817 SW Harrison, Topeka, KS 66612  785-233-9601

COVID-19 Response & Resources

May 6, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of First Presbyterian Church,

In light of our state and county’s evolving guidelines re: gatherings in our community, please be aware that in-person worship in our building will NOT resume before June 21st at the very earliest. The worship team will be working hard to plan for ways that worship may need to be a little different at that time. Meanwhile, we will continue providing online worship each week.

The church office will be open again by appointment only, beginning May 18th. Members and visitors will need to sign in  at the front desk whenever they are in the building, for any reason, until further notice. Staff members continue to cover essential functions.

Church groups of less than ten may meet at the church if they wish, but only in rooms that allow for social distancing. After May 18, church groups of less than 30 may meet, again only in rooms that allow for social distancing (6 feet or more apart).  All meetings MUST be scheduled in advance so we can plan for appropriate cleaning and disinfecting. Please be assured that if restrictions in our state or county become tighter at any time, we will immediately adjust to comply with them. We continue to strive to communicate with all of you to the very best of our ability during this time, and going forward.  

Yours in Christ,

Sandra Brown

Emergency contact information

Pat’s cell phone: 785-608-7540

Sandra’s cell phone: 913-787-6162

Follow us on social media to stay connected and up-to-date! In addition to posting the worship services on Sundays, we are also posting video messages regularly during the week.

Helping the Community

We know that during this time of suffering and uncertainty, it is natural to want to help others. Below are a few resources to stay connected and love your neighbor. Remember, one way to love your neighbor right now is to stay inside, practice social distancing, and do your part to keep others safe and healthy! 
 
  • Continue to donate items to Doorstep – Doorstep is continuing to serve those in need. They are currently in need of the following items: jelly (any flavor), canned fruit (any kind), spaghetti sauce, Hamburger Helper, pinto beans, egg noodles, pork & beans. 
     
  • Donate to local food banks, such as Harvesters – The food bank based in Topeka and Kansas City serves 26 counties in Kansas and Missouri. Communications Manager Gene Hallinan said Harvesters needs donations, “Because of the pandemic, Harvesters is not receiving as much donated food and we’re seeing a shortage of volunteers who sort and pack the donated food,” he said. Go to www.harvesters.org to learn about donating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
  • Donate blood – The nation’s blood supply is at a critical level, and the American Red Cross is calling for people who can donate blood to do so. The Red Cross is working to quickly identify and replace blood drives canceled due to workplace and school closures. To see if there is a blood drive near you, visit www.redcrossblood.org.
     
  • Call or write to those who are unable to leave their homes – There are many vulnerable individuals who are unable to leave their homes during this time. To keep people from feeling socially isolated, call or write to keep connected. If you have children at home, have them make cards or color pages to mail to a local nursing home. Get creative and spread messages of cheer.