News November 20, 2020
1.The barrel for the FCSC give-a-way will be out starting this Sabbath, the 21st thru Dec. 12th. You know the usual gloves, hats, sock and underwear, but also for the teen-age clients, gift-cards (pre-paid visa, Starbucks, Amazon etc.) art supplies, fishing tackle, make-up sets. Also toiletries can be put in the barrel as well, but please make sure they are in a plastic bag. We don't want anything to accidently leak.
2.We did not make budget for October. Year to date we are short around $8000.00. For what has happened economically, it could have been worse. We so appreciate your giving, and the sacrifices you make to give your tithes and offerings. We thank-you so much and ask for prayers for continued faithful giving.
3.The church office will be closed from Nov. 26th - Dec.2nd. It will re-open on December 3rd. Cindy is available for texts and e-mails. If you need too, feel free to contact her. We wish everyone a wonderful, new-normal, social-distancing and masked up HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2020!!! Care for yourself and your friends and families!
Rosa Paredes will be 90 on Monday, and we will be recognizing her during announcements.
News November 3, 2020
1. The church office will be closed from November 26 through December 2nd. We will re-open the office on Thursday, December 3rd. I will be available by e-mail and text if something important comes up. Messages can also be left on the church phone if it is not important.
2.We are working diligently to get the church ready to re-open on November 21st. Ed Fargusson just reviewed our plan again and stated that there is nothing we need to change or add to it.
3.Each week we want to send you another reminder about the way things will be handled when we open. The county and the conference both stress the importance of communication in re-opening. That is what we are trying to do.
a.The services will still be only an hour long.
b.The instructions for sanitizing surfaces in the restrooms will be posted and it is a simple process.
c.The windows will be open some and the fans will be on. It is important to keep an air flow during the service. Once again, we remind you to dress warmly and bring a blanket, gloves etc.
Stay tuned for more re-opening policies.
4.Joann Voight has once again asked us to pray for her family member, Ron Beasly. He is the one who has the fast growing lymphoma. In addition to the cancer he has been hospitalized with a high fever and they cannot figure out why. Please lift Ron and his family up in prayer.
5.Starting the last weekend in November, we will again have our collection barrel in the lobby. The community center needs hats, scarves, mittens in addition to underwear for men, women and children . Start collecting now and share with those in the community.
Pacific Union College Elementary School
Jose Marin, NCC Executive Secretary
Pine Hills Adventist Academy
Melissa Howell, Carmichael Church Associate
Music: Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy
Sean Kim, Fremont/Livermore District Pastor
Rio Lindo Adventist Academy
Marc Woodson, NCC President
NCC Mid-term Report Video – Learn how your churches, schools, & ministries are doing what matters for the Kingdom!
“We Still Believe” Live streaming
Praise and pray with us from 7-8 p.m. on Nov. 4, 5, and 6. Be inspired by NCC student musicians, and listen to hopeful messages from our pastors: Executive Secretary Jose Marin on Wednesday, Carmichael church Associate Pastor Melissa Howell on Thursday, and Fremont/Livermore district Pastor Sean Kim on Friday. On Sabbath, Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m., learn how churches, schools, and ministries are doing what matters for the Kingdom during our mid-term report, and hear a message from Dr. Marc Woodson. There are three ways to connect:
1.Visit nccsda.com – click the camera icon and connect directly to the live streaming event.
2.Go to the Facebook page Northern California Adventists in Action to watch live.
3.Subscribe to the YouTube channel NCCSDA
Soon, the weather will stop cooperating with our Parking Lot Services and we will possibly begin to meet inside. These are the guidelines, protocols and procedures that will be new to all of us. In order to safely meet, we have to implement these changes and we have to make sure that each of you are aware of them and adhere to them. The last thing we want to do is to “police” anyone. Our church service, when we re-open will most likely follow along the lines of the parking Lot Service. It will be short and to the point.
Some of you will not be comfortable with what is expected. Therefore we understand if you decide not to attend the indoor service. We will continue to do on-line services for those of you that do not want to attend. Not holding Sabbath School classes is especially hard for those members with children and the safety team continues to discuss a safe, practical way for kids to meet, but it remains a challenge we review at each meeting.
Being able to worship & fellowship together in the safest, most healthy and practical way is our goal. In order to keep all of you as safe as possible, church as we knew it will be different for quite some time. The willingness to adapt and adjust is what is needed from each of us when re-open. Please pray for the COVID safety team as they meet and make plans. When we are ready to open, we will certainly let each of you know ahead of time what to expect. Please familiarize yourself with this document…it will help the re-opening go as smooth as possible.
