Quilters share warmth of Christ's love

July 5, 2013 at 2:05 a.m.

Quilters share the warmth of Christ's love with the world through handmade crafts. Newborn babies in hard places, people who have lost everything in a fire and the elderly in nursing homes all experience Christ's love through the warmth of handmade quilts from Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 4102 N. Ben Jordan St.

"These quilts are made with prayer over them and love," said Linda Curtner, founder and coordinator of the quilting ministry at the church.

The ministry meets every Monday to make quilts for those in need. Full-size quilts go to those in need around the world through Lutheran World Relief and to those in need locally through organizations like Restoration House Ministries, a residential Christian-based residential counseling facility for young women.

They are also included in aid packages handed out by the Red Cross to those who have lost everything to fire or other tragedy.

The ladies of the ministry also make smaller quilts for elderly residents of nursing homes to use as lap robes and for children in area Head Start programs to use during nap times.

About 15 women regularly participate in the ministry on and off, most of them recruited by Curtner. They come from many different skills and backgrounds.

"I help in cutting out blocks for the girls to put together to make the quilts. I do more cutting than I do the quilting or the tying," said Marie Stenseth, one of the volunteers.

For Pat Grote, coming to the quilting guild was a form of therapy after the loss of her daughter in 2010.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed it. It brought me out of a depression. It's been a Godsend for me," Grote said.

Many of the volunteers had no previous experience with quilting.

"I was too busy working and raising my kids to do any quilting," Stenseth said, noting she has a pile of kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

Likewise, Grote never quilted until she came to the Christ-centered quilters and just learned through fellowship.

"That's what's wonderful about this," Grote said. "It's very enjoyable."

Each quilt is finished with three knots, one for the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The quilts are also prayed over before being distributed, she said.

For those who receive the quilts, they represent a special outpouring of love.

The quilters recently donated 10 hand-made quilts to Restoration House Ministries, a residential Christian counseling facility for young women.

"For many of our residents, Restoration House is the first place they've ever felt safe and loved, and at home," said Theresa Klacman, founder and director of Restoration House. "These quilts will wrap these young women in love from their first night in the house. And when they graduate, these very special quilts will go with them so they always remember that all-embracing love they first encountered here."

Curtner said the quilting ministry is committed to providing a new quilt for a new resident after every girl graduates.

"We're so happy to help wrap these young women in the love of Christ," she said.

For more information, call the church office at 361-575-4305 or visit the Facebook page, Facebook.com/OSLCVictoria. New quilters are welcome from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 4102 N. Ben Jordan St.



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