January 2024 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

  • Matching Gift Appeal
  • Construction Timeline
  • Ideas and Volunteers
  • Faith Formation Series

Matching Gift Appeal

We have almost reached our goal of $100,000! The Bikulege Family Foundation has graciously
agreed to match donations through February 2 nd , 2024 to Christ On Main, up to $100,000. All
donations between now and February 2 nd will go directly to funding the renovation of our
storefront. Your support is vital for the timely opening of Christ On Main and to ensure our
location becomes a dynamic spiritual oasis in the heart of Greenville. As we are nearing the end
of our appeal, please consider supporting our mission through a tax-deductible gift!
Donate Here

Construction Timeline

Renovation has begun at our storefront! The demolition process started earlier this week, and we
are scheduled for an initial opening of Christ On Main in late March. We can still provide site
tours during the constructing process, so please contact us today if you would like to see Christ
On Main as it undergoes a beautiful transformation. Our executive director Brendan Dudley can
be reached at brendan@christonmain.org or 864-640-8734.

Ideas & Volunteers

We are organizing a variety of storefront activities and local events. Please share with us the
topics and ideas that you would like provided by Christ On Main. We want your involvement to
help share the love of Jesus throughout the Upstate and bring people into a deeper connection
with our Catholic faith. Your participation also includes volunteer opportunities! We need
assistance with graphic design, marketing, retail, etc. We especially need your help as a
storefront volunteer to welcome guests, organize activities, and more! Stay tuned for e-mails
about volunteering, and please continue your prayerful support as we move closer to opening
Christ On Main.

Faith Formation Series

As a resource center, Christ On Main will be offering and promoting faith formation
opportunities for anyone wanting to explore the love of Jesus through dynamic educational and
spiritual events. An upcoming opportunity is a series at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
from February 19th to May 6th.

The series is titled “Four Great Christian Writers of the 20th Century: Eliot, Waugh, Lewis, &
Tolkien,” led by the esteemed Professor Joseph Pearce and Father Dwight Longenecker.
This 12-week course, starting February 19, 2024, offers a deep dive into the works and worlds of
T.S. Eliot, Evelyn Waugh, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Each Monday, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm,
gather in Guadalupe Hall at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church (3710 Augusta Rd.,
Greenville, SC 29605) to explore these literary giants’ contributions to Christian thought and
culture.
Each session brings new insights into these writers’ masterpieces, from Eliot’s “The Waste Land”
to Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.” Learn from Fr. Longenecker and Prof. Pearce, who bring
years of scholarship and passion to their teaching.
Please click this link to sign-up and learn more details on the series.

December 2023 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

  • Advent Concert
  • Construction Update
  • Matching Gift Appeal

Advent Concert

We hosted a fantastic event at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on December 12th . The Schola
Cantorum from the parish choir provided a beautiful Advent concert with traditional hymns
about our preparation for Jesus’ arrival at Christmas. The concert helped everyone deepen their
hope in Christ during this season of expectation. Attendees also enjoyed the opportunity to
socialize with a glass of wine at intermission while visiting our Christ On Main display table to
learn the details of our plans for next year and beyond. We met a variety of new supporters and
shared how Christ On Main will offer formation and outreach for anyone wanting to discover
Jesus through our Catholic faith.

Construction Update

We have signed the construction contract! We are finalizing the details with subcontractors for
work to begin immediately on the redesign of our storefront. The current timeline indicates an
opening in mid-March for Christ On Main, which will be a great blessing as we start the Easter
season! We have a few weeks remaining until the demolition process, so please contact us today
if you would like to see Christ On Main before its beautiful transformation. Our executive
director Brendan Dudley can be reached at brendan@christonmain.org or 864-640-8734.

Matching Gift Appeal

Your support is vital for the opening of Christ On Main and to ensure our location becomes a
dynamic spiritual oasis in the heart of Greenville. The Bikulege Family Foundation has
graciously agreed to match donations through February 2, 2024 to Christ on Main, up to
$100,000. All donations between now and February 2, 2024 will go directly to funding the
renovation of our storefront. As we get ready for the gift-giving season of Christmas, please
consider supporting our mission through a tax-deductible gift!

Donate Here

November 2023 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

 Fr. Riccardo Event
 Advent Concert
 Matching Gift Appeal
 2024 Plans

Fr. Riccardo Event

Christ On Main co-hosted a wonderful event on November 8th at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Hundreds of people attended a dynamic presentation by Fr. John Riccardo, a priest from the Archdiocese of Detroit and executive director of the organization Acts XXIX. Father
Riccardo spoke about our role as missionary disciples called to resist evil and bring healing as we share the love of Jesus through the Catholic faith. Our event also included a presentation on the latest updates and anticipated events from Christ On Main. Click here to watch our event!

