Park Cities Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Dallas, TX

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
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Updates

COVID-19 Response Team Update

September 3, 2020

Distribution with the North Texas Food Bank will continue through the month of October and has provided a great opportunity for us to connect with our City Missions and Global/Local ministry partners over the last few months. We’ve also worked with Dallas Housing Authority complexes in West Dallas for the last two weeks as a food distribution location was recently closed. We’re so thankful for the opportunity to feed about 225 families each week!

We’ve recently been able to help For the Nations by providing headphones and academic software subscriptions as they help students with their virtual learning this semester. Many of PCPC’s partners are shifting their approach to ministry this fall due to city and DISD restrictions, and are seeing an increase in operations costs as masks are purchased, sanitation teams are hired, etc. Please pray for wisdom as we seek to alleviate some of these financial burdens, so they can continue their work.

If you’d like to contribute to our ongoing projects through the COVID-19 & Disaster Relief fund, you can donate online or write a check to Park Cities Presbyterian Church with “COVID-19 & Disaster Relief” in the memo line.

As always, if you or anyone you know has physical, material, or spiritual needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact us by emailing deaconhelp@pcpc.org or by filling out the form on this webpage, and someone from our diaconate or women’s team will follow up with you.


COVID-19 Response Team Update

August 13, 2020

Distribution with the North Texas Food Bank has taken us to the Bonton community and West Dallas in the past few weeks. Our friends at North Dallas High School, just around the corner from PCPC, received a small number of boxes each week as well. This is the byproduct of a very encouraging relationship that has developed between PCPC members and a social worker at NDHS over the past several months. Please pray for them as they steward this relationship with our neighbors!

The Team has been praying about ways to address the increasing level of mental health concerns across our city as residents cope with the material, emotional, and spiritual effects of COVID-19. PCPC’s Counseling and Care team informed us that they have seen a significant increase in requests for help due to COVID-19 disruption, and after much prayer, the COVID-19 Response Team has determined to use a portion of funds raised to contribute to the Counseling Scholarship Fund at PCPC.

If you’d like to contribute to our ongoing projects through the COVID-19 & Disaster Relief fund, you can donate online or write a check to Park Cities Presbyterian Church with “COVID-19 & Disaster Relief” in the memo line.

As always, if you or anyone you know has physical, material, or spiritual needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact us by emailing deaconhelp@pcpc.org or by filling out the form on this webpage, and someone from our diaconate or women’s team will follow up with you.


COVID-19 Response Team Update

August 6, 2020

We are thrilled about the opportunity you have provided for us to support the ER staff at UT Southwestern! The night shift team has received little support up to this point, and we were able to provide meals and encouragement for them for three consecutive Wednesdays. Please pray for their health and safety!

As the fall approaches, the team is praying about ways to address the need for technology literacy training, especially as working parents across our city try to manage their children’s virtual education. Please pray with and for us as we look for ways to bridge this gap for Dallas families, especially those for whom English is their second language.


COVID-19 Response Team Update

July 23, 2020

We are back in Bonton for food distribution today! We are able to give food to about 200 families each week in partnership with the North Texas Food Bank and Borden Dairy. Families have been greatly appreciative of the food as well as the bilingual Bibles and children’s coloring books funded by the COVID-19 & Disaster Relief fund! We’ve seen community members stop by for extra books just so their children have a fun activity, and are praying for the conversations that will occur as children interact with Bible stories.

In communicating with local hospitals, we’ve identified a need to support the ER staff at UT Southwestern. We will provide 50 meals for three weeks to their team in partnership with the Festive Kitchen, along with an encouraging note and a copy of the Gospel of John. We’re grateful for your continued support as our city looks toward the fall and continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19.


COVID-19 Response Team Update

July 16, 2020 COVID-19 Response Efforts

We received a request from Casa del Lago and Cristo Rey Presbyterian Church for more of our Ben E. Keith boxes! Food was packed yesterday and will be distributed to 60 families in their ministry. We were also able to provide boxes of food for employees at Smith Limo, the company that has provided bus transportation for PCPC on Sunday mornings! The company has been unable to schedule enough work for its employees over the past few months, and we are thrilled by the opportunity to serve them in this way.

