July 19th, 2020: 

Awaken Church family,

I wanted to let you know that this week, we had 2 Awaken staff members test positive or COVID-19. Thankfully, they did not contract the virus on the Awaken campus and in their efforts to be proactive and protective of the rest of the staff and the church, they did not come to services last Sunday. They have been off campus in quarantine since before they were tested and are doing very well with almost unnoticeable symptoms. They will remain in quarantine for the full 14 days before coming back onto the Awaken campus. Another staff member who had close contact with one of them tested negative, but remains in quarantine for 14 days. Two other staff members who decided to be tested also received negative test results. Out of an abundance of caution, the Awaken staff also worked from home las week as we assessed the situation.

Why am I sharing this news with you? Because we are working very hard to establish trust with you and with our city. News like this spreads quickly, so in an effort to stay ahead of the news, I want you to hear it from me. I want to assure you that we take this very seriously. In addition to having staff work from home and our already rigorous cleaning routine, we also had our venues disinfected with commercial-grade disinfectant, just to be extra safe.

As the media keeps us well aware, leaving our homes comes with inherent risks. Thankfully, the risk of you contracting the virus at church is far lower than at the grocery store or a restaurant. We will continue to provide a full online worship experience for those who are 
concerned or uncomfortable with gathering in person just yet. For those who join in person, we will continue to provide a contactless experience with corporate worship, Bible teaching, and excellent teaching and care of your kids.


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On the topic of coronavirus and caution, I wanted to clarify how the mayor’s emergency order requiring masks in public places will impact us at Awaken…

If you didn’t know, County Mayor Jim Durrett signed Emergency Order #11 on Friday, requiring masks in public places beginning Monday, July 20. I had the opportunity to join the Mayor along with other local pastors to discuss their expectations for churches.

It’s important for us to remember that with city events not happening, APSU closed down, and sporting events canceled, churches are the primary large gatherings happening around the city. That fact comes with the responsibility for us to be part of the solution, not the problem. So, in our effort to comply with our leaders’ requests and continue to build trust with our community, we will be asking that you wear a mask when you come to church and when you leave. If you would like to take your mask off during service, that is fine, but we will ask you to put it back on when service is over, as you pick up your kids, and as you leave campus. This is a very simple thing we can all do to help slow the spread, honor our leaders, and continue to build trust with our community and those we aim to reach with the hope of the gospel!

And as always, if you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, a full online worship experience is available across all of our streaming platforms.

There is no need to be afraid. I hope this news helps us continue to build trust with you and with those who need hope now more than ever. Thank you for your prayers, patience, and understanding! 

Kevin Miller


May 17th, 2020: 

Hello Awaken Families!

We are eager to gather together soon, just like we know each of you are as well. Our leadership team is working hard to put together a plan to return to in-person services soon. We want to assure you that we are doing everything necessary to keep all of our Awaken families safe when returning to our campus.

There are many details that we are currently working through as we prepare Awaken for your return, such as the safety of our Awaken Kids and the capacity limits within each of our venues. As of this moment, there are no official reopening dates. As soon as we have a date for Phase 1 of reopening our church venues, we will update you via this medium and our social media. We are purposely being slow and prayerful through this process and will continue to make wise and timely decision, while following all guidelines made available from our government leaders and health officials.

We are continuing to broadcast the Sunday services at 8:30 AM, 10 AM, and 11:30 AM, and have added an evening broadcast at 6:30 PM to ensure that everyone is able to tune in and chat live at each of those services. Even though we are spread out and tuning in online each week, God is at work. Continue to share the link to the services thru social media and/or text with your friends and families. We believe that God is using this time to awaken people who are far from Christ to new life in Christ via our online resources.

Continue to stay connected during this time. Reach out to others, remain in community, and be present in each other's lives. We will be together soon and cannot wait to see each of your smiling faces. 


April 24th, 2020:


Church family,

I miss you. I miss the handshakes, hugs, and the hands-on prayer. I miss standing next to you during worship and sharing God’s Word with you in person. However, although this is a challenging time for us all, we need to also embrace that God is doing something unique and powerful in and through us during this time. As we’ve said, unprecedented times mean unprecedented opportunities for the gospel...and for our growth. The pastors and I pray for you daily, asking God to provide, keep you healthy and strong, and most importantly, to revive us and awaken our world!

As our country and individual states begin to slowly reopen in the near future, as a church we want to respond with caution, care for our community, and faith. We are doing our best to stay in communication with our local and national government leaders as well as with you. Although things are still changing rapidly, I wanted to communicate our current plan for Awaken Church. 

Similar to the phase-by-phase reopening of the country, I am excited to share that Awaken Church will also begin slowly reopening. Although we are excited to gather together again, we will be slow and prayerful throughout this process. Although we are not driven by fear, we do want to err on the side of caution. Awaken Groups, small team gatherings, and the Awaken Church staff will be the first groups to resume some small in-person meetings. In an effort to stay healthy, keep our community healthy, and abide by governmental social distancing guidelines, the size of the gatherings will be very limited for the time being.

