Updated Sept 17, 2020
- Church will open again on Oct 3 for in-person services. We will still continue to post or live-stream the service at 11:00am for those who would like to continue viewing from home.
- Check your email for our NewsPoints Newsletter for up-to-date information and any new changes.
Information on Our Last Re-opening and Hopefully Our Next Re-opening
The Conference approved our church Re-opening Proposal and we re-opened on June 13 with a “modified worship service”. Depending on how things look after a few weeks of activity, California’s Department of Public Health will then look at either tightening, maintaining or loosening restrictions and we will revisit our procedures then.
UPDATE: We are opening again on Oct 3 and will follow the guidelines from our previous re-opening.
We are/were excited to be worshiping together again in person even with the required service modifications. We know that things look and feel a bit different, but please assist us in keeping all members safe by following all directions that you are given. These directions are based on the conference’s guidelines, which are in harmony with governing authorities, as well as Adventist Risk Management.
WHEN WE CAN WORSHIP TOGETHER AGAIN:
Before coming to church each Sabbath, take a minute and do a personal health check. Do you have any symptoms, even minor ones? Do you just feel off? If so, JUST STAY HOME! We also encourage our senior members, or those with underlying health conditions to carefully consider whether worshiping in person is right for them. We will continue to provide the service virtually for all those who are not able or ready to meet in person.
When you arrive at the church, park, put on your mask, and come to the open door in the foyer by the breezeway. Church members with keys please don’t use them to unlock and enter through a different door. Everyone must enter through the same door and be counted, sanitize their hands, and have their temperature checked. There will be marked places in the breezeway to wait if someone else is already at the door.
Volunteers made up of our greeters, deacons and deaconesses will help you find appropriate seating, and will also dismiss you at the end of the service.
A few things to keep in mind:
Everything has been completely cleaned and sanitized and bathrooms will have surfaces disinfected throughout the service.
Bring your own water if needed. The drinking fountain will not be available.
Bring your own Bible. All books in the pews will be removed.
Online giving is recommended. If you prefer to use a tithe envelope, ask a volunteer.
We can only allow 100 total people to the service. After polling many members of the congregation we think we should be able to accommodate all who want to come by having just one service. It is possible that people could be turned away if more than expected show up. We apologize in advance if that happens and will make adjustments the following week so it doesn’t happen again.
Sabbath Schools will continue virtually for now, but will start at 9:00am, instead of the regular 9:30am. This should give everyone an opportunity to enjoy Sabbath School and still travel and make it to church for an 11:00am service.
We ask for your grace as we work to worship together and do our best to keep everyone safe.
Here is what you need to know for now:
- Church services are are getting ready to re-open, and as of now, no other ministries will start in-person meetings at this time.
- We will remain connected via our Newsletter, "NewsPoints" (subscribe here)
- Please avail yourself of our online giving portal to continue financially supporting our church
- Check back for new developments
- If you are a member and need assistance, please email our church office or call the office phone and leave a message: 916-786-8350. If your need is more urgent, please reach out to one of our Elders
General Practices To Help Us All Stay Healthy:
- Wear a mask
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Wash your hands often, and longer than normal (20 seconds is recommended)
- Cover your mouth with your arm if you cough or sneeze, not your hand, or use a tissue and throw it away
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers (sanitizing stations will be available at church) if washing your hands is not an option
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and wash your hands promptly if you do so
- If you are sick, remain home except to seek medical attention
Things are changing rapidly. We will do our best to keep you updated as we go forward. We also encourage you to avail yourself of the current information from your county's public health department.
May God grant us courage and wisdom as we navigate this challenging season with Him and by His grace.