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Ticonderoga ministry reaches milestone

TICONDEROGA - The prayer shawl ministry in Ticonderoga has reached a milestone.

The group recently completed its 100th shawl.

The prayer shawl ministry is an international project of many faiths and backgrounds. Started in the early 1990s at Hartford Seminary, the ministry has no denominational affiliation and is open to all.

The local ministry was started by members of the Ticonderoga First United Methodist Church three years ago.

The shawls are either knit or crocheted with prayers being said while the work is being done. An example of the prayer is "Lord, may this bring comfort to someone." After they are completed the shawls are blessed as part of a church service.

The 100th shawl of the prayer shawl ministry in Ticonderoga was crocheted by Mimi Treadway of St. Mary's Catholic Church. It's her fifth contribution to the ministry.

It was blessed by Father. Bill Muench, pastor at St. Mary's, and the Rev. Scott Tyler, pastor at the First United Methodist Church.

To date the ecumenical project had presented 98 shawls. People who need prayers for any reason are presented with the shawls. These people may be in need of prayer for a medical procedure, an emotional problem or for a good event such as a birth of a child, a marriage or just as a remembrance.

People in need of a shawl or who would like to work on a shawl can call the Ti First United Methodist Church at 585-7995 and leave a message for Ann Westervelt.

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