UNITY School Update, May Baskets, Immigrant Relief Fund and more in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, May 17, 2020 – Available in full online here.
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From the UNITY School
Susan Morriss, Ministry Team Leader
In the midst of the pandemic and everyone’s uncertainty about the future, a bright light is shining over St. John’s Episcopal Church.
On behalf of St. John’s, I had the privilege in February to represent our church in applying for a $5,000 grant from the Bishop Whittemore Fund that would be put towards the building and development of a Sick Bay on the grounds of the UNITY School in Uganda.
St. John’s began saving for this project over 1 ½ years ago. At the April meeting of the Foundation, Board members Randy Wegener and John Gork led the ‘Zoom’ discussion on the background of our request. Then, the light became bright. We were granted the full amount of our request, even in this time of challenging markets.
Building will begin June 1st and hopefully, will be completed in one month. The newly named St. John’s Sick Bay will be staffed by a full-time nurse providing basic first aid, and teaching health education classes to the 150 students.
In the future, we hope to equip the school with Rapid Diagnostic Test kits (“RDT”) for malaria screening. This disease greatly affects Ugandan children each and every year, and the St. John’s Sick Bay will be able to refer those positive cases to a regional clinical pharmacy for drug treatment.
Your financial support, once again, shows this school community just how greatly it is loved, acknowledged, and is being cared for by their brothers and sisters in Christ across the world. We thank John, Randy, and the entire Foundation for their continuing support that they bestow upon us. We look forward to posting updates from the initial brick-laying construction photos to the last step of blessing the building with a plaque naming it the “St. John’s Sick Bay”.
And, the light will continue to shine forth. Amen.
UNITY School Team Leader
PS ~ Remember that adult Faith Formation resumes this Sunday at 11:30am with a special series taught on Zoom by Father Cramer, "An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible." Find out more at the Facebook event online here and be sure to click here and join us on Sundays!