COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

 

New Coronavirus Update from the Session

Dear Covenant Presbyterian members and friends,
 

The Session hopes you are participating in our online worship services and the devotionals that are posted daily. It is different but we live in different times. We hope you are staying connected in your small groups with one another. Checking on each other by phone or email is sustaining many of us through this pandemic.

 

If you think someone would benefit from our emails you can always forward them our email so they can stay connected.

 

The Session would also like to thank Josh and Joanna Nannestad, Lisa Thomas, Moses and Miriam Nannestad, Mark Clayton, Joe Frank, Linnea Williams, Pastor Lisa, and the many liturgists that have made Sunday mornings holy during this time.

 

The Session met by video conferencing to make further decisions about closures, postponing events, etc. Their prayerful decisions are below.

 
For the weeks of April 5th – April 30th, 2020:
 
  • Our entire campus will continued to be closed to internal groups of the church and external community groups. This means all bible studies, choir practice, meetings, Sunday School, etc. are canceled. Our outside community groups that use our facilities have also been notified of our extended closure.
 
  • We ask that you don’t come to the church unless it is an emergency situation. We are trying to limit everyone’s exposure especially since there is now at least 11 confirmed cases in Grayson County. If you do need to come in the building, please let Pastor Lisa or Belinda in the office know. We are keeping track of who enters the building incase we have a case that manifests with church members. We want to be able to alert those who could be at a potential risk.
 
  • Our worship service for Holy Week and the following weeks will be using our online platform. We will not gather in person at Covenant to worship. Separate emails for each worship service will give you detailed instructions of how to join us online to worship. You can forward those emails to friends who you would like to invite in participating in worship.
 
  • During these times we are practicing social distancing. Finding ways to join with each other by spiritual presence and not physical presence which can lead to feelings of isolation. You are not alone. When you think of someone pick up the phone and give them a call. Or send them a card in the mail. Use our small groups to check in on each other.
 
  • Pastoral care will be done remotely. If you need pastoral care, Pastor Lisa stands ready with our Stephen Ministers and a pastoral response team to meet our needs. Please let Pastor Lisa know if you need care by text, phone, or email. She asks that you use her cell phone (903-880-0856) as she won’t be in the office.
 
  • Some of you may ask how are we still helping our community members who depend on us? Belinda, our Office Administrator, will be at the church for a few hours each day to deal with our emergency situations. We will try and meet as many of those situations as possible with a great deal of caution in meeting them at our doors as a way to limit exposure for us all. We certainly do not want to give something unknowingly to others or vice versa.
 
  • A Place at the Table has canceled their food service until we reopen again.
 
  • We ask as a Session that you continue to give faithfully to the ministries and mission of Covenant by check through the mail or by giving online. We as a Session made the prayerful decision to keep paying our staff their normal rates/hours until the end of April. We did not want our staff to have the added pressure of finances on top of this pandemic. Many of our staff continue to work remotely. Our preschool teachers have setup virtual classrooms for their students. The music team and Pastor Lisa worked many hours to bring you Sundays service. Belinda is holding down our church office to triage the needs of members and our community. Our Staff has become creative in making sure we can still be faithful disciples during this time. We hope that you continue to give so that we can care for our staff working on our behalf.
 

We continue to hold each of you in the light of Christ during this time. If we can be of any help let us know.

 

We hope this provides peace and comfort for us and our community during these times. We are committed to following Christ and helping others stay healthy to do so as well.

 

Gratefully yours,

 
The Session of Covenant Presbyterian Church

New Coronavirus Update from the Session

Dear Covenant Presbyterian members and friends,
 
The Session hopes you are participating in our online worship services and the devotionals that are posted daily. It is different but we live in different times. We hope you are staying connected in your small groups with one another. Checking on each other by phone or email is sustaining many of us through this pandemic.
 
If you think someone would benefit from our emails you can always forward them our email so they can stay connected.
 
The Session would also like to thank Josh and Joanna Nannestad, Lisa Thomas, Moses and Miriam Nannestad, Mark Clayton, Joe Frank, Linnea Williams, Pastor Lisa, and the many liturgists that have made Sunday mornings holy during this time.
 
The Session met by video conferencing to make further decisions about closures, postponing events, etc. Their prayerful decisions are below.
 
For the weeks of April 5th – April 30th, 2020:
 
  • Our entire campus will continued to be closed to internal groups of the church and external community groups. This means all bible studies, choir practice, meetings, Sunday School, etc. are canceled. Our outside community groups that use our facilities have also been notified of our extended closure.
 
  • We ask that you don’t come to the church unless it is an emergency situation. We are trying to limit everyone’s exposure especially since there is now at least 11 confirmed cases in Grayson County. If you do need to come in the building, please let Pastor Lisa or Belinda in the office know. We are keeping track of who enters the building incase we have a case that manifests with church members. We want to be able to alert those who could be at a potential risk.
 
  • Our worship service for Holy Week and the following weeks will be using our online platform. We will not gather in person at Covenant to worship. Separate emails for each worship service will give you detailed instructions of how to join us online to worship. You can forward those emails to friends who you would like to invite in participating in worship.
 
  • During these times we are practicing social distancing. Finding ways to join with each other by spiritual presence and not physical presence which can lead to feelings of isolation. You are not alone. When you think of someone pick up the phone and give them a call. Or send them a card in the mail. Use our small groups to check in on each other.
 
  • Pastoral care will be done remotely. If you need pastoral care, Pastor Lisa stands ready with our Stephen Ministers and a pastoral response team to meet our needs. Please let Pastor Lisa know if you need care by text, phone, or email. She asks that you use her cell phone (903-880-0856) as she won’t be in the office.
 
  • Some of you may ask how are we still helping our community members who depend on us? Belinda, our Office Administrator, will be at the church for a few hours each day to deal with our emergency situations. We will try and meet as many of those situations as possible with a great deal of caution in meeting them at our doors as a way to limit exposure for us all. We certainly do not want to give something unknowingly to others or vice versa.
 
  • A Place at the Table has canceled their food service until we reopen again.
 
  • We ask as a Session that you continue to give faithfully to the ministries and mission of Covenant by check through the mail or by giving online. We as a Session made the prayerful decision to keep paying our staff their normal rates/hours until the end of April. We did not want our staff to have the added pressure of finances on top of this pandemic. Many of our staff continue to work remotely. Our preschool teachers have setup virtual classrooms for their students. The music team and Pastor Lisa worked many hours to bring you Sundays service. Belinda is holding down our church office to triage the needs of members and our community. Our Staff has become creative in making sure we can still be faithful disciples during this time. We hope that you continue to give so that we can care for our staff working on our behalf.
 
We continue to hold each of you in the light of Christ during this time. If we can be of any help let us know.
 
We hope this provides peace and comfort for us and our community during these times. We are committed to following Christ and helping others stay healthy to do so as well.
 
Gratefully yours,
 
The Session of Covenant Presbyterian Church