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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Advisory

All gatherings at First Presbyterian Church including meetings, Bible studies, mid-week gatherings and all other events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Sunday Services (10:00am and 6:00pm) will continue to be livestreamed. Daily Devotionals by Dr. Thomas will continue to be posted each weekday.

Need assistance or prayer? 

  • Are you in need of assistance during this time? We are coordinating a team of volunteers to help run errands and provide transportation. Please call the "Pastor on Call" telephone if you need help, 803-513-7931.
  • Do you have a prayer need? You can submit your request online using the form below, or if you would like a pastor to pray with you on the phone, please call the "Pastor on Call" at 803-513-7931.

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March 17, 2020

Dear First Presbyterian Church Family,

These are unprecedented times and each day seems to bring some new dimension. I trust you know that you are all greatly loved by the church staff and we are endeavoring to meet the challenges of not being able to be physically together. At this point, we have no way of ascertaining how long we will be in this mode, but my guess is at least a month, maybe longer. Pushing the “return” button will be difficult. So, we need to stay calm and trust in the Lord’s providence and sovereignty in the days ahead.

I wanted to bring some information to you right away. Other things will come to mind as we go through this emergency.

  1. If anyone needs help with essentials (grocery shopping, transportation), please call the “Pastor on call” telephone — 803.513.7931 for help/assistance.
  1. If you would like to volunteer to help those who have needs, please go to this link: https://forms.gle/jjc2cefvxbu9gck97
  1. If you would like someone to pray with you over the telephone, please call the “Pastor on call” telephone — 803.513.7931, or use this link:https://forms.gle/RyZVEvEskQkzfvEdA

All requests for prayer will be kept confidential.

  1. We will be live-streaming our services on Sunday at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. For those who do not have internet capability, the morning sermon is also broadcast on 1320 AM radio at 11:00 am.
  1. The Session has decided to postpone our 225 celebrations. This is a huge disappointment given the amount of planning that went into it. However, we WILL have this celebration at some point in the future. We are grateful to Lanny Lambert and the 225 Committee for all the wonderful plans they put together.
  1. Please note that we are putting a five-minute video/devotional online each day that will also have some up-to-date information. Please check it out and share.

Again, please feel free to contact us if you have any needs. We are here to help you in whatever way we can.

“God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Sincerely in the gospel,

Derek W.H. Thomas

Senior Minister

 

 

March 13, 2020

Dear First Presbyterian Church Family,

Our Sunday gatherings for worship are some of the most blessed times in our entire lives. Coming together as a church family, to praise our wonderful God, uttering prayers of thanksgiving and supplication, hearing his Word read and expounded to us, and receiving his sacraments—signs and seals of his covenant faithfulness to us; these times are precious. 

However, in the light of escalating fears and in the interests of concern to do the right thing for our community, we will worship via livestream this Sunday. Whether accurate or not, the perception is that large in-person gatherings facilitate the spread of the Covid-19 virus. To mitigate that, and be responsible members of our community, we feel it expedient that we should gather as the Body of Christ, not in person, but in spirit and truth, connected (as many of our senior members already do) via the internet.

Some of you will see this as overreaction, and you may well be correct. But yesterday, the President, as well as the NCAA and NBA took unimaginable steps, stating clearly that large gatherings of people should be avoided. Doing a small thing now may help the community a week from now. Every hour we seem to be in new territory. And next week we will know more.

God’s people should not panic. Nor should they simply yield to what some might view as propaganda. But in an abundance of caution, we think this might be correct thing to do for this week. The Lord is in control. And we need to pray that this issue will be resolved quickly and decisively. Experts in our community will continue to guide us as a community.

We will not therefore have Sunday School this Sunday. 

Streaming times will be 10.00 am (Thomas) and 6.00 (Fluhrer).

The Session will meet on Monday evening as planned and make some decisions about our weekly events as soon as we can. We will continue to inform you on a regular basis as matters develop. 

This is not an easy decision. Many people have been consulted, including many of our medical community at First Presbyterian Church.

In the bonds of the gospel, 

Derek W. H. Thomas                                                  Lee Harvin

Senior Minister                                                   Chairman, Administration Committee

 

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