As I was sharing a coffee break with the Quilters from Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Langley, BC, one of the members leaned over and whispered, “It’s amazing how much you can get for free if you have connections.”
She was referring to the special relationship the group has built with a local fabric wholesaler. Whenever he has surplus fabric he gives it to the quilters for their use. They even have enough left over that they would be delighted to provide some to other groups in the region.
There are fourteen regular members in the group and they meet every Monday morning. What a blessing they have been! They produce more than 200 quilts of every size each year. Some are used for local charities of the BC Synod and new-borns in the congregation also receive a quilt, but most are destined for CLWR We Care shipments around the world.
And the effort is not limited to quilts. Sewing kits are produced as well as comfort or prayer quilts.
Some of the quilts will be sold to members of the congregation to pay for ocean freight and everything will be blessed on the Sunday before BC Baling Days.
The compassionate hands and generous hearts of the Quilters of Shepherd of the Valley will make a huge difference in many lives this year.
The blessing of the quilts service they will use has this final petition:
“Bless these quilts as signs of your loving creation which cover your people with steadfast love.”
And concludes with the response:
“Use them we pray, to bless our sisters and brothers in need. Wrap them in the warmth of your grace and give them your joy and your peace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”
Tom Brook – Community Relations Director, Canadian Lutheran World Relief