Free Rides Weekend / Nov. 1,2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 17:25

We are providing a free ride service for anyone who calls this number (548-9474) on the evenings of Friday (Nov 1) and Saturday (Nov 2) from 10pm to 2am.

Free Rides Volunteers Needed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 20:36

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It's finally here.  Free Rides Weekend (Nov 1,2) is just a few days away.  We'll be offering a free ride to anyone who calls our very well-publicized number.  Every year we give rides to about 1500 people over the weekend.  It's a great way to show the grace of the gospel to our student neighbors in a very tangible way and it also speaks volumes to our community as well.  

This requires a hurculean effort by as many as 200 volunteers which means we need all MHers and their friends to participate.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any of your questions.  

Here are some of the jobs that are available: 

Van Teams (4 people) - You can sign up for one job, or better yet recruit a whole team 

Dispatch - This person is at homebase (MERCYhouse)  and communicates with the van's navigator about who to pick up and where

Driver - This person drives and must be 25 and have a good driving record

Navigator - This person sits in the passenger seat and communicates with dispatch over the phone and tells the driver details about where to go and who to pick up.

Host - This person is in the back with the passengers.  They help people get in and out of the van and engage passengers in conversation.  They also are the only person to get out of the van to find riders that have called and arranged for a ride.

Shift Times:  

Friday, November 1st 9:30pm to 12:30am OR 12:00am to 3:30am

Saturday, November 2nd 9:30pm to 12:30am OR 12:00am to 3:30am

Hospitality Team (12 people)

We are looking for people to bring food either on Friday or Saturday night so that Van Teams will have something to munch on when they come in from their shifts.  

Sponsorship (12 people/or businesses)

Each van costs 250 dollars to rent and fuel.  We need people to financially sponsor our vans.  Businesses can have their name put on a van for advertising

Prayer (Everyone)

This event is our biggest church-wide outreach of the year.  Pray for resources, volunteers, and impact on the lives of passengers and others that will come in contact with this event.   

Card Distribution

We'll be passing out 5000 cards with the free rides number on them to Umass students on October 31 and November 1.  We'll also be dropping them off at every bar and liquor store in town.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign-up for a distribution assignment.  

Church-Wide Discussion This Sunday - Hosting the Homeless PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 19:26

Craig-Playing-280x125Last Sunday we were approached by Craig's Doors (entity that runs the local homeless shelter) regarding an opportunity to serve some of our neighbors - in particular those neighbors who are without food and shelter.  As many of you know, First Baptist Church of Amherst hosts an overnight shelter during the winter months run by Craig's Doors.  Many MHers have volunteered there and done a wonderful job.  It's partly the reason that we are being approached with this opportunity to host a dinner every evening from 8pm to 10pm from November 1 to April 30 in our cafe before the shelter opens at 10pm at FBC.  

Our leadership team has discussed this and at this time believes we should invite Craig's Doors to host the dinner in our space.    That said, we can't do this unless the church as a whole agrees with this decision.  In our leadership structure, things like this don't have to be voted on - only the budget and personnel, but the lead team certainly doesn't want to presume that the church wants to do this.  There are several issues that come up when a church takes on a ministry like this (see below) and we want to do the very best we can to take all these into consideration before making a final decision.  We want to encourage you to come down to the cafe on Sunday after the service that you attend and ask questions and give us your feedback.  

What: Open forum to discuss hosting a dinner for the homeless in our cafe

When:  This Sunday, October 13

Times:  11:00am (after first service) or  1:00pm (after second service)

Where:  Downstairs Cafe in our main building

Questions?  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Read on for more info:

Membership - Why it matters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 19:20

logoslideWhy Membership?  When we look in the Bible at the early church, we find them devoting themselves to "the fellowship". This was the local expression of the church that was made up of their family, friends, and community members.  It meant that they were devoting themselves to that group of believers like they were family and indeed they were - brothers and sisters in Christ. This continues to be an essential part of being a follower of Jesus. The devoting of oneself to a local church will be used greatly by God to shape you into a mature and fruitful Christ follower. Join us for our next membership class to find out more about how to devote yourself to the fellowship that is MERCYhouse.

RSVP for this Saturday's (Oct. 5) New Member's class today!  We'll be gathering in our cafe from 10am to 3pm.  You can do so by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

We'll also be hosting this class on  Saturday, (November 16) 10am to 3pm in our cafe

Podcast and Reading Plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 21:48

prequelyellowsparkleOur fall sermon series (PREQUEL) has begun.  It's an overview of the Old Testament.  It's a great opportunity for those who are new to the Bible to get a handle on the Old Testmanent.  It's also an opportunity to grow in your understanding of how the Old Testament points to Jesus.  JOIN our PODCAST to catch up and use this READING PLAN to read along with the sermons. 

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