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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
The church office remains closed to the public. Lauren will be in the office on Wednesdays (9 am - 5 pm), and Rita on Thursdays (9 am - 2 pm). Otherwise, staff is working from home (Lauren: M, T, Th, F, 8 am - 5 pm; Rita: T, W, 9 am - 2 pm). The church phone is 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.
Session Update on Reopening Status (10/29/20)
So when are we going to resume in-person worship services? This question has been on the minds and hearts of Session members since last spring when FPCPA suspended in-person services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. When to resume in-person worship, and under what conditions, has been an ongoing conversation ever since. With winter approaching, we have added concerns for the emotional well-being of our members who are feeling particularly isolated and for whom face-to-face fellowship with their brothers and sisters in Christ is imperative.
To date, the Session has taken some steps towards the reopening effort. On July 13, we adopted the COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation and Recovery Plan for In-Person Worship. The plan sets forth specific protocols and safety measures to improve the safety of parishioners once the doors are reopened and is a basic requirement of the State of Washington as well as the Presbytery. However, as agreed to by the Session at that time, reopening would not occur until Clallam County reaches Stage 3 in the Governor’s 4-stage Reopening Plan. To date, that designation has not occurred.
Due to fluctuations in case counts and the possibility of holiday-related spikes, Session has opted to keep the church building closed to in-person services. Session will revisit the matter at its January 18 meeting. In the meantime, Session has formed a task force to generate ideas for maintaining our connectivity and supporting our socially isolated members through this winter season.