Thursday, January 16
The Presbytery of St. Augustine
The Presbyterian Women group in the Presbytery of St. Augustine believes that mission is the tie that binds us in sisterhood. The urge to be the hands and feet of Christ is strong, and it prompted the group to initiate the first-ever presbytery-wide Together in Service (TIS) project, Little Dresses for Africa. A date was chosen for sew-a-thons, when each region of the presbytery would sew simultaneously as a unit rather than solely with their own group. If 100 dresses were sewn, that would be a success. The TIS coordinator and moderator monitored the number of dresses being created. Quickly, groups began making 30 dresses at a time. Then two groups made 75 each, then 100, and soon the coordinator lost track.
Groups were instructed to choose a favorite dress and bring it to the annual presbytery PW Gathering to be dedicated as a representative of all their dresses. The rest were dropped off with the TIS coordinator, who noted the group’s name and the number of dresses sewn. At the business meeting, as the group’s name and number of dresses was called, a representative came forward, pinned her group’s dress on a clothesline strung across the front of the church, then stood behind the dress. Excitement grew with each announced number, the final total being 803! How beautiful, both the dresses and the hands that created them. Piqued interest demanded that the project continue with the addition of Little Boy’s Britches. God was certainly smiling that day, especially on the little girls in Africa.
The Presbytery of St. Augustine serves 63 congregations.
—Ruthanne M. Reiss, moderator, PW, Presbytery of St. Augustine
Let us join in prayer for:
Let us pray
Father God, may the love you shower on women who create with their hands be felt in each stitch of these dresses by the little girls who wear them. May they feel the comfort of your love and grace. Amen.