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A MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR, THE REV. CANON DR. WILLIAM J. DANAHER, JR. Whether you are a member, looking for a new church home, or are just curious, our doors and hearts are open to you. Take a look at our opportunities for worship, community, service and education. Come join us as we continue on our spiritual journey together and deepen our relationship with God and one another through the four activities that define us -- Meeting Jesus, Finding Joy, Sharing Beauty, and Serving Others. To say a bit more about who we are and what these four activities mean to us: We are a dynamic Episcopal Church who find ourselves, and each other, through our common life in Christ. We are a welcoming community that creates safe space for diverse views. We are unashamedly Christian, but we do not expect you to agree with any one position or belief. Indeed, we believe that God’s Spirit is often revealed through new voices and different perspectives. We are a parish that was founded by a remarkable act of generosity and philanthropy. We live out this founding vision each day through our worship, our musical offerings, our education programs, and our many mission and outreach projects


We invite you to join every aspect of our parish life. No matter who you are and where you are from, we welcome you in the name of God’s Son, Jesus, who is the source of all love and mercy.

Belong Newcomer Events........................................................5 Baptism....................................................................6 Confirmation, Reception & Reaffirmation..........................7 Worship God Weekend Services..................................................... 8 Weekday Services......................................................9 Choral Evensong................................................10 & 11 Special Worship Experiences....................................... 12 Thanksgiving Eve Service........................................... 13 Christmas Eve and Christmas Services............................ 13 Lent & Easter Services.............................................. 13 Music.............................................................14 & 15 Grow in Your Faith Adult Education.................................................. 16-18 Special Events..................................................18 & 19 Mental Health Series................................................ 20 The Cranbrook Project in Music, Arts & Education......... 21-23 Children.........................................................24 & 25 Middle School Youth...........................................26 & 27 High School Youth..............................................28 & 29 Serve In the Church Altar Guild, Flower Guild........................................... 30 Healing Ministers..................................................... 30 Eucharistic Ministers................................................. 30 Hospitality ............................................................ 30 Lay Visitors............................................................ 30 Pastoral Care......................................................... 30 In the Community Serve Lunch........................................................... 31 Help a Refugee Family.............................................. 31 Tutor a Child ......................................................... 31 Serve Breakfast/Sell Fruits & Veggies............................ 31 Tend the Community Garden....................................... 31 Buy an Item of the Month........................................... 32 Lend a Hand a the Farm............................................ 32 Special Events Outreach Sunday..................................................... 32 Adopt a Family for Christmas ..................................... 32 Oakland County Jail Ministry Training............................ 32 South Oakland Shelter.............................................. 32 Crossroads of Michigan.............................................. 33 Christmas Day Brunch............................................... 33 CCC at a Glance................................................. 34-36 What We Believe................................................ 38-39




Belong to the Community

Recurring Events: Newcomer Open House 2nd Sunday of the month at 11:30 AM Meets in the Library If you are visiting the church, considering membership, or just want to find out more about Christ Church Cranbrook, please come to our Newcomer Open Houses, which begin on Sunday, October 8 at 11:30 AM in the Library. Meet the clergy and lay leadership of our dynamic parish. Learn about our programs. Find out about the ways you can be involved. There is no cost, no RSVP, and of course children are welcome. For questions and more information, please contact Jill Bednas at

Special Events: New Members Brunch On November 12, 2017, and April 29, 2018, at 11:30 AM Meets in the Hospitality Center We will have a blessing in the church to introduce our new members and will be hosting a special brunch to celebrate new members of the congregation. This will be a time for you to meet the clergy and other church leaders, and an opportunity for us to affirm the gift of your presence at Christ Church Cranbrook. For questions and more information, please contact Jill Bednas at 248-644-5210, ext. 13 or

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At Christ Church Cranbrook, we celebrate baptisms for infants, children, and adults. Each baptism is a joyous event - we are adopted as God’s children and become members of Christ’s body. Below are the scheduled Baptism dates for 2017-2018 to aid you in your planning and in your discernment: Scheduled Baptism Dates: Saturday Baptisms are offered during the 5 PM service. Sunday Baptisms are offered during the 10 AM service. All preparation classes take place following the 10 AM Sunday Service. Saturday, October 7, 2017 (the Feast of St. Francis) Attend a preparation class on Sunday, September 17 or Sunday, September 24 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Sunday, November 5, 2017 (All Saints’ Day) Attend a preparation class on Sunday, October 22 or Sunday, October 29 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Sunday, January 7, 2018 (the Baptism of Our Lord) Attend a preparation class on Sunday, December 10 or Sunday, December 17 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, February 10, 2018 (the Last Sunday after Epiphany) Attend a preparation class on Sunday, January 28 or Sunday, February 4 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Sunday, April 1, 2018 (11:15am service, Easter Day) Attend a preparation class on Sunday, March 11 or Sunday, March 18 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Sunday, May 20, 2018 (Pentecost) Attend a preparation class on Sunday, May 6 or Sunday, May 13 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, June 30, 2018 ( Nativity of St. John the Baptist) Attend a preparation class on either Sunday, June 17 or Sunday, June 24 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM


To learn more about baptism or to set up a meeting, contact Pastor Imogen at or 248.644.5210, ext. 16.

Ways to Deepen Your Belonging

In addition to baptism, there are three special ways to deepen your faith at Christ Church Cranbrook. Each takes place within our worship service and is led by the bishop.

You can be confirmed, standing before your faith community and the bishop to express your mature commitment to Christ, receiving strength from the Holy Spirit to live as a faithful and active follower of Jesus.

You can be received into the Episcopal Church, coming before your faith community and the bishop to receive prayers and the laying on of hands as you step forward to make the Episcopal Church your home. (This is a wonderful opportunity for those who have grown up or been confirmed in another Christian tradition.)

You can reaffirm your faith, in the presence of your faith community and the bishop. If you’ve recently experienced a renewed sense of God’s presence in your life or reconnected with the church after time away, these are just some of ways you might feel moved to reaffirm your faith.

To learn more about confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation, contact Pastor Imogen at or 248.644.5210, ext. 16. 7

Worship God Worship is at the heart of our life as a Christian community. Every week we join together in praising God, hearing God’s Word proclaimed anew, and offering our deepest prayers. Together we are fed with Christ’s body and blood in the bread and wine, and then sent out to be bearers of God’s love to the world.

