Fairview Church family,
On Thursday we shared with you our plans for worship and gathering this weekend. Today, these plans have changed. Our services and community groups for this Sunday, March 15, and all our midweek activities (March 16 – March 21) will all be cancelled. This is not a decision that we, as a staff, are making lightly, but after prayerful consideration and counsel, we believe it is the right step for our church in light of recent updates.
Yesterday, President Trump declared a national emergency, and last night our governor Bill Lee issued a statement asking for congregations to utilize alternatives to traditional services. We want to be faithful to gather and worship, but we also want to honor the authorities who have more knowledge and awareness than we do. We do not make this decision out of fear, but out of a desire to do what is wise and loving toward others. We continue to look to God as our Refuge and Strength and trust him in all situations.
In light of this decision, I want to encourage you in several ways:
First, I want to ask you to join us online for our worship service March 15. You will be able to access our service tomorrow on our Facebook page beginning at 9:30 a.m. While this will not be an in-person gathering, because of technology, we will still be able to unite our hearts together in worship from our homes. We believe God will move through this time of worship and the preaching of His Word, empowered by His Spirit.
Secondly, I want to encourage you to fast and pray. We had already planned a 4-week time of fasting and prayer beginning this Sunday. Fasting is an expression of complete dependence on God and trust in His power. Let us go to our Father and beg for his mercy to stop this pandemic and spare lives. Pray for our government leaders and healthcare workers to have wisdom. Pray for missionaries and fellow believers around the globe, that God would care for them and allow this to be a time of advancing His Good News. Pray for how we can love our neighbors well.
Third, I want to encourage you to give. We believe God has called us to give with glad hearts as an act of worship in any circumstance. The ministries of our church are made possible through the generous giving of our people. While we have many who give online, much of our weekly giving happens during our services. Please continue to faithfully give online (click here to give online) or by writing a check, which you can either mail or drop off at the church office during normal office hours.
Church family, I love you and am praying for you. Our King Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is Sovereign, Loving, and Good, and He promises to never leave us or forsake us. May we find peace and comfort in this truth!
Yours in Christ,