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Jesus said: 

'I tell you, on the day of judgment

people will give account for every careless word they speak,

for by your words you will be justified,

and by your words you will be condemned.'

 -Matthew 12:36

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News & Notable: Local 

Eighteen Lamar-owned billboards alongside I-215's Perris district advertise local pot shops (top left, R).

And violent crime in Perris -- six homicides in three weeks of February --  has citizens calling City Hall.

The suspect arrested last week in Wyoming for the Perris cemetery triple murder was in possession of 15 pounds of marijuana.

Two books, 'Tell Your Children' and 'Marijuana Debunked' link marijuana usage to mental illness and violence. City Hall should read them. 

-Photos IC News

News & Notable

Vol. VIII #4 | March 1 - 14

The Bible says: Psalm 33:12 | Matthew 12:36

Photo Essay: Marijuana Alley. The I-215 along the City of Perris is saturated with Lamar-owned billboards advertising local cannabis shops (L). Is Lamar in compliance with California cannibis advertising regulations --  and is there a link to violent crime and pot shops

Public Health order: All County events with 250+ cancelled until May 1st -- includes church services

Riverside, Calif. InterChurch News, March 14, 2020

All large gathering events in Riverside County -- including church services -- with 250 or more persons expected in attendance, are cancelled effective Thursday, March 12 through April 30 by order of the Riverside County Public Health Department.

'Yes, the large gathering does apply to religious services,' stated Brooke Federico, public information officer for the Riverside Public Health Department, in an email to InterChurch News.

And the order is not a suggestion: 'Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.'

The order is intended 'to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19, thereby slowing the spread of COVID-19 in communities worldwide,' Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Public Health Officer of the County of Riverside stated.

'Many of the events in the County, both large and small,' his order states, 'attract attendees from many regions and countries, including several disproportionately afflicted by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.'

The 249 person limit is set, Dr. Kaiser states, because 'as the population of an event increases, the difficulty and magnitude of tracing individuals who may have been exposed to a case present at that event rises exponentially.' 

Several Riverside County churches with congregations of 250+ parishioners have since uploaded videos on church websites with contingency plans to direct worshippers to go online for this weekend's services -- including Centerpoint ChurchThe GroveHarvest Christian Fellowship, Magnolia Church and Rancho Community Church

'I've spoken to pastors over the last few days,' stated Federico, 'who've indicated they plan to add additonal services to keep attendance below 250 at any one service.' 

'Another church indicated they will also live-stream their service on social media,' she stated

Federico recommends churches 'implement social distancing between seats, place hand sanitizer or hand washing stations at entrances and exits, and clean hard surfaces between services.'

The crowd restriction order is implemented as Jews, Christians and Muslims prepare to celebrate Passover, Easter and Ramadan respectively in April -- drawing some of their largest audiences and activities of the year.  

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