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WHO WE ARE:
Everyone from all walks of life is welcome at Mercy Street. At our Saturday night worship service, you’ll find someone from Penn State and the State Penn. We are business executives and folks between jobs. People in treatment and those with 25+ years of recovery and so much more. About half of us have been incarcerated, attended in-patient substance abuse treatment or been homeless.
We live in 55 different zip codes around Houston. We’ve put in over 13,000 volunteer hours serving people in our city last year. We also served 1,200 meals to homeless in our Church Under the Bridge ministry. Last year we invested over 2,700 volunteer hours in jails and prisons. Every year we welcome over 1,300 people to our worship service.
Who we serve is who we are. At Mercy Street we give our attention to:
those in school
the mentally ill
those released from jail
those rejected by the church
those with addictions
We welcome and accept ALL people to participate, join, serve and be members of Mercy Street.
We celebrate our diversity.
We believe all are in need of transformation by God’s grace.
We pray for healing of all in our community.
We love all people who come to us, know that all humans are equally children of God and entitled to God’s grace.
(Y)our Members say it well…
“Here at Mercy Street I found relationship: with others, with God, and with myself. I finally came to believe that I am truly loved by God and others.”
“I learned how to volunteer, to not make a quick judgement on someone’s looks, and how to be a better father, husband, and just a person for my community.”
“I came to Mercy Street 8 years ago, down, broken and in need of a spiritual community. Mercy Street Welcomed me with wide open arms and introduced me to other misfits.”
“I’ve never been to a church where the community is so loving and caring. I feel such a part of Mercy Street.”
WHAT WE NEED:
Of course, we would like additional funds. First you should know that Chapelwood UMC believes in Mercy Street and is covering our staff and meeting expenses. In order to sustain our current outreach levels our fund-raising target is $100,000.
We also need you! We invite you to come to Mercy Street, experience our service, and meet our people. Then we ask you to consider volunteering on our service projects. Our volunteers allow us to reach more people in need, provide valuable skills, and reduce our service costs.
Rev. Melissa Maher