A Message from The Board
“God knows how often I pray for you…One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you.” -Romans 1:9-10.
We couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to greet you than how Paul began his letter to the Romans two thousand years ago. As many of you know, our Bishop, Bob Farr has strongly encouraged Missouri Methodist Churches to suspend in-person worship for the time being. We, as The Downtown Church Board, feel that is undoubtedly the right decision in order to protect the health and safety of everyone, but it is still a very hard decision. We miss being able to meet in person with each and every one of you. We miss seeing the children on Sunday mornings, and we miss conversations over bagels and coffee.
One of the things that brought so many to The Downtown Church was authentic relationships. We are convinced that even during these trying times those authentic relationships are what will guide us through this storm. We want to make clear that just because we cannot meet in person, we are still here for you. We are praying for you. Additionally, we are committed to continuing to offer a timely and relevant worship experience. We are committed to upholding our values – Community, Acceptance, Spiritual Growth, Creativity, and Reflection.
This uncertain time has produced understandable feelings of fear and anxiety. There is fear for the health and safety of our physical bodies. If you have a specific prayer concern, or a way this community of believers can help you, please let us know. We want to help in any way we can.
For many there is also the fear of economic uncertainty. This pandemic may cause many in our Church family to stretch already tight budgets. The last thing we want is to be another source of anxiety, but rather we seek to be a refuge from such feelings. If you are feeling the anxiety of an uncertain economic future, please feel empowered to suspend giving to the Church during this time. Please do so without guilt or remorse.
We have taken the prudent steps to reduce the Church’s expenses during this time, but many of the financial commitments of the Church continue despite the suspension of in-person worship. If you are able during this time, we ask that you prayerfully consider continuing to give to the church online through our website - thedowntown.church - by mail (413 E. Walnut St., 65806), or coordinating with Lori or Brian to drop your giving off at the Church (we now offer curbside pick-up).
We wanted to end this letter by offering more words of reassurance from Paul: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38.
In the coming days, you will be receiving a phone call from one of the Board members. This is our attempt to remain present in each other’s lives while still practicing social distancing. In the meantime, please reach out with any concerns, needs, or good news as we weather this storm together as faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
-The Downtown Church Board
Brad Miller, Chair
Hailey Rutledge, Lay Leader