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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Church group completes big project

  • The Needles for Needs group of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Honesdale accepted a challenge from Lutheran World Relief to participate in the 2013, 500,000 Quilt Campaign.
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  •  The Needles for Needs group of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Honesdale accepted a challenge from Lutheran World Relief to participate in the 2013, 500,000 Quilt Campaign.
    Starting in September 2012 with quilt one, and cutting, stitching and tying through August 2013, this group has completed and will deliver 55 mission quilts to the Lutheran World Relief warehouse in New Windsor, MD, on Aug. 13.
    A bus trip is planned, with several of the group being able to enjoy personally sending the quilts on their way.
    A Service of Blessing for the Quilts was led by Rev. Kenneth Buckwalter at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, Aug. 11. Surrounded by those who crafted the quilts, the quilts were dedicated and blessed, and prayers of hope said for those who are to receive them.
    There are many blessings in the giving and receiving of a Lutheran World Relief mission quilt. In a recent article of “Gather Magazine,” Melanie Gibbons, expresses it this way, “From the person who cuts the fabric, to the one who donates loose change to send the quilt, to the hands that deliver it, to the person who receives it, God is in each and every step.”
    She continues, “For more than a quarter century, LWR and Women of the ELCA have worked together uplift those in need with a warm quilt.”
    People world-wide receive the mission quilts. They are used for warmth, for walls or floor, to carry their babies, or to carry wares to market. The quilts meet a basic need giving comfort and hope.
    The Needles for Needs will continue to make quilts in 2014. They also make Ugly Sleeping Bags for “My Brother’s Keeper” and baby and lap quilts for area hospitals.
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