The congregation of a small stone church decided that the stone which formed the step up to the front door had become too worn by its years of use, and would have to be replaced.
Unfortunately, there were hardly any funds available for the replacement. Then someone came up with the bright idea that the replacement could be postponed for many years by simply turning the block of stone over.
They discovered that their great-grandparents had beaten them to it.
During a recent meeting of the local Optimist Club, they challenged one another to come up with an inspirational sentence using the word countenance.
This was the winning entry: "I put a cheerful countenance on people every day."
It was submitted by our local funeral director.