Crafting to Feed the Hungry

Maurean Fellger is a lifelong Lutheran descended from a family of Lutherans who immigrated from Germany in 1850. She attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and taught children in a number of schools for 12 years before becoming a library media specialist for The Blake School for 23 years.

Maurean moved to Buffalo from Long Lake with Merill in October of 2001. Merill had grown up in the area, graduated from Buffalo High, and had been the district curriculum director for 15 years. Merill knew Pastors Folkerds and Blair well and many of the school personnel who are Zion members as well as former neighbors and classmates.

It was not hard to decide to make Zion our church home. We felt welcome immediately. Zionaires and coffee fellowship between services provided good opportunities to get acquainted and forge friendships.

Harvest of Hands became part of Maurean’s life when she and Merill dropped off some items for the White Elephant sale and met Darrell Anderson. It wasn’t long before they were part of the crew that worked with Darrell sorting, pricing, and selling.

In 2002, Maurean joined the small Harvest of Hands craft group that meets to making things and help set up for the sale in November. Over the years Maurean has formed close friendships and relationships with many who are involved with Harvest of Hands.

I look forward to our meetings. The camaraderie is great, and we learn new things while we are preparing for the November event. The commitment to Harvest of Hands by so many speaks volumes about how important this ministry is to the church and to the hungry who benefit from it. I am so glad to be a part of it.

The Harvest of Hands craft group has grown since Maurean first joined, in both participants and opportunities to meet, and she encourages anyone interested to stop by.

We meet four times a month now with two meetings on Tuesday mornings and two on Wednesday evenings. You might find, as I did, it is a “good thing.”

Maurean is also involved with the Zionaires 55+ group, quilting, the Lutefisk supper, preparing newsletter mailings, Zion’s partnership with Rivers of Hope, and decorating Zion for Christmas. Beyond church activities, Maurean likes to read, travel, do crafts, and garden.

My favorite place is my cabin where I collect different varieties of hostas. At the present I have 100 different kinds, at least one for every letter of the alphabet except X. There is an X hosta out there somewhere with my name on it.

Sadly, Merill passed away in 2005. They have one daughter, Jan, who lives in Minnetonka.

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