Juneau Alaska's Evangelical Lutheran Church of America downtown community dedicated to the Spiritual growth in Christ and service to all people.
On Sunday, October 26, 90 quilts were blessed during the service at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Later the 16 boxes were loaded into vehicles by Custodian Earl and Pastor Mark. After a short drive Alaska Marine Lines received the quilts and shipped them to Seattle as a donation. There the quilts were gathered with others from the Pacific Northwest and sent on their way to a warehouse in Maryland. From there they will reach corners of the world where manmade or natural disasters have produced populations in need of help. There the quilts provide not only warmth and color, but also a reminder of God’s love.
To help offset the cost of distribution from Maryland, RLC will send $258.75 from the quilters’ fund to Lutheran World Relief.
The RLC Quilters gather every Wednesday for fun, fellowship, and fabric! From 9am to about 3pm tables go up, sewing machines come out, and scissors are clipping away. When the threads stop tying and flying, quilts for Lutheran World Relief are ready to be folded and shipped off to the many people around the world in need of warmth and comfort.
Additional quilts are made each year to be raffled and auctioned with other donations at a luncheon supported by congregation members and the wider Juneau community. The money is used to purchase bat- ting, pay shipping costs and sometimes to buy crochet thread to tie the quilts.
The Quilters are a small but vibrant ministry of RLC. Not all of the quilters are congregation members, but all are family! Please consider joining the group, even once in a while. All abilities are needed. Cutting, sewing, sandwiching, pinning, and tying are just some of the skills that can be learned. And the stories, friendship, love, and yes, sometimes tears, mean that life is being lived at it’s fullest in the ministry and people of the Quilters.
The Lutheran World Relief Quilters meet from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to tie quilts, visit and enjoy lunch together. Please come!
No experience needed, you can sew, cut, and/or tie!
Quilt Ministry Report
During the past year, the quilters participating in the RLC quilt ministry have created 145 quilts for Lutheran World Relief and 3 quilts for baptisms.
Dedicated quilt ministry funds are used to make a contribution to LWR to aid in the transportation of the quilts from the collection point in Seattle to the Lutheran World Relief distribution center in Baltimore, Maryland. Many thanks to Alaska Marine Lines for shipping the quilts from Juneau to Seattle at no cost to RLC.
Members of RLC are generous in spreading the word about the quilt ministry here. As a result, our work is known throughout the community and several people not associated with RLC have donated boxes of new fabric to our mission. The donated fabrics generally arrive in pieces that are smaller than what we have used in most past quilts. It also means that more time is spent in cutting the fabric to a usable, more uniform unit and more time spent in piecing the quilt tops before assembly. Additional volunteers would help us to be even more productive.
The women who make all these quilts are blessed by this ministry and are grateful to God for all who help. All are welcome to join us on Wednesdays, either to work on the quilts or just for the noontime fellow- ship (bring your own lunch). Come for an hour or come for the day. More people means more quilts and that’s a good thing.
Faithfully, Loretta Mosley
What joy to receive three beautiful quilts from the quilting circle at Resurrection Lutheran Church for the ministry of Haven House! Thank you for that thoughtful and loving donation to help women in need as they transition back to the community from prison.
With Much Gratitude,
LWR LITANY OF THANKSGIVING AND HOPE
Litany written by Pastor Ed Whetstone, Salem Lutheran Church in Catonsville, Maryland.
L Almighty and gracious God,
P you have so richly blessed us, but we pray for more, much more.
L We pray for grateful hearts, for a humble awareness of our abundance amid all the world’s
poverty and pain.
P Lord, we pray for more.
L We pray for the courage to give generously of our resources—our imaginations, our time and
abilities, our material wealth.
P We pray yet for more, Lord.
L We pray for the strength to reject the rationalizations which lead to indifference and silence in
this climate of entitlement and insatiable desire.
P Lord, for much more we pray.
L We pray for confident hope, in the presence of such overwhelming needs, to know that each
offering of money, quilts, and material resources makes a welcome difference to others, and to
P For still more, Lord, we pray.
L We pray for lifestyles of justice and mercy, living more simply, being advocates for those more
needful than we, supporting fair trade, being compassionate in our role as citizens.
P Lord, yet again we pray for more.
L We pray for your promised forgiveness for the fears, the selfishness, the thoughtlessness, the
suspicions, the self-righteousness which hinder our loving service, and then pray for grateful
and greater obedience to mark our thanksgiving.
P Yet for one more thing we pray.
L We pray you would bless those who labor on our behalf through all the work of Lutheran World
Relief and its partners, that we would uphold them with our prayers, our encouragement, our
gifts, our willingness to learn and to invite the support of others.
P In the name of our Lord who encouraged us to ask boldly when we pray, Amen.