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 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.

The liturgical color is GREEN.

In-person services have been cancelled until further notice.

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!

Online Bible Study Groups

Christ Church is setting up online Bible study groups that will meet over the next few weeks either on the phone or using Zoom (Zoom lets you call in—you don’t need to do video).

Each group can accept up to 10 people. Please email or call Susan Fowler to sign up for one or more of the sessions: sfowler1111@verizon.net


From the Rector's Desk

Prelude

Welcome

Celebrant: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
People: And blessed be His kingdom, now and forever. Amen.

Opening Prayer

The Collect

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 with 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.

Musical Selection

Scripture Reading

Psalm 99

Dominus regnavit

1 The Lord is King;
let the people tremble; *
he is enthroned upon the cherubim;
let the earth shake.
2 The Lord is great in Zion; *
he is high above all peoples.
3 Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
he is the Holy One.
4 "O mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob."
5 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and fall down before his footstool; *
he is the Holy One.
6 Moses and Aaron among his priests,
and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
7 He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.
8 O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them,
yet punished them for their evil deeds.
9 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and worship him upon his holy hill; *
for the Lord our God is the Holy One.

Musical Selection

A reading from: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10.

Read by: Michelle Heath

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace.
We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead-- Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

Musical Selection (s)

The Holy Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew: Read by Fr. Trevor+

People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Matthew 22:15-22

The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

Priest: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon: "Faith-Filled Generosity"
The Rev. Trevor R Babb+

Musical Selection(s)

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the People
Virtual Peace

The Lord's Prayer
Closing Prayer
Announcements
Musical Selection
Dismissal
Postlude

ZOOM Social - Bring your Coffee and Talk to Each Other

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Note: As many have inquired how you may continue your support of your church, please note that while we observe physical distancing and are out and about making some needed trips, you may want to swing by the church and do the following:

1) Leave your offerings in the mailbox. Do not try to gather in the Post Office to mail them.

2) You can also use our paypal link on our website - www.christchurchnbrighton.org. See other Contact information at the bottom of this newsletter.

3) You can also set up with your bank for direct deposit to the church. Please contact your Financial Secretary, Beth McLean on how this may be done. Call her at 917 204 3709.

Thanks for your ongoing support as we all work together to overcome this period of isolation.

Link for: Book of Common Prayer

Amen!
Fr. Trevor+

Stewardship 2021

Please read this text and reflect on the questions below as you consider your pledge for 2021.

John 6:1-14

The feeding of the 4,000 or 5,000 (plus women and children) appears in each of the Gospels. And in each one there is a pattern familiar to us: the taking, the blessing, the breaking and the sharing of the bread. In this pattern, Jesus gives thanks for what they have, and people respond by sharing generously
of their own.

1. What word or image speaks to you?
2. How is God calling you to respond?
3. What barriers prevent me from responding?
4. What would life be like without these barriers?

(From Stewardship materials produced by TENS)

For those who are uncomfortable with the on-line pledge card which we sent on October 2, 2020 via Constant Contact, we have mailed pledge cards with return envelopes to every parishioner.
Please complete and return on or before
November 08, 2020.
Thank you for your participation!

Respectfully,

Fr. Trevor+

Rector

Stewardship Committee Co-Chairs:

Dr. Lester Blair & Andrea Morse-Raff, Esq.

Members:

Dr. Hueldine Webb
William Sherman
Anne Devlin
Eva-Marie Black
Susan L. Fowler - Warden
Michelle Heath - Warden
Fr. Trevor R. Babb - Rector

The next meeting of the Stewardship Committee is scheduled for Saturday, October 03, 2020, at 3:00 pm via Zoom.

Stewardship 2020 Timetable
Date Time Action
Oct. 16, 2020 N/A

Send out electronic Pledge Forms.
These forms will be available from October 03, 2020.

