JANUARY 23, 2024
The Mercer Messenger
highlight of the month
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36
I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. -Matthew 25:35-36
We’ve kicked off this new year with dynamic discussions in our mission groups on restoring engagement and connection in our communities. This past Sunday we looked at scriptures that call on us to build in our neighborhoods, foster families of inclusivity, and serve the needs of those around us.
Our brother Paris shared that this time of scripture study was to wake us up to God’s exciting invitation as disciples in our communities. We want to encourage you to take this last week of the fast to ask God to help you see the needs in the spaces you live and work. How is God inviting you to participate in the work that He is already doing? Family, we pray we continue to grow in the love of God as we aim to bless others with the love He has shown us.
Women’s Midweek, sisters please join us at 7:30 pm at the Olubamowo’s or on Zoom this Wednesday (Jan 24). We will be opening up discussion to follow up on our All-Church Midweek with Central last month.
Special Men’s Midweek, brothers please note Midweek will be this Thursday, Jan 25, at 7:30 pm at the Olubamowo’s. We will also be discussing the All-Church Midweek.
Daily Women’s Prayer and Fasting Call, As we walk into our final week of fasting, let us come together as sisters to pray for our families, communities, and God’s people around the world. Please join us at 9:00 pm each night via this link.
21-Day Fast, as a congregation, we are going into the final week of our 21-Day Fast- Wake Up. We will be ending our annual fast this Sunday, Jan 28, 2024.
Grief Group, this group is exclusively reserved for those grieving the death of a loved one. It will be starting Jan 28, 2024, and will run for 6 weeks on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. The group will conclude on March 3, 2024. Please reach out to Ohlaysha (Ollie) Hicks prior to the group starting to confirm your commitment or to direct any questions you might have.
Central’s Mental Health Workshop, This workshop is the first in Central’s “Mind, Body, Soul” series. It will led by our dedicated brothers and sisters who are professionals in these fields Here is the schedule for it which will take place on Saturday, Feb 3, at Central’s church building:
10 am - Perfect Peace: Trusting God Through Anxiety
11 am - From Conflict to Calm
12 pm - Power of Healing in Community
For Your Reference:
Not able to capture the slides in time? No worries! Click here to access the slides from the first discussion in our “Connect: Me to We” series.