Advent Concert

Join fellow supporters of Christ On Main for a beautiful evening of music and fellowship at our free Advent Concert hosted by St. Mary’s Catholic Church on December 12. Music will be provided by members of the St. Mary’s choir. Registration required. Seating is limited to 150 people.
Register Here

Matching Gift Appeal

Renovations of our location at 14 S Main Street are set to begin soon. The Bikulege Family Foundation has graciously agreed to match donations through February 2, 2024 to Christ On Main, up to $100,000. All matching donations between now and February 2, 2024 will go directly to funding this renovation. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Christ On Main!
Donate Here

2024 Plans

As we prepare to open Christ On Main, we are organizing the storefront activities and local
events that will bring the love of Jesus to people throughout the Upstate. Our team is committed
to offering a variety of ways for adults, teens, and families to experience the joy of the Gospel.
Storefront activity ideas include lunch & learn gatherings, classes on faith and culture, Bible
studies, devotional prayers, and more! Our annual event opportunities will include concerts, art
showcases, panel discussions, hikes, and socials!

October 2023 Newsletter

Timeline and Activities

We are excited for the grand opening of Christ On Main in 2024! Our board members, executive
director, and volunteer committees are working together to finalize the construction plans and
design features that will ensure the storefront is a beautiful, inviting location for exploring
Christianity and discovering the Catholic faith. We are also developing a variety of onsite
activities and merchandise opportunities to help all ages experience the love of Jesus.

Fundraising Updates

A wonderful combination of recurring donations, major gifts, and a matching appeal campaign
brings us closer to meeting our financial goals! Your continued generous support will ensure
the next few months’ renovation and opening of Christ On Main along with the
implementation of activities and events for next year. Thank you for participating in our
mission and encouraging others to join us.
We invite everyone to give a recurring monthly donation of $100 through our Century Club!
We are moving towards one hundred people giving this monthly amount. Contact us today to
sign up!

November Event

Our dynamic event at St. Mary Magdelene Catholic Church is November 8 th . Father John
Riccardo from the Archdiocese of Detroit is an author and frequently heard on media outlets like
EWTN. The title of his talk is “The Most Urgent Task of Our Time”. Join us for this profound
talk on faith and evangelization. Contact us to RSVP! Walk-ins are also welcome.

Website & Marketing

We will soon launch a new website and social media page to showcase our work at Christ On
Main. We are also marketing our presence with visits to Catholic parishes starting in November!
Please visit our table after Masses at Prince of Peace on November 11 th – 12 th and at St. Mary’s
on November 19 th . Clergy and lay leaders at parishes are also becoming aware of us through our
attendance at Upstate deanery meetings this fall season.
Volunteering

We are growing our retail committee, developing new committees, and recruiting storefront
greeters. Contact us today to learn how your skills can help our mission!
Please contact our executive director Brendan Dudley at brendan@christonmain.org or (864)
640-8734.

Note:  The Veritas Catholic Information Center is a federally approved 501(c)(3) tax-
exempt non-profit chartered in the state of South Carolina. This means that all donations
are tax-deductible both at the state and federal level.

September 2023 Newsletter

Shroud Event Success
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Christ On Main co-hosted a fantastic event at Prince of Peace Catholic Church on September 7th. 300 people attended a wonderful presentation on the Shroud of Turin, which is an artifact believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus. Dr. Cheryl White of LSU Shreveport presented historical evidence and scientific discoveries about the shroud along with incredible photographs of the image on it. Our event also involved promoting Christ On Main through flyers and conversation. Attendees were eager to learn the details of our mission and discover how they can support us!
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Fundraising Progress
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Your financial contributions are making a profound impact as we prepare for the grand opening and continue offering local events. Thank you for generously supporting our mission! Please share our mission with others as we continue to seek major gifts and recurring donations. We invite everyone to join our amazing supporters in the Century Club through a recurring monthly donation of $100. We are more than halfway to our goal of 100 people participating in this monthly amount! Donations can be made here.
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Construction and Design
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The construction firm has met with subcontractors to plan the timeline and receive bids for the remodeling of our storefront. We look forward to our grand opening in a few months! Our design committee and board of directors continue finalizing the interior features that will make Christ On Main a beautiful, welcoming environment to develop a relationship with Jesus and explore our Catholic faith.
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November Event
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Register here for our dynamic event at St. Mary Magdelene Catholic Church on November 8th ! Father John Riccardo from the Archdiocese of Detroit is an author and frequently heard on media outlets like EWTN. He will speak on the power of the Gospel to transform people’s lives.
Join us for this profound talk on faith and hope!
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Volunteering
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Contact us today to learn how you can participate in our mission as a volunteer. We have a
variety of roles available on our committees and at our storefront!
Please contact our executive director Brendan Dudley at brendan@christonmain.org or (864)
640-8734.
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Note:  The Christ On Main is a federally approved 501(c)(3) tax-
exempt non-profit chartered in the state of South Carolina. This means that all donations
are tax-deductible both at the state and federal level.