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Welcome to

Christ Church Cranbrook 2013 - 2014

Welcome! Welcome to Christ Church Cranbrook! This parish is made up of people from very diverse socioeconomic and religious backgrounds. We come together to engage in fellowship, service, spirituality, and most importantly, the love of Christ. You are invited to join us in every aspect of parish life. This booklet will give you a glimpse of what is going on here as well as to let you know how you can become more involved in the many ministries in your church community. As one of our founders, George Gough Booth, said “The only way to have is to give and the only way to keep is to share.” We invite you to expand your hearts and minds by getting involved in any of our Christian formation classes and many ministries. We offer a wide array of parish opportunities for worship, prayer, service, education, and growing in the spirit and mind of Christ. Discover how much more enriched your life will become! Please feel free to contact any of the people listed in this booklet to inquire about or assist in a program or ministry.

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind...” Romans 12:2

Membership at CCC Newcomer and New Member Welcome Brunch 11:30 AM Sunday, October 20: Let us welcome you and introduce ourselves and various aspects of parish life at CCC in a comfortable, laid back setting. Brunch will be served at the Rectory next door to the Church and child care will be available upon request. Please contact Pam Redfield for more information and to R.s.v.p. at, 248-703-9684, or the church office at 248-644-5210. This brunch will be repeated in the Spring. Membership at Christ Church Cranbrook involves participation in the worship, programs, and financial life of the parish. A person can become a member by: • Baptism • Confirmation (reception into the church) • Letter of transfer from another Episcopal church • Letter of commendation from another denomination or a letter of affiliation when previous church records are unavailable Please speak with one of our priests for more information. We invite you to join in our worship services and other activities to learn more about the life of our parish. For more information about membership, please contact the parish office at 248644-5210.

Adult Programs In addition to the programs listed below, Christ Church Cranbrook offers a variety of educational and faith formation opportunities throughout the year. Check the current Sunday bulletin or our Web site ( for more information. 9:00 AM Sunday Morning Forum: The Episcopal Church in One Year Meets in the Hospitality Center beginning Sunday, September 15 - See page 4 7:30 PM Tuesdays: Shiloah Meditation and Discussion Group begins with 20 minutes of mediation, after which the group discusses the book Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Meditation by Martin Laird. This group comes to share and be enriched by people who are at different stages of their spiritual journeys. Meets in the Library 7:30 AM Wednesday Bible Study: Follows the 7 AM Wednesday morning service. Meets in the Hospitality Center 6:30 PM Thursday Night at the Movies: (Third Thursday of the month--Sept. through May) Meets in the Hospitality Center 11:30 AM Fridays: Women’s Spirituality and Bible Study: Women of all ages, interests, backgrounds, and experiences are invited to be a part of this group. No prior Bible study experience needed. The group gathers for a brown bag lunch at 11:30 AM, and then continues with a discussion and study of some aspect of spirituality. For more information contact the Rev. Beth Taylor at 248-644-5210, ext. 30 or Meets in Rooms 201-202 (down the hall from the kitchen). Adult Baptism and Confirmation: classes are offered at several different times throughout the year. See pages 25 and 26 Education for Ministry (EfM): Begins September 17, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM EfM is a four year theological education program for the laity of the church. Participants commit to one year seminars led by trained mentors. During the four years participants study the Bible, church history and the2

ology. For more information, please contact Susan Brooks at 248-508-1886 or Meets at St. David’s Church in Southfield

Fiction Fun! All who are interested in reading good fiction and enjoy discussing the selected book, please join us. Everyone is welcome. Meets at 7:30 PM in the Conference Room. Monday, September 30, 2013: Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel. Monday, October 28, 2013: Love and Summer, by William Trevor. Monday, November 25, 2013: The Red and the Black, by Stendhal 2014 Dates: Mondays; January 27, February 24, March 31, May 31 and June 30. 2014 titles will be determined at a later date. Trinity Institute: Thursday, November 21, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Friday, November 22, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday, November 23, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Meets in the Hospitality Center The Good News Now Evolving with the Gospel of Jesus Join us for an interactive webcast of the Trinity Institute’s 43rd National Theological Conference. Seven speakers will discuss how we can tell the age-old story of Jesus in a world informed by science, empowered by technology, rich in religious and cultural diversity, and yearning for meaning, connection and wholeness. Advent by Candlelight: Monday, December 2, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Advent By Candlelight is a program that brings women from the church and the community together for an elegant evening of fellowship, and an opportunity to slow down and focus on the meaning of the season. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres amid beautifully set tables, listen to inspirational speakers and enjoy seasonal music. For more information, contact Deb Vincent at or 248-901-0419. Periodic mini-retreats for the development of personal spirituality will be announced in the Communicant and the Sunday bulletins.

