First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa closes effective noon, Tuesday March 17, 2020
Dear First Church family,
These are strange days.
“Research has shown that houses of worship are often one of the first places people turn when they are in crisis—whether they need physical, emotional, or spiritual support,” In a public health crisis, churches also face unique challenges and questions as a public gathering space.” -Jamie Aten, Ph.D., Disaster Psychologist and Founder and Executive Director of Humanitarian Disaster Institute, Wheaton College
Indeed. So the very idea that First Church would close her doors, that we would cease to gather for worship and study, prayer and singing –that we would not come together to remember the Lord’s Supper (to say nothing of pastoral care and mission) –all of this seems completely antithetical to who the Church is and what we’re called to be about.
And yet that’s what the Session of First Church believes we are being called to do.
And there is a biblical mandate behind this. We are choosing to honor our civil authorities, to comply with the best medical counsel, and to limit for a season our gatherings and calendared events –in order to protect the most vulnerable and further the common good in Jesus’ name—for the Life of the world.
Please read carefully the notifications below. More information will be forthcoming over every social media platform, our voice-tree, and the FPC website.
Special plans are underway to ensure that worship, pastoral studies, special times with children, and other ministries might continue via remote technology.
There are many ways we can care for those who are most vulnerable, through caring portals, phone calls, brief visits, grocery runs and the like. As the Lord drops ideas into your heart and mind, please convey them to the Church staff. And every part of the body is vital and important. We all have a role to play.
May the Lord bless and strengthen His Church - that we might live into this strange chapter of life in ways that demonstrate the love of Christ for the world.
Rev. Dr. James Miller
Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa
First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa closes effective noon, Tuesday March 17, 2020 in response to Covid-19
Effective, March 17, 2020, First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa is closing it’s building and cancelling all events, programming and services located in the Church building in response to CDC and Tulsa city official recommendations to stem the spread of Covid-19. Our staff will be working remotely and we will be communicating regularly through digital means including the internet, social media and telephone.
Digital services and messages:
We will broadcast Sunday messages on Livestream at www.Livestream.com/FirstChurchtulsa. Just click the link and it will take you to our page. Search for the ‘date of service’ and the message you want to watch and select play. You will also be able to view the taped version of the messages at any time thereafter.
Sunday live broadcasts include:
Contemporary Worship, 9:30 a.m.
Traditional Worship, 11 a.m.
Tulsa International Fellowship, 11 a.m.
*Note: the traditional 11 a.m. worship message will also be broadcast on Cox Cable Channel 3 at 11 a.m. (live), 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday live broadcasts include:
Lenten Worship, 7:00 p.m. through Easter
We will also be broadcasting messages, stories and more through our social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We will be maintaining a skeleton crew at the Church to answer the phone and maintain the building. During this time, we will perform deep cleaning and sanitization of all of the surfaces to prepare the building when it is time to reopen.
In the meantime, should you need pastoral care, please call the Church office at 918-584-4701.