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This is the two-fold message we find in the Gospel of Matthew (28:19-21):
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Over the past three months, the power and presence of Christ have been with us as we shifted our pastoral care, ministry, and programming online and over the phone.
Jesus led us through Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost.
In the face of death, we proclaimed, “Christ is Risen!”
In the face of despair, we replied, “Jesus has ascended and is praying for us!”
In the face of compounding reminders of racism and inequity, we responded, “The Spirit of God leads us into all truth!”
And now, as we turn to the summer, we are proud to send you this mid-year update on the incredible work we are doing together. Thanks to our talented and hard-working clergy, staff, and lay leaders, and to your steadfast financial support, the current pandemic and season of protest has been a time in which we are deepening our faith and growing spiritually as we continue to be a church that gathers, embraces, and serves faithfully in a fluid and changing context.
One of the most powerful signs of resurrection we have seen is your steadfast generosity at a time of pandemic. Serving and loving our neighbors is the surest indicator that we have not lost our moral compass during this time. Your giving has helped us respond quickly to meet the critical needs in our community in the ever-changing landscape of this public health crisis. Not only have we helped agencies with their volunteer needs while keeping social distancing protocols, we created the COVID-19 Response Fund with four objectives: (1) to care for front-line workers; (2) to combat food insecurity; (3) to help the homeless shelter-in-place; and (4) to assist those experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic. So far we have devoted over
$180,000 and hundreds of volunteer hours to help with relief efforts, including:
Thanks to your faithful financial support, we were able to upgrade our church’s sound system, internet, and live-stream capabilities over the past few years. This early investment in new technologies to stay connected digitally through our “Church at Home” initiative has resulted in all kinds of signs of new and renewed life together:
And we continue to add ways to connect both virtually and now in-person such as coffee hours, movie nights, porch gatherings, walking groups, and more! Click here to view and bookmark our program schedule, updated weekly.
Your clergy and trained parishioners have also embarked on a massive, parish-wide phone canvas, making literally thousands of calls in an effort to reach every parishioner, regardless of their technical skills or abilities to access our digital programing to offer prayer, pastoral support, or just a friendly ear to listen. Through these calls, we’ve learned that:
We have been meeting weekly with our wardens and Gina Morgan, our Director of Finance & Administration, to monitor our revenues and minimize our expenses. Because we have been good financial stewards over the past five years, we came into this crisis well-positioned to ride through these difficult times without losing the precious investments we have made in the relationships that our clergy and staff have built. In addition, planning for our campus renovation project, From Our Founding to Our Future, continues to move forward with the pre-construction planning so that we can continue this vital project when things return to normal. Click here to read the latest update on our blog.
Your faithful financial support is helping our own staff and clergy do the work God has called us to do. Because we cannot worship physically together, we have missed out on our in-worship weekly offerings. Therefore your pledges and regular contributions are more important than ever.
Questions? Email Gina Morgan, Director of Finance.
All of what we have been able to achieve depends on your ongoing, week-in, and week-out support. Thanks to you, we have been able to be the beacon and healing light that God shines on this world through his Risen Son, Jesus. Please help us keep that light shining. We truly are in this together and we have no doubt that when we all do our part, Christ Church Cranbrook and its people will emerge from this crisis, with a deeper faith and deeper love for one another than ever before!