News You Can Use
by Linda Bailey
When people freely give of their God-given gifts of time and
talents, they always make a difference. The following are just
a few examples of serving the Lord with gladness through the
Many women serve by making beautiful quilts that
warm and comfort others.
Expressions of gratitude will linger in the hearts and minds
of the Quilters of Trinity LWML in Elmore, MN. This group
of ladies has given quilts to individuals at nursing homes, boys
and girls at the Elmore Academy, LWR, Ronald McDonald House and
King's Aid. Their most recent recipients are women at the Veronica
House, Community Council for the Homeless of Friendship Place
in the Palisades Community in Washington DC.
Margaret Johnson writes, I knew of Veronica House
because my daughter works as a fund-raiser for CCH, organizing
walking marathons, church basement and yard sales. I'll never
forget the expressions of the ladies who live at Veronica House!
The Quilters of Bethlehem Lutheran Church have been making
a difference for many years in our faith family and our community,
says Marla Johnson, Parish Nurse, Bethlehem in Carson City,
NE. She adds, The quilts they have met weekly to make
have been used to provide comfort to new mothers and babies at
the Community Pregnancy Center, affirming their choice of life
rather than abortion. The larger quilts have been sold to use
the proceeds for remodeling the kitchen in the church and building
the new kitchen in the school. These dedicated servants have
truly made a big difference for their fellow members as well
as the community.
Nothing Stops the Quilters
Come weal or woe, ice or snow (or flooding) nothing can stop
the devoted quilters. Barbara Purcell, St. John, Spokane,
WA explains: A torrential rainstorm in May 2004 flooded
the entire lower level of our church, including the quilters'
domain. Although repair work has been maddeningly delayed, the
quilting must go on! First all the material and equipment was
hauled to the home of one of the quilters, where the work continued.
Later everything was hauled back to the church, where we work
in the cramped quarters of the church balcony behind the choir
loft in three different rooms plus a hallway. Since other church
groups are also deprived of their normal spaces and use these
same areas, it means each work day we must set up, take down
and store our stuff out of the way somewhere. But we are determined
to carry on our quilts of love. Most of the quilts go to Lutheran
World Relief, but quite a few find their way into the hands of
needy families or people served by local shelters.
Quilts are welcomed by many organizations in your local community.
Contact various agencies for specific needs.
There are no coincidences in God's plan. He brings people
together to "make a difference' for His purpose. Ann
Jedele, Winfield, KS, is a member of a teaching team through
the volunteer mission programs of LCMS. She shares her experience:
Our teaching team in Huaian, China went shopping attempting
to purchase mint candies. We were having difficulty communicating
to the clerk that we wanted "mint" flavor. A lovely
young Chinese woman came up and asked if she could assist us.
She did and we had our candy quickly. Seeing the cross I was
wearing, she asked, "Are you Christians?" We quickly
answered that we were! Juling had heard of Jesus and His
love for all people and she wanted to know more. She attended
Bible class, also went to church where she met the pastor and
a young man who had become a Christian through the ESL program.
Ann continues, We know that God's love does make a difference
in the lives of so many people. My husband and I have completed
four volunteer mission trips and have been blessed by the experiences-they
have made a difference in our lives, too!
If you are interested in a volunteer mission opportunity,
contact the LCMS for information.
Are you looking for innovative Chrismon ideas and patterns?
Gayle Tarr, Good Shepherd in Inglewood, CA was and she
found just exactly that. During the PSW District Convention,
Ida Mae Neuhart of Community Lutheran Church in Escondido,
CA displayed her beautiful handiwork.
Gayle shares, Ida graciously opened her home to four members
of Good Shepherd to join her in a class teaching us to make her
beautiful Chrismons. It is hard to describe the rewarding and
awesome experience each of us gained from our overnight stay
with this amazing and talented Christian woman. She made samples
of her beaded works of art and had packages for us to prepare
our own individual ornaments. Ida, in her mid eighties, was the
highlight of our stay. She delighted us with stories of her early
childhood, her very interesting life as a wife of 62 years, her
love of God and her ministry to women of the Lutheran Church.
Many churches create and maintain Chrismons.
If your church doesn't have a Chrismon Tree, now might be a good
time to begin making or repairing Chrismons for next year's tree.
60 Years-Young America
Young America, Minnesota, that is! St. John's LWML
of Young America, MN celebrated its 60th Anniversary with
a special service on LWML Sunday. Carolyn Durbin tells
us: Thirty-five members are involved in quilting, volunteering
at the local nursing homes and raising funds for mission projects.
There are still two charter members who attend the meetings regularly.
One of the women in the photo is wearing a green hat with flowers
that her mother wore many years ago when she was an LWMLer.
Celebrate the wonderful women of your congregation. Check
out "Bouquet of Blessings." This is a short and different
way to give recognition in which flowers are used to say thank
you. Available in the LWML
News Request: Winter 2005 "TAKING THE LEAD"
- Deadline: July 1, 2005
This issue explores opportunities and encourages women who
use their God-given gifts in leadership. We invite you to share
items of news that illustrate this theme. Direct your ideas to
News Editor Linda Bailey, 1214 Broadway Ave. SW, Cullman, AL,
Points to Ponder:
- Give examples of women in unique leadership roles in your
congregation or community.
- What does your group/congregation do to train/support women
- What programs or activities in your group/congregation are
designed to encourage people to use their God-given gifts?