Newsletter – July 18th, 2020

 
Newsletter | July 18th, 2020
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Face Covering Order Compliance

Hey, Church Family!

Well, if you had told me 5 months ago that I’d be sending out an email about mandatory face masks in our worship services I would have said you were nuts. But here we are.

As you know, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Department sent out the following order:

“Face Coverings must be worn by:
1️⃣ All persons over the age of 9, including employees or visitors, at a public space or business.
2️⃣ All persons over the age of 9 outside in a public space when anyone other than members of a household or living unit will be within 6 feet; or
3️⃣ All persons over the age of 9 attending a gathering of individuals who are not members of the same household in any area which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to others when 6 feet separation is not feasible. This restriction does not apply gatherings of individuals at personal residences.
Exemptions have been allowed for those individuals that have medical reasons that may prevent them from wearing a face covering.
To view the full Public Health Face Covering Order: http://ow.ly/ablR50AvRs1″

As a church, here are our expectations:

Expectations:

  1. We want to honor God and obey Romans 13. So, we submit to the governing authorities joyfully and willingly.
  2. We will love one another and seek to be a people of grace and mercy. That is our standard- not our views on face masks.
  3. Per the order- Everyone over the age of 9 will wear a face mask while traveling from your car into the building all the way to your seat. Once you are in your seat, and properly distanced from others you can choose to remove your mask or leave it on.
  4. Wear a face mask if you need to move around in the building (i.e going to the restroom).
  5. Wear a mask as you leave the building.
You can also watch a video explaining these expectations below.

If a guest comes in and is not compliant, please show grace and patience. We want to major on love. Thank you for being flexible and choosing to show mercy in that situation!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Have a great week!

Christ is All,

Aaron
Pastor
Mercy Hill Church
aaron@mhchurch.org

 New Sermon Series 

We are starting a new study in Psalms starting this summer. We will be reading from Psalm 103 if you would like to prayerfully prepare.

 Sunday School on Zoom

at 8:45 am, Curt Poore will be leading Sunday school over Zoom. We will provide links and everything you need to know through email closer to the dates.

Operation Christmas Child (Christmas in July)

It’s Christmas in July!

… OR at least when Mercy Hill will be starting to get ready for Operation Christmas Child!

This year the National Collection Week is November 16-23, but since we set our goal to pack 150 boxes, we want to get an earlier start. Yes, at least 150 – did you know that last year a small rural church in our area packed 750 shoeboxes?

Here are some ways you can participate:

  • In August we will be collecting school and craft supplies. There are lots of sales during the month of August for these items! A plastic container can be found to the right as you enter the church. See the list below for items requested:

pencils

pens

crayons

glue sticks

markers

colored pencils

pencil case

pencil sharpeners

blank index cards

solar calculators

blunt tip scissors

rulers

adhesive tape

erasers

notebooks

coloring books

chalk

watercolor sets

protractor

stickers

picture books

drawing pads

     

Note: These must fit into a shoebox, so please consider the size when buying. Remember there can

be no liquids or sharp pointed items, and play dough is not recommended.

  • Donate money to pay for the shipping of each box – at $9 per box, we will need to collect $1350. There will be a collection jar on the counter each Sunday, beginning in August, if you just want to lighten your wallet or pockets! Or you can write a check to the church, and note that it is for the Shoebox Ministry-tax deductible!

  • Make things to be included in the box. The sewing group will be making dolls, bears, blankets, etc. You are invited to join this group if you’d like to help. Perhaps you know how to crochet/knit a hat or scarf. Others might find it fun to put together small kits for: sewing, fishing, gardening, tools, craft or jewelry-making, or even make a game (like the one you find at Country Barrel). These homemade gifts are extra special!

Look for more ways to contribute to Operation Christmas Child in future newsletters! We will promote collections in September and October as well as have envelopes available for those who would like to pack their own boxes. Donna Shaver (573-380-6797) dshaverch@yahoo.com & Shelba Davis (573-803-7717) are the ladies to contact if you have any questions!

Listen to the sermon online

Did you know that you can listen to our sermons online?
Click this link: https://www.mhchurch.org/sermons-2/ (or click “Sermons” under the Connect tab on mhchurch.org)
or tap “More” > “Sermons” in the app to get started!

 MH Church Family Teams

Even though things are slowly returning to normal as far as church life goes, we still encourage you to stay in touch with your family teams! This is a great way to get to know others in the congregation, pray for them, and serve them.
If you have questions, or need to be assigned to a family team, please contact aaron@mhchurch.org.

 Shelby Kate Campus Outreach

Shelby Kate is on the final leg of her support! She is still looking for individuals to partner with her both prayerfully and financially as she goes on staff with a college ministry called Campus Outreach. She currently needs $1,385 in monthly support. If 14 people were willing to give $100/month then her goal would be reached! Pray and consider if God would lead you to this amount or another according to your financial ability! She is in need of monthly support in order to have a consistent income to live off of. If you’d like more information, visit: codfw.org or feel free to contact her at 573-275-2003. Her email address is shelbykate.mccord@campusoutreach.org.

 

 

Outdoor Survival Skills for Young Boys and Men (August 14-15)

 
The association is holding a survival skills camp for boys and young men (Grades 3-12). The registration is $30 and the camp will take place at Peaceful Valley.

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