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NEW JOB AVAILABLE! Is God Calling You?

 
For the past many years, AR and Fred Pointer have led our church in preparing weekly dinners for the homeless of our town, shepherding many volunteers and groups who helped cook and serve 80-150 meals every Saturday night annually from November through April, and then driving the food down to the Salvation Army to serve.  Their basic meal plan included sliced baked ham, mashed potatoes, canned vegetables, salad, fresh apples and bread with butter.  It was easy!  Oh, and gravy, you can’t forget the gravy.  
 
This year we’ve got the coronavirus and it’s a whole new ballgame.  New county safety policies include social distancing, always wearing a mask, and taking temperatures required.  Plus, it’s been decided that only the Salvation Army folks will be serving the meals, to minimize contact with the public.  However, that’s not all.  The Bishop and Cabinet of our United Methodist Churches within the Cal-Nevada Conference have additional strict guidelines that must be met before we open up our facility, even on this limited basis, in order to keep everyone safe.  
 
Here’s the plan so far for feeding the homeless this year:
1. Volunteers need to take and pass Santa Cruz County’s COVID-19 food service training online, and be certified with www.servsafe.com.  
2. We must prepare the paperwork to get approval from the Cal-Nev Conference per required protocols, to reopen our kitchen.  
3. Plan the weekly meal, buy and store the food. (AR and Fred have our freezers full and ready to go with enough until Dec.)
4. Cook the food in our kitchen per COVID-19 protocols.  
5. Get the required to-go containers and utensils from the Salvation Army.  
6. Heat up the food and pack it into to-go containers.
7. Drop off the food at the Salvation Army by 4:45 pm on Saturday.  
 
According to AR and Fred, “We all have choices in life and all you have to do is feed the needy one time and you know that you have made the right choice.  It’s a humbling experience for us, because it takes so little effort and people in the food line are so grateful.  We’ve come to the realization that nothing is going to change as long as we’re in charge.  We’ve made it easy, for ourselves, but in order for the program to change and grow, it needs new leadership.  We’re still willing to be part of the program and help in any way we can, but fresh ideas, new vision and different possibilities are what’s needed in order to move forward.  Easy peasy.”
 
The Salvation Army feeds the homeless year round, but we’ve had a tradition of helping them by cooking a healthy meal once a week during the winter months.  Is God calling you to this ministry?  If so, we look forward to hearing from you! 

Reunión Casera de COPA: Sobre Seguridad y la Policia // COPA: Police & Safety House Meeting

Acompañenos para una Reunión Casera de COPA: Sobre Seguridad y la Policia organizada por Watsonville Networx este viernes 23 de octubre a las 6:30 pm a través de zoom. Esta reunión se realizará únicamente en español. Preinscríbase aquí https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdw7wPjtsQkWo…/viewform
 
Please join us for a COPA: Police & Safety House Meeting hosted by Watsonville Networx this Friday, October 23 at 6:30 pm via zoom. This meeting will be hosted in Spanish only. Pre-register here https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdw7wPjtsQkWo…/viewform
 

Virtual National Night Out Today!

Today is our Virtual National Night Out event! Please join us!

Starting at 3:00 pm all videos will be available on the City of Watsonville – City Gov’t, Watsonville Fire Department, Watsonville Police Activities League (PAL) and Watsonville Police Department Facebook pages! 

You’ll also have the opportunity to enter a raffle by participating in a short trivia quiz following the videos. The winner will be announced during a Facebook Live on Watsonville Police Department’s page on Friday, October 9th at 4:00 pm

Trivia Rules:

1. Must be a resident within the city of Watsonville limits.

2. 1 Submission per person in the household.

3. Must watch all safety videos.

4. Must answer all the questions in order to qualify.

¡Noche Nacional de Salir Virtual Hoy!

¡Hoy es nuestro evento Virtual de Noche Nacional de Salir! ¡Por favor acompañenos!

A partir de las 3:00 pm, todos los videos estarán disponibles en las páginas de Facebook de la Ciudad de Watsonville: Gobierno de la Ciudad, Departamento de Bomberos de Watsonville, Liga de Actividades de la Policía de Watsonville (PAL) y el Departamento de Policía de Watsonville.

También tendrá la oportunidad de participar en un sorteo, en el que tendrá que llenar un breve cuestionario de trivia después de los videos. El ganador será anunciado durante un Facebook Live en la página del Departamento de Policía de Watsonville el viernes 9 de octubre a las 4:00 pm.

Reglas de Trivia:

1. Debe ser un residente dentro de los límites de la ciudad de Watsonville.

2. Solamente una (1) entrada de rifa por hogar.

3. Debe ver todos los vídeos de seguridad.

4. Debe responder a todas las preguntas para calificar.

¡Noche Nacional de Salir 2020 Ahora es Virtual!

