October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020
 
Dear Koinonia Family,
 
Have you ever wondered why God says “no” to your prayers? As we head into the final weekend of our 40 Days of Prayer series, we’re going to take a close look at that question. Jesus gave us a model to follow and when you understand it, you’ll break into a whole new place in prayer.
 
Whether you watch Sunday’s Service online or on the lawn, I want to encourage you to engage. Don’t just watch, but participate. Moving from a spectator to a player will completely change your experience of the entire worship experience. When you are a player, your participation matters. So, sing with all your heart, clap joyfully, and pull out what you need to take notes! If you’re watching online, participate in the chat. If you’re in person, give a hearty “amen” (at the appropriate time 🙂).
 
Speaking of Koinonia on the Lawn, now that our county has moved into the next COVID tier and some things are starting to open up, many are wondering if we will be inside on Sunday. The short answer is “no”. The long answer is the guidelines restrict us to 100 people inside the building and masks when we sing. As long as the weather holds and the inside guidelines are worse than the outside guidelines, we’re gonna stay outside! Last week we had almost 400 people on the lawn. It was awesome! Bring your sunglasses, put on some sunblock, and consider bringing an umbrella. Masks are required when we’re moving and when we are not spaced out.
 
By the way, if you’d like to know why I believe God has directed Koinonia to abide by the health guidelines while some churches are making other decisions, you can read that in the letter below.
 
One bittersweet piece of news to share is our Children’s Ministry Director, Justine Medeiros, is transitioning off our staff to pursue the career she has been studying for in education. Justine has been a joy to work with and her absence will leave a significant hole both in our CM department and in our hearts! I am pleased to say that she plans to continue to serve in, and support, the CM ministry, and the coming director. If you’d like to read the letter Justine wrote to our CM team, click here.

Next up, after our 40 Days of Prayer series is Missions month! God is still working and we’re excited to share with you some of the stories of how our missions giving is helping to grow His Kingdom.

 
In the unity of the Spirit,

Pastor Andrew Cromwell

Lead Pastor

2 Responses to “October 16, 2020”

  1. Emily Garcia says:

    Hello, I am not a consistent church goer. I try, but sometimes finances get in the way of attending church since we do not live in Hanford. I just started to tune in again on YouTube live. I was baptized Christian as a child, but I’m wondering how to get my children baptized. Their ages are 8, 5 and 5. I’m not sure the difference between child dedication and baptizing. Can someone reach out to me regarding this. Thank you so much.
    Emily Garcia

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