THIS WEEK'S SERVICE
A Taste of FPC Communion Bread available at the church
For many years, the communion bread we’ve shared at FPCPA has been lovingly baked by Loretta Chapman from her own special recipe. Thanks to Rainy Birch, you and your household can share this same bread on June 7 when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper virtually. Rainy has used Loretta’s recipe to make rolls that you may use for your communion bread at home. Anna Nichols has made gluten-free rolls.
Each roll will be enough to serve your household and will be individually packaged for your safety. You may pick up your roll, regular or gluten-free, at the church on Friday June 5 , between 2-5 pm and Saturday June 6, between 10-12. The rolls will be in the hallway by the office and you can enter through the handicap accessible door and not have to touch anything with your hands.
Closed Captions Available
The online videos of First Presbyterian's church services include a feature that is helpful to those who need it. If you click on the "CC" on the screen in YouTube, it turns on the captions to help those who might have trouble hearing the audio.
WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE OF THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
OF PORT ANGELES, WASHINGTON.
We are located on the northern part of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and are a congregation of about 200 members affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The First Presbyterian Church of Port Angeles is a community of people of all ages who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and who seek to follow His teachings. We come together to worship God, to grow in our love and support for each other, and to learn about God's will for our lives. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we go out to the community and world to share our faith and to serve others. If you are looking for a caring church family, we offer two worship services every Sunday, so plan to visit us soon.
CHURCH OFFICE SCHEDULE
Both Rita and Lauren are working from home until the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. You can still call the church office at (360) 452-4781, and your call will be forwarded to Lauren.
... AN IMPORTANT UPDATE ! ...
First Presbyterian Church building is closed until further notice.
All in-person worship services have been suspended.
Our deacons will be checking in with their flocks to make sure everyone receives this message and that we have up-to-date email and contact information for our members and friends.
Understand that the calendar reflects an automatic list of events. Since the building is closed, the services and events are cancelled with the Social Distancing order. Look at the latest Highlights for the current calendar.
May 23, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
Many of you have seen in the news that Clallam County may soon become eligible for a loosening of the stay-at-home restrictions and are wondering when we will be able to resume in-person worship. Session is contemplating that question, as well as the question of how to resume in-person worship in a safe and responsible manner. What will social distancing look like in worship? Will there be opportunities for fellowship before/after the service? As we ponder these questions, we will be adhering to our presbytery's Covid-19 reopening guidelines, which are also consistent with the state's phased approach for reopening businesses. For reference, we are currently in phase one of the state's approach--in phase three, churches may host up to 50 people for worship services.
According to a recent report in the Peninsula Daily News, a rough timeline provided by the county health officer shows we may reach phase three in mid-July and phase four in September. We are using the presbytery's guidelines and the county health officer's rough timeline for our planning. So it is possible that we may have in-person worship by mid-to-late summer, but that does not mean everyone should return for in-person worship, nor that everyone will feel comfortable doing so. For example, the state advises people with higher risk factors such as compromised immune systems, respiratory issues, or those over 65, to adhere to the stay-home, stay-safe restrictions until we reach phase four. As you ponder a return to in-person worship--or worshiping with us online--you might find it helpful to review the Washington State phased approach and the Northwest Coast Presbytery Covid-19 reopening guidelines . And please continue to pray for session as we navigate these uncharted waters.
Additional information about Covid-19 can be found at these websites:
Please continue to pray for those infected and affected, for those in the medical and scientific fields who are combating the virus, and for all those who may feel anxious. We ask that Christ will bring strength, comfort, and healing to all.