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. SLC Gary

    Don't walk out to your mail box?

    April 18, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jacqueline


      April 18, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      Colossians 2:16 Let no man judge you in meat or in drink or in respect of an holyday or of new moons or of sabbath days...

      I wonder how Adventists hurdle over this verse..but more importantly why do they not have the infilling of the holy Spirit as demonstrated in John7:37-39 or in other manifestations written there in.. 🙂 I love to attack the obvious weaknesses of fallen religious denominations to show that they are missing the best part of the gospel of Christ..The one who is in the earth today in the form of the Holy Spirit he is real and very powerful ..he represents Jesus and the Father...He is as much real as Jesus when they saw him and touched him with their hands..The Holy Spirit is the one who touches us.. 🙂

      April 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spirit-born


      Seventh-Day Adventists do firmly believe in the gift of the Holy Spirit. As a Bible-believing SDA Christian, my daily prayer is to be filled by the Spirit of God (Luke 11:9-13). I also believe that the manifestation of the Spirit is "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance..." (Galatians 5:22-23) And that every man who receives Christ by the Spirit receives a gift–some form of contribution to the church and the world–though it may not be the same gift (1 Corinthians 12).

      This is even a part of the officially declared beliefs of the church, so I hope you will not allow the misconception continue that we think otherwise. Thanks for your comment, though–your zeal for God is admirable. I hope it is all spoken in love. Be blessed!!

      April 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gail

      This verse : Colossians 2:16 Let no man judge you in meat or in drink or in respect of an holyday or of new moons or of sabbath days...
      IS NOT talking about the 10 commandments. It is talking about Moses laws. The 10 C's don't have anything written about food and drink..but Moses laws do. and Holy days were abundant in Moses laws. Like NEW Moon Sabbath. The 10 c's are still binding upon mankind, yet man wants to keep only 9 of them. Check out this web site . free book too! or call 1-800-475-0876 Great reading material –all for free too! God is so awesome to tell us to rest on His wonderful Sabbath! The 7th Day!!!! friday sunset to Sat. sunset. You all take care now....Gail

      April 22, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. pmk1953

    I guess the world should just stop on saturdays. If they get hurt, I bet they expect all medical services to be available on saturday. Turn their utilities off on saturday, too.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. meee

    Jesus said its ok to work on the Sabbath and since He is who they worship they best re-examine their ideas

    April 18, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Actually Jesus said it was okay to do good on the Sabbath, not work on the Sabbath.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Rich, one of the things Jesus and his followers got in trouble for was picking grain on the Sabbath. Jesus followers were also made to answer for him healing a blind man on the Sabbath, and were expelled from the local Synagogue.

      April 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Joe, the Apostles had plucked a few grains of wheat and threshed them in their palms in order to eat the raw grain kernals. The pharisees nitpicked through the law to claim they had harvested on the Sabbath. The healing on the Sabbath (this and several others) was "doing good" as I pointed out in my message.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Megand89

      Jesus said that it's ok to work on Sabbath if you are doing a good deed (i.e. – pulling a neighbor's ox out of a ditch). He never said that it's ok to do any kind of work that you want on Sabbath. I am an Adventist, and I don't think that this article was meant to be judgemental in any way. I don't think you should be judgemental, either.

      April 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gail

      Jesus said it is always good to do well on the healing someone..but not working meee. Resting on His Sabbath Day is a joy!! check out web site or call 1-800-475-0876 Take Care ~ Gail

      April 22, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. mike

    Seriously, how hard is it for these people to not open their mailboxes?

    April 18, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. David Houston, TX

    What silly people. First of all no one knows if God really exists or not. I am not going to take the word of ignorant goat herders from the middle east who wrote it down in the bible. Why would a god give a rats as* what day of the week you chose to work on? Retarded Christians suck.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • San Diego

      I totally agree!!!

      April 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      well, I know of the actual existence of God..His spirit dwells in me..I didn't have to go to a goat herder to get it.. a fellow plant worker came along where I was and asked me if I had ever ...I said why I never , then he showed me in the bible and I did.. 🙂 🙂

      April 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      The Torah portion of scriptures (1st 5 books) were written by the heir to the Egyptian throne. He abdicated when he murdered an Egyptian...
      Joshua was the leader of a nation, Daniel was the number 2 man in 2 world empires, Babylon & Persia. If you actually study Daniel you will see that the basic flow of history for the last 2600 years was laid out in the book. And the precision of the prophecy of 9:27 is actually down to the hour. It was given over 490 years before the complete fulfillment.
      The bulk of the Psalms was written by a world recognized King, his son wrote a couple of the books also. Issiah and Jeremiah were quite learned.
      Matthew was an educated tax agent for the Romans, Luke was a physician, and Paul was a very scholar-ed agent for the government of Israel. In the modern day Paul would have been in the Massed.
      I would call all these authors to be an elite group .. not some "goat headers" of the mid – east. Yes many know the art of husbandry, which really does take a lot of brains.
      It is generally the case that people that use ridicule and name calling are usually those who know very little about a subject.
      If you are saying you are not willing to learn about God, I pray you will do so serious thinking. When you are willing to look you will find that God is real. Before you run your fingers ... do a little research and thinking.

      April 20, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmmm

    About time those poor postal workers get a chance to rest on Sundays spending time with God, family and friend...shame on you Loma Linda...for not letting these people ought to be lucky it was accomplished without the 10 plagues raining down upon you!

