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First Baptist Church of Oregon City

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  • FBCOC and COVID-19
    • March 15, 2020
      Dear Church Family,

      Today after church, a group consisting of the pastoral staff, church moderator, and committee chairpersons met to discuss our church’s appropriate response to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has been classified as a national emergency and a global pandemic.

      The decision of the group was unanimous: We will not gather as a body for worship on March 22 and 29, and will cancel all functions through March 31. This includes Coffee Time at Shari’s, Youngchurch, the Stewardship Committee meeting, Men’s Breakfast, Women’s Bible Study, Advisory Council, and the Prayer Walk. At the end of March, we will reassess the situation and make a decision going forward.

      We did not make this decision lightly. Before we engaged in dialogue about our church, we considered factual information from the Oregon Health Authority, the testimony of experts in the field, and considered how our brothers and sisters in neighborhood churches are responding to the situation. Our decision is fueled by love for our brothers and sisters within the church who have conditions that make them more susceptible to infection, as well as the desire to minimize the risk of contributing to the spread of this virus.

      The church office will maintain its present hours (Wednesday through Friday, 8:30 to Noon), but calls will be forwarded to Pastor John or Melissa. Pastor John is available for calls, texts, and emails via his mobile phone; the number is in the church directory. The pastoral staff and diaconate will be keeping in touch with church members for prayer and other needs.

      In place of worship, Pastor John will be delivering a sermon each week. These sermons will be posted on our church podcast available on all major podcast apps (Apple, Spotify, Google). To listen online with Spotify, visit this link and create a free account: https://open.spotify.com/show/3zJc2dViwRagXDyYc0sPKy?si=GzVJ-s8cQEeKMnX6npxOMA

      Tithes and offerings can be mailed to the church at the following address: First Baptist Church of Oregon City, P.O. Box 1686, Oregon City, OR, 97045.

      H.O.P.E., our food pantry ministry in the bottom floor of the church, will be deciding within the next few days on procedures for remaining open to provide food to neighborhood families.

      The decision made by this group is cancel Sunday Worship. We will continue being the Church. Sunday Worship is only one function of the church. The most important responsibility of the church is to live out the ways of Jesus together as the hands and feet of our Lord. As long as we continue to love and care for each other and our neighbors in Jesus’ name, we will continue being the First Baptist Church of Oregon City in this time.

      Pastor John Withum, Senior Pastor
      Melissa Meilinger, Director of Music and Youth
      Jim Leatherman, Moderator
      Marja Yingling, Christian Education Chairperson
      Dorene Hunley, Diaconate Co-Chairperson
      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.