All Church services have been temporarily suspended.
During this time all of our services will be online.
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Dear Friends in Christ,
The Session met Saturday at 10 am and made the decision that worship services for the remainder of March are cancelled. Furthermore, worship will not resume until April 5, Palm Sunday, at the earliest.
If we do resume on Palm Sunday, here’s what you need to know:
We will have 3 services on April 5, Palm Sunday.
We will not have a cantata.
We will not have communion.
Communion is not scheduled to resume until the first Sunday in June.
Did you know that we have services online already? You might also care to check those out. You may link from our website or go to :
(if you can’t click on this or any links, copy and paste them into your browser).
Will the church be open during the week?
The church will remain open for office hours Monday through Thursday from 9 to 4. I would encourage you to keep your pledges current if possible. Our financial situation is sound, but we will continue to pay our employees and carry out all our mission outreach. Your contributions make this possible. You may donate by mail or drop off offerings if you wish during those hours.
What about church meetings?
That will be left up to each group’s leadership. Many groups are canceling or have already canceled upcoming meetings. Outside or church sponsored groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, AA, NA, Al-Anon, etc. will be allowed to continue their meetings. We have no information regarding Happy Hearts preschool at this time. Check their website for updates at http://www.happyheartsocala.org/
What about people who don’t get email?
I am asking all of our deacons to contact people in their flocks today who do not have access to computers about all of these developments, especially regarding the cancellation of services.
What about pastoral care?
All “in person” visits are suspended. We do not want to unknowingly spread the virus, if and when it reaches our area. I will be available, by phone, to talk, pray, or help you in any way that I can. Again, call me anytime at 352-286-3036 with any pastoral concerns.
What about updates?
If you need updates, first try the church website if you have a computer or smart phone. It will be updated with this information later today. www.fpcocala.org
If you need to know anything else, please call me at 352-286-3036, or call the office during regular hours at 352-629-7561.
Let us be strong for each other. Let us check on our neighbors well-being. Let us be calm and patient. Let us pray to be closer to God. Let us practice spiritual disciplines of prayer, reading scripture, meditation, singing hymns and psalms, fasting, self-denial, or any other spiritual practice that draws you closer to our God. God is good. God’s steadfast mercies endure forever.
Look for me tomorrow online for worship.
Grace and Peace,
First Presbyterian Church Ocala