Quilt show and auction as part of the 37th annual Thanksgiving Ingathering
Each year on the first Saturday in November at five sites around Iowa, United Methodists gather to bring gifts, to share offerings, and to learn about ways that their offerings for missions are put to work to help others.
In Mt. Pleasant, the Howe Student Activity Center on the Iowa Wesleyan campus will be a center of activity on Saturday, Nov. 5, as church representatives bring their congregation’s kits to be counted and packed.
Church congregations bring gifts of school kits, health kits, sewing kits, and layette kits. These kits contain basic supplies for learning, for hygiene, for sewing, and for new babies. The kits are boxed by type, then shipped to a United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) depot where they are staged until a call comes to send them to a place or a people with a need.
The kits may be sent anywhere in the world that they can be useful, without regard for the religious views of the potential recipients. The kits contain items that are readily available to any of us, but are often unavailable due to weather events, economic difficulties, or political injustice.
From 9 to 11:30 a.m., the center hall will hold display booths for Ingathering mission projects including Church World Service, Self Help International, Iowa Nigeria Partnership, Heifer International, The PET Project, UMCOR Depot, as well as Iowa Wesleyan. These organizations work to alleviate hunger and poverty, and their causes.
Persons coming to the Ingathering will meet friends to compare notes and share stories, visit with the booth representatives, and then imagine ways to do more.
The bazaar table has a variety of craft items for sale, everything from woodcrafts to ceramics to crochet to knitting, plus a few baked goods. Some things are purchased as gifts, and others are eaten that morning!
At 11 a.m., the band “Christian Chaos”, from Tipton, will perform until 11:30 a.m.
For some, the highlight of the day is the professionally called quilt auction that begins at 12:30 a.m., to sell the dozens of machine-quilted and hand-made quilts in all sizes, various patterns and colors.
All proceeds of the bazaar table, the worship offering, and the quilt sale are used to fund efforts to combat hunger and poverty in southeast Iowa. The funds are available for use in and near the neighborhoods and towns of the congregations who can imagine ways to reduce hunger among their neighbors.
There is no admission charge to enter the Thanksgiving Ingathering site. Parking is free on and near the Iowa Wesleyan campus, and the Howe Student Activity Center is handicap accessible.
Persons who are interested in mission opportunities and mission work are welcome to explore ways to work together. Many of the Ingathering projects are interdenominational. The quilt auction is open to the public.