Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
At First Presbyterian Church of Pensacola, we’re closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. We have formed a task force that is meeting regularly to develop plans and procedures in response to COVID-19.
This webpage (fpcpensacola.com/covid19) will serve as our primary source of information for anything related to COVID-19 and how it impacts FPC Pensacola.
(Last updated July 31, 2020)
Due to the significant increase of COVID-19 cases in our community, our session has voted to continue the postponement of in-person worship for the foreseeable future.
Letter from Pastor Robert (May 24, 2020)
Dear FPC Family,
We continue our journey through unchartered waters during this pandemic. I want to update you on what we are doing behind the scenes to prepare to eventually reopen and provide some insight into our decision-making process moving forward. Our Coronavirus Response Task Force has met every two weeks over the past month to assess our particular situation and make recommendations to our session. We have been working on a month by month basis, deciding how far to continue suspending worship and in person meetings at the church. Eventually, this process will move to a week by week situation. The session has just approved the recommendation to continue the suspension of in person worship and meetings at the church through the month of June (excluding the Child Discovery Center and church office employees returning to the office).
Several of our committees have been meeting via Zoom to begin answering questions about how we may eventually reopen. The Worship and Music Team, the Property Team, the Stewardship and Finance Team, the Outreach and Service Team, the Human Resource and Development Team, the Child Discovery Center Council, the Coronavirus Response Task Force, the Session, and others have met via Zoom to look at specific questions regarding what reopening might look like for each team. I have provided questions sent out by other church leaders throughout the country for us to work on to discuss how we might reopen. I have also been meeting with other downtown clergy and Presbyterian clergy to discuss what their churches are doing. My hope is as other churches open up earlier than us we may learn from their best practices and also learn from what they find does not work well. Our plan is to have policies and procedures in place before we decide to reopen.
The health and safety of our church family is our primary concern. As different parts of our community continue to open up, we will have different ideas of how quickly to reopen and how to reopen safely. I ask for your continued patience and understanding as your church leadership navigates the reopening process. We covet your prayers during this time.
In the meantime, please continue to join us each week for digital worship. We are fortunate to be able to continue to worship together in this way. Also, please continue to check in with your FPC family – call your pew pals and church friends, write a card to someone you have been thinking about, or e-mail someone to check in. My prayers continue to be with each of you during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.
In addition to updating this page, we will also be posting updates to the FPC Pensacola Facebook page. You can also receive updates by subscribing to our email newsletter at the link below:
These are reasonable steps designed for the protection of everyone, and our sincere hope is that they will be short-term actions. We thank you for your faithfulness, and we look forward to continuing our fellowship in new ways.
General questions concerning these changes or the church policy may be sent to Senior Pastor Robert Quiring (email@example.com). Questions regarding the details for a particular service should be directed to Senior Pastor Robert Quiring (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Pastor John Kupar (email@example.com) or Parish Associate Joan Wooten (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information about the coronavirus or COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/covid19.
In-person worship services have been suspended for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to worship God. We will produce an online worship service that will be available to view each week in the video player below. To view the worship video as soon as it's available, like the FPC Pensacola Facebook page and subscribe to the FPC Pensacola Email Newsletter. Worship service videos and more can also be viewed directly on the FPC Pensacola YouTube Channel.
We encourage you to watch the worship service videos on Sunday morning with the knowledge that you’re worshiping with your FPC family, but they will also be available to view at any time.
In times when we are encouraged to keep a social distance, we encourage you to give online! Check out fpcpensacola.com/give for online giving options. Giving can also continue by sending mail to the church at the following address:
33 E. Gregory St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
Additional Event Changes
Below is the current list of changes, cancellations and postponements for additional church events. If you know of any information that should be added to this list, please let us know by calling 850-438-9619 or emailing email@example.com.
If you are a leader of any organized in-person church event, we encourage you to find alternate ways to connect with your group such as scheduled video chats or phone calls.
In-person Sunday School classes are postponed indefinitely. Some classes, like the Fellowship Class and the Open Door class, are continuing to meet online. Class leaders are encouraged to continue connecting with their regular attendees. For more information, email Pastor Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Nights at First
Our in-person Wednesday night gatherings, including dinners and other programs, have been postponed indefinitely.
The Pastor’s Bible Study is now meeting via Zoom each Wednesday evening. To be sent a link to join, email Pastor Robert at email@example.com.
