MPC Regathering Update: Friday, August 28th, 2020

In response to the pandemic, the leadership of MPC has established a COVID-19 Response Team discern how our community will move forward in regard to issues of regathering. The members of the team are: Roy Magnusson (Elder), Davina Soumokil (Elder), Dennis Zerba (Elder), Ray McKean (Music Director), Barb Jones (Dove Preschool), and Rev. Danny Peters (Pastor). 


CLICK HERE to read the "Statement of Unity Regarding the Reopening of Churches in Oregon" endorsed by the Session of Multnomah Presbyterian Church

At this point, there is no plan in place to return to worship in the sanctuary, but I’m excited to announce that on Sunday, October 4th, MPC will hold in-person, outdoor worship on our campus. Here are some things you may be wondering:


  • How many services will there be? We are planning for two services at 9:00am and 10:30am. We expect the services to be 45 minutes in length.

  • Where will the service take place? We will be worshipping together on the lawn/parking lot on the north side of the building.

  • Will we need to limit the size of our gatherings? Yes. In compliance with guidelines from our state and our county, we will be starting with gatherings of around 40 people, which includes staff, worship leaders, ushers. etc. If you would like to attend service, we ask that you register ahead of time. Our office will be sending out details via email with further instructions on how to do that.

  • Should I wear a face mask? Yes. We realize there are many opinions regarding the wearing of masks in public. We are approaching this as a hospitality issue. We don’t want to create an environment where anyone feels unsafe or uncomfortable, and we certainly want to do all we can to protect those who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Romans 14 provides some good instruction on this matter. If you are unable to wear a mask due to a medical concern, please notify a member of the MPC staff.

  • How will seating work? To limit the amount of surfaces that need sanitizing, we are asking that all participants bring a chair, and also to keep a minimum of 6 feet of distance between households. There are some shady spots, but they are limited, so you may want to bring an umbrella or canopy if you would like to stay out of the sun.

  • Families with Young Children: To maintain social distance, we ask that family units stay physically together. Specifically, we are asking that our kids refrain from wandering, grouping together, and using the playground. We are aware of the challenges of kids and social distancing, but again, we don’t want to create a situation where anyone feels uncomfortable or unsafe.

  • Will restrooms be available? Yes, our lower level restrooms will be available during the service.

  • What about the music? Given the risks associated with congregational singing, our music will be instrumental. Ray will lead from the keyboard, and you may even hear some marimbas!

  • Will the service be recorded? Yes, we will record the service and post to our Facebook Page and Youtube Channel on the afternoon of 10/4.

  • What will we do if it rains? While we hope for a beautiful day, you never know in the Pacific Northwest! In the event of bad weather, we will move the service to Zoom.

By no means does this represent an “ideal” way for us to worship. I long for the day when we can once again gather our whole community to exalt the name of Jesus. I know you are longing for that as well. Even so, I am filled with excitement and anticipation to worship Jesus with you in-person once again. I hope to see many of you on October 4th, as we gather to worship a God who is faithful amid all of life’s storms.


May God Bless You and Keep You,


-Pastor Danny




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Portland, OR 97219

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