Mars Hill United Methodist Church participates in missions of the broader United Methodist Church. Our members are involved weekly in Neighbors in Need in Madison County; Haywood Street Clothing Closet, and the Haywood Street Congregation serving the homeless in Asheville.

Your Mars Hill Community Connections

The congregation hosts chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous and narcotics anonymous, a local Boy Scouts of America Troop, a Madison County 4-h club and the Church Mice artists.


Church reaches Mars Hill community

A story by Lance Hickey featured in the Weaverville Tribune

Mars Hill United Methodist Church proved to be a uniquely inviting congregation. With both a traditional and contemporary presentation style, the church offers services to all age groups. The congregation’s and Pastor Hartzog’s enthusiasm for the church and community was obvious. Mars Hill United Methodist Church continues to leave its stamp on the Mars Hill community.

Responding to the Special Session of General Conference 2019

A Message from Our Pastor

Blue Ridge District & WNC Conference REsponse

Local Churches, Congregations & District Superintendent Respond with Love, Vigil

As featured in the Asheville-Citizen Times, read more about how local churches, pastors and our district superintendent responded with a vigil and love. Attendees included the pastor and congregation of Mars Hill United Methodist Church.

Click to read the story >>

An open letter to our LGBTQ+ siblings and their allies

From Sacred Witness Western North Carolina

LGBTQ FriendlyMethodist

United Methodist pastors, church leaders, and laity in the Western North Carolina Conference wrote to acknowledge the harm done recently by the global gathering of the United Methodist Church known as General Conference.

They say to our LGBTQ+ siblings: “you are beloved children of God, and you are beloved by us.” This action of the General Conference does not reflect our own hopes and dreams for The United Methodist Church. More importantly, we believe that it does not reflect the hopes and dreams of God.

The letter included 1,250 signatures from beloveds across the Western North Carolina District and was presented to Bishop Leeland by ten clergy and one lay person. After listening carefully, Bishop Leeland acknowledged the hurt some feel when they repeatedly hear they are not fully received into the life of the church, while also recognizing there were those of sincere conviction who feel differently. All conceded the conference, and the entire denomination, represents a divided house. The meeting ended with prayer for our laity, clergy, congregations, and denomination.

Mars Hill Happenings & Headlines

Sunday, April 19, 2019



You’re invited to join us in observing Holy Week + Celebrating Easter

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a life-long member, we celebrate and welcome the ways in which you enrich our collective worship. And we welcome you to join us as we commemorate Christ’s journey to the cross, his crucifixion and resurrection. Easter is the most joyous of Christian seasons. Come, celebrate the hope we find in the renewing of all creation, starting with our lives and loves in the here and now.

Mark Your Calendars | Upcoming events

  • Lenten Prayer Service

    • Between now and Easter, we are holding a weekly Lenten Prayer Service on Mondays at 7:30 pm. These will take place at the church.

  • Life Talk College Ministry

    • We’ve kicked off a Life Talk, a college ministry in collaboration with our students from Mars Hill University. Join us Sundays at 7 pm at the church - ALL are welcome. If you have questions, please let Gabby or Lisa know.

  • Sunday School meets @ 9:45 am

    • Ever feel like the conversation was just getting started? What if you had just 15 more minutes? Beginning March 31, we’ll be starting our Sunday School classes at 9:45 am. We look forward to seeing you Sunday morning.

  • Treasure & Stuff Sale + plants too! - Coming May 4

  • This Week at Mars Hill - Regularly Scheduled Happenings

    • Each day provides a new opportunity to connect and engage with our greater Mars Hill church community. Scroll down to see our weekly calendar of events for this week’s happenings, including choir rehearsal, Boy Scouts, Hand Bells, Church Mice Artists, Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) and Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.).

      • Holy Week, including Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Easter Sunrise and Easter Sunday - April 14-April 21. See Holy Week + Easter details >>

      • Sunday School - this Sunday @ 9:45 am

      • Sunday Worship - this Sunday @ 11 am (Childcare Provided)

      • Life Talk College Ministry - this Sunday @ 7 pm

      • Mars Hill UMC Choir Practice - this Monday @ 6:07 pm

      • Boy Scouts - this Monday @ 7 pm

      • Hand Bell Choir Practice - this Wednesday @ 6 pm

      • Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) - this Thursday @ 7 pm

      • Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) - this Friday @ 6:30 pm


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Outfits & Shoe Donations to Mars Hill Elementary School

The donated spring outfits and shoes were delivered to Mars Hill Elementary School on April 10. What a wonderful Easter surprise for three little boys. Many thanks to those who helped in this project. Our church is truly blessed to be able to help this family.

Spring Church Clean-up Days

A tremendous thank you to those who have joined us in making Mars Hill United Methodist Church and our parish grounds a welcoming and inclusive space for our visitors, community and congregation. We hope you’ll join our upcoming Saturday and weekday workdays for food, fun and fellowship.

  • Two Saturday workdays (one in March and one in April) will include members of our broader Mars Hill community and will conclude with lunch.

