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March 13, 2022 - Sunday Service Worship Guide




Good morning Mercy Hill and happy Sunday to you!  If you're new with us, we just wanted to extend a special welcome to you.  Feel free to fill out a Connection Card to get more info or prayer.  We're glad to have you with us!

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TOday's Announcements

Here are a few critical announcements to keep in mind: 

COVID-19 - Change in Guidelines!

As you probably now know, Santa Clara County has recently updated their guidelines regarding the wearing of masks indoors.  Here is a quote from their latest update

"Effective March 1, 2022, the requirement that unvaccinated individuals mask in indoor public settings will move to a strong recommendation that all persons, regardless of vaccine status, continue indoor masking."  

As a church we will follow this new guideline.  That means that we are now not requiring that you wear a mask in our services, but you are certainly still free to do so.

At this point in time, we ask that children participating in our kids classes DO wear a mask while indoors, though, as the weather warms up, we plan to provide more and more unmasked time for them outside. 

Thank you for understanding and supporting one another in all of this.  Let's commit to stay united around the cross together, masks up or masks down!

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

Lenten Devotionals!

With the Lenten season now here, you might want to consider engaging a resource specially designed to help you reflect and go deeper with Christ.  Here are a few of our favorites for you to check out:

50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die
Gospel in Life's Lent Devotionals
Biola’s Lent Project

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

Mercy Hill Church Directory Update!

We're updating our church directory! The directory is for anyone who calls Mercy Hill their church home and would like to share contact info with others. This document is private and only shared with those included in it (meaning: we only share your info with those who also have chosen to share their info with you). As we update and share this directory, we hope you will be encouraged to flip through, pray, and reach out to others within the church as God leads.

If you would like to be added to the directory (or if you need your info updated), please select the appropriate option on a Connection Card and fill in your info.

If you have any questions, you can contact Jill LeMoine at  .

Ever Wondered? - Quick Survey

We are looking to launch a new ongoing sermon series entitled Ever Wondered?  We'll try to preach a new sermon for this series once every quarter.   On these particular Sundays, we'll try to tackle tough questions that those skeptical or curious about Christianity might be asking—questions like: where can I find lasting happiness?; why should I trust the Bible?; aren’t Christians all hypocrites?; don’t science and faith contradict each other?; if God is so good, why is there so much pain in the world?; etc.  Sound exciting?  We hope so! 

As we pray and prepare, we could use your help.  Would you mind taking a minute or two to fill out a quick survey where you can input questions you think your unbelieving friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, etc. might be asking about Jesus and Christianity (and who are we kidding, even we as Christians still have a lot of questions too . . . so put those in as well!).  We can't promise we'll answer all your questions with specific sermons, but they will help give guidance and shape to our planning.  Thank you in advance!

Click here to fill out the survey!

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

Mercy Hill Youth Hangout - Today!

All Mercy Hill Youth (6th thru 12th grade) are invited to join us after service today at 12:30pm.  We'll have time for fellowship, prayer, and getting in God's Word.  And we even plan to provide some pizza!  Weather permitting, we'll meet at the picnic tables in the pavilion around the back of Allen at Steinbeck Elementary.  See ya there! 

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

Helping Afghan Refugees!

There are hundreds of Afghan refugees coming to Santa Clara county who need help getting settled. They have many needs, such as transportation, help finding housing, writing resumes, finding jobs, setting up homes, etc. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with them and to show them Jesus' love and hopefully open doors for spiritual conversations. There are two options for Mercy Hill to be involved: (1) If we have a few people or families interested, they can sign up, will receive coaching, and will get a list of specific needs that they can volunteer to meet.  (2) Or if we have 4 to 5 people or families, we could adopt one family. We would like to find out how many people would be interested in helping. We are not asking for a commitment yet.

If interested, please contact Becky Durstenfeld at .

Mercy Hill Kids - Online Today!

Due to the pandemic and the varying comfort levels each family has with their kids attending class in-person, we have established a rhythm for Mercy Hill Kids that allows for both online and in-person worship.  On the first and third Sundays of each month, Mercy Hill Kids has in-person instruction for Preschool and Elementary children (2 years thru 5th grade).  On the off-weeks, Mercy Hill Kids meets online. 

Today's class is ONLINE.  It begins at 11:45am.  Go here to read more and to find a link to sign in!  

For more information, please contact Christina Lugo at   .

Mercy Hill Kids - Calling All Volunteers!

As we look to ramp back up our in-person kids ministry, we'd love it if you'd prayerfully consider joining the team. Your involvement would allow us to do more. We see ourselves as missionaries sent by God to these kids. What a great pleasure and privilege it is to play a part in reaching them with the good news of Jesus!

If you're interested in learning more, click here to let us know.

You can also reach out with any questions to Christina Lugo at  .

Join a Home Group!

Home Groups are the heartbeat of our church.  They are the place where our values of Faith, Community, and Mission gain traction in the everyday.  Our hope is to have "everyone in one"!

Find a group to join here.  You are not alone!


Today's Sermon

Title: He Opened Their Minds
Text: Luke 24:44-49
Preacher: Nick Weber
Manuscript: If you appreciate following along with written material, you can find today's manuscript here.

Call to Response

1.  Sing:

We encourage you to lift your heart and voice up to the Lord!

2.  Pray:

If you need prayer in any way, there are a number of things you can do: (1) find one of our leaders during or after the service; (2) fill out a Connection Card; (3) post your request to our Mercy Hill Community Facebook Group.  We’d love to be lifting you up and caring for you in this time!

3.  Give:

If you’d like to give an offering this morning, you can give online here.  Thanks for your generosity!

Mercy Hill Kids

While difficult, this pandemic does create a wonderful chance for parents to step towards their God-given call as chief disciplers of their kids.  We know this may feel overwhelming and that is why we want to help!  Every Sunday we have something for your kids, either in-person or online.  You can check our church calendar to see what's happening on a particular date.  We'd love to have you join us!

If you have any questions or need help in any way, don't hesitate to reach out to Christina at    

Have a Wonderful Week!