Seventh-day Adventist community loses Sunday mail delivery
Mail carriers won't be delivering in Loma Linda, California, next Sunday for the first time in 81 years.
April 18th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

Seventh-day Adventist community loses Sunday mail delivery

Come next Sunday, residents of Loma Linda, California, will notice that something's missing on the streets - U.S. Postal Service mail carriers.

The community's 21,000 residents are predominantly Seventh-day Adventists, who observe the Sabbath on Saturday. For 81 years the post office went along, giving Loma Linda on Sundays the mail delivery that almost all of the country gets on Saturdays, according to local media reports.

But costs and technology are forcing an end to Sunday delivery, according to a report in The Press-Enterprise newspaper.

Carrier supervisor Duane Hubbard told the paper that the postal service's computers don't recognize Sunday as a workday, meaning the local office is unable to communicate with any other agency offices then.

Postal Service spokeswoman Eva Jackson told the Redlands Daily Facts that the Sunday schedule, included the extra pay carriers make for working Sundays, in addition to the agency's costs in a time of tight budgets.

"We're looking at everything right now, every way to reduce cost and still provide service," Jackson told the Daily Facts.

The move has angered some residents.

"It's an attack on God," resident Evangelina Pellecer told the Daily Facts. "My husband says he's going to put a cover over our mailbox saying, `Don't deliver on Saturday.' ... If they're delivering my mail, for me, they're violating my right not to do work on the Sabbath."

Informed by her carrier on Sunday that she'd get her mail on Saturdays from now on, resident Galina Rudenko was unhappy.

"Nobody works on Saturday," the Press-Enterprise quoted her as saying.

And some wanted to keep things that way, even if it meant no weekend mail service at all.

"Get rid of (Saturdays and) Sundays - we'll wait a day for our junk mail," resident Sylvia Sheppard told the Daily Facts.

Only two communities with Sunday delivery will remain. Jackson, the Postal Service spokeswoman, told the Daily Facts that post offices in Angwin, California, and Collegedale, Tennessee, both owned by Adventist churches, have contracts that guarantee no Saturday deliveries.

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  1. Philip

    Sorry I missed you Jazzy. And I hope to someday meet Jasmine! Oh, and you too!

    April 19, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Thanks Phillip , The hardest part is I have never felt complete before her or since her passing. Wow how our perspective changes of ppl when you learn of them.

      April 19, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. cecile

    CNN should get the attack here because this was in no way a responsible report. It was a one-sided, extremist view of SDAs. Ms Pellecer and everyone else who complain about receiving their mail on Saturday is foolish. What was this reporter trying to do adding that line on Ms Rudenko? Ms Sheppard should be commended though. I think giving postal workers Sat and Sun off is better, while keeping their wages the same. Saturday deliveries should be more expensive.

    BUT rereading the article for the nth time...this line is key to understanding the slant of the story:" The move has angered SOME residents." This is just the approach to sensationalize this topic. I didn't even know there were places who don't receive mail on Saturdays.

    Unfortunately, those SDAs who could care less about this change were not quoted. The power of the written word!!!

    Hopefully most of the people who read this know that Sabbath-keeping is more than just "not doing" but of "doing good." And that should not fall on just a single day.

    Whatever your conviction is when it comes to God and the Sabbath, I hope that we all learn to be more respectful of each other (Even those whose beliefs make them act foolishly and say stupid things) and try to understand and not put each other down.

    So please forgive the grammatical errors 🙂 PEACE and LOVE!

    April 19, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Sawadee

      I actually read this story to my students and we talked about how misleading facts can distort the truth. I would say that the word SOME is even misleading. CNN should lead with A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF EXTREMISTS are angered. I would guess that those quoted represent .5% of the community. It's an understatement to say the piece has no balance. The viewpoint of 99.5% of the community is ignored. CNN, where is your journalistic ethics? It's fun to quote the extremists, but it's not accurate.

      April 19, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    Religions that want to "do good" on the sabbath would do well to keep their witnesses away from me as I walk down the street on Saturday or try to enjoy the privacy of my own home.
    I don't want any illustrated pulp magazines written for the reading level of children.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
    • former Non-SDA

      While SDA's do try to witness house to house, it is not a common practice and while SDAs do have quite a few magazines, it is not distributed to be put in toilets and what-nots. They are circulated among SDAs and if it so happens that you have a friend who is SDA and was reading SDA magazines in the library, had to go to the bathroom and forgot to bring the magazine back on the library rack or table, then it would do you well as to not judge and accuse people. Study and make sure. SDAs are not the only sect who circulates reading materials. There are others more eager to distribute them, and may even come knocking on your door. Sorry, but this is supposed to be reply for banasy
      And while those who don't understand the SDA culture may judge and rant out their comments, it is really disappointing to see SDAs complain about something so simple as having mail delivered on Sabbath. You have a choice not to open them, you are given the freedom to do whatever your please. The post office also have that freedom to deliver whenever needed. Don't ask for the right to be respected on your day of rest if you can't respect the right of those who do want to work. It's a give and take world and nothing is fair. You, SDAs should know that!

