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 Third Sunday of Advent. The liturgical color is blue.

Godly Play and Rite 13 classes will not meet today, due to the pageant and the CCCYC performance. Thank you!

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

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!

Server Schedule

Sunday, December 16:

Altar Guild

Tina Colucci, Shelly Gayford, Sheila Swigert

Flower Guild  
8am Server Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
8am Lectors Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Greeter Lester Blair
Ushers Hueldine Webb, Connie Black, Claire James
Lector Hueldine Webb
Epistoler Marcella Babb
Intercessor John Gerney
Crucifer Victor Stanwick
Eucharistic Minister Richard Zayzay
Acolytes Gianni Colucci, Eleanor Larimer
Verger Paul Smith
Counters John Gerney, Richard Zayzay
Coffee Hour Host Bring a Dish

A Note from the Rector

Raising Funds and Counting Costs—The St. Nick's Fair and The Night of Elegance 2018

In the past two weeks we have held two fundraisers with modest financial success. St. Nick's Fair has to-date raised $2,676.55 and The Night of Elegance $875.00. While we can measure in dollars what the success or lack of success is, there is no way to measure the intangibles we receive from these events. Intangibles such as:

  • Foot-traffic in the building.
  • Exposure of the Church to the larger community.
  • The cooperation of parishioners engaged for a cause.
  • The joy that those who attend.
  • The laughter that is so needed in this "dog-eat-dog" society.
  • The engaging between the holy and secular.
  • The new faces of surprise and wonder
  • The spontaneous conversations among strangers and friends.
  • The generous spirits of those who appreciate such efforts and want to encourage more.

All these and much more are things we cannot put a dollar figure on, yet they are part of the fabric of these two major fundraisers.

There is another side to these events as well. It is the human cost of organizing, inviting, encouraging and begging for support. Organizing these events are labor intensive and when those who are chair say "I am tired" it behooves one to listen and take note. Can some of the tiredness come from a need for more hands to share the burden? Can the tiredness be that some who say "I will do this or that" do not show up at the critical time of need? Can the tiredness be from that last-minute rushing to get it right? Can the tiredness be simply that we are stretched with other commitments that intersect and interfere with all that is going on in our personal and religious life? I am just asking questions and I have no answers. Yet, the truth is that the human cost is real and must be considered in our evaluations, as we look to 2019.

The parish events that are decided upon for the coming year are intended to build community and/or raise funds for our ministry and mission. All of us need to be engaged and to play whatever part we can to ease the burden on the few. In the end we will all be blessed as we give glory to God.

In closing let me personally thank the leaders, as far as I know, who worked on each of these events. If anyone is omitted, I apologize because it is not my intention to do so. The organization and leadership of the St. Nick's Fair was provided by, Susan Fowler, Sheila Swigert, Sheila Hewitt, and Victor Stanwick. The organization and leadership of The Night of Elegance was provided by, Oneka "Nikki "Johns, Connie Black and Sheila Hewitt. Thanks to all of you as noted above, and to the many others who may have played background roles to make things happen.

May God's name be praised as we seek to do His bidding in all we do as a Community of Faith.

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+
Rector

Christmas Service Schedule

Monday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist

Featuring Christ Church Community Youth Choir,
Steel Drummers & Ukulele Ensemble

10:00 p.m.  Choral Holy Eucharist

Tuesday, December 25 - CHRISTMAS DAY

9:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist 

Monday, December 31 - NEW YEAR'S EVE
Watch Night
9:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist

Steardship 2019

Thank you for your 2019 pledge! If you have pledged for 2019, your box of pledge envelopes will be in the back of the church with your name on it. If you have not yet pledged, please see Beth McLean.

Vestry Nominations

Nominations are now open for 2019 vestry members and junior warden. Please send your nominations to the Nominating Committee (Victor Stanwick, Nick Dowen, Mark Gherzo, David Nygard, Paul Smith).

Parish Updates

If you would like to make any updates to the parish directory, birthday or anniversary lists, please contact the parish office at 718-727-6100, or Christchurch@verizon.net.

Job Opening

We are currently looking to fill a part time Parish Administrator position at Christ Church New Brighton. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If interested, please send your resume to Fr. Trevor R. Babb+ at christchurchrector@verizon.net.

Knowledge of Microsoft Publisher, Word, Excel and Outlook a must.

Christmas Flowers

Parishioners may make donations towards Christmas altar decorations in memory of loved ones or in honor of or 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. 

Donations must be received on or before Sunday, December 16.

Letter from Bishop Curry

Letter to the Episcopal Church from the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies

Statue of Limitations Suspension for Clergy Sexual Misconduct Begins
January 1, 2019

 

[December 12, 2018]
Advent 2018

Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church:

Nearly a year ago, we issued a call for the church to examine its history and come to a fuller understanding of how we have handled or mishandled cases of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse through the years. In particular, we asked to hear voices from the wider church at General Convention so that deputies and bishops might consider both how to atone for the church's past and shape a more just future. As followers of Jesus of Nazareth, as children of God with all people, we could do no less, and we must do more.

In July, General Convention considered 26 resolutions and one memorial addressing  issues the #MeToo movement has brought to light, many of them developed by the House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation. One of these resolutions, Resolution D034, suspends for three years the canon (church law)  that places a time limit on initiating proceedings in cases of clergy sexual misconduct against adults. There is no time limit on reporting clergy sexual misconduct against children and youth under age 21.

