Some churches will be closed on Sunday due to harsh cold

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 February 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – The cross at the Oak Orchard Assembly of God on Ridge Road in Medina stands tall by the church. This photo was taken on Thursday.

At least two churches in Orleans County have cancelled Sunday morning services due to the deep cold expected on Sunday.

Temperatures are forecast to be below 0 with wind chills at minus 35 degrees. That has prompted the First Baptist Church in Albion and Barre Center Presbyterian Church to cancel services on Sunday.

Aleka Schmidt, pastor at the First Baptist Church, said on Facebook that church will be closed on Sunday “due to unsafe weather conditions.”

The Barre Center church said “severe weather” prompted church leaders to cancel the service and postpone a Valentine’s brunch.

Catholics in Western New York are urged to exercise caution when it comes to attending Mass on Sunday.

“The safety and well-being of everyone is paramount,” Bishop Richard J. Malone said. “People need to use their best judgment when it comes to venturing out into subzero temperatures, brutal wind chills and heavy snow. For those reasons, Catholics will not be held to the Sunday Mass obligation. It is also important that we comply with local travel restrictions and advisories that may be in place.”

Any churches that will be closed on Sunday are welcome to send notice to Orleans Hub by text or phone at (585) 590-2870 or by email at Include a contact number for verification purposes.

The cross stands out in the white snow by Oak Orchard Assembly of God in Medina.