Pastors’ Update 05-13-2022

Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!


We are looking forward to meeting with the members of the COG, The Fathers Call, this Sabbath, May 14th. Mr. Brian Orchard and I will give split-sermons. Following Sabbath services at the Grace Presbyterian Church Social Hall, we are planning a pot luck meal on the lawn area outside of the hall. Please plan to bring covered dishes, salads and desserts for the meal, as we host this special combined service, fellowship and meal.  


Tomorrow, (Sunday, May 15th), is the day to register for the Feast of Tabernacles, especially if you plan to transfer to a site other than our assigned site, which is Park City, UT. All those registering will receive two emails from COGWA: one acknowledging your registration, and a second email informing you that you have been accepted, or placed on a waitlist to that site. (see more detailed announcements from Ministerial Services in this update).


Face coverings are not required at Sabbath services or during our socials. However, you may continue to wear a face covering if you choose. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines and take whatever precautions you feel are needed to protect yourself and others. The virus is not gone. People are still catching the virus and some are being hospitalized, and a few continue to die from the virus. As medical officials have mentioned, the Covid virus is still spreading, and will likely become an endemic that may be part of our lives for the foreseeable future.  


As announced before, in our Sabbath services and social gatherings, we will continue to follow the CDC and local government guidelines for the safety of all of our members, and because it is the right thing to do considering the deadly risks of this pandemic and our Biblical responsibilities. 


I encourage all of us to leave personal medical choices and political discussions outside of our Sabbath services and fellowship before and after services. We should all come to services expecting and enjoying an atmosphere of peace and rest from this world’s debate and confusion; not confrontation, disputing and division among ourselves. (I Cor. 14:33)


This coming Sabbath we will have Sabbath services in Redding and Lodi at 2:30 pm. Reno services are cancelled this week. This week’s webcast will originate from Lodi. Members in Reno should plan to watch the special Sabbath services this week from their homes.


We have lost our meeting hall in Reno and continue to search for another suitable place to meet. We are currently meeting in members’ homes each week. A special thanks to the Fikes and Kovanis’ for opening their homes for us to temporarily meet together. Please continue to pray that God will provide a place for us to meet each week.