Did you enjoy summer? It just seemed to fly by and here we are again in the middle of October! Arrrgh. I don't know about you, but I am so tired of this cold weather!
Ignore the weather and come to church this Sunday. Dent Davidson will be leading our choir in amazing singing. Paula Stevens Contey, Susie Griffith and Matty Zaradich have a wonderful Pentecost reading riff, Andrew will be once again decorating our sanctuary in waves of red cloth, this coupled with a few baptisms should make for a compelling feast of the Holy Spirit. WEAR RED and we can collectively ignore the Fall weather!
This week's episode of "This Old Church" features a completely missing southeast corner of the church, eaten and enjoyed by long ago terminated termites. This is actually our first complete surprise. It's not great, but it isn't horrible. The upside of this revelation is the realization that our termite eradication program that we started 15 years ago seems to have worked, as there are no current signs of the critters. (Large sigh of relief) I suspect that when we raise the money to do the South and West sides of the building that we will find more evidence of a termite banquet. But at least we know it is not an on-going problem.
As we finish the Reading Room exterior and intensify our work on the bell tower look for more scaffolding to be installed on Hermitage Ave.
I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours meeting with Tim Crowe our structural engineer, Larry Dieckmann our architect in residence and on-site, Ron Young our contractor, and Luis Cordero, Ron's second in command. What an amazing team we have. We are being so well cared for by this group, we are blessed by their wisdom, creativity and passion for rebuilding this old church of ours. Today's meeting featured conversation and cool drawings about the steel beams that will be installed on either side of our front doors to support our East Wall. Lots of talk about flanges, hurricane ties, LVL's, possible field welds, torque, and weight bearing loads. It looks like the custom made beams will be ordered this week and be installed, with many pulleys sometime in early June! In the meantime the new foundation has been poured, the southeast corner is being rebuilt and shored up, and the bowing wall is being brought closer in-line so that it might approach being straight.
I helpfully pointed out that so many things at All Saints are not completely straight...
Enjoy the long weekend. Come to church on Sunday and pray for warmer weather!
All the best,