Our North Texas Food Bank partnership takes us to For the Nations: Refugee Outreach in Garland today! They saw a decrease in requests for food over the last month, but they are now hearing of more needs as the summer progresses. Please pray for the health and safety of both their staff and the families they serve!


COVID-19 Response Team Update

July 9, 2020COVID-19 Response Efforts

Distribution continues in Bonton this week, and families have been so grateful! Bonton is a food desert, which means the community has very limited access to nutritious food. Bonton Farms has endeavored to help alleviate this issue, but any support like our supply of boxes from the North Texas Food Bank is still greatly appreciated, especially by our distribution partners Behind Every Door and BridgeBuilders.

Funds from the COVID-19 Response fund have been used to hire a refugee who will help clean the facilities at For the Nations over the next several weeks! This will hopefully allow them to maintain a clean space while hosting small groups of people. We’re grateful for the opportunity you’ve given us to provide a job for a Dallas neighbor and support another ministry partner as they care for their community. We are also following up with first responders and area hospitals to ask if they have any specific needs as the Dallas COVID-19 case count continues to escalate.


COVID-19 Response Team Update - Ongoing Food Distribution

July 2, 2020

Boxes from the North Texas Food Bank will be distributed to the Bonton (South Dallas) community again this week! Many residents of South Dallas do not have transportation, so we operate a modified drive-by distribution from a local rec center and also send a team out to deliver to families who do not own a vehicle.

Many of PCPC’s ministry partners are facilitating abbreviated summer programs and vigilantly monitoring for any COVID-19 symptoms in staff and community members. Please pray for them as they continue to build relationships amidst uncertainty and plan for the fall. The COVID-19 Response team will communicate with them frequently as the fall approaches to determine if there are any specific needs we can meet.

Do you have an SUV and want to help with the delivery of food or COVID-19 Response supplies? Please contact Jenna Tenpenny.


COVID-19 Response Team Update - Bonton Community and More!

June 25, 2020COVID-19 Response Efforts

Our North Texas Food Bank delivery is headed to the Bonton community in South Dallas this week! We’re partnering with Behind Every Door and BridgeBuilders to provide fresh produce, milk, dry and canned good, and snacks for kids, paired with some great bilingual evangelism materials. We are deeply grateful for the support of the PCPC congregation as our city continues to feel the effects of COVID-19, especially with the current surge in positive case numbers.

Good Samaritan continues to receive requests from a significant number of families seeking financial assistance, typically due to job loss. Please pray for staff and the Good Samaritan committee as they minister to Dallas residents through this crucial ministry, and refer any families you know who are struggling financially!

Our four neighborhood teams have also provided assistance for some employees at neighboring businesses who have been required to furlough staff. Please pray that the gospel goes forth through these efforts!


COVID-19 Response Team Update – Food Distribution

June 18, 2020COVID-19 Response Efforts

The first week of North Texas Food Bank distribution was a success! Food for 200 families was delivered to a neighborhood barbershop in West Dallas, and families from the surrounding neighborhood drove by to pick up their boxes. Each family received a box of fresh produce, a box of canned and dry goods, two gallons of milk, and snacks for their kiddos. It truly was a joy to witness community leaders, students, and the Dallas Police Department working together in unity!

We count it a privilege to join in the work of food distribution to our neighbors around the city during this season. We pray the Lord is glorified and people come to know Him through these efforts! To that end, some volunteers came to the church yesterday and packed bags with bilingual New Testaments, a Bible-themed coloring book and crayons, Gospel tracts in English and Spanish, and the OurCalling resource directory. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would move in the hearts of all who come in contact with these materials!


COVID-19 Response Team Update

June 4, 2020 COVID-19 Response Efforts

YoungLife West Dallas is distributing food to 500-600 families this week in partnership with the Lakewest YMCA staff and the Dallas Police Department! We have also made progress toward a temporary partnership between PCPC and the North Texas Food Bank that will allow us to distribute food to ministry partners and churches over the next several months.

COVID-19 Response EffortsOver the last few weeks, PCPC delivered 114 large pizzas to the front-line workers at City Hospital at White Rock in East Dallas. The pizzas were made by Pizza Getti which is owned by church members Kyle and Karla Rotenberry.

