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National Night Out 2020 Went (Mostly) Virtual 

 
Despite the many challenges and hurdles we’ve faced this year from COVID-19, the City of Watsonville at Pastor Robin’s urging still found a way to bring National Night Out (NNO) to our community.  Usually held on the first Tuesday in August, this year the event was moved to Tuesday, October 6th.  City staff led by the Recreation Department, with help from several local school principals, offered a series of online public safety videos.  
 
Watsonville PD gave 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.   In addition, the Fire Department offered an exclusive tour of Fire Station 1, including a peek at one of the largest fire trucks you’ll see around town.  An online quiz for the kids resulted in many gifts and prizes.  
 
Over 2,500 people viewed this video series across the city online platforms
In addition, our church jumped in to offer 200 free “to-go” homemade Mexican dinners that night in a drive-through giveaway to some of our neighbors and friends, assisted by officers from both the Watsonville Police and Fire Departments.  What a great opportunity to serve our community! 

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
 

Blessing of the Animals Online Gathering

It’s time for the Blessing of the Animals Online Gathering, premiering on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 at 10:00 am, and available thereafter, on our Facebook and YouTube pages. I love this service and hope you do, too. It’s clear our task is to project and care for the animals–even the wild ones. Or to put it another way, we all have a place in the choir–or congregation! If you have a pet and want to join along, please do. We are also offering free “Certificates of Blessing” for those who are able to bless their animals with us. Just let us know the details of your animal–name and date you join in. 

I leave you with this blessing:

“God, the Divine Eagle, is strong enough to care for you and me. The mighty Creator of this vast universe has wings strong enough to save you – from your fears, from your present trouble, from your weakness, from yourself, and from your sins.

All of us have sins which enslave us, that hold us captive in weakness. But this God, who majors in strength, bursts asunder the chains of our bondage. So strong are the wings of our Eagle-God that even [God’s] name carries deliverance for us.”

I pray you are delivered by the Holy One. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Peace,
Pastora Robin

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 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.
 

COPA Police and Safety House Meeting // Reunión Casera de COPA Sobre

Don’t forget to register for tomorrow’s COPA Police & Safety House Meeting! Pre-Registration is Required: https://bit.ly/Police-SafetyHM1

¡No olvide registrarse para la Reunión Casera de COPA Sobre Seguridad y la Policía de mañana! Se requiere registración previa: https://bit.ly/Police-SafetyHM1

 

Evacuation! God is My Rock and My Salvation Online Gathering

In light of the fires raging in California, we’re inviting you to join us for Evacuation! God is My Rock and My Salvation, Sunday, August 23, 2020, premiering at 10:00 am, and available thereafter at our Facebook and YouTube pages, as I tell the story of how I have been evacuated from my home. As the Scripture says: “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from God comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.” (Psalm 62:1-2) The question is whether we really believe it.

River Fire, August 16, 2020

Do you want to help? Here are suggestions from the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County:

If you’re in the Santa Cruz County area, you can:
1. GIVE SUPPLIES
Due to COVID-19 considerations, the County requests that all donations be in new condition. Please bring all donations to the Santa Cruz County General Services Warehouse at 1082 Emeline, Santa Cruz.

SHELTER ITEMS: Large, family-sized tents, Sleeping bags, sleeping pads, Blankets, Pillows, & Tarps
WATER AND SNACK ITEMS: Bottled water, Granola/energy bars, *Other food donations may be brought to Second Harvest Food Bank
PERSONAL ITEMS: Hand sanitizer, Personal hygiene products, Toiletries, Large plastic storage bins, Coloring books, crayons, *Clothing and other personal item donations please bring to the nearest Goodwill
HYGIENE SUPPLIES: Surgical masks, Empty spray bottles (for county-supplied bulk disinfectant)

2. DONATE TO THE FIRE RESPONSE FUND
Any donation size will help. Make an online donation to the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County here. 100% of donors’ gifts will be used for grant making. All donations are tax-deductible.

And if you’re in the area:
3. VOLUNTEER
Volunteer at a Fire Shelter in Watsonville, Santa Cruz or Soquel. Learn about opportunities through the Volunteer Center. Help pack and distribute food with Second Harvest.

I want to add something else. We definitely need your prayers to cope with this disaster. Please keep ’em coming!

I Will Not Let You Go! w/Communion Online Gathering

It’s time for communion and another Watsonville First Online Gathering on YouTube and Facebook, linked at this website. This week we’re focusing on Jacob wrestling through the night in Genesis 32:22-31, with the theme: “I Will Not Let You Go!” We’ve also got new special guests and surprises in store. Be sure to get your bread and juice ready–or whatever food you have at hand, so you can join in.

As the words for communion so aptly put it: “Among the living you made and called humankind imprinting upon us your image, to be bearers of your glory in the world.  Though we failed to shine, and hid your image within us, you continued to call us into fellowship with you and to fulfill your mission for us through prophets, scriptures, priests, and a people you redeemed for yourself.”
  
What are you wrestling with this week?  God’s calling!  How will we answer?  Let’s worship God together in the name of Jesus Christ! 

Peace with Justice Online Gathering with Chief David Honda

Dear Ones:

Chief Honda kneeling at protests in Watsonville, CA.

We are celebrating “Peace with Justice,” Sunday for our Online Gathering on both our Facebook and YouTube pages. It’s a timely subject. I say, let’s get real with our faith.

My message includes an exclusive interview with David Honda, Chief of the Watsonville Police Department.

We talk about the tragic death of George Floyd, police violence, peaceful protests vs. looting, defunding the police, taking a knee and more.

I hope you’ll join us.

Yours in Christ,
Pastora Robin