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Stewardship effort keeping her in stitches
St. Joseph parishioner sews stoles, as well as items for newborns and their mothers
|SEW WHAT: Betty VandenPlas of St. Joseph Parish, Green Bay, sews liturgical stoles and items for babies and their mothers. (Rick Evans photo)
By Joanne Flemming
If Betty VandenPlas chose a motto for her life, it would probably be: "Have sewing machine and serger, will travel."
VandenPlas, an accomplished seamstress since high school, uses her talents to help others, especially at her parish, St. Joseph, Green Bay.
As a member of the Worship Committee headed by Jeannine Mielke, VandenPlas, 71, helps make decorations for the church with matching stoles for the priest. She also sews quilts for Love Life, which supplies baby items to low income mothers. And she makes baptismal dresses for parish babies.
Marge Wallenfang, a friend of VandePlas, said, "I used to tease her, 'I bet that sewing machine never stops.' She'd laugh."
"Her only desire is to praise God by sharing her gifts with her parish family," wrote Fr. Michael Ingold, former St. Joseph pastor, when he nominated her for the Green Bay Diocese's Gaudium et Spes Award for Stewardship earlier this year. VandenPlas was one of 51 individuals who received the award in parishes across the diocese.
"I enjoy it," VandenPlas said of her activities. "They say you never know who Jesus is, where you're going to meet him, when he's going to come. You're supposed to do for others." Full story ...
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