March 18, 2020
| Dear Covenant Life Family,|
As I’m sure you know by now, President Trump has announced strict new guidance for at least the next 15 days, asking us not to meet in groups of more than 10, avoiding discretionary travel and not going out to restaurants, malls, and food courts. He is asking us to take these steps to limit exposure and hopefully suppress the rapid spread of COVID-19.
With these recent recommendations, we are canceling our in-person Sunday Gatherings for the foreseeable future, while continuing to gather by livestream on Sundays at 10 am, which you can join at: CLC Livestream or on Facebook at: CLC Facebook Page
Tithes and offerings can be given online at TITHE.LY ONLINE GIVING or you can mail checks to Covenant Life Church, PO Box 1286, Suwanee, GA 30024. Also, if there are financial needs within our church community or with those to whom we are connected, please let one of the Elders or Small Group Leaders know.
I am encouraging each of our small groups to consider how the Lord is leading them to stay connected. In some cases, small groups may continue to meet. Others may choose to meet by Facetime or Zoom or other group conferencing services. No matter how your group decides to continue, use this opportunity to care for each other in innovative ways and don’t simply focus on the inconvenience, but on the Lord, each another, and those we are called to love.
Let’s resolve to walk in faith, not worry or fear. Let’s spend time praying, reading God’s Word and worship. Let’s live responsibly, generously, and as lights in this darkened world. And let’s look for innovative ways to love and lead, serve and encourage, knowing that we are uniquely equipped for such a time as this.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
In His love,
March 13, 2020
Dear CLC Family,
This week we’ve witnessed the enactment of significant measures to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and it’s clear that as a nation and community we’re facing unprecedented challenges.
While we must be vigilant in our day-to-day activities, such as washing our hands often, staying home if we are symptomatic, and reducing exposures for the most vulnerable among us, we should also remember that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
There are some larger church communities that have decided to cancel meetings in the foreseeable future, and it’s understandable how they reached their decision. However, as a church family, we’ve decided to continue to meet for worship on Sundays and will encourage the following actions:
- Please wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds after making contact with people or high traffic surfaces.
- Our Children’s Ministry classes will meet and volunteers will follow strict sanitation protocols.
- During personal interactions and greeting time, consider alternative ways of greeting involving less physical contact.
- Offering baskets will not be passed but will be available at the back of the sanctuary, next to the sound booth.
- High traffic doors will be propped open.
We will continue to monitor this situation and take additional precautions as necessary. Also, remember that anyone who is not able to attend may join our Sunday Gatherings online at http://www.covenant.life/live/ or on our church Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CovenantLifeChurchGwinnett/.
Finally, let me remind us as followers of Jesus to:
- pray for those who are directly affected by this virus and for those who are caring for them.
- pray that the peace of God will rule in our own hearts and in those who are troubled.
- continue to intentionally love and serve our neighbors rather than be ruled by fear, fixate on worst-case-scenarios, or act out of self-preservation.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
In His love and grace,