"Has anything newsworthy happened at the church?"
"Just usual stuff – church camp, guest ministers. I did read in the local paper that the CFO resigned and moved on to manage one of the local banks."
"When did that happen?"
"Let's see." Sarah counted back in her mind. "It was about two weeks ago. I noticed it because I was reading about someone else and his photo was right below hers."
Shirley interrupted, "Would you like some more iced tea?" When Sarah shook her head, Shirley continued, "How do the locals feel about Serino living in a five million dollar home when we're struggling with a recession and high unemployment?"
Sarah looked surprised, "He lives in a mansion? I had no idea." She stopped and looked at everyone. "Why do I get the feeling that you don't think much of Serino? I thought we were talking about a concert to raise money for Whispering Palms."
Tom waved his hand dismissing her question. "Serino has tried to cause difficulty for Whispering Palms in the past. Recently, he sent a negative letter to the county. We are simply researching his ministry to find the best way to deal with him. The concert is to raise money for those efforts."
Sarah nodded, "Well, that makes sense. His church is down the street so you would be on his radar. What kind of trouble is he causing?" She turned her head to Marti.
"It's a continued effort that goes back five years. We've learned he owns the property next door so we suspect he would like to buy Whispering Palms to extend his ministry."
Chuck changed the subject by asking "Did you know he has a private jet that he keeps at the local airport?" He smiled at the shocked expression on her face.
"You're kidding," she replied leaning over to touch Chuck's arm. "I thought those were just for rock stars," she winked at him.
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