COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

 

New Coronavirus Update from the Session

 

Dear Covenant Presbyterian members and friends,
 
The Session continues to meet monthly by video conferencing to re-evaluate our buildings remaining closed and the work of the church during this time.
 
The Session heard from Dr. Morales at our meeting on Sunday, June 21st. As a local doctor and someone who is in contact with our health department, he presented the Session with many facts about the Coronavirus and where the city of Sherman is in dealing with it. A Session member also asked for his medical opinion on what the church should consider as we move forward. Dr. Morales believes now is not the time to regather as more cases arise and distancing is needed. He also said that distancing should be more than six feet in most cases which is hard to do.
 
The Session also heard that it is hard for some during this time and they look forward to getting back to church for worship and social interaction. There was lengthy discussion about how we can reach out to each other during this time safely for everyone.
 
The Session acknowledges that it is tough mentally and emotionally to be in the times we find ourselves. We know it is taking tolls on families, individuals, and businesses that we are a part of. The Session took action to form a task force to see the ways in which we can try and connect with each other on deeper levels. We know that it is needed and the Session hears not is the time to undertake this important connection.
 
With those conversations and discernment, the following items were approved at the Session Meeting:
 
  • Our entire campus will continued to be closed to internal groups of the church and external community groups for the month of July. 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 Bible Study, worship, and other gatherings by video conferencing.
 
  • A team of four Session members agreed to study and 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 July. Currently they have no 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 July 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,
 
The Session continues to meet monthly by video conferencing to re-evaluate our buildings remaining closed and the work of the church during this time.
 
The Session heard from Dr. Morales at our meeting on Sunday, June 21st. As a local doctor and someone who is in contact with our health department, he presented the Session with many facts about the Coronavirus and where the city of Sherman is in dealing with it. A Session member also asked for his medical opinion on what the church should consider as we move forward. Dr. Morales believes now is not the time to regather as more cases arise and distancing is needed. He also said that distancing should be more than six feet in most cases which is hard to do.
 
The Session also heard that it is hard for some during this time and they look forward to getting back to church for worship and social interaction. There was lengthy discussion about how we can reach out to each other during this time safely for everyone.
 
The Session acknowledges that it is tough mentally and emotionally to be in the times we find ourselves. We know it is taking tolls on families, individuals, and businesses that we are a part of. The Session took action to form a task force to see the ways in which we can try and connect with each other on deeper levels. We know that it is needed and the Session hears not is the time to undertake this important connection.
 
With those conversations and discernment, the following items were approved at the Session Meeting:
 
  • Our entire campus will continued to be closed to internal groups of the church and external community groups for the month of July. 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 Bible Study, worship, and other gatherings by video conferencing.
 
  • A team of four Session members agreed to study and 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 July. Currently they have no 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 July 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