Archived Information and Updates
 
March 31
Good evening Family,
We decided to cancel the 2020 Mission Trip to Nicaragua due to the COVID-19 situation. The health and safety of our members – and those we intend to serve at Mision Para Cristo in Nicaragua – make it impossible for us to visit right now.

We designed this mission trip to:
  1. please God and grow our understanding of Christ’s church,
  2. spread the gospel to persons served by Mision Para Cristo and
  3. expand our faith. To that end, we still believe we can accomplish these three objectives.

To that end, we still believe we can accoplish these three objectives.  With your support, our plans include the following: 
Remaining in contact with Mision Para Cristo leaders and let them know of our support.
Plan an in-person visit to the mission in 2021.
Grow our relationship with Mision Para Cristo over the next year by supporting areas identified on their website — www.misionparacristo.com.  Examples include sending “Smile Boxes” to children at Christmas time, sponsoring school and health expenses for a child, etc.

While canceling the 2020 trip disappoints everyone, we know God remains in control. The revised plans are only a detour on our path to serve. By continuing our involvement, we can grow our relationship with the mission and make our visit in 2021 even more meaningful.

 
 
March 26
Dear Fairview Family,

We are encouraged by the communication taking place – the calls, cards, and activity on the family Facebook page. Please keep reaching out to one another.
 
As you have no doubt heard, the city and county have issued new guidelines. We have made the decision to set up our office staff to work from home. You can still connect with staff through email and numbers listed in the directory. Vicki will be regularly checking the mail and has remote access to voicemail. Our hope is that this move will keep our staff safe, be in the best interest of public health, and have a limited impact on our ability to connect.
 
Online giving remains an excellent tool during times like these. We have added a short video tutorial to our website that will step you through the process of setting up a one-time or recurring gift. If you have questions, please contact Andrew.
 
Thank you again for all you are doing to live out our shared vision. We encourage you to continue shining the light of Jesus in difficult times.
 
The Elders.
 
 
March 23
Good morning family,
 
Thank you for your continued faithfulness to our mission during the past week. Despite challenges, we were able to worship, commune, and grow together. We will continue to adapt and grow in the coming weeks. Here are some things you can do this week.
  • Stay engaged in study – Brian has prepared two new devotionals for this week. The first is available now.
  • Stay engaged in fellowship – Connect with our private Facebook page , call someone you miss seeing or someone you think may be lonely during this time. Send a card to encourage someone that could use a lift.
  • Stay engaged in our mission – The elders continue to share their transformation stories. Burt Miller’s is available now.
We continue to pray over each of you and our community.
 
The elders.
 
 
March 20

Hey Fairview Family!

We have ordered some individually wrapped communion packages that you and your family can use to have communion time in the Sundays to come. You may come to the building tomorrow morning (Saturday) from 10:00-11:00 to pick up some supplies. If you are unable to get out tomorrow, contact  David Parker and we will arrange to deliver some to you. We continue to pray for God’s protection over each of you. Have a great weekend!

The Elders
 
 
March 19
Church family,
 
As new information becomes available on a daily basis, the elders and staff remain in constant prayer for guidance and wisdom. Based on current national and local recommendations, we will continue to refrain from meeting this coming week.
 
We remain committed to forging ahead with our Spirit-led vision for the year – transforming in faith. We are working diligently to figure out how best to lead in that vision under our current limited circumstances. We ask for your graciousness and your prayers as we adapt, grow, and learn.
 
We remain positive that in the face of difficulties and limitations, there are great opportunities to stretch and to grow – ways to transform! Jesus promised us troubles in this world, but he also promised that he had overcome this world (John 16:33). In this time, we rejoice in those promises.
 
We ask you to actively participate by following along with the materials that we and the ministerial staff continue to prepare and post online. Use the study and devotional materials, engage with the questions, and reach out to each other with encouragement.
 
The Elders at the Fairview Road Church of Christ
 
 
March 16, 2020 -Statement from the Elders

Dear members of the Fairview Road Church of Christ,

As the public health situation regarding the COVID-19 virus unfolds, the elders remain committed to faithfulness in prayer, seeking guidance from God’s Holy Spirit. We continue to consider how we lead with wisdom in this rapidly changing environment. Our goal is to do this with transparency and openness.

Though difficult for us, we canceled services on March 15th based on the best information at the time. Further, we do not intend to meet on Wednesday, March 18th.

We desire to meet together as soon as we safely can. To accomplish this, we will explore ways to reduce and eliminate risk factors inherent to an assembly setting. During this time, the elders intend to meet (or have a conference call) twice per week to address the public health situation and how it impacts our membership.

We recognize the need for timely decisions and information in the coming weeks. Each Thursday, we will provide an update on plans for the coming Sunday and Wednesday. We will post this information to our church website – www.fairviewroad.org  We understand that some of our members do not have reliable access to the Internet. The elders will identify these members and make plans to call them with updates regarding service cancelations. Please keep in mind that the situation may change frequently, and our plans may need to change quickly. Once we are again able to assemble safely, a good practice would be to check the website before you leave home.

We desire to maintain a sense of connection and build an environment of spiritual growth through the days ahead. We want to provide spiritually forming devotional and educational content twice weekly as part of regular informational updates. We will also look into video sermons and other accessible materials.

We want to remain connected during this unprecedented time. We encourage members to continue communication with their brothers and sisters, respecting the need to limit physical contact with higher-risk groups. Phone calls, cards, letters, email, texts, and other means of communication offer real ways to remain connected.

 

 The Elders at the Fairview Road Church of Christ

 

March 14th, 2020 – Statement from the Elders

Dear Members of the Fairview Road Church of Christ,

As Elders, we wanted to reach out to you about the COVID-19 situation with both information and encouragement.

We are taking steps to protect the health of our congregation. Our building is as clean as we can make it at this time. We continue to evaluate other measures to help thwart the transmission of communicable diseases. We encourage you to follow all public health suggestions and recommendations. MU Health Care provides up-to-date guidance at this link https://www.muhealth.org/conditions-treatments/medicine/infectious-disease/coronavirus

We encourage you to monitor your health and to refrain from church activities if you have symptoms of illness. If you feel sick, stay home and follow these steps from CDC. Additionally, if a member of your immediate family is ill, we recommend the entire family stay home.

To our seniors and those with underlying health concerns, we understand that your risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 is higher. You have our blessing to stay home if you feel uncomfortable attending worship.

To other members, be vigilant in loving your neighbors, particularly the elderly and infirmed among us. We encourage members to remain connected to these brothers and sisters, respecting the need to limit physical contact with higher-risk groups. Phone calls, cards, letters, texts, and other means of communication offer real ways to remain connected to higher-risk groups.

If other activities canceled, we will send a mass email and we will post the announcement to our website and Facebook page. Please keep in mind that this public health situation remains fluid and that our plans may need to change quickly.

We believe it is within the hour of hardship that people most need the comfort and stability our church provides. Remember, we serve a risen Savior who is in control. That should be evident in the way we respond to this situation. It was our Christian brothers and sisters in China, who led the way during the initial outbreak of this virus. They testified to their hope by loving, serving, and above all, trusting in the LORD.

 

The Elders at the Fairview Road Church of Christ