UPDATED: December 1, 2020
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving focusing on all that God has provided for us. Two weeks ago I shared that after communication with the leadership of our local hospital and health department, as well as our staff and leadership at Fairview, we decided to move everything other than our Sunday services online for at least two weeks.
After much discussion and continued input from our healthcare community, we have decided to continue with this plan through the end of December. We will be adding childcare during both services for children up to 3 years old.
This was not an easy decision to make but we believe it is our responsibility to do what we can to make Fairview Church a safe, secure place for you and your family to worship. Our community is continuing to see a rise in new cases, and we have continued to see some of our own members test positive in recent days.
We are going to continue to provide resources and ministry for you and your family. Our Family ministry will be sending out weekly Community Group Lessons for our kids and students. We also want to encourage our families to use the Advent Family Discipleship Guides that Pastor Jon and Bek put together for the weeks leading up to Christmas.
We encourage our adult Community Groups to utilize Zoom to stay connected. I will also be sending out a midweek teaching video each week to keep our focus on joy even during difficult times. I am praying that God would open our eyes to see the ways that He is at work in and around us beyond what we can naturally see and perceive. I love you all and am thankful for your understanding and prayers during this time.
UPDATED: November 20, 2020
Fairview Church family,
I want to update you on the situation in our county related to Covid-19 and the implications for our church family.
Yesterday I talked with the Director of the Wilson Co Health Department; and I joined in a call with other Wilson County pastors to hear from Jay Hinesley, CEO of Vanderbilt, and the top infectious disease doctor at Vanderbilt.
The gist of what they shared is that Wilson County is on a very dangerous trajectory. The past 14 days, the number of cases has doubled from the previous 14 days. And over the course of this week, that rise has been even steeper with the number of hospitalizations increasing.
If things don’t change in the coming weeks, we are facing a real shortage of hospital resources. In addition to caring for Covid patients, this also reduces their ability to care for the other conditions that patients have. They were clear that we are at a very critical moment, and we must do everything we can to ensure that those who need hospital care are able to receive it.
As far as our church is concerned, our priorities have been and will be protecting the health of our people and their family members, We have continued to have more of our members test positive for Covid. as well as being able to continue gathering in person for those who are healthy.
The primary steps that our local healthcare professionals have laid out are: social distancing and wearing a mask when you aren’t able to social distance, in addition to handwashing and good hygiene. We are asking you to follow these recommendations when you are on our campus.
As followers of Jesus, we are not operating out of fear, but out of love for our neighbors and a desire to serve community.
Secondly, we are going to take steps to avoid environments where social distancing is more difficult. This includes our on campus Community Groups for Adults, Students and Children. Beginning this Sunday, we will be canceling everything on campus other than our 9:30 and 10:45 worship services for at least the next two weeks. This will include our Thanksgiving gathering this Sunday evening. We will continue to update you on decisions based on the situation in our community in the days ahead. In the meantime, we are thankful for the resources we have to move our groups online while we are not meeting on campus.
We also want to emphasize that if you have any symptoms or have been around someone who does, please stay home and watch our services online. Our staff is committed to doing everything we can to keep you engaged through online services, videos and other resources.
We know that in addition to these practical steps, we must be people of prayer. Please join me in praying for our community, our doctors and nurses, our schools and our churches across Wilson County. I know that many of you have been praying for months now and I believe that God is working and answering those prayers. The Lord has been so Faithful to Fairview Church throughout 2020, and I trust that He will continue to be faithful in the days ahead. Know that I love you and am praying for each of you.
Yours in Christ,