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Posted: Mar 28, 2021
Renske Helmuth is no stranger to the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale (NHMRS) Quilt Auction. Her exquisite quilts have achieved legendary status at the sale. Each of the eight quilts she has donated has been the featured quilt of the year and has received top bid, including Kaleidoscope of Nations (2003) which sold for a record-breaking $44,000, and Threads of Africa (2015) which went for $42,... Read More
Posted: Jul 23, 2020
With summer in full swing, May has come and gone and is now little more than a distant memory. This year many of us felt the absence of a joyful trip to the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale. Somehow ushering in the summer didn’t feel quite right without tea balls, strawberry pies, and spring rolls – yet here we are, almost halfway through summer. As global events have continued to evolve, the... Read More
Posted: Jul 20, 2020
The NHMRS organizing committee is looking for a volunteer secretary to replace our much loved Donovan Gerber who has submitted his resignation so he can pursue additional post-secondary studies. We will miss Donovan's hard work and his smiling face!  The new Donovan would be someone who is knowledgeable about NHMRS or willing to learn more. This individual needs excellent communication... Read More
Posted: May 25, 2020
Where can you find 100 years of stories? On a bookshelf, of course. This was the inspiration for the 2020 New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale quilting project for the quilters at Hamilton Mennonite Church. The group took up the challenge of commemorating MCC’s 100th Anniversary by transforming 100 strips of unique and colourful scraps of fabric into 100 books. The books, neatly lined up on four... Read More
Posted: Apr 22, 2020
In response to the constantly changing situation around the country and world, we’re excited to announce new plans for the 2020 New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale. Although the traditional sale will not take place as planned on May 29 – 30 this year, we’ll still be celebrating in a few notable ways. Our Spring into Auction: 100 Quilts for 100 Years of MCC online live quilt auction will take... Read More
Posted: Apr 03, 2020
The safety and well-being of our attendees, volunteers and community are of the utmost importance to us. In light of the current public health crisis, the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale (NHMRS) organizing committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the much-loved and much-anticipated 2020 NHMRS in its regular format. During these times of uncertainty, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC... Read More
Posted: Mar 20, 2020
The safety and well-being of our community are of the utmost importance to us.  In light of this, the NHMRS committee has been meeting to work on contingency planning. Promo Dinner: The promo dinner scheduled for April 27 will not occur on that date. We are investigating alternative dates and/or events to make up the ~$20,000.00 funding shortfall. If you have sold any tickets, please offer... Read More
Posted: Mar 12, 2020
The New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale continues to monitor and assess new developments pertaining to COVID-19 as we prepare for the April 27 promo dinner and May 29 & 30 sale. At this point in time, there are no plans to cancel. Any updates or changes to plans will be posted here and shared on social media.  In the event we feel it is prudent to cancel the April 27 promo dinner we will... Read More
Posted: Mar 06, 2020
Tickets for the 2020 Promotion Dinner are now on sale! Enjoy a delicious family-style dinner and journey through the history of the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale and MCC. Special for MCC's Centennial year will be a display of historic NHMRS feature quilts. Hear from Ken Sensenig, an engaging storyteller and long-time MCCer, as he shares past and present stories of MCC. Date: Monday, April... Read More
Posted: Jan 30, 2020
On a grey Monday in January, the vibrant colours of this year's 2020 feature quilt warmed up the MCC Ontario head office with the unveiling of "Fire Island Hosta Queen", quilted by Louise Hamilton. For Louise, playing with colours is both her creative outlet and her greatest joy. She’s been sewing vibrant colours into her quilts for over 25 years. She recalls with excitement the time she first... Read More


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