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By Father Bill Danaher, Rector
Thanks be to our God, despite the pandemic, we are thriving as a congregation:
We are continuing to meet together for worship, study, and prayer.
We are attracting new members and growing.
We are serving others in new and powerful ways.
We are financially sound and fiscally responsible.
We are fearlessly, faithfully preparing for Advent and Christmas.
Last weekend, we held a town hall meeting, which you can view online. Here, I will trace some important takeaways:
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We are making Steady Progress on our Campus Renewal Project
The following milestones are being reached:
We are Generous, Fiscally Stable, and Growing
In response to the pandemic, your generosity has helped us to provide more than $200,000 to address those directly affected by COVID-19 (christchurchcranbrook.org/covid19fund). We have also devoted an additional $200,000 to projects in Pontiac and Detroit that seek to address long-standing issues in economic inequity. This generosity is a hallmark of the work we have done as a church since our founding.
Thank you to everyone for your generosity! If you would like to make or renew your pledge to Christ Church Cranbrook for 2021, you can do so online here. If you would like to make a gift or pledge payment, you can do so here.
Finally, we have successfully acquired a Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) Loan to not only help provide economic stability for our employees, but to help the church overall meet any shortfalls that may arise in pledges and revenue.
For Advent and Christmas, we have several fun activities in the works – stay tuned for a memorable Advent and Christmas season at CCC!
Again, for all this good news in challenging times, I give thanks to God. I am also grateful to all of you who have continued to gather, connect and serve so that we might be the Christian community that God has called us to be. Finally, I am grateful to my fellow clergy and staff, who have all worked incredibly hard during this time to keep this church not only running, but moving forward.