Knollwood & Coronavirus

Updates From Pastor Mark

March 25, 2020

Dear Friends at Knollwood, 

I want to take this opportunity to update you on several things related to the life of our church. First of all, I hope you are all well and are taking care of yourselves. Other than cabin fever, Nancy and I are doing great. Other staff are well and are carrying on ministry work as much as is possible. God has given this church a wonderful staff, people who have a heart for God’s people here and who seek to serve you in any way possible.

I believe it is at times like these when we are most challenged to have a clear understanding of God and his character, especially as it relates to us, his children. The Scriptures bear witness to the fact that God is good, He is wise, and He is sovereign. He is well aware of what is going on – in the world and in your life. And He is able to provide his grace, peace and sense of well-being in the midst of uncertain and, sometimes, scary times. I encourage you to spend time in his Word and to talk with your Heavenly Father who dearly loves you and has promised an eternal plan for your life.

Well, let me give you an update in several areas:

Schedule Update

The Board of Elders had a meeting via conference call last night and further emails this morning. We are going to continue to suspend all activities, per the governor’s directive, through Saturday, April 25. That means we will not have Easter services nor other weekly activities until Sunday, April 26, at best.

Here’s the good news: Christ is still risen! Amen! And the risen Christ still inhabits his children through the Holy Spirit. He is still going to be faithful to all his promises to you. Nothing – coronavirus included – shall change those things. So, rejoice. For encouragement, read Philippians 4:4-9.

Chris will continue with his Sunday morning devotionals on Facebook. I know there was some disruption this past week due to volume, but hope this week is better. Also, Chris will be telling you tomorrow about a special family game time on Facebook Friday night. Watch for that email from Chris.

Financial Update

Through your generous giving we entered this health crisis with a surplus of operating funds. Having said that, the giving these past two weeks has been only half of what we would normally see. The Board of Elders and the members of the Finance Ministry will carefully monitor income and expenses. Only essential expenses will be paid; this includes our staff and missionaries.

I encourage all of you who are part of the Knollwood family to give what you can to see us through this disruption. We will continue to update you as we move through the coming weeks.

Prayer Update

Staff continue to pray for you. We have heard from many of you how much you appreciate that. It is our great privilege to intercede for your needs and those of your family. Staff will be together (same room but 10 feet apart) on Friday morning. Let us know if there are specific needs that we can pray for. Send them to prayer@knoll.org.

Let me close with a wonderful benediction that reflects my heart’s desire for each of you. It comes from the pen of the Apostle Paul writing to the believers in Thessalonica:

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.
The Lord be with you all. – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Blessings dear friends,

Pastor Mark