by the Rev. Katie Hines-Shah
For summer 2022, participants will enjoy a three-session Bible study that uses the concept of quilting to explore rest, renewal and Christian community. We’ll discuss Old and New Testament readings as we consider the patterns we follow and how the pieces of our lives and communities are bound together in Christ. While no actual sewing experience is required to complete the study, participants can opt to create a quilting project as a lasting reminder of their time together.
June 2022, Session 1: “A summer of rest and renewal,” focuses on choosing patterns and re-assessing the shape of our lives. We find life-giving patterns in worship, sabbath and service. View the June 2022 video supplement.
July 2022, Session 2: “Quilt cutting and piecing,” explores how our lives and Christian communities come together into a cohesive whole, including people of all shapes and sizes, abilities and talents. View the July 2022 video supplement .
August 2022, Session 3: “Ties that bind,” examines how God invites us to commit to a new way of life with God and with each other. View the August 2022 video supplement
How do I sign up for the free summer series?
I do not get Gather magazine, but I am in a quilting program at our church.
We would like to do all 3 summer lessons as a retreat around the end of June. Is there any way we can print out the July and August lessons ahead so the presenter can start studying them? We have the June magazine already.
Please email me the July/August Bible Study. My circle is doing this study this month. as we don’t meet in the summer. And I gave my copy to my daughter.
I mailed my check to you for my renewal subscription around mid-August. Thank you!
Sorry, I’m a little confused. The May/June issue talks about Session 1 “a summer of rest & renewal” for June. What about May? What am I missing or are we just doing the devotional readings for May?
Thanks, Janis, for your patience. Each May we offer a devotional, as an opportunity to welcome newcomers into groups and explore ways to share God’s hospitality to all. Readers are welcome to use the May devotional at any time during the year!
I’m looking forward to this.The church that I attend no longer has a WELCA ,no women’s circle or even Sunday school.I am a quilter so this peaked my interest right away.
I am leading the Bible Study at circle mtg tomorrow. I really don’t think you need to promote LBGT or any of that any more than infidelity or murder is promoted. Are you going to promote abortion, too? Sin is all condemned and we need repentance and forgiveness in Christ. Please, get back to the Bible.
I read pg 46 “God’s Table is for All.” Now does that include all religions? I learned that all who believe and are baptized are saved.
I am just a layperson and read the Bible every morning for private devotions.
I hear the article hurts you and pushes against how you have been taught. Ideas that challenge our status quo often draw our most defensive and angry thoughts. The ELCA, the publisher of this magazine, has been an open and affirming denomination since the adoption of a social statement on human sexuality in 2009. To remove all mention and influence by members of the LGBTQA+ community would be antithetical to who the Gather represents and impossible to reconcile with the beliefs and teachings of the denomination. That leaves lay folks a few options– 1. With an open heart and open ears, ask a pastor about how they understand the Bible and the LGBTQA+ community. 2. With an open heart and open ears– being extraordinarily careful not to cause hurt or judgment to the person, ask a member of the LGBTQA+ community to tell you about their faith and their understanding of the text that trouble you. 3. Just skip those pages in the magazine; I don’t like articles about pets– I am not an animal person; I ignore them and move on. 4. Find a new magazine. Any of those have a much better chance of helping resolve your frustration than an angry post here. Remember love cast out sin not judgement, grace not law.
The quilt is amazing!! Can we have permission to use the graphic of the quilt to publicicize the June Gather Bible study, “A summer of rest and renewal,” by the Rev. Katie Hines-Shah? We would use the image in our June church newsletter for the article on our WELCA Circles. We will give you credit. Thanks for your consideration.
Thanks for your comment, Julie. Yes, individuals and groups can use the graphic of the May/June cover of Gather to promote the Bible study. Please credit: Debbie Jeske/Women of the ELCA 2017 “All Anew” quilt challenge.
I would like to have the print version of June’s Bible study. How do I open that?
I’m not seeing the option to download the Summer 2022 free Bible study. Is there a link somewhere that I missed?
Hi, Myrna and Nancy! Thanks for your comment. You can follow the directions at the bottom of this page (www.gathermagazine.org/summer-2022-crafted-in-christ-a-summer-of-rest-and-renewal/) to enter your email and receive a link to the download, as well as other past studies. New sessions will be posted as soon as they are available. Thanks!
Thank you for your comment! We offer the summer Bible study for free to non-subscribers in the hopes that you/your group will buy a subscription to Gather. To get the link to the free summer studies, you just need to subscribe to Gather’s enewsletter here:
You can also contact: [email protected] if you have any further questions/concerns.
Please send ms session three of Pastor Shah’s Bible study.
I am teaching the Bible study.
Hi, Elizabeth! Thanks for your comment! Here is the link to all three of the Gather summer Bible study: http://www.gathermagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/CraftedInChrist_summer_2022_Bible_study.pdf
We’ll also email you directly just the August PDF.
I am correcting the spelling of my surname – above.
I’ve tried two different email addresses in the link above but still no email with the links.
I am a subscriber as is my church. I am leading this summer series on Tuesday. Help! I can’t find my copies.
Mariposa Lutheran Church
Mariposa CA 95338
For anyone looking for the summer studies link, here it is:
Is it possible to have a copy of the August 2022 Bible Study (pages 36-41) emailed to ladies in our summer Bible Study Circle?
Hi Jerry! Yes, we’ll email this free summer Bible study session to you directly and you can forward it to them. Thanks! The Gather staff
Our Naomi Circle at Love of Christ in Mesa, AZ loved this series. For the second lesson we brought material squares that were made into a special quilt from our group. For the third lesson we bought quilts that had special meanings for us and we told their stories. After this sharing, we decided to have an internet Quilt Show to celebrate our study. Here is our link –
i would like to get bible studies to print for the group
Hi Ramon! You can get the Summer 2022 Bible study by subscribing to our e-newsletter! Follow this link: https://mailchi.mp/elca/free-summer-bible-studies!