Worship Schedule

Sundays
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II

Thursdays
11:00 AM Healing Service & Holy Eucharist with interactive Scripture Conversation

Monday through Friday
7:00 AM Morning Prayer in the Chapel

Christ Church

Mailing address:
Christ Church New Brighton
76 Franklin Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: 718-727-6100
Fax: 718-727-6101 
Email: Fr. Trevor R. Babb+
Email: Parish Administrator

Sunday

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent. The liturgical color is BLUE.

There will be Godly Play, Rite 13 and J2A classes on Sunday. Childcare will be available in the nursery.

I Want to Help

Use the Donate button (above) to make donations to Christ Church to help us in our ministries to the community. You can also use this button to pay for tickets to various events or to make your weekly pledge payments. Yes, that's right—you can now keep up your pledge amount without even leaving the comfort of your home!

Server Schedule

Sunday, December 8:

Altar Guild

Roxanne Ingoe, Mary Larimer

8am Server Victor Stanwick
8am Lector Victor Stanwick
Ushers Sheila Hewitt, Roxanne Ingoe
Lector

Marshall Green

Epistoler Shelly Heath
Intercessor John Gerney
Crucifer Kai Mackey
LEM Richard Zayzay
Acolytes Cora & Eva Gross
Verger Hueldine Webb
Counters Kathy & Arnold Galvez, Mark Gherzo
Coffee Hour The Committee

From the Rector's Desk

Stewardship Prayer from the Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Prayer for Those Leading Stewardship Ministries
Lord Christ, you held your ground as you communicated a message amidst support and amidst the rejection of your message. Give to us who lead stewardship ministries the strength to help our church to discuss that which it would rather ignore. Help us to speak openly about money, time and land as gift. Help us to respond to a culture for whom greed is nothing more than a scream of fear; so that our work is not merely fundraising, but is rather a pastoral ministry to a people weighed down by a spiritually deadly combination of abundance and fear. Amen.

Prayer for Use by a Vestry regarding Stewardship
Heavenly Father and Creator of all we enjoy, we give you thanks for the countless people who have gone before us in the leadership of this church. We know that the Holy Spirit inspired some as they longed for this church, others as they built this church and still others as they lovingly and boldly led this church through times of abundance and times of scarcity. Help us to be bold as we model giving of time and money to this parish. Make our bold and generous pledge a symbol of both our integrity and our gratitude. Then help us to encourage giving with one sixth of what we do and say, just as you did while physically teaching among your disciples. Amen.

Prayer for Use by Children Regarding Stewardship
Jesus, we love you and we know you love us. Everything we have is a gift from you. Thank you for play time and for our growing bodies. Thank you for our laughter and our joy. Help us to give some of our time and some of our money back to you. When we think of giving something away to someone who needs it, help us to give two and not just one. Amen.

As we seek to live into our call to stewardship on this upcoming Advent Sunday, may this new beginning renew in us the thankful desire to give for the mission and ministry of our church with hearts grounded in grace, gratitude and generosity.

Reminder: This Sunday, the Shepherds are required to present the pledges for a special blessing on this Ingathering Sunday. Shepherds, please contact your souls and encourage the completed pledge returns. If you have not yet received a pledge form, please contact your shepherd or collect one from the usher's desk on Sunday. Again, may grace, gratitude and generosity abound in your decision to give. Thanks to all who have pledged so far and those who are still praying about it. God loves all of us!

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+
Rector, Christ Church New Brighton

Christmas Service Schedule

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24
4 PM Holy Eucharist, featuring the Christ Church Community Youth Choir, Drummers, and Ukeleles.
10 PM Choral Holy Eucharist

Christmas Day, Dec. 25
No Services

New Year's Eve, Dec. 31
Watch Night, 9PM Holy Eucharist

Annual Christmas Pageant

The annual Christmas pageant will be held on Sunday, December 22nd, during the 10 am service.

The pageant is open to all children of the parish under age 10. If your child would like to participate, please let Paige Gunther know as soon as possible via email or text. (paigegunther@gmail.com/646-322-3546).

Rehearsals will be held on the following Sundays immediately following the 10 am service:
December 1
December 8
December 15

Adult volunteers are needed to make the pageant a success! You do not have to have a child in the pageant to help. Please speak to Paige if you are able to give a few hours of your time.

More information will be given to the children in the Godly Play classes.

Thank you as always for your enthusiastic participation and support

Vestry Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee for Vestry Members (4) and Alternate delegates to Diocesan Convention (2) are:
1. William (Bill) Sherman
2. William Keck
3. Robert Long
4. Anne Devlin
5. Kristin Parrish

If you are interested in being a member of the vestry or an alternate delegate to Diocesan Convention, please speak to any one of the committee members.

