September 2, 2020, United Methodist Women meeting at Archer United Methodist Church, Archer, Iowa. Betty Johnson (in her mid 90s) made these four beautiful baby quilts and more since the COVID-19 virus outbreak in March, 2020. These quilts are going to be donated to a local mission, yet to be determined. Betty did not want any recognition for this very loving Christian gift.
Back Row: Betty Wilkens, Jane Schwartz, Sheryl Storm, Donna Koepnick, Carol McDowell, Vione Nieuwenhuis, Glenna Farnsworth, Pam Thornton, Nancy McDowell Schussler.
Front Row: Kathy Landhuis and Betty Johnson
Submitted by Linda Porter
The women of Archer United Methodist Church met September 2, 2020, for the first time since March, 2020. A portion of our program was devoted to our activities we had accomplished during the pandemic.
One of our dear members, nonagenarian Betty Johnson, crafted several quilts which she had lovingly stitched throughout the spring and summer. She graciously decided to donate each baby quilt, doing so in her typical quiet and unassuming manner, by giving them to another member prior to the meeting.
Betty has not sought any recognition because, "I did it for church missions." This selfless gift will provide some very deserving babies a wonderful keepsake and a reminder that all of God's children are loved and welcomed into the world.
Betty is in her mid 90s and stays actively involved in her community and her church. She is a very accomplished and prolific quilter, and regularly quilts for her family. She has had numerous quilts auctioned off to raise funds for the Archer United Methodist Church's annual fundraiser, Lord's Acre Day. Betty is a perfect example of a Christian woman in the way she approaches life. She uses her talents to further God's kingdom.
As of the writing of this article, the Archer UMW is considering which mission will receive the quilts.