Our Weekend Services All are invited as we share in God’s Word and feast at God’s table together. We look forward to seeing you at one of our weekend services, held at: • Saturday at 5 PM (contemplative and reflective) in the Church • Sunday at 8 AM (traditional and intimate) in St. Dunstan’s Chapel • Sunday at 10 AM (celebratory and song-filled) in the Church • Sunday at 6 PM Evensong (congregationally sung) in the Church • First Sunday of the month at 6 PM Choral Evensong featuring guest preachers

To learn more contact Pastor Imogen at irhodenhiser@ or 248.644.5210, ext. 16. 8

Worship God Additional Worship Opportunities Throughout the Week

Weekday Services

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Morning Prayer 8:30 AM - Meets in St. Paul’s Chapel Every weekday we gather at 8:30 AM to offer praise to our Creator, to hear God’s holy Word, and to pray for those in need. As we pray together, we remember that God’s mercies are new every morning. We are always walking together in God’s sight. This short service (30 minutes) is a wonderful way to begin the day and new faces are always welcome.

Wednesdays - Holy Eucharist 8:30 AM - Meets in St. Paul’s Chapel

Thursdays Holy Eucharist at Cedarbrook

An early morning Bible study group meets at 7:30 AM on Wednesdays to read and reflect on the biblical texts assigned for the coming

9:30 AM- Meets at Cedarbrook of Bloomfield Hills

Sunday. This time is followed by a short service of Holy Eucharist at 8:30 AM.

All are warmly welcomed to attend this intimate service led by a member of the Christ Church Cranbrook clergy.

Wednesday Evening Meeting Jesus 6:00 PM- Meets in the Hospitality Center This midweek gathering provides the opportunity for each of us to pause and rest in God’s presence. We find spiritual renewal through prayer and Bible study. Fellowship and a light supper follows the class.


Special Worship Experiences

Choral Evensong First Sunday of each Month at 6:00 PM - Meets in the Church On the first Sunday of each month, we hold a service of choral evensong. This is a traditional Anglican service which includes a sermon as well as glorious choral music, a formal liturgy, and incense. Our preaching theme for our Choral Evensong sermons in 2017 is:

“What Does It Mean To Be Welcoming?” All of our preachers selected will unpack the meaning of that question drawing from their particular experience and perspective.

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October 1 - Tom Nelson

November 5 - Nik Schillack

December 3 - Michael Spurlock

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May 6 - Paula Williams

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Special Worship Experiences Healing Services

Sunday, September 10; December 17, Blue Christmas Service; Sunday, January 14; Sunday, May 6; and Sunday, September 9. Meets in St. Dunstan’s Chapel. This liturgy includes prayers for healing as well as anointing and the laying on of hands in a service of Holy Eucharist.

Blessing and Remembrance of the Animals

Sunday, October 8 - Meets in the Church- 3:00 PM Remembrance of pets who have died and Blessing of the pets at 4:00 PM. Followed by refreshments for all on the patio.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service

Tuesday, November 21, 7:00 PM at Temple Beth El We gather as the interfaith community in the Birmingham-Bloomfield Hills area — Temple Beth El, St. Hugo’s, Kirk on the Hills, Christ Church Cranbrook, and the Muslim Unity Center — to give thanks to God, with special prayers, music, and refreshments. There will also be an opportunity to make donations for local non-profit organizations serving the Greater Detroit Metropolitan area.

Festival of Gifts

Sunday, December 10 - 10:00 AM - Meets in the Church This beloved Christ Church Cranbrook tradition includes a live reenactment of the nativity by members of our renowned Acolyte Corps (and some rather endearing animals), and the invitation to bring gifts to the service that can become part of Christ’s presence to a child this Christmas.

Jazz Christmas Eve: December 24, 1:00 PM Meets

in the Church. As we have since 2015, we will continue to provide a Jazz setting to the Christmas Eve liturgy. This is a time to experience the profound ways the improvisational power of God by coming to us as a child born of Mary.

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Sunday, June 3 - 10:00 AM - Meets in the Church A unique celebration of God’s adoption of us as God’s children from every family, language, and nation, including the stirring sounds of a traditional Scottish pipe band.

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Wednesday, November 22 at 6:00 PM - Youth-led service and Children’s Play - Meets in the Church

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24

Christmas Day Monday,December 25

1:00 PM Jazz Holy Eucharist service 4:00 PM Children’s/Family Service 7:00 PM Holy Eucharist with choir and brass (6:30 PM Organ prelude) 10:00 PM Holy Eucharist with choir and brass (9:30 PM Organ prelude)

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist 11:00 AM Christmas Brunch

Lent and Easter Events and Services Shrove Tuesday Tuesday, February 13 Pancake Supper: 6:00 PM Family event includes the Burning of the Palms at 7:00 PM Ash Wednesday Services February 14 7:00 AM in St. Dunstan’s Chapel Noon in the Church 7:00 PM in the Church

Holy Week Services Palm Sunday: Sunday, March 25 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM Holy Eucharist 8:00 AM meets in St. Dunstan’s Chapel; 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM Evensong meet in the Church Holy Monday, March 26 - Holy Eucharist, 7:00 PM- Meets in St. Dunstan’s Chapel Holy Tuesday, March 27 - Holy Eucharist, 7:00 PM- Meets in St. Dunstan’s Chapel

All Christmas services will be in the Church

Wednesday March 28 - Tenebrae 6:00 PM - Meets in the Church A unique service of readings and chanted psalms and songs as we move toward the darkness of Good Friday and the promised light of the Resurrection. Maundy Thursday, March 29 7:00 PM - Meets in the Church A Service of Foot Washing and Holy Eucharist, Good Friday, March 30 Noon - Traditional Good Friday Liturgy 7:00 PM - Choral Stations of the Cross Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 31 11:00 AM - Easter Walk for Families 7:00 PM - Meets in the Church

Easter Sunday, April 1

7:00 AM ~ Holy Eucharist- Meets in Resurrection Chapel 9:00 AM ~ Holy Eucharist with choir and brass 10:30 AM ~ Children’s Easter Egg Hunt 11:15 AM ~ Holy Eucharist with choir and brass

To learn more contact Pastor Imogen at or 248.644.5210, ext. 16.



Do you have experience singing or playing an instrument? Do you have an interest and ability to offer your time and talent to our congregation through music? If so, please consider participating in one of our musical groups.

