Thank you to the MPUMC and greater Beverly/Morgan Park community for your outpouring of support for the Hats (and scarfs) for the homeless. Over 80 handmade hats and scarfs were kitted or crocheted and delivered to the church. Some sent from as far away as Peoria, IL. They were blessed on Sunday, December 16th with the following blessing and will be delivered by our own “Santa Claus” Pastor Dennis, on Saturday, December 22nd to South Suburban PADS, just in time for a Christmas blessing.
Blessing of the “Hats (and scarfs) For the Homeless”
Sunday, December 16th, 2018
In the Book of John, Chapter 21: Verses 15 – 17, three times, Jesus asks Simon Peter “Do you love Me?”. Peter’s answer each time is “Yes Lord, You know that I love You”. And, each time, Jesus’ response to that answer is a simple statement, “Feed My Sheep”.
The fact that Jesus told Peter three times to “Feed My Sheep” is an indication of just how important, and how central to the Christian faith is the feeding, or caring for His sheep. During Advent, the season of Love, Hope, Peace and Joy, we await the coming of the Messiah, in the form of the Christ child. But, while we wait we prepare our hearts for His coming, by hearing
Jesus’ call to feed His sheep.
That is what our Hats (and scarfs) For the Homeless program represents for us. We are not only giving our resources, but we are giving part of ourselves in every stitch we made in the making of these gifts.
And so, we pray God’s blessing on the givers and on the wearers of these gifts. May they bring, not only warmth, but Hope, Joy, Love and Peace to lives of those who receive them.
During the fall and Advent season, Morgan Park United Methodist Church invited the community to join in knitting or crocheting hats and scarfs, to be given as Christmas donations to homeless shelters, as part of our Advent Outreach Program. All were welecome. We gathered every-other Monday evening at 6:30pm beginning on October 15th, and running through December 10th. Knitters and crocheters that worked on their own dropped off finished items at the church by Friday, December 14th. For more information, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.