Important Message From Pastor David

by Pastor David Alexander
Important Message From Pastor David

Dear First Family, 

Like each of you, I have been closely monitoring the news regarding COV-19. We have also been in conversation with local health officials, community leaders and pastors in our community.

Two things you already know that I want you to hear upfront... 

1. We are a people of faith, not fear. In whatever the days ahead may bring, remember Paul’s words in Philippians 4, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” One practical way we can all do this is when washing your hands, pray the Lord’s Prayer. (It will take you about 20 seconds!)

2. The health and safety of our entire congregation are of primary importance in these uncertain times. In a note I received earlier this week from my doctor who is also a member of our church, he shared this important reminder: “There are two parts to most health recommendations (like flu shots) - the personal health perspective, and the public health perspective.  If we can prevent young, healthy people from getting this virus, then we should also reduce the number of at-risk people who get it.  So, preventing infection in yourself could have a significant impact on the life of someone else.”
 

This afternoon Mansfield ISD communicated that public schools will be closed through March 30th. This was the recommendation Tarrant County shared with all school districts. 

With all of this in mind, I have made the decision to cancel our worship services for this weekend and suspend all of our ongoing campus gatherings until further notice. We will communicate about plans for upcoming weekends as more information becomes available to us. 

What we will be offering is a live shared message from our pastors available at 9:30 am and 11 am on Sunday morning. This will be available on our website, Facebook Live, and our FMCM app. You can download our FMCM app by texting FMCMAPP to 77977.  We will also make this video available on our website as soon as possible in the instance that you have any issue watching the live stream. Our online worship for over a year now has been a growing opportunity for our community and congregation to connect without being on our campus. These services feature the message, a sense of community and a chance to connect and give. 

I trust that you know the difficulty of this decision. I greatly value that in a time of crisis, our instinct is to come together as a people of faith. 

At the same time, this is a unique circumstance that leads us to lean towards honoring the advice we have received from local health officials and our community partners. 

What we can all do at any time and in any place is pray. Among our many concerns, we can all pray for healing of the sick, wisdom for our leaders, and thanksgiving for all doctors, nurses, and health care officials who are working tirelessly on all of our behalf.

Like always, if you have any prayer concerns or care needs you would like to share with us please contact us at care@fmcm.org or in an emergency you can contact us at our Pastoral Emergency number 817-739-4573.

And we can certainly pray for one another. I will certainly be praying for you. 

Grace & Peace, 

Pastor David