Pastors’ Update 05-20-2022
Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!
I wanted to thank everyone who contributed to our combined Sabbath service, pot luck dinner and wonderful fellowship we had last Sabbath with The Father’s Call COG group. Several of you came hours early to set up, everyone contributed to the delicious food, and most stayed late to fellowship, renew old friendships and make new acquaintances. On top of that God blessed us with wonderful weather to enjoy the meal and fellowship outside on the lawn under the trees! From the comments I heard, it was a most successful Sabbath day!
Registration for the Feast of Tabernacles is now open for all sites, including international sites. All those who have registered should have received 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). If you have not already registered, please do so ASAP! Most sites still have available space. The new Greenville, SC, site is now closed to additional transfers.
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 mutating and spreading.
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 since most will be traveling out of town. This week’s webcast will originate from Lodi.
I have good news concerning a meeting hall for Reno! Thank you all for your prayers! We are negotiating with a small church in Reno to rent their facilities each Sabbath. More details will follow regarding this new location as soon as our lease has been finalized. Hopefully, we will begin meeting in the new location on June 4th. A special thanks to the Fikes and Kovanis’ for opening their homes for us to temporarily meet together.