Pastors’ Update 01-22-2021
Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!
A new government Executive Administration and new government representatives were seated in Congress this week. As in each governmental change, there are those who are happy and excited to see what changes will take place under the new government, and those who are disappointed and concerned about what may take place, that could change their lives.
Here in the USA our government generally changes every two to four years. Presidents, administrations and government representatives come and go, often much more frequently than in other countries. As one of my teachers once told our high school civics class, “Our government is like the weather. If you don’t like it, don’t worry because it will change soon enough.”
In Proverbs 29:2, we are told: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Time will reveal whether the next two to four years will be days of rejoicing or days for mourning. For Christians, we are admonished to pray “…for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” (I Timothy 2:2)
The pandemic continues to claim thousands of lives each day in our nation and the entire world. In the United States, we passed the milestone of 400,000 deaths from Covid related illness! Please continue to pray for one another and for an end to the spread of this deadly virus.
We continue to closely monitor the pandemic and restrictions in NorCal and Nevada. 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. We are hopeful re-openings may occur in February, depending on the spread of the pandemic, and state and local restrictions.
Thankfully, we have been able to have weekly Sabbath services on-line. But, I know we all miss the regular fellowship and sharing time with one another face-to-face, especially during times like these.
Vaccines for this virus continue to be approved and are now being distributed in the US and around the world. 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.
Because of the current California State restrictions, we will NOT HAVE in-person Sabbath services in ANDERSON, or CITRUS HEIGHTS, again this week. However, we will have Sabbath services and webcast services this week from Reno at 2:30 pm.