March 29, 2020 | 10:30a

Live stream link for service: https://youtu.be/FldFu-lCXrA

Worship Guide

Sermon Discussion Questions

 

 

March 22, 2020 | 10:30a

Live stream link for service: https://youtu.be/i3i2CvoB1ts

Worship Guide

 

Sermon Discussion Questions (We encourage you to use these discussion questions with your family as well as your small groups and Bible study groups.)

 

March 18, 2020 11:30 a.m.
 
Grace and peace, Covenant family!

Given the most recent restrictions suggested by the national, state, and local health agencies, for the next eight Sundays (March 22 - May 10) we are canceling all large group activities at Covenant. We will worship together as a congregation solely through live streaming our services at 10:30 a.m. each week. Each Sunday we will have only our musicians, liturgists, and preacher seated in the chancel with proper “social distancing.” For the next four weeks, Sandy will be preaching a series on “The Christian in Crisis,” addressing the key issues we face during uncertain seasons of life. (You will receive weekly emails with links to our live stream service and the worship guide.) As we all find a balance during this temporary new normal, we remain the church, Christ’s bride, and as we are taught in Hebrews, we will continue to “gather” and encourage one another.
 
To that end, our pastoral and ministry staff, along with our church leadership, are working diligently to create ways to connect as a church body and care for the vulnerable in our congregation. For the next few weeks:
  • You will receive weekly emails from your Sunday School leaders that will include a link to a new podcast teaching on the next passage in Daniel, a current prayer list for your class, and relevant class and church announcements.
  • Small groups and Bible study groups, including our youth small groups, are encouraged to meet through Zoom, Google Hangout, or other online means. These groups are encouraged, for the next four weeks, to use the Sunday sermons with discussion questions for their curriculum. (You will receive instructions from your small group leaders.)
  • Our family ministry staff will be sending out resources to assist and encourage parents of children and youth during this season of opportunity in our homes. Parents of youth and children will receive emails directly from those ministry teams.
  • Our teaching and shepherding elders will work with Sunday School leaders to ensure that members’ physical health is taken care of and their spiritual growth is maintained, as well as to assess any needs among our families.
  • The deacons, along with a newly formed ministry team, will address the needs of our senior members and others in our congregation who are most vulnerable.
  • The deacons will mobilize our members to engage in opportunities for ministry to our neighbors and to the under-resourced in our community.
  • The Youth Ministry will work closely with Urban Hope, Christian Service Mission, and others to minister to some of our under-resourced population.
In order to maintain the health and safety of our staff, our church campus and offices will be largely closed for the next eight weeks. Our staff will continue to work either remotely or in their individual offices, and there will be no group gatherings of more than 10 people on our campus. Because of these guidelines, the following events will either be live streamed or have been canceled, as noted below:
  • Both the Maundy Thursday (April 9) and Good Friday (April 10) services will be live streamed.
  • The Easter Sunrise Service is canceled.
  • There will be one gathered worship service on Easter Sunday (April 12) live streamed at 10:30 a.m.
  • All infant baptisms are postponed until May 17.
  • The Women’s Beach Retreat has been canceled (refunds will be issued).
  • The Youth Ministry event with Lee Burns has been canceled.
  • Gospel Manhood lunches for March and April have been canceled.
  • Our monthly congregational prayer times for March and April have been canceled.
We encourage you to stay connected with your brothers and sisters in Christ over the next eight weeks and to reach out to those who need to hear the GOOD NEWS of our Lord and Savior. This is a unique opportunity for us to find ways to connect with each other and to share our hope in Christ with all of those around us!

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.
But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

 

March 15, 2020 12:00 PM

There will be no dinner tonight before the worhsip service. We will hold our evening Missions Festival service at 6:15.

Live stream link for 6:15 gathered worship: https://youtu.be/nAS5KP9quQ0

 

March 15, 2020 AM

Live stream link for 10:30 gathered worship: https://youtu.be/DvrqTM3MJ68

You can also follow along with the worship guide here.

 

March 14, 2020 (8:30 pm)

As more information is being published from federal, state, and local officials Covenant's staff and leadership are continuing to discuss how to best walk through this situation as a church body.

On Sunday, March 15, we will meet as regularly scheduled:
  • Sunday School at 9:15 am
  • Gathered Worship at 10:30 am
  • Dinner at 5:15 pm
  • Missions Service at 6:15 pm
We have decided, however, that tomorrow evening's service will conclude our Missions Festival for this year. The church office will remain open for normal business hours throughout the week but all events scheduled for the Missions Festival from March 16-18 have been canceled as well as any other gatherings scheduled at Covenant this week. We will continue to discuss and assess the situation and provide updates as necessary.

Please note that no one in our church body should feel pressure to attend gathered worship or any of the other events scheduled for tomorrow. We understand that each household must make its own decision as to how they respond to this situation, and we support each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

As previously stated, we will be live streaming services both Sunday morning and Sunday evening. You can view these services by clicking on the latest links at http://covpres.com/covid-plan/. You will need to make sure that you turn off "Restricted Mode" in YouTube in order to view the services. You can also view the worship guides here to help you participate in worship.

