Shalom Aleichem, our brothers and sisters in Messiah Yeshua. The KHM Elders want to update you on the status of our fellowship during these unprecedented times. It appears that our inability to meet together may continue for several more weeks. We want to let you know of modifications in how we are communicating in the hopes of better facilitating our connecting with one another during this extended period of social distancing.
Elohim, as has been the case since the universe was spoke into existence, remains in control of all things. He has not abandoned or neglected His people. The psalmist writes:
God (Elohim) is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth change, though the mountains topple into the heart of the seas, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at their swelling… Adonai-of-Hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our stronghold…Adonai-of-Hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our strong tower. (Psalms 46 TLV)
“Trust in Him at all times, you people. Pour out your heart in His presence. God is our refuge.” (Psalms 62.9)
Giving in March was consistent with prior months. Adonai continues to provide for His people. Some through the ability to continue working, others through scarcity, so that together we may share “with anyone who has need.” (Acts 2.45) We have enough in savings to meet our monthly obligations for April should we be short, however we may need to begin drawing from estate gifts which we hope to use for special projects. Checks can be sent to our address on Powell:
3435 SE 112th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97266
Mail received here is secure and routinely picked up. On-line giving can be done through our PayPal account (PayPal.Me/KHMpdx). You will need to sign up with PayPal in order to participate. You will not need to save financial account information. We are working on updating the “donate” button on our website (KHMpdx.org). Funding through Facebook currently takes a minimum of 45 days to receive and so we will not be using their donate feature. KHM is not required to report to state or federal agencies individual giving. The contribution statements we provide at the end of the year are solely for personal records. If you still prefer to use cash, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to work out accommodations.
We are aware of attempts to defraud individuals, as well as religious and nonprofits organizations. No Federal or state agency will request banking information via e-mail or telephone. If you should receive such a communication, please delete it immediately.
Modern technology has allowed us to participate in “face-to-face” communications through streaming applications such as Facebook, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Google hangouts/Duo, and others. Each platform has its pros and cons, as well as security concerns. Zoom is currently the most popular multi-person application for group meetings. There are published articles about the vulnerabilities in using Zoom. These articles typically do not include the functions available in Zoom to protect individual and group users. Zoom meanings require a moderator who authorizes individuals to join a virtual gathering. Additionally, passwords can be assigned to provide further security. If you have questions or concerns, or need help setting up Zoom on your phone or computer, please feel free to contact David.
Facebook remains KHM’s main venue to provide teaching and information. We have added a private group, called KHMmembers, to our page. This group will be limited to KHM members and those who have provided us a contact e-mail. This page is intended to be used for sharing blessings, praises, prayer requests, and needs directly related to our members. Please refrain from sharing linked content from other sites in this group. You will need to request to join the group. All posting here will only be seen by those who are a part of this group.
We will be uploading our teachings to the KHMpdx YouTube channel. Please click the “subscribe” button and the bell icon to be notified when new content is uploaded.
We will continue to utilize email to communicate necessary information to those who do not have access to social websites. For those who do not access social media, prayers can be shared by emailing KHM at KHMpdxadm@gmail.com. Please use “Prayer” as the subject title. Indicate any content that you do not want shared and we will forward the information and post it to our private Facebook group. It is our practice to send all emails as “blind copies” (bcc). This is to respect the privacy of our members and to minimize any cluttering that could occur through “reply-to-all” responses. We ask that all members to be aware of this when replying/forwarding emails. Please feel free to contact a member directly to rejoice/pray with them.
The Elders will continue to call through the membership directory to maintain contact with those who do not use electronic media. We will share updates and prayer requests as appropriate. The Elders want to strongly encourage all members of our fellowship to be reaching out to one another. Please contact us if you know of an immediate need with which we can assist. We pray that the healing, wisdom, grace, and shalom of Adonai, “which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua.” (Philippians 4.7)
Al, Eric, Jeff, David
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