Worship Schedule

Sundays
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II

Thursdays
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
The second Thursday of each month
includes Healing & Anointing

Monday through Friday
7:15 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: Interim Pastor
Email: Parish Administrator

This Sunday

This Sunday, December 11: The Third Sunday of Advent

Collect:

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and fore ever.  

Amen.

Prayer for the Search Committee:

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

This Sunday is The Third Sunday of Advent. The liturgical color is blue.  The lessons for December 11 are: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:1-9; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11.

Godly Play & Gap classes should receive Communion with their teachers immediately after the choir receives, and then accompany their teachers to the classrooms.

After the service the children will return to the church for Pageant rehearsal from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Please join your child in the church at 11:30 a.m.

YAC/J2A classes begin at 11:30 a.m. in the second floor J2A classroom.

Childcare begins at 9:45 a.m. in the nursery.

Server Schedule

Sunday, December 11:

Altar Guild Roxanne Ingoe, Mary Larimer, Andrea McIntosh, Kathy Galvez
8 AM Server Victor Stanwick
Greeter Laura Craig
Ushers Ned Rogers, Roxanne Ingoe, Ed Craig
Lector Willie Black, III
Epistoler Sheila Hewitt
Intercessor David Nygard
Chalice Lisa Rhoades
Acolytes Eleanor Larimer, Greer Gerney
Crucifer Richard Zayzay
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Richard Zayzay, Mark Gherzo
Coffee Hour Host The Gross Family
Flower Guild

Prayer List

We will be refreshing the weekly prayer list.  Names will be removed from the list on Sunday, December 11 unless we hear from you.  If there is someone who needs to remain on the list, please send an email to Cathy Romano at christchurch@verizon.net or call the office 718-727-6100.

Vestments & Altar Hangings

You may have noticed a change in the sanctuary over the past two weeks: everything is blue (check out the pictures at the top of this page). This year for the first time Christ Church is using blue vestments and altar hangings for Advent, instead of purple. Many Anglican churches use blue for Advent to separate the season from Lent and to honor Mary the mother of Jesus, whose traditional color is blue. Our blue sanctuary set is a generous gift in memory of Father Chuck by his Uncle Dave Howell. The choice of these vestments is particularly appropriate as the color is referred to as Sarum (or Salisbury) blue, in honor of Salisbury Cathedral in England. Salisbury was Father Chuck's favorite cathedral; he visited there when he studied at Cambridge during his time in Seminary. The vestments were blessed on the Sunday before Advent at which time a new Eucharistic visitors' communion kit was also shown to the parish. The kit will allow our Lay Eucharistic visitors to bring communion to people who are home bound or in the hospital. The kit, also a gift of Dave Howell, will be blessed by Bishop Dietsche when he visits Christ Church in February.

Christ Church Now Receiving Names for its Next Rector

The Search Committee has had all documents approved by the Bishop's Office and is now formally receiving applications to be our next rector. You may view some of our information on our own website using the Read the profile online and Download the profile buttons (below), or on the Diocesan website at: https://www.dioceseny.org/administration/for-clergy/transition-ministry-office/positions-open/.

The Rector Search Committe has created a Parish Profile in an effort to describe our parish for a prospective new rector.

Download the profile (pdf) Download the Ministry Portfolio (pdf)

Save the Date

Holly Ball, Saturday, December 10

Holiday Joy & Flea Market, Saturday, December 17

Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 22, 2017

December Office Hours

Please note the changed Office Hours for December.  

Beginning Tuesday, November 29th the hours will be:

Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m - 1 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  

The office will be closed on Wednesdays during December.

Holly Ball

We are getting a bit late but GREAT start to the Holly Ball this year. We are so looking forward to celebrating our Honorees, Dorothy Thompson, Treasurer and Willie Black, III, Warden through fellowship. Won't you consider taking out a quarter, 1/2 page or full page ad in our journal which supports programs here at Christ Church.  Loria Raiola, is chairing the event this year.  You can give your ads directly to her or place in the Holly Ball mailbox in the office. Deadline for journal entries is December the 3rd.

Christmas Eve Volunteers

On Christmas Eve we have a beautiful Choral Eucharist at 10:00 p.m.  We light the candles in the chandeliers throughout the church.  This year we are asking for two volunteers to come about 9:00 p.m. to light the candles and extinguish them after the service.

Please call the office at 718-727-6100 if you will be available to help.

