letter from pastor david

KFUMC Announcement of Closure

COVID - 19

Dear Friends:

Wow! How quickly things escalate! In an historic and unprecedented turn of events, our world has changed profoundly in the last 10 days. In response, our national and local leaders have declared a state of emergency and asked for us to limit social contact and restrict public gatherings.

Kerrville First United Methodist Church will be closing to all programs, groups, worship services and gatherings beginning Friday, March 19, 2020. This includes all Mother's Day Out classes, the Children's Ark Day Care Center, and non-church groups that meet at our campus. We are making plans for up to 8 weeks of closure, but honestly, with the situation changing daily, it is impossible for us to predict how long the closure may be extended. We can assure you though, when the restrictions are lifted we will immediately resume in-person worship and programming! At this point, our offices will be open during normal work hours. However, we encourage you to limit your physical visits and communicate by phone and email with our staff.

I know for some, these measure seem extreme, and I can understand your thought process on that - allow me to add some "food for thought."

We are called as Christians to submit to the authority placed over us: "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God." (Romans 13:1)

We are encouraged as Christians to put the needs of others ahead of ourselves:

"Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too." (Philippians 2:3-4)

And finally, our leaders are asking us to make short-term sacrifices for long-term gains. As Christians, we ought to take the lead on this! This is right up our alley!

"Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later." (Romans 8:18).

PLANS GOING FORWARD...

Our staff has been praying, preparing, dreaming, and imagining how we can provide leadership for you and provide resources for you and our community during this time. We are also working to have quality worship experiences for you to join in with online.

Later today, and over the weekend, we will be sharing information for small groups, Bible studies, and Sunday school classes of ways you might continue your meeting together - we've got lots of resources and ideas for you on that.

This Sunday, we will live stream our Traditional Worship Service at 10:00 AM. It can be watched live or viewed anytime after that at your convenience. Check out our website or watch for email invitations with the link for that service. We will also be putting out a Contemporary podcast Sunday morning with Spencer Thomas and David Payne with a message and encouragement for you.

We are working on new ways to do our pastoral care and In-reach, and we also are making lots of plans for Outreach and care for our community. Watch for updates and invitations for these ministries.

Use our Facebook page, Read our emails, Check out our website, call the office if you need help, join with us in prayer... and most importantly:

"Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)

This is not going to be easy, and it will be a difficult thing for all of us in one way or another - but we are Christians! The Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior! The Almighty God is with us! We CAN DO HARD THINGS!

God Bless!

David E. Payne

830.777.7789 cell

david.payne@kfumc.org


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