Time, Talent, Treasure, Testimony
Where does some of my giving go?
We all know our church building is old. Old but with a beautiful sanctuary. Because of its age, it requires more maintenance than a newer structure might. As any of you who have served on the property committee know, it takes constant TLC to keep it usable. And a great deal of that TLC is provided by the property committee.
Until recently, it never rained. But back in the Spring when it rained a lot, we had a serious water problem in the youth room. Water poured in covering a third of the floor, and the only reason it stopped there was that a few volunteers came in evenings and weekends as well as during the day to pump or vacuum thousands of gallons of water out.
Several remedies were tried. We thought it might be coming up the drain from the city storm sewers so we plugged the drain. We discovered it was also coming in around the wall on the south side so plugging the drain helped a little, but not much.
Some of us didn’t know there were sump pumps beside the foundation outside on the east and south sides. But some did know. Jim Briggs and Dale Sanders discovered the sump pumps were functional, but not powered. You might remember an extension cord running out the southwest door for a time. That was used to run the sump pumps and the problem ended.
If you had stumbled down into the youth room at that time, for several days you would have seen Dale climbing on ladders with a circuit tester at all hours of the evening and the weekend. As a result of his detective work, they were able to restore power to the pumps. Problem solved!
Our property guys don’t call an outside person until they have exhausted their own considerable knowledge and resources. So when you see the budget for property, know that is a fraction of what it would cost except for the dedication of these men who come in day or night to fix things that go wrong.
Time and talent on display! For us and for God.