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

This Sunday

This Sunday is The Day of Pentecost. The liturgical color is Red. 

Godly Play, Rite 13 & J2A classes will meet this Sunday.

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

Confirmation class will meet Sunday after the 10 a.m. service in the auditorium.  Please make every effort to be present by 12 noon.

Collect for Sunday

Almighty God, who on this day didst open the way of eternal  life to every race and nation by the promised gift of thy Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the 
earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 

Amen.

Server Schedule

Sunday, May 20:

Altar Guild

Mark Gherzo, Nancy Reiersen-Scromo, Bonnie Franz

Flower Guild

Nick Lettiere

8am Server Rich Whaley
8am Lectors Dan Prince
Greeter Laura Craig
Ushers Hueldine Webb, Bill Sherman, John Gerney
Lector Rita McGough
Epistoler Greer Gerney
Intercessor Paul Smith
Crucifer Richard Zayzay
Eucharistic Minister Victor Stanwick
Acolytes Nicholas Kalfa, Gianni Colucci
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Kathy & Arnold Galvez, Mark Gherzo
Coffee Hour Host Shelley, Leila, & Luke Gayford

Reflections From the Rector

KEEP THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET-

Do not slash the hunger programs, Save and Support the Poor!!!

A Letter to Congressman Donovan

(copied from Staten Island Hunger Task Force Website)

As your constituent, I urge you to reject the cuts and changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) proposed in H.R. 2, the Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018. This bill takes an axe to SNAP and will hurt people with limited income who rely on SNAP to afford essential food as they struggle to afford healthcare, education, housing, transportation and other essentials for survival. On Staten Island alone, SNAP helps 13% of residents (over 63,000 people) with basic nutrition needs.
SNAP helps families with children, seniors, and veterans buy food at grocery stores. The majority of SNAP benefits go to families with children - in fact, SNAP helps 1 in 4 children in the US receive an adequate diet. SNAP also helps people who are trying to get back on their feet, including those recovering from addiction and escaping domestic violence. SNAP already has work requirements, and most SNAP recipients who can work, do. But H.R. 2 shows no compassion for people who are struggling, rather it proposes to take away essential food as quickly as one month after someone has completed job training or addiction treatment even as they are seeking work.
H.R. 2 not only takes food away from struggling people, it takes dollars away from the local economy. Currently, SNAP brings more than $100 million in federal dollars annually to Staten Island.

But for every meal H.R. 2 takes from the plates of those with little, it increases spending on bureaucracy. In fact, H.R. 2 will increase administrative costs by $15 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018 does not align with our values and does not reflect the care for our neighbors in need that our faith and community teach us. I urge you to take a stand for what is right for our community and vote no on H.R. 2.
I will be joining several Ecumenical Clergy on a fast today to protest this bill that has catastrophic consequences on the lives of the poor on Staten Island and in the Nation. Please call Congressman Donovan today to ask him to vote NO on the Farm Bill. Here is the number to call: 202-225-3371. After calling, you can also click this link to send a letter to Congressman Donovan, created by the Staten Island Hunger Task-force. Don't Slash Hunger-Fighting Programs. (Please cut and paste this link in your web browser to find the letter as noted above.)

Please join me as we fight for the needs of the poor among us, many of whom are children living in poverty and pray this prayer written by Mahatma Gandhi:
"I will be truthful.
I will suffer no injustice.
I will be free from fear.
I will not use force.
I will be of good will to all people."

N.B. Thanks to Victor Stanwick and Susan Fowler for choosing this prayer as part of the weekly Morning Prayer devotions.

In the New York Times this morning:

On this Day in History
A memorable headline from the New York Times

JOAN CANONIZED AT GREAT SERVICE

May 17, 1920 The king of France was so demoralized by the struggle against England in the Hundred Years' War that he saw little to lose in naming an illiterate farm  girl who heard voices to head his armies.  So vital did Joan of Arc become to the effort that pro-English clerics burned her at the stake for heresy.  But by the time she was canonized as a saint nearly 500 years later, the two nations had become allies, and she a symbol of their "permanent union", France's president at the time said.  "We fought on the same side in the World War, like her, for the reign of right and justice.

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Listen to Fr. Babb's Easter Day sermon here.

'Click here for pictures of Fr. Trevor's Institution Ceremony

Working 100

The launch of Working 100's is next Sunday, May 20th. The working 100 is like the Parable of the Talents. However, in this case each person will bee endowed with the same about of talents ($100) The task of the recipient is to multiply the $100 to the best of their ability in six months. Our goal is to raise at least $12,000 for the church. Please speak to Alleida Mitchell for more information.

Sunday Morning Bible Discussion

Sunday Morning Bible Discussion
11:30 in the Vestry Room
All are welcomed.

Training Reminder

Reminder of Lay Assistants/Acolytes Training meeting to be held on Saturday, May 19th at 1:00 p.m.  Parents and guardians are especially invited to attend.

Pentecost & Friends & Family Sunday

Next Sunday, May 20th is Pentecost Sunday and Friends and Family Sunday.

Join us on May 20th for a morning of Word, Worship and Testimony as we celebrate Pentecost and Bring a Friend to Church Sunday.  Invite friends and family to worship with us.

