Quilting Ministry Meeting

Quilting Ministry Do you enjoy stitching?  Working with a team of people?  Creating with fabric?  If you said yes to any of these three, join a dedicated group of like minded servants at Reformation on Saturday, May 13 in the Alyce Thompson Room from 9 am – 2 pm.  Snacks and lunch will be provided.  The goal for Saturday is to create a banner to support Sermon on the Step time for summer worship and complete work on the Advent banner. Questions? Contact Deacon Beth or Joyce McNally.

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CALLING ALL QUILTERS
Is quilting a creative outlet for you? Are the needle arts a place of refuge and prayer for you? If so, there are many ways you can share your gifts and talents both here at Reformation and throughout the wider church.

One outlet for engagement is the Women of the ELCA. For the Tenth Triennial Gathering the Women of the ELCA invite quilters to make finger labyrinths. Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director of Women of the ELCA said in her blog, “Women of the ELCA has created patterns for those who sew, knit and crochet,….The patterns can easily be adapted for embroidery or felting, so it’s a project for every fiber artist, new or experienced.” There are patterns for all at http://www.welcatg.org/get-involved.

Finger labyrinths will be given to the voting members at our Tenth Triennial Convention (2017), and every participant. If we exceed our goal of 5,000 finger labyrinths, we’ll donate the additional labyrinths to chaplains in schools, hospitals, hospices and nursing homes.

What is a labyrinth?
A labyrinth, an ancient symbol, offers us a metaphor for life’s journey. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has but one path; you follow the path in to the center and out again. Many people walk labyrinths for different reasons, but Christians most often walk a labyrinth in prayer or as a contemplative exercise. During the Middle Ages, if Christians were unable to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, they often would walk a labyrinth closer to home, symbolic of the pilgrimage. Labyrinths appear in many traditions and cultures, in many religions and philosophies, throughout human history for millennia.

If you would like to discuss this or other quilting ideas for engagement, contact Deacon Beth 610-891-0600 x120 or deaconbeth@relcmedia.org.