Pictured are Renae Keesbury, Donna Johnson, Susan Hollingsworth, Jane Tarman, Susan Deal, Janice Searcy and Martha Rothwell.

First Presbyterian Piecemakers put 'Love Thy Neighbor' into action

Posted at 3:02 PM on Oct 9, 2017

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BY AMY FUHRMAN

The ties that bind First Presbyterian Church and Fifth Street Ministries are strong.

The shelter’s roots trace back to the soup kitchen once operated at First Presbyterian, and the church’s support for Fifth Street has continued in the decades since Fifth Street opened its doors.

So it is especially fitting that a group of First Presbyterian members — The Piecemakers — created a quilt that will be raffled in support of Fifth Street on Oct. 12 during the Evening of Hope at The Historic Sharpe House.

“It’s a continuation of our church’s history of support,” said Piecemaker Susan Hollingsworth.

The quilt, titled “Love Thy Neighbor,” took the group of women more than six months to complete. It features circles of buildings representing homes, churches and schools — a design meant to bring to mind a sense of community.

Fifth Street is a vital part of that community, said Susan Deal, a member of the Piecemakers who helped lead the quilt project. And the concept of neighbors and home is central to the mission of Fifth Street, added group member Donna Johnson.

“We know the people here (at Fifth Street) and know the love for them, and hope that one day they’ll be in a neighborhood and in a home,” she said.

For Fifth Street Director Patti West, the quilt is a beautiful symbol of the neighbors throughout the community who love and support the shelter and its residents.

“It’s very moving, when you think about the commitment that went into making the quilt,” she said, adding that the message behind it is especially meaningful. “I’m all about bringing people together … I think that’s how we heal the world.”

WANT TO GO?

Details: Evening of Hope will feature food, drinks and fellowship. The annual Card of Hope will be displayed during the evening. In addition, angel ornaments crafted by Fifth Street guests and volunteers will be available. Evening of Hope is sponsored by First National Bank with support from Home Run Markets, Blue Harbor Bank, SVL Free News and Friends of Fifth Street.

When: Oct. 12, 6-8 p.m.

Where: The Sharpe House, Statesville

Tickets: $40 per person. Call (704) 872-4045 to reserve.


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