Understanding your Grief: Sundays at 11:30 -1:30 Meets in the Conference Room (room 303) January 12 through March 30 When someone you love dies it can be hard to understand your painful thoughts and feelings. This group will help you understand the journey we call grief. We will cover ten touchstones that are essential actions for healing. For more information contact Pastor Joyce Matthews at 248-6445210, ext. 15 or 3

Sunday Morning Forums Sundays, 9:00 - 9:45 AM

The Episcopal Church in One Year Starting Sunday, September 15, we’ll learn about Episcopal Traditions, Practices, and Spiritual Values We’re going to tell the Story of our Church – the Episcopal Church. This will be a blend of Bible Study, Church History, Episcopal theology and spirituality, and our unique practices and traditions. Our clergy will be the principal teachers, but we will also employ the gifts of other guest speakers to help us tell this Story. When/where will we meet? Sunday mornings from 9:00 – 9:45 AM in the Hospitality Center (take the elevator to level 2). The classes begin on Sunday, September 15 and go through June 8. What are Episcopal Traditions, Practices and Spiritual Values? These are the practices that shape our identity as Christians and Episcopalians. They are not rules, laws, or confessional statements. In fact, there is nothing final or doctrinal about them (other than our belief in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Rather, they are expressions of our common life, and the ways that we pray and do ministry. These sessions will provide a launching pad for us to have creative conversations about what it means to be people of faith in a uniquely Episcopalian way. What about the kids/grandkids? Will we all be studying the same material? We have shaped learning in an age-appropriate way. Our youngest children in Preschool and older will be talking about the Church, but in different ways than the adults. Nursery care is also available. Two youth groups – Rite 13 (7th and 8th graders) and Journey to Adulthood or J2A (9th grade+) meet during this same time. The bottom line is this – we offer Christian formation opportunities for every age starting at 9:00 AM. Occasionally, we will have multi-generational programs for everyone. Please note: We continue to offer Sunday school beginning at 10:00 AM for children ages 4 – 6th grade.


What will I need to take part? 1. Just show up on Sunday mornings. We will place announcements in the Take it Home and in the Communicant each week sharing what will be discussed in the current week, and in the week to come. 2. Get a prayer book (Book of Common Prayer, 1979). Our goal is that every CCC household will have one. It will be a part of many of our conversations. They are easy to find on line ( or you can order them at any bookstore. 3. Say a prayer for our journey together this year. Ask God to teach you what you need to learn in order to broaden and deepen your spiritual journey. Your spiritual life is important to God, for you, and for the CCC community.

Sunday Morning Forum Guest Speakers In addition to some of our other guest speakers, we are privileged to include the following : October 6 ~ Ana Hernandez, Musician, Songwriter and Author October 13 ~ The Rev Scott Gunn, Forward Day by Day January 19 ~ The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., Author, Theologian and Episcopal Priest January 26 ~ The Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs, Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan March 16 ~ Michelle Meech; The Diocese of Michigan and the Whitaker Institute

Building HOPE Speaker Series Christ Church Cranbrook’s “Building HOPE Series” is a lecture series with prominent thinkers and community leaders addressing the larger conversation about regional revitalization, and the future of Detroit. Speakers and dates to be announced. Please check the CCC website for future dates and speakers. Past speakers included: John Gallagher, Author of Reimagining Detroit; Rip Rapson, President and CEO of the Kresge Foundation; Sue Mosey, President of Midtown Detroit; Graham Beal, Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts; William F. Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Focus: HOPE and Michael J. Brennan, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way for Southeastern Michigan


Children’s Programs Christ Church Cranbrook offers a number of programs to enrich the spiritual lives of children and youth and provide many opportunities for fellowship and formation. Sunday Morning Programs September 8- May 18 Nursery: Birth through 3 years old Professional nursery care is available for children birth to 3 years old. Joan and Shelly are dedicated each week to the loving nurturing care of our youngest parishioners. A paging system is available. Nursery care begins at 8:45 AM for families participating in The Episcopal Church in One Year program and continues through the 10 AM service. Sunday School: Ages 3 years through 6th grade Sunday school begins in the Hospitality Center at 10:00 AM with a Children’s Chapel designed to engage children and introduce the Bible story of the day. Following chapel, the children go to their Sunday school class by age and join their parents in the church for Eucharist at approximately 10:45 AM. Children 3 years through 3rd grade classes use the Godly Play curriculum. This curriculum uses the Montessori method to teach the stories of the Bible through storytelling, ritual, and hands-on activities. The classroom is set up as a sacred space and roughly emulates what happens in the big church. The key to this approach is a worship context for telling and working with Biblical stories, instead of a school environment. Children in 4th through 6th explore the Bible using the Connect curriculum. Connect takes tweens on a journey through the Old Testament and into the New Testament, exploring the connections between several stories each week. Children are given their very own Connect NRSV Bible to take home and bring each week to class. Blessing of Children and Families Sunday, September 16 after Sunday school, during the 10 AM service we will have a special blessing of protection for school-aged children and their families for the upcoming school year. First Sunday The first Sunday of each month is designated as an inter-generational service where people of all ages gather to worship together at 10 AM. The Nursery will be available as usual. Please join us for this family friendly service in the main church.


