Pandemic Information - First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church has a committee that is reviewing pandemic information and providing guidance for the church. The committee members are Don Feld (Chair), Steve Anderson, Wynona Anderson, Amy Drummer, Jan Faber, Case Hegeman, Bryan Kunz, and Michelle Wilkinson.

26-Aug-2021 Update

In the light of opinions and concerns expressed to the members of the Re-Opening Committee by church members, we are revising our recommendations. These revised recommendations will be discussed and voted on at the next Session meeting. 

Due to the increase in Covid-19 and its variants in our community and due to the recommendations of the CDC, the reopening committee met on Wednesday, August 25, and agreed to some changes in our efforts to maintain in-person worship and to protect our children under the age of 12 who cannot be vaccinated. The changes agreed to are these:

  • Masks are highly recommended, but not required inside the church for everyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated.

  • It is recommended that members with children under the age of 12, use the balcony in order to maintain social distance.

  • The Fellowship Hall will remain a space for people and families to socially distance themselves, if they wish, during worship.

  • Please use caution during fellowship time when having coffee and donuts and respect the wishes of others who want to wear their masks and socially distance themselves.

  • During events held in the church, such as the clean-up day, and other meetings that don’t involve children under 12 years, masks again are highly recommended, but not required.

We appreciate your understanding and consideration of others as we lovingly work to get through this frustrating time together.

---The Reopening Committee

CDC Guidance         Infection Rate - updated for 16-Jan-2022

21-May-2021 Update

Recent updates to CDC guidance have stated “...fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing...”. Therefore, the reopening committee is providing these updated procedures for gathering at First Presbyterian Church:

  • Dedicated space will be reserved for those who wish to have social distancing and masks. Our ushers will help guide you to those areas.

  • All other space is open for those who do not wish to wear masks or social distance.

  • Seating for families with children in an open space or a masked & socially distanced space is a family decision.

Guiding Principles

  1. We will provide a safe welcoming place to worship for all members of our congregation, including those who prefer masks and social distancing.

  2. We will show loving respect for the views of others on the pandemic while maintaining principle #1.

  3. We will adjust our approach to the pandemic based on the current scientific information.