Hello Awaken Family,

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