Christ Church Choir leads the congregation in singing in addition to offering anthems and psalms at the 10:00 AM service from September through June. They also sing the service of Evensong on the first Sunday of the month, feast and fast–day services, concerts, and other special events. The Christ Church Choir is an advanced ensemble that sings a greatly varied repertoire, including a significant amount of standard sacred choral literature from all periods. Individuals who can read music and have previous choral experience are best suited for this ensemble. The Cranbrook Choristers, for boys and girls in grades 3 - 8, is an ensemble that combines excellent musical training, leadership and teamwork, worship and fellowship. Choristers learn musical skills and theory through the curriculum of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). The early and thorough musical training of the RSCM curriculum has documented success stories in assisting children in fundamental life skills: selfconfidence, problem solving, spatial reasoning, communication, creativity, and cooperation. The Cranbrook Choristers rehearse on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (5:00 PM - 6:30 PM) and sing frequently in church. Choristers are welcome to come to the church immediately after school to work on homework and receive tutoring. The Parish Choir is an ensemble for teens and adults that sings alongside the Christ Church Choir several times each year. For these occasions, music selections are intentionally uncomplicated - chosen for singers who are not able to make a weekly commitment to the Christ Church Choir, but would like to be a part of the music program. Singers can join this ensemble whenever they are available. The Parish Choir dates for 2017-2018 are October 8, February 25, and April 8.


The St. Francis Choir is for all boys and girls from Kindergarten through Second Grade; consideration will be given to four-year olds with parent participation. This

is a musical enrichment experience in which participants learn basic singing and rhythm skills through varied activities and Bible-based songs. The development of the child’s singing voice will be a major focus of this choir. The St. Francis Choir sings for the 10:00 AM service several times during the church year. Additionally, the children will participate in a musical outreach event this year. Rehearsals are held in the Choir Room immediately following the 10:00 AM service on most Sundays and last approximately thirty minutes. Contact Kate Bublitz, director, for more information at


The Cranbrook Ringers are once again up and ringing! Rehearsals for this ensemble will be on Wednesdays from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Handbells are an excellent opportunity for those who are musically inclined (basic music reading skills are necessary!), but are not interested in singing. This group will ring in church several times throughout the year, in addition to taking their show on the road to local venues that might not otherwise be able to hear live music regularly. Contact Donna Hughes for more information at CCC Philharmonic is an amateur [“for the love of”] group of instrumentalists from within the parish. They rehearse the Sunday before playing in church. They add to the organ to accompany glorious hymn singing at the 10:00 AM service. If you play an instrument, or are ready to dust off your childhood violin, mark your calendars for April 15, 2018! For more information about the music ministry, please contact the music office at 248-644-5210, ext. 37 or email Christopher Wells at

Christ Church Cranbrook Music Staff: Christopher Wells, Director of Music and Organist Sarah Simko, Organ Scholar Jennifer Shin, Organ Scholar Kate Bublitz, St. Francis Choir Director Donna Hughes, Handbell Director Jenny King, Carillonneur 15

Grow in Your Faith

Adult Education At Christ Church Cranbrook, one of the ways we seek a deeper relationship with God is through our study of the Bible, our common life and how it speaks the life of the world around us. During the 2017-2018 program year, we are delighted to offer the following opportunities for our mutual learning and growth.

Recurring Adult Formation Opportunities: Rector’s Forum Sundays at 9:00 AM in the Hospitality Center Finding Your Treasure: Money and Possessions in the Bible and in Our World Using acclaimed scholar and preacher Walter Brueggemann’s new book Money and Possessions, this year we will explore what the Bible has to say about these key themes in both the Old and New Testaments and in our own lives today. What guidance do we receive from our Christian faith about the value of money and possessions? Join us for this challenging and eye-opening course as we delve into God’s Word on a fascinating topic, accompanied by one of today’s most accessible Christian teachers. Meeting Jesus Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in the Hospitality Center Meeting Jesus in the Gospel according to John Have you ever wanted to read a whole book of the Bible, but didn’t know where or how to start? Following last year’s course, in which we explored encounters between Jesus and others in the New Testament, this year we invite you to drink deeply with us from God’s Word as we spend the coming year reading the Gospel according to John. We will begin with an orientation on how to start a practice of bible study, and we’ll continue through the Gospel of John. Supplemental guides and study Bibles will be available for purchase at our first meeting. We look forward to embarking on this transformative journey with you!


Grow in Your Faith Wednesday Morning Bible Study Wednesdays 7:30 AM - Meets in the Hospitality Center Every Wednesday, we gather from 7:30 - 8:20 AM to read and reflect on the Scripture passages assigned for the coming Sunday. We conclude our time together with a short service of Holy Eucharist at 8:30 AM in St. Paul’s Chapel. Women’s Spirituality Group Wednesdays at 12:00 PM - Meets in Rooms 201/202 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 at 12:00 PM for a discussion and study of some aspect of spirituality. For more information contact Leslie McNamara at Understanding your Grief Sundays October 8 & 22, November 5 & 12 at 11:30 AM Meets in the Conference Room When someone you love dies it can be hard to understand 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 248-644-5210, ext. 15 or

International Order of St. Luke the Physician Third Sunday of each month at 1:30 PM Meets in the Conference Room Join this rewarding ministry made up of clergy, health professionals and lay people who feel called to Jesus’ Ministry of Healing as a regular part of their service to the church. Registration is required. Contact Pastor Joyce Matthews at 248-644-5210, ext. 15 or for more information and to register.


Grow in Your Faith Thursday Nights at the Movies The third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. Meets in the Hospitality Center September through May Watch movies and discuss them afterward. All are welcome! Fact & Fiction Fun! Meets on the last Monday of the month 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Meets in the Conference Room All who are interested in reading good non-fiction and fiction and enjoy discussing the selected book,please join us. Everyone is welcome. Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Meets on various Tuesdays from September through May, 11:00 AM in Rooms 201-202 There is a place in this church for friendship among women of the parish. We start with an interesting speaker at 11:00 AM in Rooms 201-202 (just inside the South Entrance) and at noon enjoy a delicious lunch in the Hospitality Center prepared by fabulous caterer. The programs are walk-in and complimentary. Reservations are required for lunch and may be made by calling the church office at 248-644-5210 before noon on the Monday before the meeting date. The cost for lunch is $5.00

Special Events:


Contemplative Prayer Retreat and Prayer Series Retreat: Saturday, September 16, from 9 AM until 3 PM Please bring a bag lunch. Prayer: Monday evenings, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, October 2, 9, 23, 30, November 6 and 13. (no Oct. 16) Meets in the Guild Hall for the Retreat, Library for evening prayer. Note: Please bring a journal or a notebook to write in. Set aside to reconnect more deeply with yourself and with God; to be nourished by the One who loves you. Starting with a day retreat on September 16th, followed by six Monday evenings in prayer, we’ll learn how to nurture an awareness of the Living Presence and become familiar with practices (through word, song, movement, silence) to come into a direct relationship with God.