Holiday Service Schedule

Saturday, December 24
4:00 PM Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist
10:00 PM Choral Eucharist

Sunday, December 25
9:00 AM Christmas Day Holy Eucharist

Saturday, December 31
9:00 PM Watch Night Holy Eucharist

Sunday, January 1
9:00 AM Holy Eucharist

Christmas Pageant

Our annual Christmas Pageant will be performed by the children during the 10 am Eucharist on Sunday, Dec. 18. All children of the parish age 10 and under are invited to participate. Adult volunteers are needed to help supervise the children during rehearsals and during the pageant, and to help cue them for their entrances and parts. Two rehearsals will be held (dates and times will be announced by Sunday, November 27th). If your child would like to participate, you must inform Paige Gunther either in person or via email at paigegunther@gmail.com. Please include your child's age. If you are able to volunteer to help with the pageant, rehearsals, or have any questions, please reach out to Paige at the email address above. **We are in need of additional costume pieces for shepherds and kings. If you have anything at home that you believe would work and are willing to donate, please speak to Paige.

Stewardship

In this our Stewardship Period, we have been blessed with a series of excellent speakers.  We will be sending you selections from these fine words presented to our congregation.  We thank Shirley Elfers, Nick Dowen, Sam Williams and Eva Marie Black for their beautiful words.

Nick Dowen spoken eloquently particular as follows:

This is Sunday, the first day of the week, the Day of Resurrection.  We've just been through a very difficult week, the end of a punishing and toxic presidential election campaign unlike any other in my experience.  Today let's just be thankful that we're here in this church together to celebrate the Eucharist.  We are taking part in a weekly church service that is very familiar to most of us, but that has seldom been more welcome than it is today.  We celebrate a high calling that is measured and liturgical and that includes a reverence for kindness, politeness and good manners.

This church is our refuge, our very present help in trouble.  In church we find an oasis, manna in the wilderness, an alternative to the futility, cruelty, violence, and noise of this wicked world.  We celebrate Christian values that remain fresh and new.  Every week we discover something new, as we look after and take care of ourselves and each other.  While worshiping our Lord and Savior, we also admire the dedication and sheer hard work that go into keeping this beloved congregation on an even keel.  I admire our clergy, our organist and choir, our Churchwardens and Vestry, and the many dedicated, hard-working church members I see all around me.  This wonderful church is my spiritual home.  Thank you, thank you for being here today!

We are holding our annual Stewardship Campaign because we need to keep all this going and keep all this up.  Being on the Vestry I'm constantly amazed by our many parish expenses, as summarized in Dorothy Thompson's excellent monthly detailed Treasurer's Reports, and I worry constantly about our finances.  Our community outreach activities constantly amaze me.  Our old buildings need a great deal of tender loving care.  We struggle every day to make everything better and better.

I'm getting down to the nitty gritty.  Let me ask every member of this church to pledge.  Everyone listed in this Parish Directory should pledge.  The fact that you pledge is far more important than the amount of your pledge.  Don't give till it hurts.  Give till it feels good.  We have been mailed a pledge form with a return envelope.  It's very easy to fill out the form and return it in the envelope, either via the U.S. Postal Service or by placing it in the offering plate as passed around by an usher.  Please pledge!  Stand up and be counted!  ....      Thank you!

Christ Church Festival Choir Looking for Participants!

Are you interested in singing in the Choir but unable to meet the time commitments necessary? Beginning this Christmas Eve, Christ Church will use a "Festival Choir" on major holidays and occasions.The Festival Choir will included members who are unable to dedicate themselves to full-time choir service, but who have an interest in participating in this important ministry. Members of the congregation who would like to sing with the choir on these days will be required to attend rehearsals in the immediate weeks prior to the service, at the discretion of the Music Director. If you are interested in participating, please speak to our Music Director/Organist Mr. Scott Myers after the 10 am Eucharist.

Advent Program

Pathways for Spiritual Growth & Discipleship
Richmond Inter-Parish Council 2016 - 17
with Br. Mark Brown, SSJE, 
priest/religious in residence*

ADVENT PROGRAM
    At Church of the Ascension

"Building the Trellis: 
Designing a Personal Rule of Life"

All are welcome!

Three Wednesdays:  Dec. 7, 14, 21
  7:30-9:00 PM 
Church of the Ascension
1 Kingsley Ave., 10314

  • What is a "Rule of Life" and why might we find one helpful?  (Hint: it's not rules.)
  • What are the little things we can do to bring our lives into better balance?
  • What resources are available for those who wish to live their faith in a more intentional way?
  • Program will focus on the practical aspects of living as a Christian in today's world. Participants will design a simple and realistic plan for their next season of life. 

 

Bible Study & Prayer Group

Bible Study meets at 11:45 a.m. on Sundays in the Vestry Room.

