July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020

Dear Koinonia Family,

On Monday, Governor Newsom announced that our county, among many others, was moving backwards once again in the reopening process due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and the reduction in available hospital beds. This means that church buildings are once again closed.

So, we continue to learn to pivot and dance in a challenging season! 

This is how we are responding:

  • Services will continue to be streamedat what has become our normal weekend schedule: Saturday at 6pm, Sunday at 9am, 11am, and 6pm. You can watch on YouTubecom, live on Facebookor you can search for the Koinonia Church App on Apple TV.
  • Children’s church will continueto be released on Saturday at com/parents. If you haven’t plugged your elementary kids into this, they’re missing something REALLY critical.
  • The Overflow worship series continues with an outdoor worship service planned for August 1st at 7am. If this is something that you are hungry for, please be there! It will help us know how often we should schedule these.
  • Our Neighbor to Neighbor initiative, which we began several months ago is needed more than ever! Your neighbors need you to be the light and share love and grace and the Gospel during this moment. Church at home doesn’t just have to be you and your family, it can be a ministry to and with others. For those of you that let us know that you wanted to be part of the initiative, expect a call this week as we seek to resource and encourage you to be the church in your neighborhood. If you want to jump on board and make your home available for this kind of ministry, join the team by texting “Neighbor” to 559-500-4830.
  • We are doubling our efforts to reach outto those who are going to be directly impacted by things shutting down once again. We’ll be calling through and praying with those who have once again had to stop work or may have lost their jobs altogether. If that is you or you know someone who would benefit from a call and encouragement, please let us know by calling our offices at 559-582-1528 or emailing chad@kchanford.com.

Now, there is also a question of how we should respond as individuals to this ever-changing environment. 

As a spiritual leader, I am concerned about how we carry and express our beliefs in this moment. I am freshly aware how the Enemy is using COVID and all the other issues we are facing as a nation to divide and destroy us. Many are playing right into his hands. Whether we are separated as the result of physical or ideological isolation, we seem to be moving farther apart, instead of seeking common ground and unity.

How is this not a work of the Enemy? Jesus said, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” (Matt. 12:25).

I encourage you to maintain a higher perspective. Humility requires us to respect and love one another even if we disagree. It also mandates that we admit that we might not be right about all the things of which we are convinced. I find myself closing off to new information and have to choose to re-engage and listen constantly even though it is not my natural tendency. This work is worth it for all of us.

The way we respond to these challenging times is more about an opportunity for us to grow spiritually and to become more like Christ. The more angry and frustrated we are, the less we are full of the Spirit and the more time we must spend to get His heart before anything else. 

I implore you according to Colossians 3:12-14: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Church family, let our reputation in this community be that we found a way to navigate through this season with joy in our hearts and love on our lips. I am reminded of Jesus’ prayer in John 17, “I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

We may be confused by many things, but we should never be confused about our calling to point to Jesus in the midst of every challenge. He is our hope in this hour. He is the one that can end COVID quicker than any vaccine. He is the one who can heal every division and repair every broken heart.

May He be glorified in and through us!
Pastor Andrew Cromwell
Lead Pastor

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