Sunday Service: Covid-19 Response

The Church Leadership has come to the difficult decision after much research and PRAYER to cancel all large group activities, effective immediately. This will be extended until March 31.  At that time we will reevaluate how long to extend this decision.

With the closure of the school system, and the mandates placed by the State of Oregon it is apparent that continuing to meet would put us at odds with all the current COVID-19 mitigation efforts in Oregon. It’s time to think of our neighbors and help stop the spread of this potentially dangerous virus. 

While we do not meet the state recommendation asking groups over 250 to cancel meetings, we are a congregation with a high percentage of those at high risk: those over 60, people with existing serious health conditions and compromised immune systems.
What we will be doing:

  • Sunday service will be live streamed at 10:30am. We will be announcing how to access this on Facebook and by email soon. 

  • Small groups (Ladies ministry, and adult home groups) we are asking the leaders to evaluate your group individually, and make a decision whether or not to meet.  If the groups meet, we ask that they do so in the church annex as the surfaces are easier to keep clean.

  • Youth Group will be cancelled as long as schools are closed.  Leaders will be in contact with the youth via Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

This does not mean it’s time to stop being the Church! Church isn’t the building, or even the physical assembly. Church is about embodying Christ together and our community needs this now more than ever.  Please reach out to your neighbors and friends! We just need to get creative!

What we encourage you to do:
If you are in the vulnerable population (over 60, suppressed immune system, or underlying health conditions) stay home and ask for help. Reach out to us! We would be so happy to bring you groceries or to find someone to serve you in ways that you need.

If you’re healthy and feel safe doing so, and want to help meet this need, contact us and we’ll let you know how you can help.

Please, stay connected: call each other, write emails, and send notes. 

Also, during this time we encourage all to continue to tithe. Even if we don’t meet in the building, we still need to maintain services. One can still send in by mail, or if you feel comfortable with digital, one can donate by the simple give link at the bottom. We appreciate all as we navigate through this.


Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


God’s best to each of you,
Your Pastoral Staff and Church Leadership Team

Contact our Staff:
Church office Email fcgstaff@firstchurchalbany.org
Pastor Moose Cell: (765) 635-1483 (text or call)
Ashleigh’s Cell: (541) 971-3134 (text or call)

A video message from our pastoral staff: