A new undertaking was initiated at CHI this year. Prompted by Robin Lisa and the participants of the Stitch and Craft Club, hats for preemies were made, both knitted and crocheted. The goal was 100 hats, but CHI exceeded this number by 40, 140 hats in all. In keeping with Heart Health month, all the hats were red. A pattern was found that even those of us who hadn’t knitted in 30 years, were able to follow! The hats were donated to a hospital designated by the Lisa family.
The CHI choir under the direction of Gretchen Bilson-Chiverton performed their third annual Christmas concert in early December. As before, the hymns and songs mirrored the text of the Christmas story. The audience was invited to sing various of the familiar tunes, but there was a wide range of carols from other countries as well. It was a magical evening!
This year’s silent auction marked the entrance of CHI into the world of online bidding! With the help of Cindy Day, all items were posted online before the date of the auction so that people who were not able o attend had a chance to bid beforehand. It was a great success and will definitely be repeated in future! Although this year’s participants did not have a chance to distinguish between expensive and inexpensive wines as last year, there was a good selection and as before it was an enjoyable and educational experience.
The Episcopal Diocese of Newark honored two long-standing members of Holy Innocents Church at the annual Hegg Award ceremony. George and Lainie (Helene) Hill have been members of CHI forever! Their Hegg awards were long overdue! “…Rev. David P. Hegg II was committed to matters of retirement, aging, and the role of seniors in the congregation made him the natural selection in 1991 to revitalize a Diocesan Commission on Aging. These awards are named in memory of the man who led the charge and had the vision that continues to inspire Senior Ministries – Diocese of Newark.”
Twice a month, the CHI crafters get together to work on their projects. Actually, I’m told, one doesn’t even need a craft or project, one can just gather to talk and enjoy each other’s company. Even so, fingers are busy on a variety of crafts, some of which haven’t been unearthed in years! They range from knitting and crocheting to needle point, jewelry making, weaving, sewing, just about anything!