Karla Woell’s Creche Collection

This figure is from Vietnam and was purchased in 2008 from Lutheran World Relief. It is constructed of tightly rolled magazine pages.

Residents of Arcadia were treated to an inspiring display this Advent season thanks to Karla Woell, who showcased her international collection of creche sets at Trinity Lutheran Church for the community. The exhibit of almost 170 different sets of the familiar nativity scene was a fundraiser for P.E.O. (Philanthropic Education Organization) and yielded over $800 for the organization as they promote educational opportunities for women.

Those who attended were very impressed with the variety of depictions, many of which use materials indigenous to their locale. Karla began collecting creche sets in 1974 and now has sets from 39 countries.  The first one was from Nigeria and was a gift from her mother.  The newest set, purchased in 2012, is constructed from used soda cans and was made in Kenya.

Greeting cards with depictions of 18 of the sets are available by emailing PEOChapterFFMI@charter.net  The cost is $10.60 for a set of 6.

Karla Woell and her husband Stan, who are full-time residents of Arcadia,  have served in numerous roles at Camp Arcadia through the years. They continue to generously share their many talents with Trinity Lutheran and the local community.  We celebrate all that Karla and Stan have done, and continue to do, to make our world a better place.

View a photo gallery that includes many images of Karla’s creche sets here.

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