We are all greatly concerned about COVID-19 and the way people around us can be affected by the Coronavirus. Below we will continually post updates from our elders about the status of things at Kings Crossing in response to the situation, as well as to the recommendations from our local authorities.
We will continue to keep listed here all updates so that you can see the current information as well as browse previous communication related to COVID-19.
From Wednesday, May 13, 2020
For today, the elders have sent two pieces of information. (1) “Ask the Elders” FAQ with some frequently asked questions and (2) What To Expect when we first reopen.
Ask the Elders FAQ
Recently we gave members a chance to “Ask the Elders” any questions you may have. All questions we received are related to our response to the COVID-19 crisis. Please utilize the online form sent to you by the church a little over a week ago to submit any more questions. If you have deleted that message please submit your question or comment directly to one of the Elders.
- Q: Are people over 65 required to stay home?
A: The governor strongly encourages folks over 65 and those with low immune systems to stay home and participate through remote services. He also acknowledges that folks should decide for themselves whether their health is good enough to participate in person, and that churches should set aside a separate worship time for them. In accordance we want you to make an informed decision and decide whether you will come to service.
- Q: What time are services?
A: Services will be at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The first service is for those over 65 and/or those needing special assistance. 10:30 a.m. will be for those under 65 with no underlying medical conditions. Please see the next section for details of when to arrive, how seating will be decided and other important information on what to expect when you arrive at the church building.
- Q: Are masks required, and will we be allowed to remove them to sing?
A: Yes, we will require masks and strongly encourage you to bring one from home. You are free to lower your masks to sing and to take communion, but otherwise please wear them at all times.
- Q: Will we continue to offer online services on Sunday?
A: Yes, but it will be different and at a different time. Because we do not have the capability to stream live at this time, we will be recording one of the morning services and playing it back at a later time. The recording must be edited and uploaded to the social media site, so it will be in the 2-3 p.m. range before it is available. We will provide more detail once it is worked out.
NOTE: The Wednesday evening session of “Ask Mark Anything” will continue at 7 p.m. each week.
We look forward with loving anticipation to seeing you this Sunday, May 17th.
What To Expect
Kings Crossing Church of Christ Re-opening 5-17-20.
Important information to read and understand
Arrival: The building will be open for seating twenty minutes before the service begins. Please arrive early.
- Please maintain parking lot social distancing from the time you exit your vehicle until you enter your vehicle following service.
- Staging for entering the building will be in the parking lot at the front of the building; please maintain social distancing between groups.
- Seating will be by groups – families – those arriving in the same vehicle – and individuals; We ask your patience and understanding as it will be necessary to seat a group or an individual to match a specific number of seats at the end of each row.
- Please do not join up with others in the parking lot for purposes of sitting together, other than family or someone with whom you reside.
- Please do not ask to be seated in exception to seating guidelines. The auditorium is arranged to allow ushers to expedite both seating and exiting the auditorium, as well as assuring social distancing requirements
- Anyone needing assistance with mobility issues (wheelchairs, walkers, or with a caregiver) requiring drop off, please use the REAR ENTRANCE to the building under the canopy. A seating section is set up for you and your spouse, caregiver or whoever comes with you.
Masks: At this time, we do not have masks to provide. They are on order but may not arrive in time for the 17th. Should they arrive we will post this information via our normal means of communication. If you cannot get a mask in time for services and have not been notified the church has received masks, we ask for your safety and others, please do not come.
Late Arrival: There is a section set up for late arrivals. Ushers will seat and dismiss you as everyone else. Latecomers will be seated until 10 minutes following the start of services. Please Arrive Early.
From Friday, May 8, 2020
Safety Protocols for Phase One Worship Services
We plan to begin having services again at the building on May 17th, 2020. If you do not feel well or are running a fever, please stay home. We will have an online video of the service streaming in the afternoon for those not able to attend in person.
We will be offering two services:
- 9:00am – Especially for members over 65 and those needing special assistance
Entering and Exiting
- Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early, as we will have to seat people one household at a time.
