Church Security: What Are You Doing to Protect Your Congregation?

Imagine the following scenario:  It is Sunday morning, and 15-minutes after your service begins, a deranged, and heavily armed, gunman enters your church. Who will be in your lobby to intercept him? Are you confident in that person’s or team’s training on how to respond? Have they practiced the appropriate...

Fireplace Safety

As the days get shorter and the thermometer drops, we naturally start thinking about what we are going to do to keep warm this winter. With the cost of heating oil, propane and natural gas taking a bigger bite out of the family budget, many people are thinking about using...

Working or Volunteering with Children?

If you work or volunteer with children it is important to know how to properly protect your organization against potential threats. Abuse and Molestation Coverage protects your organization from the unthinkable act of a defenseless, dependent child being abused or molested. The Merriam Insurance Agency addresses abuse in two parts,...

Autumn is Right around the Corner

Like many of us, I love autumn. The crisp apples in early September remind us that the leaves will soon be changing. Along with the beauty of the season, we should take the time to ensure that the spaces in which we live, work and play are a safe environment,...

Pruning!

I love pruning trees & shrubs. Once I get started, I’ll keep going until my blisters have blisters, leaving my hands sore and tired for days. Regardless, the satisfaction of whipping nature into submission is inexplicable. My first real pruning efforts were not appreciated. I pruned the top 10 feet...