Christmas Food Box Distribution 2018

Christ Church is grateful to be the site of Northend Outreach Ministries’ holiday food box distribution to our neighborhood families.  Thank you to our awesome volunteers!

Thanksgiving Food Box Gathering and Distribution 2018

The Northend Outreach Ministries volunteers filled food boxes for 22 neighborhood families on Monday, November 19. Distribution of food boxes took place on Wednesday, November 21 in the Christ Church Parish Hall.

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.

Christmas & Thanksgiving Food Boxes 2017

Once again Northend Outreach Ministries (5 churches in the North end) collected food for the elementary school children of Eagle Heights and their families.   We prepared 20+ boxes of food to assist families over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.

Summer Lunch Program 2017

The summer lunch program is supported and administered by Northend Outreach Ministries (NOM), a group of churches in the north end including Lyons Methodist, Community Congregational, First Congregational, Christ Episcopal,  First Baptist and the Sisters of Saint Francis. The sponsoring 501(c)3 non-profit, under which we operate, is Community Congregational UCC.

The summer lunch program is open to children 18 years or younger.

  • 2,103 lunches were served in 2017
  • 1,622 lunches were served in 2016
  • This was an increase of 481 lunches.

The Friends of the Library donated books, free for the children to take home.  Activities after lunch included:

  • Craft projects on Monday
  • 4H every week
  • Mercy Hospital – Healthy Living Projects
  • A seizure dog that detects epilepsy
  • Sheriff’s therapy dogs
  • Pigs named Frank Swinatra and Annie Oinkley
    (The pigs could shake hands and play the piano.)
  • Angie’s chickens
  • Purina put on a play day 
  • Lumberkings came one day
  • The firemen came with their truck
  • Policeman Bill Sattler
  • Monarch butterfly display – caterpillar, cocoon and butterfly

80% of children in Clinton schools qualify for free or reduced lunch.

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 July, 2014, has grown to offer personal supplies and 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 offered to teach the way to make these mats which are 3×6 feet, either knit or crocheted, for laying between the ground and the sleeping bag of those who are sleeping outside.

Clean plastic bags are used. These bags might otherwise end up polluting highways or the river. More importantly at this time are volunteers who can fold and cut the bags and make “plarn” which is rolled into balls for the knitters and crocheters.

For more information, email Francie Hill at franciehill3@gmail.com.

PLARNING – Crocheting or Knitting Plastic Mats for the Homeless

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.


Northend Outreach Ministries

Food Boxes Filled for 2016 Christmas Break

We are part of a group of churches in the north end of Clinton.  We call ourselves the Northend Outreach Ministries (NOM).  Many of the school children in Clinton qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.  During Thanksgiving, Christmas and spring break there are no meals at school. We began collecting food for 20 families so there would be something for them to eat during these periods.

We have also joined in a federal program to feed all the children during the summer months. Word spread in the community and we had 50 volunteers to help – many of whom were not part of our church families. In addition to feeding the children we  provided a book table for them to take books home. One day we invited our home team baseball players to lunch with the children and have their pictures taken with them.   On another occasion we had therapy dogs and another time we had a fire engine. Also, people from Nestle came to the food site and put on a play day for the children.  One group was playing games and another had a craft session. This was an especially fun time.

Lumberkings visit lunch site

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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 on during the caterpillar stage, is now very scarce. Couple that with extensive logging of trees in Central America on which the butterflies overwinter, as well as extreme weather conditions such as freezes and tornadoes during their migration northward in the spring their numbers are rapidly dwindling.  In fact, their numbers have decreased by approximately 80%.

As people are becoming educated as to the plight of these beautiful harbingers of summer Monarch stations in private and public gardens, classrooms, arboretums and family homes can now 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 off 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.  You won’t be sorry and quite possibly, will be very blessed as we have been.