Annual Planning Meeting

ANNUAL PLANNING MEETING for fundraisers and other parish events will be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. All heads of ministries and vestry members are especially invited to attend.

Happy New Liturgical Year!

On the First Sunday of Advent, we begin the new liturgical year by using readings from Lectionary Cycle A.

Throughout the Advent season, our liturgical color will be blue. Why Blue and Not Purple? The deep blue of Advent is meant to inspire in us the hope of faith, and to encourage us to keep watch for the promised light of Christ to break over the horizon, changing night into day, darkness into light, and filling our lives and our world with a holy and righteous splendor.

Purple is used in Lent and meant to inspire penitence. The penitential nature of purple invites introspection and repentance on behalf of the believer.

Either blue or purple can be used during Advent, but more and more Churches have gravitated towards blue to distinguish Advent from Lent.

Advent tells us Christ is near; Christmas tells us Christ is here! Joy! Joy! Joy!

Alleida Family & Friends Alaska Cruise

Fundraising Committee Raffles - Drawing Dec. 22, 2019

The winner of the 40" TV at the recent Autumn Auction has donated the TV back to us.

Starting Sunday, November 3, the FRC will be selling raffle tickets for this item and 2 other items. The drawing will take place on Sunday December 22 during Coffee Hour.

1st prize: 40" TV
2nd prize: Liquor basket
3rd prize: Basket of Christmas ornaments and a 300 string of Christmas lights

Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10.

Envelopes containing 10 tickets each are available for anyone who would like to assist with the selling of tickets.

Holly Ball

The Holly Ball Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the Journal, decorating, set up, etc.

Please speak to Roxanne Ingoe, Mary Larimer or Beth McLean, Co-Chairs.

Did You Know?

  • Did you know that over 100 million copies of the Bible are sold each year?
  • Did you know that in 1631, a publishing company published a Bible with the typo "Thou Shalt Commit Adultery." Only 9 of these Bibles, known as the "Sinners' Bible," exist today.
  • Did you know that the full Bible has been translated into 532 languages? It has been partially translated into 2,883 languages.
  • Did you know that the shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117, with just 2 verses? It is also the middle chapter of the Bible, being the 595th chapter.
  • Did you know that women are more likely than men, older people are more likely than younger people, and African Americans are more likely than other races to read the Bible?
  • Did you know that the version of the Bible used by British missionaries in the 1800s to convert and educate slaves, excludes any portion of the text that might inspire rebellion or liberation? Ninety percent of the Old Testament and 50 percent of the New Testament were omitted. A copy of this Bible is on display at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC.

Back to School Prep

My Christian Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings. As we approach and prepare for the reopening of the 2019 school year, I wish all of us God's blessings and protections for our children in those buildings and playgrounds where we will not be present, but He will surely be there for them.

Finally, please remember our 2020 mission to Liberia. We need your prayers and support. We are also collecting school supplies which you can see in the list below. May God bless us all.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR EES/EHS IN LIBERIA

St. John's and House of Bethany Epsicopal High School and Elementary School

The Episcopal Elementary School and the Episcopal High School that Christ Church sponsors in Liberia are in need of school supplies for their students. So when you are shopping for our children's back to school supplies, please purchase some extra items to be sent to the EES & EHS Schools in Liberia.

Needed items are:

Pencils
Loose leaf paper
Notebooks (composition, one subject, 5 subject)
Pens
Crayons
Glue
Reading books for all ages

For more information, please contact Bill Sherman.

Bill Sherman
Senior Warden

2020 Planning Meeting

The annual planning meeting for fundraisers and other parish events will be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Purpose:

  • The purpose of the meeting is to organize a calendar for 2020 that encourages orderliness and cooperation in our activities at all levels, thereby reducing scheduling conflicts, competition and burn-out as we become more strategic about fundraising.
  • The identification of 4-5 fundraisers for the calendar year.

Who is invited:

ALL heads of ministries/organizations/vestry members and anyone who aspires to leadership in the parish.

Expected Outcome:

  • A well-defined calendar of activities for the year 2020
  • Better spacing of events for optimum results and less tension
  • More fluid communication-Leaders are aware of the plan
  • Elimination of last minute events
  • Greater accountability by leaders.

Help Needed for Godly Play, Rite 13, and J2A

In preparation for the fall program start of our Christian Formation programs we need at least five (5) volunteers to assist with Godly Play, Rite 13 and J2A. If you feel called to this ministry and are willing to give of your time to support the education of our children, please speak to Lisa Rhoades, Catherine Barnett or David Nygard as soon as possible. Thanks for your help in advance!