COVID-19 Response EffortsAs we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the COVID-19 Response Team launched four neighborhood groups in the area surrounding PCPC to help us assess needs. Through their efforts, funds from the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund have been used to help many employees of neighborhood businesses who are experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19. This has been a wonderful opportunity for PCPC members to be the hands and feet of Christ in their neighborhood and build relationships that we pray will open doors for the Gospel!

The Lord has continued to bless the PCPC congregation with a spirit of generosity, and our city is being blessed on a daily basis as a result. If you’d like to give, you can donate online or write a check to Park Cities Presbyterian Church with “COVID-19 & Disaster Relief” in the memo line.

If you or anyone you know has physical, material, or spiritual needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact us by emailing deaconhelp@pcpc.org or by filling out the form on this webpage, and someone from our diaconate or women’s team will follow up with you.


Opening Our Doors May 31

05/21/20

We are opening our doors for worship on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. beginning May 31. We will have limited capacity and therefore require registration online the Thursday prior to Sunday attendance. We will continue to live stream our services at pcpc.org/live/ at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for any and all who would prefer to worship online. There will be no childcare, shuttle service/valet, Sunday Morning Communities, nor groups meeting at PCPC at this point. We will have volunteers to assist you in knowing where to park, entering the Sanctuary, and exiting at the end of the service. Safety is still our top priority for you and our community, so we will use this as our next phase toward gathering together as a church family. If you are experiencing or have experienced any health issues this week, we ask that you continue to worship online. More details to come, so please follow updates online.


Bulk Food Project Update

05/21/20

Recipients of the Bulk Food Project this week included Casa del Lago, Mercy Street, El Buen Pastor Presbyterian Church, and Thrive Women’s Clinic. Thank you for all you have done to feed these families! We will take a one-week break from the bulk food project next week, which will allow us to partner with YoungLife West Dallas and provide food for individuals who live in Dallas Housing Authority complexes in West Dallas.

We have been encouraged this week by a few of you who have reached out to us on behalf of your friends and neighbors who need food assistance or financial relief! The effects of a city-wide, shelter-in-place order are potentially devastating for so many, and this is a wonderful opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ to those around us. In light of this, please pray for our four neighborhood teams who are conducting a needs assessment in the geographic area surrounding PCPC.


COVID-19 Response Team Update

05/14/20

COVID-19 Response Efforts Thanks to contributions to the COVID-19 & Disaster Relief fund, the bulk food distribution project will continue for the next several weeks as long as there is a need. Our supplier is able to provide food for 100 families each week, and the Response Team targets areas of our city experiencing the most food scarcity. This includes refugee and immigrant communities, as well as West and South Dallas. This week’s recipient was For the Nations Refugee Outreach. We anticipate food scarcity will continue to be an issue as high unemployment rates across the U.S. persist, so please pray for families who are struggling financially. We continue to hear of needs for household hygiene and cleaning products, as well as technology that will allow children to continue learning over the summer. Additionally, Since April 1, the Good Samaritan Committee (fielding specific requests from non PCPC members) has assisted 11 applicants requesting emergency financial assistance.

COVID-19 Response Effort The Response Team is deeply grateful for financial contributions that continue to pour in! The Lord has truly blessed the PCPC congregation with a spirit of generosity, and our city is being blessed on a daily basis as a result. If you’d like to give, you can donate online or write a check to Park Cities Presbyterian Church with “COVID-19 & Disaster Relief” in the memo line.

We serve a sovereign and faithful God who cares for the least, the lost and the lonely, and allows His people to be His hands and feet. If you or anyone you know has physical, material, or spiritual needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact us by emailing deaconhelp@pcpc.org or by filling out the form on this webpage, and someone from our diaconate or women’s team will follow up with you.


COVID-19 Response Team Update

05/07/20

The third week of bulk food and supply distribution is complete! We continue to be amazed by the Lord’s provision and your generosity. Our supplier, Ben E. Keith, was able to provide double the amount of food this week, so 200 families will receive 135 lbs. of food through North Dallas High School, West Dallas Community School, PCPC ESL, and West Dallas Community Church.

Additionally, contributions made to the COVID-19 & Disaster Relief fund were used to provide bulk supplies such as toilet paper, laundry detergent, and dish soap to Behind Every Door and Mercy Street. We covet your prayers for these ongoing efforts and for our ministry partners as they faithfully care for residents in their communities!

