Weekly Update Mar 2, 2017

Prayer Focus
Pray for Huron Hills Church to delight in discovering our many Spiritual Gifts to build up the church for the glory of God.

  • 1 Corinthians 12:4–7
  • Now, there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
  • 1 Peter 4:10–11
  • As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies, in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen

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. 

Belmark Lanes Bowling! (March 19, 3pm)
An easy way to grow in love and outreach! Keeping it casual! Invite your friends and neighbors, knock down some pins, and let's connect! You don't have to bowl, just bring your smile, and let's enjoy our church family! 

Next Steps at Huron Hills (April 2, 1–3pm | Childcare provided)
Take the Next Step of joining Huron Hills! We need each other to do God's mission! Learn more about the mission and vision of our church, what baptism is all about for us, and how you can take a deeper step of connection with your church home! New member welcome and baptisms will be on Easter Sunday (April 16)! For more info, email nathan@huronhills.org or call: 734.769.6299. RSVP on the eventbrite page: nextsteps2017huronhills.eventbrite.com

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
Thank you to all who were able to join us at our Business Meeting last week! We were encouraged by the reports from select ministry areas. If you were inspired by anything you heard, please reach out to the ministry leader(s) to see how you can help! For those who were not able to make it, you can grab a packet of handouts at the Info Center in the lobby. 

Congratulations to all who have been elected to leadership positions:

  • Church Board: Gary Court, Laura Goetsch, Yuanyuan Hu, and Jane Johnson
  • Nominating Committee: Debbie Wagner and Kyle Logue
  • Audit Team: Rich Steiner
  • Treasurer: George Teeter

Thank you to all who participated in the election. Praise God for His faithfulness in providing leaders for our church, and please pray for our leadership teams during this time of transition.

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 at 7:30pm 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

Volunteers Needed!
Looking for folks (college and older) to help us welcome families & substitute for teachers/assistants/check-in hosts. We provide materials and training- you bring a joyful smile and open heart! bianca@huronhills.org

March at HHKids
We will spend the month taking a closer look at the way forgiveness shows up throughout a few of the parables Jesus told His followers and help our kids discover more about Forgiveness– deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn't have to pay. Our Memory Verse for March comes from Colossians 3:13. “Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.” (NIrV)

March in First Look
This month, our preschoolers will be "Building" love for others and learning that they can love everyone, just as Christ loves them! Our memory verse is John 13:34 - “Love one another.”

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.
  • No XP3 this Sunday!!!

 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 This Weekend, March 3-5! We are gearing up for an amazing weekend! Parents, be praying that God works with the students and that we come back more excited about our relationships with Jesus. Students, remember to bring a PACKED MEAL for the bus ride there. We'll see you guys at HHC at 4:30 on Friday, and we'll be returning Sunday at 3:30.

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.

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