Dear Church Family,

I wanted to give a brief update about how our church and leadership are responding to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. My staff and I have been closely monitoring the situation and are finding that each day brings a new challenge. I want to assure you we are committed to providing a safe environment for worship and ministry here at Franklin Road Baptist Church while seeking to continue our Heavenly mandate to get the Gospel to this generation.

Hourly, we have been monitoring developments from state, local, and national departments as we continue to gather advice on how to handle public services and ministry. Currently, there are 18 confirmed cases of the virus in the state of Tennessee and none in Rutherford County at this point.

At this point, we will continue with our regularly scheduled worship services as planned for this weekend, Sunday, March 15, 2020.  Unless mandated by Governor Lee or the President, we will continue to meet for our scheduled times.  I want to assure you that we are doing the best we can to limit any exposure to disease. The following are a few practical ways that we are seeking to keep our property and people safe and protected:

  • We are increasing our sanitizing of door handles, restrooms, etc.
  • We will discontinue our “fellowship time” during the services
  • We are asking attendees to wash hands, cover coughs, use hand sanitizers, and of course, remain home if you have been sick, or you have symptoms of any type of sickness

I am fully aware that the government can change all of our plans at a moment’s notice. To help better prepare for the possibility of future changes, this Sunday, we will provide a brief overview of how to watch services online, give online, and how we will seek to maintain our calling as a church during these times. 

As people of God, we must understand that God is ultimately in control, but we must also seek to be responsible for the health and safety of our church family.

Let us continue to pray for one another, our country, and for this virus and the effects of it to be turned quickly.

In Christ,

Pastor Mike Norris