- Begin observing social distancing of 6 ft. or more as soon as you get out of your car.
- Everyone needs to wear a mask to protect those around us. Please bring your own.
- We cannot have fellowship in the foyer either before or after services.
- Follow an usher who will guide you to your seat. This will maximize both everyone’s safety and the efficiency of the use of our space.
- After worship, an usher will come to guide you when it is time for your section to exit.
- Grab a self-contained communion cup on your way in to the auditorium. We will take communion near the end of service.
- After worship, please take your communion cup and drop it in the trash can in the foyer so that we can keep our building clean.
Restrooms & Hallways
- The bathrooms will be open for restricted use.
- The hallways to the children’s wing and kitchen will be blocked off. Water fountains will be taped off.
Thank you for your patience with us, and for your help in keeping everyone safe. These are the protocol for Phase One. We look forward to when diminishing restrictions allow us to move to the next phase.
From Wednesday, May 6, 2020
We hope you and your family are blessed with good health and are doing well. The elders pray often for our Kings Crossing church family. You may have read, seen or heard Governor Gregg Abbott’s Executive Order of Phase One terms and conditions for opening the State of Texas with conditional changes to state-wide guidelines regarding assemblies. Churches were included in the list of those that can re-open. We are working to establish protocols and guidelines in accordance with state and federal directives and recommendations for compliance. We are working diligently with intention and effort to do all possible to assure the safety and wellbeing for each of us, our families and others as we plan to tentatively reinstate services Sunday, May 17.
The Center for Disease Control and State of Texas have classified a definitive group of people considered to be AT RISK. They encourage anyone 65 and older age range or have any one of the conditions listed below to stay at home. We include this information for consideration to assist each of you in determining whether or not to attend any assemblies or gatherings, including church, which will pose a high risk of exposure to this disease.
Older Adults 65 and older
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People whose immune systems are compromised
- Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
Risk and exposure to this virus cannot be eliminated. Planning whether or not to attend any assembly should be considered only after prayerful and careful evaluation of your personal health situation and risk. If you are part of the “at risk group” we realize it will be a difficult decision to make after considering all aspects, including the above, that could affect your health and wellbeing. The church will be open for all those who choose to attend.
In the coming days we will provide more specific information regarding preparing the building for services.
From Friday, May 1, 2020
We continue to give thanks to God for sustaining us through this epidemic, and that as of right now, we know of no members that have contracted COVID-19. We pray:
- That God will further open all of our eyes on just how dependent we are on him.
- That those who don’t place God first in their lives will be awakened to their need for God.
- For those who are suffering, and losing their lives as this virus isn’t done yet.
We ask you to pray alongside us for those affected so directly, and for those that minister to them in whatever form that takes.
Assembling Again – Phase One
We do have some Good News. Our Governor has set guidelines that allow us to start worshiping together at the building again. In anticipation of this, the Elders have already been meeting and working on plans, and they are coming together nicely. We not only want to meet the requirements of the mandate but to do everything we can to try to keep everyone as safe as possible when we open our building. This initial plan is Phase One. Prayerfully, we hope to transition to Phase Two soon. Here’s a brief outline of where we are:
- During Phase One, we strongly encourage that you not attend if you are in the High Risk category, defined as: 1) Over 65 years of age, 2) Underlying health conditions as described by the CDC, and 3) anyone exhibiting any symptoms associated with the virus, whether known to test positive or not.
- There will be required protocols. With such, we will be dependent upon your full cooperation, support and prayers as these continue to be refined. Some of these will include:
- Following the instructions of the trained ushers.
- Arriving before or at the prescribed times.
- Social distancing throughout all aspects.
Tentative first Sunday back is May 17th. In Phase One we will not have bible classes. We will have two services to accommodate spacing. The worship format will be developed to balance the needs of worship with safety.
We’re in the process of refining and testing the protocols. As soon as we have them finished, we will be communicating them to you, as well as training all those that have a role in keeping you safe. We ask your patience as we move forward. As Elders, we’ve always felt a responsibility to be concerned with everyone’s physical safety as well as spiritual well-being. This time in which we’re living is truly unprecedented, and it is hard to discern what is best to do. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we walk through this together.
