Wednesday, March 18, 2020
 
Church Family,
 
God is big enough! Christ is King and Lord of all!
 
Our prayers continue for each of you and our community as we wade through these unknown waters. I am thankful for all of the ways you have found to care for each other and stay connected even while we are physically apart.
 
As of now, the church has been asked to suspend live worship and other weekly gatherings at the ministry campus, and we are following that direction. We will listen to our denominational leaders as well as our local leaders to determine the appropriate time to gather again for physical worship in the sanctuary, and notify you at at that time. As you are aware, there are so many unknowns in this situation, and we have all been asked to “social distance” in order to care for each other and our world.
 
I want to encourage you to join us online this coming Sunday for worship. Although we may be physically distant, we can draw together in other ways! Our staff team will work to put together two “semi-live services” that will launch as live online videos at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM, starting this Sunday, March 22nd. Each service will have music unique to our different worship styles and include a children’s sermon and message. You will be able to access these videos on either YouTube or Facebook. If you have been on our Facebook this week, you might have also seen that we are doing weekly Children’s Time and Bible Study livestreams, and we would love to connect with you in any of these events online.
 
Thank you all for your continued financial support of your church family during this time. As you can imagine, we are all going to feel a financial stress during this down-time. We want to continue to take care of our staff as well as serve the community, as we work to move our community online and prepare to return to normal as soon as possible. Your continued support during this down-time is critical. You may give through one of the following ways as we are away from each other in person:
  • Give online at https://www.fumckilleen.com/giving-online/
  • Mail your offering to the office at 3501 E. Elms Road Killeen, Texas 76542
  • Drop off your offering at the church office on Mondays or Thursdays from 9:00 AM to Noon – make sure to call Marty Portmann (fulltime office volunteer) if you need to drop off your offerring or make other arrangements, as the church will be locked while weekly gatherings are suspended. Her number is 254-449-5501.
 
If you should have any needs or questions, your church is still always here for you. Please email prayers@fumc-killeen.org to reach out to our Congregational Care Team and myself.
 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Alan
 

Saturday, March 14, 2020

 

Church Family,

If you are like me, you spent an excessive amount of time this week watching the news and reading post after post on social media.  We all share a concern for our families and community during this time of uncertainty due to the Coronavirus. 

In the past couple of days, the Bell County Public Health District moved into Phase 2 of their county plan to slow the spread of the virus.  The social distancing in Phase 2 asks people to keep a distance of six feet from other people.  At the same time, the Killeen ISD cancelled school for the next week.  I believe our response in loving our neighbor and caring for each other is to join these efforts.

To best care for our members and community, we will cancel Sunday morning worship services and all weekday events, as well as all offices through Saturday, March 21. Any decision for the following Sunday will be made mid-week.  Should we need to again cancel, we will provide a live worship option. 
 

Some quick details…

  • Our Child Development Center is currently closed as they follow the KISD schedule.
  • You may email a prayer request to prayers@fumc-killeen.org
  • You may give online through THIS page on our website.

 

During these next weeks, I would encourage you to look for ways to practice patience and kindness.  We will all react differently to our current situation, as some might think much of this is overblown, while others may stock up on supplies at the grocery store.  At the same time, we are all neighbors and we will get through this together.  I am most thankful for those whose job call them to continue working as many of us stay home – nurses, first responders, grocery store employees, and many others.

– Pastor Alan McGrath
alan.mcgrath@fumc-killeen.org

If you would like to check out some past service videos or sermon recording, you can find them on our “Sermons” page here: