In the last two weeks, local churches have started the process of reopening, as Kern County continues moving through the state’s reopening plan in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Sunday, RiverLakes Community Church reopened its doors for worship, albeit with safety precautions and modifications in place. The church now offers three morning services instead of two, and won’t have an evening service for the time being. Because of seating and occupancy restrictions, the church will hold services in its Main Auditorium for 100 people, with its Community Center and Junior High Room available to accommodate more.

According to its website, the church isn’t offering children’s, youth, young adult or senior adult services at the moment. Families are encouraged to attend and sit together for worship.

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Masked 2020

just saying..theses folks could appear less tone death if the had signed a BLM condolence card to the Floyd family at the same time the did the BPD photo op.......no wonder folks across America want to cut the funds and demilitarize everyone's local copper...not all cops need to be SWAT wanaB's......good to see all my friend/foes are surviving the your Trump's Covid...... see they were keeping you out of the rabbit hole lately.....

Veritas

Just when I started to think you were becoming somewhat lucid...

Gene Pool Chlorinator

@Veritas: Someone's off their meds...

Masked 2020

Black Lives Matter protests continued shifting outside the downtown Bakersfield region, with one taking place Friday night at the intersection of Calloway Drive and Hageman Road.

An eclectic group gathered between 6 and 7  p.m., with about 100 to 150 counter-protesters forming on the northeast corner of the intersection and about 75 BLM protesters congregating on the northwest corner.

Taking place at RiverLakes Church, also located at the intersection, was a vigil with about 100 in attendance engaged in a community prayer in honor of George Floyd, Bakersfield and the country as a whole. The city witnessed its eighth straight day of protests Friday in the aftermath of Floyd’s Memorial Day death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Some counter-protesters arrived in military-style vehicles and holding American flags, Trump 2020 flags and pro-law enforcement flags. They said they came to protect their neighborhood.

As of 7:15 p.m., the protest was peaceful. Scott Henderson said he didn’t have a problem with BLM protesters and supported their reasons for making a statement. He said it’s the first protest he’s ever attended, and his main objective was to keep the area safe from looting and vandalism.

“My message here today is just simply to say two wrongs don’t make a right,” he said. “And the actions of one-tenth of 1 percent of a police officer in Minneapolis shouldn’t boil over the entire country. We are just getting over a difficult economy that has struggled due to the COVID-19 virus. Now we’re getting over a situation of police brutality probably stimulated by racism. But again, millions of dollars of looting, deaths in double-digits don’t justify one person brutally ended in an arrest.

“It was wrong. Let’s let the judicial system work. Let it go to court, let them go to jail, let them go to prison.”

At around 7:30 p.m., the gathering shifted to the intersection of Rosedale Highway and Calloway Drive. BLM protesters congregated at a Chevron gas station while counter-protesters went to a CVS on an opposite corner of the street.

Things became more spirited, with the BLM side chanting loudly and cars driving by shouting various things to the crowd and honking horns.

“I have 10 kids and I have encountered some things with police officers with my own sons,” said Janice Gary, a pastor of 19 years at Bread of Life Deliverance Ministries. “My son had just left my house and the police stopped him and said he fit the description of a robbery suspect. I just want to be equal. I’ve encountered a lot of people in my ministry that have dealt with what’s going on now.

“That’s why I’m out here. Let’s change. Let’s make a difference, let’s make it equal for everybody, that’s all I want.”

As of The Californian’s print deadline, the gathering was about 300 to 400 people. Members from each side began crossing the street and joining the other group, although all interactions were nonviolent.

When six police cars drove by in a caravan, the counter-protesters erupted in cheers.

Just before 10 p.m., smoke bombs were thrown and about 20 police cars arrived. Officers ruled the gathering an unlawful assembly and told people to disperse or risk being arrested.

There were no injuries or arrests reported by the Bakersfield Police Department.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Yuckies, why do you insist on copying and pasting from another story?

I know you think you're being cute, but there's a girl in fourth grade down my street that can do the same; quite taking up space with redundant posts, or behave like a fourth grader- the choice is yours...

Veritas

You know yuckies, by making racist statements in the manner you make them makes you a racist yourself. I know a lot of it is you like to stir the pot because that is what trolls do, but you have proven yourself to be a religious bigot and a racist in a number of your comments. I don’t know, maybe be part of the solution and not the problem for once.

Veritas

You know yuckies, by making racist statements in the manner you make them makes you a racist yourself. I know a lot of it is you like to stir the pot because that is what trolls do, but you have proven yourself to be a religious bigot and a racist in a number of your comments. I don’t know, maybe be part of the solution and not the problem?

Masked 2020

what's that about...... in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests for the murder of a shackled blackman by police.....the churchgoers sign thank you notes for the BPD?......very white of them

Boris25

I know you aren't interested in facts, but anyway, a police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a Black man than a Black man is to be killed by a police officer. FBI statistics 2019

Gene Pool Chlorinator

Yuckies, take your racism elsewhere- the act has gotten stale.

Also, thank you so much for proving (almost daily) the myth of the tolerant "Big Tent Party"...

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