COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

 

New Coronavirus Update from the Session

 

Dear Covenant Presbyterian members and friends,
 

We continue to live in unprecedented times as a world and church. Your Session continues to meet monthly to discern how to navigate the world we are living in by video conferencing.

 

Last month in June, we heard from Dr. Andy Morales about our current plight here in Grayson County. You will have that same opportunity next week to join Dr. Morales for your questions and an update of how Covid looks in our neighborhoods. We hope you will join us for this conversation. Check your weekly Tuesday email of Joy and Concerns for the link to connect this next week.

 

The Session has created three tasks forces to address our current needs. They are:

 
  • Tech Task Force – This task force is exploring ways and equipment needed to continue our online presence in the current times and for when we can re-open. The task force consists of Mark Clayton, Linnea Williams, Mary Ann Dunavan, and Pastor Lisa.
  • Re-Opening Task Force – This task force is researching and gaining knowledge of best practices of what opening up our building for worship, groups, preschool, etc. entails. The task force consists of Steve Gentry, Cathy Clayton, Darlene Schweizer, and Pastor Lisa.
  • Connection Task Force – This task force is charged with helping us connect more deeply during this time and in the days ahead. The task force consists of Cyndi Fry, Darlene Schweizer, Jean Jones, and Pastor Lisa.
 

You may have already noticed that the Connection Task Force is currently doing a phone survey about how you are doing and asking questions about your comfortability of re-opening. This information will be helpful for all three task forces as they continue their work in discerning God’s plan for us.

 

Many of us want to gather in some way. To see familiar faces and be with our people. We know this is hard. It is physically, emotionally, and mentally taxing us all.

 

If you would have asked Pastor Lisa several months ago what was the toughest decision we were facing she would have said closing our building and our roof. If you ask her now, she would say re-opening is ten times more difficult to discern and there is still the roof.

 

We know we cannot do things as all would wish. We are doing what we have discerned God has asked us to do to keep us all safe, where all can return together, and our experience of church may feel like home.

 
 

With those conversations and discernment, the following items were approved at the Session Meeting on July 19th:

 
  • Our entire campus will continue to be closed to internal groups of the church and external community groups for the months of August and September. This means all bible studies, choir practice, meetings, Sunday School, etc. are suspended in person. Our outside community groups that use our facilities have also been notified of our extended closure. We will still have worship and other gatherings by video conferencing.
 
  • Our Connections Task Force continues to look at ways we can connect deeper with each other during this time. The team consists of Jean Jones, Cyndi Fry, Darlene Schweizer, and Pastor Lisa. If you have ideas or ways you feel would help you connect deeper during this time, please connect with one of our four team members.
 
  • Family Promise of Grayson County continues to use our Cube for the month of August and September. Currently they have one family of guests in their program but believes that will change towards the end of July when the eviction moratorium is lifted.
 
  • The Session voted to continue to pay staff during the August and Septembers closure. Belinda, our office administrator, and Lorenda, our Director of Education, have returned to their full hours of work at the church. They are preparing for Pastor Lisa’s maternity leave and the possibility of our preschool opening for the fall.
 
  • Financial Update: The Session would like to say thank you! You continue to support the ministry and mission of Covenant during this time. The Session acknowledges the blessings that continue to support what God is calling us to do. Thank you! Thank You!

 

Gratefully yours,

 
The Session of Covenant Presbyterian Church

New Coronavirus Update from the Session

Dear Covenant Presbyterian members and friends,
 
We continue to live in unprecedented times as a world and church. Your Session continues to meet monthly to discern how to navigate the world we are living in by video conferencing.
 
Last month in June, we heard from Dr. Andy Morales about our current plight here in Grayson County. You will have that same opportunity next week to join Dr. Morales for your questions and an update of how Covid looks in our neighborhoods. We hope you will join us for this conversation. Check your weekly Tuesday email of Joy and Concerns for the link to connect this next week.
 
The Session has created three tasks forces to address our current needs. They are:
 
  • Tech Task Force – This task force is exploring ways and equipment needed to continue our online presence in the current times and for when we can re-open. The task force consists of Mark Clayton, Linnea Williams, Mary Ann Dunavan, and Pastor Lisa.
  • Re-Opening Task Force – This task force is researching and gaining knowledge of best practices of what opening up our building for worship, groups, preschool, etc. entails. The task force consists of Steve Gentry, Cathy Clayton, Darlene Schweizer, and Pastor Lisa.
  • Connection Task Force – This task force is charged with helping us connect more deeply during this time and in the days ahead. The task force consists of Cyndi Fry, Darlene Schweizer, Jean Jones, and Pastor Lisa.
 
You may have already noticed that the Connection Task Force is currently doing a phone survey about how you are doing and asking questions about your comfortability of re-opening. This information will be helpful for all three task forces as they continue their work in discerning God’s plan for us.
 
Many of us want to gather in some way. To see familiar faces and be with our people. We know this is hard. It is physically, emotionally, and mentally taxing us all.
 
If you would have asked Pastor Lisa several months ago what was the toughest decision we were facing she would have said closing our building and our roof. If you ask her now, she would say re-opening is ten times more difficult to discern and there is still the roof.
 
We know we cannot do things as all would wish. We are doing what we have discerned God has asked us to do to keep us all safe, where all can return together, and our experience of church may feel like home.
 
 
With those conversations and discernment, the following items were approved at the Session Meeting on July 19th:
 
  • Our entire campus will continue to be closed to internal groups of the church and external community groups for the months of August and September. This means all bible studies, choir practice, meetings, Sunday School, etc. are suspended in person. Our outside community groups that use our facilities have also been notified of our extended closure. We will still have worship and other gatherings by video conferencing.
 
  • Our Connections Task Force continues to look at ways we can connect deeper with each other during this time. The team consists of Jean Jones, Cyndi Fry, Darlene Schweizer, and Pastor Lisa. If you have ideas or ways you feel would help you connect deeper during this time, please connect with one of our four team members.
 
  • Family Promise of Grayson County continues to use our Cube for the month of August and September. Currently they have one family of guests in their program but believes that will change towards the end of July when the eviction moratorium is lifted.
 
  • The Session voted to continue to pay staff during the August and Septembers closure. Belinda, our office administrator, and Lorenda, our Director of Education, have returned to their full hours of work at the church. They are preparing for Pastor Lisa’s maternity leave and the possibility of our preschool opening for the fall.
 
  • Financial Update: The Session would like to say thank you! You continue to support the ministry and mission of Covenant during this time. The Session acknowledges the blessings that continue to support what God is calling us to do. Thank you! Thank You!
 
Gratefully yours,
 
The Session of Covenant Presbyterian Church