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Immanuel Supports Rebuilding Black Churches


At the end of June, following the massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, a series of fires destroyed black churches throughout the south. Some have been identified as arson, others have not – all are devastating blows to the heart
of the black community.

Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis responded by establishing a “Rebuild the Churches Fund” to collect donations
from all over the nation for the rebuilding of these churches. The goal for the fund is $250,000. Christ Church Cathedral’s mission statement is simple: “As fellow children of God, we stand with our sisters and brothers to help them rebuild these buildings -- which are not just houses of worship but centers of ministry for their community.”

Currently, funds collected will be divided equally among six churches: College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church,
Knoxville, TN (Burned June 22 - arson); God’s Power Church of God in Christ, Macon GA (June 23 – arson);
Briar Creek Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC (June 24 – arson); Glover Grove Baptist Church, Warrenville, SC (June
26 – undetermined, accidental causes ruled out); The Greater Miracle Apostolic Holiness Church, Tallahassee, FL
(June 26 – caused when tree fell on electrical wires, sparking fire); and Mt. Zion AME Church, Greeleyville, SC
(June 30 – caused by lightning).

The appeal has resonated nationally. Over 200 churches of all denominations have contributed already. On behalf
of Immanuel, your Outreach Committee unanimously agreed to contribute $500 toward this fund.

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