Zion United Methodist Church
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Stepping out in faith to be Christ to others in the world
Zion offers Sunday School classes for everyone. The Teens/Tweens class is offered in the sanctuary and is taught by Joyce Fairbanks, Rev. Barb, and Alan Jacobs. The adults meet in the Hulon Bible Class (Educational Building) that is taught by Maxine Hulon. Sunday School meets at 9:30am. All are welcome to join us.
Grace and peace,
Quilt Group meets on Monday from 10 to 2.
The Zion Quilters have been busy. Within the last few months we have turned in 45 quilts to Mary Washington Hospital NICU unit; 20 quilts for Project Linus; numerous teddy bears for radiology dept at Mary Washington Hospital, and 50 school bags for the Virginia Conference.
On July 30 we traveled to Rhodesville to participate in a Project Linus Workshop. We met with 50 quilters from the nearby areas and by the end of the day we had 297 quilts ready for distribution to kids needing a hug (area hospitals, shelters, special homes, fire and sheriffs depts. etc).
Some of our members are knitting and crocheting hats for our food bank distribution. We meet every Monday from 10 am to 2 pm in the fellowship hall. You don’t have to be a church member or know how to sew to join our group—we have excellent teachers and everyone is willing to help.
Our contact person is Libby Hall, she can be reached at libbyquilts7@comcast.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer Shawl Coordinator, Nova Scott, reports that our inventory of prayer shawls is getting low. If you knit (or crochet) and would like to join this ministry, please see Nova. There is yarn available at the church!
If you know of someone dealing with a problem of sickness, grief, loneliness or whatever it may be, and you would like to give some comfort and prayers, how about giving a Prayer Shawl?
These Shawls are knitted by members of Zion, who donate their time, talent and investment to serve this ministry. We have several knitters, who knit these shawls on their own time at home. If you are interested in joining this Ministry, please contact Nova Scott, email at Novajs@comcast.net.
Each Shawl is given with a beautiful prayer card. Each shawl that has been given, has been happily and thankfully received. It is a blessing to be part of this ministry that brings a bit of comfort to others.
If you would like to join The Prayer Shawl Ministry, contact Nova Scott. If you would like to learn to knit (this is a very simple pattern), contact Nova. I will be happy to teach you to knit.
Peace and love, Nova Scott
A PRAYER SHAWL EXPERIENCE
A couple of years ago, at a rug hooking annual event where rug hookers meet to share a day of hooking, finished rugs and rugs in progress, I met a woman who very much liked the rug that I was hooking. We discussed the pattern, colors, the input a teacher had had on it etc. I promised to send her a picture of the finished rug.
The next year, when the rug was finished, I sent the picture and note saying it would be at the annual hook-in and I hoped to see her there. She replied that she was planning to attend. The day of the event arrived, however my new friend did not. I was concerned about her absence, especially since I knew she drove quite a distance to attend. When I arrived at my home, later that day, there was a letter from her waiting. The letter told me her daughter was very seriously ill with cancer and the prognosis was not favorable. Sally’s three sisters were visiting that weekend, for what the family feared would be the last visit with Sally.
I had recently finished knitting a Prayer Shawl, using a sunny yellow yarn. My immediate thought was, Sally needs this Prayer Shawl. I boxed the shawl, enclosed the Prayer Card and mailed it to Sally, in care of her mother. Later, I of course, received a note of thanks from my friend.
I met my friend again, a couple of weeks ago, at our annual get-together. She was excited to tell me something “right now” about the Sally, the Prayer Shawl and her family. When Sally looked in the box, she exclaimed, “It’s a box of sunshine.” The color yellow was also Sally’s favorite color. Her mother wrapped the shawl around Sally’s shoulders; they read the Prayer that was enclosed. Then the three sisters knelt by Sally’s hospital bed and they all prayed together.
Later that day, Sally started responding to the treatments, which had not been working. Today, Sally is well, back at her professional work, busy raising her family and once again living her life. Thanks Be to God.
My friend referred to me as an angel, which I felt embarrassing, since I certainly do not fit the profile. However, I think what she meant was
that I was a messenger. I do know that I was awarded this incredible experience, by the act of sending the Prayer Shawl when I felt God had laid it on my heart to do so.
Prayer Shawl Coordinator, Nova Scott