On this page you will find the latest information from Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church as we continue to monitor the novel COVID-19.
Also, for more information about COVID-19, please following the links below to the corresponding government pages:
March 23, 2020
We want to make you aware that a spouse of one of the preschool teachers at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church tested positive for COVID-19 on the evening of Saturday, March 21st. The staff person was in the building during the week of March 16th through the 19th. The spouse who tested positive is not an employee of the church or the preschool and was not in the church building.
In the past days and weeks, we’ve taken every precaution per state and federal mandates and CDC guidelines. While we are unaware of any person diagnosed with COVID-19 in our facility, we share this information out of an abundance of caution and care for our community.
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider to obtain medical advice. In the meantime, please know we are doing all we can to honor the health and well-being of both our FCPC family and the larger community.
These are uncharted waters for all of us. Even so, we continue to lean into the promises of God, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If you need pastoral support, feel free to reach out to the church and we will be sure that a pastor is in touch with you.
Chris Taylor, Ellen Dawson, and Tara Woodard-Lehman; Pastors
Karin Miller; Director of the Preschool
FCPC Preschool Committee
March 16, 2020
Dear Members and Friends,
Closing the church was an extraordinarily difficult decision, but we believe it was and is the most caring and responsible course both for our church family and for the larger community. It would be inconsistent with our call to create a pocket of vulnerability at the very time the larger community is trying to isolate and contain the spread of the Coronavirus. As a result,
We are shifting our Sunday worship to an on-line format; the service will be streamed at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday on our YouTube channel
We are closing our offices, and staff will be working as much as possible from their homes
We are reducing pastoral visitation to crisis-only; click on the pastor's name to contact them via email:
And we are suspending all programs, board and committee meetings -- the one exception will be AA and Al-Anon which will continue to have access to our facility
At the same time we will also be offering:
Daily Devotions delivered by e-mail every morning, Monday through Friday. If you did not receive the e-mail on Monday (the 16th) and would like to be included, please click here to add your e-mail address, or email Toni at email@example.com
Grocery Delivery: Betsy Hawley is coordinating a ministry of purchasing and delivering groceries for those who are at risk or unable to get out. If you need groceries, or if you would like to volunteer to help out with this ministry please contact Betsy: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are part of a great church family. Our Elders, Deacons, Stephen Ministers, staff and so many others are ready to help in any way. The church facility is closed, but our ministry continues. Please reach out to us if we can be of support, even if it is just to offer a listening ear at a point when you are feeling anxious or alone. We wish you all God’s blessings and protection.
The Session and Pastors Chris, Ellen & Tara
March 13th, 2020
Dear members and friends,
While there’s still much we don’t know about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) we do know that it appears very contagious and has a significantly higher mortality rate than those associated with the flu. There are precautions we at FCPC have already been taking in our worship life, as per our modifying some practices like passing the peace and communion.
Seeking to care for both our congregation and the larger community, the pastoral leadership has decided to cancel attendance for all three services this Sunday, March 15th, and we will livestream the sermon on Facebook Live. You can access this by going to the FCPC Facebook page. We will also have a link to it on our website.
The Church leadership is seeking to be well-informed and prayerful regarding all our decisions and responses to COVID-19. The pastors and staff ask you to remain patient and flexible as we continue to monitor this situation. Even in this time of uncertainty, we continue to trust in God and seek to care for the most vulnerable among us.
Thank you for your understanding, patience, and trust.
Chris, Ellen and Tara
Please check our social media often for updates.