First and foremost, I’d like to say a great big thank you to everyone for helping to make last week’s Soup, Salad, and Style event such a success. It could never have happened without our fantastic team of volunteers headed by Jean Hess and Lynda Browne or all of our wonderful attendees. You can find some nice photos from the event on Patchwork’s Facebook page. It was a great opportunity to showcase what Patchwork is and what we do.

Last Sunday during the Patchwork worship service we participated in the annual signing of the Covenant. As you may know, Patchwork began as an intentional community, making our Covenant Community an important part of the organization from the start. Members of the Community covenant with each other and with the Patchwork organization as a whole. Each person decides how they personally will contribute to the Community and the organization. Beth Stone led the Covenant Signing service and began by sharing different ideas of what a covenant is and some history of Patchwork’s covenant. Later in the service, we were invited to come forward, light a candle, sign the covenant if we desired, and share in communion.

Of course, you do not have to be a Covenant Community member to attend Patchwork’s worship services. Visitors are always welcome, and some who attend worship regularly decide not to sign the covenant. The service is every Sunday evening (except Easter Sunday) starting at 5:15. A potluck dinner follows.

Finally, keep a close eye on Patchwork’s grounds this spring. Last fall, Billy Miller and Mike Koonce planted at least a hundred new bulbs all around the building. It’s exciting to walk around and see signs of spring flowers where none existed before. There are already crocuses, there will be daffodils everywhere in about a week, and a row or two of tulips is coming up by the tower. Barring a heavy frost, we should have a beautiful display over the next few weeks.

I hope you’re all finding your own signs of spring!

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