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Every Thursday morning, the Property Team works for 2-3 hours around the grounds of Holy Trinity to spruce it up before our Sunday worship services. Their usual tasks include minor building repairs, mowing the grass, indoor cleaning, setting up heavy equipment, and painting. After finishing the tasks for the day, they meet for 30 minutes for coffee, snacks, and fellowship. If you are interesting in joining or helping out, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our current Property Team leader is David Mercer.
Fall has arrived and the big tent is down and stored for the winter. Of all the unlikely things to bring some controversy this year, the tent would have been low on my list. We have used it for years without issue, but then State of New Hampshire regulations found us in the form of a required permit from the Newington Fire Department. As it happens, a large tent such as ours (greater than 600 square feet) requires an inspection and permit. We have the permit which will require renewal in 2018. Who knew?
Beginning this spring, we have been working to resolve some fire code compliance issues in the "garage" and the boiler room. This work has primarily involved addition and repairs to drywall and sealing pipe penetrations through the walls. This work should be completed by winter.
This spring, the library team requested improved lighting for the library area. In response to that request the existing fluorescent lighting in that area has been repaired and redirected. About half of the existing lights were out of service due to a failed ballast. The ballast has been replaced and all of the fixtures have been turned upward to provide more effective indirect lighting. LED track lighting has been added to provide direct lighting for the book shelves, tables, and displays in the library.
Holy Trinity now hosts an open mic acoustic music event (The New Grounds Coffee House) on the third Friday of each month. To support this event we applied donated equipment to implement a fully portable and effective sound system for use in the gathering area. The system provides up to eight instrument and microphone inputs to a mixer board, and uses the existing overhead speakers in the gathering area.
We have seen the first "church mouse" of the season. It is not unusual to see these little visitors as the season turns colder. We typically let our pest control service know they have arrived so we can take some preventative action. Be aware of their potential presence and take care to avoid leaving food crumbs and such that will attract them.
We recently replaced one of the overhead bulbs in the sanctuary. This has been a reasonably rare event since we made the change to LED bulbs.
David Mercer, Property Team Leader