Through the generosity of an anonymous donor we have purchased a new piano for church. The piano we had been using–which also was donated some years ago–was ninety-three years old. And while that instrument served us well across several decades, it has of late developed some significant problems. The repairs which it would require amounted to thousands of dollars. The piano you see in church today is actually a loner; the piano we purchased will arrive in several weeks. This one currently in church has a high gloss finish, our model will be a bit more subdued with a softer, matte finish. I am told by those who should know that this new piano will produce a much richer, fuller sound.
Another project we are taking up this spring is to replace the fences that surround the perimeter of the parking lot. Portions of those fences have been in place for over sixty years. The high fence (12 feet) on the northern end of the upper parking lot has been giving way over the past several years and is completely covered with honeysuckle ( a terribly invasive plant that is nearly impossible to eradicate) and wild euonymus. Our plan is to replace all those fences–both the falling down wooden fence and the chain link– with the solid vinyl fences that one sees everywhere. The wild growth that has taken over the fences will not be able to climb the new fences easily. So we are doing our small part to remove this noxious plant from our environment, as well as improve the appearance of our grounds.