THURSDAY M.E.a.L.S AND ORGAN RECITAL EVERY THURSDAY AT 11:30 am AFTER EUCHARIST

The M.E.a.L.S ministry program resumed on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Be part of a delightful series of organ recitals and stimulating conversation over light snacks. Join us!

NOTE: The Organ Recital will not be held on Nov. 28th, due to Thanksgiving, and December 5th. Recitals will resume December 12th.

Memorial Fund for Alayne and Victoria Gilbert

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for Johanna Gilbert's daughters, Alayne and Victoria Gilbert. If you would like to contribute, please Click Here.

Clothing Collection

Kim Alfaro, a long-time member of the Staten Island CSA, is collecting new or lightly used, white-only, cotton men's T-shirts, tank tops, boxers, and briefs for men in prison. You can drop them off on Sunday morning or call Kim at 917 213-2999.

Sunday Servers Schedule for December, January, & February

If you have any concerns please call Dr. Heuldine Webb at (718) 442 5420.

Date Lector Epistoler Intercessor Crucifer Acolytes LEM Verger
12/15 Mary Sheila H. Roxanne Lucas Gianni, Zahra Victor Spider
12/22 Eva-Marie Andrea Carol Kai Luke, Damali Richard Z Spider
12/29 Paul David Susan Lucas Jude, Kimani Bill S Spider
1/5 Shelly John Roxanne Richard Z Alidel, Damali Bill S Spider
1/12 Marshall Marcella Susan Bill S Cora, Eva Richard Z Spider
1/19 Mary Sheila H Andrea Bill S Luke, Jude Victor Spider
1/26 Carol Victor John Richard Z Kamali, Lucas Bill S Spider
2/2 Amy Richard Z Shelly Bill S Alidel, Damali Victor Spider
2/9 Spider Nick Andrea Richard Z Cora, Eva Bill S Spider
2/16 Roxanne Kristin John Bill S Zahra, Luke Victor Spider
2/23 Eva M Lisa Mary Lucas Kamali, Jude Richard Z Spider

Save the Date

Event Date Time
Holly Ball December 14 6-11pm
Fundraiser Meeting 2019 December 22 Coffee Hour
Christmas Pageant December 22 10 AM

Please always check the calendar on the bulletin board for more details or last-minute changes.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Derek Alvez, Fatu Barnes, Francis Batama, Jr., Deborah Broome, Carrol Burak, Robert Burak, Carolyn Burphy-George, Ryan Capasse, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Brianna Cooper, Zahra Cooper, Edward & Laura Craig, Eugene Deluca, Marlene Elia, Rev. Dr. Abner Flowers, Karmo Freeman, Ina Fried, Mary & John Gerney, Sandra Giambalvo, Bruce Gill, Darlene Gray, Ann Heather, Tea Rose Hill, John, Oneka (Nikki) Johns, Anne Johnson, Derrick Jones, Dr. Hannah Abeodu Bowen-Jones, Joseph Kormah, Elizabeth Lamadieu, Amanda Lovell, Jesse Luke, William Marcus, Martha, Janet Massa, Eva McClary, Alissa McGinley, Brian McGlynn, Andrea McIntosh, Hugo McIntosh Sr., Utopia Mennoh, Mona, Olivia Rey, Emily David Russ, Renee Russell and family, Larry Sears, Donna Seese, Kevin Skinner, Roderic Oso-Smith, Aline Smith, Ashley Smith, Henrietta Smith, Marie Smith, Robert Smith, Joseph Speilman, Mary Thompson, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch, and the people of St. Vincent's Girls' Home.

The Prayer List is intended to uphold and encourage those who are in need of healing prayers. If persons have been fully recovered and no longer need to be lifted up in this way, please let us know so that we can make room for others. If you need a loved one or friend to remain on the list, please call the parish office. Thank you.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Paul Caniglia, Jr. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.

We pray for Kirstin Swanson-Basso, now in the process as a Postulant for Ordination to the Priesthood.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Tre'va Babb (8), Zahra Cooper (11).

We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the work of the Mothers' Union around the world: Sheran Harper - Worldwide President; Bev Jullien - Chief Executive.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Andrew, +Allen, and +Mary, our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector, Trinity St. Paul's Church, New Rochelle Church of the Ascension, Staten Island, Grace Church, Middletown, St. Mary's Church, Tuxedo Park, Iglesia Virgen de Guadalupe, Poughkeepsie, La Misión Episcopal Santiago Apóstol, Dover Plains, Harlem Valley Ministry, Ushers of the Diocese.