Pastors’ Update 03-19-2021

Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!


The Passover is only a week away! For this important memorial, we will have in-person Passover services in Anderson, Citrus Heights and Reno, on March 26, at 7:30 pm. We will also provide a Passover webcast service, as we did last year, from our Redding congregation, for those who cannot meet in-person. If you would like our Passover at Home letter, please let me know and I can send you a copy.


Of course, the Days of Unleavened Bread begin at sunset, March 27th. If you are like Linda and me, we still have a few items of leaven to consume or remove from our home and vehicles. This year, these days seemed to come more quickly than in previous years.  


Mr. and Mrs. Doug Horchak, the Operation Manager of Ministerial Services, will be visiting our area for Passover, the Sabbath and the First Day of Unleavened Bread. He and Tanya will be in Reno for the Passover, NBMO, and the Sabbath. They will be in Citrus Heights for the First Day of Unleavened Bread for a combined service for all four of our congregations on Sunday, March 28th, at 2:30 pm. We are very much looking forward to their visit!


We are now meeting in Anderson, Citrus Heights, and Reno again this Sabbath, and each week, at 2:30 pm. The Stockton brethren are encouraged to attend with the Sacramento members in Citrus Heights until a Lodi meeting location opens for us to meet there again. We found out that the City of Lodi has decided to open the Hutchens Street Square as a mass vaccination site and it will not be available for meeting rentals until May or June. Bob Besore and I have been searching for an alternate location to meet. However, the county is still in the Purple Tier and no meetings or large gatherings are allowed in the usual meeting venues. Please continue to pray that God will provide a suitable place for us to meet in the Lodi area soon!


We will still offer webcast services from Redding and Reno each Sabbath, and for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread Holy Days, for those who are unable to attend in-person in Anderson, Citrus Heights, or Reno. 


Once again, for those attending in Citrus Heights, the CHCC does require everyone in attendance to sign a Covid-19 release, wear a face covering, and social distance, while in the building. Once you have signed a release, we are able to provide the CHCC a log of those attending, and you will no longer have to sign a new release each week after you have signed an initial release. Please plan to enter through the East entrance, as the other entrances will remain locked to limit public access to the building. We have exclusive use of the building, for the time being.


For the Passover, we are planning safety protocols to keep everyone as safe as possible while still partaking of the Passover symbols in-person. You will be contacted by one of our Deacons/Elders regarding attending in-person for Passover Service. We need to get an accurate count of those attending so we may plan accordingly.


For the Night To Be Much Observed we should plan to meet with our families or other brethren in our homes on Saturday evening, March 28th. A couple of smaller gatherings are planned this year. The Redding brethren are having a catered meal in our Anderson Church hall. If you would like to join them, and have not already made arrangements with Tom and Victoria Provine, please call them at 530-520-6061. A few of the Reno brethren are planning to meet together at the Atlantis Steak House in Reno for the NBMO. If you would like to join them, please contact Mark Fike at 775-853-3990.


We will have Sabbath services in Anderson, Citrus Heights and Reno this Sabbath, and webcast services this week from Reno at 2:30 pm.