As we move forward day by day there are a few updates that I need to make you aware of as we pray for one another, serve one another, and seek God together.
1. Sunday we will be online only. Service will be streamed at 11 AM on Facebook Live.
Yesterday our President Trump requested that we congregate in 10 or less at this time. This is a pivotal and unprecedented time. Therefore, the staff and I with a few of our worship leaders will be on-line leading worship and ministering God’s Word. It is our hope that this will only be one week, yet each week, we will make a decision accordingly.
2. Wednesday & Thursday 10:30-3:30 p.m. We will have “tech savvy” ministry partners available at our Gathering Center to assist with helping you set up your computers, iPads, phones, and etc. for live streaming or any other technical needs you have for this time. This is an important so that you can say in touch with others, as well as, join us for worship! Call the church office to make an appointment or email gro.cbfknull@tterB.
3. Prayer. I am asking each of you to pause 3 times a day to pray specifically for our nation, our President, our leadership, our doctors, nurses, the CDC, and the plethora of people who are serving us during this time. Likewise, remember, “God works all things together for good those who love Him.” Romans 8:28. Thank God for the good that He will bring from “all things.” Pray for a true revival in our nation.
4. Pastor Chris will be posting a Bible story with the kids each morning on Facebook. (Chris Giddens or KFBC Kid’s Ministry) Pastor Adam will be doing a daily devotion with students as well. ( Adam Morris) Parents, let me encourage you to make this a BIG DEAL each day with your kids! They will love looking forward to story time. I will also be joining Chris’ page reading the Bible Story of the text I will be preaching on Sunday morning. If you want a sneak peak it is Mark 10:13-16. It’s going to be fun!
5. If you know of someone who would like to be on our email list but are not currently on, please email gro.cbfknull@yraterces. Melanie will add them immediately.
6. Make phone calls. Let’s call and pray together with others. Especially those who are alone. Being alone and confined at home can be a very hard thing young or old. Let’s be the hands and feet of Jesus.
I am praying for you and please know that we are available to you in any way. Please note that Kennestone Wellstar has informed all Cobb County Pastors that it is their wishes that we not come to the hospital at this time, yet please know that we are available to you in any way allowed. Also, please remember that if you have physical needs such as; someone to pick up medicine, pick up groceries, etc. We have a team of folks that are ready and willing to assist.
Love you all,
UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how KFBC is responding.
Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.
IS KFBC GATHERING ON CAMPUS?
We will have on-campus Sunday services March 15th and 22nd. Each week we will have one service at 11 AM. The service will be streamed on Facebook Live beginning at 10:58 AM. Click here for Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/KennesawFirst/ . We encourage all high risk individuals (senior adults, those with respiratory issues, and those with small children) to stay home, and view the Facebook Live broadcast per Governor Kemp’s request and CDC guidelines. Sunday morning Life Groups will not meet 3/15 and 3/22. Childcare will be available for children birth through K-5, however no snacks will be served. During this service, we will not have our normal greeting time, nor will we pass offering plates. We will receive our offering at the door as you exit. Furthermore, we will refrain from serving coffee 3/15 and 3/22.
In addition the following activities are cancelled: Sunday night activities 3/15 and 3/22, Wednesday night activities on 3/18, TOPS 3/16, Bible Study Fellowship 3/17, and Church Work Day 3/21, Women’s Ministry “Come on Board” on 3/19, Senior Adult Day Trip (originally 3/19) is being rescheduled to the summer.
ARE KFBC OFFICES OPEN ON WEEKDAYS?
Currently, we plan to maintain normal office hours so that we can continue to minister to our church family and community.
SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO KFBC IF THEY ARE FEELING SICK?
We strongly encourage anyone who is feeling sick or running a fever to stay home (and away from small or large group gatherings) and let someone in the church know that you are not feeling well. We want to care for you well in every way we can as your church family without unnecessarily exposing others to potential sickness. Particularly if you are elderly or more physically at risk in light of the coronavirus COVID-19, we exhort you to minimize social interactions during these days while still staying connected to your church family through other means. Specifically, we invite everyone who is unable to come to a physical gathering for any reason to worship online with the church family. We will be broadcasting our services on Facebook Live.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO THE KFBC CAMPUS?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Staying home if you are sick;
- Covering your cough or sneeze;
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS KFBC TAKING TO MAKE KFBC GATHERINGS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
KFBC is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:
- Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.
- Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.
- Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities.
In all of our Kid’s areas, after each gathering, our volunteers sterilize various surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature. A child must also be fever free for 24 hours before coming to Kids areas. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.
During our worship gatherings, we will receive the offering at the door, we will have hand sanitizer available, and we will not do our normal greeting time. In addition we encourage everyone to take common sense precautions (like elbow bumping instead of hand shaking).
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
- If you would be willing to assist an elderly person or someone with a compromised immune system during this time, please let us know you would be willing to help by contacting the church office. gro.cbfknull@yraterceS
- If you are elderly person and you need assistance with things like: picking up prescriptions or groceries, please contact the church office. gro.cbfknull@yraterceS
- If your family has young children and you need assistance with picking up prescriptions or groceries, please contact Pastor Chris. gro.cbfknull@sirhC
- Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days. To give online please visit www.kfbc.org/give
Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.