Thursday, March 5, 2015

Grace Lutheran Church on Carroll Street in Westminster is closed

Grace Lutheran Church on Carroll Street in Westminster is closed

March 5, 2015

Due to the inclement weather on Thursday, March 5, 2015 the offices at Grace Lutheran Church, on Carroll Street in Westminster are closed and all evening church meetings, Chancel Choir and Festival Choir rehearsals are cancelled.

According to a release by the Maryland State Police: “Troopers encourage motorist to use their best judgment when driving during rush hour on Thursday morning, when the snow is predicted to be at its heaviest. When there is a high volume of traffic on the roads, traffic is at a standstill. If traffic is at a standstill, snow plows are at a standstill and the roads do not get plowed.

“Drivers are reminded of road restrictions if a snow emergency plan is activated in their county. If declared, parking is prohibited on highways and roads designated as snow emergency routes. During snow storms, abandoned and disabled vehicles cause major problems for snow removal and for troopers attempting to respond to emergency incidents. Maryland State Troopers encourage those who do not have to travel during the storm to stay off the roads. If it is necessary to travel, make sure your vehicle is in good working order and properly equipped with mud and snow tires or chains. It is also smart to have an emergency roadside kit in your vehicle.

“In case of power failures, motorists are reminded of Maryland’s law concerning non-functioning traffic lights. The law requires all drivers approaching an intersection with a non-functioning signal to stop. Drivers may continue only after they have yielded to any vehicles or pedestrians already in the intersection. They must remain stopped until the intersection is clear and it is safe to proceed.

“The latest traffic conditions, including road closures due to snow or ice will be available on-line at or by calling 5-1-1. Road conditions and views of the live traffic cameras are also available on the State Highway Administration website at Citizens are urged not to call Maryland State Police barracks simply to check on road conditions. Calls to police or 9-1-1 centers during the storm should be for emergency situations only…”

Be safe out there and say a prayer for our emergency responders, police, firefighters, EMS personnel and the various local municipal, county, and state, street and roads departments that are out there in this mess trying to keep the roads open and safe.


Related, earlier in the year: Services at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster Md are cancelled for Sunday February 22, 2015

According to an alert released by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) early Saturday evening, February 21, 2015, “Hazardous road conditions exist due to winter storm - stay off the roads to allow the crews to clear them and to allow emergency providers to respond during this time. Check in on family, friends, and neighbors - especially the elderly or disabled. Keep devices charged to follow weather and local emergency information. Be cautious when shoveling snow to avoid over exertion.”

Out of an abundance of caution, Grace Lutheran Church at 21 Carroll Street in Westminster Md., cancelled all services and Christian education on both Saturday evening and on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Please join us for worship this coming Wednesday at 7pm with soup at 6! Stay safe!

Services at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster Md are cancelled for Sunday Feb. 22, 2015
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