Pastors’ Update 03-26-2021
Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!
Of course, this evening is our Lord’s Passover, one of the most solemn occasions of the entire year for Christians! For this important memorial, we will have in-person Passover services in Anderson, Citrus Heights and Reno, on March 26, at 7:30 pm. We will also provide a Passover webcast service, as we did last year, from our Redding congregation, for those who cannot meet in-person. This year for the Passover, we are planning safety protocols to keep everyone as safe as possible while still partaking of the Passover symbols in-person.
Please remember to bring a basin and towel for the foot-washing and plan to arrive early, before 7:15, if possible. The service will begin promptly at 7:30 pm, shortly after sunset.
The Days of Unleavened Bread begin after the Sabbath, March 27th, with the Night to Be Much Observed. This year we will be meeting in one another’s homes, and perhaps in a restaurant, with a small group to celebrate our joyous calling and exit from “spiritual Egypt”. The Redding brethren are having a catered meal in our Anderson Church hall. If you would like to join them, and have not already made arrangements with Tom and Victoria Provine, please call them at 530-520-6061. A few of the Reno brethren are planning to meet together at the Atlantis Steak House in Reno for the NBMO. If you would like to join them, please contact Mark Fike at 775-853-3990.
Mr. and Mrs. Doug Horchak, the Operation Manager of Ministerial Services, will be visiting our area for Passover, the Sabbath and the First Day of Unleavened Bread. He and Tanya will be in Reno for the Passover, NBMO, and the Sabbath. They will be in Citrus Heights for the First Day of Unleavened Bread for a combined service for all four of our congregations on Sunday, March 28th, at 2:30 pm, at the Citrus Heights Community Center. We are very much looking forward to their visit!
We will be meeting in Anderson, Citrus Heights, and Reno again this Sabbath, and each week, at 2:30 pm. The Stockton brethren are encouraged to attend with the Sacramento members in Citrus Heights until a Lodi meeting location opens for us to meet there again. We found out that the City of Lodi has decided to open the Hutchens Street Square as a mass vaccination site and it will not be available for meeting rentals until this summer. However, we believe we have found a suitable alternate location in Lodi to meet regularly for Sabbath services. Once a contract has been finalized and signed we will make announcements. It looks like we could begin meeting in Lodi as early as April 17th! Thank you all for your prayers!
We will still offer webcast services from Redding and Reno each Sabbath, and for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread Holy Days, for those who are unable to attend in-person in Anderson, Citrus Heights, or Reno.
Once again, for those attending in Citrus Heights, the CHCC does require everyone in attendance to sign a Covid-19 release, wear a face covering, and social distance, while in the building. Once you have signed a release, we are able to provide the CHCC a log of those attending, and you will no longer have to sign a new release each week after you have signed an initial release. Please plan to enter through the East entrance, as the other entrances will remain locked to limit public access to the building. We have exclusive use of the building, for the time being.
We will have Sabbath services in Anderson, Citrus Heights and Reno this Sabbath, and webcast services this week from Reno at 2:30 pm.