I wanted to take the opportunity to write each of you and share some thoughts, updates, and encouragement in these trying times. As we navigate these uncharted waters as a nation, community, and church, I hope you will continue to lean upon the Lord and show grace, mercy, and love to those around you. As we have been saying – yes, things are hard right now, but we can do hard things! We have the God of the universe on our side!
As I hope you are aware, we are not doing public worship services right now. No one enjoys the fact that we are unable to meet face-to-face, but we are doing our best to continue to offer you ways to connect. We had a streamed service last week that was also on the local cable station and broadcast on the radio. We also had a podcast conversation as a follow up to the sermon available online as well. I hope you were able to connect in some way. Also, we ask for your grace – we are not NBC – and we’re doing our best to provide quality resources for you. We hope that every week we will be better at our video presentations.
If you are looking for ways to make your financial gifts to the church during this time, you may mail them in, or schedule them online – either through the church website or your local bank. We are very grateful for your continued generosity during this time that enables us to be the light in the darkness we are called to be.
We realize there are folks who do not have access to the above options, and this is frustrating for them. Our outreach and in-reach ministries are doing their best to gather names and provide contact and support, so they do not “fall through the cracks.” I would also like to remind everyone that all of us are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. So, if there is someone you are concerned about – take the initiative to be the voice of Jesus for them!
This is a great time for all of us to remember some basic theological fundamentals about the nature of God and the church…
- God is all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present, and perfect. Throughout our lives, there is not a time or place or circumstance or situation in which God is not a part of it.
- Worship is not something we do on Sunday – it is the act of adoration and praise giving that we direct unto God anywhere and everywhere. We are called to worship Him despite our location, every day, every moment.
- Church is not a location or a time or a denomination. Our church IS NOT CLOSED! Our church is temporarily unable to meet in person, but very much alive and active in the world. YOU ARE THE CHURCH! Share the love of Christ in whatever ways you can.
- The world may seem as if it is in chaos and out of control… but we believe God is in control! Always has been, always will be!
The best way to get information is to go to our website. kfumc.org. The most daily content is shared through the Facebook page facebook.com/kfumc. We also have a presence on Instagram and Twitter. We send out emails and try to keep you up to date with those (these are also posted on Facebook and the website). We’re doing our best to stay in touch with you!
Just as a closing celebration, on Monday, March 23, we hosted our Mustard Seed food pantry at Light on the Hill @ Mt. Wesley. Typically, we serve about 35 families. We served 165 families (over 500 people) on Monday. They received food, milk, eggs, toilet paper, and most importantly, a smile and the love of Christ! We are doing ministry and making a difference in the world around us!
I am so proud to be a part of Kerrville First United Methodist Church. I am proud of the way our staff and ministry leaders have adapted to the new circumstances with energy and creativity. I love the heart of our congregation that wants to help and provide resources for those in need. I am amazed at all the ways the “bad” has been turned into AWESOME! I love this community!
I am blessed. I think you probably think the same way. Let’s pray, worship, study, share, encourage, give, and love – not just during the current crisis, but each and every day!
David E. Payne
Sr. Pastor, KFUMC