A Letter from Pastor Spence
Grace and peace!
I hope you are leaning into the Lord and his new mercies today in the middle of these uncertain times. Like everyone else, our elders are doing our best to discern what it looks like for Mercy Church to heed the direction of our state and local officials so we can do our part to minister to slow the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to minister to you! We are not health experts or governing officials so it is our responsibility to be great citizens right now as a church by following the leaders God has put in place. The steps below are in that spirit and are subject to change if our governing officials shorten or lengthen the measures they have put in place. We will continue to keep you informed.
Here are the steps we are taking:
Worship Gatherings will be moving online only for the next 8 weeks. We will continue to livestream our service each Sunday at 10 am just as we did this past weekend. You can join us here! This is still an opportunity to invite others (think about your “one”) to join us for services since all they have to do is click that link to join us! If you have family that lives far from you, invite them to join you this Sunday via our livestream. I know this sounds odd, but it might be easier than ever to invite someone to worship right now. In fact, last Sunday we had more people engaged in a Mercy worship service than ever before. We all know it’s not ideal being online. I’d much rather be in-person with you all. That being said, let’s lean into the moment and see how the Lord might use us right where we are to advance the gospel! To encourage you, I heard an awesome testimony Monday about someone who came to faith this past Sunday during our online worship gathering! God will not be stopped!
Community Groups will continue to meet, but these meetings will be virtual instead of in-person through the end of March. The government has recommended not meeting in groups of more than 10 people. Pastor Joey, our Community Groups Pastor, will be helping to equip our Community Group leaders on creative ways to stay connected as a group! Again, I want to stress that social distancing doesn’t have to mean spiritual distancing. Now is a great time to utilize the technology we have such as FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Marco Polo, etc. to stay connected to those you are in community with.
Lastly, we want to remind you that while each day is uncertain and new information is coming out hourly, we have an eternal hope that outweighs our present sufferings! We invite you to pray through 2 Timothy 1:7 with our staff team each day at 2:17 pm. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. Set a reminder in your phone and join us as we pray for God’s help to walk in the spirit that is not fearful, but is confident in our savior and his power to work now, gracious to others during this time, and filled with the wisdom of God.
If you have any questions or need assistance during this time, all of our staff are working and you can reach out to any of them as needed. And you can always reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org . I’d love to hear from you.
May the grace of God go with us church,
what you can be doing at home
- Regard safety and travel advisories issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which can be found here.
- Use wisdom and stay home if you are sick.
- If you have high-risk health conditions, use discretion in attending any large gatherings/events.
frequently asked questions
With so much fear around us, what can we do as followers of Christ?
Do not fear. Scripture assures us time and again that God is in control and that we need not fear (Deuteronomy 31:8, Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 41:10, John 14:27, 2 Timothy 1:7). In a time like this when many are afraid, we can be a witness to them by our faith and hope in our Lord.
Pray. Paul’s words to the church in Philippi serve as great encouragement and challenge to us in uncertain times like this. Having recently come out of a powerful series, Pray20, it shouldn’t surprise us that God would bless our church by giving us such a relevant time to trust Him by seeking Him in prayer.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:4-7 (CSB)
- Pray for our neighbors, city, and world. Many are affected by this virus and many others are crippled with fear. Pray for healing and comfort!
- Pray for medical professionals and people in authority who are tasked with handling this crisis. Pray for wisdom and compassion!
- Pray for local churches. Pray that they would lead the way in their communities by trusting the Lord and loving people!
- Pray for missionaries and workers who are abroad. Pray that this crisis would lead to many opportunities to share the gospel and advance the kingdom of God!
How can I stay up to date on new developments or changes from Mercy Church?
As a church community, we are working hard to keep you informed. We will be using this website to post periodic updates, email communications, and social media to keep you up to date on any new developments and future scheduling. We will also be in regular communication with our community group leaders. So you can check with them as well.
How do I access online worship services?
We will be streaming our service HERE on Sundays. This service will go live a few minutes before 10 am. We hope you will join us!
What about giving my offering?
This is a great time to set up online giving. Click HERE to set up a recurring or one-time gift. If you’d like to mail in a check, you can mail to:
PO Box 79084
Charlotte, NC 28271
Are there any resources I can use at home with my kids during this time?
Yes, for families we are recommending using this resource HERE.
What about other Mercy ministry programming?
- While our staff will be working remotely, they will continue to operate on a normal schedule, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 5 pm. The church office itself will be closed. If you need to reach someone and don’t have their email, you can find their emails by clicking their picture on THIS page or you can email email@example.com and we’ll get it forwarded to the right person.
What if I need help?
- We recognize this crisis could bring hardship on some of our members. If you are in need of financial assistance, struggling with sickness, or need help of any kind …please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 980-288-8239, or your Community Group leader for help.
What if I want to help?