Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pastor Nathan fishes devilish balloon from Sanctuary Elipse

During the VBS closing program last Friday disaster struck when a helium inflated mylar balloon left the hands of some careless 7 year old and stuck some 40 feet above and stood out conspicuously in the elipse portion of the Redeemer sanctuary.

Being heavy laden with engineer-types, all sorts of suggestions were made to get the big red eye sore balloon off the ceiling before worship on Sunday. One brother wanted to shoot it with a laser. I was seriously contemplating using my pellet gun. My favorite suggestion was to fill the sanctuary with Hydrogen (can you say "Hindenburg"?) so the helium balloon would be heavier and descend. Of course we could have had a lift company come out and remove it for several hundred dollars. In the end we decided to wait it out and let it fall on it's own, but knowing helium filled mylar balloons can have a half life of 50 years I was irritated by the thought of doing nothing.

Sunday came and it was indeed a distraction, to me anyways. After the evening gathering I had decided I'm shooting the sucker down if it didn't show signs of dropping soon. Then, my trusty associate and McGyver-like friend Pastor Nathan got to work. He happened to have his fishing poll at church as a VBS prop for the week prior (btw- Nathan is hoping I am not "inflating" the story) and together with Mitch Cervinka thought of a plan. He would attach another helium balloon-with a loop of masking tape on top- to the end of the fishing line and raise it to retrieve the balloon and bring it down.

Balloon Fishing from Travis Shanahan on Vimeo.

As you can see, the plan worked flawlessly and the devilish balloon was fished from the ceiling Sunday night.


Frontier Forest said...

That was hilarious! Very creative thinking!

pjw said...

Well, darn! I hoped it would stay up there for awhile, so I'd get a chance to see it!

Andrew Barnes said...

That's great!

Zach said...

Very impressive!

Rick Calohan said...

Not only has Pastor Nathan demonstrated that he is a ‘fisher of men’ and now is also a fisher or balloons.

Matthew 4:19
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Mark 1:17
And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”

Ray and Janell said...

could have saved ya'll a lot of time and had my 17 year old daughter (an expert air rifle marksmen) take it down without damage to your ceiling. now that would have been cool. :-)

christianlady said...

That was amazing and funny! Very intelligent plan.