BEFORE COMING: If you have a medical illness or a compromised immune system we encourage you to take advantage of on-line ministries. If you are in any of the high-risk groups, consider carefully before choosing to attend.
ENTERING: There will be one entrance and exit. We will be using the front doors with the ramp.
SCREENING: Prior to entering, members will be screened for COVID symptoms and fever. Those in question will be asked to not attend that day’s service. If you have a fever, cough, congestion, fatigue, aches, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath…please do not come
MASKS: Masks and social distancing are mandated. Masks are required to remain in place during the entire service. Masks must fit over the nose and mouth.
CONTACT: Please do not hug or shake hands with anyone other than family/friends you are already associating with. Practice frequent hand-washing. Visit outside, not in the lobby.
SEATING: Members will be ushered in and out at each service. Every other pew is closed for everyone. You will be seated on the ends of the pew. Do not sit in the center.( If you have a large family obviously you may extend in to the center). You can sit with those you have been socializing or associating with during shelter-in-place.
SOCIAL-DISTANCING: The floors will be marked for social distancing, please try to position yourself on these markings if possible.
CLOSED: The downstairs and the balcony are off limits for everyone other than members of the safety team or those on duty that Sabbath.
CANCELLED: Spanish church as well as Sabbath school classes are suspended until further notice. Potlucks, socials, and other meetings are cancelled as well. Meetings such as elders, board, finance etc. will continue on ZOOM.
HARD SURFACES: Bibles and hymnals are removed and stacked in the closed pews. Please do not use them. Please do not pass out anything for others to handle. Try not to touch door handles, walls, light switches, etc. if possible.
SINGING: We will have special music, but we will not be singing out loud as a group. (this may be re-visited)
RESTROOMS: If you have to use the restroom, instructions on how to clean after each use will be clearly posted in the restroom. We will only be using the mother’s room restroom and the two lobby restrooms. If your child attends with you, you must accompany them and supervise the sanitizing.
CIRCULATION: Doors and windows will be open to allow for the flow of fresh air throughout the sanctuary. Because of this, we encourage you to dress warmly and bring a light blanket. The church will be much colder than normal.
FOUNTAINS: Drinking fountains are off limits. We suggest you bring own water.
SANITIZING: Sanitation stations will be throughout the building with all necessary items needed to clean. The church sitting dormant for six days in between services will be part of the sanitizing process on certain surfaces that otherwise could not be cleaned/sanitized.
OFFERINGS: Offering will be collected in a communal area. Those counting the offering must wear gloves and masks when handling the money.
FLU SHOT: It is strongly suggested that you contact your physician to see it is advisable for you to get your annual flu shot this fall/winter.
1.The links for Sabbath's worship service will be ready by Sabbath morning at 10:00
2.Pacific Press has once again sent us 100 "Adventist Reviews" and "Kid's Review". They will be available on the steps during Parking Lot service for the next few weeks. Even if you already subscribe to it, please take some of both to share with friends and neighbors.
3.There are also bundles of the "Little Friend" that have been accumulating. I will have them bagged and ready for you to take. Please take some for friends and neighbors in addition to yourself.
4.Please pray for our personal ministry and evangelism leaders. They are currently working to plan evangelistic presentations for 2021. This is always a big undertaking but now with COVID-19, there are so many additional challenges. We have to be able to present it safely inside, but also have to learn new technology in order to live-stream it for those who are not comfortable to meet inside. Just pray that they find the best message that our members and our community need to hear. Pray for them as they learn knew technology so that they can continue to minister and fellowship with those in our church family and our community.
5.There will be handouts on the steps this Sabbath with the "health nugget" for November. (you will get mailed and e-mailed a copy with your FOCUS this Friday), but if you want extras, they will be on the steps. There are also copies of our re-opening "key points". Please, Please make sure you pick one up, if you have not already read it in the emails I send. It is possible that we may re-open for Sabbath, November 21st. That is, if there are no new restrictions that come from the state, county or NCC. Remember that even if we re-open then, if it appears that we are not adhering to the plan, we will shut-down again.
