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July 26, 2020

 

Pastor’s Corner

 While I'm off vacationing, the rest of the staff is available should you need any assistance.  Let me encourage you, if you were unable to be in attendance yesterday.  Pastor Larry Wood shared a great message titled the 5R's.   Take 40 minutes to listen to it.  I'm sure you will find it challenging no matter where you are in your spiritual journey.  Nancy & I look forward to being back with you again soon! 

Blessings, 

Stewart

 

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Adult 4 - 9:00 am In the Big Ed room
(1st floor)
  
Encounter Class - 9:00 am in the Troutt

Berean Class -9:00 am in the Troutt  

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Monday: Underground Youth
1:00 pm Meet in the Undergrounds for fun and fellowship 

Wednesday: Underground Youth
6:00 pm Meal and Bible Study

Thursday: 4:00 pm Bible Nerds in the Parlor

Church Office Hours:  We are open Monday & Thursday from 8:00-1:00 PM.  Call or email for an appointment.  575-825-9722 or jim@fbchobbs.org

US SUPREME COURT ASKED TO HALT NV GOVERNOR’S RULES THAT TREAT CHURCHES WORSE THAN CASINOS

Jul 21, 2020

The following article was published on the Alliance Defending Freedom website on July 9th.

RENO, Nev. – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a church filed an emergency application with the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday that asks it to immediately halt enforcement of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s unbalanced restrictions on churches as part of the state’s reopening plans during the coronavirus pandemic. Sisolak’s rule allows casinos, restaurants, bars, theme parks, and gyms to operate at 50% capacity but restricts churches to gatherings of 50 or fewer people regardless of building size.

Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley in rural Lyon County is asking the high court to halt the restrictions while its lawsuit moves forward in the lower courts because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit refused to do so.

“If groups of people can meet in casinos to play the slots, then they can meet in church to worship,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman. “We are asking the Supreme Court to halt a rule that allows the government to play favorites. The government can certainly prioritize public health and safety, but it can’t move businesses and non-religious activities to the front of the line for reopening and push similarly situated churches to the back. That’s unconstitutional.”

On June 4, ADF filed a supplemental brief in federal district court that included video footage of a recently reopened, crowded casino floor where the majority of patrons pictured are not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

Among the many exceptions to Sisolak’s gathering restrictions, restaurants can resume on-site dining at 50% capacity and gyms and fitness centers can open at 50% capacity. But the governor has refused to allow churches and other places of worship to open their doors to 50 or more people under any circumstance.

Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley wishes to resume in-person worship services that would amount to less than 50% of its building’s capacity and has developed comprehensive social distancing and health and safety protocols to govern those services. It has not been able to proceed with its plans because the governor’s church gathering ban means the church would face criminal and civil penalties.

 

 

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