Last week at Patchwork’s Sunday worship service, Jean let the group in a meditation on Paul’s words in Romans 12: 3-8:
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.”
Jean encouraged the group to look around the room and create a list of the gifts of the people they saw around them. The list was affirming and an accurate depiction of the multitude of gifts that it takes to keep a place like Patchwork running. We need and appreciate them all.
At Patchwork, we are poised on a season of change and are using our gifts to make it happen. Around us, school has started for children in K-12, for college students, and for their teachers and professors. The world has grown steamy with tired, end-of-summer heat. The tomatoes in the garden have begun to die off, the potatoes are long gone, and the zinnias are six feet tall.
Our after school Arts & Smarts Children’s Program will begin next week. Both Tutoring (Grades 1-5) and Leadership Training (Grade 6+) begin on Tuesday, September 2 while full Arts activities (Grades 2+) begin on September 16. Registration forms for children, teens, and adult volunteers are available on our website (www.patchwork.org) and in our main office.
Meanwhile, mornings continue to be busy with our neighborhood hospitality and visits to our food pantry. Lately we have had many mornings when our guests drink 6-8 pots of coffee and take 8-12 showers. This has left our shower and coffee supplies depleted and we would welcome the following items:
- Travel size shampoo and soap
- Razors (double blade are sufficient and preferable to single blade)
- Ground coffee
- Coffee creamer