During these days amid all the changes and challenges they are holding, First Presbyterian is continuing to connect with our congregation, church friends, and those exploring our website.
While apart, we are still the church. With God and with each other, we are not alone.
As this time of sheltering at home has continued, people are seeking things to sustain their soul. Hoping you’ll stream our Sunday worship services at 10:30 am, or look at the Virtual Vespers services, quiet times of reflecting on faith and spirit. You’ll also find here children’s sermons and creative resources for families at home with children.
Many church groups are continuing to meet by Zoom, and there is a Zoom coffee hour after worship each Sunday. The Sunday Scripture study class is meeting by Zoom at 9 am on Sundays, as well as a 6 pm study on Monday evenings.
Volunteers from our church are helping distribute food and art supplies at Alder House, and making food boxes at the NE Emergency Food Pantry, as well as making masks. The church has made grants to Friendly House and the NE Food Pantry to help those most in need.
A word of gratitude to the many who have given gifts of financial support through this season. Generous continued support allows First Pres still to be the church – in worship, pastoral care, education, and service to the community.
Our Session, the church’s governing body, has appointed a group to guide the church as restrictions on gathering are eased in the months to come. They will follow local health authorities, government rulings, and advice from our wider regional church, the Presbytery of Cascades to plan for gradual reopening. Given the present state of the pandemic, they have let us know that it is unlikely that we will gather in person for worship until Christmas Eve at the earliest.
While we miss the chance to gather together, out of care for health, for the time being, we’ll continue to worship together by streaming the service and holding one another in prayer. Please reach out to the church office at (503) 227-7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any needs.
Wishing you peace and strength through the challenges that these days are holding,