Winter rain outside but so cozy inside because my new furnace is here. Four men worked eight and a half hours to install it. Mine is a sleek gray with navy blue trim, two water heaters and its own wi-fi router. I can change the settings from my computer or my phone. I keep going downstairs to stare at it and making up reasons to call my new best friend, the HVAC man.
Who knew a person could have such tender feelings for her furnace? Anyone without heat for three weeks in the winter, I expect. Expressing my excitement to Jack, the HVAC man, he replied, “Oh, I know what you mean. When I was a kid my mom didn’t have the money to fix our furnace so she bought propane a little at a time to keep a space heater running for us.” I expect it will be a long time before I take a warm house for granted again.
In other news, my sister’s husband passed away Thursday after a long illness. He’s to be remembered and buried tomorrow. As I need to be with my family I will not be preaching an Ash Wednesday Service this year. I’ve listed a couple of other local congregations also having evening services, so please do find another to attend.
I look forward to worshipping and serving with you this week.
~ peace & prayers,
St. Thomas Lutheran Church ~ 3800 E. 3rd St.
7 PM: Ash Wednesday Service
(A daytime service will be held at 12:00 Noon.)
Bethel AME ~ 302 N. Rogers St.
6 PM: Ash Wednesday Bible Study
7:30 PM: Imposition of Ashes
First United Methodist Church ~ 219 E. 4th Street
7 PM: A family-friendly service featuring Taizé music
and Imposition of Ashes in the sanctuary