World Service continues to meet in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 the second Tuesday of the month except for the months of January and February which has frequently had to be canceled in the past due to bad weather. The morning is spent working on projects for various missions we support and is a time to turn in any items that we may have completed at home. We break at noon for a sack lunch (dessert and coffee is furnished by the hostess of the month). This time also includes fellowship, devotions and a short business meeting. Adjournment is approximately 1:30 p.m.
We continue to have two splinter groups (an evening quilting group and the SewWhats) with which we share our budget and supplies.
The quilting group meets in Fellowship Hall the second and fourth Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 pm April through November. The primary focus of this group is to make quilts but this year we have also decided to help the World service ladies with some of their sewing projects.
The SewWhat group meets at 9:30 am on the first Thursday of the month at Panera Bread located in the shopping center at 143rd Street and LaGrange. This group works on their own needlework projects and exchange craft ideas. They also make baby quilts and baby bibs which they give to each baptized infant of our congregation.
In addition to the quilts, the items we have made during the past year are baby blankets, sweaters, afghans, hats and toys for Pregnancy Assistance of South Suburbia, hats and mittens for Jones Center mitten tree, hats and toiletry items for Orland Township, lap robes for the Veteran’s Home in Manteno, adult bibs for Blue Cap in Blue Island and pillowcase dresses for little girls in orphanages in Haiti distributed by AGAPE ministries in Florida. We also roll bandages from white sheets, which are sent to third world countries.
This year, in addition to the pillowcase dresses for little girls in Haiti, we also started to make pink and blue flannel receiving blankets for Palos Hospital to give to the mothers of newborns when they forget to bring one—the babies are wrapped in them for picture taking. Another new project is knitting/crocheting sweaters for younger children for Guidepost magazine. These sweaters are sent through World Vision to wherever they are needed throughout the world.
Please check the upstairs bulletin board for a list of the many types of labels and box tops for education, which you can help us, collect for Kemmerer Village, an orphanage in Assumption, Illinois. They can redeem them for multiple items to be used in their school and library. A large Campbell container can be found in the church office for you to deposit the labels in.
We are always in need of old white sheets, bath towels, old blankets we can recover, and fleece scraps and yarn. These can be placed in the World Service box in the upstairs coatroom.
We would like to encourage more of our congregation to join us even if it is only for an hour or two or, if you have time to work on our projects at home—there is always something you can help us work on.
If interested or have questions, please call Betty Gumz (708-361-3583) or Norma Carson (708-349-2763).
Christian Education HourSun, January 20, 2013 - Sun, May 26, 2013