The air quality has been drastically affected by the fires, and today the school we operate, Pleasant Hill Christian School, was forced to cancel classes.  We are hoping and praying that by Sunday the air quality will have improved for our church service. Our plan right now is to have our service, but once again, as we have done in the past, we will send out an email notification early Sunday morning if the air quality is too unhealthy to meet.  Check your email before coming to the school for our 10 am service.  

EPA website
Oct. 2, 2020

Occidental Community Church family,

MATTHEW 6:19-21 - 19. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  20. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  21. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Last Monday Sue and I were packing up a few things so that we would be ready to leave if we needed to evacuate due to the wildfires in our area.  We live close to Annadel State Park, one of the areas where the fires were burning out of control.  The evacuation order eventually came within a few blocks of our house, but then the fire was stopped in our direction so that we did not have to leave.  We are fine now and thankful that we were able to stay in our house.

It is a sobering experience to decide what few things to take with us in our car and what things to leave behind, maybe never to see them again.  Sue and I have three things on our list to take: (1) Sue's 25 years of quilts; (2) my 50 years of sermons; (3) our dog.  This is as much as our car can hold, but these are the things of this world that mean most to us . . . our earthly "treasures" I guess you could say.  Thankfully, our true and lasting treasures are in heaven where nothing can destroy them.  As Christians we can thank our Lord for the eternal treasures awaiting us when we reach our final home in heaven!

A few prayer needs:
(1) Leron Heath, Janlyn's brother, is scheduled for spinal surgery next Tuesday. Pray for him and his wife Linda, who because of Covid precautions cannot be with him in the hospital.  Pray for a successful surgery and relief of pain for Leron.
(2) Richard Howell is home with his son recovering from heart failure.  This is a setback for Richard who needs his heart to strengthen significantly in order to live.
(3) Tim McMullin, a former church attender, was killed in a fatal accident.  Pray for his family in their time of grieving.  Tim is in heaven now enjoying the treasures that will endure forever!
(4) Continued prayer for CeCe Cummings and Kerri Andrews in their battle against cancer.  May God strengthen and heal them both.
(5) President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have contracted Covid-19 and are currently quarantined in the White House.  Pray for a safe and speedy recovery for them both.
(6) Pray for all who are affected by the fires and for the firefighters and first responders.

When you see things around you that tempt you to despair, keep looking up!

Trusting in Him,
Pastor Rick


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.
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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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