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Hundreds of churches cancel because of frigid weather

By John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) - Strong winds and frigid temperatures kept thousands of people from venturing out Sunday morning. We received almost four hundred church cancellations throughout the day from all over eastern Iowa.

Those who decided to go outside were met with blizzard like conditions forcing many churches to cancel their Sunday services. On the inside of the Cedar Valley Community Church people were warming their bodies as well as their souls.

Church officials discussed possible canceling services already on Thursday, but because the snow had ended they decided to push ahead.

"Our is historically one that will still venture out no matter what the weather so we said okay let's do it," Church Business Administrator Dan Bogart said.

Some members of the congregation live outside of Waterloo. The drive was a bit more treacherous for those like Jeff Martin of Dike.

"Usually between Dike and Cedar Falls Highway 20 is just scary. Especially last year every time we came it was a white knuckle kind of drive but today it wasn't so bad.  Apparently it was windy enough to blow the snow off and didn't turn to ice like it sometimes does," Martin said.

Some congregations that chose not to have church this morning said that it was better to be safe than sorry.  Others said they had an aging congregation and they didn't want their members to go out in this frigid weather.

Other churches left that decision up to their congregation on whether or not they could make it in.

"Church is Sunday and that's where people want to come and worship the Lord so we gave them the chance to do that.  We got everything prepared any way," Bogart said.

Members of the Cedar Valley Community Church say despite having service as scheduled, a large number of people still did not show up.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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