4th Grade Bible Presentation On Sunday October 6, children in the 4th grade will receive a Bible during a special presentation during the 10:00 AM service. These Bibles will accompany them during Sunday school through Journey to Adulthood and beyond. These Bibles are for their personal use to write in and high-

light as they desire. St. Francis Choir–The Saint Francis Choir is for all boys and girls from kindergarten through third grade and meets weekly after the 10 AM service on Sundays for 30 minutes. This is a musical enrichment experience in which participants learn basic singing skills, rhythm, and elementary musicianship through varied activities and learning fun Bible-based songs. This group sings a few times during the year for special occasions. For more information, contact Kate Bublitz, director, at Inclusion Ministry All children are welcome at Christ Church Cranbrook. If you have a child that would benefit from individualized care while attending Sunday School we have compassionate, experienced helpers to support them. Please contact Jessica Neeper for more information. Children’s Library Cart The Library Cart will be available at coffee hour for the borrowing of books beginning in September. This cart has wonderful selections to help your children enrich their school reading requirements. Children and Youth Liturgical Drama To be performed at the 10 AM Service on Sunday, February 2 – singing, speaking, chorus and tech roles. Casting call January 12, 2014 after the 10 AM service. Stewardship Each week children bring in their offering to God to Children’s Chapel. The collection will be presented in the main service by two randomly selected Sunday school children along with the adult offering. Outreach Children will again have an opportunity to bring in canned goods each Sunday during Children’s Chapel. When they bring in a canned good they can put a super ball in our Outreach Tube. Once our tube is filled and we have reached our goal, we will have an ice cream party to celebrate. Family Fun Days Several times throughout the school year we have fun fellowship opportunities hosted by our Sunday school families. Look for more information in the church publications and emails. Family Advent Fair Sunday, November 24, after the 10 AM service, we have our annual party decorating the tree in the Hospitality Center. All are welcome. Save the Date…Vacation Bible School June TBD (The Best Week of the Year!) For more information on children’s programs, contact Jessica Neeper at or 248-644-5210 ext. 28).


Youth Programs Christ Church Cranbrook’s Youth Program is focused on 7th to 12th graders and offers a number of opportunities for young people to build relationships, serve their community and strengthen their faith. Rite-13 (the first phase of the Journey to Adulthood program) for 7th & 8th graders, meets most Sundays from 9:00 - 9:50 AM in Rooms 201-202 on the 2nd floor. Young people participating in Rite-13 will be invited to celebrate their Rite-13 Liturgy or Celebration of Manhood & Womanhood (with a banquet and special liturgy at Sunday worship) in late April. J2A (the second phase of the Journey to Adulthood program) for 9th-12th graders, meets most Sundays from 9:00 - 9:50 AM in Rooms 102-103 on the 1st floor. The liturgical celebration is called “The Passing on of Light and Wisdom” and it will take place on a Sunday evening. This event involves young people, parents, youth leaders and clergy. Also, this group will begin to prepare for a Pilgrimage journey which will take place in the summer of 2015. Dominican Republic Mission Trip Group for 10th - 12th grade, meets first Sundays from October to June 4:00 – 5:30 PM. This group is preparing to take a week long mission trip to Dominican Republic in July 2014. Question and Answer Meeting for parents and kids will be held on September 8 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM. Participants must attend 6 of 9 meetings to be part of the trip. Liturgical Drama – To be performed at the 10 AM service on Sunday, February 2, – singing, speaking, chorus and tech roles. Casting call January 12, 2014 after the 10 AM service. New Beginnings Jr. High Retreat – 6 – 8 grade, Sponsored by the Diocese of Michigan - October 11-13 and March 14-16. Watch for announcements. 8

