills Church." Once we have the money, we will send you an email with the link to the online Spring Hill forms to be completed.

Additional Info:

Email Liam Branton (liambranton94@gmail.com) with any questions, comments, or concerns. You can also email your student's dates or schedules for their sports games, concerts, or plays. We would love to come and support them. Have a great week!

-The Midhigh Youth Team

High School

  • Youth Group—Sundays, 6:30pm-8:30pm @ The Lodge
  • Girls Small Group—Tuesdays, 8:15pm @ Steph Ebright's house
  • Guys Small Group—Wednesdays, 7pm @ Dave Raymond's house 
  • Spring Hill winter retreat on March 3–5. Cost is $130, and is due by February 12. Checks can be written to "Huron Hills Church." Once we have the money, we will send you an email with the link to the online Spring Hill forms to be completed.

HHCollege News

Welcome College Students
LIKE our Facebook page HHCollege to keep up with all that's happening with the college ministry at Huron Hills! 

The Lodge for College and Young Adults (18+)!
The Lodge gatherings are back! Undergrad, grad and young adults are welcome! Join us anytime on Mondays from 7–10pm at the Lodge (3100 Glazier Way) for fun, faith and friends.

Weekly Update, 12.1.14

Dear Huron Hills, 

ADVENT is here, and we are invited to make room for God, to get outside our limited point of view, and believe again that Jesus can make us new. It's so much bigger than a warm up for Christmas! So don't miss out on great devotional resources for the season. Check out the GroupLife table in the lobby! _____________________________________

GET READY FOR SUNDAY!

1. Read the Assigned Texts for Advent (Week 2)
These texts are short excerpts that share themes, and show us the arc of God's story in Holy Scripture. 

2. The Old Testament texts show us God's vision for a world restored, healed and saved. They speak of our own deep yearning for renewal and rescue. Where do you need to see God work and redeem in your life?
Ask God to bring the life of "heaven" into your life on earth. Name your needs, own them before your heavenly Father. He loves you. 

3. The Gospel text from Matthew confronts us. John the Baptist demands we admit where we are part of the brokenness. It's not just outside us, or happening to us. We are being hurt, and we hurt others. 
Repentance is a total change of mind that reorders how you live your life. How can you cultivate "the fruit of repentance"? How can you cooperate with God as he works in you? 

4. The New Testament letter of Romans invites us to hope. God gives us endurance and encourages us to continue to live for him even as we wait to see "the kingdom of heaven". In fact, that kingdom shows up whenever we live for him. Paul connects the mindset of Jesus to the acceptance of Jesus. How can you share hope and healing with others as you accept them? Who do you need to forgive, and welcome back into your life? Who has God put in your life who is hurting and is desperate to experience the radical acceptance of God? 

5. End with this prayer:

Laboring God, 
with axe and winnowing fork
you clear a holy space
where hurt and destruction have no place, 
and a little child holds sway. 
Clear our lives of hatred and despair, 
sow seeds of joy and peace, 
that shoots of hope may spring forth
and we may live in harmony
with one another. Amen.
_____________________________________

DON'T FORGET...

ULunch this Sunday!
College students, invite your friends and join us for ULunch on December 4 after the 11:00 service!

Christmas Story Night
Crafts! Stories! Carols! Hot Chocolate! Treats! Invite your friends and neighbors and join us at the Lodge for our annual Christmas story night, Wednesday, December 7 from 6-8 pm. Feel free to wear your pj's and bring a dessert to share! (Middle School will meet at main church building that night.)

Giving Trees 2016 (Nov. 27–Jan. 1) 
Our World Vision Giving Trees are back!
Our partnership with World Vision continues as we serve people in need! Trees are set up in the lobby and downstairs. Give gifts from the World Vision catalog and give the gift of hope, love and compassion. You can also become a monthly "Refugee Responder" and continue to support their work in Syria!

Christmas Eve (2 gatherings) & Christmas Day (no gatherings)
Christmas Eve has two gathering times again! 5:30 and 7. Both gatherings will be filled with carol singing, the story of Christmas, and lighting candles as we sing Silent Night. The 5:30pm gathering will feature HH Kids singing. Christmas Day we will NOT hold any gatherings. We're encouraging the people of Huron Hills to slow down and really connect with their families. A simple guide for home worship will be provided.

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Don't forget how God has and is moving in the ministries of Huron Hills! You can learn more here.

