The ancient Japanese art of furoshiki was the focus a community outreach ladies’ luncheon hosted by Faith Lutheran Ladies Guild of Ignace, Ontario, November 20, 2010. Furoshiki uses a square piece of silk or nylon to wrap and carry just about anything. As paper and plastic bags fall out of favour in our “green” world, carrying a square scarf or cloth in your pocket allows you to still bring home the groceries! Joyce Dost demonstrated how to fold and knot to make various bags, carry-alls and sacks using different sizes of scarves.
Outreach luncheons are held two or three times a year with a different theme each time. The hosts make it special with name tags, table favours and door prizes. For this day the table favour was a cross necklace for each woman at the table, purchased from the LWMLC Resource Centre. In addition to the demonstration a devotion was presented in the form of a skit that talked about “being ready” to share the Good News with everyone and “being ready” for heaven.
Raija Simmons reports: “We are very intentional about inviting ladies to the luncheon. Several weeks in advance we print invitations and distribute them as we go about doing our regular things in the community. I always carry a bunch in my pocket and hand them out as I go about my shopping. When I had a cup of coffee at a restaurant I gave some out to other customers (ladies) enjoying their meal or coffee. While waiting for an appointment at the local health centre I handed some out to other patients also waiting. I have also e-mailed invitations to friends.”
Each year there are new faces at the luncheon and they are eager to return for the next one.
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