King of Kings Connections - 1 May 2020
Dear Family in Christ,
I pray this finds you still safely basking in the afterglow of Easter. With the expiration of the statewide Stay-at-Home order on Thursday and Gov. DeSantis' announcement of the phases of the reopening process here in Florida, we want to keep you informed of where things stand with worship and other events here at King of Kings.
Worship at King of Kings
- Status of In-Person Worship - With Phase 1 of the Florida reopening plan set to begin on Monday, May 4, we will once again offer live, online-only worship on Sunday, May 3 as we have done since March 22. Our hope is to begin a process of carefully, cautiously, and safely offering in-person worship once again in some fashion, starting on Sunday, May 10.
This process will be a careful roll-out abiding within the guidelines and timeline of the Florida reopening plan and therefore keeping in mind the necessity of social distancing, sanitized conditions, and restrictions on number of attendees in a single gathering. The King of Kings leadership will meet Tuesday to discuss and finalize plans for this reopening process.
- Live, Online Worship Continues - Please note that for the foreseeable future, we still plan to offer live broadcasts of our worship services on Sundays @ 10 am via Facebook Live @ Facebook.com/VisitKoK! We will also continue to post those recorded services on our YouTube channel.
- Youth Confirmation - The Confirmation of our 5 youth confirmands is still planned for Sunday, May 17. How that will look and safely take place is still being determined.
- Private Communion Available for Kings of Kings Members - Members of Kings of Kings, WELS, or the ELS are still encouraged to take advantage of receiving private communion. This is conducted in a safe and sanitary manner in the sanctuary with a brief devotion and the Sacrament. Please contact Pastor Gumm by email or call 407-628-5696 to set up an appointment to receive the Lord's Supper.
Connections - To Our School
Connections - To God's Word
- Distance Learning Continues - Going along with the state of Florida, distance learning will continue for PreK-Grade 8 through the end of the school year. Details about the end of the school year are being discussed and will be announced soon. Questions re: our school can be directed to our principal, Randy Cochran. Questions re: our preschool can be directed to our director, Lisa Gumm.
- In-Person Bible Studies Canceled - In-person Bible studies, including Sunday School, ACTS, Sunday AM & Wednesday AM Bible Studies, are canceled through the rest of the school year. Wednesday AM Bible Study participants are encouraged to read through the rest of Luther's Large Catechism. Questions for each section can be found at the end of each section.
- Live Zoom Bible Study Opportunities - The following interactive Bible studies are being offered online using Zoom. If you are interested in either class, please contact the instructor and we will assist you with getting set up so you can participate in the class!
- Justified by Faith Alone: A Study of Romans 1-8 - Wednesdays @ 7 pm - Taught by Phil Warnecke; This new Bible study series begins Wednesday, May 6 and runs through June 10. If Wednesday evenings do not work for you, but you are interested in the class, please contact Phil!
- Growing in Hope: A Bible Information Class - Saturdays @ 1:30 pm - Taught by Pastor Gumm; You can still join us for this Bible basics class that covers the basic teachings of God's Word. If Saturday afternoons do not work for you, but you are interested in the class, please contact Pastor!
- Family Devotions - Produced by WELS
WELS Commission on Discipleship has started offering devotions developed for the entire family to use. The devotions will coincide with the previous Sunday’s Bible readings and are offered 3x a week. Each devotion is complete with a set of questions for different age groups, a prayer, and hymn verses that can be sung or spoken. Downloadable printable versions are available as well. For more information or to subscribe, please visit this article about the new family devotions.
- YouTube: Be sure to check out our YouTube channel! Besides posting the weekly worship services, we are also posting video devotions and updates. Be sure to subscribe!
- Messages from the King - Produced by King of Kings
Stuck at home? Still commuting or driving where you need to go? Looking for a way to grow in faith and even listen again to what you may or may not have heard on Sunday? Have you subscribed to our Messages from the King podcast?
Each week we post the latest sermons preached at King of Kings. They are available at all major audio platforms: iTunes, iHeart Radio, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, and TuneIn (which includes Alexa - Just say "Alexa, Play Messages from the King"). Go to your favorite audio platform and subscribe to "Messages from the King" to receive a weekly dose of good news from the King of Kings!
Connections - To God's Work
- Continue to Support the Lord's Work at King of Kings! - We encourage you to continue supporting the Lord’s work with your God-given treasures. We know it's a tough time for everyone. Yet our offerings to the Lord play a key role in enabling us to continue carrying out the mission and ministry that God has entrusted to us here on the north side of Orlando.
Consider using our online giving site – VisitKoK.com/Donate. You can also mail your offerings to the church at the following address:
King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Rd.
Maitland, FL 32751
Thank you for your support!
May our God keep you and your loved ones in his gracious care!