New Hope Baptist Church
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Living Life Together

Dorcas Sewing

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.
     The title “Dorcas” has been adopted in many churches by women who sew. New
Hope's Dorcas sews quilts: for all bed sizes and lap prayer quilts for those who are in
need or ill.

     The planned dates for sewing are usually the first and third Fridays of the month.
Of course, for whatever reasons, the dates might change. The optimum is to be regular
from 10 am to 3 pm on those two days.

     There are women 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. This is not “genius” level work, Folks. It
is persistence and becomes personally rewarding. Talent increases. Friendships grow.

     God gives these gifts, and the sewers pass them on.
     If you are reading this, you are invited!
     If you have a machine, bring it and your tools.
     Bring a bag lunch as the five-hour gals do.
     We have BINS of fabric. We have irons, ironing boards, rotary mats, good lights in
     the kitchen, even coffee.

     Come, try this out.
     It is our option to flex on sewing dates. Might a winter evening or Saturday with
small project(pillowcase, basket, other small items) be a taste of sewing and possibly a
wish to tackle more? YOU tell the sewers. Until then, put on your 2019 calendar:
January 4, 18; February 1,15.
     The office can provide names and phone numbers if you want to reach one of the
sewing ladies.