The first weekend of August was an interesting weekend for Toledo area churches. A ban on water consumption was declared in the early hours of Saturday morning , perhaps due to an algae growth in Lake Erie. Businesses were encouraged to close and restaurants were unable to function without a clear and clean source of water.
However, in typical style, folks banded together, sharing resources and caring for others. Rev. Darcy Metcalfe Mudd reported that at First Presbyterian Church of Perrysburg: “We all were checking on each other and our neighbors to make sure everyone had safe drinking water. We had a 90-something-year-old church lady drive all the way to Ft. Wayne to load up her car with water for a list of people. I also went to Ft. Wayne on Saturday to get water and my husband was driving home from Cincinnati from work and brought another car load. So we had plenty to go around the church and our neighbors.
The congregation had a baptism planned for a 3-year-old on Sunday. So everyone brought special water in to put in the baptismal font! It seemed so appropriate to be celebrating baptism in the midst of a water ban!”
Other congregations throughout the Presbytery gathered up water. First Presbyterian Church of Blissfield, Michigan offered to open up their church for people to fill jugs of water. A member of the church volunteered to keep the church open as needed.
According to the Associated Press release, at 9:42 on Monday morning, The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, has lifted a water ban that left 400,000 Ohio and Michigan residents scrambling for water for drinking, cooking and bathing. Mayor D. Michael Collins says today that the Lake Erie drinking water is safe and that the warning has been lifted.”
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