Christmas at Christ Church!
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 2, 3 and 4
Parish Christmas Party and Silent Auction: 6 – 9 pm, Undercroft
(Auction closes at 8:15 for notification of winners)
Children’s Santa Workshop: 6 - 8 pm, Lower Level
Wreaths, Greens & Bows for Sale: 9 am – 4 pm, Cloister
Trees, Wreaths & Greens for Sale: 9 am – 4 pm, Front Lawn
Parish Marketplace Baked Goods Sale: 9 am – 4 pm, Main Floor
Wreaths, Greens & Bows for Sale: 8 am – 1 pm in the Cloister
Trees, Wreaths & Greens for Sale: 8 am – 1 pm on Front Lawn
Parish Marketplace Baked Goods Sale: 8 am – 1 pm
Hold the Dates: Gifts and Green will kick off with our Parish Christmas Party on December 2, 2016. Trees, Greens and the Market Place will continue on December 3rd and 4th.
Outreach funding has chosen Crossroads of Michigan as the recipient of funds raised at Gifts and Green this year. Crossroads has been a ministry Christ Church has partnered with for many years.
Crossroads is a social service outreach agency with two locations in Detroit. Founded in 1971, Crossroads exists to support the community at large by providing emergency assistance, advocacy, and counseling to anyone in need. Crossroads offers assistance in the form of a hand-up. We work with our clients to meet their immediate needs and help them assess their situations to lessen the likelihood of future problems. This year our focus is on our Identification Program.
It’s hard for many of us to imagine thinking of identification as a stumbling block to our success. But the lack of identification is a barrier to moving toward stability in our clients’ lives. Birth certificates and Michigan State ID cards are a requirement of almost every avenue our brothers and sisters face as they work toward self-sufficiency.
A single mom looking for housing must provide a birth certificate, not only for herself, but for every child in her family. Men and women looking for work must present a Michigan ID. Young adults wanting to attend trade school or college must have an ID. Uninsured adults must prove citizenship with a birth certificate to qualify for medical insurance. And the list goes on.
In addition to the fees (birth certificates in Lansing are $34), we help our clients overcome some of the roadblocks to getting an ID, as they are often caught up in “Catch-22” situations where they need an ID to get a birth certificate, but need a birth certificate to get an ID.
“John” is a client of Crossroads. Some years ago, John had a trucking job, which he lost during the recession. Distressed and scrambling to keep up with his bills, John let his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) lapse, and found himself in a place where he had to start completely fresh.
John came to Crossroads on a referral from a friend, and we were able to help him obtain his birth certificate and other documents (like school transcripts) which enabled him to register for a state ID. With his new state ID card in hand, John, with the help of our employment specialist, registered himself for CDL training, and was quickly able to get his CDL. Now, John has a full-time job with the Oakland County Road Commission, and full benefits.
John’s is far from the only success story to come out of Crossroads’ identification program. The lack of identification documents (and how expensive they can get) continues to be a hurdle for our clients as they look forward to a better day.
In 2015, Crossroads spent $37,917 on identification documents for clients.
To learn more about Crossroads CLICK HERE.
Parish Marketplace: Your Canned Goods and Baked Goods are needed!
As you are canning this fall remember the Gifts and Green Market Place! Your homemade baked goods (cakes, breads, cookies, and brownies), your canned jams, jellies, chutney and other like canned goods make the Market Place one of the most visited locations during the weekend. Please make your commitment today to contribute to the Market Place. Catherine Ash has graciously offered to chair the Parish Marketplace again this year.
Here is what we need you to do:
- Make your commitment and tell us what you will donate to the Market Place.
- Mark your calendar and deliver your items on Thursday December 1 (between 5-7 pm, or Friday December 2 (between 9 am-2 pm)
- Drop off location will be in the lobby on Baker's rack for Parish Market
- We appreciate your having your goods in ready to sell packaging
See through packaging allows buyers to more quickly see what they are purchasing.
PLEASE NOTE IF YOUR ITEM CONTAINS NUTS.
If you have any questions please contact Catherine Ash at firstname.lastname@example.org OR phone (313) 926-6575.
Greens & Trees: Trees and greens will be available December 3rd and December 4th. You can place your order online through November 28, 2016 or while supplies last. Surplus Trees will be sold on December 3rd and 4th, and purchased trees can be pick up on those dates as well.
Silent Auction: A wonderful tradition of Gifts and Greens is the offering of silent auction and raffle items to enhance your Christmas giving.
We request submission of donations by November 1, 2016. Decisions on items offered will be made by November 15th at the latest. Submit your request early!
If you have any questions about Gifts & Greens please contact Mary Ann DeAngelo at 313-885-4841, ext. 107.