News of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Pittsburgh area, counsel from its leaders, and reflections from its members.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lights Out

Stake President George Rosenberg of the Pittsburgh North Stake recently wrote with the following question:

"During the weekend of the storm word got back to us that there was not any severe damage to members' homes, etc. The only problem was the power outage. A few of our people had generators with fuel, wood stoves, etc., but we don't see that as a solution for the majority of our members who just didn't have electricity through no fault of their own. Any ideas? I have thought about encouraging propane tank/grill use at least for cooking, oil lamps for light, etc. that can be stored easily (without having a fire hazard such as gasoline stored around the house/garage). Anything else come to mind that would be appropriate for this area?"

In response I wrote, "Charcoal grills are definitely one option we would use for cooking, and fortunately this didn't happen during the winter, when heating systems would be compromised. In that case we would turn to our wood stove. For light we rely on a lantern (from Radio Shack) that we can crank and that also will charge a cell phone and has a radio receiver."

But what other ideas are out there? How did you prepare for the lights to be out?

Joseph Tenney

Brother Joseph D. Tenney, a therapist with LDS Family Services and a graduate of BYU with a master's degree in social work, is traveling to the Pittsburgh Region monthly to provide therapy for members of the Church, to manage LDS Family Services' adoption program, and to oversee the work of part-time therapists under contract with LDS Family Services. I met with Brother Tenney earlier this week. He is cheerful, pleasant and capable. While we will miss Sister Kathie Schofields' regular visits, she appears to be leaving us in good hands.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Arbor - September 2008 Issue

Sister Annette Lillrose, Addiction Recovery Program coordinator Detroit agency of LDS Family Services (which includes the Pittsburgh PA Welfare Region) publishes an occasional electronic newsletter called The Arbor. The September issue includes an illuminating comparison of addiction to a case of poison ivy, Elder Mark Geherin's list of individuals the Addiction Recovery Program has blessed in Pittsburgh, a list of meetings and contacts, and review of the Twelve Steps to recovery. Individuals can subscribe to receive The Arbor by e-mail.