Connecting Through Crafts

Sheila and Dave grew up in Buffalo, and have been married for 16 years.  Their family includes daughters Allison (13) and  Emily (11) and pets Alley, Tiggy and Scamp.

Sheila has worked part-time at First Minnesota Bank in Buffalo for the past six years. Prior to that, she was a cosmetologist at Fantastic Sam’s.

But my most favorite job I had was being a stay at home mom! Working part time still allows me the time I need to spend with my family.

In her free time, Sheila enjoys quilting, photography, crafting and spending time at the lake with family. In the summer they try and take at least one trip ‘Up North’ to Duluth. Sheila has also served on the City of Buffalo Park Board for about 10 years.

A few years ago Dave and Sheila started looking for a new church for their family that fit both of their beliefs, one that gave back to the community and one that they would feel a part of.

In just a few visits we fell in love with Zion and what they offered.

Within the first few months, Sheila signed up to help with the meal packing event, something she had never done before, and found it to be an amazing experience. This past year she was able to get more involved with the event, from set up to take down and everything in between. She has also been involved with the Baby Animal Fair and the Love INC Gala, and served as a Sunday School teacher for the past two years.

Two years ago at Zion’s fall Ministry Fair, the family was walking around, checking out everything Zion offered, when Bev  stopped Sheila, and asked her if she could sew.

Bev showed her the small bags that were being made and filled with toiletries for the Rivers of Hope organization in Monticello which offers support for victims of family violence. Bev also told Sheila about Harvest of Hands, and asked if she would like to come to the group that following Tuesday.

Harvest of Hands is an annual craft sale, held in November, and proceeds are used to feed the hungry in our own community and around the world, through partners like the Buffalo Food Shelf and the World Hunger Appeal through the Lutheran World Federation (see sidebar). Both daytime and evening craft groups meet throughout the year to prepare items for sale.

I was excited but at the same time very hesitant about doing this, after all I knew no one in the group, and I have never participated in any church group in the past. That next Tuesday I had a talk with God as I was driving there. I was in need of a little extra courage and strength to get me through a personal struggle. If He would help me get through that, I would go to this church group thing and help out there. I went into church did my “thing” and then I had this meeting that I was not looking forward to, and everything went smoothly! Now two years later, I am so thankful for taking that first leap! I have gained friendships with people I would have never known otherwise. I look forward to going to each and every meeting!

Sheila became the newest and youngest regular at the Harvest of Hands craft group, where projects have included working with alcohol ink, iris paper folding, glass mosaics and more.

I’ve learned things I would have never done on my own at home. It feels good to know that the hard work that we put into making the project will change someone else’s life.

Harvest of Hands is always in search of new crafters and ideas! If you are crafty, and want to spend a couple of hours of your time with a group of wonderful ladies, please check the church calendar for the craft group schedule.

PS sometimes someone will bring in a tasty homemade treat to share!