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 The Governor has consulted with experts and allowed group gatherings.  At that time we will reevaluate how we conduct services, and how best we can keep our congregants safe.

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. 


What we will be doing for the forseeable future:

  • Sunday service will be live streamed at 10:30am. This will be on Facebook Live platform here FCG Facebook Live or on a rebroadcast sightly delayed on Youtube here FCG YouTube Channel

  • Small groups (Ladies ministry, Sunday School, and adult home groups) we are asking not to meet at this time, or use our Zoom platform. If you are needing help setting up meetings, please contact our church office. We have one adult Sunday school class meeting on Sunday mornings. If you would like to be a participant please contact the curch office or Pastor Dave Shrout for information on how to join.

  • Youth Group will be cancelled as long as schools are closed.  Leaders will be in contact with the youth via Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. They are currently meeting on Wednesday evenings on a Mindcraft server with a discord chat. If you would like to be included, contact one of our leaders, or the church office.

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 Simple Give here . 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)