Advent 2020

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This pandemic has proven how fragile our connections can be. Tiny, invisible particles of proteins and nucleic acids have radically up-ended our entire way of life. Talking across a table, hugging, going to a favorite spot with friends, singing together, even seeing the lower half of another person’s face—all of it seems like an echo-memory […]

Happy Birthday, Patchwork!

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In October, Patchwork Central turned 43! This is something to celebrate, especially in the middle of a pandemic and with so much uncertainty in the world. We plan to be here for many years to come, participating in our neighborhood and listening for ways that our skills and interests can be of assistance to our […]

New Routines for Arts & Smarts

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The fall semester of the Arts & Smarts Children’s Program is underway. We’re making art, we’re building academic skills, and we’re having fun. This will be a year unlike any before it, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’ve adjusted our programming for increased safety and we’re all settling into the new routines and schedules. […]

Sozo Health Ministry

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How do you do a health ministry in a pandemic? For a little while, we didn’t. We are not a clinic. We don’t have special access to extra Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We don’t have a specialized cleaning staff to disinfect at a medical level. We can’t do testing. It took a little while before […]

Small Things with Great Joy

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“Do small things with great joy.” That was the quote that came to Gail’s mind when I asked her to summarize her past couple months of providing Shade Tree Hospitality on Patchwork’s front lawn. Indeed, it has been very much about the small things: a cup of lemonade, some fresh produce, a blood pressure check, […]