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Well, I am off in a couple of hours for a day of quilting! I have joined a couple of local daytime groups of ladies that are just delightful! I am not sure what project I am going to work on, so I will have to think a little bit about that. Whatever I plan to do, I am sure I will end doing more talking than quilting anyway. That seems to always be the case...lol! Does this happen to you, too?

I had an exciting meeting yesterday. Mancave and I have recently joined a new congregation in our area and the people are just wonderful! We love our new pastor, too! As some of you know, I have a passion for women's ministry. I feel that it is part of our mission as "older" women to encourage the younger moms to use their spiritual gifts at the church and to "pass the torch" when the time comes. I had great mentors along the way myself, and I feel this is my way of returning my sincere thanks.

Before I took my job at the hospital, I was the Older Adult Ministries Director at our former church and ended up founding an organization called "Neighbors In Faith" here on the south side of Indianapolis. It is a ministry that brings Christian churches of different faiths together for the purpose of sharing resources to promote older adult ministry.

Our new congregation has a large "Boomer" demographic, so along with the Dir of Christian Education, I will be helping to get this new ministry off the ground. In addition, I will be leading a Mom's Day Out Crafting Ministry! What? Are you confused? It's still in the planning stages, but I hope to gather a group of women to get together one Sat a month for crafting and fellowship! We hope to branch into a card-making ministry eventually, too. I will be working on this over the weekend, so I don't have details on it yet. Once I get it organized, I would be happy to help you get a ministry off the ground at your church, too. I have done this a few times before, and it works out fabulously! It's a great way for the youth group to raise some funds-babysitting, too!

Quilters, this is a great way to meet other crafters in your area and bring women together in a welcoming environment. It's an "open" craft day. Whatever craft women do, encourage them to bring it and share with others! Over the potluck ( or catered) lunch, invite one of the gals in your group or someone from a local charity to come and do a presentation on how they can make something to benefit someone else. Linus blankets, Benjamin's pillowcases, Quilt Pink...you know the drill. However, there may be women who are not familiar with these organizations and would greatly benefit from the information! Maybe you can help start a prayer shawl ( or quilt) ministry group at your own church? With so many unemployed, this is a very productive way for people to "give back" and stay busy at the same time doing what they love! ( I know a church who even has a big basket for donations of yarn for the shawls...yep! It's full every time I see it!)

You just never know what the Lord may have in mind for your own life...and here I thought I was already busy!

Think about hosting your own "Mom's Day Out" and if you are interested, just email me for more information.

Don't forget to send me your quilting web site links! I am listing a free index on my site! You have nothing to lose but potential customers!

See you Friday!

Hugs and Stitches, xoxoxox


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