Grow in Your Faith

Oktoberfest Friday, October 6 at 6:30 PM Meets in the Hospitality Center Father Bill, CCC Clergy, and the Stewardship Committee invite you to share in an evening of authentic German food and fellowship to help celebrate the end of a beautiful summer and to welcome the fall as we begin our Stewardship season. In reflecting on how we give our time, talent and treasure, we all have so much for which to be thankful and hope that you will join us. For more information , contact Fr. Bill Danaher at or Pastor Imogen Rhodenhiser at or 248-644-5210, ext 16 Advent by Candlelight Monday, December 4, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Meets in the Guild Hall and Hospitlaity Center Advent By Candlelight is a program that brings women from the church and the community together for an elegant evening of fellowship, Enjoy hors d’oeuvres amid beautifully set tables, listen to inspirational speakers and enjoy seasonal music. For more information, contact Mandy Andrews at or 248-525-2680.

Wednesday Evening Lenten Series February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Meets in the Hospitality Center Join us in delving deeper into your faith and sharing a meal. This will be an inter-generational program. 6:00 PM ~ Meeting Jesus 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM ~ Lenten meal and program


Grow in Your Faith

Christ Church Cranbrook Mental Health Series Mental Health in Everyday Living Monthly Meetings on Sundays: September 17, 2017 through May 20, 2018; 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Meets in the Hospitality Center The Parish Health Ministry presents a very relevant and compelling series on mental health presented by experts in the field. A light lunch will be served. Please come to a series of discussions as we take mental health issues out of the darkness and bring the discussions and understanding into the light.

September 17, 2017

February 18, 2018

“Mental Health is Everyone’s Business”

“Parenting Challenges”

Dr. Steven Huprich

October 15, 2017

March 18, 2018

“Understanding Bipolar Disorder”

“Senior Living Arrangements”

Dr. Kristen Abraham

November 19, 2017

Dr. Paula Kliger

“Talking with People Different than Us -Crossing the Political and Religious Divide”

January 21, 2018

Dr. Margaret Stack

“Understanding Gender and Sexuality”


Dr. Michael Bambery

Panel discussion:

April 15, 2018

Panel discussion:

“End of Life Arrangements”

May 20, 2018

A representative from the Rose Hill Center “Suicide”

For more information please contact Lisa Nemazi at or Pastor Joyce Matthews at or 248-644-5210, ext. 15.

The Cranbrook Project in Music, Arts, and Education Established in 2016 and funded through a generous grant from the Erb Family Foundation (, the purpose of the Cranbrook Project in Music, Arts, and Education is to close the distance between our cities and suburbs as well as the many religious, artistic, and educational communities in metropolitan Detroit. The goals of the Cranbrook Project are to: • Enhance cooperation between different religious, ethnic, racial and economic communities in Metropolitan Detroit; • Encourage collaboration between activists, artists, academics, and members of the interfaith community in Southeastern Michigan; • Foster greater social engagement and responsibility through Jazz, Contemporary Art, and the Environment; • Support Christ Church Cranbrook as a beacon for community engagement, leadership, and care for the wider community.

Special Services/Events:

Seasonal Jazz Concert - Saturday, December 23 Meets in the church Funded by a generous grant from the Erb Family Foundation, we are holding a special holiday concert for the community curated and performed by Terence Blanchard, the Erb Jazz Chair at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.


The Cranbrook Project in Music, Arts, and Education Christmas Eve Jazz Service - Sunday, December 24, 1 PM As we have since 2015, we will continue to provide a Jazz setting to the Christmas Eve liturgy. This is a time to experience in the profound ways the improvisational power of God by coming to us as a child born of Mary.

The Rev. Charles C. Adams Harford Memorial Baptist Church

Martin Luther King Weekend Saturday, January 13 at 5 PM and Sunday, January 14 at 8 and 10 AM Carrying on our tradition of bringing in a noted preacher to help us remember the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we will have the Rev. Charles C. Adams, Presiding Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit. Special guest musicians at the 10 AM Sunday service will be Rodney Whitaker and the MSU Jazz Band. Earth Day Weekend Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM Meets in the Church Guest preacher: The Rev. Fletcher Harper is Executive Director of GreenFaith, an international, interfaith environmental organization that supports leadership training for faith leaders from diverse backgrounds, activist campaigns, and advocacy on climate and environmental issues.

The Rev. Fletcher Harper

Jazz Pentecost May 20, 2018, 10:00 AM - Led by Rodney Whitaker, University Distinguished Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University, these services provide us with an opportunity to continue a legacy of Jazz at our parish that goes back to its founding, when Jazz musicians were carved into the church’s original woodwork. Jazz has long bridged divides in Detroit, and these services do that at precisely those moments when we celebrate the outpouring of God’s love in sending his Son and the Spirit. All of the above services/events will meet in the church.


Special Partners in 2017-2018: Carr Center One of the most exciting developments taking place at Christ Church Cranbrook is its partnership with the Carr Center, one of Detroit’s premier institutions dedicated to celebrating the cultural heritage and the ongoing vitality of the African-American community. Since the early 1990s, the Carr Center has established a vibrant legacy of offering a wide range of artistic programming including educational workshops, film festivals, and performance opportunities for myriad musicians and artists, in addition to serving as a home for a variety of grassroots artistic organizations. Christ Church Cranbrook is excited to work with the Carr Center as it shifts its institutional focus to a new paradigm, one that involves working with a select number of “hub” organizations that can help it expand its mission to inspire, entertain, challenge and educate all residents of the Detroit metro area.

Nathaniel Gumbs Director of Chapel Music at Yale University

Through our partnership with the Carr Center, members of Christ Church Cranbrook will have an unparalleled opportunity to envision and experience art’s abundant potential to spur acts of remembrance, reconciliation, and renewal. As the first phase of this partnership gets underway, Christ Church Cranbrook will host three concerts: Organist Nathaniel Gumbs - Friday November 3 Director of Chapel Music at Yale University

Rodney Whitaker, Distinguished Professor of Jazz and Director of Jazz Studies, Michigan State University

Duke Ellington’s Concert of Sacred Music Saturday March 10 Curated and Performed by Rodney Whitaker, Distinguished Professor of Jazz and Director of Jazz Studies, Michigan State University Chamber Music Concert - Friday May 4 The Ritz Chamber Players. All of the above events will meet in the church. For more information, contact Fr. Bill Danaher at or 248-644-5210, ext 26.

