Coronavirus & First Pres

Listen to worship on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on WAAM (1600 AM) radio. You may also listen online at 11:00 a.m. at https://www.waamradio.com/

Update from the Reopening Recommendations Work Group

Thank you to everyone who participated in our congregational survey. There was overwhelming approval (around 90%) of our online offerings with over 75% of you planning to utilize online worship going forward, even after onsite worship returns. While a quarter of you plan to return to onsite worship as soon as possible, the majority (over 60%) intend to wait quite a while before returning. Around 40% prefer to meet online in small groups, with half of respondents feeling comfortable once it is safer to return to our building. Full survey results are available on our website.

We have incorporated your responses into our recommendations for reopening our building. As we monitor the virus using the best science and guidelines available, the newly-formed RCT (Reopening Communications Team) will guide us from Phase I (Safer at Home) into Phase II (Small Groups) over the summer, and hopefully into Phase III (Larger Groups) during the fall. We appreciate your interest, cooperation and support as we continue this faith journey, together!

View the survey results here

Making God’s Love Visible in a Virtual World

This Covid-19 Pandemic is disrupting all facets of church life. However our First Pres Church Staff meets virtually almost every day to plan how to connect in meaningful ways with children, families, young people and adults. Pastors are in constant communication with members, friends and each other. Our Session has met virtually and offers leadership and support to our whole community. Our Deacons are prepared to minister in this new era. Please check our First Pres website frequently for updates and fresh inspiration. And follow our weekly email devotionals and Our Life Together emails.

Staying Connected...

  • We are connecting online, on the radio, via Zoom or Google Hang Out.
  • We listen and respond to phone, text and email messages.
  • Our distinctive ministries of worship, music, Christian formation, congregational care and mission continue to operate to serve our community and members.
  • We are deeply concerned for the health and well-being of our First Pres members and friends, and all our neighbors in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw and Detroit.

Want to know more? Check out our offerings here!

Zoom Tutorial

Need help using Zoom? Watch this tutorial from our very own Rev. Amy Ruhf!

We Worship on Sunday!

On Sundays, we will worship virtually. Our Worship Service is broadcast at 11:00 a.m. on WAAM (1600 AM) and on the web (www.waamradio.com/). A small group of pastors and musicians will gather, staying 6 feet apart at all times, to lead worship for you.

A bulletin for Sunday, March 22, complete with hymns is available here.

Our Faciliities

The First Pres facilities are now closed to all in-person ministries, events and meetings for the foreseeable future. All meetings, events and gatherings are suspended until such time as we can again gather together safely.

A skeleton team of administrators and our facilities team will be onsite Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pastors and program staff are available by phone, text or email. Should you need to reach us, simply call the church (734) 662- 4466. Many meetings and gatherings have moved online, or in the process of doing so soon.

Funerals & Memorials

Until the State of Emergency and shelter in place order is lifted for Michigan we will be limited in our funeral practices. Find out more here.

Weddings

Other than Zoom weddings, or weddings recorded on Facebook at an outside venue limited to 10 people — couples wishing for an in-person wedding in our Sanctuary or Monteith Hall – must limit the total people gathered (including officiants, musicians, etc.) to under 10 people. Recording the service is allowed.