  • The trustees have posted a trustee “to-do” list on the church’s hallway bulletin board. If there are fixes that need to be tackled on the March and April church workdays, please share them on the posted list.

    • April 15 @ 9:44 am - a weekday church workday

    • April 27 @ 9:44 am with lunch @ noon - this will be a community workday, including members of our ministries and fellowships

Our Mission(s) of the Week
at Mars Hill United Methodist Church

Here at Mars Hill United Methodist Church, our Mission of the Week includes

  • The Haywood Street Respite - this fund is for the homeless throughout the Asheville area. They need clothing for family embers of all ages. If you would like to make a donation, please make a check to the church and mark it with Haywood Street. This can be placed in the offering plate.


Pastor’s Discretionary Fund

At Mars Hill United Methodist Church, our Pastor’s Discretionary Fund helps our pastor pay for the needs of the people of Madison County. Please make your check out to the church or put cash in an envelope with “PDF” marked on the envelope or on the check and place it in the offering plate.

ONGOING MIssion: Neighbors in NeeD

Our Madison County neighbors need food, electricity and heating assistance in the winter months. You can help by bringing canned food (only non-perishables), baby food and diapers for babies and adults. If you would prefer to donate to support contributions to electric bills and heating assistance, please make a check payable to the church, designate it “Neighbors in Need” and place it in the offering plate.

  • hamburger helper

  • cans of stews

  • canned tuna

  • vegetables

  • fruits

  • cereals

  • rice

  • beans

Mars Hill Elementary School Backpack Project

We continue our local outreach with the Mars Hill Elementary School Backpack project. Through this important community program, Mars Hill Elementary School Students are provided stuffed backpacks to take home over the weekend. Your donations of individually wrapped items will support local students in need.

Please place the following items in the hallway bins:

  • cheese crackers or cheese snacks

  • granola bars (no nuts)

  • pudding and fruit cups

  • microwavable soups, pasts and mac & cheese

  • individual cereals

  • chips

  • fruit snacks

  • other healthy snacks without nuts or peanut butter

The United Methodist Women
of Mars Hill United Methodist Church

Mars Hill United Methodist Church continues to leave its stamp on the Mars Hill community.
— The Weaverville Tribune

Our Church Calendar

Mars Hill United Methodist Church Calendar of Events

Weekly Events


  • 9:45 am - Sunday School

  • 11 am - Worship
    (childcare provided)

  • 7 pm - Life Talk College Ministry


  • 6:07 pm - Choir Practice

  • 7:30 pm - Lenten Prayer Service

  • 7 pm - Boy Scouts


  • 9:30 am until noon - Church Office Hours


  • 6 pm - Hand Bells


  • 9 am - Church Mice Artists

  • 9:30 am until noon - Church Office Hours

  • 3 pm - 4-H Every Other Week

  • 7 pm - Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)


  • 6:30 pm - Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.)

First Sunday of the Month

  • Holy Communion


Third Sunday of the Month

  • Monthly Fellowship & Birthday Luncheon

Fourth Sunday of the Month

  • Mars Hill United Methodist Church Handbell Choir

Our Monthly Fellowship/Birthday Luncheons
What to Expect

If you visit or attend on the third Sunday of each month, you’ll be welcomed to our monthly fellowship/birthday luncheon. Hosted in the Mars Hill United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, the monthly potluck welcomes all immediately following our 11 am Worship.

You can expect a wide variety of dishes, including many gluten free, plant-based/vegan and vegetarian options.

At times, these luncheons are occasionally rescheduled to accommodate holidays and other special events.

If you’re visiting our church in Mars Hill, we welcome and appreciate the ways in which you enrich our worship and we invite you to join us for our Monthly Fellowship/Birthday Luncheon. No matter who you are or where you’re from or when;/if you celebrate your birthday, you are welcome at our table.

Monthly Luncheon  -  our third Sunday of each month features a birthday/fellowship luncheon

Monthly Luncheon - our third Sunday of each month features a birthday/fellowship luncheon

Your Concerns & Prayer Requests

Submit A Prayer Request Online

Use the below online form to submit your prayer requests to our pastor at Mars Hill United Methodist Church. Names are included on our prayer list through the end of each month.


Inspiration for Daily Living

Mars Hill United Methodist Church
Church Council and Committee Chairpersons:

  • Chairperson: Ann Clark

  • Lay Delegate to Annual Conference: Heath Nettles

  • Lay Leader: Heath Nettles

  • Church Historian: Kathey Lee

  • Lay Leadership and Development: The Rev. Lisa Hartzog, Chairperson

  • Finance: Susan Kiser, Chairperson

  • Treasurer: Barbara Pate

  • Financial Secretary: Ree Smith

  • Trustees: Jeff Hite, Chairperson

  • Staff-Parish Relations: John Jalocha, Chairperson

  • Worship: The Rev. Lisa Hartzog, Chairperson

  • Church Fellowship: Judy Hulvey

  • Memorial Garden Subcommittee: Connie Kramer, Chairperson

Mars Hill Church Cemetary.jpg

The Memorial Garden

at Mars Hill United Methodist Church