Ministry & Mission

 

Lutheran World Relief (LWR on the web) is an organization designed to help parishes throughout the United States help people in need throughout the world. They have several different programs that churches can participate in, such as the Coffee Project and Project Comfort. For more information look up LWR on the wed at www.lwr.org.

 

At Zion Lutheran we focus on making quilts, school kits, health kits, and layettes throughout the year and then in mid-October the items are packed and sent to a LWR warehouse in Minneapolis. From there LWR works with partner agencies around the world (Angola, Botswana, Eastern Europe, India, Tanzania, & more). These partner agencies ensure the items are distributed to those in need, such as hospitals, orphanages, and sites of natural disasters.

 

Quilts:

The Quilters group that meets Monday mornings in the Augustana Hall makes a majority of the quilts. However, if you would like to make one on your own, here are the instructions.

Place a piece of fabric measuring 64″ X 84″ right side down on a table, place a filler measuring 60″ X 80″ on top, then place another piece of fabric, also measuring 60″ X 80″ on top of the filler face up. Tie the three layers together, using crochet or similar cord (18 to 24 ties depending on type of fabric). Bring the edges of the 64″ X 84″ piece over the top, pin and machine-stitch the edge, using a zigzag stitch if possible.

Finished quilts should measure approximately 60″ X 80″ and weigh about four to five pounds. Heavy fabric, such as a quilted bedspread, needs only a back added, no filler. Good used sheets may also serve as a back.

 

Tips

§ Quilt tops and bottoms can be made from whole pieces of fabric, or in any type of patchwork pattern that uses pieces smaller than finished size.

§ Quilt tops do not need to be made of squares. Large pieces of fabric do not need to be cut up. If squares are preferred, twelve 22″ squares make a 64″ X 84″ piece for a beautiful quilt.

§ Use crochet or similar cord for tying. It is easier to thread and pull through than yarn and also is more durable.

§ Please do not decorate quilts with religious symbols as material aid is shipped to people based on need, regardless of religious creed.

 

School Kits

A school kit may provide the only supplies for children returning to school after the disruption of war. They may also help parents continue their children’s education, even while living in a refugee camp.

 

Contents:
§ Notebooks of ruled paper 8.5 X 11 containing 150-200 sheets of paper.
§ One blunt scissors 
§ One 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other
§ One pencil sharpener
§ Six new pencils
§ One eraser approximately 2.5 inches long
§ 12 sheets of construction paper in assorted colors
§ one box of 8, 16, or 24 crayons
§ one cloth bag approximately 12″ X 14″ with cloth handles

 

Health Kits

People who must flee their homes quickly often do not have time to pack essential items. A health kit can help children, men, and women who are refugees maintain personal hygiene while living in exile. Items may also contribute to a new start for those who can return home.

 

Contents:
§ One hand towel
§ One washcloth
§ One bath-size bar of soap, any brand
§ One toothbrush
§ One tube of toothpaste, 5 or 7 oz.
§ One comb, wide tooth preferred
§ One metal nail file, or nail clippers with file attachment
§ Six Band-Aids, preferably ½” to ¾”

 

Layettes

In refugee camps, hospitals, and villages around the world, gifts of layettes convey a warm welcome to newborns and their mothers.

 

Contents:
§ Two shirts – sizes up to 24 months
§ Two gowns or sleepers
§ Two receiving blankets A bolt of flannel can be used – blankets are 36″ or 45″ square
§ Four cloth diapers
§ One sweater prefer styles with buttons or ties down front or infant sweatshirt
§ Two washcloths
§ One bath-size bar of soap
§ Two diaper pins