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Retreats :: Burly and Beloved PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 18:11

burlyman1Next month (February) is retreat season for MERCYhouse.  Every year we host 2 retreats in February - one for men and one for women.  See below for details for both:

Burlyman Retreat (Feb. 21-23)

This year's theme is "Sex".  We'll be looking at what the Bible says about sex - God's original design, the results of using it outside of that design, and how Jesus brings transformation and healing into this area.  There will be teaching times, discussion times, and times to just hang out and have fun.  The retreat is at Pinebrook Camp and cost is $100 which includes lodging, meals, and snacks.  Transportation will be coordinated once people have signed up.  Sign-up by emailing Matt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Pay at the retreat sign-up table on Sundays or pay online here.  

Beloved Retreat (Feb. 28 - Mar. 2)

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This year's theme is "Women in the Word - His statutes our songs".  We'll be exploring the book of First Peter.  There will be times of teaching, small group discussion, and personal reflection on this incredible book of the Bible.  There will also be time to hang out and get to know one another, take a nap, walk in the woods, whatever.  Free time will be built into the retreat Saturday evening after dinner for those attending the Casting Crowns concert at the Mullins Center at UMass.  The retreat is at Pinebrook Camp (30 min away) and the cost is $100 which includes lodging, meals, and snacks. Transportation will be coordinated once people have signed up. Sign-up by emailing Lois at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Pay at the retreat sign-up table on Sundays or pay online here.

 

 

 
Renewal of Membership Covenant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Saturday, 18 January 2014 16:48

crocus-in-snowThis year we are starting something new that I think will help us better accomplish the mission of making disciples in our church.  It's a yearly renewal of our commitment to the belief and practices of our local body of Christ.  If you are a member of MERCYhouse, then you sat through a 4 hour class that went over our beliefs (the gospel) and practices (the five devotions).  I love these classes and my experience is that most everyone else does too.  It's an exciting time of recounting God's faithfulness to us in the gospel and throughout the short history of MERCYhouse.  It's also a time of committing to the basics of being a disciple (worship, word, prayer, fellowship, mission).

Like everything else in life, we as individuals and as a group suffer from mission creep.  That which we were so attuned to becomes forgotten in the white noise of everyday life.  Jesus has given the church things like gospel preaching, communion, and baptism as reminders to make the main thing the main thing.  We think a yearly renewal of our membership covenant would help to do this as well.  

I've attached a PDF of that covenant HERE and would love it if all MERCYhouse members would print that off, prayerfully read through it, recommit to the beliefs and practices of our church, sign the paper, and put it in the offering basket after one of our worship services in the next 3 weeks.  

If you'd like to read a more thorough explanation of our belief and practice, you can download our membership booklet HERE.

Not a member?  We'd love for you to become one.  Our next Membership Class is Saturday, February 8th from 10am t0 3pm.  RSVP by contacting Lois and we'll see you there!

 
Real Worship :: Sermon Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Thursday, 02 January 2014 16:00

realworshipThis Sunday is the second installment in the "Real Worship" sermon series. It's a short series over winter break that looks into what worship truly is and how one can express that worship through the use of money and time. Our associate pastor Ryan McCullah will be preaching this week and next as well as facilitating two workshops that will help to apply the teaching. Here's the schedule for the rest of the series:

  • Sunday, January 5th - Real Worship / Money
  • Wednesday, January 8th - (6:30pm in cafe) Workshop on how one worships through the use of money.
  • Sunday, January 12th - Real Worship / Time
  • Wednesday, January 15th - (6:30pm in cafe) Workshop on how one worships through the use of time.
 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - 7pm PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Friday, 20 December 2013 19:53

candleredLiving in or around Amherst, MA and looking for a Christmas Eve Service?  Join us this Christmas Eve at 7pm  for a celebration of the coming of Christ at Christmas.  We'll be singing carols, hearing scriptural readings as well as a short message on the meaning of Christmas.  Everyone is welcome.  

 
ONE service tomorrow - 11:15am PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Saturday, 14 December 2013 21:51

icesickleHey MH, we are going to have ONE combined service tomorrow at 11:15am and there will be no child care.  Please use your best judgment regarding whether or not to get out on the road.  Hope to see you there!  

 
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