by Corey Nelson on April 17, 2020


Hello Friends,

Following guidance from local, state, and denominational leaders, First Presbyterian Church has suspended in-person worship and gatherings at our campus on College Avenue until further notice.

The Session and I believe this is the safest and wisest course of action, even as it is difficult to discontinue such essential parts of how we experience community and nourish our faith. We are never “canceling church” or “canceling worship.” During this uncertain season, we are invited to creatively and courageously discover new ways to be the church and experience worship.

While we will not gather at the building on College Avenue, we invite you to meet together at home and worship with us online. Worship each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. or anytime “on-demand” on our live streaming page.

Meanwhile, our staff and volunteers are reaching out to people in our congregation to check-in, and we encourage you to continue reaching out to people you know as well. This is an important time to continue building and nurturing community. Check in to our First Presbyterian Church Group page on Facebook. Share prayer requests online. As we observe social distancing, we do not want to create social isolation.


  • Join us in praying: Pray for patients, doctors, nurses, researchers, and public health officials. Pray for leaders who have to make difficult decisions. Prayer reminds us whose we are.
  • Practice neighborliness: Wash your hands. Stay home if you are sick. Don’t make assumptions about people due to ethnicity or country of origin.
  • Communicate: If you or someone you know is currently in self-quarantine, is isolated for any reason or is sick, please let our staff know, particularly Marge Rice, Director of Caring. You are also encouraged to reach out to one another through calls, emails, or visits. We want to make sure we stay connected throughout this season!

Finally… remember that church is not a building—it is us, the community of Christ—and we are at our best as church dispersed in the community. For now, we are continuing ministry on campus and off-campus through small groups, suppers, and other small gatherings. Remember that worship is not only what happens on Sunday morning. Our lives include opportunities and experiences of worship throughout the day and all week long. In this, we hold one another in prayer for the Holy Spirit to continue inspiring and guiding our lives of faith and faithful living. Remember that our hope lies in Jesus Christ alone, and we will get through this season—whatever it may include. Thanks be to God.


Corey Nelson
Senior Pastor

Tags: coronavirus, covid-19, response to crisis, response to covid-19