Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

April 19, 2013

Good Shepherd quilters to donate 158 quilts

Knoxville — Woo hoo! We did it! First half of goal completed.

Knoxville Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (GSLC) quilters hit an amazing goal. In only six months they were able to complete 158 quilts for charity. They will be donated to Lutheran World Relief. The shipment date is Saturday, April 20. Volunteers from the church will take them to a Lutheran Church in Ankeny to meet other churches donating also. A semi-truck will deliver all the quilts and other relief supplies such as baby care kits, health kits, soap, sewing kits and other needed items to the warehouse in Minneapolis. From there, the items will be distributed to people around the world.

The wonderful thing about these quilts from GSLC is that 95 percent of the contents are donated -- not only by church members, but also from residents of Knoxville. Material has come from many ladies that are downsizing their households. Fillers for quilts are often purchased at garage or farm sales or are donated by those cleaning out their closets. Old mattress pads, non-working electric blankets, blankets, comforters, bedspreads or bits and pieces of leftover batting all become much-needed fillers. Isn't it amazing what can be recycled to help others in great need?

Regular volunteers include 12 retired ladies, a single mom and her five-year old son, and a home schooling mom and her three daughters. This group gathers on the 1st and 3rd weeks of each month for two days from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. They sew, cut, tie, iron, and best of all, enjoy lunch, fellowship and loving support as they serve. Not all sew, there are many ways to contribute. Some even cut and sew at home!

What started out as a dream by two who love to sew and quilt, has grown and will continue to grow, as others join or attend as time allows. Not all are members of GSLC – anyone is welcome.

Setting the goal of 150 was a challenge set by the Women of the ELCA's celebration of 25 years. Several of the GSLC women thought this an ambitious goal but YAHOO we made it! THANK you Lord God for the generosity of so many to help us reach this amazing goal!!

Well, are you ready to do it again? Remember the second half of the goal ends with another shipment date in October! 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Knoxville Project Bill Passes House & Senate

    Expansion plans being considered are for a four-story building to be located on the southeast corner of the track

    April 24, 2014

  • Jacobs photo Mark Jacobs running for U.S. Senate Prior to a sitting down for coffee with a group at Pizza Ranch in Pella Monday afternoon, Republican US Senate candidate Mark Jacobs opened up about his ambitions for the office, and why he believes he is the best choice over his competitors. Jacobs

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Council-accident pic 1 City agrees to cover some costs Following a closed session Monday night, the Knoxville City Council voted to cover a local family's insurance deductible, and a portion of any rental car fees incurred, after a City-owned traffic light fell on the family's vehicle on March 27. The fa

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kimpston-Burkgren pic Knoxville officer completes training The Knoxville Police Department is currently staffed, as Officer Joel Kimpston-Burkgren graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy late last week. Kimpston-Burkgren, 23, is originally from Perry. He was hired by the KPD in November 2013, prior t

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Flaws pic Flaws takes over Pleasantville Rec The City of Pleasantville's new recreation director, Jordan Flaws, realized early on that cubicles were "not (his) thing," and chose to pursue a career that includes his athletic roots. Flaws officially took over the position a few weeks ago. He fill

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • SOAR photo Helping birds on a wing and a prayer Protective gloves aren't uncommon when dealing with a sick patient, though they're not usually heavy, leather welder's gloves. But, then, the patient usually doesn't have toenails designed to puncture flesh. Or a sharp beak. Diane Massick stepped out

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Raceway rebate passed in Senate The Iowa Senate has approved the Knoxville Raceway rebate, 39-10.

    April 23, 2014

  • raceway concept drawing.jpg Senate Committee advances Raceway Rebate

    The Iowa Senate Ways and Means Committee advanced HF2464, a bill intended to rebate up to $2 million in sales tax back to the Knoxville Raceway, this afternoon. 

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Street guys.jpg Video: Bank treats workers to lunch

    City workers and streetscape contractors were treated to a free lunch on Tuesday, courtesy of Iowa State Savings Bank. 

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos 1 Video

  • Megan Suhr.jpg Suhr to host campaign kick off event
    Megan Suhr, Candidate for Iowa House District 28 will hold a Campaign Kick-Off event on Sunday, April 27, from 2-4 p.m. The event will be held at Red Ribbon Bakery, 112 N 2nd Street, in Knoxville. This is a free event, and is open to the public.  
     

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo