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We Remember Jessica PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:13

jessicasachsMERCYhouse had its first public worship service on Sunday September 12th 1999.  One of the Umass students that attended that first worship service was Jessica Sachs.  Jessica grew up going to New Colony Baptist Church in Billerica, MA.  She loved Jesus and came to Umass ready to be on mission with Him.  She joined Cru Campus Ministry and plunged into her academics, campus ministry, and social life.  She was full of life and impacted many people with her infectious smile and intensity about everything. 

When MERCYhouse was started, she was one of the few students that knew we were coming.  Because her church is in the same denomination as MERCYhouse, she knew of the hopes and dreams for a future church plant and prayed that God would raise up a church planting team to plant a church in Amherst.  When we arrived, she greeted us with much enthusiasm.  Even though she was in the middle of a really busy senior year as a busness major, she always found time to help out with every event, every tabling, every worship service.  She was one of the founding members of our church.  Those of you who have attended MERCYhouse are who currently attend, in some way, owe a debt of gratitude to Jessica for her tireless service during the early days when we were only about 20 people meeting in the basement of the Jones Library. 

We remember Jessica today because she was killed in one of the planes that hit the two towers on 911.  She had graduated from Umass and was working in Boston for an accounting firm.  That day she was on a business trip from Boston to LA and the unthinkable happened.  We were devastated.  Our church was mostly undergrads at the time and many of them hadn't even attended a funeral before much less gone through the tragic death of a close friend.  

As we grieved, we also saw God at work in the midst of this horrible tragedy.  We had memorial services here in Amherst and in Billerica.  Both services were attended by many who were not Christians, even some of the members of the media.  After the Billerica service, we were approached by one of the news correspondants and asked why the service had been so joyful?  She had been to several funerals for other victims of the tragedy and noticed a marked difference in the way people were grieving yet maintaining a joy in the salvation that comes from Jesus.  

The other thing that happened, was a financial blessing for MERCYhouse.  The Sachs family graciously asked that donations given in Jessica's memory be given to MERCYhouse.  Over the next year we received checks from all over the United States from people that neither we nor the Sachs knew.  The result was a sum of $45,000 that we put away in the bank in hopes of using it for the purchase of property.  A few years later, I stood in our facility on North Pleasant looking at the building with a local realtor.  I asked him what we'd need to do to take the first step in purchasing the building.  His answer?  Put down earnest money to the tune of $45,000.  We just so happened to have that.  

Thank you Jessica.  We love you and are grateful for your service to Christ and how it impacted so many.  A legacy that continues to impact lives today.  

 
Lunch on the Lawn / Brunch in the Basement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 17:11

lunchonlowanSunday, September 21 st, we'll be having opportunities to eat and get to know each other after each of our services.  After our 9:15am service (around 10:45am) we'll be having Brunch in the Basement in our cafe and after the 11:15am service (around 12:45pm) we'll be having Lunch on the Lawn.  We would love for you to join us for one of these and attend a worship service.  If you'd like to help out with one or the other, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

 
Welcome Back This Sunday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Friday, 05 September 2014 14:39

crowdThis Sunday we'll be welcoming back students from all five colleges as well as community members from all around the Pioneer Valley.  We'll be starting a new Sermon Series called Fish Story.  Doors open at 9am for our first service for coffee and conversation and the first service begins at 9:15am.  Second service folks start coming in around 10:45am and the second service begins at 11:15am.  Sunday evening at 7pm our lead pastor Robert we'll be hosting a Sermon Debrief in our church sanctuary to field questions about the sermon or anything else related to faith.  See this link for information about parking and contact us if you have any questions.  See you on Sunday!

 
Welcome Back Ice Cream this Wednesday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Monday, 01 September 2014 17:23

gilHello to all the students who are returning to our valley and all those who are new.  We'd like to welcome you this Wednesday, Sept. 3 out on the lawn next to our church property (365 North Pleasant in Amherst) with some ice cream and yard games.  We'll start up at 3pm and be out there until 5pm.  Stop by if you can and bring friends!

 
Welcome Back Students PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Krumrey   
Monday, 04 August 2014 18:44

five college flagsThe microfridges abound in Amherst and that can only mean one thing - students are arriving in a few weeks!  MERCYhouse started back in 1999 with all students and now is home to students from all five colleges and community members.  We'll be launching new small groups, hosting welcome back events, and more in September so stay tuned by checking this website.  You can also join our Facebook Fan Page and get regular updates.  Let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We'd be happy to help.  See you in the fall!

 
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