Pastors’ Update 03-13-2020

Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!

 

We are all painfully aware of the spread of the Covid-19 virus around the world. We also know there is no vaccine or unique medical treatment for this virus. We must all be vigilant to practice good hygiene and common sense decisions when it comes to protecting ourselves and others during this challenging time. You will find an announcement, with advice on these common sense guidelines below in this update. Please review the announcement and make sure we are doing all we can to limit the spread of this virus.

 

Of course, the most important thing we can do is pray for God’s protection, and His guidance for the official decisions that are made regarding the containment of this virus in our communities.

 

Secondarily, if you believe it would be in your best interest, and others for you to limit your exposure by staying in your home, you should do so. As we have all heard, some are more susceptible to complications and hospitalization if they get this virus. This includes older people, especially those who are over 65 and/or have pre-existing health conditions that would put them at greater risk.

 

The Spring Holy Days are a little over three weeks away, and we all want to be healthy for Passover and Holy Days. This year, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Horchak, from McKinney, Texas, will visit our congregations for these special days. We look forward to their visit!

 

Tomorrow is the second Sabbath of the month and services will be held in Anderson, Citrus Heights, Lodi and Reno at 2:30 pm. We plan to webcast Sabbath services from Redding this week. If you will be at home, and do not plan to be at Sabbath services, you may connect to our services by going to COGWA.TV, clicking on the Redding congregation, and putting in the password, “fot” (lowercase), to connect for Sabbath services.

 

Statement From the Church on the Coronavirus

The current global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a stark reminder that we are living in an increasingly dangerous world. Events such as these can quickly threaten the health of millions while causing major disruption to the global economies in just a matter of a few weeks.

Even though the news is saturated with updates and information, we believe it is important to comment on this current situation and offer advice and reminders on how Church members should best respond.

We begin with our need to look to God, of course, and to trust Him for protection and guidance. We can never take for granted our freedom to attend church services—a privilege that could be taken from us on a moment’s notice—and we certainly want to be able to convene and hold services without interruption on the Sabbaths, Passover and holy days in the weeks ahead. We believe our great God will continue to watch over and safeguard His people around the world, as we entreat Him for protection.

At the same time, we have a responsibility for one another and should carefully take appropriate preventative measures that lessen the likelihood of infection. We strongly urge everyone to practice the following hygiene protocols in our homes, in our work places, at Sabbath services and at any other occasion:

  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Sneeze or cough into elbow sleeve or tissue, not your hands.
  • Wash hands immediately after sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your face and mouth.
  • Regularly use hand sanitizer.
  • Disinfect surfaces frequently touched, including desktops, doorknobs, phones, keyboards, etc.
  • Avoid contact with those who are sick.
  • At our services, consider forgoing or limiting handshakes and hugs at services during this current coronavirus concern.
  • Stay home if you or family members are sick. God’s Word teaches the principle of quarantine when one has a communicable disease (Leviticus 13), so it is important to exercise caution and remain at home if you or someone in your family has a contagious illness.

When booking air travel (for the holy days, Feast of Tabernacles, or other occasions), we highly recommend you check on any restrictions or policies of the airline you plan to use. While purchasing travel insurance is an option, be aware that travel insurance is limited in its coverage, typically applying only to certain specific travel interruptions. The terms and conditions of the travel insurance policy control the coverage and benefits. Policyholders who have made travel insurance claims are often surprised at how limited the coverage is. Be sure to read the fine print when booking flights or considering travel insurance, to know exactly what is covered.

It is important for everyone to have clear understanding of the facts regarding the novel coronavirus. Following are helpful links from U.S. authorities. Please check your own government sources if you live outside the U.S.

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) information and advice: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/community/home/index.html
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) travel warning: faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=94991

In summary, trust God, use common sense and exercise carefulness. This is a fluid situation, and we will communicate further with the Church as need dictates.

Statement From the Church on the Coronavirus

The current global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a stark reminder that we are living in an increasingly dangerous world. Events such as these can quickly threaten the health of millions while causing major disruption to the global economies in just a matter of a few weeks.

Even though the news is saturated with updates and information, we believe it is important to comment on this current situation and offer advice and reminders on how Church members should best respond.

We begin with our need to look to God, of course, and to trust Him for protection and guidance. We can never take for granted our freedom to attend church services—a privilege that could be taken from us on a moment’s notice—and we certainly want to be able to convene and hold services without interruption on the Sabbaths, Passover and holy days in the weeks ahead. We believe our great God will continue to watch over and safeguard His people around the world, as we entreat Him for protection.

At the same time, we have a responsibility for one another and should carefully take appropriate preventative measures that lessen the likelihood of infection. We strongly urge everyone to practice the following hygiene protocols in our homes, in our work places, at Sabbath services and at any other occasion:

  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Sneeze or cough into elbow sleeve or tissue, not your hands.
  • Wash hands immediately after sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your face and mouth.
  • Regularly use hand sanitizer.
  • Disinfect surfaces frequently touched, including desktops, doorknobs, phones, keyboards, etc.
  • Avoid contact with those who are sick.
  • At our services, consider forgoing or limiting handshakes and hugs at services during this current coronavirus concern.
  • Stay home if you or family members are sick. God’s Word teaches the principle of quarantine when one has a communicable disease (Leviticus 13), so it is important to exercise caution and remain at home if you or someone in your family has a contagious illness.

When booking air travel (for the holy days, Feast of Tabernacles, or other occasions), we highly recommend you check on any restrictions or policies of the airline you plan to use. While purchasing travel insurance is an option, be aware that travel insurance is limited in its coverage, typically applying only to certain specific travel interruptions. The terms and conditions of the travel insurance policy control the coverage and benefits. Policyholders who have made travel insurance claims are often surprised at how limited the coverage is. Be sure to read the fine print when booking flights or considering travel insurance, to know exactly what is covered.

It is important for everyone to have clear understanding of the facts regarding the novel coronavirus. Following are helpful links from U.S. authorities. Please check your own government sources if you live outside the U.S.

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) information and advice: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/community/home/index.html
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) travel warning: faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=94991

In summary, trust God, use common sense and exercise carefulness. This is a fluid situation, and we will communicate further with the Church as need dictates.