Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, all Nicaraguan government schools have remained open, despite the fears and anxieties that surround the virus. Even with these added challenges, over 80% of primary school kids have been attending class as they did before the pandemic. Those who are uncomfortable attending class in person are still being helped through special efforts by The Rainbow Network staff by distributing school supplies and other materials to assist with studying at home.
Some of the most dedicated students are the high school scholarship students. Nearly all of the scholars have been attending class in person, are maintaining excellent grades, and continue to tutor the younger primary students in the afternoon. I’m so proud of our church in sponsoring a total 14 high school students.
Dr. Will Moore has prepared a video of his visit to Nicaragua earlier this year in which he showcases many of the students we are sponsoring. Donations can be made through November 1 by either check made out to “Clinton UMC” with a notation of “Rainbow Network”. You can also contribute online at www.clintonumc.net/give.
Blessings to each of you,
Carolyn McAllister, Clinton UMC Outreach Committee Chairperson
Since 2018 Clinton UMC has partnered with the Rainbow Network to support the community of El Cobano in rural Nicaragua in the following ways:
*Access to medical and dental clinics
*Clothing and shoes for community members
*Nutrition centers and food deliveries
*School supplies, backpacks, and books for primary students
*Education about health, sanitation, nutrition, first aid, etc.
*Empowerment and love through a strong relationship.
All of this is made possible by our congregation’s 3-year commitment of $20,000 a year to support the people of El Cobano. In this third year of that commitment, $10,000 has been funded so far. Through November 1, we’re asking for your help to raise the final $10,000.
This video features Dr. Will Moore, a member of the Rainbow Network board and son-in-law of Mike and Lois Miller of our congregation. He shares about the Rainbow Network’s ministry and his commitment to it. I encourage you to listen to his powerful message! We’ll share updates on our El Cobano partnership in upcoming weeks. Learn more about the Rainbow Network at www.RainbowNetwork.org.
Please prayerfully consider helping us reach our 2020 goal during this special offering opportunity that ends November 1. Make checks out to “Clinton UMC” with a notation of “Rainbow Network.” You can also contribute online at www.clintonumc.net/give.
Base for the new Worship Hall has been excavated and the rock fill is being installed and compacted. Footings for the structural support walls and posts will be dug and concrete poured shortly. Interior sheetrock will be installed to finish out the second floor hallway transition to the new south stairwell and all the fire doors hung over the next several days. Immediately following that completion we’ll demolish the old stairwell and start with cutting the floor for new drain line locations… moving with steady pace now!
What’s it like when life seems out of balance? It may be hard to describe, but you certainly know it when you feel it! And with everything going on right now in our world, nation, community, family and personal lives… living a balanced life can be a real challenge!
You’re invited to our new sermon series called “Balancing Act!” We’ll take a look at five spiritual practices: radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity. Guided by Scripture and Five Practices of Fruitful Living by UMC Bishop Robert Schnase, we’ll discover that when consistently applied, these five practices can give our lives proper balance and even help us thrive!
So, join Clinton UMC September 27 – October 25, for Sunday morning worship at 8:15 or 10:30 and the “Balancing Act.”
It's time for Sunday School to start but we feel it isn't safe for us to meet in person, so we have a really fun program lined up for kids to participate in virtually! Each Sunday at 9:30 on Facebook and this website, we will premiere a new Sunday School lesson, complete with classic Bible stories, music, prayers, crafts, experiments and more, brought to you by a whole group of fun church members that you will recognize and love! These lessons will remain on Facebook and the webpage all week until Friday afternoon, so you can watch when it's most convenient for you and you watch again and again all week long! We look forward to hearing your comments about the new program!