Recent Updates

6/2/2020 - 1:30 PM


As we continue navigating reopening Covenant and meeting in person for Sunday morning worship please keep in mind these things:

First, attendance on Sunday mornings is a matter of conscience (Gal. 5:6). For some brothers and sisters, they will refrain from entering the building by faith. Out of concern for their health and the welfare of others, some individuals will not participate in person, but can joyfully worship through the on-line links.

Second, attendance on Sunday mornings is a matter of compassion (Gal. 5:13-15). For some brothers and sisters, they will attend the service by faith. We are asking that you approach the worship in the sanctuary with eagerness to follow the elders and deacons, who will be wearing gloves and are encouraged to wear masks, by adhering to these guidelines:
1. Wait to be seated and dismissed by an usher. 

2. In the event that it is needed, there will be overflow seating in the Fellowship Hall with a livestream of the service. There will also be a dedicated space reserved for elderly/high-risk people.

3. Anticipate being seated 6 feet apart from non-family congregants as we direct you to sit on every other pew.

4. Be aware that the Sanctuary doors will remain propped open as the building will be restricted to use of only Sanctuary, bathrooms, Fellowship Hall and surrounding hallways.

5. Request a water bottle and/or individual hand sanitizer from the usher, if you so desire.

6. Encourage the officers and staff who love you and might be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Lastly, Sunday School has been cancelled until further notice

May our Faithful Savior equip us to exalt Christ, engage in community, and expand for the Great Commission this Sunday by faith as we celebrate Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2).

5/27/2020 - 1:30 PM

This Sunday (May 31st) will be our first corporate worship service in the sanctuary since March 8th. For almost three months, we have walked by faith together in quarantine. Thank you for laying hold of all the gospel promises that are ours in Christ Jesus. There are a few matters to consider as the church building is opened.

Read more about the precautions we will be taking as we begin to meet in-person for Sunday worship in this letter from the Session: CLICK HERE

5/15/2020 - 11:30 AM

After careful consideration and discussion, the Session at Covenant Presbyterian Church (CPC) has decided to open our church building on May 31st for Sunday worship. 

Next Thursday, May 21st, the Session will meet again to decide on recommendations for issues concerning reopening and resuming services.  They will share their conclusions with you at the earliest convenience. 

In the meantime, please continue to join us virtually for Sunday School (9:30 am) via GoToMeeting at cpcauburn.org/classes, and worship (10:45 am) via live stream at cpcauburn.org/live, the Covenant app, or Facebook.

To read the full letter from the Session click HERE

4/30/2020 - 1:00 PM

The Session sent out a letter to our members to update them on the status of Covenant's operations and programs today. You can view that letter/email by CLICKING HERE

3/24/2020 - 4:00 PM

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Click here to view the April Covenant Connect

3/20/2020 - 10:00 AM

Because we trust the Lord to work all things for His glory and our good, we are continuing to suspend normal operations. Access to CPC facilities is restricted to essential personnel only while normal operations are suspended. This helps the staff maintain the aggressive disinfection regimen in place and helps the people physically present maintain appropriate distances from each other. Although we are working on contingency plans in case COVID-19 is contracted by an individual, we want to prevent infection in the first place.

The civil authorities that God has put over us have requested groups not to gather at this time (Rom. 13:1). Beloved, we ask that you do not come to the church unless directed to do so by Jere Scott Bradshaw or Tom Dowling. But please do gather with the saints as we will be live streaming the worship service on Sunday morning at cpcauburn.org/live.

3/16/2020 - 10:27 AM

CPC is suspending all programs and normal operations until further notice. CPC Staff will be working remotely during this time and will still be reachable via email and phone. The CPC website is the first place to look for information updates regarding COVID-19 and CPC operations (cpcauburn.org/covid19). If you have questions that are not addressed by the website we are keeping the office phone line open from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM Monday through Thursday.

We will be streaming our worship service at 10:45 AM on Sunday mornings. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the worship service remotely at cpcauburn.org/live.

3/14/2020 - 6:02 PM

The Missions class at Covenant is largely covered by the video messages that can be found at https://www.momentumyes.com/.   We are scheduled to cover Lesson 4.2 of the 12 Week Option that can be found under the Get Started tab.  

For those who have not attended the class before, all of the video lessons are available on the MomentumYes website.

3/14/2020 - 2:50 PM

Our regular worship service and Sunday Schools scheduled for Sunday, 3/15/2020 are cancelled. We will still be streaming the service live at 10:45 AM at cpcauburn.org/live. Everyone is asked to participate in worship via our livestream rather than coming in person to the church.