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Everyday, a child grows. Some days are celebrated with milestones, others are days we simply survive. As a community of faith – offering the opportunity for children to learn about God in a loving environment is important. Through this learning environment, relationships with other children and teachers grow, thus creating a strong community for beautiful faithful growth. Infants through Toddlers: All children are welcome at all worship services and all ages events. A professionally staffed Nursery, located in Room 205, is available Sundays from 9 AM - 11:30 AM and during certain parish-wide events. Nursery: professional nursery care is available for children birth to 3 years old. These individuals are dedicated each week to the loving nurturing care of our youngest parishioners. A paging system is available. Parents: Honoring, encouraging and celebrating our parent community is equally important as our childdren. Parent Group meets regularly through the program year. During the time together, parents check in, listen to one another’s highs and lows of the week behind and ahead and offer a loving prayer to help continue with this incredible gift we have been given of raising children in a faithful environment. Sunday School: 3 years through 5th grade Sunday school begins at 9:45 AM in St. Dunstan’s Chapel. This is Gathering Time, bringing the children together for music, praise, prayer and community. After Gathering Time, the children move to Sunday school classrooms, for a lesson and play, then join their families in church during the Peace.


Children 3 years through 3rd grade are taught using Godly Play TM, this curriculum respects 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. The key to this approach is a worship context for telling and working with Biblical stories, instead of a school environment. Through beautiful storytelling using powerful language, through our wondering, through the community of players gathered together, we hear the deepest invitation of all: an invitation to come play with God. This approach was developed and classroom tested for over 25 years by Dr. Jerome Berryman, teacher, author and Episcopal priest.

Children in 4th-5th grade 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. This Bible is one that we hope your child will highlight, write in, bring to Sunday School, dog-ear the corners of their favorite passages and take to camp. In other words, we hope that your child grows with this Bible during their formative tween and teen years. We have a wonderful collection of very talented Sunday school teachers. Teachers are volunteers from our parish that feel called to this ministry. Teachers teach in teams of two and are background checked. All teachers complete the course “Safeguarding God’s Children” provided by our Diocese.

Recurring Events: Parent Group Meets on Sundays after church twice a month in the Library. Following worship, during the Saint Francis Choir rehearsals. During the time together, parents check in, listen to one another’s highs and lows of the week behind and ahead and offer a loving prayer to help continue with this incredible gift we have been given of raising children in a faithful environment. Family Fun Nights and Adventure Outings September 29, October 15, January 26, March 17 Sprinkled throughout the program year, families are invited to come together and PLAY and fill the time together with laughter, exploration and community building. Children’s Play Wednesday, November 22 at 6 PM The children and youth present a Children’s Play about a story of the Bible to the congregation during a worship service. Through the Children’s Play, the participants get a chance to exercise their ministry muscle by leading us in worship with potential to encounter a truly transformational experience. In the end, the children walk away from this experience intimately knowing a Bible story, which becomes THEIR story. When watching the drama we are all carried directly to heaven with the children’s story and singing.

Kid’s Bible Study Sundays in March, from 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM In the winter months we offer a fun and engaging children’s Bible study on Sunday afternoons. We have share dinner together, games, Bible exploration and fellowship. Easter Walk March 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM Meets in the Church Explore the Stations of the Cross as a family. Vacation Bible School June 18-22, 2018 9:00 AM - noon Imagine a week of mornings filled with exploring God’s love through amazing, creative and energetic ways! Stay tuned for registration opening for Summer 2018. For more information please contact Kate Bell, Director of Children’s Ministries at or 248-644-5210.


Middle School Youth

Middle Schoolers enjoy activities in the church that are more action- oriented and allow them to ask questions as they wonder about their life together with one another and God. Our programs give space for young people to build friendships, have fun and learn their faith.

Recurring Events: Sunday School September 10, 2017- May 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM Led by Billy Mark, class always begins with bagels and morphs into fun, faith-led conversations about life, church and God. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the 9 AM Adult Forum offered by the rector and fellow clergy after they drop off their youth. Youth Group During the school year, there will be group activities that rotate between spiritual, service and fellowship activities. In the winter, an all youth ski trip to Northern Michigan is a big event for our youth. In the early summer, youth are leaders at our Vacation Bible School and in late summer we take a day trip to Cedar Point. Cranbrook Choristers Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 PM -6:30 PM Youth are encouraged to join Cranbrook Choristers which sing regularly throughout the school year with a trip to Boston planned for the end of the year. Youth whose voices have changed are invited to audition for the Christ Church Choir which rehearses on Thursday evenings. Acolytes Sixth graders and older can serve the church by becoming an Acolyte. This program trains young people in the beauty and tradition of worship services, with each acolyte playing a vital role in congregational worship. 26

Acolyte Retreats First Sunday of each month, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch, fellowship and training. Special Events: Liturgical Plays Children and youth present biblical representations during the worship services on Thanksgiving Eve and one Sunday in the spring. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn the Bible stories and present them to the whole congregation. All are encouraged to participate. Diocesan-wide Events Each year, Middle Schoolers from Episcopal churches throughout metro Detroit gather together at excellent events sponsored by the Diocese of Michigan. These include weekend retreats and local summer mission trips. For more information, contact Jill Bednas at or 248-644-5210, ext. 13; Billy Mark at; or Pastor Manisha Dostert at or 248-644-5210, ext. 30.


High School Youth

Our high school programming aims to provide sacred space for growing up. High Schoolers are dealing with the stress of school and extracurricular activities, as well as managing life as a teenager transitioning to adulthood. CCC offers a place that allows them to be themselves, be refreshed and experience God’s unconditional love no matter what is happening in their lives.

