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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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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A Days for Girls Story

I (Kathy Carter) was asked to give a presentation about Days for Girls feminine hygiene kits in January at the Good Neighbor Center, to a group of 13 Arabic women after their English language class.

I was invited back to do a service project with these same women, and we cut pads and pinned liners to flannel.

One older lady, who was low income and had recently had carpal tunnel surgery, said she could not cut or pin, but gave me $50 to use to purchase fabric and underwear for the kits.

I was brought to tears and told her through the interpreter, Zainab, that I could not accept this gift.

She told me, “You must. Do you not remember in the Bible the story of the widow’s offering in Luke 21:1-3? The poor widow gave two small copper coins and gave from her heart, whereas the other people gave of their wealth.”


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