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Sew Much Good, a ministry started last fall by Unity Lutheran Church in Hickory, N.C., trains people in sewing skills and helps them prepare for jobs by providing tips on résumé-writing and interviews.


added. Mastery of skills includes attending classes, completing a project—making a backpack for people who are homeless—and writing a résumé. Job-search skill training and mock interviews are conducted by a church member with a human resources background. Retiree Amelia Williamson took the course to


brush up on her skills: “I hadn’t sewn in years and I’d like to sew again. I needed a refresher course because the machines have changed.” Williamson also likes the camaraderie. “I really


enjoy the women,” she added. “They’re all so nice and friendly. I’m making friends and learning to sew. It has been a wonderful thing.” Rachael Ray, a mother of a 5- and 6-year-old,


agreed: “I’m learning a new skill and can do something with it.” Ray said it’s heartwarming to know that the


church is providing this course solely to help people. “They’re out there to help people and not in it for money like most places are,” she said. “I’d recommend it to others because everyone deserves the right to enjoy something they want to do or learn something they want to learn.” Ann Kanipe, a member of Unity for about 10


years, showed her support for the new ministry by donating fabric. “I had some fabric that I’d gotten when I was working in upholstery. It was just small pieces, but pieces that I thought could be used,” she said. “I hope the people who are taking the [classes] will get something out of it and it will mean something to them. I hope they can take it further and do something in life with it.” Crecelius said Sew Much Good is helping the


congregation see hope and new possibilities in a future. “It’s helping them see that God is up to


something,” she said. “God always shows up and is always present. God always provides. If the women [in the classes] feel confident and empowered and found something in themselves that they didn’t know was there, then we will have succeeded.”


Download a study guide by clicking on the “Spiritual practices & resources” tab at livinglutheran.org.


Wendy Healy is a freelance writer and member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Brewster, N.Y.


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Photo: Courtesy of Unity Lutheran Church


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