Oct. 17, 2020 TBD Package Stewardship Material for mailing
Oct. 18, 2020 10 AM Stewardship Sermon
Oct. 25, 2020 10 AM Second Stewardship Testimony
Nov. 1, 2020 10 AM First Announcement of Pledges received
Nov. 8, 2020 10 AM Stewardship Ingathering Sunday.
Nov. 14, 2020 3 PM Committee Follow-up meeting.

Virtual Service Pentecost XVI

Virtual Service: Pentecost XVII

Virtual Service Pentecost XVIII

Re-Opening Update

Re-Opening Committee Members

Fr. Trevor+ - Rector
Connie Black - Chief Usher
Susan Fowler - Senior Warden
Michelle Heath - Junior Warden
Dr. Hueldine Webb - Verger
Dr. Lester Blair - Usher
Carol Bratton - Vestry Member
Nick Dowen - Altar Guild Director
Catherine Barnett - Christian Formation Chair
Kidert Jean Mary - Chair - Security Ministry
Alleida Mitchell - Outreach/Programs
Anthony Lamourt - Music Director and Organist

RE-OPENING UPDATE

The Committee met on Sunday, October 11, 2020 and made the following recommendations:

1) Complete the current parish conversations - Next week will include groups G-Z.
2) Committee will reconvene after the conversations to develop a recommendation to the vestry on re-opening and in-person worship.
We hope you understand that the matter of re-opening and in-person worship is constantly under review and that we are doing what is humanly possible for the safety and health of all.

In the meantime, if any member would like to come and sit quietly in the sanctuary, please call the office and schedule an appointment during office hours from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tuesdays through Fridays. This visitation does not include Saturdays and Sundays. However, please be aware that strict protocols as set out by the State of NY, CDC and the Church must be followed. Here are a few below:

1) No usage of the restrooms
2) Everyone must wear a mask
3) You must be willing to complete information for contact tracing
4) Any objects touched must be cleaned and sanitized
5) Seating areas will be restricted
6) Visitations will be scheduled every two hours. This will allow for cleaning of the designated areas up to 10 people.
7) Time for being in the sanctuary when visiting will be imited to no more than 45 minutes per family or individual.
8) See COVID -19 prevention flyer below

Bishop's June 24 letter: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Reopening-Our-Churches.html?soid=1102067254998&aid=GC2QloUoAwE

CDC webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/guidance-list.html?Sort=Date%3A%3Adesc

The Walk for the Mission Trip to Liberia

Christ Church New Brighton, in partnership with other Liberian organizations, is inviting you to participate in an upcoming 20 mile walk to raise funds in support of St. John and St. Augustine Episcopal Schools, located in Liberia in Grand Cape
Mount County and Bolahun, Lofa County, respectively.

The walk will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020 simultaneously in various designated cities and states around the U.S. Details of the walk for Staten Island will be announced later. For additional information please speak to Richard Zayzay at (917) 684 3667 or Bill Sherman at (347) 938 5532.

Food Resources

Below is a list of stores that are open and deliver, plus many other resources:

https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/coronavirus-nyc-food-resource-guide-stapleton-st-george/

Low income seniors can get food delivered via NYC. See NYC Food Delivery Assistance:

https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7555117ad6750216160409

Reports from the Parish Conversations

For the past Wednesdays in June we have been engaged in parish conversations. We had hoped to hear from everyone, but the reality was that a smaller number joined to be part of the conversation.

All four (4) conversations provided us with some suggestions that can continue to hold us together as a congregation, as well as to support the community we serve during this time of lockdown and isolation.
Here are the suggestions that were posited:

1. Zoom Bingo
2. Drive-in Movie
3) Ice Cream Truck Drive Through
4) Police Course on Sensitivity
5) Christ Church - Testing Site
6) Service on the lawn
7) Trivial Pursuit
8) Charades
9) Comedy Night (All clean and family humor)
10) Family Dinner and Conversation

While all of the suggestions are well intended, it may only be practical and realistic to do a few. As you look at the list, which five (5) do you think would serve us best? Please consider your response as individuals, or as family units, as appropriate.

Please send me an email with your choices. Example (1, 3, 5, 6, and 10).

