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Friends of Lutheran World Relief

Supporting the ministry of quilters & kit-makers in the Chicago area

Friends of Lutheran World Relief (FLWR) began as a project of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Lutheran Council of Greater Chicago (a pan-Lutheran organization formed in the post-World War II years) to foster inter-Lutheran cooperation and service.

Now, over 500 Lutheran congregations in the ELCA Metropolitan Chicago and Northern Illinois Synods, and the LCMS Northern Illinois District and Chicago-area congregations of the English and SELC Districts are informed about the annual Fall Ingathering, the annual Spring luncheon, and other news and events as appropriate.

Ingathering | Updates from LWR’s Headquarters | Luncheon | Board

For questions and information about FLWR activities, contact Elizabeth Gotsch, president, at 847.272.4116 or eliznrich@aol.com


Ingathering

Have you ever wondered how Lutheran World Relief Quilts and Kits – Mission Quilts, Fleece Blankets, School Kits, Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits, Fabric Kits, soap – get from our churches to needy parts of the world?

Every year in October, the Ingathering of quilts and kits takes place at churches in the Chicago area. Friends of Lutheran World Relief collects these items with the help of volunteers and then start them on their way to Lutheran World Relief’s warehouse in New Windsor, Maryland.

Your boxed donations may be dropped off at one of the following sites on Saturday, October 6, 2018 between 9:00 am – Noon or Sunday, October 7, 2018 between Noon – 3:00 pm.

Messiah Lutheran Church
1605 Vernon Ave., Park Ridge
847.823.6984

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
4501 Main St., Downers Grove
630.968.6231

Faith Lutheran church
353 N. Midland Ave., Joliet
815.725.4213

Zion Lutheran Church
925 Fifth Ave., Rockford
815.964.4609

Items Accepted

Packing Notes

40 lb. limit per box and please use strong cartons secured with packing tape. Label the contents in large block letters. Do not mix contents.

Other ways to becomes involved with Lutheran World Relief


Updates from LWR’s Headquarters

For those interested in what LWR needs most, School Kit inventory is at a critical low right now, with Personal Care Kits doing only marginally better. Summer is a great time to hit those back-to-school sales and stock up on supplies for both these Kits!

The summer issue of Faith in Action should be arriving in mailboxes the first week of July. Please pay particular attention to the article on quality control. Generally, LWR has good reports from partners about the quality of the items we send, and LWR has a great reputation among partners around the world. This reputation is precious, not only because it has value for LWR, but because it means we are providing our neighbors around the world with useful items, and in doing so we are treating them with dignity and respect.

That’s why it’s critical to follow all of LWR’s guidelines closely. Small things that may get by LWR’s warehouse staff, such as devotional books or tracts, or even “extras” not included in LWR’s list for a particular Kit, can create a big problem if discovered by customs officials. Any divergence from what is on the packing list can cause a shipment to be delayed, and potentially even destroyed. Similarly, including damaged items in Baby Care Kits, such as stained or very worn clothes, can cause a problem. Ultimately, LWR wants each person who receives a Quilt or Kit from LWR to feel that they are being treated with dignity. Passing along heavily used or soiled items does not communicate that dignity, and can create a problem with customs and partners alike.

Thank you, as always, for your incredible work, dedication, creativity and passion for this ministry. We simply could not do it without you, and we thank God for you!


Luncheon

The 41st Annual Spring Luncheon of the Chicagoland Friends of Lutheran World Relief was held on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Avalon Banquets in Elk Grove Village and attended by over 150 women and men from 25 congregations.

Our guest speaker was The Rev. Dr. Stephen Paul Bouman, executive director of the ELCA Domestic Mission unit. Dr. Bouman related stories about interactions between LWR and people around the world and the help that LWR provides. He connected these accounts with scriptural instances of showing love to others. The assembly also heard reports from Jayesh Hines-Shah, LWR board of directors member, and Mike Johnson, Regional Representative for LWR.

Attendees were also able to view quilts, care kits and purchase Fair Trade items.

The date for the 2019 42nd Annual Luncheon is April 26, 2019. Watch this site for more details in the new year.

 

Board

 

FLWR is administered by a board of volunteers who contribute their skills, time and energy. They meet several times a year to plan activities and events.

Elizabeth Gotsch, president
Grace Lutheran Church, Northbrook
847.272.4116
eliznrich@aol.com
Donna Walz, vice president
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lombard
630.932.8528
donnajohn@ameritech.net
Beverly Lueking, treasurer
Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest
708.366.8599
bevlueking@gmail.com
Roberta Nelson, secretary
Grace Lutheran Church, Northbrook
224.723.5791
drnelson10@sbcglobal.net
Nadine Ilten, corresponding secretary
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lombard
630.932.8286
nadineilten12@yahoo.com
Olinda Fink, 2019 luncheon co-coordinator
Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest
708.366.3585
odfink@earthlink.net
Paula Spengler, 2019 luncheon co-coordinator
Christ Lutheran Church, Palatine
847.358.3058
paulacspeng@yahoo.com
Mary E Anderson
Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Barrington
847.381.9213
Marythemi@aol.com
Connie Bothen
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hinsdale
630.887.1675
ckbothen@aol.com
Alice Bruening
Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest
847.715.9683
abruenin@richmond.edu

Karol Grandgeorge

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Somonauk
815.498.2668
kagrandgeorge@gmail.com
Sandy Becky
Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn
630.267.4462
sbecky123abc@yahoo.com