Happening Sr. High Retreat – 9-12 grade, Sponsored by the Diocese of Michigan - November 8-10 and April 25-27. Watch for announcements. “Family Dinners” – an evening hosted by a parish family (3 or 4 of these this year). At Family Dinner Night, youth and their parents come together for some great food and conversation. Youth “Fun Day” Activities – Fun activities like bowling, canoeing, ice skating, or rock climbing. Watch for announcements. Service Opportunities – Youth participate in service projects throughout the year with our Mission Partner, Focus: HOPE in Detroit. They also serve as crew leaders each summer at Vacation Bible School, and can work any time in Christ Church Cranbrook’s Community Garden. Acolytes – a group of 7th through 12th graders are trained to assist in worship services as acolytes. They also participate in the annual Festival of Gifts – a live enactment of the Nativity Story and gift drive that benefits local children’s charities. For more information, contact Bill Gollnitz at bill. or 248-258-5769. The Rev. Beth Taylor is Associate Priest for Outreach and Youth: or 248-644-5210, ext. 30 . Kris Forsyth is Rite 13 and J2A Coordinator: or 248-644-5210, ext. 13. Confirmation - Confirmation is available for youth who will be 15 years old or older in June, 2014 who want to make an adult affirmation of faith. A Confirmation retreat and eight classes will be held in the Spring of 2014. Contact The Rev. Beth Taylor at or 248-644-5210, ext. 30.


Music Ministry Music Opportunities for 2013-2014 Season Do you like music? Do you have experience singing or playing an instrument? Do you have an interest or ability to offer your time and talent to our congregation through music? If so, please consider participating in one of our musical groups. There are several different ensembles to choose from, each with a unique focus. Now is the best time to sign up, but new members are always welcome throughout the year. Christ Church Cranbrook Choir leads the congregation in singing and presents prepared anthems at the 10:00 AM service on the second, fourth, and fifth Sundays from September through June; as well as holiday services, special concerts and other events. Regular rehearsals are on Thursdays evenings. The Christ Church Cranbrook Choir is a widely acclaimed advanced ensemble that sings a greatly varied repertoire, including a significant amount of standard sacred choral literature from all periods of music. Individuals who can read music and have previous choral experience are best suited for this group, but it is open to anyone who is willing and able to take on the challenge and willing to work hard making beautiful music. For more information, contact John Repulski, director. The Saint Francis Choir is for all boys and girls from kindergarten through third grade and meets weekly after the 10 AM service on Sundays for 30 minutes. A musical enrichment experience, participants learn basic singing skills, rhythm, and elementary musicianship through varied activities and learning fun Bible-based songs. This group sings a few times during the year for special occasions. For more information, contact Kate Bublitz, director, at 10

C3 Music Ensemble leads worship on the third weekend of each month performing a wide variety of music styles – folk, jazz, gospel, contemporary Christian, world music, etc. This exuberant ensemble is open to experienced singers and instrumentalists who enjoy non-traditional sacred music. To schedule an interview, contact John Repulski, director. Cranbrook Ringers Handbell Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM. Using seven octaves of bells, this lively ensemble plays for the 10 AM Sunday service about once a month, as well as occasional special services, concerts, and other fun events through out the year. Membership is open to adults and youth who have some music-reading ability. Previous handbell ringing experience is not required. For more information, contact Bethany Henson, director, at Salon Concerts For those who are not musically-inclined but would still like to support the music ministry at CCC, volunteers are always needed to help with our monthly Salon Concert series, taking place in the Guild Hall on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. High Tea is offered during these delightful afternoon events; anyone able to help prepare, serve refreshments, and help clean up afterwards, are regularly needed. Please contact Leslie McNamara at Evensong Hear the accomplished CCC Choir present great selections for these traditional Anglican evening choral services. First Saturday of the month, October through June at 5:00 PM in the Church. For more information on the music ministry, please contact the music office at 248-644-5210 ext. 37 or email John Repulski at jrepulski@


Outreach Christ Church Cranbrook is committed to actively reaching out to its neighbors in the local community and beyond. To find out more about what is going on with Outreach at Christ Church Cranbrook, visit our website or contact Felix Rogers, Outreach Chair, at or 248-547-2176. Below are just a few of the ongoing outreach programs at Christ Church Cranbrook: Focus: HOPE/Hope Village Initiative Christ Church Cranbrook is pleased to have an ongoing, mutual partnership with Focus: HOPE in Detroit. Focus: HOPE is a renowned organization with a 40+ year old history commit­ted to hunger relief, career training and development, and racial reconciliation. Helpers are needed in many areas of our collaboration with Focus: HOPE Technical and professional: Strategic planners, Architects, Tradesmen, etc. are needed at various times. Glazer Elementary School: Tutoring, “Reading Buddy”, after school activities, etc. Hands on Projects: Help with specific projects; painting, yard clean-up, etc. Ingatherings: Collecting lawn mowers,snow blowers, gloves, toys, blankets, etc. For more information or to offer your time and talent, please contact Linda Braun at 248-312-4403 or at Baldwin Avenue Soup Kitchen Christ Church Cranbrook parishioners and friends help at Baldwin Soup Kitchen on the first Wednesday of the month and on the third Saturday every other month. For more information or to offer your time and talent, please contact Katherine Wlodarczyk at 248-626-0360 or for Wednesdays or Cherie Foster at 248-745-8724 or fostercher@ for Saturdays. 12

