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February 2/1 Snow Retreat 2/9 LoveFest 2/10 Voters Meeting 2/11 Applebee’s 2/12 SuperTuesday 2/14 Many Meals 2/19 Church Council
March 3/1 F&FF 3/6 Ash Wednesday 3/12 SuperTuesday 3/13 Soup Supper 3/20 Soup Supper 3/22 Junior High DYG 3/27 Soup Supper
April 4.3 Soup Supper 4/5 F&FF 4/8 SuperTuesday 4/10 Soup Supper 4/18 Maundy Thurs. 4/21 Good Friday. 4/21 Easter
In the bleak midwinter
Darkness… then light.
This winter is looking especially bleak for most of our country. Chicago, for example, has been colder than Antarctica on some days here in 2019! The reason? The Polar Vortex.
What happened to Global Warming? It seems more like a new Ice Age! As it turns out, meteorologists are explaining how the Polar Vortex that is freezing our relatives in the Midwest (and 87 million other Americans) is strangely connected with Global Warming. Who knew?!
The so-called “Polar Vortex” is a large current of frigid air that circulates counterclockwise on a normally tight path around the
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Arctic Circle. But that tight path can be disrupted in rare circumstances. According to the Associated Press, this is exactly what happened last month when an unusually warm blast of air from the (Eurasian) south dramatically heated the frigid air 20 miles above the North Pole and, in effect, knocked a big chunk of the Polar Vortex off its normal path in a southernly
direction. It is one of these rogue pieces of the Polar Vortex that now bears down on the northern part of the US. Scientists expect warm air from the south to cause more of these same polar blasts going forward.
That means, among other things, more snaps, crackles and loud pops coming from out of the earth - like the ones that have been surprising unwary Midwesterners in Indiana, Illinois and other places. Scientists call these seemingly random noise outbursts cryoseisms, and they occur when moisture in the ground freezes, then expands, releasing an ear- splitting burst of pressure. The bark of these “frost quakes,” as they are also sometimes called, is worse than their bite, however; they register more on the ear than on the Richter scale.
Frost quakes are not the only strange phenomena manifesting under these extreme weather conditions. Halos and so-called “sundogs” have become part of the visual spectacle in the Midwestern sky. Reminiscent of the rainbow, sundogs form from a thin veil of atmospheric ice crystals that refract a spectrum of colors starting from red to blue on either
side of the sun, like a set of hovering parentheses. Halos, on the other hand, fully encircle the sun or the moon with their bright luminescence.
All these unusual weather phenomena have inspired a playful spirit on the part of many Midwesterners, as they try to make the best of it. One young lady dampened her long hair before going outside, hung her head forward in the freezing air, then aimed her rigid hair straight up to the sky like a frozen Christmas tree. Others made a game of spraying water and watching it transform into icicles before hitting the ground.
It is certainly not all fun and games, though. With wind-chill factors below –50℉, hypothermia has sadly claimed over a dozen lives already in this current storm system. And emergency workers are concerned for many more whose lives are endangered by frost bite, power loss and other cold-related risks.
Midwinter is certainly looking bleak. Haywire weather systems are just one sign of a world spinning out of control. But, as Christians, we already knew these things would and will continue to worsen until Jesus comes again, when He who is Light of Light ushers in the light of a New Day. Jesus gives a preview of that bright New Day on the Mount of Transfiguration, which brings Epiphany season to a climactic close. But not till next month... We have four more weeks to consider Christ’s proclamation: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (Jn 8:12). We have four more weeks to see in the blinding light of His divine glory how all our worries and cares of this world will ultimately fade into nothing. All the pain and suffering which we must endure on this earth cannot hold a candle to the joy, peace and love that await us in the New Heaven and New Earth. In Him there is no darkness at all. In the meantime, He who is no stranger to pain and suffering promises to be with us in ours. It pleases Him to give us the Kingdom, where there is only “everlast ing r ighteousness, innocence and blessedness to all eternity.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
- Deacon Mike
"Out of the south comes the storm,
And out of the north the cold.”
Y outh Gatherings are a very exciting way for
students t o gr ow both upward ly in the Lord and
outward ly in relation t o fel low bel ievers… JR HIGH DISTRICT GATHERING
March 22-24th, 2018. Same place back by popular demand: Full weekend at the Boy Scout USA’s Irvine Ranch OutdoorEducationCenter.org. $160 by FEB 28, 2019 (scholarships available) Go to: PeaceCamarillo.com/junior--high
GET READY FOR…
JUNE 24-28, 2019
Save the date! June 24-28. God always seems to bless this major outreach with the Good News of Jesus that our church puts on each summer. But we can’t do it without YOU! We are always so grateful for the generous volunteers who roll up their sleeves and pitch in for the sake of the children whom the Lord draws to this week-long, exciting event. This year’s theme takes us on a journey to outer space where the heavens declare the glory of God. Sign up & join us in the countdown to VBS!
Linda La Jeunesse
PARENTS NIGHT OUT Saturday, March 16, 2019 2 -5 PM
“No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven—the Son of Man.” (John 3:13)
LOVEFEST ’19 Saturday, FEB 9, 2019 Leave at 7:30am
⚫ ︎music ⚫ ︎speakers ⚫ ︎ ⚫ ︎workshops ⚫ ︎In’N’ Out
& more! Return at 9:30pm
LoveFest for both Jr & Sr High students: Only $25! (Confirmation students can get extra credit for attending)
NYG Minneapolis July 9-15
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Last month’s article was on “health-wise” goals and an introduction to Vaccine Health. Early in the Fall, the Flu Vaccine is encouraged. Hopefully you did receive this vaccine a few months ago. But, if you did not, you can and should still receive it at your local pharmacy or possibly at your primary care physician’s office. Remember the vaccine fact – it takes several weeks for the vaccine to be effective, so the sooner the better. The Flu Season lasts into May and is known to peak from December through March. Along with getting the Flu Vaccination, frequent and thorough hand washing, containing your cough and sneezes, avoiding crowds, and staying home whenever ill will aid in decreasing the spread of the virus. Some of the symptoms of the flu include:
Fever Chills Cough Runny or stuffed nose Sore throat Chills Body aching or headache Fatigue
If you believe you have the Flu, visit your primary care physician, then stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever subsides.
Perhaps you are not aware of the changes in the shingles vaccine. Shingles, also known as “herpes zoster” or simply “zoster”, is a disease caused by the varicella zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you get chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in your body and can cause shingles later in life. Shingles most often occur in persons who have cancer, HIV or other diseases that decrease the immune system, persons who take steroids or other medications to suppress the immune system, persons over 50 years of age, persons who have had physical trauma, and persons undergoing high stress. However, it also appears in persons with none of those characteristics. Early symptoms include chills, fever, nausea, fatigue, and headache. Shingles appears as a rash with fluid filled blisters on one side of the face or body, following nerve paths. Shingles is not contagious to those who have had chicken pox, however when you have the disease, you must stay away from pregnant women, persons who have never had chickenpox and those who have never received the chickenpox vaccine until the blisters are dry and crusted over. The rash and the affected nerves are extremely painful, the rash usually healing within two to four weeks. About 20% of people who have shingles suffer pain long after the rash has cleared. This long-term pain is known as post-herpetic neuralgia or PHN. Antiviral medications, prescribed by your physician, when begun early in the course of the disease, may decrease symptoms or shorten the duration of the disease. Until 2006, there was no vaccine for Shingles. In 2006, Zostavax, a live vaccine was introduced, for adults 60 years of age and older. In 2011, it became available for adults 50 years of age and older. This vaccine is on average 51%