Kern Church Will Follow Bishop Taylor's Guidance

How quickly things change! We live in a fast-paced world and that has been very evident in the last couple of days. Wednesday afternoon the Kern staff gathered in the Parlor for our meeting. The topic of the week was COVID-19. We discussed changes we needed to make (the Wednesday Niter saw some of those changes.) for the safety of our Kern family. We brainstormed about worst case scenarios.

How quickly things change! The Kern finance committee met last evening. I was asked in the meeting if the conference had given any direction on our life together as a church family. I responded in the negative. The meeting ended and I picked up a prescription at the pharmacy and dog food at the grocery store. Before going home, I stopped for dinner. While eating, I looked at my emails. I had an email from Bishop Dindy Taylor.

How quickly things change! “Out of an abundance of caution and concern for you, our churches, and communities, the Cabinet and I strongly urge the churches of Holston Conference to suspend worship and large-group gathering beginning today for the next two weeks.” I will post the letter on Kern’s Facebook page and will forward to any who request it. The congregation of Kern will follow the urgings of the Bishop and Cabinet.

How quickly things change! Effective immediately, all events, activities, and meetings are canceled at Kern Memorial United Methodist Church. The suspension includes worship, Sunday School classes, Bible studies, and Small Groups. The suspension also includes outside groups who use the Kern facilities. While I cannot set a definite length of time at this moment, you can expect the suspension to last through March. Please share this with your family and friends. Share, Share, Share, to make sure everyone get this information.

It is new and awkward for the church not to gather. While we may not be together, we need to continue to be present with one another. Please keep in contact through phone calls, texts, and emails. If you are a high risk member of our family and do not feel comfortable going to the grocery or pharmacy, ask someone to go to run the errands for you. At this moment, I have not fully formed the logistics, but I will be in touch with the congregation with devotions and a service on Sunday. There will be more to come. This is not the last you have heard from me for two weeks.

Things change quickly! When the sports world suspends games, when Disney closes their gates, and when the church suspends its services and closes the doors we know this is not life as we know it. Life may be different, but our God is not. The God we worshiped on Sunday and “who so loved the world that he gave his only son” still loves the world. With so much changing, it may be hard but as we are told over and over in the Bible – Do not fear – Do not be afraid. Remember, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to teach us and remind us what Jesus told us. I will leave you with the words of Jesus, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid.”

Pastor Donna