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Time and Talent Ministries Name: Phone: Email: I am interested in being a partner in the following ministries: (Please check all that apply)

Administrative Ministries ___Artworks Committee ___Buildings & Grounds Committee ___Columbarium Committee ___Communications Guild ___Diocesean Convention Delegate/Committee ___Finance & Budget Committee ___Investment Committee ___Personnel Committee ___Stewardship Committee ___Vestry Children & Youth Ministries ___Children & Youth Committee ___Events & Activities (Occasional) ___Inclusion Ministry (Supporting special needs children) ___Sunday School Leaders ___Vacation Bible School Assistance ___Youth Group Leaders ___Middle School ___High School ___Other Fellowship/Hospitality Ministries ___Docents ___Episcopal Church Women (ECW) ___Greeters ___Hospitality Committee ___Lex Orandi Hospitality ___Parish Wide Events Committee ___Social Groups ___Welcome Committee

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Outreach Ministries ___Building and Repair projects ___Children/Family Support Services ___Community Redevelopment ___Hunger/Feeding programs ___Outreach Committee ___Shelter/Homeless ___Senior Services ___Tutoring/Literacy ___Other_________________________________ Pastoral Care Ministries ___Baptismal Quilt Ministry ___Career Transitions ___Eucharistic Visitors ___Lay Healing Ministry ___Lay Visitors Ministry ___Parish Health Ministry ___Prayer Card Ministry ___Prayer Shawl Ministry ___Reception Ministry Worship/Music Ministries ___Acolyte Corps (Grade 7 & above) ___Altar Guild ___Alternative Worship (Lex Orandi) ___Audio Support - sound Board ___C3 Ensemble ___Cranbrook Ringers Handbell Choir ___Christ Church Cranbrook Choir ___Flower Guild ___Lectors ___ Music at Christ Church Cranbrook (Concert Series Support) ___Oblation Bearers ___St. Francis Choir (Boys & Girls - Kdg. thru 3rd Grade) ___Sunday School Teachers and Aids ___Thurifer Corps ___Usher Corps 14 ___Verger Corps

There are occasions when we could really use some specific kind of help from our talented parishioners. Please check off all that you might be willing to help with! Arts & Crafts ___Craft skills & tools ___Textiles & sewing ___Painting ___Drawing ___Woodworking ___Other______________________________ Buildings & Grounds ___Carpentry ___Gardening ___Handyman skills ___Landscaping Computer/Audio Visual ___Desktop Publishing ___Photoshop/Graphic Design ___Website Design ___Video Recording ___Video Editing ___Other Educational Experience ___Adult educators ___Early Childhood/Little Lambs ___Elementary children ___High School children ___Middle School children ___Special needs children ___Ability to write educational materials ___Library skills Language Skills ___Foreign Language ____________________ ___Sign Language


Medical ___Available for an emergency during a service ___Help with blood pressure screening Miscellaneous ___Baking/Cooking/Food Preparation ___Recycling Music ___Play an instrument ___________________ ___Sing Office Skills ___Calligraphy ___Clerical help (answering phones, filing, etc.) ___Mass mailings ___Stuffing envelopes & bulletins ___Other _______________________________ Professional Expertise _______________________________________ (i.e., accounting, architectural design, photography, project management, child psychology, fund-raising, stone mason, trust law, etc.) Additional skills, talents or interests please list:

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. -1 Peter 4:10


Please return this in collection plate or place in box at entry. Questions? Call Pat Hirvonen, Assistant to the Rector at (248) 644-5210, ext. 26 or E-mail

Bound Together Tutoring Program Bound Together is an after school tutoring program at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Pontiac. You don’t need to be a teacher by trade, just have a love of and concern for children. For more information, please contact Jane Porter at 248-334-3827 or The Grants Distribution Committee Initiates recommendations for the use of Christ Church Cranbrook resources in reaching out to those in need. The Committee also plans opportunities for parishioners to collect food and other items for agencies serving the needy. For more information, please contact Rich Lamb at or 248-644-0129. South Oakland Shelter (SOS) SOS is a rotating shelter for the homeless. Christ Church Cranbrook participates with other area churches in housing and feeding the homeless for one week each year. Watch for announcements. Community Garden The garden provides fresh produce to feed the hungry in our area. Volunteers are needed for planting, weeding, watering and harvesting. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Lauren Balames at or 248-644-1775.