From Friday, April 24, 2020
Dear Church Family,
While we are grieved at the numbers of people affected by COVID-19, we are grateful that God has granted our prayers for the health and safety of our families at Kings Crossing. May he continue to do so. State and local news are reporting that we are moving toward the next phase of our battle against this virus. The elders and staff are in continuing discussions about how we can begin to prepare for the next opportunities we will have to begin worshiping together at the building again.
There is presently no set date for when we could start assembling again. Much of this depends on directives from our governing authorities. Please know that we are fully committed to honoring whatever recommended protocols and procedures have been put in place by the governing bodies of our city, state, and nation pertaining to COVID-19. It is of special importance to us the protect the most vulnerable among us, whom we would encourage to stay home and worship with us online.
It is likely if not certain that whenever we can assemble again, there will have to be some specific plans in place for parking, entry, seating, exiting, and some of the elements of worship. Our gatherings will almost certainly be different for a while than they have been in the past. It is not yet possible to know when everything can go back to “normal” but to whatever extent we can reconnect, it’s something for which we are wanting to prepare, and we know that these preparations will take some time. The better we’ve thought through them, the more prepared we will be to implement when the time comes.
Next Steps & Survey
Some steps we are taking:
- Developing protocols based on what we know today, subject to change
- Preparing clear and concise instructions to teach the congregation these new protocols
- Determining expected needs, with the help of your input (see below)
- Communicating all of the above once we have solid information
We have a brief survey we invite all of you to complete. We are needing to put serious thought into how soon we can meet and under what circumstances. It is important to us to know what our members are thinking, so your input is valuable.
Thanks to all who have been giving throughout this time. Your gifts have been trending up, and last week was the largest contribution we’ve received since we had to stop our assemblies at the building. Since we’ve stopped meeting at the building:
Our March expenses were: $47,600
Our March contributions were: $41,800
Difference: -$ 5800
As always, you can give by mailing or dropping your contribution by the office, using Bill Pay on your online checking account, or using one of several digital options listed here on our website.
Thanks also to everyone for your continued giving to our Common Ground efforts for the new building. It is progressing nicely and expected to be done sometime in September/October.
From Friday, April 17, 2020
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.
Psalm 103:2-4: (ESV)
Greetings Church! Your elders commend you for your steadfast love and concern for one another. It is good to see so many participating in our streaming classes and services (Thank you Mark and Blake and others involved in making this possible) and encouraging one another with comments and expressions of love. Incidentally, Mark sent your elders an article about how many seekers are finding church streaming activities during this virus shutdown and our opportunity to meet them where they are and influence their lives for good. We hope that we have many finding us through this means.
While we can’t meet together, lots of activity continues in our ministries. Here are some family news items we want to pass on to you:
- Activity on the new building continues and a September completion date is still expected! New framing materials are arriving and you should see the gym structure begin going up soon!
- Krystal and Julie are looking forward to next year’s Rainbow Express sessions and are preparing to send out letters regarding the procedure for registering the kiddo’s. They are also looking for qualified substitute teachers for next year if you want to inquire about that.
- Over in the prison ministry Buck and staff are busy trying to get caught up on 34,650 Bible students by mail. They are also converting all lessons from full-color to black ink on white paper to comply with new prison regulations, plus putting 10 new portable baptistries together. Thank you for your prayers!
- Justin Is conducting meetings with youth group families by Zoom (technology these days is amazing), checking to make sure everyone is well and taken care of. Also staying up with the young people through social media and texts. He has class scheduled Sunday afternoon on the Zoom platform studying biblical examples of dealing with the times we are experiencing.
Brothers Jack North and Willie Kosarek are putting finishing touches on our budget for the fiscal year that began on April 1. The weekly requirement is $14,447, an extraordinarily small increase considering that we will begin making interest payments on the new construction sometime during the year. That’s the good news. The bad news is we are only receiving a fraction of our weekly budget during this virus shutdown, and it is falling short of meeting even minimum expenses. Please consider your role in helping keep our church alive during this difficult time. You may give online, or by mail or at the office. Some of you are not in a position to give because of a job loss or cut in hours. In any case we understand and make no demands. Giving is a very personal thing that deserves much prayer.
