Episcopal Churches Create New $100,000 Matching Fund for Food Bank Donations in Michigan

Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
Posted Apr 22, 2020

The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan has partnered with All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Pontiac and Christ Church Cranbrook to create a dollar for dollar matching fund of up to $100,000 that will be donated to food bank distributors throughout the diocese.

With over one million unemployed workers, Michigan food banks are experiencing unprecedented demands that are rapidly outstripping their supplies. “Our beautiful state of Michigan is in the midst of a journey unlike one we have ever before seen,” Says Says the newly consecrated 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry, “Yet, this is a time when we, people of faith, are called to embody our beliefs by giving away a portion of what we have, we are called to love one another as God has loved us.”

To date, the fund has already received over $30,000 in donations from communities around the country, and the diocese hopes to meet its $100,000 goal by the end of the month.

Those who are interested can contribute to this fund at edomi.org/COVID19relief.

“Although we are already putting into action our own multifaceted and generous response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the leadership at Christ Church Cranbrook wanted to take a leading role in supporting and lifting up Bishop Perry’s incredible, Gospel-Centered leadership,” Says The Rev. William Danaher, Rector of Christ Church Cranbrook, “She is truly leading us all through the rough water of this crisis as the experienced Kayaker and coach that she is.”

The Rev. Chris Johnson, Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Pontiac adds, “We are passionate about feeding people well, something like a foretaste of the great heavenly banquet we imagine ourselves enjoying with our loved ones beside us. Though the COVID-19 virus outbreak has challenged us to redefine just how we go about feeding our loved ones, we continue to do so every week as one source of local stability serving our most vulnerable loved ones during an uncertain time.”

About The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry was ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan on February 8, 2020. Perry is the first woman bishop as well as the first lesbian bishop in the diocese since its formation. The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan was established in 1836 and is comprised of 76 congregations and more than 16,000 baptized members.

About All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Pontiac
All Saints’ is a Christian community serving God through worship, prayer, stability, and service. As a welcoming and affirming community, All Saints’ welcomes people from all economic, political and educational backgrounds, all levels of ability, all sexual orientations and gender identities. In the heart of Pontiac, Michigan the congregation strives to “love our neighbors” as ourselves and invite all to join. All Saints’ is as lively and diverse as the neighborhood they serve.

About Christ Church Cranbrook
Founded in 1928, Christ Church Cranbrook occupies a unique position in the greater Detroit area. We are a large, dynamic, inclusive and welcoming congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan that creates safe space for diverse views. The congregation was founded by remarkable acts of generosity and philanthropy, continuing its deep and abiding commitment to share the Gospel and promote positive social change through its many ministries and partnerships in Detroit and Pontiac. Christ Church Cranbrook aims to gather Christian people from diverse backgrounds around God’s table in communion through its fourfold vision: meeting Jesus, finding Joy, sharing Beauty, and serving Others.