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Winter storm gives church pastors tough decision

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HUDSON (KWWL) - This storm forced dozens of churches to cancel their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.  That's a difficult decision for pastors and church boards on one of the holiest days of the year.  Churches tell us they make a decision based on road conditions and the condition of their parking lot.

At St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Hudson, Christmas Eve services were at first called off when power was out.  Once it was restored, services were back on but pastors say it's a tough call.

"It's a very, very difficult decision to make and you second guess yourself a lot after the decision but again we go back to the fact as long as we want to be here and worship we care about the safety of the people," said church pastor Rev. Fred Tessmer.

Attending Christmas Eve services is a yearly tradition for Jim Gallery and his family.  Usually, it's at another church.

"This isn't our regular church. It's St. Edward's in Waterloo but with the weather we thought we'd give Fred Tessmer a chance. He's a friend through the Lions Club," said Gallery.

Christmas is about faith and family.  For many, attending services is a tradition.  So, it makes for a tough decision when the weather turns nasty.

"It's difficult when you think of Christmas Eve and Christmas programs because it involves families, grandpa and grandma. It's just a family gathering time. It's hard to take that time away from them because of weather conditions," said Rev. Tessmer.

Tessmer says in the last couple of years, services have been cancelled twice.  He says it's strange to hold a children's Christmas program in January.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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