A letter from our Pastor.
Dear Members, Friends, and Supporters of Knightstown United Methodist Church:
These are anxious times for many people. Because of the threat of the COVID 19 virus, some of us are at home by ourselves. Some of us are at home with school-age children and trying to continue educational activities while schools are shut down. Some of us are also trying to work from home. And some of us work in positions that require you to continue to be of service to others despite the risk. I want you to know I’m praying for you all. At this time, we simply don’t know how long it will be before public worship will be restored, so we must be prepared for policies of sheltering in place to be the general rule for the foreseeable future.
Though Jessica and I have not been in Knightstown very long, I have to say that I love the people of KUMC. Despite the hardships and uncertainties that all of us are facing, the most common question I’m asked by the people of KUMC is, “How can I help? What can I do?” So I wanted to write this letter to answer that question for us all. There are several things that you can do.
First, you can pray and give thanks to God. I do not believe that what we are experiencing is God’s wrath, I do not believe we are being punished for our sins. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:45, “…for he [God] makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (NRSV).” Good and bad will happen to all of us, simply because we are alive. But I pray that we see in the tragic and difficult events that are before us a God-given opportunity to deepen our faith, connect more closely with the people of God, and serve unconditionally as Jesus Christ did. So pray. Pray and give thanks to the God we see in Jesus Christ like you never have before. We have re-emphasized an early church practice of praying three times a day. Our facebook page posts prayers at 7:00 am, 12 noon, and 5:00 pm. I hope you will join together with us in taking time to pray as you are able.
Second, you can deepen your connection to the people of the church even though we are not assembling together. If you are not already, and would like to be a part of a connection group, where you can pray for the specific needs of others and find practical and material ways to help the people of your church and community, let me know. Also, our service is on Facebook Live at our usual time of 9:30 am on Sunday morning. We also have a Bible study on Wednesdays at 10:00 am, also on Facebook Live. Please join us and participate in the discussion. We are still able to be disciples of Jesus Christ and grow in our faith despite the challenges we are facing.
Third, you can give. God willing, once this is over, KUMC will go back to being an active part of the body of Christ. But the health and strength of our witness at that time depends on all of us and what we do today. We, as a church, are taking steps to ensure that we are using the resources we have as wisely as possible during this time. We are doing our part to operate with financial discipline while maintaining our commitment to be obedient to God’s call. We are asking that you do what you can in continuing to support the church. There are multiple ways that you can give. First, you can mail your gift to the church: 27 S. Jefferson St, Knightstown, IN 46148. Second, you can drop off your check at the church office (same address). Third, you can use PayPal to donate by clicking on this link paypal.me/ktownumc. For those of you who don’t have a PayPal account linked to your checking account, there is a 2.2% convenience fee plus $0.30 for each transaction that will not be included in your yearly statement of giving. But if you have a PayPal account, and it is linked to your checking account, there is no transaction fee. To give directly from your PayPal account, you can use the email address email@example.com.
Again, our prayers are with all of you, and if there is anything we can do for you during this time, don’t hesitate to contact us.
God’s Grace and Peace,
Joel Troxell, Pastor
Knightstown United Methodist Church