One of our great Ward 2 faith leaders, Rev. Owen Chandler, will be resigning his post at Saguaro Christian Church at the beginning of next year.
The reason for his leaving the post fit in with what I know about his sense of duty. He’s a US Army reservist and has deployed in the past. He is now being asked to switch from the reserve component to the active component.
While they don’t have a combat role, the Chaplain Corps has also suffered strain from the constant long deployments of the last few decades. Even as we are in a long draw down from our engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan, our men and women overseas need the spiritual support of chaplains. Rev. Chandler has responded to that call.
It means that we on the east side are losing a leader who has served not only his congregation, but Tucson through his advocacy and food programs.
I’m glad that, even though Tucson is losing him, he has found another way to serve. Remember that he needs your prayers too.
The Pima County Health Department that there were 878 new COVID-19 cases just on Sunday. That makes for 2,575 people that currently have the disease. That’s the highest weekly case count since the outbreak started. We are also at our lowest hospital bed capacity since July.
Pima County has declared a voluntary curfew from 10 pm to 5 am until December 31st. The curfew is voluntary and not issued by the city, but I ask you to please observe this and other health advice. Wear a mask; wash your hands frequently; practice social distancing. It’s not just for your own good, but also for your family and friends.
It’s Thanksgiving week, and I want to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that my wife, my sons and my parents are safe and healthy. I’m also thankful that I get to continue to work to make our city better.