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    Janelle Jayne with her lovely prayer shawl!                                       Prayer shawl made for Cathy Taylor                                      


       Marion, one of our prayer shawl recipients.                                                        Miss Ruby, with her prayer shawl.


From the Call: Big Stone Gap:  Like other Holston congregations, Mt. Vernon UMC recently began a shawl ministry.  The United Methodist Women meet regularly to knit shawls, teaching others how to do it.  Each shawl is then dedicated to a sick person or shut-in during Sunday worship.  Recently a shawl was presented to a woman who had a double mastectomy followed by open heart surgery.  “She was given a 20 % chance of recovery,” explains Pastor Randy Powers, “but she insisted she would be okay because she had her shawl, and people were praying for her.”  The nurses used the shawl to wrap the woman’s feet during surgery and to cover her afterwards.  Weeks later, the woman is doing fine, and the nurses say that Mt. Vernon’s shawl ministry is the greatest ministry the hospital has ever seen!