Pastoral Care Ministries At the heart of the Pastoral Care Ministries of CCC is our mission as a church. Each time we reach out to the sick or to those who are grieving, we fulfill our purpose to live out the faith and love the people in our midst. Career Transitions Network A support group to help those in the midst of a career transition with resumes, job searches, networking, industry information, etc. Meetings are scheduled by appointment with Rev. Joyce Matthews. Eucharistic Visitors Eucharistic Visitors are lay persons who receive specific training and are licensed by the bishop to take Consecrated Elements from the Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity or other limiting factors, are unable to be present at the Eucharistic Celebration. For more information, please contact Clare Kabel at 248-626-8762 or Lay Visitors Lay Visitors are trained to assist clergy with visiting the ill, the bereaved, the disabled, and the home bound. Delivering altar flowers on Sundays and plants at Christmas and Easter are also the work of these dedicated volunteers. For more information, please contact John Wakevainen at 248-9520185 or Parish Health Ministry The Parish Health Ministry focuses on wellness, disease prevention and health promotion, affirming the church as a place for healing and wholeness. This is done through personal health counseling, a resource file available to the parish community, periodic forums aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and various health screenings. Disease prevention is promoted via influenza and pneumonia vaccines. For more information, please contact Joyce Turland at 248-641-8286 or Prayer Card Group 14

This small group meets monthly to address prayer cards with personal messages which are sent to all on the church prayer list, as well as to new members. For more information, please contact Pat Ballard at 248-6462011. Prayer Shawl Ministry A number of women of Christ Church Cranbrook pour hours of their time and their prayers into knitting beautiful shawls for those who are ill or celebrating a milestone. After the shawls are blessed by the priest at their meetings on the second Monday of the month, the shawls are delivered to parishioners. You don’t need to know how to knit to join this ministry. You can learn as you go with the help of more experienced knitters. For more information, please contact Donna Hartwig at 248-646-5567 or or Doris Hester at 248-855-5364 or Reception Ministry The Reception Ministry plans and hosts receptions following memorial, funeral and other special services. For more information, please contact Pam Redfield at 248-703-9684 or


Worship Ministries Acolytes Acolytes serve at worship services by leading the procession; lighting the candles; carrying crosses, banners, and torches; and assisting the clergy at the altar. This group is open to youth age 13 (or grade 7) and above. For more information, contact Rev. Beth Taylor, Associate Priest for Outreach and Youth at or 248-644-5210, ext. 30 or Bill Gollnitz at or 248-258-5769. Altar Guild Altar Guild members prepare the altars for all services. For more information, contact Karen Martin at or 248-646-3913. The Altar Guild is currently looking for new members. Flower Guild Flower Guild members create the flower arrangements for the altar for all services, including weddings and funerals. No experience is necessary. For more information or to become a part of this ministry, contact Kimberly Peterson at or 248-258-3471. Greeters Greeters are a corps of members who welcome newcomers and visitors before and after each worship service. They provide information about our parish and offer hospitality. For more information or to offer yourself for this service, contact Bill and Cindy White at Healing Ministers Healing Ministers are available in St. Paul’s Chapel during Communion at the 10:00 AM service to anoint, pray and lay hands on individuals who seek healing. For more information, please contact The Rev. Joyce Matthews at or 248-644-5210, ext. 15. Eucharistic Ministers Eucharistic Ministers assist in the Eucharist by administering the chalice. Open to confirmed adults and youth over age 16. For more information, please contact Deb Bush at 248-563-5493 or Lectors/Intercessor (Lay Readers) Lay Readers read lessons and lead the prayers at Saturday and Sunday services. 16

Open to all who have been baptized. For more information, please contact Deb Bush at 248-563-5493 or Morning Prayer Officiants Assist in offering the Morning Prayer Service on Monday through Friday. Training is available for those interested. Contact Jonathan Sams at jsams@ or 248-644-5210, ext. 14. Ushers Ushers welcome and escort worshipers into the nave, distribute service bulletins, and collect the offering. For more information, please contact Don Jahncke at 248-624-0248 or For more information on worship ministries contact The Rev. Joyce Matthews at or 248-644-5210, ext. 15.


