New Hope Baptist Church
Monday, April 22, 2019
Living Life Together

Dorcas Sewing

     The title “Dorcas” has been adopted in many churches by women who sew.
We read about Dorcas in the ninth chapter of Acts 9:36-42(NKJV):

At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This
woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in
those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an
upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter
was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them.
Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper
room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which
Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down
and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes,
and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and
when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive.
  And it became known
throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.

     New Hope's Dorcas group sews quilts for all bed sizes and lap prayer quilts for those who are in
need or ill. We have just worked on a few fidget quilts used for Alzheimer, dementia, and even
little kids who need something to do with their hands.

     There are folks who say that they cannot do this or learn this. Not so!!! This
supportive-of-the-church group is also supportive-of-one-another: solving a problem
machine, resetting thread tension, learning to cut with a rotary blade, practicing 1/4”
seams. Whatever the question, we attack it. The goal could be perfection, but it is not. We do our
best and are persistent. We take great joy in blending colors and designs.
But know that we can also accept that not-perfectly-matched corners of a block still looks good
from I 81!  Talent does increase, and friendships grow.
     If you are reading this, you are invited! We would like to grow beyond just six.
If you have a machine, bring it and your tools.
Bring a bag lunch as the five-hour gals do even if you stay for a shorter time.
We have BINS of fabric. We have irons, ironing boards, rotary mats, good lights in the
kitchen, even coffee.
      Come, try this out.
     Our planned dates for sewing are usually the first and third Fridays of the month. The optimum
is to be regular from 10 am to 3 pm on those two days.
     At this time we are reserving April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17, June 7. The office can provide
names and phone numbers if you want to talk with any one of the sewing ladies. We do take
summer off.