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Parish Life – Our Weekly Blog

Prayer for Rosh Hashanah

By Rev. William J. Danaher Jr., Rector

Prayer for Temple Beth El

Rosh Hashanah

September 6, 2021

Watch the prayer online here.

About the High Holy Days:

The ten days that begin with Rosh Hashanah and end with Yom Kippur mark

Haiti Earthquake Response Update

By Rev. William J. Danaher Jr., Rector

I am so grateful and blessed to give you an important update on our critical response to the suffering happening in Haiti. As I mentioned last week, I was contacted by a friend

Where did we experience God?

On Sunday, a group of over 30 volunteers gathered at Crossroads of Detroit, the ONLY Sunday soup kitchen in Detroit, to make and serve food for those in need. The group fed over 350 hungry people. Along with lunch,

Help us support the people of Haiti

By Rev. William J. Danaher Jr., Rector

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a brother in Christ who wanted to direct a gift of $25,000 to the people who are suffering in Haiti from the

Afghan Refugee Fund

By Rev. William J. Danaher Jr., Rector

As many of you know, Afghanistan has been going through incredible tumult, and we have thousands of refugees coming our way. I have been working with Samaritas (www.samaritas.org),

Are You Surviving Or THRIVING? (Part 1)

By Rev. Chris Harris, Associate Rector

According to Dr. Randal Bell in his book Post-Traumatic Thriving, when a traumatic event hits — such as a pandemic, it can either

Pancakes that “Come back at ya”

By Rev. Chris Harris, Associate Rector

In a recent sermon, I mentioned how certain foods such as a family recipe can bring us back in the same way a song might — and trigger precious memories, even make

Safety & In-Person Worship

Dear Ones,

Like many others, I have been diligently watching the spread of the latest COVID-19 variants. Certainly, we are living through an incredibly fluid and complex time.

We need to find a way forward that

Special Project Committee: Campus Renovation Update July 2021

Our Campus Redevelopment Plan

Our congregation came together a few years ago to identify the needs for our campus. 

These identified needs were:  

1) Expand out multi-purpose gathering space (The Hospitality Center)

2) Expand classroom

Introducing Christ Church Cranbrook’s New Musician In Residence

We are excited to welcome Joe Balistreri, a nationally-respected organist, conductor, and liturgist, as Musician-in-Residence starting August 1. With his extensive knowledge of music from years of study at the University of Michigan and his ample experience as a