Pastors’ Update 11-20-2020
Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!
By now, most of you know that the California Governor Newsom has instituted a stay-at-home curfew from 10 pm to 5 am, for all purple level counties. The curfew will take effect Saturday night, and continue for a month, until December 21st. He has also recommended travel restrictions for the Thanksgiving weekend to help curb the increasing numbers of positive Covid-19 virus cases.
All US states (except Hawaii) have now experienced exponentially increasing numbers of Covid-19 virus cases, including a rising level of hospitalizations and deaths. The US has now exceeded 250,000 deaths due to the virus. Most of the states have now instituted orders for additional restrictions in an effort to stop the spread of this pandemic.
Please continue to pray for one another, and continue to practice recommended safety precautions to avoid this deadly virus.
We will NOT HAVE in-person Sabbath services in ANDERSON or CITRUS HEIGHTS this week. Shasta and Sacramento Counties have moved into the PURPLE level because of an increase in reported COVID-19 cases, and we will not be holding in-person Sabbath services in Anderson or Citrus Heights until further notice. We will be webcasting Sabbath services from Reno this week.
We continue to closely monitor the pandemic and restrictions situation in NorCal, Nevada, Lodi and the Central Valley. As soon as we can resume in-person services, we will do so. At this point we are uncertain when meeting facilities will re-open and state restrictions will change. It may be in December, or January, depending on the spread of the pandemic, and state and local officials.
If any of us are concerned about the restrictions, guidelines, or our personal/family health issues (including age and/or pre-existing conditions), we should not feel we have to physically attend. That is a personal choice. We will continue to make a webcast of Sabbath services available for anyone wishing to observe the Sabbath at home.
If you decide to attend, we ask that you wear a mask/face covering, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands regularly (basic CDC guidelines). Please bring your own water bottle or beverage container since we will not be serving beverages or snacks.