Dear Kenwood Family,
We want to update you on what we are doing as a church and encourage you in the Lord during this uncertain time. We are all aware of the Coronavirus Pandemic that is affecting our daily lives and local communities. Because this is such a fluid situation, we as Pastors have talked daily on what measure we will take as a church. So we asked what steps we should take as the church regarding our present situation. As a Pastor, I am responsible for all the sheep. If we take the stand to still have service, then to some we are foolish. On the other hand, if we take the stand and go to online only, then to some we are being fearful.
There are many versus in the Bible that we use to guide us. One that comes to mind 1 Peter 2:13-14. It states, “Submit yourselves to ever ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by them for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.” Acts 5: 29 says “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Clearly, God indicates that we should always submit to authority as long as it does not directly conflict to our obedience to Him. What our government has asked us to do in no way contradicts God’s Word or causes us to sin. It’s quite the contrary. By following our government’s requests, we are able to demonstrate compassion by protecting the sheep. The closing of the door does not prevent us from being the church because we ARE the church.
With that being said and through much deliberation and prayer, we feel that God is leading us to follow these procedures. With the gifts and tools that God has given us, we will press on for the Glory of God. As of today up until April 5, these guidelines will be in place. We will reevaluate at that time.
- Sunday Morning Worship Services will be streamed live on Facebook and on the website (www.kenwoodbc.com) at 10 AM.
- Wednesday Night Bible Study will be posted to Facebook and the website (www.kenwoodbc.com) at 6 PM.
- Some of our leadership team and pastoral staff will be doing Q & A and ‘Fireside Chats’ nightly.
- There will be no gathering at the church. No one will be allowed on church property or inside the building other than pastors and the leadership team.
- Everything will be sanitized after the leadership team and pastors meet and we will still be practicing social distancing.
- All of our Senior Saints will be ministered to on a daily basis and encouraged. One of our Pastors will be reaching out shortly to inform you of how you can be involved in this.
- Our main focus during this time and all times is to be the hands and feet of Jesus. In any way that you can be an encouragement, a help, or a witness to others, we strongly encourage you to do just that.
- Our ministry expenses will continue to require our faithful giving. You can give online via the Tithe.ly app, the website (www.kenwoodbc.com), or mail it to the church at 12217 Old Hwy 49, Gulfport, MS 39503.
As stated in the previous letter, I know that these measures are unprecedented, historic, and upsetting. None of us ever expected to be here. But God isn’t taken off guard. He is always present, always faithful, always working for our good. Our God is alive, on His throne, and in control. We must remember, with God, problems are possibilities; in our mess springs forth a miracle; and with opposition, there is opportunity. This is a time to be a light set on a hill that cannot be hidden. It is a time to come together with our respective families and worship together. We can use this to bring people to Christ. Let’s be the hands and feet of Jesus. For we don’t just go to church; we ARE the church. Let’s go in Jesus’ Name!
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. – Psalm 37:5
Your Pastor Loves You,
Pastor Ryan Moreaux