As fairly recent migrants to New England, my husband Jeff and I looked forward to joining a local Episcopal Church near where we live. Leaving our church in Illinois was hard but we have very much been embraced by the Christ Church community here. From a wonderful neighbor down the street inviting us to the Annual Meeting to Church Picnics and a plethora of unique musical and educational offerings; Christ Church has become our home for celebratory events as well as a haven for shared grief and the forging of common bonds. Never before have we seen the variety of programs and engagement opportunities which Christ Church offers. This is our fourth episcopal church in the last decade or so (yes, we have moved a lot), so I feel we have experienced a good cross section of our country’s churches. Sustaining and innervating the many great ideas and opportunities both short and long term takes commitment on several levels. Reaching out to each other within the congregation has its challenges, but reaching out to the greater community, repeatedly, for the long haul is equally difficult, if not harder. Christ Church’s willingness to do this important work is one to the major reasons we feel compelled to financially contribute to this ongoing mission. Our amazing and powerful church family definitely has earned our support to help maintain and broaden the legacy of “showing our faith by our works.”
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