On the Move


It has been a long time in the making.  At least two years in the praying and the asking.  I have been called to a new congregation.  It was finalized by Presbytery in May, the next day the house went on the market and we began packing it up in earnest.

The new church is much closer to family, in a city, no less!  That is amazing to me.   I always expected to remain in rural ministry.  Even though women have been ordained as Ministers of Word and Sacrament in this denomination for over fifty years, there is still an old boys’ club and patriarchal mentality that firmly hold the glass ceiling in place.  I am not sure if I am now above or below the glass, but I am thrilled to be here.  God is good.  There are so many opportunities for great things to be done, I am blessed to be in this place and looking into the future with excitement and enthusiasm.

Leaving my previous congregation was bittersweet.  There are a number of people I will dearly miss.  As a gift of leave taking for myself, I quilted a string quilt and asked everyone to sign it.  It lies draped over the back of a chair in my new office.

DSC_0362It reminds me of things accomplished, that people are not all cut from the same cloth, that united we are beautiful and serve a purpose, that even scraps and odd and ends are useful, and that errors and mistakes can only be seen with extremely close inspection (and in the larger scheme of things, don’t matter in the slightest bit).

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Isaiah 42:9  See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.

Stash Buster


DSC_0101The fabric is left over from the Advent Banners.  It is coming together well.  This little project is going on a trip to Oklahoma on the 20th of June.  The top should be completed by the end of the day and on the long arm this evening.

Genesis 33:12     “Then Esau said, “Let us journey on our way, and I will go alongside you.”  

Scrappy Gift


DSC_0905Originally, this quilt was destined for the women’s shelter in a neighbouring city.  All winter a colleague and “Sister” in ministry was living in the local RC rectory because her apartment was damaged in a fire.  April 1st she returned to her home and I gave her this quilt as a “welcome back” gift.  It is simply quilted, with parallel lines of stitching at varying widths.  Quick and effective.
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Luke 8:39

“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.

Scrappy Strip Top


DSC_0815Fridays are my day off.  I managed to get the ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ top finished.  What a great project to reduce the scrap stash.  I will take the quilt to the church next week to sandwich.  This one is a donation quilt for a women’s and children’s shelter.  I cut the bindings for this quilt and the snowball quilt.

The quilters are currently working on banners for Lent.  That will be my next focus.  I’m getting closer to striking some of the projects in progress off the list.  Hurray!

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