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 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect for Sunday:

Almighty and Everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere and steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

Amen.

This Sunday is the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.  The liturgical color is green.  The lessons for October 22: Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-9, [10-13]; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22.

The Christ Church Community Youth Choir will perform at the 10:00 a.m. Service.

Godly Play will not meet this Sunday.  

J2A will meet at 11:30 in their classroom.

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

Bible Study will not meet this Sunday but please join us next Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesdays. 7:00 p.m.:  Please join us for Prayer Group and African Bible Study, in the Vestry Room.  The Group is led by Ned Rogers and Deacon Novella.

Server Schedule

Sunday, October 22:

Altar Guild Elizabeth Gattullo, Eileen Zanelli, Christine Szczepanik, Andrea Morse-Raff
Flower Guild
8am Server Rich Whaley
8am Lectors Vincent & Michael Edwards
Greeter
Ushers Connie Black, John Gerney, Kevin Larimer
Lector Marcella Babb
Epistoler Amy Stambaugh
Intercessor Sheila Hewitt
Crucifer Willie Black III
Eucharistic Minister Victor Stanwick
Acolytes Nicholas Kalfa, Gianni Colucci
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Andrea Morse-Raff, Susan Fowler
Coffee Hour Hosts Soup Cook-Off

Revival -
Not an Oxymoron in the Episcopal Church
When I say to people that I am preaching a Revival at an Episcopal Church, you would think that I had just committed some heresy in the Church. Some have even gone as far as to say, revival is not Episcopal, that is some Baptist or Pentecostal thing. We do not do that kind of thing!

The truth is, REVIVAL is no strange animal to the Anglican/Episcopal tradition. From the 18th century up until this day revivalism has played an important part in the ministry and life of the church. Charles and John Wesley (Anglicans) were major figures in the eighteenth-century revival and a great writer of hymns. The Wesley's preached before thousands of people across England, and along with like-minded colleagues from Oxford, they spent a great deal time in preaching and teaching in jails and workhouses, as well as visiting the poor and sick. The religious practice of these devoted priests was in strict accordance with the Book of Common Prayer, and because of this strict attention to method in their worship, they soon became known as "Methodists."

From the Wesleys' and others like George Whitefield in the 18th Century we come to the Oxford Movement of the 19th Century The Oxford Movement has been described as one of the greatest revivals in all history. The tracts had aroused much interest and created a demand for better churchmanship. Many churches which in the time of the Georges had become indifferent in their religious worship now restored frequent celebrations of the Lord's Supper, daily in many places, and the service was again conducted with great reverence. To be noted, the Oxford Movement was not a revival that promoted the fervor of the Wesleys', but insisted on the return of the Church to a quieter form of worship experience for the faithful with all the nuances of Catholicism. Liturgy and church architecture were by-products of this revival in the Church.

In our modern day, our current Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, is sounding the trumpet for another revival. He has called it, "The Jesus Movement!" https://www.episcopalchurch.org/jesus-movement. This REVIVAL is more like that of the Wesleys' and invites us into a serious response to Evangelism, Reconciliation and our Care for creation.https://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/publicaffairs/presiding-bishop-michael-curry-jesus-movement-and-we-are-episcopal-church. (Hold down the Ctrl button and click this link to hear what the PB has to say about Episcopalians and the Jesus Movement).He has noted and emphasized, that we as Episcopalians are members of the Jesus Movement and calls Evangelism "The heartbeat of the Church!" So, what are we afraid of? What is it that evokes such a vehement reaction when the words REVIVAL and EVANGELISM are spoken? For some, they find such worship experience antithetical to the orderliness of orthodox Anglican/Episcopal worship. This orthodoxy has created in many a kind of piety that says, God can only be worshipped in a certain way. The good news is, God is as broad and wide as our imaginations can go and far beyond. God does not want to be confined! People must be free to be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit and not be relegated to being chastised or reprimanded for their expressive mannerism. The worshipping community must be able to express their connection with the movement of the Holy Spirit through dancing, clapping, singing - as the Psalmist says, "Praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe. Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with loud-clanging cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Hallelujah!" Psalm 150:4-6.

So, yes, this Episcopal priest will be leading a revival service, preaching as in the past with the likes of John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield and many of the other revivalists because revival in the Episcopal Church is NOT an Oxymoron, it is part of our worshipping reality. Therefore, let us own it! Let us celebrate it and be open to the experience! We are part of the Jesus Movement - a 21st Century call to REVIVAL.

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Save the Date

Our new Rector,
The Rev. Trevor R. Babb's Institution
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.

Event Planning Meeting

All ministry leaders are invited to a special planning meeting on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to plan activities for the 2018 calendar. This planning meeting will help to ensure events are better coordinated for optimum results. Light refreshments will be served.

University of Liberia Alumnus Chorus

St. John's University (Staten Island Campus) presents The University of Liberia, Alumni Chorus on Saturday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. For tickets, please call William Sherman at 347-938-5532.

