Women are invited to contribute to a Prayer Shawl Collection, whether attending the Ninth Triennial Gathering or not. The shawls will be given to ministries in the ELCA North Carolina Synod. A downloadable fact sheet is available here that includes a label to be added to the finished shawls.
“Over 2,200 prayer shawls were made and donated in 2011 at our Eighth Triennial Gathering,” reports Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director. “Can we exceed that number this year?”
Shawls can be made by women working alone, or women can gather together regularly to knit or crochet the shawls. “Imagine women and girls of all ages, gathering in prayer, learning from and with each other, creating beautiful shawls together,” says Post Bushkofsky. “It’s a tangible introduction to our gathering theme, of many generations.”
Patterns for both knitted and crocheted shawls can be found at shawlministry.com, if needed. Many books on prayer shawls are available at local libraries.
Shawls can be brought to the exhibit hall, The Dor, at the Charlotte Convention Center during the gathering. Shawls can also be mailed to the following address, for arrival between May 15, 2014 and June 15, 2014.
WOMEN OF THE ELCA
PRAYER SHAWL COLLECTION
8765 W HIGGINS RD
CHICAGO IL 60631-4101