May 23, 2020
Hello Manteno Church of the Nazarene!
It has been….too many days… of Shelter at Home. I cannot even remember what it is like not to Shelter at Home. 66 days ago we held our last on site church service. It has been 0 days since I haven’t thought about shooting the cardinal outside my window!I hope you are managing better than I am or cardinals and pastors everywhere are going to get shot!
Myself, and the rest of your church staff thank you for trying to stay connected with each other. Please do not quit these efforts. In fact, try to include even more people in your circle in the coming days! Have any of you made new friends and have been able to encourage people in your neighborhoods?
The Church Board, myself and the rest of your church staff also thank you for generously supporting the church with your tithes and offerings. Giving is down but steady. We know some people in financial difficulties cannot give right now but those who can have been and we appreciate it. The easiest way to give is to online. Please go to our website, www.mantenonazarene.org, and click ‘Give’ in the upper right-hand corner.
Thank you for your support and for trying to stay connected with each other.
I have two items I want to share with you.
First, we have the opportunity to help feed children and families that need help at this time. Manteno Public Schools have been feeding kids every day during this Shelter at Home. That stops Friday, May 29th. Eight churches in Manteno are joining together to pick up that service. On Monday, June 1st, we begin. We need volunteers and we need money to pay for the meals. There are two ways to help pay for these meals for families.
- Go to our website, www.mantenonazarene.org, click ‘Give’ in the upper right hand corner and then contribute to the fund ‘Kids Meals’.
- Text the words ‘MCN GIVE’ to the number, 77977 and then follow the link. Contribute to the fund ‘Kids Meals’.
To volunteer, go to our website, when the banner scrolls across the screen, click on it to sign-up to volunteer.
Lastly, we all look forward to being able to safely gather again in corporate worship. Being together matters! But we all want to know we are safe and that others are safe to be around. I will not venture into the political debate on this. I do not and your Church Board does not make decisions for the future of our church according to political debates. We are listening to the CDC, medical and science professionals, our Church of the Nazarene officials, and our government officials at all levels.
Each day we act responsibly moves us one day closer to being able to re-open up new areas of our lives again. Each day we think about the other person, we move us one day closer. I am not worried about my rights. I am thinking about how I impact others with my attitudes and decisions.
Our Chicago Central District Superintendent, Dr. Larry McKain, issued a statement on May 23rd concerning our churches. It is posted on our website under VIRUS Updates.
Below is a diagram that we are working on as we cooperate with the CDC, Church of the Nazarene, State of Illinois, and Village of Manteno. Hold on. Be diligent. If you can’t hold, call me or someone else and say HELP. We need to be here for each other!
Hold on! Help someone through this!
Pastor Ken Garner