Recurring Events: Care Packages Each college student receives a care package from the church as a reminder of God’s love for them. In late December all college students are welcomed back home with a College Brunch. Opportunities to serve during the summer are offered. High School Hangout Sundays at 10:00 AM in the Parlor, aka The Youth Room High Schoolers need a place to be present to one another, to get to know each other and share what they have learned throughout the week. Billy Mark will facilitate short discussions on readings, the sermon, highs and lows of the week, and where they saw God. They will join the congregation in the church for Holy Communion. Youth Confirmation Anyone in high school is eligible for Confirmation. Youth Confirmation Program begins on October 15, 2017 with sessions about the Book of Common Prayer, service projects and dinners. Confirmation is scheduled for May, 2017. Youth Group Throughout the year there are youth group activities that rotate between spiritual, service and fellowship opportunities. In the winter, a youth ski trip to Northern Michigan is a big event for our youth. In the summer, youth are leaders at our Vacation Bible School. 28

High School Youth Teen Choir High Schoolers are invited to join the new Christ Church Teen Choir, which rehearses on Sundays 11:30 AM 12:30 PM (Oct. 8 - Nov. 12) and (Jan. 21 - Mar. 4). Acolytes High Schoolers can serve the church by becoming an Acolyte. This program trains young people in the beauty and tradition of worship services, with each acolyte playing a vital role in congregational worship. Acolyte Retreats First Sunday each month, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch, fellowship and training. Acolytes who have served for at least two years are eligible to become Acolyte Team Leaders, leading/directing other acolytes during the worship service and helping with the retreats. Mission Trips In the summer we offer various week-long mission trips that can go anywhere locally to internationally. Mission trips are immersion experiences to help build a teenager’s faith, and help them serve a population that is underprivileged. Special Events: In 2018, we will offer a Pilgrimage to TaizÊ, France. There will be monthly team meetings to prepare for this journey. For more informatin, contact Billy Mark at bmark@christchurchcranbrook; Jill Bednas, at or 248-64405210, ext 13; or Pastor Manisha Dostert at or 248-644-5210, ext. 30.


Serve In the Church

For more information on amy of these ministries, please contact Pastor Joyce Matthews at jmatthews@ or 248644-5210, ext. 15 or Pastor Imogen Rhodenhiser at or 248-6445210, ext, 16.

Prayer Shawl Ministry The Prayer Shawl Ministry is composed of parishioners who knit prayer shawls for those in need or celebrating a special occasion. Meets the third Monday of each month September - June in Room 201/202, bring a sack lunch. For more information contact Midge Lloyd at or Marcie Lloyd at


We offer numerous ways for you to engage at Christ Church Cranbrook, from joining our ministries and small groups, to volunteering at mission and outreach opportunities, to participating in choirs and attending classes, to serving on standing committees of the vestry. You are welcome to take part in everything this community offers. Here are some suggestions: Participate in Ministries for Worship: Ushers, Greeters, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Healing Ministers, Morning Prayer Officiants Recurring Events: Altar Guild Members of the Altar Guild work “behind the scenes� to care for our sanctuary, specifically in preparing the altar for Holy Eucharist. This flexible ministry is a great way to meet new people and work as part of team. New members are welcomed throughout the year. To get involved, contact Lisa Nemazi at or 248-647-1208. Flower Guild The Flower Guild creates beautiful arrangements for the altar, as well as boutonnieres and flowers for those being visited at home or for special events such as funerals and weddings. To become part of this fun and creative group, contact Kimberly Peterson at or 248-258-3471. Hospitality Committee Members of the Hospitality Committee help plan the refreshments for special events at the church. If you are interested in joining this group please contact Kristen Goran at Lay Visitors Lay Visitors are companions who bring beautiful flower arrangements to parishioners who are on their journey through life transitions. Through a listening, non-judgmental presence and compassion, they also bring the caring presence of God and the community. Pastoral Care Ministry The pastoral care ministries offer parishioners a variety of ways to live out their faith and serve others. Meets 7- 8 PM in room 201/202 - 9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 1/10, 3/14, 5/9 For more information, contact Terri Montgomery at or Pastor Joyce Matthews at

One of the joys of the Christian life is to serve others, and especially the most vulnerable among us since Jesus Christ identifies with the “least” of us. There are many opportunities throughout the year to help Christ Church Cranbrook’s 10 Community Partners. These non-profits do amazing work and you are invited to make a difference and be transformed in the process.

Serve In the Community

Recurring Events: Serve lunch - Baldwin Soup Kitchen, 212 Baldwin Ave., Pontiac First Wednesdays and third Saturdays from 10 AM - 1 PM Help serve a delicious meal to anyone who is hungry. No food prep required. Sign up at Help a Refugee Family In Their New Home Our church will be co-sponsoring a refugee family in September. Help provide support for the family through acts of kindness. Training and background check is required. Tutor a school child - Bound Together, 171 W. Pike Street, Pontiac. Tutor local elementary aged school children after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays who are eager to learn and need your help with Math, Reading or Writing. Serve Saturday Breakfast or Sell Fruits/Veggies - All Saints Episcopal Church, 171 W. Pike Street, Pontiac Ministries every Saturday from 8 AM to 11 AM. Each Saturday All Saints provides a hearty breakfast for its community and sells produce where there are no fruits or vegetables available. Tend the Community Garden Spring and Summer, 2018 Our Community Garden provides fresh produce to All Saints Episcopal Church in Pontiac. Help plant, grow and harvest the bountiful food God provides for us.

If you are interested in any of these events, contact Pastor Manisha Dostert at 248-644-5210, ext. 30, or and she will be happy to connect you!


Serve In the Community Buy An Item of the Month Each month, we collect items requested by our Community Partners. Enjoy shopping for a great cause! You may also help take the donations once a month to the various partners. Serve a Sunday Lunch - Church of the Messiah Episcopal, 231 E. Grand Blvd, Detroit On certain Sundays after the 12 PM service, help serve and enjoy a meal with our brothers and sisters at Church of the Messiah. Lend a Hand at the Farm - Keep Growing Detroit, Plum Street Market Garden 2202 E. 3rd Street Every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Participate in one of the coolest urban farms in Detroit that provides beautiful and bountiful produce to city residents.

Special Events:

Outreach Sunday Sunday, November 12, 2017 Learn about Outreach opportunities on this special Sunday where all of our Community Partners are invited to share about their ministries. Adopt-A-Family For Christmas November, 2017 for distribution early December, 2017 Families who have secured homes after being in South Oakland Shelter are adopted by CCC families. Each family provides a list of needs and wants. Your family is invited to shop, wrap and label gifts. Minimum donation is $300 depending on size of family. Oakland County Jail Ministry Training Monday, March 12 and 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM (background check required). Be a visitor/chaplain to the inmates. You may also provide Bible Study or prayer service.


South Oakland Shelter Week April 8-15, 2018 In its 31st year at Christ Church Cranbrook, all members needed to help keep our 33 guests who are staying with us for the week in comfort, offering the best we have to provide. There are lots of different activities and needs.

Serve In the Community

Crossroads of Michigan Soup Kitchen Sunday, August 26, 2018 Prepare, serve and clean up a wonderful, homemade meal for over 500 residents at the only major soup kitchen open on Sundays.

