Sundays at MARS HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
There are two opportunities to join us each Sunday in Mars Hill
Sunday School: 9:45 am
Worship: 11 am (childcare provided)
Where to find us
201 SOUTH MAIN STREET
MARS HILL, NC 28754
What you Can Expect
Welcome to Mars Hill United Methodist Church. Here, we welcome and celebrate every child of God without exception.
Here, all means ALL.
Each Sunday provides a unique worship experience, one fully enriched by your presence. And, whether you are a life-long member or a first-time visitor, we celebrate and welcome the ways in which you enhance our worship together.
The first Sunday of each month includes a celebration of Holy Communion.
The third Sunday of the month includes a birthday/fellowship meal following the 11 am service.
The fourth Sunday of the month features music from our church hand bell choir.
If you find yourself in or near Mars Hill, North Carolina, please join us at church this Sunday.
Continue reading to learn more about the music our congregations enjoys each Sunday.
OUR BELIEFS & AFFIRMATIONS - Who We Are
No matter who you are, you are welcome here.
Mars Hill United Methodist Church is a United Methodist Reconciling Congregation. We affirm the sacred worth of all people and strive to practice Christ’s example of unconditional love without exclusion.
At Mars Hill United Methodist Church, we welcome every child of God without exception.We welcome and celebrate into the full fellowship persons of every race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, culture, nationality, creed, faith, mental illness and physical disability, addiction, marital status or family make-up. God calls us to acts of love, grace, and advocacy to promote healing and reconciliation.
Here, we hope you find our family a place without barriers, a sanctuary for all. Read our response to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference.
At Mars Hill United Methodist Church,
Here, all means all.
More about worship & Ministry:
Sunday worship at Mars Hill United Methodist Church is enhanced by our outstanding music, one of the best church music programs in our area.
Here, music is directed by Dr. Joel Reed, retired Director of the Department of Music at Mars Hill University. Patty Higgins is instrumentalist and Mars Hill University student Elijah Smith is this year’s music intern.
The choir and song is often accompanied by talented musicians who worship with us and at times and bring hammered dulcimers, guitars, trumpets, flutes or join together in the fine hand bell choir.
Some of the best voices of the Mars Hill University’s music program and the Southern Appalachian Chamber Singers, which is conducted by Dr. Joel Reed, are among the choir. These include our music interns and musical scholars who are among Mars Hill University students who enrich our worship and experience at Mars Hill United Methodist Church.
MARS HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Our Past & Present
The Rev. Lisa Hartzog
Pastor, Mars Hill United Methodist Church
The Rev. Lisa Hartzog was appointed pastor of Mars Hill United Methodist Church in July 2018.
Lisa had an unconventional and unique path to her ordination as a pastor in the United Methodist Church. Prior to her seminary training, she attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, becoming a mechanical engineer before responding to her call to minister.
Before being appointed pastor of Mars Hill United Methodist Church, Lisa served five other United Methodist Churches in the Western North Carolina Conference.
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Our History & Humble beginnings
Our humble beginnings started with a vision of reaching local college students at Mars Hill College, now Mars Hill University.
Mars Hill United Methodist Church began with just 16 charter members with the Rev. James Thurmand serving as our first pastor and continuing in that appointment until late 1962.
We held our first service in the current sanctuary on Oct. 2, 1966.