Pastor’s Pen

Published on 20. Feb, 2011 by in Pastor's Pen

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Of many things…

Despite the best laid plans of mice and men, you’ll notice some splotches in our roof in church.  The recent “Ice storm of 2011” not only made a mess of our parking lot, but also covered the drains in the flat ceiling of the church.  As it slowly melted, the water accumulated, and as water is want to do, it found paths of least resistance, high about the normal roof line and found its way in.  Unfortunately, even the plastic we had put in place in the usual spots was not enough to contain the volume that crept on in.  (God bless the engineer who created flat roofs…)  Despite the best efforts of Dave Marstall to climb up on the roof and shovel the ice and snow away (once we realized what was going on) the damage was done.

Now that the roof has dried up, we’ll be making repairs to seal those ‘higher up’ leaks, as well as add a note to ‘check on the roof’ when we have measurable snows to our preventative maintenance routine.  When and how to repaint are still being investigated.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

I have entered into a contract with AMF Electric to replace the three electrical panels in the sacristy that control the lights in the church, sacristy and power to the front offices.  We just ran out of our supply of replacement breakers, and though replacement ones are still out there, they are no longer manufactured and are getting more difficult to find and more expensive to purchase.  One breaker has stopped working between the time of the bid and today, and a second is on life support – I can get it to function, but only after multiple attempts and that professional technique called “jiggling it.”  After 60 years of daily use for the panels, (they are the original equipment) it is time to replace them.

You notice that one of the church doors has some taped arrows directing you to use other doors.  Please do not use it.  There are some issues that need to be fixed for it to operate without causing further damage to the floor and the door.  A parishioner has informed me that he is able to fix it, can get the parts needed, and will get to it as quickly as his full time job and full time life permits. But in the mean time, if you would heed the arrows and use the other doors, I would be grateful. (This is a classic example of the good-cheap-quick triangle.  You can only have two of those at any one time – so this will be good and cheap, but just not quick…)

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