Finally, your leaders have begun very preliminary discussions on when and how to reopen our services and we are committed to resuming our fellowship just as soon as it is deemed safe. Both the President and our Governor are expected soon to issue guidelines for reopening our businesses and other entities. We will hear their input and we will be watching the progression of the virus as we try to determine what is the earliest date we could reunite. We are open to ideas how to make that a very special homecoming service. Meanwhile, be strong and safe, ready to help those that need help, pray much and stay hopeful in our Lord’s protection.
From Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Nueces County 39 cases of CoronaVirus.
That’s the headlines the news organizations want you to hear and concentrate on. (almost to the detriment of everything else) We don’t want to minimize the severity of this virus in any way, and we urge you to follow all the guidelines that have been set forth There are other things that we should focus on as well.
Our Current Point of View:
- We should expect that we will not be able to hold a service at the building until at least May.
- We should expect that more people in the Corpus area will be affected by this virus and it may touch each us personally in some way.
- We should expect no change in the current stay at home order until May 1.
Our Responses to date:
- Worship Opportunity: From 3 Sunday’s ago, we have committed to and continue to streamline and improve how we can worship together in some type of format. Equipment and Internet speed capabilities prevent us from streaming from our building effectively. (We will have to look closer at these capabilities in the future). We had 582 different households watching last Sunday.
- Communion: Provided take home communion emblems. (Next Sunday we’ll be having a clearly dedicated time for us to share communion together at the same time.) If you need emblems, come by the office on Tues-Thurs during normal business hours. Or, pick up bulk supplies at HEB. Or, if you want a recipe to bake your own bread, we have that available. If you can’t do any of these things and need emblems, let us know and we’ll get them to you.
- Monitoring: From the initial start of this situation, daily changes has been the norm. The elders met immediately and had worked out a couple plans, only the next day, because of situation changes, were no longer able to do those plans. So, monitoring, while not normally an action, has been very important. We’ve been somewhat stable now for a few days and expect it to stay that way, however, as we’ve had to say in the past 3 weeks or so, “Subject to Change”.
- Staff changes: We are not anticipating changes to our staff’s compensation for employment status during this period. We know their workload has demanded more of their time and effort in coordinating and managing their ministry from home.
- Assistance: We have a team that regularly checks on members that may need assistance or attention. If you have someone that you think needs to be checked on let Ron Cardwell know.
- Resources: Ability to streamline different supporting methods is vital. We all recognize that the needs of the church continue whether we physically meet at the building or not. Some expenses go up, some go down, but the majority continue; ministry expenses, building needs, staffing and ministers. So, we need to make this easier to do. As of now, we have a few ways: 1) by mail, 2) drop off check, or 3) click at online. Going forward, we see this as a challenge to make this easier and simpler for all.
- We all need ways to focus on the things we should focus on, and by doing so, we will not only endure, but, we will be better:
II Corinthians 4: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Our God is great and is able to do more than we can imagine.
- Ministries, plans, teams, have all been affected, but, they must and will carry on. Our building construction is moving forward, the spiritual foundation was laid a couple years ago, and the physical foundation is in now. We look forward to a great opening event. We have a team leader in place to begin the process of building a team to plan that event. If you’d like to be a part of this let us know.
- Pray that God’s hand will be seen in the things we do.
Final comments: Not a lot of changes in our overall situation regarding the virus since last week’s letter, so this week, the concentration was a little different. The previous letters talked about tips to protect yourself, and encouragement to look for others in need. Those things have not changed and still need your attention. Add your prayer list the healthcare workers that are facing these issues on the front line, one of which is Joy Poynter’s granddaughter who’s assigned to the Coronavirus floor in a hospital in Houston.
May God keep you safe! May we see God’s hand in our lives! And, may God help us win the inward battle of weighing the balance between the positive and negative.
From Thursday afternoon march 26, 2020
Greetings to the church scattered throughout the Corpus Christi Area:
Your Elders pray for you daily, asking God the Father to protect and encourage you and to provide all you need for life and living, spiritually and physically. Circumstances change so quickly with this COVID 19 virus that we are evaluating our needs and programs constantly. Our intent is to keep our members connected, leaning on Jesus and fellow Christians to be the “church” in its fullest meaning.
At this time we continue to cancel all services and classes at the building until conditions change, and we encourage everyone to follow the spirit of the “Stay at Home” order issued Wednesday by local authorities (read the order here: https://www.nuecesco.com/Home/ShowDocument?id=24936). Please plan to have communion in the safety of your homes. We have the opportunity to take the emblems together by gathering for the online services of Kings Crossing Church of Christ each Sunday morning at 10:30. Les did a wonderful job with the devo last week, and Mark will take over this Sunday. If you were unable to pick up communion kits please notify us and we will make every effort to get you some.
What about small group meetings in homes? The Stay at Home order does not specifically approve that kind of gathering. It allows for family units or living units to gather, but also says all other public and private gatherings of any size are banned. The reference it makes to gatherings of no more than 10 people is related to businesses designated “essential”. Probably best not to schedule small groups in your home.
Meanwhile, there is a LOT going on in the background in our family: Let’s start with some good news about our new multi-use building from co-chairman Craig Wall:
The electrical and plumbing work required before the foundation can be poured has been completed. The foundation is expected to be poured Thursday, March 26th. The contractor is estimating the building material for the metal building (the gym) to be delivered by mid-April. Once the material is on-site, it is expected that framing the building will take 3-4 weeks. Once the framing is complete, roofing and interior walls will begin to go up. The contractor does not expect any delays due to the coronavirus pandemic and is planning to be finished with the building by the end of September.
Justin, Krystal, Les, and other ministry leaders are busy keeping folks in their areas busy working in the kingdom and staying active, informed and connected. Hopefully you have seen one of Justin’s lighthearted and encouraging video messages about spiritual topics to help us get through this time. See the chart below for a review of what folks are doing.
We are putting a lot of effort into polishing and upgrading our online worship efforts. Mark had a great live lesson on Facebook Wednesday night that drew several dozen viewers participating in the discussion in real-time. Mark Adams and Blake Kemmis are producing a Sunday worship time which you will be able to access through our website at kingscrossigcoc.com, Facebook or YouTube.
Every one of you can be furthering our efforts on your own by simply picking up the phone and calling fellow members, neighbors and friends to tell them you are praying for them and offering to help them in any way.
We’ll close with an update from Brother Jack North regarding our financial situation:
Our 2019 – 2020 budget year will end on March 31. This fiscal year will, unfortunately, end short of making budget. Next year’s budget will require more funding with the addition of our new facility, plans for new programs, maintenance, repair and upkeep of our aging building and equipment. Each of us as members of this church family needs to prayerfully commit to regularly contributing to your church’s budget in order to continue maintaining the financial health of Kings Crossing and assuring business as usual without financial issues restricting, or worse, preventing God’s work. Please get your contributions to us by mail, dropping it by the office or online through our website.
May God’s grace and mercy be a blessing to you through our Lord Jesus Christ as we await deliverance from this worrisome time.
From Thursday morning march 26, 2020
Because the “stay at home” order limiting travel outside your home
takes effect tonight at midnight, if you need the single-serve
individual communion packets you will need to come by the church TODAY
to get them. We will pass them out between 2-3 p.m. by the office
entrance to the church. There will be no distribution Saturday or
Sunday as there was last week, so if you need them come by today.
From March 20, 2020
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ at Kings Crossing:
The speed of developments relating to the Covid19 illness, or Corona Virus, has been staggering, and has caused everyone, including your Elders, to adapt quickly. We can’t meet together at the building, but church and worship mean so much more than just the Sunday morning assembly. Remember the first of the core values of our congregation: We want to be a church that stays focused on Jesus. Doing all things in Christ and for Christ keeps us united on the right foundation. Colossians 1:17-18. The church is about modeling the life of Christ for the world to see, encouraging and ministering to one another and to those we have opportunity to touch as we give all glory and honor to God our Father.