Thursday Healing Service & Holy Eucharist

Healing Service & Holy Eucharist with interactive Scripture Conversation will be held in the Chapel.  Please note we will now meet at 11:00 a.m. instead of 10:00 a.m. All members are invited

Belle Nuit

Join us for our Third Annual Belle Nuit concert series on Saturday, November 4th at 7:00 p.m. Suggested donations are $25; Students $15. Form more information, please see Alleida Mitchell or call 917-514-2407.

Altar Guild

The altar guild needs new members for each of the four Sunday teams. Duties include cleaning, polishing and setting up for weekly services. Working with other members makes it quite enjoyable, too. Please contact David Wood at dmwood71@hotmail.com or 718.816.5831 to volunteer.

Mother Rhoda

Mother Rhoada Treherne-Thomas will be celebrating her 90th Birthday this year. To mark the occasion, a birthday party will be held at LiGreci's Staaten on Saturday, November 18th at 11:30 a.m.

Reservations at $55 per adult and $25 per child.

For more information, please call the church office at 718-727-6100.

Stained Glass Raffle

During coffee hour, Plant & Equipment will sell $5 raffle tickets for the four stained-glass panels in the Guild Room, which were made and generously donated by Jimi Lee, owner of A Classical Glass (aclassicalglass.gmail.com, 646 879-8636). The money raised will go toward repairing the windows upstairs in the auditorium. The raffle will be called at the St. Nick's Fair in December. Bonne chance!

Night of Elegance

In place of the Holly Ball, Christ Church will have a "Night of Elegance" on Saturday, December 9th. The event promises to be a night of great fellowship, wonderful cuisine, and holiday music. If you are interested in being on the committee, please see one of the committee chairs, Kelly Collins, Carolyn Gardner-Hodnik or Oneka Johns. Tickets will be $45 per person with a cash bar.  More details to follow.

Upcoming Musical Programs

BELLE NUIT: 

The beloved Belle Nuit Opera returns to Christ Church on November 4th at 6pm with Melody Alesi, soprano, Paulo Buffoni, Tenor, Joan Callaghan and Adrienne Mezinger, mezzo-sopranos, Carolos Jimeno and Frederick Redd, baritones, and Christopher Cooley, Pianist. This event is sponsored in part by Mrs. Shirley Elfers and the fundraising committee.

SHOESTRING BAROQUE: 
From Luther to Bach: The Protest[ant] Reform[ation] in Song
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Shoestring Baroque presents music from some of the most renowned Renaissance and Baroque masters of the Lutheran Church, culminating with the great J.S. Bach.

Performed by soprano Kristin Reiersen Parrish, soprano Jana Ballard, mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein, alto and tenor Mark Rossnagel, tenor Eric Alexieff, tenor Evan Alexieff, bass-baritone Michael Scarcelle, organist Douglas Keilitz, violinist Katherine Liu, and electric guitarist Rose Couchon.

Details:
November 12th, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 
309 St. Paul's Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10304

THE CHURCH OF ST. ANDREW 2017-2018 RECITAL SERIES begins on September 18 at 8 pm with James Johnson and Susan Walters performing the Rachmaninoff Suites for Two Pianos.  

St. Andrew's is located at 40 Old Mill Road in Historic Richmondtown.

Soup Sunday is Back!

The annual "Soup-Off" will return on Sunday October 22 after the 10 am service, though this year's event will focus on fundraising and fellowship instead of competition. Freewill offerings will be collected to pay for the new Advent altar hanging for the Chapel. As you may be aware, Fr. Chuck's family generously donated Advent altar hangings for the main altar in his memory. As the Chapel was one of Fr. Chuck's favorite places, Christ Church paid for a matching hanging for the Chapel altar, at the request of parishioners, with a promise that money would be raised to pay the church back over the next year. No amount is too small to help, and you will get to enjoy delicious soups and fellowship. If you are unable to attend Soup Sunday but would like to contribute, checks can be made out to Christ Church with "Advent Altar Hanging" in the memo field. Soup this year does not have to be homemade. For more information, or to borrow a crockpot, please see Bonnie Franz or Sheila Hewitt.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Katelyn Clark, Judy Ballard, Shirley Black, Aaron Britton, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, Bai David, Kathy Galvez, William Goodridge, Jr., Christine Gross & Family, Andrew Hall, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Fran Milauskas, Mo. Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Debbie Stuhlman, Mary Thompson, Hasan Thomas, Gloria Troia, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch and Connor.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: John Gerney (22), Deborah Lindsay (23), Peter Liu (23), Edward Craig (24), Hueldine Webb (26), Katie McGough (27). We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniverary this week: Michael & Amy Mazziotti (28).

The Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of Frances Sigman.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for the Diocese of Temotu, Melanesia and The Rt. Rev. Leonard Dawea.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop, +Andrew, +Allen, and +Mary our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector and St. John's Church, New City.