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Quilt Group

The Quilt Group will meet on the third Monday of each month.




Quilt Group

The Quilt Group will meet on the third Monday of each month.







The Quilt Group


The Quilt Group makes quilts which are donated to Lutheran World Relief.  LWR distributes the quilts world-wide to victims of disaster or others in need.  Individual members of the quilt group sew the quilt tops and bottoms in their homes.  The finished pieces are brought to the church, and the entire group meets to knot the quilts, which are then completed by one of our members.  The finished quilts are sent to the LWR distribution center in New Windsor, Maryland.   If you'd like to do more, the group welcomes donations of unwanted fabric or old sheets (table cloths, etc) or thread, or give a financial gift to help purchase supplies.  To learn more, speak to Jo Sturgis (610) 775-7062 or Kathryn Fellman (610) 777-4894, and they especially welcome anyone who might be interested in joining them for the monthly quilt-tying (simple knot-tying, no sewing required).

Last year Lutheran World Relief (LWR) sent 346,170 quilts to thirteen countries. It’s hard to know how many people benefitted from those gifts. Whatever that number might be, it’s certainly a very large one. The people who received those quilts stayed a little warmer, a little drier, a little safer in the face of poverty and warfare, disaster and displacement. About a hundred and fifty of those quilts came from Atonement.

We saw them on the backs of the pews for worship when they were blessed and sent on their way. We sat on them, touched them, admired them. From our hands, they went to the LWR distribution warehouse in Maryland where volunteers sorted and packed them for distribution. From Maryland, they may have traveled to Angola, Georgia, Honduras or India. They may have made their way to Mali, Nicaragua, Serbia, Tanzania or Ukraine. They went where they were needed most. The quilt you sat on last fall may now be in East Africa. It may be part of a tent, a floor covering, a blanket, a cape, a hammock. Someone’s life has been touched by that quilt. Chances are that, whoever now has it, has never heard of Atonement and probably never will. They will not know who we are or where we are. They will know that someone, somewhere cared. That is enough.

Atonement is a small part of a much larger effort to be the love of Jesus Christ in the world. Since we began our quilting ministry in 2012, we’ve sent nearly 350 quilts. You may not have cut a single scrap of fabric, sewed a single stitch, tied a knot or packed a box to go to Maryland, but you’ve been part of that effort. You’ve donated fabric, supplies, money. You’ve provided the space. Through prayer and presence, you’ve shaped a community that reaches out in this and so many other ways.

Before long, a new batch of quilts will brighten our worship space. We will ask God’s blessing on them as we send them out to be a blessing to others. When you see them, you may wonder where they might end up, whose lives they might touch, what difference they might make.





The Quilt Group


The Quilt Group makes quilts which are donated to Lutheran World Relief.  LWR distributes the quilts world-wide to victims of disaster or others in need.  Individual members of the quilt group sew the quilt tops and bottoms in their homes.  The finished pieces are brought to the church, and the entire group meets to knot the quilts, which are then completed by one of our members.  The finished quilts are sent to the LWR distribution center in New Windsor, Maryland.   If you'd like to do more, the group welcomes donations of unwanted fabric or old sheets (table cloths, etc) or thread, or give a financial gift to help purchase supplies.  To learn more, speak to Jo Sturgis (610) 775-7062 or Kathryn Fellman (610) 777-4894, and they especially welcome anyone who might be interested in joining them for the monthly quilt-tying (simple knot-tying, no sewing required).

Last year Lutheran World Relief (LWR) sent 346,170 quilts to thirteen countries. It’s hard to know how many people benefitted from those gifts. Whatever that number might be, it’s certainly a very large one. The people who received those quilts stayed a little warmer, a little drier, a little safer in the face of poverty and warfare, disaster and displacement. About a hundred and fifty of those quilts came from Atonement.

We saw them on the backs of the pews for worship when they were blessed and sent on their way. We sat on them, touched them, admired them. From our hands, they went to the LWR distribution warehouse in Maryland where volunteers sorted and packed them for distribution. From Maryland, they may have traveled to Angola, Georgia, Honduras or India. They may have made their way to Mali, Nicaragua, Serbia, Tanzania or Ukraine. They went where they were needed most. The quilt you sat on last fall may now be in East Africa. It may be part of a tent, a floor covering, a blanket, a cape, a hammock. Someone’s life has been touched by that quilt. Chances are that, whoever now has it, has never heard of Atonement and probably never will. They will not know who we are or where we are. They will know that someone, somewhere cared. That is enough.

Atonement is a small part of a much larger effort to be the love of Jesus Christ in the world. Since we began our quilting ministry in 2012, we’ve sent nearly 350 quilts. You may not have cut a single scrap of fabric, sewed a single stitch, tied a knot or packed a box to go to Maryland, but you’ve been part of that effort. You’ve donated fabric, supplies, money. You’ve provided the space. Through prayer and presence, you’ve shaped a community that reaches out in this and so many other ways.

Before long, a new batch of quilts will brighten our worship space. We will ask God’s blessing on them as we send them out to be a blessing to others. When you see them, you may wonder where they might end up, whose lives they might touch, what difference they might make.







Are you free on the third Monday of the month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.? Can you tie a square knot? If so, please consider joining the Atonement quilt group. You do not have to commit to coming forever; we welcome folks who want to drop in and tie a knot or two or those who want to come and see what we do! Members of the group include Kay April, Angela Beam, Pat Bressler, Sue Colon, Kathryn Fellman, Mary Lou Hall, Faith Ann Jones, Janet Law, Marian Pounder, Marilyn Pounder, Barbara Stone, Jo Sturgis, and Sally Youngcourt.  We assemble and knot quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Several of us (Kathryn, Marilyn, Jo, and Kay) sew the quilt tops and bottoms at home. At their meeting, the group assembles a sandwich of top, batting, and bottom. We mark the sites for knots using pins and a nifty frame made by Steve Fellman. We then make a knot with crochet cotton at each pin. Kathryn takes the knotted quilts home and finishes the edges. We welcome donations of fabric and sheets, which are used for the quilt backs.  Recently the Fellmans delivered 65 quilts to the LWR InGathering at Bergstrasse Lutheran Church in Ephrata. Big trucks take the quilts to Maryland where they are sorted, packed, and shipped. The finished quilts are distributed throughout the world to people in crisis situations. We all are grateful for the opportunity to help our neighbors in need.

Check out below when the next date to meet in the Privacy Room F. 104 will be for the year.

 


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