My partner is on the board for our congregation and he has been coming home from the meetings particularly frustrated lately. I keep asking him what is going on however, due to confidentiality, he can’t actually discuss much. He also keeps asking me for ideas for fundraising for the church as well as if I am willing to help out with the events. I am particularly busy with my job and the kids so my time is sparse but I told him I would do what I could. It is evident that something is wrong at church because there are a lot of hushed conversations taking place every weekend, but it is late in the summertime so before we know it, fall will be here so fundraising events will need to take place inside. The fall air becomes chilly rather suddenly however with the furnace system, we can host suppers, raffles, as well as other events in our large hall. When I brought these ideas up to my partner he said that there may be an issue with that. He finally broke down and told me that the furnace system in the church was not actually working. He said that there was no money in the budget to repair or replace it and so he and others were worried. Without heat in the fall as well as winter there would be no church services and there could be significant destruction to the building. This turned out to be the reason for the urgency for fundraisers too. I told him that the two of us could host some of the events in the school cafeteria as well as an Octoberfest that just might raise enough money for the repairs. He was delighted that I was willing to help. I even got the local HVAC dealer to agree to a discount on the labor cost once we had the money.