Greetings Sisters and Brothers in Messiah. A new month is upon us and it appears that light is beginning to dawn on our long night of separation. The Elders want to express our gratitude for your patience (“long-suffering”) with us as we wrestle with how to navigate this difficult time. We acknowledge we could have done more to help us all stay connected. For those who feel neglected or abandoned by our inadequacies we are truly sorry. It is our hope that we can be offered the opportunity to make amends.
Financially we remain stable. Giving has been lower, as is to be expected, and Powellhurst has generously waived our rent for the next two months. We are aware of a few members of our fellowship that have experienced financial hardship and we have reached out to help. Your continuing generosity is allowing us to support those who may be experiencing need.
There are been several calls for churches to take political action in response to the states limiting our ability to meet together. The Elders want to encourage every individual to take whatever action their conscience demands of them. Wither that is participating in demonstrations in favor of our state granted freedoms of religion and assembly, standing with those in opposition to injustice, or remaining home to intercede for our culture in prayer, each member has the call to engage as Light to a world seeming to grow darker. KHM - a fellowship of many differing political, racial, and religious expressions – must remain an open and safe place for all to experience and express the Love of G-d. To this end we, as a corporate entity, neither oppose or support any political position or person. We seek to be a place where the confusion and chaos of this world can be set aside for a brief moment as we enter into a glimpse of the Kingdom of Messiah through our worship and communion.
As of this message, Multnomah County has applied for reopening. If the Reopening Framework is approved, the county will move to Phase 1 on June 12 to reopen much of public life and many businesses. Gatherings of up to 25 people allowed for faith events – with physical distancing requirements. After 21 days in Phase 1 (July 3), Multnomah County may be able to enter Phase 2. Subject to public health guidelines, faith-based gatherings can meet in larger, physically-distanced groups. Al and David will be coordinating a team to develop a reopening plan. We have special circumstances in our small community that have to be taken into consideration, so our renewed gatherings may not look like other congregations (which we are used too…). Updates will be emailed and posted to our social media sites.
“I pray not on behalf of these only, but also for those who believe in Me through their message, that they all may be one. Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, so also may they be one in Us, so the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory that You have given to Me I have given to them, that they may be one just as We are one— I in them and You in Me—that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them as You loved Me. (John 17.20-23 TLV)
It is the deepest desire of the Elders that we can represent the Father and Messiah Yeshua through the unity of “Love, one for the other.” This may mean serving each other in ways that make us uncomfortable or frustrated. Please remember that “this too shall pass” and any requests we make to facilitate our fellowship will only be temporary. Please continue to pray for wisdom, healing, and most of all, “complete humility and gentleness, with patience, putting up with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Ruach in the bond of shalom.” (Eph 4.2-3)
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