Updated 3/16: FPCC’s Response to Coronavirus

Update Monday, March 16th

Today the Contra Costa County Health Department issued an ordinance requiring all county residents to shelter in place in their homes beginning midnight tonight and continuing until April 8. You can read the full ordinance here. In response, FPCC is making some changes in the coming weeks to help protect everyone’s health. See the end of this email for a full list of all canceled FPCC programs through April 7.

Join in! New Ways to Participate
FPCC is ready to try some new ways to make sure we stay connected in the coming weeks.

  • Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, Pastor Johanna will host live morning prayers on our YouTube channel at 9 AM. Please send her any prayer requests at pastorjohanna@fpcconcord.org to be included. You can join her in prayer every morning here.
  • Periodically Pastor Johanna will also post short videos with reflections on spiritual disciplines to help us through this strange time. Find the first video here to find out what Pastor Johanna is binge-watching! Future videos will be available on our YouTube channel.
  • Online Sunday services will continue! Pastor Johanna will continue to live stream her sermons on our YouTube channel Sundays at 10 AM.

Stay Connected! Let’s Not Lose Touch
The church office will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, April 7 and will not be receiving any voicemails. But we still want to hear from you!

  • You can still email the office at fpcc@fpcconcord.org. This email will be checked daily Monday through Friday.
  • Feel free to call Pastor Johanna (574-933-4243) or Rebecca Chase (858-805-5874) with any needs or just to let us know how you’re doing. You can also email them at pastorjohanna@fpcconcord or rebeccac@fpcconcord.org.
  • Be sure to email Pastor Johanna with any prayer requests for her daily prayer video at pastorjohanna@fpcconcord.org.
  • If you need any assistance (grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, etc.), please contact your deacon. Deacons, if you need help fulfilling these needs, please email church staff at fpcc@fpcconcord.org.

Our church and all other non-profits still rely on regular giving to keep things running even as we won’t be gathering in person. Consider giving from home with Zelle, the safe online giving app that partners with your bank. Sign up through your bank’s mobile app and select FPCCZelle@fpcconcord.org.

The following FPCC events have been canceled through April 7th:

  • Men’s Bible Study at Digger’s Diner on Tuesday mornings
  • All musical rehearsals (choir, praise band, and The Flock)
  • The Wednesday night small group with dinner at church
  • Theology on Tap
  • Mission Sewing Group on Thursday mornings
  • The Prayer Walk on Saturday, March 21
  • The Gathering on Saturday nights
  • Sunday morning worship service, fellowship time, and adult Sunday school (Please note: Pastor Johanna will live stream Sunday sermons on YouTube at 10 AM on Sundays)
  • The Clayton Small Group on Monday nights
  • The Clean Start Laundry program on Saturday, March 28
  • The Wednesday afternoon Bible Study at church with LaVerne Herren
  • Circle 4’s April meeting
  • First Friday’s April meeting
  • The Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast

We look forward to rescheduling many of these events when we can. Even though we may not see each other very much for a few weeks, your church family loves you and we will continue to hold each other in prayer.

Original post from Tuesday, March 11th

The Contra Costa County Health Department has declared a county-wide state of emergency in response to the local spread of coronavirus. You can read their statement and guidance for social distancing here.

At FPCC we are taking the situation seriously, but we don’t believe that there is cause for alarm. We will continue to have our worship service this Sunday, March 15 as well as the Farewell Reception for Susan Soehner during the Fellowship Time.

However, we will be making some changes to help protect everyone’s health, and we encourage anyone with a compromised immune system or underlying health situation, anyone classified as part of a vulnerable population, or anyone not feeling well to please stay home.

If you choose to stay home on Sunday morning–good news! 
First Presbyterian Church Concord has our own YouTube channel!
You can now live stream our services any time you can’t make it to church. Plus, you can also find past services here, so if you’ve missed one, this is the place to find it. Click the purple button below to go directly to our channel. When you see the welcome message from Pastor Johanna, you’ll know you’re in the right place.

You can also give to FPCC online!
Participate in the weekly offering while watching the service from home with Zelle, the safe online giving app that partners with your bank. Sign up through your bank’s mobile app or by clicking the button below and select FPCCZelle@fpcconcord.org.

If you choose to join us on Sunday morning, here’s what to expect: 

  • We will be practicing “social distancing” as advised by the county: spread out and plan to sit at least 6 feet away from each other, and refrain from handshakes and hugs, use elbow bumps or waves instead.
  • We will not be passing collection plates down the aisles to collect the offering during the service. Instead, collection plates will be available in the narthex, or you may give online with Zelle.
  • We will not be passing the peace during the worship service to prevent physical contact. We encourage you to share the peace of Christ with each other through a wave or a nod.
  • Hand sanitizer and tissues will be available in the narthex.