COVID Safety Protocols for
First Congregational Church
We are currently meeting in person for worship.
Face Masks Recommended (1-13-23)
In view of the very contagious nature of the new COVID variant XXB.1.5 (click on button below to learn more about this variant), which has a foothold in Oregon, and the fact that Lane County is currently at a MODERATE community risk level for infectious diseases, your FCC COVID Safety Protocol Committee continues to recommend masking during Sunday worship services, classes and fellowship activities.
We strongly recommend masking if you have a cough to protect others. Masks are provided in the church atrium and lobby. Ongoing studies suggest that the most recent booster vaccine (the COVID bivalent) may help fight XXB and other newer variants, so if you have not received it yet, please consider getting it. It’s available at pharmacies and is currently free of charge. If you do get infected, the antibodies your body produces from the vaccine help prevent serious illness requiring hospitalization. XXB is spreading rapidly across the country, increasing more than 100% in the past week, and health experts predict numbers will continue to grow.
Church safety protocols are offered with the intention of balancing diverse needs and opinions while calling Christian values of Community, Hospitality, and Care and Concern for the Vulnerable as our commitment to the common good. We will continue to monitor the Lane County data, and will revise the policy as conditions change. As always, if you are sick please stay home and enjoy the service online.
Our worship is available to stream at 10am on Sundays, and available as a recording afterwards. For a full list and links to past worship services, see Worship Services.
Daily All Church Emails
The All Church emails are sent out daily with a beautiful photograph, a message of hope and the days announcements. Links to various zoom meetings for the week are also included. If you are not receiving the daily All Church emails please contact Dana at email@example.com.
We will continue to provide ongoing updates as necessary. We are monitoring the impact of COVID-19 in our community and are in consistent contact with our local, state, and federal partners, as well as with United Church of Christ national offices.