Back in May MERCYhouse sent a team to the Dominican Republic to help start the building of a water system that will deliver clean drinking water to 300 families in the community of Las Malvinas. The work continued after we left and is getting close to the finish. The cistern itself is built as well as the pumps and the houses that cover them. Now all is needed is tying the cistern into the water main that is in the street. This is going to require another $750 to complete. Please prayerfully consider giving toward this and foward this link to others who you think would want to help out in this final push.
You can give ONLINE. Place your donation in the "mission trip" category.
For more information, contact
Come join us on the 4th for an afternoon of volunteering finsihed off with one of the best fireworks displays in New England. Everyone will meet at MERCYhouse at 6pm and walk down to the stadium. Please contact
and let her know that you are available to help out.
Yesterday we explored the mode and meaning of baptism and we were all challenged to be baptized and join the church if we hadn't done that yet and if we had to recommit ourselves to loving the local body because of Jesus. I mentioned that the those who want to be baptized and/or join the church or just want to find out more should RSVP for our Newcomers Class. The next one will be from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, July 27th in our downstairs cafe. Email
to RSVP or if you have any questions. You can also download this PDF of our membership material "MERCYhouse and Membership" to find out more.
Good Monday morning MERCYhouse. Just a quick follow-up on Sunday's sermon on the Lord's Supper. Sunday sermons are great, but how do they make a difference on Monday? As we reflected on the Lord's Supper from Matthew 26, we were reminded of a whole host of benefits that come from the grace of God in Christ. As we start our week, we know we are forgiven. No matter what last week was like, we were reminded that in the Gospel that we have put our hope in we have a fresh start in our relationships, our failed attempts at accomplishing something, our lack of attempting what we know we should. Let that truth propel you to ask for forgiveness, to try again, even fail again if necessary as you move forward in your journey with Christ.
We were also reminded in the Supper that because of God's grace in Christ, we now find ourselves as part of a very special community - the church. Those brothers and sisters in Christ that we shared the bread and the cup with on Sunday are still our brothers and sisters in Christ on Monday. They need us and we need them. Consider that reality and then reach out for help from your church family (prayer, help moving, encouragement . . .). Consider that reality and reach out to those in the church family that you know have needs (prayer, help moving, encouragement . . .). In order to better facilitate that, make sure you come by one of our community groups this week (VanWinkles on Sundays, Cooleys on Wednesdays, McCullah's on Thursdays).
This Sunday we continue the summer sermon series - Ecclesia. We'll be learning more about the vision God has for his gathered/scattered community. Last week we talked about the gathering that happens at the Lord's Supper. This week we'll explore the gathering that is to happen around the ordinance of Baptism. Who should be baptized? What is to be the method of baptism? What is the meaning of baptism? We'll be seeking answers to these questions and more so hope to see you on Sunday at 9:15am or 11:15am.