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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

55 Maxims for the Christian Life, Stitch-Along, Part 1

All set? CLICK HERE to download your first pattern. You will be redirected to a PDF download which contains four pages. Share, share, share! I am happy to share this pattern with anyone and everyone who feels drawn to our faith, Fr Thomas Hopko, and stitching.

There is so much to say about this pattern, and this series. For one thing, it will be LONG! Sort of in true Fr Thomas form, right? Fr Thomas embarked on many long projects, lengthy podcast series, and all kinds of evangelism and theology from books to lecture tours, sermons to podcasts, and everything in between.

My hopes for this project: 
  • to share Christ
  • to honor Fr Thomas Hopko, even a little tiny bit
  • to work earnestly, myself, to live my faith
  • to create something that will add beauty and meaning to life
  • to make new friends!

This is a stitch-along project, and YOU are welcome to join. This means I will be stitching along with you, and we will discover the end result together. If you are stitching along, please let me know in a comment or via email. One thing I would like to do is remember everyone in my daily prayers.

Grab your needles, your threads, your evenweave fabric (I suggest using a hoop or frame for this, as well), and let's begin. And while we're at it, let's work hard to live these Maxims!

Glory to God!

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  1. While I cannot guarantee to stitch them all, I will be stitching on this project with you. :) Thank you!

  2. Thank you for your comment ~ and I will be stitching and praying with you! :-)


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