When one thinks of a tapestry, we think of textile art woven on a loom. We've seen them hang in museums. They once graced castle walls as decorations and to ward off drafts.

Today there is another kind of tapestry making an impact in our communities. Tapestry A Women's Ministry at Pleasant Valley Assembly of God is "Women woven together by the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish God's purposes for such a time as this."

Patti Carver, the mother-in-law of Tapestry's committee member, Kelly Carver, and mother of the church's pastor, the Rev. Scott Carver, was the guest speaker at the April gathering. Her topic was "Being Tailor Made: Fashioned with Purpose."

She held up a piece of material and told the guests that we all started out like that piece of material, still in its raw state. She then pointed to a mannequin that was replete in a beautiful dress with jacket and embellishments.

"And after all we experience in this world, we become complete. Custom made, tailor made, fashioned for God's purpose," she said.

She offered several quotes from the Bible, going back often to Isaiah 49 where it says, "He called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name" meaning God knows us before we are born and we are all born with a purpose. It was Ephesians 2:10 that truly speaks to this concept: "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago."

The Tapestry ministry offers women a chance to explore their faith journey through praise song, inspirational messages and the offer of fellowship and friendship every six weeks. The next gathering will be on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. and all are welcome to join them. Find them on Facebook: Tapestry a Women's Ministry. Or contact Lissette Rodriguez, Tapestry's coordinator, at (917) 515-5693 or email Irod6262@gmail.com [1].

The church is located at 1 Warren Lane, Brodheadsville. Regular Sunday services are held at 9, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday School is at 10:10 a.m. and a Velocity Youth Service at 6 p.m.

On Mondays the Loving Hands Outreach meet at 10 a.m. to make quilts for the needy, babies and adults. On Tuesdays Men of Proverbs meets at 7 p.m. for prayer and fellowship with various activities throughout the year. Wednesdays there is Family Night at 7 p.m. with Royal Rangers (boys 5-17) and Missionettes (Rainbows: girls and boys, 3 and 4; Daisies: kindergartens, Prims 1st and 2nd grade; Stars: 3rd-5th grade; Friends: 6th-8th grades; Girls Only: 9th through first year of college.)

Thursdays there is a Women's Bible Study at 9 a.m. and Intercessory Prayer at noon. On the third Friday of the month at noon, the Primetimers meet for seniors 55 and older, for lunch, fun and fellowship and a word of encouragement with various activities planned throughout the year.

To learn more about Pleasant Valley Assembly of God, visit www.pvag.net [2] or call (570) 992-6799.