Sunday Gathering Update

Kettering Church Family,

In response to the recent announcement from Governor DeWine banning the gathering together of 100 or more in a public place, we are canceling Sunday morning gatherings and church-wide activities for the next few weeks.  We know this ban exempts religious gatherings, but our church leadership feels that it is better to err on the side of caution in this situation.

Our tentative plan is to cancel Sunday morning gatherings through the month of March, in addition to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 4. We plan to resume Sunday morning gatherings on April 5. Please Note: this plan is tentative. If circumstances improve, we may resume our Sunday morning gatherings before this date. Or, if conditions degrade, we may have to wait longer to resume.

We do not want this decision to be viewed in any way as a fearful response but rather a proactive one. We have a number of young children, elderly attenders and attenders who have underlying medical issues that put them at greater risk for serious complications from COVID-19.

Also, in recent days, it has become extremely difficult to secure cleaning and sanitation products that would help us more effectively combat the spread of this highly contagious virus. An inability to properly sanitize and clean surfaces, including toys and games, factored heavily into our decision to take this step.

Please know that this decision was not made lightly, and it is by no means the preferred solution. However, in light of the present set of circumstances, it is the decision we feel is best at this time.

We strongly encourage you to seek out other forms of spiritual nourishment including online services, church at home with your family or even meeting together in small groups for Sunday “church”. After all, church is not the building, it’s the people. But it’s not the number of people, for where even two or three gathered, God is there with them. Right Now Media is a great resource for couples, families or groups, and in the next few days we will be making some suggestions for you and/or your family to do “church” at home. If you need help accessing this resource, please let us know.

As we move forward into the weekend, please be in prayer with us as our church family and our community navigate uncharted waters. We have seen an unprecedented response to this health issue by local, state and federal governments in addition to organizations all over the world. We know that this situation has struck fear into the hearts of many of us, and we do not in any way want to minimize these fears.

However, we know that God is in control, and to put it simply and bluntly, God’s got this. So, please be in prayer with us for our church family, our church and government leaders, those who are currently ill and those who are on the front lines fighting this virus. We believe in the power of prayer, and we ask that you join with us in this prayer moving forward.

While we will not be meeting on Sundays, church staff will continue to work throughout the week as we are able, and we will be still available for help with questions and concerns. So, if you need someone to talk to, or to pray with, we will be there for you as much as we possibly can be. With this in mind, remember that the church will still have normal operating expenses, so your contributions and donations are still important.

If you give online, this change will not impact your giving experience. If you give cash or check using an envelope, we encourage you to consider using the online giving tools or mailing a check. To give online, visit www.kcgive.org. To mail a check, send it to:

Kettering Church
1450 E Dorothy Lane
Kettering, OH 45429

We are closely monitoring this situation, and we will continue to keep a close eye on new developments. We will be communicating with you each week during this time period, and we hope to have some ideas and thoughts to encourage you along the way.

We pray for safety and protection for each of you, and we will miss seeing you during this time.

God’s blessings on each of you …

Pastor Brian and the Elder Council

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