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If you're new to Mercy Hill, we want to extend a special welcome to you.  Feel free to fill out a Connection Card (below) if you have questions about Jesus, our church, or you just simply want prayer.  We'd be happy to help any way we can!



Holiday Gift Baskets for Allen School Families!

We have the wonderful opportunity to partner with Allen at Steinbeck Elementary in providing Holiday Gift Baskets for some of their most needy families.  Let's be a blessing to these families!  Items can be purchased and brought to the service on Sunday (12/18).  The final deadline for donations will be Monday (12/19).

Please click here to see items needed—as well as to sign-up!

Note: There are 2 ways to donate:

Donate items to a specific family.  Mercy Hill has committed to particularly providing for the families on this list.  Please prioritize donating to them if possible.
Donate items to a general pool of supplies.  The school is also looking to gather a general pool of items that will then get (re)distributed to the families adopted by our church AND other families (adopted by other Steinbeck faculty/staff) based on need and supply.  Please donate here if able. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at

Mercy Hill Men's White Elephant Tool Exchange!

Men of Mercy Hill Church!  We will be having our second-annual White Elephant Christmas gift exchange . . . with a twist!  Each man will bring an old tool from your home (wrapped—not with pretty paper and bows, of course, but with things like garbage bags and duct tape) to exchange with the other men in the group.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Bocce ball will be played.  Tools will be traded.  And a very manly Christmas will be had by all!

Date: Saturday, December 10th
Time: 3:00-6:00pm (note the change!)
Place: The Walton's backyard - 319 Fontanelle Dr., San Jose, CA 95111
RSVP: Please click here to sign up so we can know who to expect.

 For more information, please contact Paul Walton at  .

Christmas @ Mercy Hill!

Christmas falls on a Sunday this year.  You may be wondering what we are planning.  Well, in one sense, we'll keep things rolling as usual.  The service will be at 10:00am that morning like normal.  But . . . of course we're going to do it up special for Christmas!  It will be a shorter family service (no Mercy Hill Kids ministry) so all our kids can participate (if you're worried, we'll be handing out an activity pack on the way in that your littles can engage with during the service to keep them occupied if needed).  We'll sing carols, spend some time reflecting on the wonder of Christmas, and enjoy sweet treats together!  Please mark your calendars and invite your family and friends!  

If you're interested in bringing some Christmas cookies or other treats to share, you can sign up here!

For more info, please contact us at 

A Resource for Advent!

 It sounds crazy to say but Christmas is just around the corner.  And that means Advent is already upon us!  Every Advent we encourage you to try your best to push back against the hurry and stress that so often characterize this season and instead make time to reflect on what it's really all about.  Easier said than done!  But if you'd like some help along the way, we've got you!  Below you'll find the Advent devotional we've chosen to highlight this time around.  Everything you'll find in this resource is designed to help you keep the main thing the main thing this Christmas.  Enjoy!

Christ Our Hope (David Platt)

 If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at  .

End-of-Year Giving

As you consider making any end-of-year donations, please prayerfully remember Mercy Hill.  We are grateful for your partnership with us for the sake of the gospel in this city.  It's your generosity that makes all we do possible!  

For information regarding ways to give, click here!

Allen at Steinbeck Volunteer Application

We have some exciting opportunities to partner and serve Allen at Steinbeck Elementary School in this upcoming school year. In order to volunteer at any future school events, all volunteers are required by SJUSD (San Jose Unified School District) to do the following:

Completed volunteer application 
Proof of COVID vaccination
TB clearance
Fingerprint/background check clearance through San José Unified

Please note that there is a 6-7 week wait for the fingerprint/background check clearance -- so if you're even remotely interested, please start the process ASAP.  (Youth volunteers -- under 18 -- need to go through the process but do not need to get fingerprinted.)

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Joey at   

Perspectives Class - Open Registration!

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement will open your eyes and capture your heart for God’s plan, purpose, and passion for the nations to worship Him.  And it will show you what your part is in it all!  Discover the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives through 15 outstanding instructors, readings, activities, worship, prayer and interaction with fellow believers. The journey begins Monday, January 16th at CCIC (Chinese Church in Christ) in San Jose.  There will be an informational meeting on Monday, January 9th.  

Mercy Hill is offering scholarships for the Perspectives class, so please let Becky or Bob know if you would like a scholarship.

Details and registration can be found at

If you have questions, please reach out to Becky Durstenfeld at 

Mercy Hill Women's Study - Adorned!

"Imagine older women investing themselves in the lives of younger women.  Imagine younger women widening their circle to include women who've walked further down the road.  Imagine women of all ages and seasons—being transformed by His truth and making the gospel beautiful and believable to those around them." This is how the book Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth describes God's plan for women outlined in Titus 2:1-5, 10.   

Join us for a weekly Bible Study based on this book and the accompanying study guide on Tuesday nights. Though the study began on October 25th, you can still jump in anytime!

The 14-week study will include breaks for Thanksgiving week, the month of December, and Valentine's Day. The last meeting will be March 7th. Marcia Bolster is leading an in-person study at 7:00pm in her home near Lake Almaden and Christina Lugo is leading an online study via Zoom at 8:00pm. Each study's ending time will be determined by the group.

The book and study guide can be ordered together online at or amazon. Homework for each meeting will be relatively brief: reading a chapter of the book and completing the corresponding section of the study guide.

Click here to register for the study!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at

***Save the Date!  A Christmas Tea is planned for Saturday, December 3rd from 1:30-3:30pm.***

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