Health Care Workers Thank Messiah’s Sewing Group

The Mustard Seeds Sewing group has made over a thousand masks during the Coronavirus pandemic! They have kept a continual supply available in our Little Library for anyone who needs one. Hundreds of masks and dozens of caps have gone to medical workers and others in the Lincoln community.
 
Kathy Carter and Wendy Rich, Mustard Seeds Coordinators, received the following letter from Heath Boddy, President and CEO of the Nebraska Health Care Association:
 
“Dear Messiah Mustard Seed Ministry:
Thank you for Messiah Lutheran Church’s role in the fight to protect Nebraskans from COVID-19, including those residing in nursing and assisted living facilities and those in hospice care. Your willingness to provide hand-sewn cloth masks through the talents of your Mustard Seed Ministry has played an important role in our strategy to protect those who are at greatest risk from the virus. 
 
Here are just a handful of comments from Nebraska health care providers expressing gratitude:
 
‘We appreciate everything you are doing for all of us!!! It’s such a blessing to see how businesses and folks in the community have gone above and beyond to help those in need.’
 
‘Every day is a challenge. Those that reach out and help us are angels walking among us. We appreciate the masks, and we appreciate YOU! Thank you!’
 
‘We really appreciate and are so grateful and blessed for organizations and individuals like you! You are helping in the fight against COVID-19 and keeping this out of communities and keeping residents and employees safe and well.’
 
‘The safety and health of our residents and our staff are our number one priority, and this helps us facilitate that the best we can. It’s very much appreciated!!’
 
‘We have experienced great teamwork throughout our COVID-19 precautions and are  grateful for the support of so many in our healthcare community and beyond!’
 
Nebraskans have always been known to support each other in times of need. The pandemic has amplified that notion, as organizations like Messiah Lutheran Church stand up for our state’s most vulnerable. Thank you for your good work. 
 
Thank you for your support! Truly Outstanding!
 
Sincerely, Heath G. Boddy”
 
 

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Who are your neighbors?

From Cris Gittins:
 
Our 3 neighbor girls have been coming to help with VBS for several years. They couldn’t wait until they were old enough to assist with VBS!
 
This fall they started helping with our 3rd grade class on Wednesday evenings. They have attended some of our Lenten and Advent services since they were little. Putting together the Blessing care kits is also something they look forward to.
 
For many years this has been their church family. While it may not look like the “church experience“ many of us have, Messiah has provided ways for Sofie, Alexa and Ava to know Jesus and see faith in action. I am so thankful for the people who have welcomed and included them.

Their dad died unexpectedly in March and I am grateful that there will be people from Messiah to offer words of comfort and encouragement to them when we are all back together. Thank you for giving them the chance to be part of a family of faith.


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A New Purpose for Such a Time as This

Matthew 17:20 If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
 
The Pandemic has not slowed the Mustard Seed/Days for Girls Work Group. It has changed how we operate though, since we are unable to gather together for our workdays. 
 
 
 
Co-leaders Wendy Rich and Kathy Carter have been delivering fabric so our wonderful 109 volunteers can measure, pin, cut, sew and serge from their own homes.
 
Our ministry continues outside the walls of the church – porch to porch, and person to person. We use safe distancing and best practices when handling and exchanging supplies. 
 
We continue to make infant kits and reusable feminine hygiene kits because those needs continue during the pandemic. However, we are also called to a new purpose for a time like this – just as Queen Esther was called for her time in history.
 
In April, Dr. Doug Tewes contacted Wendy Rich, requesting cloth masks for his nursing staff at Lincoln Orthopaedic Center. Wendy developed a pattern and researched the best fabric to use. Within days, over 25 servants made 200 masks! 
 
We were able to use Thrivent Action Project money to purchase fabric and thread. To date, we’ve made over 700 masks for local clinics, the Friendship Home, nursing homes, retirement centers, UNL essential workers, Tabitha Home Health, as well as for friends and neighbors. 
 
We always have a place and purpose for more volunteers if you feel called. For more information, contact Wendy Rich 402.202.4990 or Kathy Carter 402.416.8953.

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