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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.
Take a message to Garcia! This phrase has been on my mind recently. A little history is appropriate here. In the run-up to the Spanish-American War in 1898, the United States dispatched a young Army officer to Cuba with orders to deliver a message to the leader of the rebels trying to overthrow the Spanish government there. All I remember from my history lessons is that the message was unlikely to be well received. So it was that three expressions came into common use in American lexicon in the years following that war. The rebel leader was named Garcia, and the expression, "Take a message to Garcia." has come to mean a risky task involving telling someone something they may not want to hear. Similarly, as the story goes, the young Army officer was told to "Keep one foot in the stirrup" meaning be ready to get back in the saddle and get out of there if things did not go well. A third related expression may well have originated with the young Army officer, "Don't shoot the messenger!"
As regards our tent, I feel a bit like the Army officer and some of you are my Garcia. Recent rules from the State of NH require us to have a permit for our tent and the process results in restrictions on how many people we can have under our tent. We now have a permit which limits us to no more than fifty people. The requirements become significantly more complicated when the number of occupants exceeds fifty. I know this occupancy limitation impacts our use of the tent. I have made council aware of the pertinent aspects of the state rules so we can make informed decisions about future tent use. I have no idea where all this is going. I only ask that you do not shoot the messenger or cast our local FD in a negative way. We have a very good relationship with them and I have always found them to be reasonable. In this case they are doing what the State Fire Marshal Office requires in terms of tent permits and inspection criteria for tents.
David Mercer, Property Team Leader