Who are your neighbors?

From Cris Gittins:
 
Our 3 neighbor girls have been coming to help with VBS for several years. They couldn’t wait until they were old enough to assist with VBS!
 
This fall they started helping with our 3rd grade class on Wednesday evenings. They have attended some of our Lenten and Advent services since they were little. Putting together the Blessing care kits is also something they look forward to.
 
For many years this has been their church family. While it may not look like the “church experience“ many of us have, Messiah has provided ways for Sofie, Alexa and Ava to know Jesus and see faith in action. I am so thankful for the people who have welcomed and included them.

Their dad died unexpectedly in March and I am grateful that there will be people from Messiah to offer words of comfort and encouragement to them when we are all back together. Thank you for giving them the chance to be part of a family of faith.


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A New Purpose for Such a Time as This

Matthew 17:20 If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
 
The Pandemic has not slowed the Mustard Seed/Days for Girls Work Group. It has changed how we operate though, since we are unable to gather together for our workdays. 
 
 
 
Co-leaders Wendy Rich and Kathy Carter have been delivering fabric so our wonderful 109 volunteers can measure, pin, cut, sew and serge from their own homes.
 
Our ministry continues outside the walls of the church – porch to porch, and person to person. We use safe distancing and best practices when handling and exchanging supplies. 
 
We continue to make infant kits and reusable feminine hygiene kits because those needs continue during the pandemic. However, we are also called to a new purpose for a time like this – just as Queen Esther was called for her time in history.
 
In April, Dr. Doug Tewes contacted Wendy Rich, requesting cloth masks for his nursing staff at Lincoln Orthopaedic Center. Wendy developed a pattern and researched the best fabric to use. Within days, over 25 servants made 200 masks! 
 
We were able to use Thrivent Action Project money to purchase fabric and thread. To date, we’ve made over 700 masks for local clinics, the Friendship Home, nursing homes, retirement centers, UNL essential workers, Tabitha Home Health, as well as for friends and neighbors. 
 
We always have a place and purpose for more volunteers if you feel called. For more information, contact Wendy Rich 402.202.4990 or Kathy Carter 402.416.8953.

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Sewing Scrub Hats for Medical Workers

From Kendra Vance:
A friend of mine, who is a nurse at Bryan, contacted me to see if our church sewing group could make scrub hats, as all medical supplies were being carefully rationed.

Since the Mustard Seed sewers were not meeting during virus times*, I told her I could make hats if she had a pattern they wanted used. She printed off several patterns and delivered them to our mailbox.

After providing several sample hats from the patterns, Ann requested 70 more scrub hats made from quilters cotton. I spent a week sewing (wonderfully decreasing my fabrics-on-hand), and delivered an interesting combination of fabrics and colors of Bryan headgear.
 
*Sewers are currently working from home on projects for Days for Girls as well as sewing hundreds of masks. 

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