Let us continue to pray for those who are ill, the medical professionals seeking answers and providing care, and our government officials. Yet during all of the uncertainty, let us remember God's promise of peace: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).

 

March 13, 2020

Friends—Grace and Peace!
Perhaps that greeting means as much as ever to our community, friends, and neighbors as we look ahead to the uncertainties the Corona Virus may bring to our area. We have an opportunity now to act with prudent wisdom that is free from fear, but we are taking precautions to ensure that our environment is as safe as possible for all.

  • We have ample hand-cleansing stations placed throughout our buildings.
  • We are instituting a “no handshake” practice for greetings and passing the peace.
  • We ask that you please stay home if you are sick or not feeling well.
  • We are providing live streaming of worship services through YouTube beginning Sunday.
  • We have changed our doughnut and snack distribution processes for Sunday mornings.
  • We are providing additional overflow rooms (E201 and the dining room) to allow for social distancing and to keep our sanctuary gathering under 500, as requested by the Jefferson County Health Department.
  • We advise folks over 60 to give special consideration to attending gathered worship.
  • We plan to suspend communion through the end of March.
  • We plan to suspend church-wide meals through the end of March (smaller groups may continue as usual). Missions Festival meals will continue with a streamlined serving process. 
  • We have also made a few changes to our Missions Festival schedule that you can view at covpres.com/missions-festival-schedule.

Obviously things have changed quickly, and we will be updating these plans as the situation progresses.
 
Throughout we should seek to live sacrificial lives and desire to love our neighbors in every way possible. With you, we are monitoring the situation carefully and trying to stay in tune with federal, state, and local advice and warnings. We are praying for victims of the infection, for our medical workers, and for those engaged in research to discover a vaccine that will help many. The full impact of this outbreak cannot be predicted, but the unchanging faithfulness of God to us in such circumstances is unshakable; he is our rock, our fortress, and strong tower, and we will not fear for he is "a very present help in time of trouble" (Psalm 46:1).

 

Our Women's Ministry Committee has created three Zoom prayer groups and two sermon discussion Zoom groups.

Click here for the links!

How can we help serve our neighbors and the neighbors of our city?


Ministry Meals:
Over the next few weeks we are going to be providing meals for those in need. Some of those meals will be served to our ministry partners, including but not limited to:
- Grace House
- The Lovelady Center
- Restoration Academy families
Some of the meals will go to those in our church body and neighbors. A meal for one person is $8 so if you are able to purchase a meal, or 2 or 75, that money will go towards providing and delivering meals to these families. There will also be potential opportunities to help deliver or cook some of the meals, but in the meantime we would love you to support these meals financially. In a time when it’s hard to minister to those face-to-face in order to protect them, this is a great opportunity to give!

Please send in your donations to the church office (65 Old Montgomery Highway, 35209) marked "Covid-19 Meals."

Serving the vulnerable in our church:

- Deacons are assigned to people in our church and will help us identify needs.

Serving your actual neighbors:
- Offer grocery or meal pick up and lawn care. You can put these flyers on doors or in mailboxes of your neighbors, specifically those that you know who might be elderly.
- Create an activity bucket for a neighbor with young kids: coloring books, crayons/markers, crafts, jump rope, etc.
- Ask for specific prayer needs. Take this opportunity to reach out to neighbors and get to know them through prayer.

Serving Covenant's Nursery Workers:
- Adopt a nursery worker (not necessarily for finances but to help with groceries, activities for kids, or homework printout if necessary). Ways to help ease the stress of not being able to work. Please contact Jami Bennett.

Serving the City:
- Christian Service Mission | From Tracy Hipps: sign up to come pack boxes for seniors and families. Units of food that need to be delivered to seniors
homes that cannot get out. Visit their website: https://timecounts.org/csmission/opportunities/events
- Urban Hope: Currently working on identifying families and needs, more info to come here.
- Restoration Academy: Currently working on identifying families and needs, more info to come here.

PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! FOR ALL OF THESE GROUPS LISTED ABOVE!

Daniel 7 Podcast

 

COVID-19 has obviously inhibited our ability to gather together and stay connected as Sunday School communities (and as a church, generally). In order to care for our members over the next 8 weeks, our Session has adopted a Shepherding Strategy that seeks to ensure that every member of our congregation gets contacted at least 3 times over the next 8 weeks. You can expect that a member of your Sunday School class will reach out and touch base with you periodically over the next 8 weeks. However, should you need to contact your shepherding elders at any time for any reason, please do not hesitate. If you do not know who your shepherding elders are, please contact David Driskill at ddriskill@covpres.com.

Our staff has created several playlists to encourage you during this time of isolation:

Rick's Playlist:

Hymns and songs we sing during Gathered Worship.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/44AX6VPuRhNQB3rwxMMPZf?si=UCfWWmFnT02F0U9dy7TayA

 

Children's Ministry Playlists:

Songs we love to sing with your children on Sundays, Wednesdays, and in between!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4G1OTHM11zEHGVLvGdsuvb?si=OBcYPxElR8Cd2I8Wqoi6Ag

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/cpc-kids/pl.u-ReW5UeZo8r

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6Se-33dRjYcySbY44cX6WnLAQcZ2KFRp

 

 

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