A pesar de los muchos desafíos y obstáculos que todos hemos enfrentado este año, ¡todavía encontramos una manera de traer el evento a usted!
 
Únase a nosotros el martes, 6 de octubre para una serie de videos de seguridad pública presentados por la Policía de Watsonville (WPD) y el Departamento de Bomberos.
 
WPD le presentará su unidad de perros policía y cómo entrena para dar con los delincuentes, cómo la tecnología avanzada se utiliza para mantener a los oficiales seguros durante algunas de las situaciones más peligrosas y lo que los peatones y conductores deben saber.
 
También los llevaremos en un recorrido exclusivo de la estación 1 del Departamento de Bomberos de Watsonville y le daremos un vistazo a uno de los camiones más grandes de toda la ciudad. Los videos comenzarán a las 3pm y se publicarán cada media hora hasta las 6pm. Tendrán acceso a los videos en la página de Facebook de la Ciudad de Watsonville, el Departamento de Policía de Watsonville, el Departamento de Bomberos de Watsonville y Watsonville PAL.
 
También tendrá la oportunidad de participar en un sorteo, en el que tendrá que llenar un breve cuestionario de trivia después de los videos. El ganador será anunciado durante un Facebook Live en la página del Departamento de Policía de Watsonville el viernes 9 de octubre a las 4 p.m.
 
Reglas de Trivia:
1. Debe ser un residente dentro de los límites de la ciudad de Watsonville.
2. Solamente una (1) entrada de rifa por hogar.
3. Debe ver todos los vídeos de seguridad.
4. Debe responder a todas las preguntas para calificar.
 

National Night Out 2020 is Going Virtual!

Despite the many challenges and hurdles we’ve all faced this year, we still found a way to bring NNO to you!
 
Join us on Tuesday, October 6th for a series of public safety videos hosted by Watsonville Police and Fire Departments.
 
WPD will give you an inside look at how their K-9 unit is trained to sniff out the bad guys, how advanced technology is being used to keep officers safe during some of the most dangerous situations and the dos and don’ts for pedestrians and drivers.
 
We’ll also be taking you on an exclusive tour of the Watsonville Fire Station 1 and giving you a peek at one of the largest trucks you’ll see around town.
 
This virtual event kicks off at 3 p.m. with a Facebook post every half an hour until 6 p.m.
Videos will be streamed on the City of Watsonville, Watsonville Police Department, Watsonville Fire Department and Watsonville PAL Facebook pages.
 
You’ll also have the opportunity to enter a raffle by participating in a short trivia quiz following the videos. The winner will be announced during a Facebook Live on Watsonville Police Department’s page on Friday, October 9th at 4 p.m.
 
Trivia Rules:
1. Must be a resident within the city of Watsonville limits.
2. 1 Submission per person in the household.
3. Must watch all safety videos.
4. Must answer all the questions in order to qualify.
 

Watsonville NETworX Open House // Casa Abierta del Programa de NETworX de Watsonville

COPA: Police and Safety House Meeting // Reunión Casera de COPA: Sobre Seguridad y la Policia

Join us this Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm via zoom for a COPA: Police and Safety House Meeting. Please register at https://bit.ly/Police-SafetyHM

Únase a nosotros este jueves 1 de octubre del 2020 a las 6:30 pm a través de zoom para una Reunión Casera de COPA: Sobre Seguridad y la Policia. Regístrese aqui https://bit.ly/Police-SafetyHM

Virtual Pajaro Valley CROP Hunger Walk // Caminata Virtual Contra el Hambre del Valle de Pajaro

Registration and Donations to Virtual Pajaro Valley CROP Hunger Walk is now open: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/watsonvilleca/ #CropWalk #endhungernow #VirtualCROPHungerWalk #fighthunger

La inscripción y las donaciones para la Caminata Virtual Contra el Hambre del Valle de Pajaro ya están abiertas: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/watsonvilleca/ #CropWalk #endhungernow #VirtualCROPHungerWalk #fighthunger

“Safe Havens” Event // Evento de “Refugios Seguros”

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 10:00 am, ECR District United Methodist Women are hosting a Zoom online meeting, “Safe Havens: Encouraging Healthy Relationships at Home.” It is focused on women and children experiencing violence in the home. Please register online here, https://elcaminorealumw.org/havens-2020/
 
El sábado 26 de septiembre de 2020, a las 10:00 am, Las Mujeres Metodistas Unidas del Distrito de ECR organizarán una reunión en línea de Zoom, “Refugios seguros: fomento de relaciones saludables en el hogar”. Se centra en mujeres y niños que sufren violencia en el hogar. Regístrese en línea aquí, https://elcaminorealumw.org/havens-2020/