The Cold Facts

If the price of fuel oil keeps going up, 1980 will probably be known as “The Year of the Chilled.” Local churches are really feeling the pinch, because they have to keep the heat on all week in order to function on Sundays and on Wednesday evenings. Temperatures are rising everywhere except in the boiler room.

Pneumo-Thermatic Ministries can help you with your problem. The following suggestions are but a few of the practical ideas we have in our newest booklet, Happiness Is a Warm Sanctuary.

1. Avoid all references to temperature in the public meetings. “From Greenland’s Icy Mountains” will have to go. So will all songs that mention “oil,” “fire,” and allied words. The pastor must never talk about “lukewarm Christians.” The old joke about “God’s frozen people” is verboten.

2. Hold as many candlelight services as possible. One church has a candlelight testimony meeting called “That Was the Wick that Was.” There are many ways by which we can let our lights shine, and maybe turn up the heat as well.

3. Add temperature-raising activities to the regular services. The old practice of shaking hands and greeting one another is good for an extra six degrees on the thermometer. Dig out some of the old gospel choruses with motions. Their message may not be inspiring, but the janitor and trustees will thank you.

4. Never use bulletin covers that in any way suggest winter, ice, snow, or anything else frigid. Our Pneumo-Thermatic artist has developed a series of designs that should help raise the temperature. The “great preachers” series is especially good. If you pastor a very conservative church, use the bulletin with Harry Emerson Fosdick on it, and watch the temperature go up.

5. Use only those people as ushers who have very ...

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