      May 3, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey

    Sabbath-proselytizing witnesses of these bigoted and dangerously unscientific sects are usually so brainwashed into their artificial courtesy that they are shocked when one of their targets has the courage to inform them that they are actually unspeakably rude in their aggression and intrusion, whether in public or at a complete stranger's home.
    Potential victims of these witnessing pests should remember that what is being presented is a tax-free business venture.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    Joey: True. How true. Now they leave their literature in the bathrooms of my library...which to me is totally gross. I'm not saying that they shouldn't hand out their pamphlets to *willing* recipients, it's just a little disconcerting to go into a public restroom and find "God's Word" in said restroom. Tacky.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    I'm sorry...these people are morons. As a member of the SDA church I point at your ignorance with sadness, Loma Linda are a disgrace to the Adventist church...

    April 19, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Aimee

    As a former Adventist whose entire family is still Adventist, I'm here to tell you that most Adventists practice common sense. This is like any other news story where the media has cherry picked the three select morons who have spoken for an entire community. Much like the media does with any other group.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Debra

      Well stated, Aimee. In behalf of Seventh-day Adventists that use common sense, thank you.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kamran

    Why don't you kiss my ...!!!!!!

    April 19, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Debra

    I am a Seventh-day Adventist who has had mail delivered to my door or to my post office box every Sabbath. I would make an educated guess that most of those in these favored locations who have had their mail delivered on Sunday, that are SDA's, have no problem with whether or not the mail is delivered on Sabbath, as in the rest of the country. I would guess that there are a few (there always are) who speak inadvisedly. These are the ones that this news report has chosen to quote. After all, it's sensationalism that sells, right? Doing good on the Sabbath means simply to do only the things necessary to sustain life. If someone needs medical care on the Sabbath, they get medical care. If someone's animal falls into a ditch and cannot get out, certainly a good, Bible believing Seventh-day Adventist would pull it out (I would hope)! Eating sustains life, however, a good Seventh-day Adventist would try and have their food prepared ahead of time, so as little as possible would be done on the Sabbath.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Well said, Debra. The issue is not that SDAs would feel compelled to pick up their mail on Sabbath if it is delivered on Sabbath. The Sabbath was given for ALL to rest and worship. It would not be right for us to rest while causing others to work, or condoning it by picking up our mail. We also prefer to set aside weekly cares by not opening bills or other mail, thereby allowing us to truly rest!

      April 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    You, sir, are making absolutely no sense and are doing your cause more harm than good...whatever your "cause" may be.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. embarrassed

    I have been a Seventh Day Adventist all of my life. Because of people in the church I tried to leave. It was through basic historical research I saw where and how it became changed. I choose to regard the 7th day of the week as holy, as was originally the day of worship before Sunday. And I am SO grateful to live in a country where my right to do that is respected. Just as I respect everyone elses right to worship how and when they choose. We can all debate, criticise and pontificate but in the end - one person and one God sorts it all between them, right? Let's just respect each others right to live and worship however we choose.

    April 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    @Al from CA:

    I took your advice and asked several people, including my husband, who works for UPS, and my next-door neighbor, who is a USPS carrier. All of them say what you allege is *not* true. At least here. Perhaps in CA, but not here.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. respect for others

    Glad to see the comments of "embarrassed," "Debra," and "Patty S" here. It's sad to see so many other people, (but thankfully not everyone), making big comments on something they clearly know nothing about. As a former journalist, the comments about sensationalism in the article are right on. What else would you expect from CNN and others like them. We should guard against this as the Bible tells us there will be more of it in the last days. I am a Seventh-day Adventist; fifth generation, born and raised. The real issue here for me – and I'm just one person – has always been that there doesn't need to be any delivery on Sabbath or Sunday, like other parts of the world. For those who choose to practice Sabbath on Sunday, we shouldn't ask for work to be done on their "Sabbath" either. By the way, what an Adventist does or doesn't do on Sabbath is their personal choice. The church doesn't provide a list of do's and dont's. There are some variances in diferent parts of the world, different cultures, etc., within the Seventh-day Adventist church. That's OK, since it is a personal decision between you and God. Another example: Most Adventists who work in essential services like nursing do at times work on Sabbath due to their rotating schedule. (My wife is a nurse.) Also, you might have noticed that Loma Linda Univ. Hospital does not stop saving lives on Sabbath. Nor do the other 500+ Seventh-day Adventist hospitals around the world. My main point to everyone here would be: study. Invest some time in studying what really matters. If you really want to know truth and follow the only thing we can count on in this world, take a little time and start studying the following resources. While you do, it doesn't hurt to ask God to help you find real truth; truth based solely on the Bible – His infallible Word.

    April 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. This is sensationalism

    I'm another SDA offering the perspective that CNN appears to have quoted the person with the most outrageous comment. In this country, thank God, we are free to worship as we choose. While SDA's believe the Bible has and always will maintain that the Sabbath, the fourth commandment, is the seventh day of the week, others follow tradition and worship on Sunday. Someone else working on my Sabbath does not violate my rights, because my rights to worship on the day I decide to, is maintained. I think most rationale SDAs would understand this. I respect that people who do other things on Saturday have a right to do so. I appreciate many of the other comments by posters advocating for more religious tolerance.

    June 9, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. usps worker

    99% of U.S. cities receive mail on Saturday. If its true that these employees are making extra money working on Sunday, then I believe it should stop. Our company is already losing tons of money. Lastly, if SDA Postal workes refuse to on "The Sabbath", they should be FIRED!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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