March 19, 2020
 
Dear Koinonia family,
 
Our whole world it seems has been taken hostage by a plague. Plagues are not unfamiliar to the world, but they certainly are to us! I think it is safe to say that none of us have seen anything quite like this during our lifetime! 
 
But, never fear, this too shall pass! In the meantime, I want to encourage you to be a part of the solution and not the problem. Do this out of LOVE and not FEAR! We want to love our community well during this moment, this means helping flatten the infection rate by doing what we have been asked to do. A good friend and the Executive Director of Kings Partnership for Prevention, Julie LeFils, says it so well in the video that we were able to help produce for Kings County Public Health—“in Kings County we have one hospital and a limited number of resources…[dealing with many new infections] all at once is too much!” 
 
Remember, God will use this difficult situation for GOOD! He is removing distractions and reminding people that this world cannot be relied upon and that He is the only One who can be. People are looking for hope in this season and this is the hour for the church to be the light. So many people tuned in this weekend to our services and I believe we are going to see even more this weekend. People need HOPE and ENCOURAGEMENT!
 
Would you help get the word out about services this weekend? We are going to actually add services because we believe that more people need to hear about God’s goodness not less. We’re going to be streaming services on Saturday at 6pm, Sunday at 9am, 11am, and 6pm, Monday at 6pm. Here are the ways you can tune in:
 
I’m excited to talk with you about how to build a supernatural atmosphere in yourself. It is critical during this time!
 
We’re in this TOGETHER—do you need something, are you overwhelmed? Call or email us, we’re here for you!
 
Andrew Cromwell
Lead Pastor
 
P.S. Join us on our livestream channel on Friday night at 6:30pm for a time of focused prayer with local pastors. Let’s pray together! 
 
March 17, 2020
 
Koinonia Family,
 
We are continuing to adjust our weekend services to move online and also moving our small groups off campus for at least through the rest of March. Public health officials are doing their best to slow the spread of COVID-19 so that our healthcare system is not overwhelmed. We are going to help! We are not acting out of fear but are seeking to serve our elders and immuno-compromised church members during this time.
 
What does this mean for groups? While you won’t meet on campus, you have a variety of options for where and how you can meet. There are many tools you can use online. We are available to help set up these if you need them. The following are some we found that are easy to use:
 
Google Meet–this free tool works for up to 100 people. This video has helpful instructions on how to set it up.
 
Zoom–Click here for instructions on how to set up a meeting.
 
 
March 12, 2020

Dear Koinonia Family,

I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to update you on what’s happening at Koinonia as we navigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in this part of the world which we call home.  

I would first like to say how proud we are of our church and teams. Everyone has rallied together to communicate trust and confidence in a time of fear and rumors. We are brainstorming ways to bless our community and be a light of hope. So thank you Koinonia for your courage and input during this time!

Our governor and local health officials have asked large groups to not meet for the next few weeks in order to slow the spread of the virus. Having watched how quickly the virus spread in China and Italy, we have seen that the virus can quickly overwhelm the healthcare system. We do not want to either ignore this nor be driven by fear in our response. 

We believe that the best way to serve our community is to suspend our in-person meetings and to move what we can online. Twenty years ago, not meeting in person would have meant not being able to worship together. Today, we are incredibly blessed to have a fully functioning online church experience. Church does not have to happen in a building! 

We see this as an opportunity for families and small groups to lead each other in times of worship. God has actually prepared us for this moment to adapt how we do church together to meet the needs of our community and reach the hearts of our neighbors. 

So here’s what’s coming next. 

Online-Only Sunday Services
Beginning Sunday, March 15 and probably through March, our services will be held online only. Service times will remain the same at 9 and 11am for English services, and 2:00 for Spanish Service. Our hope is to be able to gather together on our church campus as soon as possible, but in the meantime, we believe we can continue to learn and grow together as a church by worshiping together in our homes with friends and family. And you can still invite your friends!  If you’ll be watching the live-stream on Facebook, we encourage you to share it on your feed. If you’ll be watching on our website, consider inviting someone to join you by sending them the link.

I want to encourage you to participate in the chat and make the service interactive! In this way we can build a community experience and inspire one another.

To watch the live-stream on our website, click here

To watch on Facebook, click here

For Families with Kids

Please know that each of your families will continue to be in our prayers as we navigate these circumstances together. We want to keep your kids engaged and provide ways for them to grow spiritually. We’re posting the curriculum that would typically be used on Sunday on campus for your kids through Right Now Media, which we highly encourage you to utilize. It’s super easy to register and is a great way for kids to do church online along with the rest of your family! We provide anyone who calls Koinonia home free access to this service. There are several videos for kids with optional discussion questions and activities that can be downloaded. 

To register for Right Now Media, click here

To login to your existing account, click here

Questions? Email: kchanford@kchanford.com

Mid-Week Programs 

We are suspending all on-campus ministries for the next 2 weeks.  We will evaluate this decision week to week as the situation around the outbreak continues to unfold.  In the meantime, we will be providing alternative ways for you to grow closer to God and learn more about Him.  

Future-Hope Preschool

We will be keeping our preschool doors open to our students and teachers. We are taking additional measures to ensure they are healthy and our facilities and processes stay as germ free as we can!  

King’s Pantry

Our food pantry will also continue to provide groceries for those who need it. We are evaluating our procedures to maximize safety and we are working hard to protect both our volunteers, staff, and patrons. 

Opportunities to Serve & Give

While the impacts of the coronavirus mean some changes to our daily lives, the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of people have not been put on hold and we must continue to care for those around us. We are currently looking for ways to be a support to our medical centers. As a need arises, we will communicate how you can get involved with donations. 

Even though we’re not gathering in-person for church, you still have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by giving your tithes and offerings through our giving page. 

Final Thoughts

Even though our world has changed, the power of God has not changed. The truth of Scripture has not changed. The hope of Jesus has not changed. Our mission as a church has not changed. Let us not give in to fear. Rather, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Walk in wisdom, pray with diligence, and love your neighbor! 

In Christ,

Andrew Cromwell 
Lead Pastor
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