After five years, and 20 - going on 21 - Stitchin' Mission series in the Des Moines area, including a Stitchin' Mission last year in Sydney, Australia, it's appropriate to thank and recognize all of you who have contributed to this ministry.
Quiltmaking helpers, called "Rebekahs" are the backbone of all Stitchin' Mission lessons. Without their help, quiltmaking lessons would not be feasible. Rebekahs are so-named based on Genesis 24. It was Rebekah at the well who offered water to Eliezer, Abraham's servant, and ten camels, and so Stitchin' Mission Rebekahs help teach newbies quiltmaking lessons.
Without each of you, teaching more than 600 people how to make quilts would not have happened. Thank yous do not begin to convey my appreciation to these 80-plus Rebekahs since 2005:
(In chronological order)
Helen Schleicher - Valley Evangelical Free Church, West Des Moines
Norma Rohn - Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Urbandale
Sharon Beerman - St. John's Lutheran Church, Des Moines
Janet Leete - Berean Assembly of God, Pleasant Hill
Deanna Kennedy - Living Faith Lutheran Church, Clive
Jane Christenson - Westminster Presbyterian Church, Des Moines
Gigi Wilwerding - Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Des Moines
Ann Gerdom - West Des Moines United Methodist Church, West Des Moines
Norma Hamilton - Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines
Susan Mathison - St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Des Moines
Joann Christians, Jane Davis - Johnston Evangelical Free Church, Johnston
Di Jobbins, Di Bracey - St. Mark's Anglican Church, Darling Point (Sydney), Australia
Lois Grove - First Federated Church, Des Moines
I am honored and more than humbled. This moment cannot be about me, but about all of you who have steadfastly participated in, and assisted with Stitchin' Mission. And numerous friends who have been my sounding board and advocate throughout the past five years. God's perfect timing put each of you in the right place, at the right moment, to fulfill his plan to help others in need of quilts, and touch lives in a unique way.