Outreach

Northend Outreach Ministries

Christ Episcopal, Lyons Methodist, Community Congregational, First Congregational, First Baptist and the Sisters of Saint Francis. The sponsoring 501(c)3 non-profit, under which it operates, is Community Congregational UCC.

Thank you to our awesome volunteers!

Food Boxes:

Christ Church is grateful to be the site of Northend Outreach Ministries’ food box distributions.

Food boxes are prepared to assist families over the Spring break, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Summer Lunch Program:

The summer lunch program is open to children 18 years or younger. Activities and books are also available to the children and families who participate in the program.

March 2019


Pizza Ranch Community Impact Fundraiser

August 8, 2018

Members of Christ Church served at the Clinton Pizza Ranch, earning 10% of the evening’s proceeds, plus tips.  The Vestry voted to donate the entire amount earned to Information & Referral Services, in response to immediate needs in the community.


PLARNING – Crocheting or Knitting Plastic Mats for the Homeless

PLARN (plastic yarn project) in Clinton

In collaboration with the Sisters of St Francis and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), members of Christ Episcopal Church have supported the PLARN (plastic yarn project) in Clinton. The Share Our Sandwich program which the Sisters initiated in 2014 has grown to offer personal supplies, coats and hats to those in need.

Last year, a woman in Fulton dropped off a mat made of re-purposed plastic grocery bags to one of the sandwich sites. She taught others to make these mats which are 3×6 feet, knit or crocheted, for laying between the ground and sleeping bags.

Clean plastic bags are used.  Volunteers fold and cut bags and make “plarn” which is rolled into balls for knitters and crocheters.


Helping the Salvation Army

United Music Ministry with Christ Church members Carolyn Brown and Nancy Malli perform for Salvation Army Christmas Kettles  at Paul’s Discount.

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Monarch butterflies

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About 10 years ago several of our parishioners became aware of the threat of extinction of one of God’s loveliest of creations, the Monarch Butterfly.  Because of the use of pesticides in farming practices as well as in private gardens, milkweed which once grew profusely across our country, and on which Monarchs must lay their eggs and feed during the caterpillar stage, is now scarce. Couple that with extensive logging of trees in Central America on which the butterflies overwinter, as well as extreme weather such as freezes and tornadoes during their migration northward in the spring, their numbers are rapidly dwindling by approximately 80%.

As people become educated about the plight of these beautiful harbingers of summer, Monarch stations in private and public gardens, classrooms, arboretums and homes can be found in states throughout the migratory flight patterns.  Iowa is on such a path, and we at Christ Church joined the “army” of Monarch Mavens.

We planted our garden with milkweed and flowers upon which adult butterflies as well as other insect pollinators such as bees would feed, became educated as to the creation of a suitable nursery, the finding of eggs, feeding the newly hatched “cats” throughout their caterpillar growth stages, and finally how to catch and release them after they emerge from their beautiful lime green chrysalis encrusted with tiny golden beads.  Truly a miracle, …..and the joy on the faces of children and adults alike as they share in the process from finding eggs to watching them fly to find a juicy flower in this big world is thrilling.

If you are interested joining the Monarch recovery story, go to Monarch Watch for complete information and instructions.

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Outreach Photo Gallery

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