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Church helps school in ‘Spirit Inspired Service’
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BY SUE WARREN Clipper Correspondent CLEARFIELD — You don’t have to be a big church with hundreds of members to make a difference. Following its “Spirit Inspired Service” calling, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1579 South State St., Clearfield has spearheaded major contributions to a local school and a global outreach ministry, the Wine to Water Project, which provides clean drinking water in third world countries. St. Peter’s has been partnering with Lincoln Elementary School in Layton for about five years to help support education. This outreach ministry is all due to a church member who works there as a reading tutor, Shirley Williams. Some church members are now volunteer reading tutors; St. Peter’s also provides school supplies, backpacks, library books, clothing, shoes, and food items each school year. This summer, Priest-in-charge, Rev. Claudia Seiter, and her husband, David, were attending a family wedding in Ohio. While chatting with family members, David mentioned the outreach ministry at Lincoln. Recently, and quite unexpectedly, his brother, Mark Seiter and sister-in-law,who reside in Cincinnati, Ohio, sent a surprise donation check for Lincoln Elementary in the amount of $2,000, proving that sometimes when you cast ideas out, they return ten-fold. The check was presented to a delighted Lincoln Elementary School Principal Chris Whitaker last month. The outreach ministry with Lincoln Elementary was shared in the mid-summer issue of Trinity Church News, a national publication based in New York City. In an article highlighting direct connections between parishes and community schools in the U.S., the work of St. Peter’s was recognized in the state of Utah. St. Peter’s also welcomed Diocesan Bishop The Rt. Rev. Scott Hayashi on his annual parish visit on Nov. 11, and to mark the occasion raised $1,100 to contribute in his name to the Wine to Water Project. Supported by the national Episcopal Church, the project helps provide clean drinking water to villages, schools and clinics by drilling wells and supplying filtration units for countries with compromised water systems. Since each well costs $500, the parish will be able to provide two wells for villages in Cambodia and a total of five filtration units for clinics and schools in Haiti and Uganda. For more information on Sunday services, outreach ministries, or parish life, call the church office at 801-825-0177 on Tuesdays 9 a.m.-3 pm or leave a message on other days. Sunday services start at 9:30 a.m. and all are welcome.

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