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Published on October 1, 2014

2 NortheasterN Iowa syNod | .nin.g church,” said Marie Weber, who has been with the Bethany sewing group or fve years. “One lady in our group won’t sew a stitch, but she loves to cut things up and press them.” Support rom the Bethany congre- gation and the Elkader community keeps the sewing group well sup- plied. One retired teacher donated his wool herringbone sports coats. He washed them to shrink the abric, which the sewing group cut into pieces and used or batting in the quilts. Ater the Elkader High School band uniorms were re- placed, the Bethany sewing group cut the old virgin wool uniorms into batting. Other people donate blankets, boxes o abric, thread and other needed items. “We put the word out in the bulletin that we needed lace and rickrack, and I think we now have a 10-year supply,” Weber said. Some 20 people rom Good Shep- herd, Waterloo, work on mission projects or LWR throughout the year. They collect bars o soap, assemble school backpacks, sew diapers or baby care kits, and as- semble abric kits. The congregation helps collect items and assemble 20 to 30 school kits each year. Four to eight women sew to- gether every Wednesday, while another congre- gation member pieces together quilt tops in her home. The group makes 50 quilts a year or LWR and another 20 or Lutheran Services in Iowa’s Bremwood campus and the Salvation Army. They also make fve special quilts that are donated to the quilt auction at Ewalu Camp and Retreat Center near Strawberry Point. Finished quilts are on display every week at the church or every- one to see. According to Kay Lowe, who has been a member o the sewing group or about 50 years, no scrap o abric is let unused. “We don’t throw them away,” Lowe said. “We save all o our scraps and use them to make dog beds or the humane society, in all sizes.” Lowe says the best part o getting together is having coee and ellow- ship with one another. The sewing group members welcome anyone to Busy hands do God’s work << Continued from page 2 Dozens of mission quilts on display at Bethany Lutheran, Elkader. Kay Lowe, right, with the sewing group from Good Shepherd Lutheran, Waterloo. Women’s Gifts to LWR During the year 2013 through the spring of 2014, the women of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gave to Lutheran World Relief : • 10,727 mission quilts • 3,292 personal care kits • 4,209 school kits • 342 fabric kits • 2,541 baby care kits • 833 lbs. of soap • 143 blankets