Pastors’ Update 02-12-2021
Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!
We got some good news this week! We will begin meeting again for Sabbath and Holy Day services in Citrus Heights!
Last Sabbath, I mentioned this possibility after the news of the recent Supreme Court decision to allow churches in California to meet again face-to-face, with only 25% capacity, social distancing, and face coverings. The City of Citrus Heights has agreed to rent to us, under the same conditions we had before, using the large meeting rooms, which will allow us to have up to 100 in attendance.
We are planning to have Sabbath services beginning this week at 2:30 pm in the Citrus Heights Community Center. Members from our Stockton, Sacramento and Redding congregations are encouraged to attend this Sabbath. We will be webcasting Sabbath services from Citrus Heights this week, for those who cannot attend in person. We will also continue to have Sabbath services in Reno, for those on the other side of the mountains. No services will be held this week in Anderson.
Once again, the CHCC does require everyone in attendance to sign a Covid-19 release, wear a face covering, and social distance, while in the building. Please plan to enter through the East entrance, as the other entrances will remain locked to limit public access to the building. We will have exclusive use of the building.
We are closely monitoring the availability of the Hutchens Street Square in Lodi. However, to this point the City of Lodi has not opened up the building to anyone other than emergency services during the pandemic. We are also looking at other options in the Central Valley, especially for the Passover and DUB.
Linda and I look forward to seeing you again in Citrus Heights this coming Sabbath!
The pandemic spread is slowing down in the USA, although a few 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, continuing frequent hand-washing, and social distancing, whenever possible.
Vaccines for this virus continue to be approved and are now being distributed in the US and around the world. Johnson and Johnson is the latest pharmaceutical to request vaccine approval. 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 to the entire world population. Please continue to pray for one another and for an end to the spread of this deadly virus.
Once again, we will have Sabbath services in Citrus Heights and Reno, and webcast services this week from Citrus Heights at 2:30 pm.