Piece Corps Members (Lena, IL)

The Piece Corps: Four Decades of Service

The nation was two years from its 200th birthday when the women’s group chair at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lena, Ill., called Joyce Tessendorf and asked if she would take on a sewing project. Lutheran World Relief needed quilts. Forty-three years later the Piece Corps is still at it, producing about 14 a week. […]

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Incoming students make Fleece Tie Blankets for LWR [Photo: Annie Goodroad]

LWR Fleece Blankets Tie Students Together in Service

It’s pretty standard for colleges to include a new student orientation at the start of each academic year. It’s less common for that orientation to include a service project! But for many years, incoming students at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, have found a service project on their orientation calendar. In August 2017, Luther College [...]Read More...

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Gladys Hansen and Valders, WI Quilters

38 Years and 30 Miles of Quilts

Gladys Hansen has been the quilting coordinator at Faith Lutheran Church in Valders, Wisconsin, since 1979. ­ Thirty-eight years and 23,865 quilts later, she and her group of nine other quilters are still creating hundreds of the covers annually, all for Lutheran World Relief to deliver to our brothers and sisters in need around the [...]Read More...

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Iraq School Kit Distribution

School Kits Reach Children in Iraq

Your generosity reached more than 13,650 students with School Kits in northern Iraq! The students, who range in age from elementary to high school, expressed what a tremendous difference the Kits made in their lives. Many of their families are unable to buy school supplies because they have only recently returned to their homes after [...]Read More...

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Cynthia Patterson, Charlie Bailey, Erin Myers

More Tips & Tricks from the Quilt & Kit Survey

The Quilt & Kit Survey has enabled us to get to know you, our quilters and kit-makers, better. One of our favorite things about the surveys has been reading through your clever ideas, stories, and tips related to your quilting and kit-making ministries. We want to share these ideas widely, so that everyone can learn about [...]Read More...

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Members and volunteers assembled 955 Baby Care Kits in two and a half hours at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church (Naperville, IL) in September, 2017.

Illinois church assembles 955 Baby Care Kits in a single weekend

For many congregations, the ELCA’s annual “God’s Work Our Hands” Sunday lasts one day. For Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois, it was a weekend of service that ended with 955 Baby Care Kits! Jennifer Schuler organized the event and helps to lead Baby Care, a ministry group at the church committed to “serving [...]Read More...

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