It's pretty basic COVID-19 common sense that will allow us to meet weekly:
1. The month of September ended $1000.00 above budget. YTD we are still around $7000.00 short.
2. We are working on our re-opening plan. Each week we will be sending out a guideline for re-opening. We want you to understand that church as we knew it, is gone for the time being. We will be worshipping together under one roof, but will still have to be masked and social distanced. The boards goal in sending out these guidelines each week is that everyone will know way in advance what to expect and what is required. We are going to continue meeting outside for as long as possible. Our target re-opening will be sometime mid-November (hopefully). Communication is an important part of re-opening. We want to make sure everyone knows what is going on. Any questions can be directed to the church office. We welcome and questions or suggestions.
3.We will have a business meeting December 20th at 6:00. Where and how the meeting will be presented will be determined and you will be informed. We have not had a business meeting since January and want to have an end-of-the-year meeting.
4.Doug Bachelor is presenting an "Amazing Facts" series on October 23rd titled "Revelation Now". If you go to the Amazing Facts website, you can find the information and links.
5. The Evangelism team is currently discussing and researching topics for upcoming evangelism presentations for 2021. Please pray that the Lord leads them to the topics that our church members and our community will be blessed by.
6. The community center needs prayers regarding the community garden. The long-time manager of the garden has moved. There is some hesitation from other facilities about continuing this program. A great deal of the fresh produce the community center gives out comes from this garden. Please pray that the program will be allowed to continue.
7. Please pray for the Camp Meeting store. We know that camp meeting is way off and we don't even know if we will have it in 2021, but we need someone to run the store. If someone does not step up to run it, it is uncertain what the future of the store will be. Please pray for just the right person/persons to feel impressed to take this task on.
COVID UPDATE: We our once again attaching a copy of the "Key-Points" from our re-opening plan. THIS DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE RE-OPENING RIGHT NOW!. We do know that as the weather changes, the Parking Lot services may have to come to an end and we will possibly move inside.
Please read these "key-points" and be familiar with them. There will be many, many changes that we will have to adapt and adjust to if we re-open. Our safety team meets monthly. We are up-to-date with the most current statistics, recommendations and data. This helps us make our decisions. Being outside in the fresh air is the safest for us at this time. Once we start meeting inside, it opens us all up to a higher risk of contamination and contact with COVID-19. We miss each and every one of you. We miss the face-to-face fellowship and worshipping as one body. We are eager to be together under one roof praising our God.
OFFICE CLOSED: The church office will be closed from Thursday afternoon through Wednesday the 14th. I will be back in the office on Thursday the 15th. I am available by e-mail and text. I will be checking several times a day. You can always call and leave a message if it is not a time-sensitive question. Pastor may be in the office on Tuesday morning as usual, but you may have to knock hard on the door.
MEETINGS: The Elder's continue to meet on Sabbath afternoons at 3:00 for their study. The Elder's meeting will be on the 13th at 7:00. The church board will be on the 15th at 6:30. The links for these ZOOM meetings will be sent out ahead of time. Please mark your calendar.
INFO: Handouts for disaster preparedness and the upcoming LIVE NATIVY are available at the Parking Lot church. Also, there are introduction copies of "40 Days of Prayer" books. If you like what you see in the introduction copies, contact Lalita Brinckhaus for an actual book if they are still available. This includes men and women.
Due to COVID, there were questions about doing the Live Nativity this year. I sent a late-night text out to the crew with my thoughts and asked if they were
comfortable doing it, with many changes. Within 10 minutes I’d heard back from several and the rest came in early the next morning. The answer was a
resounding “yes.” It brought tears to my eyes. I had the opportunity to meet with most of that crew, including a representative from Hydesville Church, and we
spent several hours discussing not IF it will happen, but rather HOW to make it happen in a safe manner. This year’s dates are December 12 & 13. Here are some of the modifications taking place. This list is not all-inclusive and always subject change.
1) We will not be able to track down actors in church like we’ve done in years past. PLEASE reach out! This year, we are asking for “bubbles” of people in the scenes as much as possible. That “bubble” includes people with whom you frequently associate without wearing a mask or other protective equipment. This will limit the distancing that needs to take place in each scene outside. If you have participated before, you may not be in the same scene that you’ve done before.
Actors will be called a day or two before the event to confirm participation as well as to check on health.
2) Everyone will be screened according to standard Public Health protocols. This check-in process will also tell you which room you belong in.
