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Pink flamingos flew the coop

This summer, our youth group undertook a fun venture as a fundraiser. The idea: to flock members of the congregation with 24 pink yard flamingos. One member would pay to have another member flocked. We would then leave it on the front lawn of their home until that member called to have the flock removed (and subsequently pick the next flocking location).

The results have been marvelous as the majority of “flockees” were surprised to see the bright-pink creatures in front of their home. Sometimes the members would pose with the flock, at other times they paid immediately so they would be able to mow their lawn. Cars would slow down or stop and stare as the “flocking” occurred. One time, a 2-year-old ran to the flocking and began petting and hugging the flamingos!

Alas, the fairy tale has come to a standstill. At one location, some of the birds flew the coop. Of our 24 birds, only nine remain. I wish I could say they were magically transformed into a living creature, but their legs remained behind. I wish I could say a windstorm blew them away but it was a still night and calm morning.

So, if those who may have adopted our friends are reading, I would like to give you a few instructions. Be sure the creatures are near a water source. Also be sure to feed them daily. Make sure they get equal parts of sunshine and shade.

Finally, they have names. Jacob, Noah, Michael, Daniel, Matthew, Elijah, Sophia, Ada, Isabella, Abigail, Sarah, Mary, Paul, Joseph and the big one is Samson.

Please look after the flock.

— The Rev. Wade Pond, Lima

Pastor – Faith Christian Church

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