Christmas Day Brunch Monday, December 25, 11.30 AM -1:00 PM On this holy day, we invite everyone to enjoy a meal and celebrate the birth of our Savior. Help prepare, serve and clean up as a gift to others.

If you are interested in any of these events, contact Pastor Manisha Dostert at or 248-644-5210, ext. 30 and she will be happy to connect you!


CCC at a Glance September 2017 to November 2017

Day/Date Event Sunday, September 10, 2017 Sunday, September 10, 2017 Sunday, September 10, 2017 Sunday, September 10, 2017 Sunday, September 10, 2017 Monday, September 11, 2017 Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Saturday, September 16, 2017 Sunday, September 17, 2017 Sunday, September 17, 2017 Sunday, September 17, 2017 Sunday, September 17, 2017 Sunday, September 17, 2017 Sunday, September 24, 2017 Friday, September 29, 2017 Sunday, October 01, 2017 Monday, October 02, 2017 Sunday, October 15, 2017 Friday, October 06, 2017 Sunday, October 08, 2017 Sunday, October 08, 2017 Sunday, October 08, 2017 Sunday, October 15, 2017 Sunday, October 15, 2017 Sunday, October 15, 2017 Sunday, October 22, 2017 Sunday, October 22, 2017 Sunday, October 22, 2017 Fri & Sat, October 27 & 28 Sunday, October 29, 2017 Sunday, November 5, 2017 Sunday, November 05, 2017 Sunday, November 05, 2017 Friday, November 10, 2017 Sunday, November 12, 2017 Sunday, November 12, 2017 Sunday, November 12, 2017 Sunday, November 12, 2017 Sat & Sun, November 11 & 12 Sat & Sun, November 11 & 12 Saturday, November 18, 2017 34

Breakfast with the Rector Kick-Off Sunday & Picnic Blessing of the Teachers, Children and Backpacks Sunday School Begins Healing Service Choristers Begin Meeting Jesus Begins (weekly) Contemplative Prayer Retreat Rector’s Forum Begins (weekly) 4th Grade Bible Blessing St. Francis Choir begins Parent Meetings begin Mental Health Presentation Founders’ Day and Stewardship Kick off Family Game Night Choral Evensong Contemplative Prayer (weekly) Mental Health Presentation Oktoberfest Newcomer Open House Understanding Your Grief classes begin Memorial and Blessing of the Pets Mental Health Presentation Youth Confirmation Classes begin Family Adventure Day Play Sign up Understanding Your Grief Family Adventure Day Diocesan Convention Detroit Movie Celebration Sunday All Saints Day and Baptism Choral Evensong Cinco de Mayo Euchre Party Healing Service Outreach Sunday New Member Brunch Newcomer Open House UTO Weekend Prayer Shawl Knit Sale begins Baldwin Soup Kitchen

CCC at a Glance November 2017 to March 2018 Day/Date Event Sat & Sun, November 18 & 19 Sunday, November 19, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Sunday, December 03, 2017 Sunday, December 03, 2017 Sunday, December 03, 2017 Monday, December 04, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 Sat & Sun, December 8 & 9, 2017 Friday, December 22, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 Saturday, December 23, 2017 Sunday, December 24 Monday, December 25, 2017

Prayer Shawl Knit Sale Mental Health Presentation Interfaith Thanksgiving Service @ Temple Beth El Thanksgiving Eve Service Advent Lessons and Carols Advent Family Fair Choral Evensong Advent by Candlelight Newcomer Open House Festival of Gifts College Brunch Blue Christmas Service Jazz Concert with Terry Blanchard from DSO Christmas Eve Services: 1 PM, 4 PM, 7 PM & 10 PM Christmas Service: 10 AM & Brunch

2018 Sunday, January 07, 2018 Sunday, January 07, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 Friday, January 26, 2018 Sunday, January 21, 2018 Sunday, January 28, 2018 Sunday, February 11, 2018 Sunday, February 4, 2018 Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Sat & Sun, February 17 & 18 Sunday, February 25, 2018 Sunday, March 4, 11, 18 & 25 Sunday, March 04, 2018 Sunday, March 11, 2018 Sunday, March 11, 2018 Sunday, March 18, 2018

March 26-31, 2018 Monday, March 26, 2018 Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Thursday, March 29, 2018 Friday, March 30, 2018

Baptism Choral Evensong MLK Weekend Events Healing Service Newcomer Open House Vestry Candidates Meet & Greet begins Family Game Night 2018 Budget Review Annual Meeting Newcomer Open House Choral Evensong Shrove Tuesday & Pancake Dinner Ash Wednesday services @ 7 AM, 12 & 7 PM Youth Ski Trip Adult Confirmation Classes begin Kids’ Lenten Bible Study begins Choral Evensong Newcomer Open House World Sabbath Service & Reception Palm Sunday Holy Week Monday in Holy Week Service: 7 PM Tuesday in Holy Week Service: 7 PM Wednesday in Holy Week Service: 7 PM Maundy Thursday Service: 7 PM Good Friday Services: 12 AM & 7 PM


CCC at a Glance March 2018 to June 2018

Day/Date Event

Saturday, March 31, 2018 Family Easter Walk Saturday, March 31, 2018 Easter Vigil: 7 PM and Baptism Sunday, April 01, 2018 Easter Sunday Services: 7 AM, 9 AM & 11:15 AM Sunday, April 01, 2018 Easter Egg Hunt: 10:30 AM Sunday, April 01, 2018 Choral Evensong Sunday, April 08, 2018 Newcomer Open House Sunday, April 08, 2018 Choral Evensong April 8-15, 2018 SOS week Sat & Sun, April 22 & 22, 2018 Earth Day Weekend Sunday, April 29, 2018 New Member Brunch Sunday, May 06, 2018 Children’s Play Sunday, May 06, 2018 High School Senior Celebration Sunday, May 06, 2018 Acolyte Recognition & Lunch Sunday, May 06, 2018 Children’s Play Sunday, May 06, 2018 Healing Service Sunday, May 06, 2018 Choral Evensong Friday, May 11, 2018 Confirmation Dinner Sunday, May 13, 2018 Newcomer Open House Sunday, May 20, 2018 Pentecost and Baptism Sunday, May 20, 2018 Church Fair Sunday, June 03, 2018 Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Sunday, June 03, 2018 Choral Evensong Saturday, June 09, 2018 Healing Mission Sunday, June 10, 2018 Newcomers Open House Mon-Fri, June 18-22, 2018 Vacation Bible School Week Sun-Sat, June 24-30 High School Pilgrimage to Taizé, France




