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March 16, 2020
 
Dear Church Family,


I recently shared that we would post updates to the website instead of your email and we, in fact, will post this to the website but thought sending this one to your email would be best this time.

These truly are unprecedented days. Like you, our staff is monitoring things by the hour and seeking counsel from our medical advisors, Church Council, and many in our church family. As the process continues to unfold and as the growing concern for group gatherings and the continued escalation of reported cases are made known, it requires us to take additional action.

I’m sure you’ve been following the same information we have from area health officials and the CDC. As you know, the calls for limiting gatherings have ramped up considerably in the last 24 hours, as national and local officials have made it clear that extreme measures are necessary. All indications are that we are in for a “new normal” for at least a few weeks.

Heeding the warnings of officials from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Harris County – as well as the general call among church leaders nationally, regionally, and denominationally, we are heeding the warning presented by them to suspend large worship gatherings. As the vast majority did this past Sunday, we will gather for worship online only for at least the next three weeks. At best, we will return on Sunday, April 12 - which is Easter Sunday. Please know that we do not make this decision lightly. We believe strongly that corporate worship is a biblical mandate for Christians, and we want to resume in-person gatherings as quickly as possible.



This Sunday, we will be live streaming from the Central Campus at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00. You can watch the services in several ways:

As you might have guessed, we are also suspending all other church activities until further notice. Church offices are closed, but your staff is working around the clock to ensure that ministry continues. Please follow all Kingsland pages on Facebook (@kingslandbaptistchurch) and Instagram (kingslandbc). There you will find activities for you and your family, worship services, bible studies, prayer challenges, devotionals, and opportunities to meet various families around Kingsland. Those pages are packed full of meaningful, helpful information.

We encourage you not to let these circumstances negatively affect your spiritual rhythms. Our online presence is the best way to stay connected to the Body of Christ called Kingsland. Godly habits are so important to maintain allowing God to use these circumstances to do a fresh new work in you and your family.

Please also continue to be faithful in your giving. If you typically give at church, consider giving online at Count On Me or by texting “Kingsland” and a dollar amount to 77977.

We covet your understanding, your support, and most of all, your prayers as we continue to respond to this unprecedented set of circumstances. Please let us know if there is any way we may serve you.

Blessings,

Todd Pendergrass
Executive Pastor of Administration


March 13, 2020
A Word from Your Pastor
 
Church Family,
 
These are extraordinary days. By now, I trust you’ve read through our plan for Sunday and the following week (see 3/12 letter below). I wanted to follow up with some personal thoughts and clarification related to this weekend.
 
As your staff and Church Council talked about all of the decisions in front of us, I was aware that we tend to think in binary terms: “Will we gather at the church or cancel the church?” We wanted to look at all alternatives: in this case, for Kingsland, we know the vast majority of our people would – and should – worship online during this crisis; and we are also aware that each week there are some who need to speak with a pastor or fellow believer in person. This is especially the case in times of difficulty, and that certainly applies right now. In our plan for Sunday, we sought to avoid any large crowds while also accommodating much smaller numbers in multiple venues and times to preserve a safe environment.
 
I realize that you have lots of sources for information about the virus and don’t need anyone else to give you health advice. However, I hope you’ll allow me to share some specific words of counsel right now:
 
 
I’m honored to be your pastor. Let’s ask the Lord to give us supernatural wisdom, protection, and influence during this important time. God is able.
 
Blessings,

Pastor Ryan

March 12, 2020
 
Dear Church Family,

We continue to monitor the Coronavirus and pray through each decision.  We do not want to be faithless and hide away in fear nor do we want to be reckless in a very serious time.  Instead, we want to act with wisdom.

We are receiving excellent counsel from those in the medical field, community leaders, church staff, and our Church Council.  Their recommendations are helping us establish our church’s response including plans for worship gatherings and other programming. We have also developed a webpage, www.kingsland.org/response, which will serve as the primary source for ongoing updates.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), some people are at a higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes; older adults, people who have serious chronic medical conditions like: Heart disease, Diabetes, and Lung disease.  Information related to the CDC recommendations can be located here.  Please follow all CDC recommendations and make the best choices for you and your family.

We are doing everything we can to give our people a chance to worship. As we pay close attention to the health priorities, we realize that the spiritual needs of our community are as important as ever. As we seek to address both of those essential priorities, we are offering three ways you can worship with us this Sunday – March 15, 2020.
  1. Stream from Home – All three-morning worship services, 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 are streaming live on our website at www.Kingsland.org and on the Kingsland Facebook Page.  We strongly urge anyone who is sick or exhibiting any symptoms of illness to choose this option along with anyone in the specific risk categories for this virus outlined by the CDC.
  2. Stream with your Community Group – Many of you are actively engaged in community groups through the studying of God’s Word.  If you desire to worship in a small group setting, this may be your best option.  The services stream live at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00.
  3. Family Worship at the Central Campus – If you desire to worship with other believers during this unsettling time, our doors will be open for that purpose.  We will have services at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 in both the Main Worship Center and in The Courts.  The North Katy Campus will not meet at Stockdick Junior High but rather will gather at the Central Campus.  Our Central Campus provides us with the unique blessing of welcoming people while maintaining personal space between worshipers as those who do attend spread out across two venues. To provide for the safest environment possible we are taking the following precautionary measures:
Our national and international mission trips are evaluated using the guidelines of the State Department, The World Health Organization, and medical personnel. One international mission trip has been rescheduled, and all proper precautions are being taken for future trips. We encourage you to regard safety and travel advisories issued by the CDC.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." As believers, we have the authority, which Christ has given us to pray against the spread of any disease and to pray for healing for those who have the Coronavirus. We also have the ability through His Spirit to bring peace and comfort in the midst of anxiety and confusion by reaching out to those in need. Please refer to our webpage for further ways you can pray for and serve others.

Blessings,
 
Todd Pendergrass
Executive Pastor of Administration
Kingsland Baptist Church

March 11, 2020
Dear ​Church Family,

Due to the numerous warnings which have been issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our Kingsland leadership has been researching the issues related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our goal is to find a balance that avoids both apathy and fear. Instead, we are seeking to be diligent and prepared.
You have plenty of other excellent resources available to offer advice related to personal measures of preparedness, so we will not offer them here. We encourage everyone to heed the advice of the CDC and US State Departments’ travel watches, alerts, and warnings, and to take commonsense precautions in daily life.
If there is a need to adapt any of our regular gatherings, we will inform the Kingsland Church Family at that time. In the meantime, as we gather this Sunday, we’re taking the following precautions:
Our Missions team have and will continue to proactively monitor missions activity. We’re in regular contact with our missionaries, and we’re monitoring their needs and the impact on their work. We also encourage all of our people, staff and members alike, to regard safety and travel advisories issued by the CDC.
As we respond to the potential impact of this health situation, it’s good to remind ourselves not to become captivated by fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." How we as believers respond in times of concern is a direct reflection of the faith we have in our great God! We can show our love in times like this by offering to pray for others and by being an encouragement to them.
 
Blessings,
 
Todd Pendergrass
Executive Pastor of Administration