Weekly Update Jul 27, 2017

Prayer Focus
Please pray for those among us who are brokenhearted, suffering loss, lonely, anxious, frightened, lost. Ask for them to know the presence of Christ and feel safe in His arms.

  • ŸPsalm 34:18—The Lord is close to thebrokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
  • Ÿ2 Corinthians 1:3, 4—Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
  • Revelation 21:4—He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Amen.

Worship, Learn, Connect Together in August!
The Church is the unique creation of the Holy Spirit! 

We have a deep sense that creating intentional spaces for all us to be together and to cultivate genuine openness to the Spirit is critical for the vision and mission of Huron Hills Church. It’s a basic feature of what church life ought to be--a community that is unified, open, responsive, and longing for the presence of The Spirit who is God. 

We have to move beyond good intentions and do the work of gathering together and seeking God together. So here are three ways in August we can do that together and get ready for this next season of ministry together. 

1. Worshipping As One (Gathering)
Make our 11am worship time a priority. Let’s gather in one place with a renewed sense of openness and attentiveness to the Spirit. With a readiness to engage, to sing, to pray, to listen well, to lead each other in worship, to bless God’s heart.

2. Learning as One (Listening)
We will start a 3 week series on the Holy Spirit starting August 13.
We'll explore 3 questions: 

  • Who is the Holy Spirit? 
  • What does the Holy Spirit do? 
  • How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit? 

This will set the stage for our fall series on Neighbors and how to live our mission out where we live and work by the power of that Spirit.

3. Becoming as One (Connecting)
9:30AM: August 13, 20, 27 we will create a space for all ages fellowship, learning, and simple prayer to cultivate deeper connections with each other, and to build new relationships. Instead of 2 identical worship services in August, we’ll be creating a fun, interactive all ages space for people to gather as one and seek the Spirit at 9:30am. PreK and Nursery program will still be offered at 9:30am. 

Board Connection
Come Meet the Board after each service in July. Board members will be in the lobby each Sunday after the service to hear your comments and answer your questions. If you can't join us in person, send us an email at churchboard@huronhills.org.

Also, please be praying for the Board this week as we go on retreat August 4-5. We'll be spending time praying for our church and discerning what God has in store for us this coming year. Thank you for your prayers!

From the Board Chair
The church has been engaged in seeking two staff members for HHC. As announced, the Church Board is pleased to welcome Kurt Heinold as the full time Community Life Director at HHC (initially posted as an associate pastor position). Throughout the month of July, Kurt will be in the Welcome Center after each service so you can meet and talk with him. In addition, Advisory Search Team members (David Baldrige, Gary Court, Julie Esch, Melodie Marske, Eric Svaan,) and Board members will be available in the Welcome Center and lobby for discussion.

Please continue to pray for our open Youth Pastor position. We initially thought that the Youth Pastor opening would be much quicker to fill. Unfortunately, it is taking much longer than anticipated. We share the sense of urgency that the volunteer youth leadership team, parents and youth have expressed about filling this important vacancy. The members of the Youth Pastor Advisory Search Team are: Chris Cristian, Cathy Galura, Marcy Hires, Michael Hoffman, and Kurtis Rosen. If you have suggestions for possible candidates, please contact any of the team members or Nathan. 

New ministry opportunity!
We are collecting furniture items for new international students. Your unwanted sofa, bed, chair, table, lamp is wanted! Many international students at the U of M move into empty apartments. Contact Larry if you have an item or can help transport furniture items. (Larryisi@gmail.com or 734-474-2320).

Divorce Recovery Workshop
This fall will mark the 33rd year that Divorce Recovery Workshop has been offered here at Huron Hills, and over the years hundreds of lives have been touched through this wonderful ministry. The workshop will meet on Thursday nights September 21–November 9, 7–9:30pm. Once again our presenter will be Eddie Dunn, who speaks with warmth and compassion, encouraging the participants to grow and experience healing in many areas of their lives. The presentations are from a Christian perspective, and are based on sound psychological principles dealing with grief/loss, recovery, and the process of healing. Please consider whether you or someone you know might be helped by this life-changing workshop. Contact Marilyn Johnston at msjston@aol.com, or call the church at (734) 769-6299 if you have questions or would like to pre-register. The registration fee is $40. Scholarships available.

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.

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 Job. *The Word will take the month of July off.
  • 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. *Bridges will take the month of July off.

HHKids News

Gym America!
Next week, August 6th, we have Gym America coming with our own Kurtis Rosen. It's a great week to bring friends! At 9:30 will be a special preschool offering with Fellowship Hall set up for that age group. At 11:00 will be a special offering for elementary students in Fellowship Hall with the gym set up in more challenging configurations. (During the 11:00 service Preschool will have regular programming, and they can come play again at 12:00.) At 9:30, elementary will be a part of the all-ages gathering with their families.

HHKids Volunteer Needs
Now that we will have two offerings in August, we are in need of helpers for both services in preschool/nursery, and primarily at the 11:00 for elementary. Take that step and reach out to Bianca@huronhills.org right now! You'll be blessed as a result!
August 6, 9:30: 6 Nursery/PreK
August 13, 9:30: 6 Nursery/PreK 
August 13, 11:00: 4 Nursery/PreK, 6 Elementary

HHKids Summer
The theme for the summer is Gadgets and Gizmos- we are uniquely wired and wonderfully made. This month, we take a closer look at the idea of uniqueness—discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference. Our Memory Verse for July is Ephesians 2:10: We are God’s creation. He created us to belong to Christ Jesus. Now we can do good works. Long ago God prepared these works for us to do. (NIrV)

Preschool Summer
The theme for June and July is "Kids Rock" and the children will be hearing stories of kids in the bible (Jesus at the temple, Samuel, and David). The bottom line is "I can do what God wants me to do", and the verse is “God made us to do good works.” Ephesians 2:10, NCV. 

HHKids Renovation
Be sure to check out our renovation plans in the lobby and lower level. Thanks for your flexibility this summer as we begin renewing the space for our families!

HHYouth News

Summer Schedule
We hope to see you this summer at our summer events! We will have youth group at the lodge on Sundays from 6:30­­–8:30pm through August 27. Below is our summer schedule:

  • Cedar Point Trip: Friday, August 18
  • Last Summer Youth Group: Sunday, August 27
  • Fall Kickoff: Sunday, September 10

Cedar Point
Our cedar point trip is coming up next month! Here is all of the information:

  • Date: Friday, August 18th
  • Cost: $50*** 
  • Departure Time: 7:30am from the church
  • Return Time: 10:00pm
  • Please let Kurtis Rosen know if you would like to attend by Sunday, August 13th.
  • ***If the cost is stopping you from attending, please let us know. We want to make sure that everyone is able to attend.***

Youth Group
We have youth group for all middle school and high school students every Sunday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm this summer. In small groups at youth group, we are starting to go through a discipleship book called, Disciples Path: The Journey

Mexico Team
Our Mexico team is now serving in Tijuana. Please pray for this to be a time of growth for all of these students! Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HHYouth1/ to hear from them while they are in Mexico.

HHCollege News

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