Hands of Grace

With Aki Matsuri being canceled in 2023, future plans for Hands of Grace are on hold.
After a successful Christmas Boutique on November 27, 2022, in which sales brought in $2,889.50 for the Wesley General Fund, Hands of Grace has held no events or crafting sessions.
Hands of Grace is a committee that grew out of a crafting group at Wesley Church. Anyone interested in learning various skills, and to create items sold at Aki Matsuri and our Christmas Boutique, were invited to our workshops. Many hands and many talents worked together to make unique, handmade items. Asian fabrics and prints were often incorporated in projects to celebrate our heritage.
Our group was blessed to have about 50 people talented in numerous skills like cardmaking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, gardening, knitting, Origami, sewing and tie-dying. We also welcomed those who want to learn these skills or offer their help in producing our items. In addition, our workshops provide excellent and valuable fellowship time for our members.
Sales of our items were included in Aki Matsuri income, which was one of two major church fundraisers that supplement intake from pledges, offerings and donations.
Because of the Covid lockdown at Wesley, Hands of Grace held no sales for two years. Sales had brought in $6,000 to $7,000 for the General Fund in prior years.
Resumption of HoG sessions and sales is contingent on whether Wesley resumes Aki Matsuri or another similar cultural event.
With hands closed in grace, we express our love to God in prayer and conversation with Him.  With our hands creating with grace, we place our love and care into the crafts which we make.  And with hands opened in grace, we reach out to others in love, peace and kindness.
Respectfully submitted,
Mona Otomori and Yumi Haraguchi
Hands of Grace