First Baptist Church of Oregon City
We invite you to join us anytime, whether you are just visiting or looking for a church home. Come and worship with us and experience wonderful music, powerful teachings, children and student ministries and meaningful fellowship within our family.
We are currently worshiping via podcast each Sunday, and you can find us on all the major podcast apps:
Dear Church Family,
It seems like so long ago in March when we first suspended in-person worship due to the arrival and rapid spread of COVID-19. Phrases we now are very familiar with—such as “physically-distanced” and “flatten the curve”—were new ideas. All of us had hoped we would not be dealing with this by August. Now here we are.
Because of the ongoing increase of infection rates in Oregon, we have chosen to continue the suspension of in-person worship. There are many people in our church who are particularly vulnerable due to pre-existing medical conditions such as breathing problems, diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune disorders. Our church has been spared from this virus so far, and we would like for this to continue.
As the COVID-19 Response Team, we are in the final stages of preparing for reopening with precautions. We continue to meet every other week for prayer seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit and to examine the latest scientific data and guidance for churches. When the conditions are ripe for reopening, we will inform everyone on how we will be going about that.
Your support, prayers, and encouragement have all been appreciated. We are grateful for the calling ministry of the Diaconate. Through this ministry, our church stays connected and lifted up. If you don’t have a copy of the church directory and would like one so you can keep in touch with your brothers and sisters in Christ, please let us know.
Our church continues to worship together via podcast. Once a week we have a new service available on Sunday mornings. It includes music, prayer, Scripture, a sermon from Pastor John, and recently has started including dramatic readings of Scripture. If you are unable to listen through any of the options for computer or smartphone, or know anyone who is in that situation, please let us know. We are able to make CDs of the podcasts as well.
The Stewardship Committee reports giving is steady. Thank you! Your giving enables the church to continue its mission even in these difficult times. Checks can be mailed to First Baptist Church of Oregon City, P.O. Box 1686, Oregon City, OR, 97045.
God is good to us. There may be times we are frustrated with the waiting, but in this we trust the timing of the Holy Spirit to be perfect—and certainly more patient than we are. If there is any way our church can minister to you that we aren’t already, please let us know.
Grace and Peace,
The FBC Coronavirus Response Team
Pastor John Withum, Senior Pastor
Melissa Meilinger, Director of Worship and Youth Ministry
Jim Leatherman, Moderator
Marja Yingling, Christian Education Chairperson
Richard and Shari Secor, Diaconate Co-Chairpersons
Larry Cole, Stewardship Chairperson
First Baptist Church of Oregon City is a family of believers committed to helping others and sharing the hope we have in Christ. We believe and live, share and care, grow and go as active witnesses of the Kingdom of God on earth.
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