There's not much news of congregations this weekend, but this particular story caught my eye as I was poking around online. An Episcopal parish in Covington Georgia recently was willed a working 1983 firetruck by one of its parishioners.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shephard was willed the working vehicle by Dr. David Simons, a nationally know physician who conducted research into chronic muscle pain and other areas.
"'Dr. Simons was a unique, brilliant man,' said the Rev. Graham. 'He was a very gifted, very driven man, and a bit eccentric.'
[...]In 1997, Simons was looking for a way to water his lawn more effectively. He began to research the idea of using a pumper truck to pump water from a lake and transport the water back to his home. So, he paid $20,000 for a truck from a volunteer fire department in Lawrenceville, Va.
Reportedly, he only used the truck once or twice, but he kept it. Upon his death, his family attempted to sell the truck and did not know what to do with it, so they donated it to the church.
'He’s the only person I know who would have the idea to buy a fire truck to water his lawn and actually go through with it,' said Lee Meadors, a member of the church’s vestry."