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A message from Pastor Art about the service cancellation, January 15, 2017.

Cabin Fever: “irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter.”

Does it sound eerily familiar? Are you suffering the effects of it? Maybe it’s just me, but I’m having nightmares of eating edamame and carrots until May. And I love edamame and carrots!! My mind has become dizzy with possibilities for the cause of this unprecedented weather anomaly. Might it be that the sermon I’ve been preparing—for the last few weeks—is so bad that the Lord will not allow me out of the house until I chuck it? Perhaps the snow is an expression of God’s great mercy to you (an idea not subtlety suggested to me by Norm!). And at this point, it seems that there will be a few more days of this . . . mercy.

The Western Seminary parking lot is presently buried under a blanket of snow that is nearly twelve inches deep. Though the freeways and main thoroughfares are navigable, the streets in the neighborhood surrounding the Seminary are covered in ice and remain very slippery. As such, we’ve considered various options, hoping for a better alternative. But all of our elders agree that we must not risk your safety by attempting to hold a worship service this Sunday.

It’s a great disappointment, yes . . . but not an insurmountable one. Though the effects of this winter will prove unforgettable, at least for the foreseeable future, I expect we will soon reminisce about it with a snicker. And here’s my idea for the present: To launch the ministry of Trinity Church into 2017 with a bash this next Wednesday evening (Jan 18) at 6:30pm. All of us are in need of sharing a good meal together, some great fun, robust singing, encouraging testimonies and prayer. So plan on joining us as we celebrate the unique fellowship of believers God has given to us at Trinity Church.

What is . . . Cabin Fever? Just a "light and momentary trouble" that is destined to be conquered by the consequences of the gospel! Come and experience this very thing on Wednesday evening.

I can’t wait to be together with all of you!!

ART AZURDIA