“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV). As we remember the greatest gift God gave us through sending His one and only Son Jesus into the world that long-ago Christmas to be our Savior, middle school students on Friday, December 21st, put the words of 1 Peter into action by making 100 fleece tie blankets and giving them as gifts to the patrons of the Orange Senior Center.
Students completed the service project with their Bible study life group. Each group is made up of sixth, seventh and eighth graders. The student leader of each group retrieved the supplies of eight fleece fabric pieces, scissors, ribbon, cards and Christmas sayings and brought them to their group which was located somewhere throughout the middle school classrooms and hallways. Once the group was organized, group members set to work putting fleece pieces together, evening them out, cutting strips, tying knots, folding, rolling, then tying each finished blanket with a ribbon and a St. John’s Christmas services card invitation with a special handwritten Christmas saying.
Once all the blankets were finished, they were piled into a car and taken to the Orange Senior Center by a group of eighth graders where a student explained the process of making the blankets and the location of our school in the neighborhood, and that we (St. John’s Lutheran School) are praying for the patrons and wishing them a Merry Christmas. The students then passed out the blankets and gave hugs and the patrons were very appreciative of the gift they received. In the end, the middle school students had a wonderful opportunity to use the gifts and talents God has blessed them with to glorify and serve Him by creating the hand-made blankets and presenting them as gifts to others.