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How to help spread comfort & joy • The FCC Sewing Ministry’s website (fccsewing ministry.com) includes information on the group’s missions, as well as patterns, in hopes of encouraging other groups to form and initiate sewing ministries. For more information on the FCC Sewing Seams of Hope ministry, contact Leah Schuch at leahschuch@gmail.com. • When possible, the Brazil group also attends the annual International Conference on Missions, where they provide a booth with information on sewing ministries. The group also has attended World Mission Builders where they sew while others work on building structures for churches and schools. They have helped others start sewing ministries at their home churches. All are invited to be a part of Sewing Seams of Hope — from the experienced seamstress to the beginner. There is always work available, Schuch said. • The Mt. Pleasant Yarn Spinners can be found on Facebook by searching “Mt. Pleasant Yarn Spinners.” Several volunteers take While these part in each sewing session ladies crochet, at First Christian Church. they also stitch their souls together in love, sharing trouble, joys, sorrows and all, Pickrell said. You might say they have become a “tightly knit group” while serving the Lord. Each piece crafted carries a card with it saying, “This piece was knitted or crocheted with God’s love, with our prayers, and with God’s blessing and grace.” The Yarn Spinners are in their 11th year. The group was the ministry brainchild of Sheila Horstman and her husband, Harry “Fred” Horstman, back in 2005. Knitting and yarn work are crafts close to her heart, Horstman said, so it was a perfect ministry area for her. It all started with a prayer shawl ministry —which continues today 26 Terre Haute Living • December 2016 — but has been expanded to include other items. Sheila Horstman is still a primary member and leader of the group that she started. In the past 10 years of recording, the number of items the group has produced is well over 3,400, according to Pickrell, who keeps records for the group. Although they are not seeking anything in return, they often get many thanks for their work and dedication. “Blessings from World Vision, Knit for Kids: Thank you for the beautiful, handmade sweaters you recently mailed to us. Each of your generous gifts will soon warm the body and soul of a child in great need. Your handmade gifts are meeting critical needs of the The sewing group at First Christian Church sends diapers to Haiti on a regular basis. world’s poorest children, often intervening during life-saving situations to the children across the globe.” “Thank you ladies for the beautiful baby afghans, tribstar.com/terrehauteliving V F