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All women of the church are considered to be part of Women’s Ministry at Zion!

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Current Activities/Event

  • Sleeping Mats for the Homeless- Plarning: Would you like some way to help others, but are struggling to figure out what to do? This past winter, Women’s Ministry collected thousands of plastic bags with the intent of turning them into plarn (plastic yarn) in order to crochet sleeping mats for the homeless. The girl scout troop which meets at Zion taught some of us how to make the plarn on Weds., March 11th. That is as far as we got. Now, we would like to continue the project. If you are interested in helping, the first step is to make the plarn (plastic yarn.) Here’s what to do:
  1. Stop by the back doors of the church at the fellowship hall anytime to pick up a supply of plastic bags from the container labeled “PLASTIC BAGS.” (Of course, you can use plastic bags you already have, too!)
  2. Create balls of plarn from the plastic bags. (There are many ways to do this. You can search videos online for other options):
    • Flatten the bags, like they are in stores when they haven’t been used.
    • Fold in half lengthwise, fold in half again, and fold in half one more time. This will create a long, narrow strip, with the handles at one end and the sealed, bottom of the bag at the other end.
    • Cut off the handles. Cut off the sealed bottom. Throw these pieces away.
    • Cut up the remaining length into pieces about one-inch wide. (They do not have to be exactly one inch, just close.)
    • Open up these one-inch sections into big plastic loops.
    • Place the end of the “red” loop over top the end of the “blue” loop. (Color added for ease of understanding.)
    • Then, reach under the short end of the blue loop to grab the short end of the red loop and gently pull the red end under the blue end and up, sliding the end you grabbed all the way until a knot is formed, like a slipknot.
    • Continue adding sections. Roll into a ball, like yarn. Cut-up another bag. Take a loop from the newly cut bag and add to the ball you have started. Add the other loops, rolling them up into the ball of plarn. You now have plastic yarn, or plarn! Sleeping Mats for the Homeless – Plarning: Would you like some way to help others, but are struggling to figure out what to do? This past winter, Women’s Ministry collected thousands of plastic bags with the intent of turning them into plarn (plastic yarn) in order to crochet sleeping mats for the homeless. The girl scout troop which meets at Zion taught some of us how to make the plarn on Weds., March 11th. That is as far as we got. Now, we would like to continue the project. If you are interested in helping, the first step is to make the plarn (plastic yarn.) Here’s what to do:
  3. If you know how to crochet and would like to crochet the sleeping mats, please keep the plarn you make. If you do not want to crochet the mats, please return the balls of plarn to the container labeled “PLARN” at the back church doors.
  4. For those who want to crochet the mats, but do not want to cut the plastic bags and make plarn, you can pick up balls of plarn from the container labeled “PLARN” at the back door of the church by the fellowship hall.
  5. You can search for a variety of directions online as to how to crochet the sleeping mats. Basically, a 4 ft. by 6 ft. mat requires 100 rows of 75 stitches across. A crocheted carry strap can be added for easy transport. Choose what works for you! Two possible videos to get you started: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ybN3lgEUQY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TbyNE0Bkgw

  1. Completed mats can be dropped off outside the same backdoors; or brought to the church office during regular office hours (Mon.-Thurs., 9:00-3:00); or drop off during an in-person church service.

Thank you to any and all who can help with this project!

  • Women’s Retreats:
    • We are looking for someone, who plans on attending a retreat, to coordinate/organize meals for Sat. breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sun. morning breakfast. (Please contact Deb Anderson at dba456@live.com or 717-891-8433 to volunteer.)
    • Your choice for day, or number of nights!
    • Payment may be made at the time of the retreat, or it may be placed in the Women’s Ministry mailbox in the church office (lower, right hand corner mailbox.)
    • Checks should be made out to “Zion Lutheran Church” with “Women’s retreat” in the memo line.
    • Questions? Contact Deb Anderson – dba456@live.com, (717) 891-8433 or Karen Mechler – karenandtimmechler@comcast.net, (717) 676-2685
      • April 15-18, 2021: Zinn Tozer Lodge, Camp Nawakwa, Cost: 3 nights-$115; 2 nights -$85; 1 night -$50; day – $2
      • Oct. 1-3, 2021: SchreiberHaus Lodge, Camp Kirchenwald, Cost: 2 nights –  $120, 1 night – $70, day – $25

Women’s Ministry Mission Statement:  Our Mission is to connect women in faith and friendship with God, each other and the community, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Women’s Ministry Purpose Statement: The women of Zion commit to support, enrich and equip women as they seek to know, love and serve God, each other and the world.

What passion tugs at your heart? Women’s Ministry can help!