Pastors’ Update 01-29-2021
Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!
The pandemic spread is slowing down in the USA, although a couple of mutations of the virus have appeared and are now spreading around the world. These mutations appear to be more contagious than the original strain and the CDC is recommending double-masking when in crowded public places and continuing frequent hand-washing and staying home, whenever possible. Deaths from the virus continue to claim thousands of lives each day in our nation (over 433,000) and the entire world – more than 2.19 million! Please continue to pray for one another and for an end to the spread of this deadly virus.
We continue to closely monitor the pandemic and restrictions in NorCal and Nevada. I have spoken with city officials in Citrus Heights, and Bob Besore concerning Hutchens Street Square in Lodi. Both areas have lifted some restrictions, but they are still in the “Purple” category. No public meetings are allowed by order of the governor. As soon as we can resume in-person services, we will do so. At this point we are uncertain when meeting facilities will re-open. We are hopeful re-openings may occur in February, depending on the spread of the pandemic, and state and local restrictions.
Thankfully, we have been able to have weekly Sabbath services on-line. But, I know we all miss the regular fellowship and sharing time with one another face-to-face, especially during times like these.
Vaccines for this virus continue to be approved and are now being distributed in the US and around the world. Front-line workers, patients/workers in senior care centers, older seniors (now 65+), and some essential workers are now receiving vaccinations. The latest news reports indicate it will likely take several months in the first half of 2021 for most who want them, to receive the vaccinations. It is turning out to be a logistical challenge to manufacture, distribute, and administer the vaccines.
Because of the current California State restrictions, we will NOT HAVE in-person Sabbath services in ANDERSON, or CITRUS HEIGHTS, again this week. However, we will have Sabbath services in Reno, and webcast services this week from Redding at 2:30 pm.