Thanks to all who participated and willingly shared. Be blessed, stay safe and wear your masks!

Online Bible Study/Prayer Groups at Christ Church

Below are all the opportunities for your spiritual enrichment during this time of crisis and beyond.

Christ Church has set up several online Bible Study/Prayer Groups that will meet weekly either on the phone or using Zoom (Zoom lets you call-in; you don't need to do video). This is the schedule so far:

  • Led by Rich Whaley, Sundays at 2 p.m.
  • Led by Shelly Heath, Mondays at 7 p.m.
  • Fr. Trevor R. Babb+ on Prayer, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
  • Anthony Lamourt on Paul's Letters, Thursdays at 7 p.m.
  • Kirstin Swanson on the Acts of the Apostles, Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Vincent Alarcon, Melody Alesi-Pazian, Cheryl and Shirley Allamby, Judy Anderson, Marcella Babb, Fatu Barnes, Francis Batama, Jacob Blake and the Blake Family, Earl Blugh, The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Deborah Broome, Gregory Brown, Carol Burak, Robert Burak, Carolyn Burphy-George, Frank & Jane Cangemi, Ryan Capasse, Merle Carrington, Barbara Clauson, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, The Rt. Rev. Clarence N. Coleridge, Brianna Cooper, Zahra Cooper, Laura Craig, Mark Craig, Gene Darconte, Mike Daversa, Eileen Devlin, Eugene Deluca, Marlene Elia, Sheila Ferguson, Rev. Dr. Abner Flowers, The Rev. Dagnall Free, Karmo Freeman, Ina Fried, Arnold & Kathy Galvez, Mary Gerney, Sandra Giambalvo, Darlene Gray, Steve Gross, Bishop Jonathan B. Hart, Ann Heather, Tea Rose Hill, Oneka (Nikki) Johns, Anne Johnson, Derrick Jones, Dr. Hannah Abeodu Bowen-Jones, Joseph Kormah, Elizabeth Lamadieu, The Lampman Family: Robin Lampman (mother), D.B. Lampman (sister), and Scott Van Campen (brother-in-law), Robert Long, Amanda Lovell, Nicole Luberisse, Jesse Luke, William Marcus, Martha, Kate Martin, The Rev. Lewis Marshall, Janet Massa, Rodney Mayers, Eva McClary, Alissa McGinley, Andrea McIntosh, Hugo McIntosh Sr., Utopia Mennoh, John Mobley, Joyce Mobley, Mona, Delores Ollison, Olivia Rey, Corrine Roberson, Emily David Russ, Renee Russell and family, Huguetpe Sauer, Larry Sears, Donna Seese, Julia Sherman, Nancy Sherman, T. Siafa Sherman, Kevin Skinner, Aline Smith, Ashley Smith, Henrietta Smith, Marie Smith, Robert Smith, Joseph Speilman, Vannie Stewart, Christopher Still, Mary Thompson, Sheldon Tyson, Gene Wagner and family, Lucille Williams, Marsha Wynter, and the people of St. Vincent's Girls' Home.

Please Note:

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. This list will be updated every three months unless otherwise notified. If you need a loved one or friend to remain on the list, please call the parish office. Thank you!

We pray for all of the frontline and essential workers in our parish and around S.I. and the world.

We pray for those who are suffering from the physical, mental or economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

We pray for those who are suffering from the impacts of systemic racism, and for those who are committed and working towards change, unity and equality for all peoples.

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: Heather Ortiz DelValle (19), Nathaniel Seeley (21), Daniel DelValle (22), John Gerney (22), Deborah Lindsay (23).

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries this week.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Episcopal Church; The Most Rev'd. Michael Curry - Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Andrew, +Allen, and +Mary; our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; Church of St. Luke in the Fields, Manhattan; Christ Church, Warwick; St. Peter's Church (Chelsea), Manhattan; Hospital Chaplains of the Diocese; St. Luke's Church, Bronx; St Andrew & St. Luke Episcopal Church, Beacon; Diocesan Domestic Violence Task Force.