As a result of this resolution, from January 1, 2019 until December 31, 2021, those who wish to bring a case of sexual misconduct against a member of the clergy will be able to do so, regardless of how long ago the alleged misconduct occurred. Allegations of misconduct can be made to the intake officer in the diocese where the alleged misconduct occurred, or, if the allegation is against a bishop, to the Office of Pastoral Development. You can learn how to reach the intake officer in a diocese by checking its website or calling the bishop's office.

We hope that this temporary suspension of the statute of limitations will be one way for the church to come to terms with cases of sexual misconduct in our collective past. Between now and General Convention in 2021, laypeople, clergy and bishops appointed to several task forces created by the 2018 General Convention will be working on other ways of addressing these issues, including a process to help the church engage in truth-telling, confession, and reconciliation regarding our history of gender-based discrimination, harassment and violence.

We are grateful to the many deputies, bishops and other volunteers across the church whose careful work before, during, and after General Convention is helping our church move closer to the day when, having repented of our sins and amended our common life, we may be restored in love, grace and trust with each other through our Savior Jesus Christ.

Faithfully,

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings
Presiding Bishop and Primate President, House of Deputies

Harbor Terrace Christmas Service

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Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism will be administered on Sunday, January 6th, 2019.  We will have a Baptism clinic on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. for all those wishing to be baptized.  All persons desiring to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, please make an appointment with Father Trevor on or before January 1st, 2019.

Christmas Pageant

The annual Christmas pageant will be held on Sunday, December 16th during the 10 am service. The pageant is open to all children of the parish ages 3-11. If your child would like to participate, please let Paige Gunther know as soon as possible via email paigegunther@gmail.com or text 646-322-3546.

Rehearsals will be held on Sunday December 2nd and Sunday December 9th immediately following the 10 am Eucharist. A Saturday rehearsal will be held on December 15th at 2 p.m. in the Church. Anyone assigned a speaking role or major part must be present at all rehearsals. If you are unable to attend each rehearsal, please do not accept a major role.

Parent volunteers are needed to make the pageant a success! Volunteers are needed during rehearsals and on the day of the pageant to ensure the production runs smoothly. Please consider volunteering your time if you are able.
More information will be given to the children during this Sunday's Godly Play classes, and you may see Paige during coffee hour with any questions.

Thank you as always for your enthusiastic participation and support.

Christmas Flowers

Parishioners may make donations towards Christmas altar decorations in memory of loved ones or in honor of or 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.

Donations must be received on or before Sunday, December 16.

School Supplies

School supplies are needed for EES/EHS in Liberia

The Episcopal Elementary School and the Episcopal High School that Christ Church sponsors in Liberia is in need of school supplies for their students. So when you are shopping for our children's back to school supplies, please purchase some extra items to be sent to the EES & EHS School in Liberia.

Needed items are:

Pencils
Loose leaf paper
Notebooks (composition, one subject, 5 subject)
Pens
Crayons
Glue
Reading books for all ages

For more information, please contact Bill Sherman.

Just Faith

JustFaith is a program of JustFaith Ministries that invites participants to live more simply and compassionately, and make a difference by responding to the needs of the world. This small group program is comprised of three phases that will help you explore today's issues through the lens of your faith, engage in dialogue around those issues, and formulate a personal/group response. Phases can be taken individually or together. We will be offering the first phase on Living Compassionately - Caring for the Poor at Christ Church New Brighton beginning October 16 at 7 pm. Additional meeting dates: 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 12/4, 12/11. If you would like more information or would like to register for JustFaith contact Kirstin Swanson, (347)446-4870 or kireleason@outlook.com.

Flamingo Fund Raiser

Send Flamingos instead of Flowers! For a suggested donation of $25, 12 flamingos and the sign of your choice (Happy Birthday, Congratulations, or Happy Anniversary) will visit any lawn on Staten Island for 24 hours. Includes card to recipient. A fundraiser of the Christ Church Youth Group. To Flock a Friend, call or text: 347-886-0039.

Special Events 2018

DECEMBER

Saturday 15 Christmas pageant rehearsal (2 p.m. in church)
Sunday 16 Christmas pageant during 10 a.m. service
Wednesday
Thursday
19
20
Holiday food baskets
Monday 24 Christmas Eve Services- 4:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday 25 Christmas Day Service 9:00 a.m.
Monday 31 Watch night service

Sunday Morning Bible Discussion

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

 

Payer Ministry & Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday night Prayer Ministry and Devotional Bible Study Group will resume meeting in Advent with Ned Rogers.

Our mission:
To provide a time of spiritual fellowship to be inspired and renewed through prayer, Scripture and devotion as we offer our praise and intercessions to the Lord.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Fatu Barnes, Shirley Black, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Edward Craig, Marlene Elia, Rev. Dr. Abner Flowers, Lee Ann Gattullo, Johanna Gilbert, Anne Johnson, Sandra Giambalvo, Darlene Gray, Tea Rose Hill, Anne Johnson, Deacon Novella Lawrence, Trish Mackey, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Alissa McGinley, Brian McGlynn, Andrea McIntosh, Fran Milauskas, Mabassi Paasewe-Totiment, Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Denny Seese, Donna Seese, Henrietta Smith, Joseph Spielman, Mary Thompson, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch, Connor, and the people of St. Vincent's.

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. If you need a loved one or friend to remain on the list, please call the parish office at 718-727-6100. Thank you!

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Michaela Delvalle, (15), Lester Blair (17), Eddy Gregory (17), Gabrielle Phillips (18), Tovin Hewitt (18), Sandra Cocks (18), Cathy Romano (21), Arnold Galvez (22), Charlie Nygard (22) Zander Raff (22).

We pray for the repose of the souls of  William Franz and Pandora Doe.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Kivu - (Rwanda), The Rt Revd Augustin Ahimana.

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