7:30 AM Morning Prayer
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:00 AM Healing Service & Holy Eucharist with interactive Scripture Conversation
Monday through Friday
7:00 AM Morning Prayer in the Chapel
This Sunday is the Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Collect for Sunday:
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hop of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
This Sunday is the Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. The liturgical color is green. The lessons will be Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; Psalm 90:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30.
Godly Play will not meet this week.
J2A will meet at 11:30 in their classroom.
Childcare begins at 9:45 a.m. in the nursery.
Bible Study will meet this 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.
Sunday, November 19:
Linda & Hal Reiersen, Mark Gherzo, Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
|8am Server||Nancy Reiersen-Scromo|
|8am Lectors||Vincent & Michael Edwards|
|Ushers||John Gerney, Greer Gerney, Sheila Hewitt|
|Lector||Willie Black, III|
|Eucharistic Minister||Bill Sherman|
|Acolytes||Gianni Colucci, Nicholas Kalfa|
|Counters||Catherine Barnett, John Gerney|
|Coffee Hour Hosts||Kirstin & Brian|
Convention and More...
Saturday, November 11, 2017 (Veteran's Day) was my first Diocesan Convention in the Diocese of New York. After some practice runs to Manhattan by way of other events, I was all prepared for the journey by Ferry and then the #1 train to 110th Street with our Senior Warden, Willie Black III and Cloe Lee our Youth Rep. Of course, I met other clergy and delegates from the Staten Island churches including a countryman whose name is Mr. Colin Howard. We had a good chat from Staten Island to Manhattan on the Ferry reminiscing on old stories and familiar folks back home as well as extensions of warm welcome to the Island.
Convention was called to order around 9:35 am with Bishop Andrew M L Dietsche presiding. Business proceeded at a very measured pace and the atmosphere was filled with an air as being truly guided by the Holy Spirit. The theme: "Welcome the Stranger: Stand with the Vulnerable" was very appealing to me. Throughout the convention the theme was weaved in every message, every display and the conversations with everyone I met. In that Holy space at St. John the Divine Cathedral, something transformational was happening and as I sat with my delegates and two of my colleagues from Staten Island there was attentiveness and real engagement; there was God truly at work in our midst.
Even with a budget deficit of over $400,000.00 there was civility and understanding that spoke volume of the leadership and love for each other in mission. At this convention even though I knew several persons, clergy and lay, I did not expect to see some persons there. Several colleagues with whom I worked in other dioceses when they heard my name mentioned among the new clergy made their way towards me to greet and welcome, one was an old colleague from the Diocese of Connecticut, The Rev. Matthew Calkins with whom I built several Habitat for Humanity houses within walking distance of my former parish in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It was great seeing Matt as he was affectionately called.
I enjoyed convention and the spirit of mission that was so present, especially Bishop Dietsche's passionate address to convention as he articulated his visit to and partnership with the Diocese of Tanganika. The Diocese is made up of 265 parishes and over 700,000 Christians who are committed to environmental justice and good care of the earth. As he spoke to the issue of racism he used Jesus' Beatitudes - Matthew 5ff. - to invite us in this manner to "Try Being the Church!" This statement for me was an invitation for us to model what inclusion and justice looks like from a Gospel perspective. I thoroughly enjoyed convention and with our representatives we cannot wait to share our experience with the parish in a more formal presentation on Sunday, December 03, 2017 after the 10:00 am worship.
Our All - Year Round Stewardship Campaign for 2018 is in full swing through testimonies, literature and mailings. We had our first testimony this past Sunday by Barnett Shepherd who invited us to see GIVING as LOVE.
It was a moving testimony as he spoke of his own personal journey of love - living into and owning his sexual identity. At the end he invited us to think of what was the most precious gift ever received and to share it. Of the over 140 plus persons at worship, 53 responded with the cards and all comments were compiled into a WORDLE (See Sunday's Bulletin). I will explain the chart at worship on Sunday. Please plan to be at worship with "bells and whistles!"
Our facility has been a hive of activity above the normal already active ministries. Trucks of food products and turkeys have been off loaded to prepare baskets for the more than 250 plus in need in our community. It has been said a picture paints a thousand words, then here are words more powerful than I can say:
The MOVER: Alleida Mitchell
WILLING HELPER: Little Annabella
Elizabeth and her TEAM...
There is so much more as we make God's Kingdom real!!!
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.
Our 2018 Stewardship Campaign which will focus on TREASURE(the money we give for operation) began on November 5th, 2017 and will run through December 10, 2017. Stewardship packets will be mailed or given out at church today. Please bring your pledge card and Time & Talent sheet to church on December 10th to be presented at the altar.
The Rector and Vestry are very grateful for your prayerful, generous giving to the ministry of Christ Church and remember, "Each one must do as he or she has made up his or her mind, not reluctantly, or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver!" 2 Corinthians 9:7.
Stewardship testimonies will be presented as follows:
Barnett Shepherd-Nov. 12
Marshall Green-Nov. 19
Anne Devlin-Nov. 26
Nikki Johns-Dec. 3.
The theme of The 241st Convention of the Diocese o New York was "Welcome the Stranger, Stand with the Vulnerable".
A resolution made at the convention was titled "The Gun Safety Sentence". This resolution states:
"Please insure that guns in your home are locked and secured against use by children or those suffering agonizing despair. Please insure that there are no illegal weapons in your home."
Vestry members --- Please collect the Open Doors, New Futures booklets from your mailboxes.
Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Bulletin Board Postings
We are in the process of revamping the bulletin boards in the Parish House. In the future all notices to be placed on the board must be placed in the basket outside the parish office or given to Judy Davis who will then place them on the appropriate bulletin board. Please refrain from placing flyers on the boards unless approved by Judy Davis or Fr. Trevor.
Mother Rhoda 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.
St. Nick's Fair
St. Nick's Fair, Saturday, December 2nd, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Save the date and join the fun. Volunteers are needed.The Baked Good Committee is asking for everyone who can bake to make something home-made for the Baked Goods table for St. Nick's on Saturday, Dec. 2. Just bring your donation to the fair anytime after 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, or leave it in the refrigerator, marked "for the baked goods table," and telling what it is, sometime late in the week. We need all kinds of baked goods - cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, breads and loaf breads, pies, and whatever your specialties are! And anyone who can give an hour or two to help set up or sell is welcome - we always have a good time together. If you can't bake, come and buy!
Christ Church Prayer List
The following individuals have requested our prayers: Judy Ballard, Shirley Black, Aaron Britton, Katelyn Clark, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, Bai David, Elizabeth Anne Foley, Kathy Galvez, Nellie H. Gibson, William Goodridge, Jr., Christine Gross & Family, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Fran Milauskas, Gerald Pieroni, Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Robert Smith, 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: Rita McGough (19), Varney Freeman, Sr. (22), Scott Myers (25). We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week: Luke Gayford & Michelle Heath-Gayford (24), Paul & Janet Schneider (24).
We pray for the repose of the soul of Julia Leu McFann.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for the Diocese of Uyo, Nigeria Delta, Nigeria and The Rt. Rev. Prince Asukwo Antai.In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop, + Andrew, + Allen, and + Mary our Bishops; Trevor + our Rector and The Church of St. Edward the Martyr, Manhattan.