July 15, 2020

Occidental Community Church Family,

This coming Sunday, July 19, Jolene Kinser, whom we have been supporting in our missions program for many years, will be with us to give a report of what she is doing this year since leaving China due to the coronavirus pandemic.  She will be sharing for 10-15 minutes prior to my sermon and will be available for questions after the service concludes.  

I am sending this email out, because I want to assure everyone that we have not forgotten our commitment to missions during this time of crisis.  Each of our local and foreign missions continue to receive ongoing support every month without exception.  This is a priority for us as a church, and we intend to keep our commitment to supporting them, even as we go through the difficulties of dealing with our own local COVID-19 issues.

Thank you for your faithful financial  and prayer support for Jolene and our other mission partners!

In Christ,
Pastor Rick

PS: Last weekend's sermon audio is now on our website. Dennis Bolt—who manages the website and also sends these emails—was out of town until today.

If you cannot make it to PHCS, please find past audio and video sermons on our website. Each week this summer, audio recordings will be posted on the website as soon as possible after Sunday.


10 am, Sunday, at Pleasant Hill Christian School, 1782 Pleasant Hill Road, Sebastopol.  (Click here for a map) All Summer we will be gathering outdoors in the back of the school.
We understand that there may be some in our church family who are not ready for this, but for those who are, we welcome you!  Here are the recommendations and guidelines (click here or read below) we have adopted in order to make this as safe as possible for all who attend.  Please read them over carefully.
Website Audio/Video Sermons

Recommendations and Guidelines 
for Resuming Worship Services

The OCC guidelines are based on these official regulations:
California Department of Public Health publication, and Joint Sonoma County and Faith-based publication, May 2020.
Biblical guidelines: 1 Corinthians 12:25 - “There should be no division in the body, but members should have equal concern for one another.”



1. Physical Distancing: 6ft. distancing rule applies.

  • Family members may sit together, others 6 ft. apart.
  • Avoid physical contact when greeting one another at worship service.

2. Face Coverings

  • Face masks are to be worn as you arrive, and when appropriate during worship service.
  • Children under 2 years of age and infants are not to wear face masks.
  • Church will have face masks available for those who need them.

3. Handwashing

  • Indoor restrooms are supplied with soap and sanitizer.
  • Sanitizer is available at outdoor worship area.


Pleasant Hill Christian School
1782 Pleasant Hill Rd., Sebastopol.

  • Blacktop area in rear of school for worship service.
  • Bathrooms open, cleaned and disinfected before services.
  • Seating is provided, or you may bring a chair with you. (hat and sunscreen advised)


  • 10 AM starting time each Sunday, beginning June 14.
  • Children are to stay with their families.
  • Communion in pre-sealed cups is to be picked up by each one.
  • Offerings are to be placed in trays near podium.
  • Bring your own drinking water.


  • Individuals with high-risk or pre-existing health issues.
  • Those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, 
runny nose, headache, fatigue, breathing difficulty.
  • Anyone exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past two weeks.

Stay in touch with your church family!

Even if we are not fellowshipping together please keep in virtual touch!


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