Dear members and friends of First Presbyterian Church, Woodburn,
Following the recommendation of the Presbytery (see the letter below my signature) and the practice of many churches in our area, the Session will be suspending public worship, out of loving concern for the health of our members and our neighbors. There will be no services at the church the next two Sundays, March 15 and 22. We will re-evaluate after that. Other churches are suspending “indefinitely” or “until Easter.”
The Presbytery Leadership Commission of Cascades Presbytery urges all sessions to suspend public gatherings for their congregations, including worship, to support public health and the wellbeing of participants and our larger communities. We encourage you to closely follow guidance from public health authorities, and maintain these practices until the time when such restrictions are lifted.
Simultaneously, we trust that you will find creative ways to remain in fellowship and community, supporting one another and living out your Christian vocations. We hope too that despite our current need for “Social Distancing,” we will also be able to lean into our connectional nature to nurture the health and vitality of all our members.
Rev. Cynthia J. O’Brien
First Presbyterian Church of Woodburn
950 N. Boones Ferry Road
P.O. Box 333
Woodburn, OR 97071