I could scarcely believe my eyes when I dropped in to visit with the Serendipity Stitchers a week ago– there were piles of scarves and hats EVERYWHERE! Each year at this time they assemble all of the scarves, hats and mittens that they (and a few others) have knit and crocheted for the Community Soup Kitchen. They count and they celebrate and then do you know what they do? They get back to knitting and crocheting some more! At this “in-gathering” of their handiwork some 480 pieces were accounted for– that’s 480 warm items lovingly created by a group that gathers almost every week of the year to share their skills and enjoy each other’s company. The yarn comes from various places– a random phone call this summer when one of our office volunteers who also happened to be a Stitcher was staffing the office, resulted in bags full of beautiful wool being given to the Stitchers when a house was being cleaned out in Basking Ridge.
What I love about this group is that everyone brings their skills, at whatever level (they happily teach total novices who have never touched a pair of needles), the yarn miraculously appears, fellowship occurs, and hundreds of people are kept warm. What a beautiful story of Stone Soup!
As we approach our “in-gathering” of pledge cards (both the financial ones and the ministry commitment ones) on November 22 (the day of our Thanksgiving luncheon), another Stone Soup is starting to cook, too. It’s one that’s not quite as obvious as a beautiful skein of wool that becomes a scarf (though it is every bit as beautiful!), but it is what makes much of the infrastructure possible for there to be groups like the Serendipity Stitchers or the Partners Group or Adult Forum, our weekly worship or our hosting of Eric Johnson House, Family Promise and the Community Soup Kitchen.
The story of Redeemer’s Stone Soup is you– your carrot of time, your mushroom of talent, and your onion of treasure, all put together with everyone else’s celery and pea pods and cabbage and noodles, making a glorious soup, feeding us, our neighbors, the community and the world.