Mercy Team

Who We Are

The Mercy Team is a group of men and women who have been appointed by Emmanuel to encourage a culture of mercy in our church by caring for our church family as well as reaching out to our neighbors.

We want to accomplish this vision in partnership with you. Please tell us about your concerns for the world, your ideas for change, and the ministries you support. Ask us for prayer, counsel, and support. Consider giving to the Mercy Fund to share with those in need.

Current Mercy Team (2017-2018)

Alexa Burke
Carol Chao
John McGlinchey
William Fu
Rev. Scott Strickman

What We Do

The Mercy Team seeks to provide for practical and spiritual needs within the Emmanuel family and to mobilize the congregation to attend to the needs of local communities.

These two strands of our work – looking inwards to the needs of our church family and looking outwards to the needs of our local neighborhood– are both vital. We want to see Emmanuel be a church where the gospel flourishes, where people are cared for, and where Emmanuel engages with the neighborhood and broader community in extending Christ’s love into the world.

We have two sources of funding to draw from:

The Mercy Fund – used to support the needs of Emmanuel’s family
The Benevolence Fund – 5% of giving to Emmanuel, which is used to assist ministries in local communities.

Currently our outreach efforts include:

  • All Angels’ Church, UWS – serving an evening meal to their congregation each month and supporting their outreach ministries
  • YoungLife Harlem – working with middle school and high school students
  • The Bowery Mission Women’s Center in Harlem – offering spiritual, emotional, and educational guidance to women who have experienced homelessness
  • Don’t Walk By – an annual NYC outreach to people who are homeless.
  • Safe Families
  • Metro World Child

For Members of Emmanuel

We offer confidential help, prayer and support to church members facing challenging circumstances. If your need for care and assistance is beyond what can be provided by your Home Fellowship Group, please contact Scott: or 212-870-3185. We want to encourage and support church members in response to their particular needs.

For financial assistance, we will ask you to fill out an intake form describing your circumstance and giving full disclosure of your financial situation in order to better aid our assessment. The care we provide will be based on the assessment and any other information we have from you. In turn, we may assign two Mercy Team members to walk alongside you, encourage you, and pray with you. Keep in mind that it can take a long time to see specific changes in your situation; therefore, these Mercy Team members will also help you, when appropriate, to come up with a long-term plan. Financial care is not guaranteed, but we will strive to help and provide when we are able.

Partnering With Us

We want to encourage our church to serve the world as Christ served the world. While we try our best to meet immediate needs (relief), we also hope to help address some of the deeper issues and alleviate problems long-term (reform). Our ultimate goal is to try to impact a lasting change by raising concerns of justice (renewal). We have year-round volunteer opportunities for both special events and regular activities in the neighborhood. There are lots of different options – you can serve as an individual or with a group, with a one-time volunteer opportunity or in a committed volunteer role. Please look at the information below and talk to the contact person about how you would like to get involved.

HFG Grants

We provide grants through the Benevolence Fund for congregation-generated ideas which support the themes of homelessness, children, and education. Talk within your Home Fellowship Groups about projects, scholarships, organizations, etc., that you have a heart for supporting. Fill out and submit a grant application to us. We also seek and encourage ideas from church members about local ministries we can support throughout the year.

How to Get Involved

Bowery Women’s Center in Harlem

Provides a recovery program and transitional housing

What can I do?

    EPC has committed to serving dinner once a month (third Saturday of each month). Consider committing to a few Saturdays each year.
    Men and women can serve.
    3-6 people needed 3:30 pm until about 7:30 pm to help plan, prepare, and serve the meal (either ordered or homemade).  Church reimburses costs.
    Form relationships with local women
    Click here to sign up for dates this academic year.

Contact Alexa:

YoungLife Central Harlem

Christian organization serving middle-schoolers, high-schoolers and teenage mothers in Metro Harlem

What can I do?

    Club/Campaigners: parties/Bible study – weekly
    Committee: Become a board member! – monthly meeting
    Camp (Summer)
    Work weekend – typically one weekend in August

Contact Carol:

All Angels’ Episcopal Church

Sunday night community meal

What can I do?

    Serve a meal to the All Angel’s community
    Generally, HFGs sign up to serve together.  If you’re not part of an HFG, we encourage you join one!
    Every second Sunday of the month

Contact William:

More Opportunities

Hope for New York partners with Redeemer Presbyterian Church and works with churches to provide volunteer and financial support to organizations that serve the poor and marginalized. It organizes a wide range of volunteer opportunities across the city. Please see

If you have a volunteer opportunity you would like to share with EPC, please contact one of us!

For people who are not members of Emmanuel

Our church is not equipped to respond to requests for aid from individuals outside of our church family. We would encourage those with needs to contact someone within your own faith community, or seek help from one of the following organizations.


The Bowery Mission
212-674-3456, 1-800-BOWERY-1

New York City Rescue Mission

New York City Relief (Relief Bus)

Meals and Food Pantry

The Food Bank


Emergency Food Assistance
Emergency Food Assistance page

Social Work

New York City Human Resources Administration

NYC Administration for Children’s Services

Free service that identifies and screens for over 30 City, State and Federal human service benefit programs


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

for the relatives and friends of alcoholics

Narcotics Anonymous

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator


Redeemer Counseling Center

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(24-hour crisis hotline)

Pregnancy-Related Concerns


Option Line
800-712-HELP (24-hour hotline)