Thank you to everyone who has given to support our current ministry budget! 
Our current $1.1M General Fund Budget has received $807,739 to date. 
This leaves $313,736 remaining.  

If you are thankful for the ministry and impact of Huron Hills, please prayerfully consider how you can help us meet this budget commitment. (Go HERE to give online.) We are trusting God for his continued provision and your continued partnership as we impact our communities and the world for the mission of Christ! 

See you Sunday! 

Pastor Nathan

Weekly Update

Dear Huron Hills, 

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, let's never forget the provision of salvation through Jesus Christ. Our God is a giver, and every day, every breath, every moment is a gift. Let's continue to respond to our Father with grateful hearts! 

You can always learn more about the ways God is moving and working through us HERE
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DON'T FORGET...

2017 Annual Ministry Budget Vote (THIS SUNDAY! 11.20)
Thank you to everyone who has continued to give feedback on the 2017 budget proposal! Members may vote before or after worship. Like last year, ballots will also be received during the offering portion of the gatherings. 

CELEBRATE GOD'S WORK AT HURON HILLS! LET'S FINISH STRONG IN 2016!
As the end of 2016 nears, don't forget how God's Spirit has moved in us and through us: New ministry launches with HH Moms, and Monday nights at the Lodge; 155k raised for Syrian refugees (matching outside donor brings that to 310k); 28 new members; 26 conversions; 7 baptisms; hundreds of decisions to have a closer relationship with Jesus; a high impact HH Youth trip to Mexico with conversions and physical healing; iZosh continues to empower women in extreme poverty; we've served hurting families at Alpha House; kids through C.A.N.; and all the weekly home groups, adult classes, and ministry gatherings! If you're thankful for the way God is working at Huron Hills, then please be a part of giving financially to help us end 2016 in a strong position. 

INVITE A FRIEND! All Church Movie Night (THIS SATURDAY, 5pm)
Join us in the sanctuary on Saturday, November 19th for a holiday double feature. We'll show "Inside Out" from 5-6:30, followed by free pizza and popcorn in Fellowship Hall. At 7:00 we'll show "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe". There will also be a free photo booth in the lobby. Bring a blanket and some friends and settle in for a great evening! 

Huron Hills Church Office Hours
The Huron Hills Church office will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.

ONE WORSHIP GATHERING ONLY (November 27, 11am)
We'll kick off our Advent teaching series with only one gathering time at 11am. HHKids Programming nursery through Preschool only. Activity packets available for elementary aged kids.

iZosh Fair Trade Holiday Market (November 28, 5pm)
Come to the HH Lobby and use your buying power to invest in women artisans living in extreme poverty. 
Enjoy great food, connecting with other women, and getting a jump start on your Holiday gift purchases! More info at izosh.org

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GET READY FOR SUNDAY!

1. Read I Corinthian 10:1-13 
2. Sometimes we learn best by being shown what NOT to do, or how NOT to be. Paul recounts the story of the ancient people of Israel as a negative reminder to the Corinthians to not take God's presence and blessing for granted. He calls them to stay focused on God, and not pursue their own desires, and their own solutions. 
3. Where in life are you feeling the pressure or expectation to be in control, or solve problems that are actually beyond your ability or role? 
4. Do you have a regular time of prayer and reflection with Scripture? 
5. Pray right now and ask God to help you get a vision for his strength, his provision, his presence and blessings so that you can trust his guidance even in hard times. 
6. Set up a plan to study God's Word. You can download this app (https://www.youversion.com/apps). YouVersion has easy study plans already available for you to use! 
7. End this time by praying this prayer: Almighty Father, dwell with us, your people. Cause us to draw near to You even in the midst of our failures. In Your presence help us to find a God who is waiting with open hands and heart to receive us as we return to you. Amen. 

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THANK YOU, HURON HILLS! THANK YOU, KING JESUS!

Our King calls us to love and you have responded in obedience with generosity! 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Thanksgiving Bag drive for needy families! 
We had a record year with 275 bags donated! 

Thank you to everyone who has given to support our current ministry budget! 
Our current $1.1M General Fund Budget has received $781,012.60 to date. 
This leaves $340,462.40 remaining. 

Please prayerfully consider how you can help us meet this budget commitment. 
We are trusting God for his continued provision and your continued partnership as we impact our communities and the world for the mission of Christ! 

See you Sunday! 

Pastor Nathan