Mercy’s March 17 Update Around COVID-19

Mercy Vineyard

Hi Mercy Family,

Thank you to the many of you who joined us on Sunday for our very first Facebook Live service! Mike noted that we had more than 1000 views on the livestream over the course of the morning. We will work to improve each week. Thank you to the many of you who sent encouraging and helpful comments. We welcome your suggestions. This is a brand new reality for all of us.

As a staff, we want to respond and serve you well. I read a great promise today from Hebrews 4:14-16:

“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

I would encourage you to meditate on it as we walk through this crisis with God and one another. God loves each one of you, and everyone around you. Let’s continue to come boldly to God’s throne. There we will find mercy and grace for ourselves, and to share with others who need it. God is at work in the midst of this very challenging time!

This crisis is changing rapidly and we want to keep you updated on what is happening with us as a Mercy family for the upcoming weeks.

Sunday Services // We will not be meeting in-person for the coming weeks and instead hold our Sunday services on Facebook Live starting at 10 am to make it easier for everyone to participate live. We will continue to evaluate and update you when new information is available.

@MercyWednesday & Weekly Activities // We are suspending our current in-person @MercyWednesday classes. We are reaching out to the instructors to confirm next steps for their classes. For updates on Mercy events and activities in this season, please visit our website or Mercy App for the latest information. If you have a question about coming to church or meeting at Mercy’s building, please contact Mike (michael.buerke@mercyvineyard.org).

Prayer // If you have a prayer request or you’d like someone to pray with you, please email us at prayer@mercyvineyard.org. These messages will automatically be sent to each staff member and Tommy will forward them on to our Prayer Team as well. You may also send your prayer requests to your Growth Group leaders.

Growth Groups // Connection is still happening digitally through Growth Groups. For the next few weeks they are going to look a little different than the norm, but we’re excited to see the creativity that unfolds in our community. Your leaders will be in contact with you.

New to Mercy? // If you’re new to Mercy, we’d love to connect with you! Please download the Mercy app and fill out a Connect Form so we can follow up with you. That will enable you to receive our email updates as well. Please consider joining a Group! You can find a full list on the Groups page of our website or the Connect icon on our app. Email group leaders directly from the app or website. Want a personalized suggestion of what group might fit your needs? Email Kelly at kelly.mortvedt@mercyvineyard.org.

MercyKids & MercyYouth //Cassie will be providing resources to families to encourage their children. She will be communicating each week to help you as you navigate this season as parents. Leo and his team will be exploring the best way to love and support our youth during this time. He will be reaching out to parents of youth for their ideas and wisdom.

Care Team // The Mercy Care Team is committed to be present with practical assistance as needs arise. If you or someone you know in your community could use assistance with food needs, please email care@mercyvineyard.org so we can mobilize a response. If you’d like to volunteer, we could use more help with practical needs (food delivery, meal prep, personal visits using social distancing). Fill out our volunteer form at bit.ly/carevol.

Office Staffing // I have encouraged our staff to work from home as much as is possible following guidance from the MDH and CDC. You may contact any one of us by email if you have questions or needs. We are committed to caring for one another during this time. Each one of you is very important to us.

We plan to communicate regularly with you in a variety of ways during this unusual time, including connecting on FacebookInstagram and via videoconferencing. Please let us know if you have any questions.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13: 14

Jon Marsden and the Mercy staff