Let’s take a moment to thank our Snow Team here at First Reformed: Lauren and Gary, Josh and Thakshila, Lolly, Ben, Susan and Hartmut. It took several hours on January 24 to shovel the church free. In some instances, the snow drifts were higher than our big snow blower! But Josh and Thakshila had serviced both machines prior to the storm so that we were ready when it hit!
Unfortunately, we cannot forever continue to master these events by purely relying on volunteers. We are not getting any younger, and it does not pay to stress ourselves beyond a reasonable limit.
Therefore, the Property Committee will come up with a rationale that involves professional snow removal. We will, of course, continue to appeal especially on the younger generations of our membership to help when help is needed.
I would also like to take the opportunity to introduce a short worship cancellation policy so that next time a storm comes around we have some help in our decision making processes:
Worship during Inclement Weather
When considering church attendance in inclement weather conditions, please know that the safety of our congregation, guests and staff is our first concern. Since we come from a variety of communities and distances, please use your own judgment on whether it is safe to drive to church. This is important even if you have a leading role in church – whether it is in the choir, the bell choir, in Sunday School or during coffee hour afterwards. Please do not take unnecessary risks by driving in conditions that are not safe.
Cancellations and schedule changes will be announced by email and posted on the church’s Facebook page. Please check also the phone answering machine in the church office (732.545.1005).