March 20th update
Earlier this week Governor Brown extended the school closures through April 28th and advised houses of worship and non-profits that gather people to consider doing the same. The Session took that recommendation to heart, and at this time is extending our SFPC facility closure through that same date: April 28th. This will mean that all worship gatherings, meetings, classes, and groups will need to postpone or meet online during this time. Easterpalooza, as mentioned before, has also been canceled this year.
The Session has also wanted to be sure that during this closure, that if our facility is needed for the medical needs of our community, that a way forward could be made clear. That said, the Red Cross Blood Drive is still on for Tuesday, April 14th. The Red Cross team will be able to keep the facility and donors safe during this very critical time of need for blood donations.
March 14th update
In light of the recent developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), Salem First (SFPC) is shifting our worship service to online-only, and closing our facility to all SFPC services, classes, groups, and meetings through March 31st. Please see the attached letter for the full details regarding the impacts of these actions. We will continue to stay connected as a worshipping community during this time and will reassess the situation as things progress. Please also join us in lifting up our entire community in prayer, especially for those working directly with or impacted closely by this outbreak.
SFPC will move to an online-only service format. This will mean that our in-person worship service will be canceled until at least April 28th. Thankfully the recent sanctuary remodel included technological upgrades to allow us to live-stream and record our worship services. No matter how things progress with the Coronavirus situation, please know that the SFPC staff is committed to keeping this worship experience a reality. Contingency plans are already in the works should further restrictions materialize. While we now know that we won’t be able to gather together for Holy Week and Easter, we WILL be able to worship together in spirit and in truth through this technology. God is good!
We have three options for joining us for online worship. To watch our Livestream:
SFPC Website: salemfpc.org/live
Our website and youtube channel will also host previous services you can watch anytime. You can also search “Salem First Presbyterian” on YouTube and subscribe to the channel.
We would also LOVE to see what worshipping together virtually looks like through pictures of you worshipping at home that we can post to the SFPC Facebook page! You can post pictures on either Facebook or Instagram and tag us (@salemfpc) or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For our offering time, you can give online via our website, you can send a text message to 503-676-5683, or use your bank or financial institution’s online banking services to send a check directly to the church. Thank you for your continued generous support!
We’re facing a very challenging time together right now, and the board of Deacons, and others in our community, are rising up in response to help those that need it. If you currently find yourself unable to leave your home, we are willing and eager to help you by delivering groceries, prescriptions, and whatever else you might need right now.
To receive these services, or to join the Deacons in ministering to our neighbors in this way, please contact me by emailing , or , or by calling the church office at 503-363-9234 or 503-974-6125 if it is after church hours.
Congregational Care Coordinator
Salem First Presbyterian Church
The church office will be closed to public access through April 28th. The best way to be in touch with SFPC staff during this time will be through email, and you can find those email addresses on our SFPC staff page. You can also call the church office but we cannot guarantee someone will be in to answer the phone so you may leave us a voicemail.
Please note: Our amazing staff is taking on significant additional work during this outbreak so please limit your communications to items that are time and need sensitive during this time. Thank you so much!
Unfortunately, in light of the ban on public gatherings, we have had to cancel Easterpalooza this year. We will send out a community-wide announcement regarding the cancellation soon. Our amazing and creative staff is already brainstorming for a special event later this year once the all-clear is given for our community. We will share more details when the time comes…
SFPC Groups and Building use
Effective immediately, we are closing the SFPC main building and restricting access to staff and necessary Session leadership to carry out necessary and time-sensitive tasks during this closure.
We have chosen to cancel all programs and groups that meet in our building through April 28th and are asking all SFPC ministry meetings to move to electronic or video meeting methods if possible. For SFPC groups that meet off-site, we encourage following CDC recommendations of postponing or meeting online if possible, otherwise strictly observing personal space distancing of 3-feet, and limiting contact with vulnerable populations. The Session has also wanted to be sure that during this closure, that if our facility is needed for the medical needs of our community, that a way forward could be made clear.
We are encouraging all non-SFPC affiliated groups that use our building to be in communication with their groups about what their plans are with regards to meeting at SFPC. We will link to their websites below.
Little Friends Montessori School: http://salemlfm.com/
Mens Bible Study Fellowship: https://www.bsfinternational.org/class/713
Brothers of Valor: https://valormentoring.com/
New Beginnings Church
General Health and Saftey Links
We want to make sure that everyone in our community feels loved and safe. We can do so by staying informed and up to date on what the best health practices are and look like. We are including links below to help you stay informed as the SFPC Community. We will be updating this as any more relevant info becomes available.
Oregon Health Authority: http://www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus
The Importance to help "Flatten the curve": https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/wellness-prevention/flattening-curve-for-covid-19-what-does-it-mean-and-how-can-you-help
CDC recommendations for faith communities:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/index.html