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This year our Christmas Eve offering, what we call our “Happy Birthday Jesus” gift, will go to purchasing Mobility Carts. The mobility carts are a fabulous ministry from Mobility Worldwide providing hand powered carts for those around the world with mobility issues. One of the most powerful things about these carts is that it gets people off the ground and elevates their dignity.
Please consider joining us in purchasing these carts. Any donation is a great donation, but did you know that one cart cost $300. Can you purchase a cart? Go in with you Sunday school group, small group, ministry group or family to purchase a cart? Pastor Lee thinks we can raise enough to purchase 5 carts. Pastor Beth Anne thinks we can raise enough to purchase 10 carts. But then the question was put to us by the kids of the church…”why are you thinking so few?” How big can we dream?
How many people can we be the literal hands and feet of Jesus to this year?!
Please join us on Thursday, December 12th, at 10:00 a.m. at My Neighbor’s Place to pray for our surrounding neighborhood. We will be walking and/or driving around praying for businesses, churches, residents and current issues/concerns.
Join us for this inspirational and powerful time of prayer. We have seen exciting answers to our prayers! If any questions, contact Beth Strawhun at email@example.com.
Join us on Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. for brunch and a musical presentation “When Love Was Born” in Epworth Hall. All UMW members and friends are invited. Brunch will cost $5.00. We will also be holding a Pledge Service for our 2020 pledges as well as installing the newly elected Officers for 2020. Your presence is desired.
For a brunch reservation, place call Sue Lunsford or the church office at 513.661.3139. If childcare is needed, please contact Elaine Powers no later than November 29th so we can secure the care providers.
The Good News:
The work in the gymnasium is on-going, but, as you’ve probably seen, the plastic and plywood have been removed and we are able to use the gym again even though there’s more to be done. Here’s an update.
- The ceiling work has been completed. The new materials sprayed to cover all of the exposed ceiling/roof structure provide our gym with improved thermal and acoustical (noise reduction) properties.
- New L.E.D. lighting fixtures have been installed which give us “instant-on” lighting, better and brighter lighting coverage and also include dimming capability. Also, defective wiring issues have been corrected and the breaker panel in the gym brought up to code.
This will give us some flexibility as we grow in the future,
- 6 new sound-system speakers will be installed within the next week or 2. We are waiting on the delivery of the mounting hardware which is expected by Tuesday (11/26/19).
- HVAC work continues. The old air exchange hardware has been removed and new heating units being fabricated by Trane Corporation are due to ship in the next 10-12
days. Installation will begin upon arrival. The new air conditioners are pretty much ready to be placed, but are waiting for final determination of the location of roof mounted equipment. This is to ensure the AC equipment location does not impact/interfere with a potential new kitchen design (see next item).
- The church and UMC Food are exploring the feasibility of updating and creating a more efficient configuration for the kitchen next to the gym. A meeting has been held with a kitchen architect who has worked with UMC Food on other similar projects. Currently we are waiting for completion of drawings for our review.
The not-so-good news:
2 weeks ago, the water being used in the spraying of the new ceiling material did not get completely shut off at the end of the work day and the issue was not discovered until the next morning. This resulted in a significant amount of water accumulating on the gym floor and leaking down into some areas on the level below the gym. Water damage remediation immediately commenced upon discovery of the issue and the drying out continues today. The lower level damage is primarily in the parlor kitchen, a hall closet and some in Rev. Lee’s office. The gym floor has obviously been affected, but determination of what will be needed to get back to pre-flooding condition can not be done until the drying out process is completed. Work continues to try and speed up this process as much as possible. During this time, all of the affected areas are still useable with, perhaps, some small limitations in the gym. Unfortunately, once the gym floor remedies start, the gym will again be off limits for probably a minimum of 2-3 weeks. Due to the many upcoming activities scheduled in the gym, we do not anticipate this work starting until sometime in the first quarter of 2020.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask Trustee Co-Chair Roger Lindle or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org