As many of you know, the storm that came through the Triad this past Sunday night left a wake of damage, including: homes, schools, and even churches. As a response to the need we want to love our community and share the love of Christ by helping those that were affected by this storm. Jesus tells us that the greatest two commandments are to love God and love our neighbors (Mark 12:30-31). Right now we have such an opportunity as a church to do both of those!
Here are three ways that we want to mobilize as a church to respond to the needs of our community. I want to challenge you to do each of these things below:
For the next two weekends, at every service and all three campuses, we will be collecting water and Gatorade. Each disaster relief organization that we have talked to expressed this as an immediate need. We believe as a church that we could come together and collect thousands of bottles of water and Gatorade. Please buy cases of water or Gatorade and drop it off before or after the service you attend. There will be a tent at the entrance of each campus with an A-frame sign that says “Disaster Relief” where you can drop off the donation.
We are partnering with Baptists On Mission to volunteer with the clean-up and relief effort. Over the next couple of weeks and even months they will be on the ground throughout our community pulling limbs, cutting trees, and picking up debris in the areas hardest hit. We hope to see many individuals and Community Groups tangibly serving over the next couple of weeks. I want to encourage every person that is part of Mercy Hill to serve in this capacity at least once over the next few weeks.
It is simple, just go to the website and sign yourself or Community Group up to serve.
This weekend, starting at our Thursday night service and lasting until our Sunday night service, we will have a “Disaster Relief” fund set up so that as a church we can come together and give towards the relief in our community. Every dollar given to the fund will go towards supporting disaster relief efforts in our community. You will hear more about that this weekend in our services.
For those of you that give online, from Thursday through Sunday, our giving portal will have a fund labeled “Disaster Relief.” You will also be able to give in the services by cash or check. Just write “Disaster Relief” on the memo line of your check or use a giving envelope and write “Disaster Relief” on the envelope.
Lastly, as a church let’s make sure to be praying for our community and those that have been affected by the storm. Let’s pray that the churches in our community will come together to physically love our city and to share the hope of the gospel as we serve. Please feel free to share this blog and help spread the word.