FPCC brothers and sisters in Christ, session has decided for the time being to lift the requirement that people wear masks during our worship services, but please note – we are asking that as a congregation we remain sensitive to people’s need to continue masking because they have small children at home or family members who are immunocompromised. If you notice someone with a mask on, please respect their desire to remain socially distanced. Also, please be prepared to wear a mask when interacting with children wearing masks. Finally, rest assured that session will continue to track the pandemic and local and regional guidance regarding masking and all other public health precautions and will make adjustments as warranted.
Since Beginnings and Beyond, our campus preschool, has closed for the rest of this week, out of an abundance of caution our church office will also be closed through the end of this week. Church staff are still available by phone and email, so please don’t hesitate to reach out. We regret having to make this decision as we miss seeing you (and we know you miss seeing us too!), but we want to make sure we are limiting the risk of exposure.
The State of California now requires that everyone wear masks when gathering indoors. You can read the full mask order on the state’s website here. In response, we will continue wearing masks indoors. Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping everyone safe.
The Contra Costa County Health Department is now requiring that all people, even the fully vaccinated, wear masks when gathering indoors with others. Please plan to wear a mask if joining us in person. Thanks for helping to keep everyone safe.
The Contra Costa County Health Department is now recommending that all people, even the fully vaccinated, wear masks when gathering indoors with others. Please plan to wear a mask if joining us in person. Thanks for helping to keep everyone safe.
The state of California has now lifted most Covid restrictions. If you are planning to worship with us in person and you are fully vaccinated, you are welcome to remove your mask if that is comfortable for you. If you are not vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask. All are welcome to continue wearing masks as they feel comfortable.
With Contra Costa County’s recent change to the Orange Tier, FPCC has returned to in-person worship services in the sanctuary Sundays at 10 AM. We will also continue to broadcast worship services online on YouTube. For in-person worship we will continue to follow COVID guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing, and there will be no congregational singing. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday.
Due to chilly morning temperatures, our in-person worship service on Easter Sunday, April 4 is moving indoors to the sanctuary at 10 AM. Due to county guidelines for indoor worship there will be no congregational singing at this service. All participants must be masked and maintain social distancing. We can welcome up to 80 attendees at this service. You can RSVP to this service here.
Contra Costa County has returned to the Red Tier of Covid restrictions. You can read more about the Red Tier on the county health department’s website here. We plan to return to in-person worship with an outdoor service in the courtyard on Easter Sunday morning, April 4 at 10 AM. All participants must be masked and maintain social distancing. We can welcome up to 80 attendees at this service. You can RSVP to this service here.
Contra Costa County has reentered the Purple Tier of Covid restrictions which means we can no longer meet indoors. You can read the full county health order here. Clicking this link will take you to the Contra Costa County Health Department website. With the weather changing and as a precaution to protect everyone’s health, all in-person services at FPCC have been canceled. We will revisit the possibility of reopening when the county moves to a lower tier. Stay safe and continue to join us on YouTube for Sunday worship at 10 AM. Clicking this link will take you to FPCC’s YouTube channel.
This week our in-person service at 10 AM on Sunday moves back into the Sanctuary due to the weather. Please continue to follow these guidelines to keep everyone safe as we move indoors:
Our in-person, on-site courtyard service is now at 10 AM on Sundays.
On Sunday, October 4 we will begin experimenting with an in-person, on-site service in our courtyard at 9 AM. This is a Communion service. The in-person service in the courtyard at 9 AM will feature the same sermon as the recorded Sunday worship service available on YouTube at 10 AM, but with a shorter liturgy and less music. If you prefer a full worship service, please enjoy the recorded Sunday service available on YouTube beginning at 10 AM. Clicking either of these links will take you to FPCC’s YouTube channel. There will not be a fellowship time following the service. If you plan to attend this new in-person service, you must follow these guidelines:
Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe and healthy as we begin meeting in person once again.
Given the current rise of COVID-19 cases in Contra Costa County, Session has decided not to reopen for worship at this time, and to revisit this decision in late August or early September. Opening in the immediate future would mean no singing, no unison prayers, and no fellowship – a very minimalist worship experience that may not feel much like church.
Presbytery has brought some liability issues to our attention, and our recent survey of the congregation assured us that the quality of our online worship services is better than the risks associated with reopening too soon. We heard many messages urging us “Don’t rush,” and “Safety is more important than [congregating] while the virus continues to rage.” One respondent summed it up: “We cannot imagine church as it was at this time. When you take away social greeting, singing, and after service coffee hour you might just as well enjoy it from home as we’re doing now.”
As much as we all want to come back and see each other again, it is far more important to keep everyone safe. When we do return to in-person worship, we will take the following precautions:
Continue to stay safe and we will continue to worship with you remotely.
The Contra Costa County Health Department has extended the ordinance requiring all county residents to shelter in place in their homes through Sunday, May 31. You can read the full ordinance here. While the county is relaxing some restrictions regarding outdoor activity, FPCC is continuing our full slate of online programing to keep our church community connected:
The Contra Costa County Health Department has extended the ordinance requiring all county residents to shelter in place in their homes through Sunday, May 3. You can read the full ordinance here. In response, FPCC is continuing our full slate of online programing to keep our church community connected:
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.