Women at Northgate have had their sewing machines humming this year! These quilts were sent to the Mennonite Central Committee to give to refugees of war or victims of natural disasters:
In addition seven lap quilts were donated to Kordyban Lodge in Prince George where they will be given to people being treated for cancer.
School kit bags were made for Mennonite Central Committee to distribute to child refugees and victims of disaster. Being able to take classes again helps stabilize life for children suffering from these traumatic events.
"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." Matthew 13:31-32
As followers of Jesus, we put on the servant nature of Jesus as best we can (symbolized by the apron). We see the suffering, sin, and death (black) in the world and sew our little seeds, thereby bringing light into the world. We cannot know the end results of our seeds, or at best get glimpses, as seeing the back in a mirror, but we believe that they lead increasingly to life (red, the universal colour of life in folk costume.)
During this Fall season we reflect on how the symbols of Thanksgiving tend to be full of little seeds. The stalk of wheat is cut down, the tree cones and nuts disappear. But their seeds continue and contribute to life. We trust that our seeds will contribute to life in the world as well.