New mask guidance for indoor gatherings!

New mask guidance for indoor gatherings!
Thanks to all for completing the recent worship survey. Over 130 of you took the time to share your thoughts with us. The great news is that vaccination rates in our congregation are extremely high. Even with the circulation of the delta variant, vaccination remains the best protection for you and others, and it remains very effective in preventing serious illness or worse from coronavirus infection.  

However, in the interest of making sure everyone is comfortable when we gather at FPC, and in light of recent changes in CDC guidance, as of Sunday, August 1 (and until further notice), we are requesting everyone wear masks when gathering as a group in the building.   

You will also notice a few changes in worship:
Worship leaders will wear masks, unless speaking directly into microphones;
The choir will take some time off;
Music will be provided by individuals or small groups.
(All worship participants will be vaccinated, of course.)  

We will continue to follow COVID trends and public health guidance closely as we think about creative ways to be together. Please stay tuned regarding details of a Q&A session planned with the FPC COVID team in late August.  

The FPC COVID Team (Art Baker, Kathy Colville, Lesley Curtis, Howard Eisenson, Karen Romines)

Proposed Expansion & Renovation Plan

Proposed Expansion & Renovation Plan
Our church facilities have been a blessing both to our faith community, and the larger Durham community. In order to grow in our efforts to be welcoming, mission-driven, and a source of encouragement to both our membership and our community, changes and improvements to our physical plant need to be considered. We see opportunities to continue to grow in congregational ministries and community partnerships through significant, targeted expansion and renovation of our current facilities.

Based on guidance from the long-range plan presented to the congregation in 2019, preliminary building expansion and renovation plans have been developed and are now being shared with you in an informational brochure at this link: BROCHURE. Please take time to read it to be more informed. Contact the church office to request a copy be sent to you by email or US mail.
 
We ask that you return a brief survey, found at this link: SURVEY.  You can also respond by returning the paper survey found at the end of the informational brochure. Your input is needed!  Please respond by August 8.  

Please also plan on attending an informational session in church immediately after the 11:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, August 1. Another session will be held in church on Monday, August 2, at 6:30 p.m. You can also attend a virtual session on Sunday, August 8, at 4:30 p.m. by going to this link: ZOOM.  

This is an exciting time in our 150 years of ministry in the heart of Durham. We hope we can count on your support!
The Vision Team
Paul Baldasare
Mindy Douglas
Sharon Hirsch
Mac McCorkle
Tyler Momsen-Hudson
Karen Romines
Chuck Wilson

YOU helped save someone’s life!

YOU helped save someone’s life!

Thanks to all the FPC’ers who came out on July 29 to donate blood. Our first ever blood drive was a grand success thanks to you! 25 units of blood were collected. Way to go! If you missed out donating this time around, we are planning another one for OCTOBER!!!

“Summer Sabbath Practices” all-church event rescheduled

“Summer Sabbath Practices” all-church event rescheduled

This event has been rescheduled for August 16-20, beginning each evening at 5:30. A meal will be included for those who pre-register for this event.

We have returned to the sanctuary for in-person worship and we are still broadcasting online. What you need to know . . .

We have returned to the sanctuary for in-person worship and we are still broadcasting online.   What you need to know . . .

For more information on regathering for worship in the sanctuary, read this Q & A document. For information on viewing worship online, read this Q & A document.

Sunday School / Faith Formation

Sunday School / Faith Formation
  • Our children’s summer faith formation class started June 6. Beginning July 4, we are offering one children’s class via Zoom or you can come to FPC for in-person discussion and activities, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
  • The summer Faith & Community class for adults will have six weeks led by the Anti-Racism Task Force (June 6 – July 11) studying the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South, followed by five weeks of discussion of The Black Church, the documentary by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (July 18 – August 15). The Faith & Community class will meet via Zoom from 10:00-10:45 a.m. on Sundays, June 6 and 13.  Beginning Sunday, June 20 and following, class will meet via Zoom from 9:45-10:30 a.m. unless otherwise publicized.
  • The Lectionary, Journeys and Scratch adult classes will meet this summer as well.  Start times and locations/Zoom links for each of these classes to be announced.
  • The Women’s Spiritual Formation Class will not meet this summer.  They will join with the Faith & Community class via Zoom.

“This is not okay.”

“This is not okay.”

Dear Friends,

It pains me so to write this, another message responding to senseless acts of violence perpetrated against communities and individuals of color. For the past year, our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander siblings in the United States have increasingly been the victims of verbal racial slurs and unprovoked physical attacks. These attacks have arisen out of ignorance and the acceptance of faulty information related to the pandemic and because of xenophobia. This week, the violence escalated as a single white male murdered eight people – six of them women of Asian descent. This is not okay. 

Click here to read this entire letter to the FPC congregation from Pastor Mindy Douglas.

Remember to pledge!

Watch this year's Stewardship Campaign videos with co-chairs Sharon Hirsch and George Bernhardt, special musical guest Brent Curtis and a message from Wayne and Lucie House. We are the church. The church is the people.

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