What we Believe Our beliefs are generously orthodox. We emphasize “mere Christianity” as it is summarized in an ancient statement known to us as the Apostles’ Creed. Our interpretation of these guiding beliefs is inclusive and life-giving, and we look for ways that our affirmation of Christianity bears witness to whatever is beautiful, good, and true in our world. To give brief outline of these guiding beliefs: (Scripture references are examples of these beliefs in the Bible)

We Believe in Jesus We believe Jesus Christ is the incarnate “Son of God” (Mark 1:1), who is the “Word of God” full of grace and truth (John 1:14). We believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Through his life on earth and his death on the cross, he has offered a perfect sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10), given us victory over the power of sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:55-57), and reconciled us with God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Jesus’ crucifixion summarizes the point of his life, which was to reveal God’s infinite love for us (Romans 5:6-8). This love is victorious, because Jesus’s death was vindicated by the resurrection of his physical body three days later (1 Corinthians 15:20-23). By walking in Jesus’ footsteps and following the pattern of his life — each in our own way as individuals and as a community — we make his love our own. By receiving the forgiveness Jesus offers for our sins, we receive Jesus’ love for us as sheer grace and gift. There is nothing we can do to inherit or earn the love of God. This love unites us to Christ and to each other (Galatians 3:27-28).

We Believe in the Holy Spirit We believe in the Holy Spirit as the breath of God, who was present with God at the creation of the world (Genesis 1:2). This same Spirit indwells us as the “Spirit of Truth” who bears witness to


God the Father and his Son, Jesus (John 15:26). The Holy Spirit gives us the power to preach, to pray, and to minister in the Name of Christ (Acts 2:4). The presence of the Holy Spirit within us gives us the power to love and forgive with the same love and forgiveness that Jesus shows to us (John 19:22-23; Romans 5:5).

We believe God is Three in One We believe in one God who has been revealed as a Trinity of Persons — known to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each of these persons is truly God — Jesus is God, the Holy Spirit is God, and the Father is God. The Trinity reveals that God is love and calls us to love (1 John 4:7-8). In addition to these revealed names, we employ metaphors and even use other names for God so long as these help us step into the mystery of this love as we find it in our world. We believe that God’s triunity is made known to us through God’s threefold presence and blessing as we bear witness and make disciples in the name of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). This means that we cannot speak of Jesus except by the power of the Holy Spirit, through whom God is always already active in the world. We also believe that God is “in” us — that we are truly alive in Christ through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, thanks be to God. We believe that God’s trinity provides us with a witness of the perfect love we are called as Christians to show one another and our world

(John 17:21-23). We experience this perfect love as comfort, as challenge, as a goal in our own interpersonal relations — no matter how intimate or expanded, how personal or political. When we fail to live up to the demands of this love in our own lives, we also experience this love as grace and promise.

This living presence is the abundant power of his resurrection and reconciliation which is revealed even in the midst of his betrayal and death (John 6:53-58). By participating in this sacred meal of bread and wine, which is to us Christ’s body and blood, we see ourselves as members of the same body (1 Corinthians 10:16-17).

We Believe in the Church

We Believe in God’s Mission

We believe that we have been called to live together as Christ’s mystical body. The name we give to his community is the “Church,” a term that is based on a Greek word in the New Testament for a “gathering” (ekklesia) or of people in a public place (Ephesians 1:22). The church is the place where our common life in Christ (koinonia) is fully and visibly realized in our love for one another and for the world, in our prayers and preaching of God’s Word, and in our participation in two sacraments Jesus gave to us — Baptism and the Eucharist (Acts 2:42-47).

Finally, the focus of our life together is to participate in God’s larger mission in our world. We do this by bearing witness to God’s kingdom values and making disciples so that the Gospel is preached to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8; Acts 13:47).

Sacraments bear witness in visible, material, and tangible ways to God’s work in us and in our world through the Holy Spirit. They are more than symbols or reminders but powerfully re-present the presence of Christ among us. By them, we are given our true identity. With them, we are alive in Christ. Through them, we are joined to Christ and one another. They reveal to us what we truly are.

We are a community of Christian people from diverse backgrounds gathering around God’s table in communion. We seek to be an inviting, inclusive and welcoming community. We extend an invitation to you to come with us and explore what God is doing in your life. There is a place for you here at God’s table.

Our mission is not something that happens “outside” the walls of our church, but something which enables us to receive fully the gift of God in our life together as the body of Christ. Our mission is therefore to find, and lift up, where God is already present and already at work in our world.

Baptism is a sacrament of water and Spirit that celebrates our participation in Jesus’ own death and resurrection (Romans 6:3-10). Baptism also celebrates our self-dedication — the deliberate turning away from evil, sin, and death and toward God’s love, forgiveness (Acts 8:30-38). The Eucharist originated as the Passover meal that Jesus celebrated with his disciples on the night before he died (Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-23). By giving them bread and wine as his “Body” and “Blood,” Jesus assured them of his presence in a new, life-giving way.


Christ Church Cranbrook –––––Clergy––––– The Reverend Canon Dr. William J. Danaher, Jr., Ext. 32 Rector The Reverend Joyce Matthews, Ext. 15 Senior Associate Rector The Reverend Manisha Dostert, Ext. 30 Associate Rector for Youth, Mission and Outreach The Reverend Imogen Rhodenhiser, Ext. 16 Curate

–––––Staff––––– Jill Bednas Minister for Growth and Engagement, Ext. 13 Kate Bell Children’s Minister, Ext. 36 Lanette Browder Bookkeeper, Ext. 35 Kathleen Bublitz Director of Saint Francis Choir Peggy Dahlberg Director of Communications, Ext. 12 Anthony Estes Communications Assistant, Ext. 14 Donna Hughes Handbell Director Jenny King Carillonneur, Ext. 39

Benjamin Kos Sexton, Ext. 25 Billy Mark Youth Minister in Residence Gina Morgan Dir. of Finance & Administration, Ext. 11 Sarah Simko Organ Scholar, Ext. 17 Jennifer Shin Organ Scholar, Ext. 17 Meredith Skowronski Executive Asst. to the Rector, Ext. 26 Christopher Wells Director of Music & Organist, Ext. 37 James West Facilities Manager, Ext. 34 Frank Wilson Sexton, Ext. 25

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

CCC Program Booklet for 2017 & 2018  

See what Christ is doing through Christ Church Cranbrook!

CCC Program Booklet for 2017 & 2018  

See what Christ is doing through Christ Church Cranbrook!