We need you!

Dear Friends,

We need you! At its heart, Mercy is a call–an invitation to gather the people of God together for worship, work, and community as all of us seek to faithfully follow Jesus our Liberator.  You are an important part of what we do.  You are a part of the gathering together of all God’s people–regardless of the distinctions of wealth or race, gender or tradition.

An Advent Opportunity: Emergency Freeze Shelter
As Advent begins, so does the Emergency Freeze Shelter that Mercy co-ordinates in partnership with St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Last year, we began this joint project of shelter in January and were able to keep our neighbors out of the worst of the cold for 40 nights.

What We Need
This is a great need and a great opportunity.  In addition to overnight shelter at St. John’s we open our doors at Mercy for extended hours to keep folks out of the cold, in the mornings and evenings, to brew hot coffee and serve hot grits.  The pastoral staff of Mercy will be rotating leadership on these nights and mornings, in addition to keeping our normal schedule.  Your willingness to come out and help us host our neighbors in the warmth we can give will help all of us not to grow weary in the good work of hospitality and justice.

How You Can Help

Become a Host! Being a host just means helping us to share hospitality on these cold nights and mornings by helping the pastor in charge to welcome folks in, get coffee and/or boiling water going for the grits, and help attend to any emergency needs such as clothing, hygiene items, or medicine from our office for those in need.  Each evening and each morning we are open for extended hours we will need at least one host to help us in our work.

EXTENDED SCHEDULE for EMERGENCY WINTER DAYS

Evening Hours: 7 pm until 8.45 pm (at Mercy)
Morning Hours: 7 am until 9.45 am (at Mercy)

The most important time for help will be in the evenings. We will only be open on the nights and the following morning that the Emergency Freeze Shelter is open.

UPCOMING EMERGENCY HOURS:
We will begin the Shelter this Wednesday Night, December 1 (which is a normal worship night for us).  We will need help for the following days and times:

Thursday, 12/2:
Morning: 7 am until 9 am
Evening: 7 pm until 8.45 pm
Friday, 12/3:

Morning: 7 am until 9 am
Evening: 7 pm until 8.45 pm
Tuesday, 12/7:

Evening: 7 pm until 8.45 pm

Wednesday, 12/8:

Morning: 7 am until 9 am

Thank you for all of your help and love and prayers and support.  You are such an important part of our work, and we give God thanks for you.

If you want to sign up or if you have any more questions, e-mail Chad at mercy@mercyonline.net.

Peace,

Chad, Katie, Craig, Maggie, and Claudia and the Mercy Family


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