Prayer Meeting meets at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Vestry Room.

All are welcome to attend.

Hall Rental Coordinator Needed

Hello fellow Christ Church parishioners. As of December 31, 2016 I will no longer be able to coordinate the hall rentals that bring in a needed revenue. I have had this position for the last four years and now have taken on other responsibilities both here at church and personally which means a replacement needs to be found. I will gladly share my experience and suggestions. Please contact Mother Tori if you are interested and would like to run this important and needed position. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you,
Elizabeth Gattullo

718-981-1968

Christmas Fairs

Donations of new or unused items for the raffle baskets  including  bottles of wine and other drinks are needed for St. Nick.  They can be brought to the church.  Items for the white elephant can be left in the auditorium and raffle basket items in the Vestry room or office.

Volunteers are needed for the events.  Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Parish House.

Co-Dependents Anonymous

A Staten Island Co-Dependants Anonymous (CoDA) Group is starting up at Christ Church New Brighton in the New Year!

Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.

Where: Vestry Room, Christ Church New Brighton

When: Thursdays 7:00 pm - starting January 5, 2017

Length: 1 Hour (approx)

CoDA is a program that will help many people to find their way to better, healthier relationships, to deeper self-understanding, closer relationship to God (higher power) and faith, to healing of past hurts in Family of Origin, developing better listening and communicating skills, to improving quality of life emotionally, psychologically and spiritually, and so much more.

CoDA meetings are facilitated by Fr. Marc Roselli, S.J., Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel / St. Mary of the Assumption.

If you want to know more about CoDA, you can reach Fr. Marc at (718)442-3411 or Stop by any Thursday, starting 1/5/2017.

You can also check out the international CoDA website at CoDA.org.

Christmas Day Meals

Temple Israel on Forest Avenue serves meals to the homeless every other month and on Christmas Day. They have a grant that enables them to buy food to cook. They need a few volunteers to help put together meals on Christmas Day, starting  at 9 a.m. and finishing by 11:30 a.m. Please contact Pam Carlton for more information and to offer to volunteer:  917-903-3444.

Prayer Group Advent Invitation

Over the next four weeks, beginning on Wednesday Nov. 30 at 7:00 pm, we will be focusing on the "Collects" of Thomas Cranmer, which are the prayers found in the Book of Common Prayer since 1549 and offered at every Eucharistic Service. A "Collect" is a short prayer that usually asks for one thing only. It consists of five parts. Thomas Cranmer died a martyr's death because of his faith in Jesus Christ. We will pray and discuss the content of each Collect said from the first Sunday in Advent through to Epiphany. Please join us in observing this Advent Season in Prayer.

Christmas Flowers & Greens

Parishioners may make donations towards Christmas altar decorations in memory of loved ones or in honor of or in thanksgiving for family, friends, special occasions, etc.  

Please use envelopes placed in the pews during Advent, giving name(s) or other information or mail to Altar Guild, Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301.  

Names will be included in the Christmas service bulletins.  The deadline is Sunday, December 18.

Bible Study: The Letters of Saint Paul

The Bible Study Series meets on Sunday mornings, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Vestry Room. The focus will be on St. Paul's letters or Epistles. this series will be led by Deacons Geri Swanson, Novella Lawrence and Mr. Richard Whaley. Each week one of the presenters will guide our reading of these important documents of our faith. No preparation is needed, just an interest in expanding our understanding of our faith and the written word that has shaped in through the centuries. We welcome your participation in the discussion of the Holy Scriptures. Feel free to bring your coffee or tea into the conversation space.... cookies and cake are always welcomed as well!

Prayer is the Best Wireless Connection to God

What happens when we pray? How many ways can we pray? When we pray as a church, individually, contemplative, repetitive, intercessory, prayers of praise, thanksgiving, adoration or contrition?

The Prayer Group is led by Deacon Novella Lawrence and Mr. Ned Rogers. Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Vestry Room.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Gouwireya Abdelazim, Shirley Black, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Janet Massa, Joyce Rowan.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week:  Ginny Spadaro (14), Oscar Hazelwood (15), Amy Mazziotti (15), Lester Blair (17), Eddy Gregory (17).

We pray for the repose of the souls of  Albert D. Thompson, Adelaide E. Thompson, Joseph C. Thompson, Marcel Ambroggi and William Franz in whose loving memory the Altar Flowers are presented to the glory of God.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for The Episcopal Church of Kericho, Kenya, The Rt. Rev. Jackson Ole Sapit.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Andrew, Allen, and Mary our Bishops, and St. Luke's Church, Katonah.