We will also continue broadcasting Sunday services for the foreseeable future until we believe it is safe and prudent to reopen for larger group gatherings. Although we miss gathering together corporately on Sundays, we have seen God use our broadcast services in a powerful, far-reaching way. We had close to 3,000 people tune into our 24-hour Easter broadcast and on Facebook alone, we had people watching from seventeen states and three countries! We’ve heard stories of families, many with multiple family members who do not attend church or know the Lord, watching services together in their living rooms for the first time. We are also praying that God uses this time to connect more military and other displaced or disconnected families via our online resources. We believe God is using this unprecedented time as an unprecedented opportunity for the gospel! 

Thank you so much for your over-the-top generosity that is enabling us to continue to reach more people. Amazingly, April 2020 has been our strongest month of giving in over two years! Stay at it!

Keep giving. Keep serving. Keep leaning into this unique season and the lessons God is teaching you. Reach out. Don’t fight this alone. As you’re able, be present in each other’s lives.

I am praying for you daily!

Kevin Miller



March 31, 2020:

We made it through the first 2 weeks of social distancing, and now we are heading into another month. We want to do our best to honor Governor Lee's executive order for us to stay at home unless it is essential for us to leave.
 
With that in mind...
  • Without Ceasing prayer is in full force. There are still a few slots open, if you would like to join us in prayer through April 5!
  • We will continue church online for the rest of April, with the hope to gather again in person in May, as long as the circumstances and our government allows.
  • Pastor Kevin and Jenn will host a special Good Friday service from their home on Good Friday, April 10 at 7pm, live on the Awaken Church Facebook page!
  • Our Easter in-home watch parties have been cancelled, but our Easter services will stream as planned, on the hour every hour from midnight to 11pm on Easter Sunday! Email Pastor Nate (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you'd like to be trained as an online counselor for Easter!
  • The Awaken Church offices will remain closed and the staff will continue working from home. We check the church email as well as voicemail multiple times daily so as to stay connected with those who reach out.
  • All Awaken Groups, discipleship Groups, and Students groups have been moved online via Facetime or Zoom.
  • 30for30 will run April 1-30, which provides 30 days of nightly 30-minute Zoom video calls where people can digitally gather to read Scripture, pray, and stay connected. Go to awaken.church/groups to access the call-in codes.
 
As individuals, families, and corporately as a church, let's lean into this unique season and the powerful lessons God will speak into our lives. This is not easy for anyone, but as we work hard to honor God and love people through this season, I believe God will do great things in us and through us.


March 17, 2020:

Due to the most recent guidelines given to us by the White House, we will be meeting online only for at least through the end of March, as well as canceling all events except for Awaken Groups. This means that the Tuesday night Bible Study class, Awaken Students, and Unscripted are all canceled for now. Please continue to check here and on the Awaken Church social media accounts for further updates.


Beginning this Sunday, we are excited to be streaming our Sunday services at all 3 of our normal service times: 8:30am, 10:00am, and 11:30am Central! We will have no in-person gatherings.

We encourage you to gather with friends, co-workers, or neighbors in your homes as we continue to share a message of faith in the middle of this season of fear. As Paul wrote in his final letter to Timothy, "the word of God is not bound." (2 Timothy 2:9) Let's seize this unprecedented season and use it as an unprecedented opportunity to bring hope to the hopeless, faith to the fearful, and peace to the panicked. God is with us and is using this to point people to Him!

March 14, 2020

As we continue to monitor the most recent national and local updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to cancel in-person worship experiences and move them online on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Although there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Montgomery County, we want to do our part as a church to protect each person who attends Awaken, our hundreds of team members, and our community. Although this is not the decision we want to make, we view this as a tangible way to serve our community and honor our leaders who have advised against large gatherings. 

We will continue our series XOXO, through the book of Ruth, online only. You can view the message this Sunday, March 15 at 10:00am Central at live.awaken.church or at facebook.com/awakenclarksville. We encourage friends and others to gather in small groups in homes to watch the service together and enjoy some time together on a smaller scale. After all, “social distancing” does not mean “social isolation.” We pray that this will give you opportunities to invite neighbors or friends who may not normally attend church to gather with you in your home! 

Awaken Groups, Awaken Students, and other small groups and events will continue as scheduled for all who feel healthy and comfortable meeting in smaller groups. As always, please use a common sense approach and do not attend events or go out in public if you are not feeling healthy in any way. 

Regarding future Sunday gatherings, we will continue to closely monitor the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), as well as any developments from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on their recommendations, we will do our best to make wise, timely decisions as quickly as we are able. 

President Trump has declared Sunday, March 15 as a National Day of Prayer! Let’s thank God for a President who turns to prayer in times like these and commit to praying for all involved: our local and national leaders, medical professionals across the nation, and a quick end to this virus with minimal repercussions. 

Although we will miss gathering on Sunday, we are reminded that the building is not the Church; we are the Church! God is present in our lives and at work in us, whether hundreds are gathered on one campus or many families are gathered in living rooms around the city. 

In addition, we are reminded that our Sunday gathering is designed to supplement the spiritual growth that is taking place during the week through our own personal time with the Lord in His Word. If you haven’t already, join us as we read the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs in 2020. Download a Bible reading plan at awaken.church/bible2020

Please stay tuned to awaken.church/clean, Awaken Weekly, as well as the Awaken Church Facebook page and Instagram account for further updates. 

“God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” - 2 Timothy 1:7 

This is the Church’s opportunity to be a stabilizing force in the midst of a panic-stricken world.



In Christ,

Kevin Miller