This team, our diaconate, and Women’s Ministry are humbled by the opportunity to serve you, so please continue to direct any needs you may have to deaconhelp@pcpc.org. You can also reach us by filling out the form on this webpage https://pcpc.org/need-help-covid19/.


Mark Davis - PCPC Update

05/07/20

Mark Davis, our Senior Pastor, gives us a video update from the halls of PCPC.

We will share more in the days to come as restrictions loosen and plans are in place to re-enter our doors safely. We ask you to continue to seek the Lord for what He wants for our body and for our community. We know the Lord will continue to show His faithfulness to us.


Church Gathering Update

04-30-20

We want to keep you up-to-date on recent information and current thoughts on when and how we can meet together for worship again. I know we are all so ready to see this happen.

Jeff Barber, our Executive Director, was on a call this week led by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick with several hundred pastors and church leaders throughout the state. The purpose of the call was to discuss how governor Abbott’s reopening plan released Monday applies to churches. The basic message is that churches are not subject to the 25% guidelines for retail, restaurants, and movie theatres but should remain cautious about gathering soon and continue to stream worship service where possible. Mark Davis, our Senior Pastor, has been in ongoing conversations with other pastors throughout the city. Most churches in our community are not reopening until later in May at the earliest and possibly later.

Social distancing guidelines will apply when churches do meet together again, and those who are vulnerable due to age or health issues will be encouraged to stay home. Childcare for nursery, preschool, and elementary cannot be done without adhering to stringent CDC guidelines.

Our Session will continue to meet, pray, and listen for guidance. All involved want to make decisions together that are wise for the community as a whole, safe for our church body, and that best represent the love of Jesus Christ to our city. Here is what we will continue to do:

  • Our online Worship Services will continue each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at https://pcpc.org/live/.
  • Small groups and Bible studies are encouraged to continue physical distancing while using online conferencing to meet together.
  • Please contact us for pastoral prayer at 24-7prayer@pcpc.org. If you have physical or financial needs that our diaconate can assist with, please email deaconhelp@pcpc.org.
  • Our COVID-19 Response Team will continue serving those in our church family and our community who have needs.
  • Our ministry teams will continue creating online opportunities for all ages including an amazing VBS experience!

We will share more in the days to come as restrictions loosen and plans are in place to re-enter our doors safely. We ask you to continue to seek the Lord for what He wants for our body and for our community. We know the Lord will continue to show His faithfulness to us.


Look what you've done...so far!

04/29/20

Two weeks ago, we asked you to give to the PCPC COVID-19 Response efforts. By God’s grace, you as a congregation responded with overwhelming generosity and enabled our church to do some amazing things. Here are a few examples:

  • Provided enough food for 3 weeks to 400+ families identified by our ministry partners such as Casa del Lago, YoungLife West Dallas, Golden Gate Baptist Church, North Dallas High School, PCPC ESL and Cristo Rey Presbyterian Church.
  • Delivered over 550 family-sized meals to first-responder families at the Cedar Springs, Highland Park and University Park Fire and Police Departments.
  • Provided two weeks’ worth of meals for kids served by BridgeBuilders.
  • Helped feed 30 Voice of Hope families for 3 weeks by providing fresh produce and dairy products.
  • Sourced and distributed 55 gallons of hand sanitizer to our ministry partners.

This is just a beginning, though. We are currently fielding more requests for help from our ministry partners than we’re able to respond to. Although Texas has begun the process of getting back to work, it will take a long time until things are back to normal. There will continue to be great need throughout our city, particularly among those who are most vulnerable. Please continue to give to this effort as the Lord leads you.


First Responders & Dallas Families Update

04/23/20

First Responders Update:First Responders The COVID-19 Response Team is in week 2 of distributing Festive Kitchen meals to first responders. Deliveries are made Wednesday-Friday in PCPC’s disaster relief van, and includes notes from you! You’ll have another chance to drop-off any words of encouragement for our first responders next Monday, April 27, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you’d like to receive prayer requests submitted by first responders, email faith.jennings@pcpc.org.

