"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
Our deacons have a Biblical mandate (Acts 6) to address needs within the Body of Christ, so we have a Deacons' Fund offering each month to provide for the material needs of our own congregation, and to show the love of Christ to people in our community. The deacons administer these funds, and work together with the men and women of the Mercy Committee to counsel, encourage and pray for those in need.
In an average year, 80% of the money distributed goes to people within our own congregation. The remaining funds are used to share the love of Christ in a tangible way with our community. Every week, several people call the church or show up at our door looking for financial assistance.
Mercy Ministries is very challenging, a work that involves us with people in very personal ways. Even if you aren't a deacon, there are ways you can help. You can, of course, contribute to the monthly Deacons' Fund offering. The deacons also need the help of men and women at APC to counsel and encourage the people we support. To join the Mercy Committee, you need to be a member, attend a training session and meet with the elders. Many other members of the congregation are involved in other ways, particularly with our African Refugee ministry. So you don't have to be a deacon, or a Mercy Committee member, to show mercy!
For more detailed information regarding the implementation and practice of mercy ministry in your church, please look through the pages listed on the right. For more information, or if you have questions you'd like to discuss further, please contact Chris Sicks, Pastor of Mercy, to find out how you can begin making a difference.