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Coronavirus Update and FM Response

Dear Fellowship Family,

I want to update you on the Coronavirus and our church response to best help keep you and your family safe as well as do whatever we can to love, serve and protect our church, neighbors and city….especially the most vulnerable.

We have recruited and empowered several medical professionals from our church, to monitor this situation more directly. This team has been in communication daily to assess the current public health news and policy updates issued by the CDC and other appropriate agencies, applying their recommendations to our current situation and giving us advice.

While God has not given us a spirit of fear, he has called us to love our neighbors and to contribute to the welfare of our city. Exercising caution is not merely wise, but is a tangible way of expressing love toward others.

Fellowship Memphis has made the following decisions:

1. Pausing Weekend Corporate Gatherings

For at least the next three weeks, Sundays March 15, 22 and 29th, we will not meet for worship gatherings at any of our four outpost locations. Instead, we will stream a worship service, which will be available on each of those Sundays at 11 a.m. CST on FacebookLive, YouTubeLive and on Instagram. We will be emailing and posting the links for each of those options on Sunday morning.

Canceling these services was a very complex decision for us including the reality that we have five landlords who are all making their own decisions on gathering restrictions, cleaning schedules, etc.

We will continue to assess the situation throughout the month, get creative on solutions that could safely work for us, and reassess beginning Monday March 30th.

2. Other Gatherings and Event Canceled

Any official Fellowship event or gathering scheduled between today and Sunday March 29th will not be meeting as scheduled. This includes Fellowship Young Adults, FSM, and all of our groups and classes.

3. Communication and Prayer

We are actively discussing the best ways to love both our people and city during this time. We recognize that this is a dynamic situation with constant new information and updates. If we have to communicate any last-minute decisions or changes, we will provide updates on social media, via email, and on our website.

While we do not know what will happen as this situation changes, we do know that we can, and must, pray. As we look to the days and weeks ahead, would you join us in prayer?

  • Ask God, in his mercy, to stem the tide of this growing pandemic, not only in our communities, but in cities around the world.
  • Pray that those who are called to address this crisis (particularly medical professionals and those in positions of authority) would be equipped to handle new cases with wisdom and compassion.
  • Pray that local churches would lead the way in exhibiting a spirit of trust in God and love for others.
  • Pray for our overseas missionaries, that they would act as God’s ambassadors, continuing to offer the hope of the gospel.

As believers, we are called to run toward tragedy and not away from it. Faithful Christians have done this throughout many generations. Let’s be faithful in this moment to be the hands and feet of Christ caring for the sick and pointing people to ultimate hope in him.

Our Elder and Staff teams are here for you. Feel free to reach out and let us know how we can pray for you or if you simply need someone to talk. Rest as well on God’s word and the truths in it. We will get through this together.

More updates to come soon.

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Dr. John Bryson on behalf of our Elder and Staff teams