March 17 Statement | COVID-19 & KCOC

Based on recent federal and state directives put in place by President Trump and Governor DeWine that restrict public meetings to 10 persons or less, Kettering Church of Christ is suspending public worship and bible classes at our building for the time being. 

At times like this the principles of 1 Peter 2.17; Romans 13.1-2; Hebrews 13.1 and Galatians 6.10 really come into play. Kettering Church of Christ is committed being part of the solution, not a contributor to the problem. Our decision is being made with a great amount of prayer and circumspection. We’re moving, not in fear, but from the principle of loving others.

In Matthew 22 Jesus called upon us to love our neighbor as ourself. We certainly do not want to contract the disease ourselves, and we most certainly do not want to spread it to others. You see, we’re committed to loving our neighbors by protecting our neighbors, especially those who are most vulnerable to contracting this disease.

We are moving out of a sense of responsibility, not fear. Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 10 to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Moving with wisdom and faithfully trusting God means we do not throw caution to the wind, but that we respond with very biblical and common-sense measures of self protection.

Wednesday evening we will be replacing our evening assembly with an interactive livestream broadcast. We will livestream on Facebook Wednesday evening at 7:30-8:30 EDT. Cain, Jim, and I will be leading a bible class on Colossians 1.1-8. The elders are asking you to join with us during our normally scheduled bible study time. Search for Kettering Church of Christ on Facebook to access the livestream.

We will be suspending the Thursday morning and Friday morning studies until further notice.

As we move toward the weekend, we’ll be updating you with our plans for virtual worship on Sunday. 

Thank you.

Matthew Allen, Minister

Kettering Church of Christ