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Warm Hearts, Warm Beds in Wisconsin
Betty Stuckert, longtime United Methodist Women member and leader at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

For more than 35 years the members of the Claudia Circle of United Methodist Women at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, have been providing quilts for women and children in the Milwaukee area.

A longtime member of the church, Betty Stuckert, who had been instrumental in forming many circles for United Methodist Women predecessor the Women's Society of Christian Service, recognized the interest of women who would enjoy quilting. She sought the assistance of a church member who had taught quilting, and together they organized the Claudia Circle. The women met in homes for devotions and fellowship and they learned the techniques of quilting.

Soon these women were doing small projects for themselves and sewing squares to be sewn together for wall hangings in the church.

For the church's centennial celebration in 2002, the circle was asked to design and sew a banner to honor the event. The theme for the celebration was "Bound for Greater Things."

During this time the circle members also began to see a service opportunity in providing quilts for women and children in need. Fabrics were donated, and the circle purchased batting. Some of the women washed and ironed the fabrics and began to meet often in one another's homes or at the church. The fabric was cut into strips and sewn into twin-size quilts. At circle meetings the quilts were tied to secure the thickness of materials. Sewn in each quilt is a message that reads: "Love and comfort to you from the Claudia Circle, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay."

The 23 women of the Claudia Circle put faith, hope and love into action through their service. They've donated more than 400 quilts to women's shelters in the Milwaukee area. The quilts also go to United Methodist Children's Services of Wisconsin and to Sojourner Family Peace Center, named after fellow Methodist Sojourner Truth.

The faithful, talented women of the Claudia Circle have been led for 35 years by Stuckert, who has been a member of the church for more than 50 years. She continues at the age of 91 to organize meetings and keeps in touch with members and shut-ins.

Through the years Stuckert has served on many church committees, mentored confirmands, developed a policy committee, and planned and served hundreds of church dinners and women's luncheons. She has also led a Bible study in her home weekly since 1972.

This church of about 1,000 members has many who know and serve the Lord — many of whom were inspired by this Christian woman of deep faith and leadership.


Gail Roeder is a member of United Methodist Women at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

Posted or updated: 11/8/2016 11:00:00 PM
 
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