As part of the commemoration of the 500th year of the reformation, Pat Mathews of Zion Lutheran in Sault Ste. Marie had a dream. Her dream was to create 500 dresses for CLWR out of pillow cases. This project was completed in the early part of 2017. As the pastor, I was pleased with the project and proud of the accomplishment of the congregation to produce 500 dresses. I also thought that would be the end of sewing projects at Zion for awhile.
But I was wrong. Pat had a greater vision! With her strength, gumption and passion an unused Sunday school classroom was converted into a permanent sewing room at Zion. Its mission wasn’t to sew items to sell at sales or bazaars but to give back to the community. Pat’s only rule was that nothing was to be for sale. Everything would be given away for free.
Pat began on faith that resources would come. And they did! Extra materials from one person, patterns and ideas from another person, some funds were generated locally. But a big blessing was a grant from the Women and Faith Fund. These monies will go a long way to creating an even more useable sewing room.
The first project was to make aprons created out of old dress shirts to be used by Zion’s volunteers at a local hot meal program. Next was a project dear to many. Several chemo caps were created to be distributed at Sault Ste. Marie’s cancer center. Regular caps wouldn’t be good enough – instead “Canada 150” caps were created from special materials. Partnering with another member of Zion matching pic line covers were created. The pic line covers cover up the tubing that is used and left attached to the arm when receiving chemotherapy treatments.
When this project was completed and shared with Zion it was also announced that the project was dedicated to Helen Jayne Fremlin who was the daughter of Carolyn and Brian Fremlin. Their daughter Helen Jayne had just recently died after a journey with cancer.
Even in the summer the sewing room will be busy with more caps, dresses, and other projects.
- Rev Brad Mittleholtz