March 2021 Dr. Amy Lawrence Discusses Covid-19 and Vaccination
Dr. Lawrence’s presentation slides here.
Please read this important information from the CDC about effectively wearing a mask.
Both of those methods reduced exposure to potentially infectious aerosols by more than 95 percent in a laboratory experiment using dummies, the report said.
“We know that universal masking works,” said John T. Brooks, medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s covid-19 response. “And now these variants are circulating … whatever we can do to improve the fit of a mask to make it work better, the faster we can end this pandemic.”
RCPPC-related building activities, including worship in the Sanctuary, remain suspended. There may be special occasions, such as baptisms, where a small group gathers, but these will always be in accordance with the county’s most recent guidelines.
From the OHA Website:
After the ‘freeze,’ Oregon will introduce new framework for counties…. At least 21 counties will likely initially fall in the “extreme risk” category. Oregon counties that reduce their COVID-19 risk levels in coming weeks and months will be able to incrementally move to lower levels.
It’s important to note that there is no zero risk category. Until COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, health and safety precautions will remain in place so that schools, businesses and communities can reopen, and stay open.
At every risk level, to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, Oregonians must continue to wear face coverings, watch their physical distance, wash hands, stay home when sick, and keep social get-togethers and gatherings small.
November 13, 2020 New Covid Freeze Measures
- Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households.
- Limiting faith based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors. RCPPC building activities remain suspended. See Events for worship and Bible study information.
- Limiting restaurants and bars to take-out only.
- Closing gyms and fitness organizations.
- Closing indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts.
- Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools.
- Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
- Limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
- Closing venues (that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events).
- Requiring all businesses to mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and closing offices to the public.
- Prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities.
If you have traveled out of state, please quarantine for 14 days.
Rose City Park Presbyterian continues to follow the guidance of the governor and the Oregon Health Association regarding our response to the Covid crisis.
Session continues to meet twice a month, in order to monitor and respond to the Covid-19 circumstances we continue to face. Please, wear your mask!
August 27, 2020: Letter from Reopening Task Force
The Reopening Task Force of Rose City Park Presbyterian updated congregation members on their work. Please read the letter here.
August 4, 2020 Special Session Meeting
As we settle into what seems to be the new, Covid-driven normal, the sense of emergency so evident in the early weeks and months of the crisis has dissipated. In alignment with that, Session will now meet twice a month, once to check in on potential emergencies, and once to conduct regular business.
July 7, 2020 Special Session Meeting: Reopening to Building Partners
Our Reopening Task Force is currently establishing protocols for building use by our Building Partners. Once the policies have been established, building use will resume according to those policies and protocols. Until that time, please see item number 4 in the list under March 18, at the bottom of this page, which reads, in part: “Even if your church group has fewer than 10 people, please understand that the church will not be open for meetings.”
July 1, 2020 Reopening Task Force Letter
On July 1, the Reopening Task Force of Rose City Park Presbyterian sent this information to congregation members. This follows statements from Reverends Dornack and Mixon-Weller on May 24, 2020, and from the Session on March 18.
A Special Request from Stewardship Committee
Currently, we are not able to receive offerings at church. In order to maintain our ministries, programs, and charity support, Stewardship Committee requests offerings be made in one of three ways.
- Write a check and mail it to the church: Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 NE 45th Ave., Portland, OR 97213
- Make an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from your checking account to the church. In order to use an EFT, you would need our bank routing number and our checking number. If you are interested in doing this, please contact our bookkeeper at 503–282-0965 or bookkeeping[at]rosecityparkpres.org for these numbers.
- You may also make a donation by clicking:
To make a pledge or learn more, please contact the church office.
June 23, 2020 Special Session Meeting
The Reopening Task Force meets on Tuesdays, immediately following the special Session meeting.
June 16, 2020 Regular Session Meeting
The Save Our Neighbors (SON) Challenge previously disbursed $4,000.00 to Northeast Emergency Food Program (NEFP) to allow the hiring of a second shift manager to facilitate the overwhelming number of monthly requests for food assistance. Given that the NEFP served 50,000 clients last month, Session voted to send an additional disbursement of $5,000.00 at the end of July so that staffing can be planned for the months beyond August.
June 2, 2020 Special Session Meeting
The COVID-19 Reopening Team has been formed and will meet on Tuesday evenings after the Session meeting ends.
Session also approved the disbursement of $1,000 from the “Save Our Neighbors” Challenge account to each of these organizations: Portland Homeless Family Services, Habitat for Humanity/Cully Neighborhood Projects designation, and Mother and Child Education Center programs.
May 26, 2020 Special Session Meeting
New elders were welcomed. The first steps of forming a reopening committee took place.
May 24, 2020
Please see the message about reopening from Reverends Dornack and Mixon-Weller and the Session of Rose City Park Presbyterian.
May 19, 2020
At the regular monthly meeting, Session began to discuss establishing a task force on reopening the church. Both the Presbytery of the Cascades and PCUSA are issuing volumes of information about the issues individual churches need to consider. Session wants to be fully prepared to consider these complex details. But the bottom line will always be that the virus determines everything we do.
Session is also working with Presbytery to learn how to integrate our virtual committee work with what were once our regular practices.
April 21, 2020
At the regular monthly meeting, Session decided that weekly special meetings will continue until we can once again access our building. This helps us feel we are holding each other and all congregation members in our care.
Session is also calling a congregational meeting after worship (11:00 a.m.) on Sunday, May 3, for the purpose of electing new three elders and four deacons.
April 8, 2020
Social Action Committee urges everyone to participate in special COVID-19 giving projects. This week Social Action focuses on the Northeast Emergency Food Program (NEFP). The NEFP, located at 4800 NE 72nd Ave in the Cully neighborhood, provides food to the most vulnerable among us. Learn more about this essential community project on our Social Action page.
March 25, 2020
At Session’s weekly COVID-19 meeting (via Zoom), the following motion was made and approved: Worship in the church building, at a minimum, will be canceled until the governor’s stay-at-home order is lifted. Worship will resume after Session review.
March 23, 2020
Oregon Governor Kate Brown Issues Stay Home Order.
March 22, 2020
Worship for Sunday, March 22 may be found here.
March 21, 2020
Can you help? Multnomah County Health and Portland Fire & Rescue ask Community for Personal Protective Equipment Donations
March 19, 2020
Join us for Sunday Bible Study on March 22. Find information here.
March 18, 2020
- The physical office is closed until further notice.
- Our office staff will be working from home; mail will be picked up and telephone calls returned daily.
- Session will be meeting weekly during this time and has developed a Task Force to respond quickly to immediate needs. Congregation members with concerns about church operations should contact a Session member.
- No groups of 10 or more will meet in the church building. We encourage book groups, etc. to meet online. Even if your church group has fewer than 10 people, please understand that the church will not be open for meetings.
- For now, worship together in the sanctuary is suspended through April 5th. We are working to have daily devotionals, a weekly prayer service, Bible Study, and Sunday worship online. This will take some time to arrange, but information will be coming shortly.
- Please consider joining our Facebook page if you are not on it already. It is not perfect, but provides another platform for us to stay connected during this time.
- Pastor David and Pastor Paulette will be working through this time. You may reach them by email or cell phone.
- Special Session Message