Miscellaneous Opportunities

Christmas Day Brunch Join the fun in gathering, preparing, serving and sharing Christmas Day Brunch with those who would otherwise be alone. Watch for announcements. Docents Conduct guided tours of the church and chapels to small and large groups. For more information on arranging a guided tour for your group or becoming a docent, please contact Janice King at or 248644-5398. Office Help Help is often needed to answer phones, organize files, proofread, input data and many other office related duties! For more information, please contact Kathy Doyle at or 248-644-5210, ext 11. 18

Administrative Ministries Administrative Committees consist of members of CCC known to the Rector and the lay leadership of the church and elected by the vestry. We are always looking for people to serve on these committees. If you are interested, please contact Kathy Doyle at 248-644-5210, ext. 11 or The Artworks Committee The Artworks Committee is responsible for the care, safe-keeping, and proper use of the artworks of the church. The Building and Grounds Committee The Buildings and Grounds Committee maintains all church properties, church buildings, and the church’s many gardens and grounds. The Columbarium Committee The Columbarium Committee is responsible for the oversight of the Columbarium niches and the surrounding gardens. The Finance Committee The Finance Committee concerns itself with all matters affecting the fiscal policies and financial affairs of the church. The Investment Committee The Investments Committee establishes investment policy and monitors the performance of the portfolio managers for the church’s trusts. The Stewardship Committee The Stewardship Committee educates and inspires in all parishioners a commitment to the principles and ideals of Christian stewardship, including annual giving, capital campaigns and planned giving. The Personnel Committee The Personnel Committee develops and reviews personnel policies and procedures, job descriptions, compensation, and contracts with employees. The Vestry The Vestry is the governing body of the parish. Members are elected at the annual meeting and serve a three-year term. 19

Fellowship Groups Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is open to all women of the parish and their guests and involves fellowship and education. The group meets in Rooms 201-202 for a program and then in the Hospitality Center for lunch on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 11:00 AM from September to May. The 2013-2014 schedule is listed below. September 17 ~ Fall Open House in the Guild Hall, featuring an organ recital by John Repulski. October 1 ~ “Be Your Best Self - For You” Michele Sommers, Director of Oakland Family Services on the interrelated nature of thinking and emotions. October 15 ~ Jim and Py Wolfe will share their recent trip to Cuba. November 5 ~ “Hidden Treasures in DIA Masterpieces” power point with a DIA docent. November 19 ~ The Rev. John Albrecht on celebrating Thanksgiving. December 17 ~ Holiday music with a women’s chorale and festive luncheon in the Guild Hall. January 7 ~ “Books You May Have Missed” with Connie Silver of the Bloomfield Township Public Library. January 21 ~ Winter Floral Arranging by Kimberly Peterson of our parish. February 4 ~ Music in the Valentine Mood. February 18 ~ Gay Pogue describes and demonstrates “The Spirituality and Practice of Icon Writing.” Consider increasing your personal spiritual depth. March 4 ~ Butterfly Gardens in the midst of winter by Joe Derek, naturalist and outdoor educator. March 18 and April 8 ~ The Rev. Ron Pogue leads a Lenten theme. April 22 ~ Maureen Esther tells the fascinating story of Elizabeth I, who as Queen of England founded the Anglican/Episcopal church, which is our Sunday morning subject of study this year. May 6 ~ Pat Hardy, former Bloomfield Hills mayor and current city commissioner , highlights the Barton Farm House and Craig Log Cabin among other City ventures. May 20 ~ Special news for the spring season. 20

Baptism “Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298). In the waters of baptism we are reminded that we belong to God and nothing can separate us from the love of God. We also find ourselves part of an extended family, one with Christians throughout the ages and across the world, what we call the “one, holy, catholic [meaning ‘universal’], and apostolic Church.” The Rite of Holy Baptism can be found on pp. 297-308 of the Book of Common Prayer. Baptisms and baptism preparation classes are scheduled throughout the year at Christ Church Cranbrook. The current 2013-2014 schedule is: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM Preparation Classes: October 6 & 13 from 11:30 AM to 1:215 PM Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM Preparation Classes: October 20 & 27 from 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM Preparation Classes: December 29, 2013 & January 5, 2014 from 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM Saturday, April 19 at 6:00 PM (Easter Vigil) Preparation Classes: April 6 & 13 from 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM Preparation Classes: May 18 & June 1 from 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM Child care is provided for all baptism preparation classes. Pre-registration is required for classes and child care. Please note that these dates and times are subject to change. Please call the Parish Office at 248-644-5210 to verify the dates and time and to register. 21

Adult Confirmation Adult Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation Classes Interested adults are required to attend a 13-week course of instruction prior to the bishop’s visit, which will be sometime in the Spring. Class dates are yet to be determined, watch for announcements. Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation are three ways in which adult baptized members can strengthen and grow in their commitment to God. In the Episcopal Church, “adult members” are those who are baptized members and at least 16 years of age. Confirmation is for those who were baptized as infants, children or adults, and are now publicly affirming the promises made on their behalf by their parents, and godparents at their baptism and affirming their own faith and visibly connecting to the broader Body of Christ. Reception is for those transferring from another denomination who are baptized and have already made an adult affirmation of faith in that tradition and wish to be received into the Episcopal Church by our bishop. Reaffirmation is for worshipers who have been baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church (or any member church in the Anglican Communion) and who have had a significant renewal in their faith and want to acknowledge this publicly, by reaffirming the Baptismal Covenant with the bishop. Reaffirmation is a repeatable rite. The date for Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation administered by Bishop Gibbs has not been determined but usually takes place in May or June. To learn more please contact Pastor Joyce Matthews by email at or 248.644.5210, ext. 15.


