Outreach and Evangelism

The Fellowship Breakfast

The Fellowship Breakfast is an outreach ministry centered on the 8:15 a.m. Sunday service at the Cathedral. This ministry seeks to recognize the economically diverse neighborhood that the Cathedral serves, sharing the Good News with all people. Following the 8:15 a.m. service, there is a breakfast meal in the Cathedral’s parish hall. All are served, regardless of their ability to pay. After breakfast, Christian education is offered beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m., and is coordinated by the Cathedral’s Director of Religious Education Kit Ilardi.

The Fellowship Breakfast is funded by the Cathedral Vestry, augmented by Fund-raisers and direct contributions. We seek volunteers to participate in the program and gratefully accepts donations for its continuation. Some of the food is provided by Gleaners, a Detroit-area food bank, and by Avalon International Breads, our good neighbor in Detroit’s Midtown.

Volunteers are currently needed to help serve breakfast on Sunday mornings. There is a sign up sheet in the gallery for ‘bread angels”, those willing to pick up bread from the bakery on  Saturday evenings and help is needed assembling packets of silverware and condiments for Sunday morning.  If you are interested in helping with any of these tasks, please contact Reverend Alltop.

 

The Cathedral Crafters

The Cathedral Crafters meet on the first Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the Library (located at the top of the stairs on the second floor)  In additon to knitting scarves and hats for the New Years Day Feast the group also   provided the residents of The Williams Pavilion  with beautiful hand made dish clothes.  Plans for the next ‘Scarf Project” have been made and you are invited to join on Sunday morning. For more information on donating time and talent or monetary gifts towards the cost of yarn, please contact Kathleen.

As soon as the Eucharist ended on January 1st, the volunteers got busy putting out all the beautiful handmade scarves, hats and mittens knitted by folk from all over the WORLD! Dinner was served in Barth Hall and as our guests left, they were invited to select a gift to keep them warm. Items left will be distributed to other local agencies who help those in need.

 

Crossroads

Crossroads is an outreach ministry of the Cathedral to the economically disadvantaged in the Detroit area. They moved into their new building in March of 2008 – the new address is 2424 W. Grand Blvd

Cathedral parishioners support Crossroads in various ways. They provide financial support, donations of food and clothing, and volunteer at the Crossroads facility, meeting with clients and carryingut general office work. If you are interested in volunteering to help Crossroads, please contact its director. For more information, please visit, Crossroads.

Greeters

Greeters are the public face of the Cathedral for its many visitors. They are responsible for maintaining a welcoming presence on Sunday mornings before and after services to all newcomers, encouraging them to sign the guest books, take part in the services, and join the Cathedral family for fellowship during the breakfast and coffee hours.

Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee is charged with making all who visit the Cathedral welcome. This includes greeting visitors, helping them feel comfortable in the service (particularly if they are not Episcopalian or are unfamiliar with the Cathedral’s worship), encouraging them to sign the guest books so that they may be contacted and thanked for their visit, and inviting them to join and meet the parish family at the breakfast or coffee hour following the Sunday services.

Guided Tours

Tours of the Cathedral are offered on the second Sunday of each month following the 11:00 a.m. service.  Weekday tours may be arranged by calling the Cathedral office at 831-5000.  The Cathedral is open Monday through Friday,  10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. for self guided tours.

Noel Night

In conjunction with UCCA/Midtown Detroit Inc, the Cathedral is a participant in the Annual Noel Night Festivities taking place the first Saturday evening in December. Volunteers greet thousands of visitors to the Cathedral  each year.

New Year’s Day Feast

From the February Newsletter from Temple Beth El
Temple Beth El and the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul Ring in the New Year with Good Deeds

Congregants join to Feed Detroit’s Hungry!

Some of our volunteers from Temple Beth-El

Some of our volunteers from Temple Beth El

It is now a decade since volunteers from Temple Beth El first joined with congregants from the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in lending a hand to feed Detroit’s hungry. During those 10 years, the menu for the church’s holiday feast changed and the event moved from Christmas to New Year’s Day. However, the poor and hungry still remain with us and we are directed as Jews to aid them.

Distribution of the prepared holiday meal expanded this year beyond just the hungry men, women and children who sought food. The multi-course feast was also provided to first responders on-duty on New Year’s as a “thank you” for their often thankless and unappreciated labors. Food also went to homeless shelters which didn’t supply their residents a hot meal.

This year’s participants included Larry and Miriam Imerman, Steve Kaplan, Walter Shapero and Kathleen Strauss, Jeff and Lenien Jenks, Bill and Laura Couger, Mike and Wendy Sorenson and Elizabeth and Dana Gulick.

The project has evolved into the best type of interfaith activity— one where participants from different faith communities come together to help those less fortunate, and in so doing, form a close bond of fellowship. At the end of the morning’s activities, the volunteers bid each other farewell and good wishes for the New Year.

Watch this space for more information about the 2016 feast.

United Thank Offering (UTO)

Recently revived at the Cathedral by the Ruth chapter of the Daughters of the King, the United Thank  Offering (UTO) is an annual appeal that is forwarded to the national church, to help people all over the world who are in immediate need: victims of war, natural disasters, and so on. In addition, a portion of the United Thank Offering is given to local organization in need.

The UTO ingathering of offerings is taken up in November to celebrate Thanksgiving Day as well as in May.