3) We will not be meeting in the Center Dining Room as in years past. For Scenes 1-6, we will be dividing up the classrooms downstairs in the Church. Each room
will house the actors from one scene with a divider down the middle of the room separating the shifts. (ie 7 & 8 pm shifts on one side, 7:30 & 8:30 shifts on the other) Scenes 7-9 will be over at the Center Dining Room under similar circumstances. All the costumes, accessories and small props for each scene will be in your assigned room. If you have participated before and are used to passing off a prop at shift change, we are working hard to minimize that. Masks are to be worn in any building and you must stay in your assigned room. Hand sanitizer will be provided and windows will be open in the rooms. There will be people downstairs and at the Center to help us stay on track with our safety protocols, monitor our restrooms and get actors outside at the appropriate times.
4) Since costumes will be in your room, if we don’t know everyone in your bubble, please don’t be offended if we ask a costume size. Think about what needs to fit over the clothing you will be wearing outside. Having a size 3X for you when you’re a size small, or vice versa, just isn’t going to work and could delay our start time while we try to find something for you to wear.
5) Food will be provided sack lunch style and brought to you in your room at the church or Center. We are working on a limited menu. There will be bottled water
and hot water along with packets of hot chocolate and cider in each room. In the past, the cooks of the SDA church have lovingly donated the food for the Nativity. Sadly, we will NOT be able to do that this year, however, we still need to purchase the items we are providing. In lieu of providing food, please consider writing a
check to the SDA church and marking it “Nativity.” This will go towards food, the disposable items needed, and possibly other items necessary for our extra changes this year. Do NOT label your check “Nativity Food.”
6) In addition to their usual safety vests, the traffic crew will be wearing masks and sanitizing any CDs that are handed out to and returned from the cars. Careful
attention will be paid to the placement of cones to keep cars from getting too close to the scenes. Much can happen in the next few months, and some of the above might be different, but we have a start and are opting for safety and following Public Health Guidelines as we make these changes. Even after all of this, if there is a
sudden surge in COVID cases in our community near show time, we may be required to cancel. However, the crew is praying that we can once again share the Hope for Humanity through this annual event and that God will bless our efforts. This event does not happen without YOU. Please put this on your calendar and reach out to participate. Don’t wait until the last minute. Empty scenes don’t tell much of the gospel story. Let me know if you have questions and I’ll do my best to answer.
1.The board voted to have the members of the nominating committee or their appointed representatives, call those who are currently serving for 2019 and 2020. (If you recall, the board voted in 2018 to have those elected to serve for two years) They will be asking those elected to continue serving through 2021. The COVID-19 restrictions make it difficult to try and coordinate contacting, voting, readings and discussions. Most of 2020 has not required everyone currently elected to be as busy as normal. So please pray about continuing to serve our membership. Personal one-to-one ministry that each of you bring is much needed at this time.
2.Our treasure reported that there was a boost of giving recently. That has considerably helped our YTD deficit. We still need around $2000 to make September's budget. She reports that we are more on track for the year then we were a few months ago. God has blessed us through your tithes and offerings. We appreciate your continued giving. Also, both the school and the church were audited this year and due to Amy's hard work, we passed with flying colors. Continue to pray for our treasurer as she keeps us on track and up-to-date.
3.FJA has started out with 5 students. They have two 1st graders, 2 5th graders and one 7th grader. There are many challenges in teaching through this COVID epidemic. Pray for our Principal, the staff and the board as they meet these challenges head on and share the love of Jesus through new and creative ways. Please continue to support FJA in your giving if so led.
What the school does not currently have is a substitute teacher roster. If you have some time to spare and love working with children, you are qualified. At this time, Jamie would most likely be in the room attending her mandated meetings by ZOOM. So if needed, you would have her support and guidance. Please contact her if you might be willing to be on a substitute list.
4.We will be having readings at the parking lot service to accept the following transfers: Kali Barnhart to Grants Pass, Bob and Ryan Osborn to Eureka, Jesse and Sharon Perry to Arcata/Mckinleyville and Karina Brinckhaus back to Fortuna from Thailand. What is positively a blessing from God, is that as we transfer these members out, we have a transfer in as well as our three baptisms and our profession of faith from August. God continues to hold us in his hand. He has a plan for Fortuna.
5.Pathfinders have started meeting about two times a month on Sundays, outside when possible. They have been working on their Ukuleles and are planning some more outdoor activities such as hiking etc. Continue to pray for our Pathfinder leads as they too are trying to be creative and safe when planning new activities during COVID.
Don't forget that your 4th Quarter SS supplies are here. They are available after the Parking lot service on the steps,bags are marked, or during office hours. Information on the 40 days of prayer is also available at the services or by contacting Lalita Brinckhaus.