Pastors’ Update 09-13-2019
Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!
It looks like another hurricane may be bearing down on the East Coast of the USA! Please pray for God’s protection for His people and their property. We know that Satan would love nothing more than to cause more injury and suffering. He also hates the upcoming Holy Days and what they represent. We have several feast sites that could be affected by a severe hurricane. Please pray for their security with little or no damage so we may hold the feast at these sites.
Also, please continue to remember those folks who are suffering from the effects of Hurricane Dorian. As I reported last week, we heard from the few members we have in the Grand Bahamas and they are “OK”. But, they suffered property damage. Mr. Franks wrote the following to the ministry:
From Mr. Jim Franks - " As you know, Hurricane Dorian recently tore through the Caribbean and then up the East Coast of the U.S., all the way to Newfoundland in Canada. There was widespread damage and loss of life. There are still more than 2,000 people missing in the Bahamas.
Several have inquired about donating to help the brethren in the areas that were most affected. They have asked if we have a special fund to help the victims of Hurricane Dorian.
In COGWA, we have a standard International Fund that was begun several years ago in the wake of the typhoon that struck the Philippines. It is more efficient for us to maintain one central fund to assist the brethren whenever there is a storm or other natural disaster, rather than setting up unique, restricted funds after each incident. Most recently, we sent funds to Kenya to help the brethren there in wake of a severe drought that has led to food shortages.
If you would like to make a donation specifically for areas outside the U.S. that have special needs, such as those affected by Hurricane Dorian, you may send donations to the “International Fund,” and they will be used to assist our brethren whenever we have these disasters. You can donate online by using the drop-down menu on COGWA’s donation page and selecting the entry for “International Fund.” Or you may send checks to the regular COGWA donation address and designate on your check that the funds are to go to the “International Fund.”
Thank you for your generosity and desire to help the brethren from around the world."
Thank you to all of those who contributed to the memorial pot luck for Delores Teel in Lodi last Sabbath! It was a very successful and comforting tribute. The family and friends were encouraged by the friendliness, warmth and hospitality all of you displayed for Dwight and their family and friends. Over 135 attended! Thank you, again!
This is the second Sabbath of the month and services will be held in Anderson, Citrus Heights and Lodi at 2:30 pm . We will be webcasting services from Anderson this week.