Among the things we are doing is a special effort to stay in close contact with those of our number that are the most vulnerable. Already a team of 6 families has been assembled and begun calling these folks. We will try to meet as many needs as we can, and it is possible we could call on you from time to time to assist. We hope you will be willing and able. If you have anyone about whose well being you are concerned contact Ron Cardwell.
In like fashion, we encourage you to get on the phone and call other members to let them know you’re thinking of them and value their fellowship. We have already heard of one couple planning worship in their home and inviting at least one elderly member along with others. It will take self initiative like this to keep us all close during this time of physical separation. If you would like to form a small group of 10 or so and utilize the building to meet at your convenience, we can make that happen. Check with the church office Tuesday through Thursday for availability. One great idea is to take this time to personally contact other members that you don’t know, introduce yourself and take it from there – ask them to lunch at your home, or simply pray with them. The spirit will guide you! To the extent that it is possible we will support groups and outreach efforts with materials and other things you might need.
We are planning to make devos and services available online, on our website, on facebook and any other platforms available to us. Our first effort will be a short devo this Sunday morning on our website kingscrossingcoc.com, and on our Facebook page. We will have prayer, a short lesson and offer communion prayers as well. Look for a link under worship. This first attempt will be simple but by next week we hope to have a more polished product out there. Other ideas we are working toward include posting daily scripture readings and other devotional messages to encourage and console.
After consideration, we think the safest route to go regarding weekly communion is for you and your family to have the emblems at your home and partake together there. We can provide communion packets for your use. We will be handing them out to those that want the packets Saturday between 1-1:30 p.m. and again Sunday morning 9-9:30 a.m. If you are home bound or unable to come to the building and would like us to deliver some packets to you call Ron Cardwell. We will not be serving communion at the covered drive-through as we did last week.
It’s a good bet that none of us ever imagined a crisis in America to match what we are seeing today. But our advantage is that we KNOW God is on His throne, and that he watches over us with love and mercy. Keep the faith, model Christ in your life, and tell others about the hope that lies within you in Him. Your input is always welcome and prayers cherished.
From March 19, 2020
Since the cancelling of services last Sunday, the elders have been following the coronavirus crisis as it continues to spread threatening the health and wellbeing of us all. In a short period of time this virus’s initial presence in six or so states is now affecting all 50 states. As reported by the governmental agencies Center for Disease Control & Health and Human Services, as well as the medical community, there is no pharmaceutical intervention available that can stop the spread of this virus. The only preventive method available to stem the spread is to practice the six steps recommended by the CDC, mainly avoiding crowds.
The elders met Tuesday night and discussed our decision last Saturday to cancel Sunday’s assembly, and believe it was the right decision in light of all the unknowns mainly lack of a means to control the spread of this virus, other than to avoid large gatherings. We are going to continue to follow the guidelines of the CDC and medical community to avoid all gatherings of 10 or more. We will not have services this Sunday nor until further notice. The elders will be monitoring this situation, as we all should, and be providing information weekly via email, Facebook and KCCC website. The office will remain open Tuesday through Thursdays, please conduct normal business by phone, unless absolutely necessary to deliver or pick up something important. The office will have no more information than will be available on social media. There will be a more detailed letter coming soon outlining plans for our church family to stay connected and member’s special needs taken care of during this crisis.
KCCC is going to continue to be a church, our operational expenses and support for ministries won’t stop. Our contributions are the main source for funding KCCC financial needs. Please send your contribution by mail, online by three options (“how to” instructions on KCCC website), or drop off at the office.
The elders want to assure you we are as anxious as you to be able to return to our regular worship and daily routines. We are actively working on ways to minister to our church during this crisis. Pray for these efforts, those sick with this virus, family and friends, for our nation and our church family.