The youth group and college group are continuing to meet via Zoom. If you would like to participate, please contact Pastor John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Discovery Center
The Child Discovery Center reopened on June 1 for a limited number of children. For more information, email elder Alan Moore at email@example.com.
Preschool and Elementary Children
Preschool and elementary school children and their families are invited to join Director of Family Ministries Sarah Middleton Uslan for video sessions via Zoom. Worship and Bible story activities and resources are provided to encourage family conversations and faith development together. The resources focus on the same Bible passages as the worship service and Children’s Moment within the service.
For more information, join the Parents at First Presbyterian Pensacola Facebook group or email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Resale Shop in the Rox Cowley Building has reopened for business. The new hours are Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Face masks are required for entry and all purchases will be final. All donations are still much appreciated.
Additional Cancellations and Postponements
DiscipleFest 2020, originally scheduled for March 28 at Dogwood Aces, has been postponed to November 14. Contact: email@example.com.
The Gulf Coast Presbyterian Pilgrimage, scheduled for April 16-19, has been postponed. Contact: Leslie Yandle, 850-450-1592, firstname.lastname@example.org or Brad Schild, 850-377-4809, email@example.com.
The performance of Mary and Martha: Heart and Hand scheduled for April 5 has been canceled. Contact: Allen Pote, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The weekly Pinky Bach Men’s Breakfast has been postponed indefinitely. Contact: Bob Jones, email@example.com.
The Presbyterian Women’s Annual Gathering on March 21 at First Presbyterian Church of Lynn Haven has been canceled. Contact: Sheri Morden, PW Moderator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church office is currently open by appointment only. Please contact the pastors by email and phone for pastoral care and concerns. During off hours please call the church office, 850-438-9619, and leave a message. During the initial greeting you may key in the extension number of the person you are trying to reach and leave your message. Below is a list of the staff contact information:
Robert Quiring - ext. 111 - email: email@example.com
John Kupar - ext. 103 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Wooten - ext. 109 - email: email@example.com
Sarah Uslan - ext. 104 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Buran - ext. 112 - email: email@example.com
Vicki Nickles - ext.108 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Cobb - ext. 102 - email: email@example.com
Darnetta Williams - ext. 100 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Black - ext. 115 - email: email@example.com
Pastor Robert, Pastor John and Pastor Joan are still available for pastoral care during this time, but they will not be visiting retirement homes or making home visits. They will be reaching out to those who are known to be in need of support through other communication methods.
The Congregational Care Committee will also be reaching out to our members who are homebound or who are vulnerable to feelings of anxiety and isolation. We want to be responsive to your material and emotional needs during the current crisis.
For assistance with grocery shopping or other errands that can’t be set up for home delivery, someone in your zip code may be available to get what you need. Please contact Pastor Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 850-438-9619 if you require this assistance or know someone who does. And if you’re willing to help fellow members with shopping and delivery of items, contact us at 850-438-9619.
Feeling overwhelmed by the flood of news in this ever-changing crisis? Feeling exhausted by uncertainty and from having to make numerous adjustments to your daily life? You’re not alone! From time to time we’ll feature ideas for coping, prayers and meditations, and website links that offer help. Watch this page for updates and details on who to call for emotional or material assistance.
Lenten Devotion Video: The Symbol of Towels (by Jill Duffield, The Presbyterian Outlook, on April 8, 2020)
Even though we aren’t seeing each other in the pews on Sunday or at dinner on Wednesday, we are still a church family. We encourage our classes, teams and groups to stay connected through email, phone calls and other forms of communication. Make a plan for how classes can meet together online and share those plans with us. If you need help on how to meet online, please reach out to Pastor John at email@example.com. We also encourage you to reach out to your pew pals and other church friends to check in, stay connected, and see how we can support each other during this time of isolation.
During times of uncertainty, it is calming to know that we worship the Prince of Peace. Let us pray for each other, our community, our country, and our world in the days and weeks ahead. Nothing can separate us from God’s love.
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, not things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8: 37-39).
Presbytery Book Study
The Book of Revelation isn’t about calculating when the end times will come. It is about pointing to some of the most engaging outlines of the gospel. Revelation “reveals” the Good News of who Jesus Christ is and what he accomplishes. This will be an online Zoom study led by our General Presbyter, the Rev. Dr. Roy A. Martin, each Wednesday morning from June 10 to August 5 at 9:30 a.m. CT. Please register by contacting the Presbytery office at 850-535-2335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.