June 10, 2020

Occidental Community Church family,

Believe it or not, thirteen is our lucky number here at Occidental Community Church.  This coming Sunday, June 14, will be the thirteenth Sunday since we last met together for worship.  But at last, we are ready to gather for worship once again!

After much prayer, planning, and considering our options, we have decided  to use the facilities of our school, Pleasant Hill Christian in Sebastopol, as our gathering place for the summer months, instead of our church building in Occidental.  The health regulations and restrictions placed upon us made our school clearly the best choice for now.  In light of the present coronavirus risk, It will be safer, accommodate more people, and is centrally located for most of our church family.  This was approved by our elders on Monday evening and the church board on Tuesday evening.   

Our first service will be at 10 am, Sunday, June 14, at Pleasant Hill Christian School, 1782 Pleasant Hill Road, Sebastopol.  (Click here for a map) We will be gathering outdoors in the back of the school where there is both sunshine and shade for seating.  The shade is under trees, so for those with allergies who choose to sit there, you might want to bring your allergy medication with you.  There will be a few picnic tables with umbrellas as well.  Bring sunscreen, umbrellas, and hats for the sunny spots.  We will provide seating, but we encourage you to bring your own chairs which may be more comfortable for you.  We will keep the service to one hour or less.  

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.

Joyfully and prayerfully!
Pastor Rick

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!


Sermons Online
Pastor Rick will continue posting a video sermon every Sunday on our church website until we are able to meet together again for worship in our sanctuary. Pray with me that will be soon!
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