Dear FPStudents, Leaders and Parents,
Over the last few days we have struggled to lead you well and make a decision about Wednesday Student services due to the Covid-19 (Corona) Virus. To this point, we have followed the CDC guidelines for assembly – which excluded schools and universities. Yesterday, President Trump asked Americans to take extreme measures for the next 15 days (https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf).
We have wrestled with this request. As of today, there has only been one known case of Covid-19 in Knox County and no cases in Blount or Anderson County. In our state, there are also only 52 known cases – after hundreds have been tested (https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html). However, out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling tomorrow night, March 18, 2020 and moving our service online at fpStudents.org/watch. Please join us there at 7pm. Each week we will update you on Tuesday, by noon, of our plan for Wednesday for that week. We will make this decision by: Seeking God and His direction for us. Consulting the CDC website and other national, state and local sites. Considering the spread in our own community and region as reported by our state and county. Consulting with our FP Executive Team and Elders. Know that God did not give us a Spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7), and we plan to lead boldly in the days ahead!
Pastor Josh Whitehead
Executive Pastor of Ministries