    April 18, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Dead Man Blogging

      And so what happens? The Postal workers finally get Sunday off, and the NFL locks out its players so there's no football. It's enough to make a man go postal....

      April 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Lol deadman

      April 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SADIE

    Um Jews celebrate their Sabbath on Saturday nut don't expect mail on Sunday. Just don't open your mail box in Saturday.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MarkinFL

    If receiving mail in your mailbox counts for work, what the heck do these people do for relaxation? Getting dressed for the day is infinitely more "work" than having someone else stick mail in your box.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al from CA

      LOL- As a retired postal worker I can tell you it's alot harder delivering mail than getting dressed. Although I rarely bother to get dressed anymore. Just don't come out of your house on Sat. What's the big deal? On a more serious note- It's true that there are no communications with other offices (where the mail comes from) on Sunday so I can't even figure out how these cities got this deal in the first place. It costs more to pay postal workers on Sundays just like it costs more for overtime and fuel and dog bites and, and, and...Stop whining about what days you're getting mail and be glad you're getting mail at all. Pretty soon there won't be any. There's another 800,000 people out of work, many of them veterans. FYI- companies like UPS and FED EX get paid whatever they charge for the parcel you just mailed, but I'll bet you didn't know that they leave pallets full of parcels for your latter carrier to deliver. They pay the USPS it's low shipping rate and pocket the difference. Don't believe? Check the labels on the parcels you get and ask you carrier about them if you can't figure them out!

      April 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wow...

    Most SDAs don't nit pick about mail getting delivered on Saturday (note: Only 3 communities ever even had that "privilege") Its sad that only the complaining group gets mentioned, and so the entire group is painted in a way that darkens the rest.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessy

      Now you know how good Muslims feel.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • I second that

      What Jessy said.

      April 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa


      April 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Old LL resident

      Thanks WOW for reminding everyone that they only put the loud, squeaky wheels in writing...makes the whole lot look stupid. I used to live in Loma Linda, just a block or two from the Bryn Mar post office. I always thought it was so cool we were different and had a like-minded community. Just not sure how switching days will actually save money. Most likely it will just streamline scheduling...or maybe the employees just prefer football to church.

      April 21, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. hughj

    As a great rapper once said "cry babies oh no!" – Ludacris

    April 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patrick

    Post of a weekend! Unheard of here in Europe. Weekend post doesn't happen.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dead Man Blogging

      Seriously, they're looking at eliminating Saturday delivery here, too.

      April 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shawn

    Those who keep the Sabbath don't want others working on their behalf either. This would be considered hypocrisy to allow others to work for you while you stepped off this rat race of a world for 24 hours and spent time worshipping and relaxing with your God and family.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      So, do they shut off their electricity and water which are supplied by systems that require 24 hour monitoring and maintenance? Their phones? Do they go completely Amish? If not, by your logic it makes them hypocrites. Do they eschew police protection and other emergency services? Unless they go completely "off grid" then they have some doing work for them on the Sabbath.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just A Fact

      Answer to MarkinFL – no they dont. I used to be Seventh Day Adventist and I still am in contact with many. Every Saturday after church we would go to a another church members home and have a potluck lunch – the electricity was on and the water and alot of times the television or radio – and we all pitched in to get the food together (technically working!).

      April 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessy

      Basically, unless your house is completely off the grid (solar power, wind power, your own water system, etc.), you're technically taking advantage of other people working on the Sabbath?

      April 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. KoKo

    I concur that one could simply forgo going to the mailbox until Sunday to pick up Saturday's mail. Also this message is to Meee, no where in the Bible does Jesus say it is ok to work on the Sabbath, check the scriptures, then read Exodus 20:8-11 – this happens to be the Fourth Commandment. Good Day all

    April 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just A Fact

      Yes, but not everyone believes that the Sabbath is Saturday. Just sayin.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • takimn

      in the bible it reads the woman hurried to perpare Jesus, before sabbath, sundown, friday, he died and was buried, on the third day (friday saturday, sunday) he rose from the dead, all you sunday worshipers was brought into christianity, the pagans and idol worshipers, sun worshipers,, so the mother (catholic) church took it upon themselves, and they admit it, to split the 4th commanment to accomodate them, thus giving that day a name,, sunday. as for all you non believers may God bless you and Your Loved ones, as you are still one of his children, i am a catholic moved over to the Seventh Day Adventist, and yes i do read the book put together by sheepherders, it makes more sence than the rest of the world

      April 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Takimn, you do no justice to your fellow SDAs by your complete and total lack of understanding of grammar and style. I know folks who are SDAs, and while they are serious about their own beliefs, they had no intention of forcing them on anyone who was unwilling to listen to them. It is when people of one faith try to force their beliefs on how others go about their daily business that you hear about stuff like this. No SDA I have ever met did not expect the police, hospitals, fire departments, etc. to not be available for emergencies on their Sabbath. This kind of question once came up in discussion among the Hassidm – if your house was on fire and it was the Sabbath was it a sin to call for help, and was it a sin to help others? The true sin was declared to not call for help as it would put people's lives at risk to not do so, and to help another in an emergency is a Mitzva!

      April 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chris

    What about electricity and water? I guess its OK for those folks to work on Saturday so the Seventh-day Adventist can enjoy TV and a bath, but not the mail.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. john

    wow, can we ship the crazy people to canada pls. K thx.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Breton

      No thanks – we have enough home-grown crazies, and don't forget we're now stuck with Randy Quaid.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
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