Block Builders of Faith is a quilting ministry that began in the fall of 2016, after a summer of Imagining God's Mission. Having a quilt group at the church has been a dream of Marcy Havelka since she joined Faith Lutheran 30 years ago. While the dream took time to take root, it is now a growing ministry. Block Builders of Faith make quilts, which they work on twice a month together at the church and at home in between gatherings. Once completed, the quilts are blessed and given to The Van, a local mobile organization that assist and form relationships with homeless people in Little Rock.
During our regular Sunday morning worship, we gathered for worship and service - all in one servanthood experience. We sang hymns, including "The Tie that Binds", we heard about the mission of Block Builders of Faith, were commissioned for service. During the service project, we gathered around 24 quilts, spread throughout the church and finished the quilts by sewing yarn to tie quilt blocks together or by tying the knots for fleece blankets. People joined in from all ages and whether they've been at Faith Lutheran for decades or this was their first Sunday.
Following the service project, we reflected in small groups and all together. As our reflections ended, we blessed the 24 quilts that will be given to The Van, we shared prayers and we share the communion meal together.
These quilts took time by the Block Builders of Faith to make and were made with love and I hope the people who receive them feel that love and warmth.
People worked together and did different parts, I was sewing the thread and someone else would come through and tie them and we all worked together.
I'm happy that there are guests here today and this didn't scare them off! They stayed and we all worked together.
As I tied some quilts, I thought about how this connects us all. I saw some fabric used from a shirt that I donated and I wondered where the rest came from and was glad they have new life and have been beautiful remade into something new for someone else.
This was great! I got to be with all of my church people worshiping and serving together and I got to make a quilt with my mama. I have watched her make quilts all my life but this was the first time I got to work on one with her.
This was church. Usually we have worship and I like it, but today, working with everyone on this project - it felt like I went to church.
Special thanks to Thrivent Financial for an action grant to fund some of the quits for this project. Thanks to Block Builders of Faith for sharing your gifts and passion for quilting. Thanks to the team who put together the worship service for Servanthood Sunday and all who joined in the fun of worshiping and servicing God together in community.
A worship & service experience all in one! Each Servanthood Sunday, a local ministry or non-profit will share their mission and we will join together in a service project for that mission - all in the middle of Sunday morning worship!