UPDATE October 25, 2020
On October 21, 2020, the Kalamazoo County Government released an update regarding an upward trend of COVID-19 cases in our county. They reported that “widespread community transmission” is happening and that confirmed cases have “approximately doubled [in comparison to] late April’s peak.” Further, they reported that contact tracing data shows “most exposures are happening in social gatherings outside of work or school,” meaning COVID-19 is spreading in environments such as a church service where people are gathering in close proximity, often without masks.
In light of these findings, our County Government has called all residents to step up and to do their part in curbing the rise of COVID-19 by following the public health guidelines of 1) wearing a face mask, 2) maintaining six feet of separation from others, and 3) washing your hands frequently. This information matters to us because we are a part of Kalamazoo County and what we choose to do or not to do has a ripple effect on other people’s lives. As followers of Christ, we are called to imitate Jesus’ example of humble, sacrificial love for others, not clinging to our “rights” or positions, but loving one another as Christ has loved us.
In light of all this information, and with much prayer and discussion, our leadership team has decided that for the health of all those who call Kfirst home and the greater Kalamazoo county, that our gatherings will fully comply with the public health guidelines. This means face masks must be worn inside the Kfirst building for the duration of all gatherings (children under the age of two are exempt per CDC guidelines), six feet of separation should be maintained with people outside of your household, and hand washing/hand sanitizing should be used frequently.
Our heart’s desire is that our services would not have these limitations, but love for each other’s health demands we do all that is in our power to help not spread COVID-19 to those in our community or to those beyond.
Regarding cloth face masks, we acknowledge there are many opinions and views about their purpose and effectiveness. Our position is a face mask serves to keep your germs away from other people, to protect others from anything you may have especially should you have COVID-19 before visible symptoms or if you are asymptomatic. This is why we can say wearing a mask is an act of love because it physically signals to others we care enough about them to put ourselves through the discomfort of wearing a mask.
This moment is far from ideal, filled to overflowing with frustration and change that is hard to accept. But in this moment we have the opportunity to show others the love of Christ simply by covering our face, keeping our distance, and washing our hands. In this moment, these small acts become a testament of our love for one another and will make a difference in the health of our community.
Remember, this is only a moment. It will pass. We may not know when but we can trust that with each small sacrifice we make it brings us one step closer to the brighter days we all hope for.
During this time, we have opportunities to work together to serve our church community. If you are in need of assistance, or willing to help those in need, fill out a form below.
Bronson is accepting homemade facemasks in preparation for COVID-19. If you are skilled with sewing, this is a great way to care and help our community!
Meals on Wheels provides warm lunches to seniors in our community. If you are healthy and have reliable transportation, this is an excellent way to care for the seniors in our neighborhoods.
Updated March 23, 2020
In light of Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, Kfirst is indefinitely canceling all in-person gatherings.
This decision is not our heart’s desire, which is to gather together, but a concession that our present time dictates a different reality.
Moving forward, we will continue to host our Sunday gatherings on Facebook Live at 10AM. We will continue to think creatively how we can connect digitally.
As a community, we urge you to take seriously the measures put in place by Governor Whitmer, not out of fear but out of care for ourselves and our neighbors. This means for everyone, stay at home. If you must go out, be diligent to practice the 6 feet social distancing measures. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, immediately call your primary care physician, health insurance, or emergency care and stay at home. When you need assistance, please reach out to someone. You can reach out to us through our “I Need Help” button above.
Our aim and commitment as a community is to be people of peace during such a tumultuous time. Christ’s plan to make all things new was, is, and will continue to be the Church, which is you, living out faith, hope, and love to the world.
Grace and Peace,
The Kfirst Staff