Other CPC programs are still under review and decisions to temporarily suspend or cancel them will be made as more information becomes available. 

3/12/2020 - 8:30 PM

The church office has received several inquiries regarding precautions against and planned reactions to any potential outbreak of COVID-19 in Alabama. Although there have not been any reported cases of COVID-19 in Alabama as of the date of this writing1 we want to be prepared to act quickly should the need arise. Because we have received a number of questions regarding COVID-19 we are sending this information out to everyone.

God has prepared us for a potential COVID-19 outbreak, and He prepared us well before any report of COVID-19. Over the past three years we have been blessed with (among many other things) improved cleaning procedures and equipment, increased training for staff and volunteers, and a solid livestreaming system. Before moving on to the details of what we are doing and what our plans are, it is important to remember that while COVID-19 is new to us it is not new to God (Isaiah 40:28, Hebrews 4:13, Job 28:24-27). While the world gives way to fear and worry we can look to Christ and rest assured that God will provide for us (Matthew 6:25-34, Philippians 4:6-7).  

How are we prepared?

  • Increased sanitization procedures (in addition to standard cleaning). Surfaces and items that are frequently used or more likely to be used near the face are sanitized after use. Some examples of these items are toys in the children’s rooms, dishes, utensils, chairs and tables, countertops, etc… This is not a response to COVID-19 in particular, but rather something that we began doing in the fall of 2019 to limit potential transmission of disease in general. The active ingredient in our standard sanitizer is a chemical with a very long name that is typically referred to as benzalkonium chloride. According to the Association of Public Health Laboratories, benzalkonium chloride has some effect against enveloped viruses like the Corona viruses3, but it is not ideal. As a direct response to COVID-19, we are implementing an additional sanitizing schedule for frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, offering plates, etc… with a solution that uses sodium hypochlorite as the active ingredient. Sodium hypochlorite has been shown to be very effective in reducing coronavirus infectivity4 and is expected to be effective against COVID-19 as well.

  • First Aid & CPR training for Staff. Part of this training involves the transmission of communicable diseases and steps that should be taken to limit exposure to disease. This is important because the CPC staff spends a lot of time at CPC and come into contact with just about everything and everyone. Adequate training on preventative and protective measures helps us avoid becoming infected and spreading the illness ourselves. This is also not a direct COVID-19 response but is still part of being prepared for these types of events.

  • CPC network and livestream system. Over the past several years we have developed and installed a solid livestreaming system. We have also updated our network infrastructure to be able to stream even during times of high demand. This means that from every possible situation from “all is well” to “everything is shut down” we can still broadcast the worship service.

What can I do on my own?

COVID-19 appears to be spread primarily via large droplets (like those produced by a cough), much like influenza. While being a previously unseen strain of virus, COVID-19 is still a virus and transmission can be limited by standard preventative measures.2

  • Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands as frequently as possible and use hand sanitizer after washing hands (if sanitizer is available).
  • Avoid touching your face as much as possible, especially after touching a potentially contaminated surface. COVID-19 can potentially infect a person through the eyes, nose, or mouth.2
  • Limit exposure to crowds and public places, particularly if you are part of an at-risk group (elderly adults, people with serious chronic health conditions)4.

What is our plan?

We are currently operating as we do normally. The Session, Diaconate, and Staff are closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19. As the situation changes the Session may choose to suspend all or part of the services at the church, or may decide to move some or all of the services to remote platforms (like livestream) as needed. Any changes to CPC services or schedule will be communicated as soon as possible via email (subscribe to our mailing list here), our website (www.cpcauburn.org), our mobile app, and our social media platforms.

If you are quarantined as a precautionary measure or because you are ill, we encourage you to participate in corporate worship via our livestream, available at https://cpcauburn.org/live.

Sources
1 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
2 https://emcrit.org/ibcc/COVID19/
3 https://www.aphl.org/programs/infectious_disease/tuberculosis/TBCore/Infoondisinfection.pdf
4 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

Resources for Comfort

An Encouragement to Read Books in a Day of Anxious Headlines | WTS

Fifteen Chapters on Anxiety from WTS bookstore. You can download the free pdf from the WTS books website directly or by clicking below:

Anxiety, Waiting and the Coronavirus | CCEF

The Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation has posted an article on anxiety and waiting. You can view the article by CLICKING HERE

Taking Church Online in a Coronavirus Age | GC

The Gospel Coalition has posted an article regarding the Coronavirus. You can view the article by CLICKING HERE.

Upbeat Songs for Quarantined Kids | GC

The Gospel Coalition has posted an upbeat playlist. You can view it now by CLICKING HERE.