Elder Updates

COVID-19 Update: A Message from Pastor Mike

Thursday, March 19, 12:00 p.m.

 

 

Family,

As Paul would start many of his letters, we are praying that the grace and peace of God have been tangible to you over the past several days. It has been unbelievable the stories of encouragement we have heard about how the body of Christ is loving one another during this season. Thank you for loving your neighbors fearlessly in the face of illness and uncertainty.

We wanted to provide a quick update and connect you to some resources that we can use to serve and stay connected while we exercise wisdom in our interactions and monitor updates from leading voices in our nation about COVID-19.

Digital Gatherings
As communities around the nation enact policies that are further limiting in-person gatherings, our previous recommendation to continue community groups can no longer stand. If we continue to ask the question about doing everything we can to shepherd the body safely, it is becoming increasingly clear that we cannot gather as we planned. As an alternative to our in-person gatherings, we will be creating digital gatherings allowing group members to see and hear one another. Your community group leader will be reaching out in the next few days to help you connect to your next digital gathering. If you are not currently in a community group, we will do our best to connect you. Contact us at .

Upcoming Short-Term Trips
We will be postponing our upcoming short-term trips to Jackson, MS and the Middle East until a later date.

Resources
We also want to offer a few resources to provide aid for tangible needs during this season. Here are a few ways to receive help:

  • Haves and Needs: A few years ago, we established a peer-to-peer network where our congregation could share needs or share resources they have available for those in need. During this season, we want to highlight this once again. This past week, we heard an incredible testimony of one family meeting the need of another family without a vehicle. If you would like to share a need or resource, go to the Haves and Needs page on the KHC Website.
  • Delivery Service: We are aware that there are people within our body who are among the group deemed highly susceptible to the coronavirus due to underlying health factors and age. One of the ways we desire to serve you is by building a team available to run errands for you and delivering items you need. In an effort to make this as simple as possible, we have created a specific phone number that you can call to request help. That number is (310) 294.6821.
  • Financial Aid and Employment Resources: Many of you may be aware of the stimulus packages our nation’s leaders have approved over the past few days. However, there are other resources that may allow you to receive aid for a portion of your lost income. You can find this information at edd.ca.gov. If you need help navigating some of these resources, please contact us at .


We are developing a rhythm for updates and encouragement, so please return to the Elder Updates page regularly for the latest information. Please also join us in prayer as we continue to seek the Lord's wisdom for how to care for the needs of our church.

- Pastor Mike, on behalf of KHC Elders and Executive Team


COVID-19 Update: A Message from Pastor Mike

Friday, March 13, 12:30 p.m.

 

Family,

Thank you for your prayerful patience as we have prayed and sought wisdom from the Lord while paying attention to those who are thinking through public safety in the face of the coronavirus. At this time, in light of the directive from our Governor and Mayor, we believe it is most wise for us to suspend all onsite gatherings for our church through at least the end of March. You can learn more about how we arrived at this decision by watching the video above.

While we will not be able to gather in person through at least the end of March, we encourage you to participate with us in worship and the hearing of God’s Word online at 9:00 a.m., beginning this Sunday, March 15 at kingsharbor.org/watch (Worship services will be posted at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings and will be available to watch at any time after). We are going to pause our sermon series in the book of Acts and we will be opening God’s Word for encouragement and trust in the Lord in the face of fear. We pray that these messages will be transformative for you, but also a way to share the Gospel with those in your life, who may be experiencing a similar sense of worry and anxiety in this season.

While we will continue to share more information in the coming days about ministry operations at King's Harbor Church, we wanted to briefly outline some next steps for you below as well as specific points of contact for additional questions.

Online Worship Services
- kingsharbor.org/watch
- 9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 15, 22, 29 

Children's Ministry
- Our Children's Ministry team is preparing digital lesson plans and will be sending out to parents. Questions?

Student Ministries
- Middle School and High School will not be meeting on campus through at least the end of March. You will hear more from your ministry leaders in the coming days. Questions?  

Community Groups
- We're recommending that community groups continue to meet as they will be our primary line of support and care for our congregation. However, if you are ill or are highly susceptible to becoming ill, we recommend that you refrain from attending. You will be hearing from your Community Group leaders soon with more details. Questions?
- For those who are not in a community group and/or who may need more extensive care from the staff, you may reach out to a staff member to schedule an appointment to meet.

Equipping Classes & Onsite Events
- Classes and onsite events are postponed until further notice. Equipping Classes Questions? . Onsite Events Questions?

Offsite Events
- As of now, we will continue to plan and prepare for our offsite events such as our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Women's Retreat, but realize some events may need to be postponed or canceled pending further information about the coronavirus containment measures. Questions?  

Again, we want to thank you for your continued prayers in this season. May the Lord use all of it for his glory,

- Pastor Mike, on behalf of KHC Elders and Executive Team


COVID-19: Important Update from KHC Elders

Thursday, March 12, 1:50 p.m.


Family,

As mentioned this past weekend at our worship services, we are closely assessing and monitoring recommendations made by local authorities to businesses, churches, and K-12 schools in the Southbay regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

We wanted to take a moment to discuss our current thinking regarding our plans to respond to some of the measures for containment regarding the coronavirus. Yesterday, we saw nationwide measures such as the suspension of travel from European nations, the NBA suspending games until further notice, and the NCAA electing to host its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments without the presence of fans. In addition, we have seen a recommendation from our governor to cancel any gatherings of 250 or more people and colleges in our region elect to move towards online classes only. However, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the local college campus communities as of today, Thursday, March 12.

We are watching all of this closely. We are grateful for the wisdom from these sources. One of the sources we want to watch most closely is the local school districts of Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, and Torrance. Because of their proximity and similar patterns of exposure (students don’t stay on campus like a college), they seem to be the best barometer for initiating a containment plan.

With that in mind, we will continue to watch the developments from the local school districts and will provide an update tomorrow, Friday, March 13 at noon about our upcoming weekend events as well as more details about our long-term plan for in-person gatherings. In addition, we will be providing future updates on the King’s Harbor Church website. We will also provide shorter updates, links, and reminders via email and social media. If you have any questions please email us at  .

Please continue to pray for wisdom for us as we continue to pray for health and safety for each of you.

Trusting Christ with you,
Jim, Mike, Ted and Tom