Food for Dallas Families Update:First Responders PCPC’s deacons packed boxes for the first 100 recipients on Wednesday, April 23, and food will be distributed by the end of this week. Cristo Rey Presbyterian Church (PCPC church plant), Casa Del Lago, North Dallas High School, and PCPC ESL are this week’s recipients, and they are so grateful for your generosity in funding this project. Each family will receive three boxes of bulk, nonperishable food, as well as a large bag of flour and box of dried beans. Food will be packed on a weekly basis, and the cost is $160 per family. We look forward to helping several other churches and nonprofits provide food for families in their communities!

First RespondersIf you would like to financially contribute to our COVID-19 & Disaster Relief projects, you can donate online or write a check to Park Cities Presbyterian Church with “COVID-19 & Disaster Relief” in the memo line. Once a project is fully funded, the Team will direct funds toward the next project or need.

PCPC Member Needs: If you are in need of pastoral care during this season, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our pastors through Wilma Morgan at 214-224-2742 or email at 24-7prayer@pcpc.org. If you have physical or financial needs that our diaconate can assist with, please email deaconhelp@pcpc.org. We have a team waiting to help however possible.


COVID-19 Response Team Update

04/16/20

Festive Kitchen First Responders Project –
PCPC has partnered with The Festive Kitchen to provide meals for families of First Responders serving the Park Cities, along with Dallas Fire Station 11 which responds to calls made from the church. Each family will receive two frozen meals for three consecutive weeks, along with a thank you note from PCPC. There are two ways you can help:

  • Pray – First Responders will receive a card with information about the PCPC live stream, and an email address to submit prayer requests for their station and their families. We’d love for you to join us in praying for them, so please email faith.jennings@pcpc.org to be added to the team.
  • Encourage – write notes of encouragement for first responders and let your kids color pictures! Notes can be dropped off at the PCPC Security Desk on Monday, April 20 and 27, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Food for Dallas Families Project –
As the COVID-19 Relief Team has communicated with nonprofit partners around the city, food scarcity has been identified as a big concern. Over the next week, PCPC will order bulk food product which will be packed by the PCPC Diaconate and distributed to a few ministry partners for families in their communities. Food ordered will feed a family of four for three weeks, at $160 per family. We want to care for as many as 1,000 families, primarily in West and South Dallas.

If you would like to financially contribute to our COVID-19 & Disaster Relief projects, you can donate online or write a check to Park Cities Presbyterian Church with “COVID-19 & Disaster Relief” in the memo line. Once a project is fully funded, the Team will direct funds toward the next project or need.


Ways to Get Involved

04/09/20

Our COVID-19 Response Team would like to present ways you can get involved:

  • Pray!
  • Donate to PCPC’s COVID-19 & Disaster Relief Fund
  • Write thank-you notes and/or color pictures for First Responders serving the Highland Park and University Park communities – drop off at the PCPC security desk Monday, April 13 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The notes will be delivered along with frozen meals prepared by The Festive Kitchen for 164 First Responder families.
  • Email notes to PCPC missionaries as they are all in quarantine too! Contact Cindy.Rhea@pcpc.org for more information.
  • Support small businesses - think creatively! Order take-out, buy gift cards to your favorite restaurants, pay your barber/hairstylist even if your appointment was canceled.
  • Order meat and fresh produce from Bonton Farms (employs South Dallas residents) - visit their website or find a list of foods available here.
  • Order meat and fresh produce from Mars Hill Farm (employs refugees) find a list of foods available here.
  • The Human Impact - Create survival kits for the homeless; find details at the base of their website.

Look for ways to love your neighbors well:

  • Write a letter asking neighbors if you can be of assistance.
  • Sit in your front yard and greet people as they walk by - meet some new neighbors!
  • Join the NextDoor app or your neighborhood’s Facebook page.
  • Write notes/color pictures for seniors - call an area retirement/nursing home and ask if they would want to receive letters (and any protocols to follow). For letters you send or deliver, be sure to tape, not lick, the envelopes.
  • Leave water and snacks on your front porch for people making deliveries to your house.
  • Invite neighbors and friends to live stream the Easter service at PCPC - pcpc.org/live, Facebook, Apple TV app store (search “Park Cities Presbyterian”), Youtube.
  • Make homemade masks and distribute them to neighbors and friends! Click here to find a helpful article and here for a PDF print-out tutorial.