Knitting and Crocheting for Cancer Patients

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I joined the Simpson Knitting and Crocheting group to learn to knit and crochet.  The group is focused on charity work and are a very talented bunch of craftswomen.

Here are some hats I delivered this week to the Good Samaritan Radiation Oncology department.  Many of the patients have already gone through chemotherapy and have lost their hair.  The staff at Good Sam was excited to receive this donation as with the colder weather coming to Colorado they knew the hats would be appreciated.

I never imagined I would be delivering these donations as one of the patients!  I now personally realize the feeling of gratitude that absolute strangers are reaching out to those in need.  Every time a recipient dons one of these hats they will remember that they are in the thoughts and prayers of our group.  A positive and hopeful attitude is very important to recovery.

Now I just wish I could learn to knit or crochet!

 

 

 

 

Thrift Store Rescue and Little Free Library

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One of my favorite things to rescue from the thrift store is cookbooks. I read them like other people read books but I don’t ever cook anything out of them. I have quite a stack of books.

Matthew over at his little free library gave me the idea of putting some cookbooks into the little free library in the parking lot at my work. Cookbooks are popular reads in their library.  Mathew’s Little Free Library

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Bon Appetit!

 

Love Colorado Golf and Contributing to Charity?

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Join us at the beautiful Indian Tree Golf Course in Arvada, Colorado for a day of golfing and awesome scenery.  And, best of all?  Your participation will help us replace the furnace at Simpson United Methodist Church.

Simpson United Methodist Church
Simpson United Methodist Church

Thank you Alex, Knit and Crochet for Charity update.

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Thank you Alex for sending these awesome squares for the prayer blankets.

These patterns are amazing!

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Our church is collecting 10 inch squares from knitters and crocheters to sew into prayer blankets.  We are thrilled to have some travel all the way from Arizona to add to our collection!

 

Thrift Store Rescue and Origami

imageFound:  one package of premium origami paper.

Cost:  $0.99

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The church has two uses.

The  candle lighting area for concerns or celebrations.   The small dish of folded origami crosses, take one after you light your candle as a remembrance.

The monthly card ministry.  Each month’s recipients receive an origami surprise.

 

Donating Platelets and Plasma

 

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Platelets only last for five days.  The need for donors is high.

Today my levels were great.  A double platelet and one unit of plasma donated.

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Here us a selfie done by the apheresis machine.  I was able to practice my photo bombing skills by hiding under a blankie!

 

imageThe movie I watched during my procedure? Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter!

 

Donate Platelets, A Great Need During Holidays

 

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Received a call from Bonfils Blood Center, they’re looking for donors so they can get people home for the holidays.

I wasn’t able to make it before Christmas but I hope to see you there on Saturday when I have my appointment. They especially need platelets because it’s a bit of a time commitment. Just for your information, they have a huge selection of movies to watch while you are making your donation.

I haven’t paid for movie in a while!

Finally a Real Knitting Project

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So after months and months of practicing knitting squares, trying to learn stitches and get some tension control, I am finally starting a real project.

Our knit and crochet for charity group is making mittens for underprivileged children at two elementary schools.  I am making mittens with a matching scarf.

I am also learning how to knit in the round, yay – no seam to sew!

Can’t tell how my tension is because I have only done a few rows:)

I’ll let you know if I can figure out the pattern when I get to the thumb, sigh.

Anyway, wish me luck……

Sermon by Tezenlo Thong “Be Imitators of God”

Be Imitators of God

(Ephesians 4:22-5:2)

What conjures up in your mind when you hear the word “imitation”? Fake, phony, counterfeit, copy, bogus, etc. You have heard people say, “Be yourself. Be authentic; be real. Don’t copy someone.” So the word imitation is seldom used in a positive sense. On the other hand, we also talk of people who do or have done great things. We talk about people who are special. We try to emulate them, their sacrificial love, service and giving, because they inspire and motivate us. So in this sense, imitation is positive.

Paul challenges the Ephesians and says, “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.” What does it mean for us to imitate God? How can we finite beings imitate the infinite being? How can we frail and mortal beings imitate the immortal one? If God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, how can you and I imitate such a sovereign God? To imitate God is the ultimate ideal, but it’s an impossible task.

The Greek word Paul uses here is mimetai from which we get our English word to “mimic.” The idea is to copy closely, to repeat another person’s speech, actions, behavior and mannerisms. Paul is not speaking about imitating God’s sovereign or infinite attributes. He is rather referring to “imitable” virtues such as love, forgiveness, peace, kindness, mercy and grace. We can copy God in moral attributes. We can copy our God in justice, righteousness, truth and equality. Simply put, we walk in love as God also has loved us. Just like little children observe and imitate their parents, we do likewise. Imitation is a part of discipleship. Imitation is something we strive as followers. It is something we do daily.

Tezenlo Thong, Pastor
Simpson United Methodist Church

My Daughter’s Secret Sample Stash

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Alex has a “Sample Stash”.  She has been saving all her samples from her yarn adventures since she started crocheting, so at least for the last 15 years.  She even saves the instructions and ties them on to the samples.

After hearing about our knitting and crocheting for charity group and the quilting ladies that also have been doing fidget quilts for the memory impaired she realized that her “Sample Stash” was the perfect donation of dangly things to attach to the fidget quilts and the twiddlemuffs for memory impaired.

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For some reason she made these tiny hats and scarves for the wee folk, the elves, leprechauns and faeries.  She is part Irish and part Gypsy so I think it is some kind of warding off the evil thing.

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Thank you for donating your memories Alex, it will be a meaningful addition to the fidget quilts and twiddlemuffs and make them very special.

Love You!