At five sites, beautiful "heirloom quality" quilts will be auctioned by Iowa United Methodists during the five Thanksgiving Ingatherings on Saturday, November 3.
Quilting is one of the folk arts of our culture, and the diverse groups and individuals who produce these works of art are continuing the craft and passing it on to younger seamstresses so that it won't be lost. Some have been quilting together for decades. The quilts are donated to the Ingathering to raise money for programs around the world which are responding to some disasters we see in the news and to programs of sustainable development which alleviate poverty and hunger.
The Quilt and Craft Auctions start at 1 p.m., and become the highlight of the day at each of the five Thanksgiving Ingathering Sites. The sites are located at the WIT Center in Cherokee, Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt, United Methodist Church in Greenfield, First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls, and the Student Union of Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant. Some of the sites also auction handcrafted wooden toys and furniture. Besides quilts and crafts, the churches bring health, school, sewing and medical kits, layettes, and other essential items to be sent to programs around the world.
In 2000 the Iowa United Methodist Thanksgiving Ingathering raised more than one million dollars in money and material resources which supported programs of Church World Service, the Iowa Nigeria Partnership, Heifer Project International, Self-Help International, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, and local relief and development agencies in Iowa. Many of the groups which create the quilts have been quilting for up to twenty years, and the quilts which they make often win prizes at quilt shows and County and State Fairs before they arrive at the Ingathering.
We see and hear much about suffering around the world. The Iowa United Methodists are responding by offering their gifts and talents to the Ingathering on November 3.