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Iowa quilts topic of presentation

May 16, 2014

The Washington United Methodist Women met in Fellowship Hall of the church recently, with 24 members present.
A delicious cherry dessert was served by Martha Hahn and Margarette Utech. On the side were grapes, cheese, candy and crackers. The tables were decorated with live plants brought by Martha Hahn.
Ilene Schnicker, president, opened the meeting by reading “Friends — Vitamin F.” Then she gave the prayer before dessert was served.
The program was presented by Charlotte Magdefrau and Lea Smothers on their Iowa quilts. Charlotte said she got interested in quilting when she retired. Now she says her machine runs a lot. Lea has done quilting for a long time and always attends the quilt show in Paducah, Ky. Both quilts were made in 24 blocks depicting different areas of Iowa. Since they used different materials, every block on each quilt was different. A few of the areas represented were the goldfinch, the oak tree, Amana Colonies, John Wayne birthplace, Field of Dreams, Iowa State Fair, Bridges of Madison County, Herbert Hoover in West Branch, and many others. Lea had a big blue Iowa star in the middle of her quilt. She also read some of the history of Iowa. Charlotte also brought a barn quilt that she had just finished but which had not been quilted. It was a wonderful program enjoyed by all.
Ilene encouraged everyone to attend the “Pink” Impact Simulcast Event being held May 17 from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the church. Admission is free. A sign-up sheet was passed around for donations for cookies or bars. The brochure was sent to other churches and other communities.
In the absence of Evelyn Heald, Margaret Crawford read the minutes from the last meeting and the correspondence. Shirley Pfeifer gave the treasurer’s report.
Marilyn Whitenack, Spiritual Growth, read “A Parable on Motherhood,” “Mother’s Dust Rag” and “The Watcher.” She also read Psalm 50:1. The delicious cupcakes were won by Barbara Kessell and Maurine Roberts.
Sharon Wagner, Social Action, read “Who Speaks for the Voiceless.” She spoke of the children who cannot speak for themselves concerning cruelty in the family. In Mexico in one week there were 370 children abandoned. The national immigrants had 163 abandoned.
Virginia Tschantz, Education and Interpretation, said there were four missionary birthdays. She told about a very good article in the Response about disabilities. She then read “It Is Well With My Soul” and “Mother’s Day Reading.”
Cheryl Crone, Supportive Community, had one birthday left and needed a person to sign up for this birthday.
Shirley Pfeifer gave a brief report on the United Methodist Women Assembly. There were a number of workshops, and they were on a first-come basis — no sign-up. The first workshop was on migration, with India and Asia being first. The second workshop was on national institutions. The third was about slavery of women. The fourth was on the Equal Exchange. In some places, olive oil was their best seller. Hillary Clinton was the featured speaker. Her theme was “Make It Happen.”
The next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 12, for a potluck. The meeting was adjourned.

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