Getting Married at CCC Christ Church Cranbrook is a community of faith designed to support parishioners on their spiritual journey through Worship, Christian Formation, Pastoral Care, and Service. We reserve the use of the church for weddings of those who meet the following criteria: • Either the bride or the groom must be a baptized Christian, and • The bride and/or the groom must be active, worshipping members of Christ Church Cranbrook, or • The bride or groom must have attended Christ Church Cranbrook at an earlier age, or • Members of the bride’s or groom’s family must be active and current contributing members. Divorced people may be remarried in the Episcopal Church with approval from the bishop. This process requires additional time and will be discussed in your consultation with the clergy. Please note that by Church (canon) law, application for marriage must be made to the officiant at least three (3) months in advance to give adequate time for premarital preparation. Contact Pat Hirvonen at 248-644-5210, ext. 26 or for more information.


Lex Orandi Reimagining Church for a New Generation Lex Orandi is a worship service designed with Generation X, Y and Next in mind. Conceived, led and adapted by generations who are just now stepping into leadership. We are a generation whose play lists are as diverse as our experiences and perspectives. God loves that about us. What we learn will shape the church to come, the lives we lead, the world. The service begins with a meal in the Hospitality Center on Sundays at 6:00 PM and continues from there to St. Dunstan's Chapel. Childcare is provided. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @Lex_Orandi. For more information, contact John Repulski at 248-644-5210, ext. 37 or 24

Worship is central to the life of Christ Church Cranbrook as we

join together to adore God, hear the Sacred Word, offer prayers for ourselves and each other, and celebrate the Sacraments.

Worship Service Schedule Monday - Friday ~ 8:30 AM ~ Morning Prayer Tuesday ~ 10:00 AM ~ Holy Eucharist Wednesday ~ 7:00 AM ~ Holy Eucharist Followed by Bible Study 12:00 PM ~ Holy Eucharist Saturday ~ 5:00 PM Holy Eucharist Sunday ~ 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM ~ Holy Eucharist Nursery Care and Sunday School ~ Sunday at 10:00 AM Sunday ~ 6:00 PM ~ Lex Orandi with Holy Eucharist

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Advent and Christmas Events and Services Advent by Candlelight ~ Monday, December 2 at 6 PM Festival of Gifts ~ Saturday, December 7 at 5 PM and Sunday, December 8 at 10 AM “O” Antiphons ~ Sunday, December 15 at 10 AM Blue Christmas ~ Sunday, December 15 at 4 PM Christmas Eve Services 5 PM ~ Children’s Service with Holy Eucharist 8 PM ~ Holy Eucharist with choir and brass 11 PM ~ Holy Eucharist with choir and brass Christmas Day 10 AM ~ Holy Eucharist 11 AM ~ Christmas Brunch 25

Christ Church Cranbrook Staff –––––Clergy––––– The Reverend Dr. Ronald D. Pogue, Ext. 32 Interim Rector The Reverend Joyce Matthews, Ext. 15 Associate Rector The Reverend Beth Taylor, Ext. 30 Associate Priest for Outreach and Youth The Reverend Jonathan Sams, Ext. 14 Associate Priest for Spiritual Formation The Reverend James Hamilton Lex Orandi Missioner

–––––Lay Staff––––– Kate Bublitz Jenny King, Ext. 39 Carillonneur Director of St. Francis Choir Dave Kueber, Ext. 34 Peggy Dahlberg, Ext. 12 Lead Sexton Director of Communications Linda Luther, Ext. 35 Kathleen Doyle, Ext. 11 Bookkeeper Parish Administrator Jessica Neeper, Ext. 28 Kris Forsyth, Ext. 13 Director of Children’s Ministries Rite 13 and J2A Coordinator John Repulski, Ext. 37 Bethany Henson Director of Music and Organist Director of Cranbrook Ringers Dr. Christopher Reynolds, Ext. 17 Patricia Hirvonen, Ext. 26 Associate Director of Music and Organist Assistant to the Rector Communications Assistant

Richard Waldbott, Jr., Ext. 38 Sexton

Unless otherwise noted, staff e-mail addresses begin with the first letter of the first name followed by the last name ie;

Christ Church Cranbrook 470 Church Road Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304-3400 248-644-5210

2013 - 2014 Welcome and Program Booklet  
2013 - 2014 Welcome and Program Booklet  

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