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.