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Viva las Mercy Seat

viva mercy seat

Dear Friends of Mercy Seat,

First things first. Thank You. With your help, we’ve done something really good and beautiful and sort of surprising. We are growing a faith community that does not need to shame and manipulate people into joining and giving.  Because of the permission of God’s grace and the freedom that it gives, you’ve helped to make it happen.

We are grateful for our growth in 2014. We’ve hired five new staff members to meet our growing youth and family needs, we’ve commissioned new liturgies, we’ve offered small groups, Bible studies, service projects, youth group events, vigils, and weddings. With your help, we are doing the impossible: restarting the dying old Lutheran church in the urban core in a way that is kind, creative, playful, engaged in the world and rooted in Word and Sacrament.

Our vision for the coming year, should we exceed our pledge drive goal, is to launch the Mercy Seat Liturgy Exchange website, by which this legacy of amazing original settings of the mass will be made available to churches everywhere in a way that compensates us and our composers based on the size and the financial means of participating churches.

We know how hard you work for your money. We know there are a lot of worthy causes to give to. But we genuinely believe in what we are doing and we are asking you, now, to become a pledging member and help us reach this year’s goal:  115 shares for a total of $149,500.

How do we get to 115 shares?  Please thoughtfully and prayerfully consider these three giving options:

  1. We are asking everyone who considers Mercy Seat their church to commit to at least one share of $25 per week ($108 per month). Is Mercy Seat your church? Even if you don’t come every week? Then please give a share. Or maybe you belong to another church but still want to see Mercy Seat thrive? Your shares are welcome here.
  2. If you are not a student or under a load of debt and you’d like to make a bigger commitment, we encourage you to give more than one share. Can you commit to 2 or 3 or 10 shares? We would love it.
  3. Since many of you have suggested it, we’d like you to consider tithing, that is, giving one tenth of your net income to Mercy Seat. Please know that this is not an expectation. We are making this part of our fund drive because several of you have discovered a gift in tithing and see it as a meaningful expression of your life and faith.

Can you spare a share? Or two or five or ten? Please think it over and pray about it.  And, as you feel lead, fill out the enclosed pledge card and place it in the offering plate or in the mail.  We are grateful for you and we want to be the Church that we hear God calling us to be: Mercy Seat.

Sincerely,

Mercy Seat Committee of the Future