Dear K2 Family,

Your K2 leadership team and Spiritual Advisory Board (SAB) have been carefully monitoring the status of the Covid-19 virus spread in Utah, including the actions and recommendations of the federal, state and local health experts.  Based on the governor’s request for no public meetings over 100 and the local school closures that occurred today, we are shutting down all public meetings at K2 effective immediately.

Fortunately, we have the ability to offer our Sunday service on Facebook Live and directly from our www.k2thechurch.com website.  We have been offering this option for about a year now, and we know many of you take advantage of staying connected to K2 on Facebook Live when you travel or are sick.  Starting this Sunday, 3/15, we encourage everyone to still participate in our Sunday service at 10:30AM using Facebook Live.  If you have never watched our services this way, we will be sending out a technology tutorial tomorrow on how to do it.  It’s super easy and still provides a great experience!

We do not know how long we will need to keep our doors closed and operating in this virtual, on-line mode.  We will obviously continue watching the public health recommendations very closely.  As soon as it is safe to resume live services, we will let you know. In the meantime, we hope our lack of public gathering during this time will not affect those who faithfully give to K2. If you don’t have recurring giving set up you can still give through the K2 App or on our website. More than ever the church will need to be able to fully function as we minister to a world in need of peace and hope.

We also wanted to alert you that we have chosen to cancel our Honduras trip that is scheduled to leave next Friday, March 20th.  This was a very hard decision to make based on all the preparations that have been made, and our deep desire to visit with and love on the Honduran people.  However, we have received inputs from several worldwide missions organizations, and based on those recommendations and the rate at which international travel is being cancelled, it was clearly the right decision.  We also have an important moral and relational obligation to keep our overseas friends safe and healthy.  We will continue to monitor the international situation closely as we also have an upcoming summer trip to Eswatini (formerly Swaziland).  We have not made a final decision on that trip at this time since it is many months away.

Although all meetings at K2 the church are cancelled for now, we know that many of you meet in smaller groups at your homes.  We will leave these gatherings up to your personal discretion.  Right now there are no publicly mandated recommendations to limit these smaller gatherings, and so please proceed with what you feel comfortable doing.  We would ask that you carefully maintain best practices associated with such gatherings, such as:

Don’t participate, and instead self-quarantine and get tested if you are exhibiting any of the Coronavirus symptoms (fever, dry cough, body aches, shortness of breath).
Practice good hand sanitation techniques.  Using hand sanitizer and practicing rigorous hand washing before and after any public or home visits is a great way to contain the spread of the virus.
If you have recently travelled to a breakout country (China, South Korea, Italy, Japan and Iran) please consider opting out for a few weeks until you know you have not contracted the disease.
Please refrain for now from our normal public displays of affection such as handshaking, hugging and kissing.  These can hopefully return shortly but are a very effective way of spreading the virus short term.

If you need more information about this virus, how to control its spread, or how to respond if you feel ill, please see the link below from the Center for Disease Control:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Finally, what a great time for the church to show the living hope and the peace that surpasses understanding, which come from a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. He is not absent or distant during these days of concern. I have always loved the phrase in Hebrews 12:28 – “We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.” When everything around us is shaking, the Way of Christ is one of confident trust, deep peace and eternal hope. This is what the world needs in times like these. And this is what we possess!

It is also the way of love. Know that any precautions we take corporately and you take individually help care for the elderly and those who have pre-existing medical conditions who are more at risk.

Thanks for your understanding and your support. Now, let’s love one another, love our neighbors and be praying for God to move powerfully in bringing His kingdom of righteousness to earth.

With confident trust in Him,

Dave and Jason