When we finished our plumbing project a year ago, there was one “nest” of valves that we were not able to replace before it ended. These controlled the water flow to the church’s fellowship hall, the residential trailer and the gym. This became Fred and project member Geary’s objective to replace the valves in what had been labeled “Nest 2”. By the end of the first week, they had the valves in place under the new valve box. (Fred noted that it could have been done a day earlier, but we wouldn’t let him turn off the water for a day while the church was having a funeral.)
While all of the plumbing projects were part of the original project plan, on the project’s 2nd day, we learned of an urgent need that no one had foreseen. The fire safety inspector cited a violation of the drop ceiling in the church’s oldest building, which was currently being used by the youth. This had been the church’s original sanctuary and the large hall and its side rooms all had ceiling panels that were bowed or broken. With the help of project member Jim, we developed a plan to change the grid from 2ft by 4ft tiles to 2ft x 2ft tiles.
But we finished in good time and still had the energy to clean up the debris and dust we had created. The church has a new youth intern starting in January. We feel much better about the room that will greet her upon her arrival.
The sound was disturbing, but the muzzle flash caused them to wonder. It was gunfire from a car driving by a house across the street from the church. Dave and Fred were checking out the prior week’s progress when they saw the car and heard the shots fired. This began a series of conversations with the police. It wasn’t until the next day that we realized some of the bullets had hit windows in the church. We quickly got into action and measured and replaced the window glass in both rooms. Not something we expected and certainly not something we wanted to have to do again, but it took precedence over most tasks on the project list, so we got it done.
We can’t leave the cats out of the picture for long since they are everywhere at Faith. This one was sitting on the sill of the office window checking out the coming and going.