Every time I check the weather forecast for Sunday I get a different result! After the dry summer last year, I will not pray for sun this weekend, but instead be content with whatever we get. If it looks like dry weather, I would like to trim the shrubs, pick up branches and remove leaves from the garden areas.
If you are able to help, please bring hedge trimmers, lopping shears, pruners, gloves, wheelbarrows, rakes, your favorite shovel and Advil. And anything else you would use around your house this time of year. If you have yard waste recycling room at your home, please bring what ever type of bags you use with you and take them back home with you following the event. We can dump the trimmings by the fenced-in area on the northeast corner of the Fellowship Hall. I will load it my pickup, strap it down and haul it away.
Once again, I would like to put out an appeal to anyone familiar with pruning arborvitaes. There are several pyramids along the north sanctuary wall in need of TLC. Even standing on the ground and giving instructions would be great. St. Luke’s has a 6’, 8’, and 12’ step ladder available for use. If you have a green thumb and see plants that are overgrown, need to be thinned or would do better somewhere else, feel free to see if there is a better place around the building. If we have enough people, we can move them Sunday or save it for a Yard Care Group day.
For added incentive, and thanks to some very wonderful volunteers, there will be some special refreshments available!
And on a totally different subject…
There is another item that I need help with. During the change of seasons, we have a few areas around the building where the carpet bubbles up. From what a couple different carpet experts have told me, it is caused by moisture coming through the cement. The cure is to have the cement sealed prior to installing new carpet.
Unfortunately, several of these areas already have vinyl floor tiles on them, and the carpet was installed over the top. After having the tiles and mastic tested, we have found the tiles (only) have asbestos in them. Currently, all of the tiles are firmly adhered, meaning there is no health risk. But to cure the carpet bubble issue, we need to remove the tiles and mastic to get to the cement to seal it.
Where I need help is, is there anyone out there that enjoys navigating and searching for government grants? There is a possibility that there are grants available for non-profits to do the abatement. I enjoy researching some things, but this is not one of them. If you are interested in researching this, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for help!
For the past 6 years, I have happily and proudly coordinated the volunteers for our Loaves & Fishes program at Hope Presbyterian Church. In that time, we have seen no fewer than five L & F company program directors come and go, we have been through a global pandemic and have changed our monthly menu to lasagna after more than a decade of chicken and ham. Oh - and we even sport newly designed baseball-type hats for our volunteers. We've seen our share of changes, but the need for localized meal preparation and distribution is stronger than ever. We've streamlined the process, simplified the menu and now offer a takeout-style drive-through food service that people almost universally prefer to the cafeteria-style service. Our little team, though small and mighty, has even been heralded as one of the best self-driven teams according to the board of directors over at L & F headquarters in St. Paul.
Why am I posting about Loaves & Fishes? The question is two-fold: first, we love our volunteers but we're always looking for fresh faces; and 2) because of changes to my work schedule, I'm stepping down as the L & F coordinator. For those who aren't aware, coordinating and volunteering at Loaves & Fishes is easy and fun -- we've got a great team and it's highly rewarding. We always meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. If you'd like information about helping with this important service to the community, please call or email me or contact the church office for more details.