Wear something RED.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Paige, Kevin and Leah Gunther on the birth of their son and baby brother, John Daniel who was born on May 12th.

Confirmation Class

Confirmation class will not meet this Sunday, May 13th  but will resume on Sunday, May 20th.

Pledge Status

Beginning this second quarter and as a way of maintaining fiscal transparency, please note our current financial shortfall for April.

We appreciate everyone who has made an effort to complete their pledge .  If you have received your first quarter pledge statement and observe that you are behind in your pledge commitment, your Vestry and Rector would be most appreciative if you make every effort to bring it up to date.  If you are experiencing difficulties in making your pledge please call the office and make an appointment to see Fr. Trevor+.  Again thank you for your commitment to the mission and ministry of Christ Church New Brighton.

Pledge Income Report Month of April  
  Month Year to Date
Pledge Income Budgeted $14,166 $56,664
Pledge Income Received $11,978 $48,583
Shotfall -$2,218 -$8,081

Payer Ministry & Devotional Bible Study

Prayer Ministry and Devotional Bible Study meets on Wednesday nights at 7 pm in the Vestry Room.  All are welcome to attend.

Spring Fair

Our Annual Spring Fair will be Saturday, June 2nd. We are collecting plants, attic treasure items and new items for raffle baskets.

We also need volunteers for all or part of the day to help make our Fair a success. Please contact Susan Fowler if you are able to help. Susan's email is susan@fast-consulting.com.

Richmond Choral Society

Richmond Choral Society presents Northern Lights
on Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 p.m. at St. Peter's Church, 53 St. Mark's Place, Staten Island.

Ticket prices are as follows:

General Admission - $20
Seniors - $15
Students with ID - $10

Children under 12 - FREE

St. Nick's Fair Chairperson

We are looking for a volunteer or volunteers to chair the St. Nick's Fair on Saturday, December 1st.  We need to have volunteers by June 15th if this event is to be as successful as it has been in past years.

Please speak to Fr. Trevor if interested.

Conference Call

The Thursday evening conference call Bible Study will be held this evening, Thursday, May 3rd.

Please read Romans Ch. 5:12-21. Call-in information: 

1-605-475-4120 (code- 9467742#).

Save the Date

Saturday, June 2 - 10:00 a.m.
Spring Fair

Sturday, June 9 - 7:30 p.m.

Fierce Vanities performance

Fierce Vanities

Fierce Vanities is a play written by Dick Riley and directed by Paul Smith.  It will be performed as a staged reading by members of the Christ Church community-- the drama explores the relationships among the principal figures of Henry's court, including Queen Katherine, Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, Sir Thomas More, and Anne Boleyn, among others.

When:  Saturday, June 9th at 7:30 p.m.

Admission: $20 per person.  All proceeds from the performance will go to Christ Church.

Location: Christ Church, 76 Franklin Avenue

For reservations, please call 718-727-6100 or 917-514-2407.

Formation of UBE Chapter in Staten Island

Currently, there are no Union of Black Episcopalian (UBE) chapters on Staten Island. UBE is an affiliate organization of the Episcopal Church whose mission is social justice and reconciliation. As the past Regional Director for the Mid-West Region, Fr. Trevor+ is interested in working with anyone to create a chapter here. Membership is open to people of all races, ethnicity and culture. We need 10 or more to begin a chapter. Call the office at 718 727 6100 if you are interested.

After School Program Concert

Parents and Instructors of our After School Musical Programs are organizing the Annual End of Year Concert and reception scheduled for Thursday, May 24. The event this year will be a fundraiser. The proceeds is for the continuation of these programs. Tickets are $20 each and will be available during coffee hours. Raffle tickets including a 50/50 are also available.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Judy Ballard, Cara Berton, Shirley Black, Aaron Britton, Jacob Brown, Reggie Capeheart, Florence Carlotti, Ahsen Chowdhury, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, John Daniel, Bai David, Satta Dempster, Zee Dempster, Ruth DiToro, Marlene Elia, Henry Freeman, Miatta Freeman-Roberts, Kathy Galvez, Belem Garcia, Nellie H. Gibson, Persia Gilkes, William Goodridge, Jr., Christine Gross & Family, Fr. Jerry Keucher, Malu Kollie, Kevin Larimer, Trish Mackey, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Brian McGlynn, Fran Milauskas, Virginia Peel, David Ramos, Linda Reiersen, Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Fr. Fred Schraplau, Henrietta Smith, Marie Smith, Joseph Spielman, Debbie Stuhlman, Mary Thompson, Aurelia Thorpe, Lady Tombekai, Gloria Troia, Jehu Wright, Martha Wright, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch and Connor. 

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Natalie Wynter (22), Tracy Williams (23). We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week:
Kevin & Paige Gunther (22), Scott & Arryn Samarisi (26).

The Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Nancy Beveridge. We pray for the repose of the souls of Jay Crosby and Michael DiCarlo.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Episcopal Church of Colorado and The Rt. Rev. Robert O'Neill.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop, + Andrew, + Allen, and + Mary, our Bishops; Trevor + our Rector, and Trinity Wall Street.