WOSJ

Women of St. James UMC

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

ADOPT-A-PLATE 

The Women of St. James (WOSJ) Ministry depend on the offerings from the family of Saint James Church.  The month of  September 2007 we are started an “Adopt a Plate” program which means you have an opportunity of sponsoring one or more of the “guest” at each dinner/meeting.  We usually have 10 or more guests and their meal is complimentary.  These guests can include the speaker for the evening and their guest, the servers (to say thank you for helping), and also includes OUR own St. James youth helping serve the tables.  Our St. James  youth earn service points from Jesus University when they participate in serving in WOSJ.  Guests are also people that are involved in the entertainment for the evening, as well as any new persons visiting WOSJ for the first time.

The cost for the “Adopt A Plate” is $7.50 and this cost usually comes out of the offerings that are given that evening.  Most  of the time it does not cover the costs involved.  So, we are prayerfully asking that you will consider getting involved by “Adopting a Plate” for these guests.  There is no limit to how many plates you may may adopt. 

WOSJ is a self-supporting ministry within the St. James UMC relying totally on the offerings to this ministry.  We truly are blessed by your giving.  Even though you will not be awarded anything but a “thank-you” from the WOSJ, we know that our heavenly Father will see your  generous giving heart and will bless you.

You may contact us at:  wosj07@yaoo.com

 OTHER WAYS TO BE INVOLVED

Some of the ministries of the Women of St. James United Methodist Church include but are not limited to:

  • Monthly Friendship Dinner/Meeting…meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month, with the Dinner starting at 6:30 pm.  If persons want to skip the dinner and come for the meeting only, they should arrive between 7:00 and 7:15 pm.   Meetings are located in the Fellowship hall unless otherwise notified.
  • Support Missions/Outreach
  • Teams Provide Meals for :  Funerals, Shut-ins, and New Baby.
  • Flower on Altar
  • Hospital Visit Teams
  • Card Ministry
  • Provide New Member Baskets
  • Volunteer in Church Office
  • Pray for One Another

WOSJ will participate where and when Ongoing Ministry is needed.

Please feel free to email us at: wosj07@yahoo.com  if you feel a desire to serve in any of the above listed ministries or want more information concerning them. 

 ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED 

Quilt ProjectNeema Children’s Home2007/2008 

St. James Missions Committee & WOSJ are sponsoring a project to provide quilts to each of the 159 orphans living at the Neema Children’s Home. 

Our goal is to make 170 quilts to allow for additional children that may come to the home between now and May, 2008. Ideally, the quilts will be 100% cotton, approximately 45” X 55” in size.  This size is approximate and can vary from quilt to quilt. 

St. James is purchasing wool batting to be used in as many of the quilts as possible.  If you are unable to use the wool batting, please use a low loft polyester that is washable and durable.

Please wash your fabric in advance of cutting to allow for shrinkage and fading.  We believe the quilts will be handwashed going forward, however, we are unclear as to the type of detergents or scrubbing that may be in use. 

If you prefer to crochet, rather than quilt, that is also acceptable.  Again, please prewash your yarn to allow for shrinkage and fading.  The residents of the children’s home range in age from 4 to 21.  Over half of the residents are boys, so please try to use prints that are not gender specific or too feminine.  

Thank you so much for your participation in this exciting and worthwhile cause.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office or email us at wosj07@yahoo.com

 Simple Block QuiltFinished Size approx 45” X 55”Fabric Requirements:
½ yd of each of 4 novelty prints (44-45” after washing) or 2 Fat Quarters of each of 4 Prints of your choice.
2 Yds. for Sashing, Borders, & Binding
Batting
3 Yds Backing

Cutting Instructions: From each of the ½ yd of the 4 novelty prints: Cut 4 – 10 ½” Squares or From each of the 8 Fat Quarters:  Cut 2 – 10 ½” Squares
From the Sashing/Border Fabric:  Cut 8 – 3 ½” x WOF (Width of Fabric)
Also cut 6 – 3” Strips for Binding.

Assembly:  USE A SCANT ¼” SEAM ALLOWANCE

Join the blocks in 4 Rows of 4 Squares.  Join rows with the 3 ½” strips.  Add Top and Bottom Borders with the remaining strips.  Piece the remaining 3 border strips end to end and subcut into two pieces.  Join these two strips to each side.  Trim as needed.              

Variation of Simple Quilt Finished Size approx 45” X 56”Fabric Requirements:
½ yd of each of 5 novelty prints (44-45”after washing) or 2 Fat Quarters of each of 5 Prints of your choice.
1.5 Yds. for Sashing, Borders, & Binding
Batting
3 Yds Backing
 

Cutting Instructions:

From each of the ½ yd of the 5 novelty prints: Cut 4 – 10 ½” Squares or From each of the 10 Novelty Print Fat Quarters:  Cut 2 – 10 ½” Squares
From the Sashing/Border Fabric:  Cut 5 – 3 ½” x WOF (Width of Fabric)
Also cut 6 – 3” Strips for Binding.

Assembly:  USE A SCANT ¼” SEAM ALLOWANCE

Join the blocks in 5 Rows of 4 Squares.  Join 5 rows together (no sashing between rows as above).  Add Top and Bottom Borders.  Piece the remaining 3 border strips end to end and subcut into two pieces.  Join to each side.  Trim as needed.

Note: The small squares are (4) 5.5” squares sewn together w/1/4” seam.Layering and Basting

Layering and basting needs to be done on a hard surface, either a large table or the floor.

1.    Place the backing wrong side up on the surface (the floor).

2. Place the batting on the backing. Do not stretch or distort it. It may need to be straightened or patted down some.

3. Lay the pressed quilt top right side up onto the batting. Keep the quilt top centered on the sandwich (batting and backing). Smooth it out.

Lay your quilt top right side up on the batting

4. Basting can be done with safety pins or thread. To safety pin baste, start at the center and pin about every 8 to 10 inches.

To baste with a thread, use a large embroidery needle and single thread knotted at one end. Start in the center, taking large stitches out to the sides. Knot the thread a the end. Go back to the center each time.

Time to Quilt

For this project and the time constraints, we recommend machine quilting, stitching in the ditch.  Of course, you may hand quilt if that is your preference.  For the squares, stitch an “X” through the square to secure it.  Tieing is also a great method for quickly quilting these quilts.  See “Tying & Binding” for instructions on tying and finishing the quilt.

Again, if you have any questions, please contact the church office or email us at wosj07@yahoo.com

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