Community of Saint John knits, gives for women4women-knitting4peace

Members donate time, talent and treasure for second quarter outreach project

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Hudson - The Community of Saint John completed its second quarter outreach ministry with the blessing of more than 50 knitted and

crocheted baby blankets, peace shawls, infant caps and scarves, and the presentation of a check for women4women-knitting4peace. The knitted items were blessed during CoSJ's service in June, as part of their "Invite A Friend" Sunday event.

Each quarter The Community of Saint John adopts a project for their outreach ministry. For this quarter's project, members got involved either in the knitting process, or by donating yarn, knitting needles and other supplies to move the project along. A cash donation representing 10 percent of CoSJ's quarterly collections is included as part of every service project. The Community was able to present a check for $2,600, which was given to the founders of the women4women-knitting4peace organization at a presentation ceremony in Chautauqua, New York.

"This is an ongoing outreach ministry for us, because there is an ongoing need," said Sheila Wallace, one of the team leaders for the project. "The items blessed represent the work of many of our members and friends over the course of several months. We welcome anyone who would like to participate as part of our 'Peace Pod' either by knitting on their own or joining us to 'knit-n-sip' at a member's home."

CoSJ Peace Pod meetings are the last Tuesday of the month. Details can be found on The Community of Saint John website or Facebook page.

Women4women-knitting4peace provides warmth and comfort for the world.

The grass-roots organization is dedicated to crafting hope, healing and peace one stitch at a time. Since their founding in 2006, the organization has created over 42,583 items, delivered to 55 countries around the world. Peace Pods are local groups who gather to knit and pray together. More information about the group can be found on their website: www.knitting4peace.org.

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