Weekly Update May 5, 2017

Prayer Focus
Pray that Huron Hills Church will grasp a deeper understanding of what devotion to Jesus looks like. Pray that we will put our faith into action. Pray that we will devote ourselves to God's Word, fellowship, and generosity. With gratitude, let's offer up to God hearts of thanksgiving and praise for what he has given us.
ŸEphesians 1: 17–21
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. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

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!

Serve Our City: Prayer Walkers Needed!
One of the ways we're going to serve our city on May 6 is by prayer walking through the neighborhoods right next to our church. We'll provide the map and the prayer prompts that day, if you provide your movement and heart for God! We'd like to have people leave the church every half hour from 12:30 to 3:00pm, and the route will take 1.5–2 hours to walk if you choose to do the whole thing. We want to make sure we have the afternoon covered, so please sign up at the Serve Our City table on the sheet specifically for prayer walking.

Memorial Day Weekend
On Saturday, May 27, we will not have Saturday evening worship.
On Sunday, May 28, we will have worship at 11am only. There will not be HHKids programming. We will offer infant nursery only.

Special Easter Offering (Ends 5.19)
Bethania Kids!

500 million kids live in India. Over 35 million are orphans. Begun in 1987, Bethania Kids seeks out children in need and serves them in orphan homes, day care centers, rehab centers for kids with physical and mental disabilities, and women's empowerment centers that give basic vocational training and support to families in need. Led by Indian believers, 1000 kids are reached with the love of Jesus. Be a part of our 6 week offering to launch this new partnership! You can also give online at huronhills.org.

Volunteers Needed in HHKids
We have an urgent need for folks to hold babies, check families in, or be on our sub list—Can you help? We have a great time and our families and HHKids are awesome! (all volunteers background checked) Contact Bianca@huronhills.org.

Thank You!
Let’s Give a Hand to the 38 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. Your expression of Christ’s love for those in need is greatly appreciated by the IHN families and staff. Join hands with us to serve during our next host weeks on July 17–21 and September 25–29.  Contact Margaret Gaugler for more information at mjgaugler@gmail.com.

Board Connection
At the last Board meeting, new officers were elected. Gary Court will remain the Chair for this year, Carole Metzger is the new Vice Chair, and Sara Samuel is the new Secretary. Thank you for praying for the new Board!

Baby Dedication May 14
On Mother’s Day we will provide an opportunity for baby dedications. If you would like to be a part of this service, contact our HHKids & Family Minister, Bianca Humphries. bianca@huronhills.org.

From the Board Chair

  • Please pray:
    Serve our City—Saturday, May 6 is rapidly approaching. It is a time for all of us to pitch in, demonstrate a life of service, make friends, and enjoy living missionally in our community. The day will end with a meal at 5 pm, which will be a lot of fun. There is a way for everyone to contribute—prayer walks, beautification, car wash, gardening....
  • The following is an excerpt from an article from Tabletalk, a devotional magazine from the Ligonier Ministries. I wish I had read this 26 years ago!
    A Parent’s Delight—by Jason Helopoulos
    “The most necessary thing as a Christian parent is the Christian’s parent’s own life in Christ. That may seem simplistic, but it is fundamental. As Christian parents, our own lives need to be marked by godliness. Godliness manifests itself in various ways, but one of the chief ways is a love of God’s Word. It is the blessed child who is raised by parents who know and treasure Christ according to His Word. A godly mother or father steeped in God’s truth is an effective instrument in the hands of God. 

For starters, we can only share what we possess. Christian parents who know little of Christ will have little of Christ to share with their children. Christian parents who delight little in Christ will instill little delight in their children.  Christian parents who speak little of Christ will have children who speak little of Christ. Our children are sponges; their little souls are inclined to soak up what floods forth from our lives. As we delight in Christ’s Word and manifest that delight to our children, they take note.” 

  • How exciting to be resurrection people! We had an amazing time last week to worship and learn more about the astounding truth of God’s power to conquer both sin and death. There is no greater message of hope that exists. Everything pales in comparison. A big thank you to Betsy, Nathan, Bianca and HHC team members for 4 straight days of impactful services leading up to Easter Day.
  • Matthew 28:16–20—One post-resurrection account:
    Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him they worshipped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”   

Email Prayer Group
Want to receive prayer requests from the congregation? Sign up to join our email prayer group! If you would like to receive prayer requests by email, please send an email to Allison Zehnder at azehnder@huronhills.org asking to be added to this group. If you would like to request prayer - please send your prayer requests to Allison as well. Allison will then forward your request to the group. Questions about this? Please contact Carol Springer at carolannspringer@gmail.com.

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

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. 

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

 

Highly Caffeinated Church
We're a church that enjoys our coffee and tea! Our amazing Coffee Team can always use additional volunteers to help prepare coffee, which—let's face it—goes a long way towards getting people ready to worship in the morning! Contact Jane Talbot to get involved (jane.m.talbot@gmail.com).

We also use ceramic mugs for our beverages in an effort to reject the "single use" mentality that is doing harm to God's created world. We encourage you to bring your own favorite mug or tumbler when you come on Sundays. If you forget - no problem. Feel free to use one of our logo mugs and leave it here to be washed.

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

May in HHKids Elementary
This month we will explore determination—deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started. God sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to show faith and determination in the face of whatever might happen along the way. Our Memory Verse for May is Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up” (NIrV).

Date Night!
Parents: Mark your calendar for the next Date Night! Saturday June 24, 6–8pm. Our HHYouth Mexico team will host a fun outdoor games themed date night as a fundraiser for their July mission trip. Details to come!

Staff Changes in HHKids
We say goodbye to Joanne Beckwith, our HHKids Coordinator, who has done a wonderful job this year managing our preschool side on top of working toward her PhD in chemical engineering. We couldn't have done the year without her! Thank you, Joanne! Steph Ebright will once again step up for the summer as our interim coordinator—we're looking forward to a great summer in HHKids.

May in First Look
This month we invite all our preschoolers to "Come to the Castle" and hear stories from the King! We will be learning that God is always us and teaches us the way to go. The memory verse for the month is Deuteronomy 10:17 - “He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God.” 

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.

Mid High
M68—Wednesdays, 7pm–8:30pm, The Lodge
XP3—Sundays, 9:30–10:30am, The Midhigh Room

Serve Our City (May 6, 12–5pm)
The Midhighers will be serving at Mitchell Elementary School, with dinner afterwards at the church. PARENTS are encouraged to join us at Mitchell and the dinner! Contact Bill Sponseller with questions and to RSVP (billsponz@att.net or 734-812-3286). We could use extra tarps, rakes and wheelbarrows; let us know if you can bring any!

We're going through the book of Mark at XP3
We're super excited to be studying about Jesus on Sunday mornings via the book of Mark. Come for an always-fun game, thoughtful Bible study, and the occasional snack.

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

Mid High and High School
High School (plus current 8th graders!) Wilderness Trip
Saturday, June 17–Tuesday, June 20, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (passports are NOT required). All current 8th grade students are invited to join the high schoolers for three days of camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming, eating s'mores, growing in community, and deepening relationships with God. Cost will be somewhere around $100. If you haven't filled out a Huron Hills waiver form (also needed for retreats and other activities) you will need to do that, otherwise there is no additional paperwork needed. Email David at dhiskens@umich.edu with any questions. Please let David know by Sunday, June 4 if you are planning on attending, so that he can make sure there are enough cars, tents, and food for everyone.

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! 

Summertime
Have ideas for what you'd like to see in the college ministry this summer? How we can serve you and other students? How we can have a fun summer together? Let us know at lunningr@gmail.com