Dear Kossuth Family,
A lot has taken place recently in our state, our country, and around the world. On Thursday night, Indiana Governor Holcomb stated that “non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people.” (See the full announcement here.) Elders met this morning and, after prayer and discussion, determined to cancel our worship gathering this Sunday and the foreseeable future until authorities recommend otherwise. All Kossuth ministry functions (such as Community Groups, Discipleship Groups, Connection Hour, Women’s Ministry events, Midweek Children’s Ministry, etc.) are canceled as well effective immediately. Out of respect for our governing officials, and medical professionals, we believe this is the right course for us at this time. Consider utilizing technologies such as group calls, Skype, or Zoom to continue to meet in your groups and ministries.
We are excited to provide a virtual worship gathering this Sunday morning (that will be available after Sunday am also) and we anticipate each Sunday thereafter while necessary, including continuing our sermon series "Church life [re]defined" (providentially titled months ago! ). More details and instructions to come on Saturday March 14. Please continue to reference our blog area and the church email updates for the most recent information.
You no doubt know that gathering as God’s people in worship and community is essential for a healthy church. The coronavirus has brought a unique situation. Challenges like these are not new. The church has always had to navigate complex times and situations for 2,000 years. The truth is, though, that God’s church tends to thrive in the midst of challenge. So, while we practice caution we embrace confidence in our God. While our auditorium is empty your growth in community doesn’t have to be. We may not meet as a whole church but don’t stop being the church.
We will help you with this. Communication will go out today to our Community Group Leaders and other ministry leaders regarding a plan for continuing to build community during this unique season of our church family. I would encourage you to personally and appropriately engage your church family as well. Who in the Kossuth family could you reach out to, encourage, and check in on? Who in your church family will check in on you during this time? That begins with your Community Group or Discipleship Group. If you cannot point to anyone like this then please let us know so we can help connect you with community at Kossuth. The key question for you is…
What would you need to do now in order to come to the end of this pandemic and say, “I grew stronger in my faith and Christian community during this season of my life”?
We are taking this one week at a time as we continue to pray, consider, and listen to the recommendations from authorities. I realize this is a scary time for some of you. Let me remind you that our confidence is not in ourselves. Our confidence is not in our government or doctors (as important as they are). Our confidence is in God alone who said in Isaiah 41:10:
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
You may feel a distance from people for a while, but he is not distant. You may be afraid, but he holds your hand. You probably want to know what the future holds, but you follow the one who already wrote that future. You’re in good hands.
If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to let us know. The pastoral on-call phone number is 765-237-9608. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always available to pray with you over the phone or via Skype.
You are in the midst of a church family who loves you deeply. We, your elders, are on your team during this season as well. Love God. Love people. Reach out. Pray much.
We will keep you updated along the way. You can expect to hear from us again no later than Friday of next week during our regularly scheduled Weekly Web Update.
God bless you, Kossuth.
On behalf of the Kossuth Elders