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Women to women

Delaware congregation reaches across the world with sophisticated sale

One Sunday a month, the coffee hour at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wilmington, Del., includes what Karol Hitt Rowan describes as a “fairly sophisticated” sale. For instance, she said they “draw the line at crocheted toilet paper holders.”

But lest you think the Good Shepherd women are pretentious, think again. They simply know what will sell, and they always have a long-range goal in mind: helping women who may live in Madagascar, Rwanda or Afghanistan.

Members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,
Members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilmington, Del., get more than a cup of coffee every third Sunday following worship. They get the chance to help women throughout the world by purchasing items made or grown by one another. Admiring a scarf at a recent sale are Linda McKay (left), Paula Holloway, Karol Hitt Rowan and Nancy Simpson.
The inspiration for the sale came when Rowan, a potter, noticed a wall hanging at church that another member had made. “I began thinking that the congregation undoubtedly harbored many such talented people,” she said. “I don’t need to sell my pottery to support my pottery habit or get income. There have got to be more people who would share their wares for a good program.”

And sure enough, there were.

From the hands, homes and gardens of both church and community members, there’s quite a spread every third Sunday: fine jewelry, homemade note paper, knitted and crocheted baby sets, purses, afghans, lap robes, slippers, scarves, shoe bags, wine gift bags, aprons, table runners, pottery, needlepoint, baked goods, pickles, jams and jellies, herbal vinegars, tomatoes, peppers, rhubarb, green beans, blackberries, garden flowers, and wooden toys, bowls and platters.

“We’re continually surprised by what comes in and the different people who contribute,” Rowan said.


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