Homeless people in southwest Baltimore were a little warmer this past winter thanks to a group called TAT for Tuesdays at Trinity. The group consists of six to eight women who meet each Tuesday at Trinity Episcopal Church and using donated fabric, recycled blankets, mattress pads and bedsheets craft warm quilts. After being blessed by Rev. Dr. Fran Stanford, the parish priest at a Sunday service, the quilts are delivered to Paul's Place, an agency that helps the needy in southwest Baltimore. Will Thomas, staff at Paul's Place, then distributes to those in need. Although most go to the homeless, a few go to those who through hard work, are able to secure a small apartment.
In addition to the 10 to 15 quilts the group makes each year, they also knit prayer shawls, lap robes and baptismal blankets which go to parishioners, and family and friends, who are in need of prayer. Since 2010, they have made more than 120 knitted items, praying for the recipient as they work.
The congregation also provides hot meals at Paul's Place and the Sunday school classes will be assembling toiletry kits for children attending Paul's Place summer programs. Other service projects at Trinity on Glen Arm Road include forwarding the Lenten offering to help support a school in Haiti in an area where many children cannot afford to so to school.
Sixty seven years ago, Mardy Goette (now Peters) was confirmed at Hiss United Methodist Church. Part of the confirmation pledge is to participate in ministries by prayer, presence, gifts and service and Mardy did just that. As a youth, she attended Sunday school, sang in the choir, and participated in youth fellowship. And it didn't stop there. Although she married Bill Peters, throughout her adult life she has served the church. Her service included chairing the church council, co-chairing the Annual Fall Festival and Oyster and Ham Dinner (31 years); canning pickled beets; sewing many projects for the church and the bazaars; making soup for sale; and helping to provide receptions for funerals. Recently, she retired from her position as chair of the trustees, a position she held for 22 years with an additional previous seven years as secretary of the trustees. As chairperson, she oversaw the care and maintenance of the church building which included renovations, repairs and any other issues involving the building.
Dianne Thompson, church member wrote in the church newsletter, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You are loved and greatly admired and appreciated and show the world Jesus at work in you."
Although, Peters acknowledges that the "church has been a blessing in her life", she will now have more time to continue her other interests her family, sewing and caring for people. And husband Bill is happy to have more time with her!