Cooking pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
Burning last year's palms to create ashes for Ash Wednesday.
Our gang of helpers at the Second Saturday Soup Kitchen.

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 First Sunday in Lent

Collect for Sunday:

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to
preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our
Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Lent. The liturgical color is purple. The lessons will be Genesis 14:1-17; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38.

Godly Play and J2A will meet this week.

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

A short collection of poems will be presented by Mary Larimer, Fr. Trevor and our Youth at coffee hour this Sunday. Plan to be present. Thanks to Mary for suggesting this idea for Black History Month.

Prayer Group and African Bible Study meets on Wednesday nights at 7 pm in the Vestry Room.

Server Schedule

Sunday, February 25:

Altar Guild

Elizabeth Gattullo, Kathy Galvez, Christine Szczepanik, Sheila Swigert

Flower Guild

8am Server Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
8am Lectors Danforth Prince
Greeter Brianna Cooper
Ushers Bill Sherman, Oneka Johns, Brianna Cooper
Lector Charlotte Hewitt
Epistoler Mary Larimer
Intercessor Roxanne Ingoe
Crucifer Victor Stanwick
Eucharistic Minister Lisa Rhoades
Acolytes Eleanor Larimer
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Kathy & Arnold Galvez, Susan Fowler
Coffee Hour Hosts Dan & David Wood

Reflections From the Rector

Guns in Our Wilderness - Not in Jesus'
(Excerpt from sermon Lent 1)

 

Text: Mark 1:12-13

"The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited (ministered {RSV}) on him."

Mark, without much ado, tells us that "... the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan." Here we are being invited to see that not even Jesus escaped life's trials and tribulations. Not even Jesus could avoid Satan's unrelenting temptations. Temptations therefore are real and will forever be part of our human experience. This means that we too like Jesus will be driven into our wildernesses, our places of testing as God prepares us for greater and greater callings. Noteworthy is that Mark does not give the details of the temptations like Matthew and Luke, all we are told is that Jesus was "tempted by Satan." and was "... with the wild beasts."

"The wild beasts" comment is unique to Mark for he wants us to know that the wilderness is not an easy place to be. It is a place of constant danger, a place of loneliness, a place of uncertainty. Yes, it is a place of severe testing. It will be in these circumstances that we will need Divine Companionship. Yes, in the wildernesses of our lives, if we are not surrounded by "Divine Companions" "A few Good, trusted and Holy friends"; by God's words, we can be and will be stripped of our dignity and eaten alive by the evil that can contaminate our hearts and minds and corrupt our souls. That is why we are told in First Peter, Chapter 5 verse 8, "Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."

Lent therefore, is another opportunity for us to be mindful of what we say and do to each other as individuals and as a community. To allow our words and actions be that which sustain and uplift and not destroy unto death. Just this past week we witnessed destruction and death at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The deranged young man was unable to say like Jesus, "Get thee behind me Satan." or as the Great Litany puts it, "To trample the Devil under his feet." As a result, 17 innocent lives were loss in a senseless tragedy. As I watched MSNBC, the plea of a mother for our political leaders to do something about guns in our nation and the ease with which persons can obtain them may have fallen on deaf ears as she expressed her pain and grief for her daughter whose dreams can never be realized.

This shooting again reminds us of the evil that surrounds us and our need for constant vigilance in the wilderness. Already for this year we have had some 18 school shootings across this nation. Our children are learning under duress and wondering whose school will it be next.

Not only are our schools targets for such evil acts, but our churches are as well. Whereas the Church, Synagogue, Mosque, Temple-places of worship were once refuge in the wilderness, now there are as vulnerable to violence as any other place. Jesus' wilderness was filled with many animals of prey- "... wild beasts." The wilderness we live in is not only filled with animals of prey, but AK 47, AR-15s and other such weapons of mass destruction. Places of worship are now spending significant resources, not on evangelism, not on Christian Formation, not on Youth ministry, but on security to protect God's people while at worship.

So let us as we seek to remain faithful and obedience to God, pray for the many victims of gun violence in our nation. Let us also pray that those in positions of power to do something about the number of guns in our wilderness will have the political will and the moral fortitude to stand up and be counted.

Finally, I pray that this generation in our wilderness will rise-up and speak truth to power and that God in His wisdom will help this nation find a solution to the violence that has dogged so many schools, churches and other places of assembly where persons have been massacred by Guns. Indeed, let our cry be, "Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations..."; The writer of Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 15-16 reminds us, "For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

May it be so in Jesus' name! Amen.

 

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Bible Study

Tonight's Bible study will be on Romans 5: 1-11. Call in information (for this session only) is: 1(605)-475-4120. Access code 9467742#.

Cub Scout's Bread Sale

The Cub Scouts will be busy baking their famous Bread in a Bag again this coming Saturday. We will be selling the loafs of bread on Sunday at coffee hour. We are raising money for our visit to the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan.  In April we are having an overnight sleepover on the famous aircraft carrier.  As always thank you for all your support.

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.

Institution Committee

The following individuals have agreed to serve as committee members for Fr. Babb's Institution on April 7: Marcella Babb, Connie Black, Deacon Novella Lawrence, Nick Lettiere, Kermit Mackey, Paul Smith, Victor Stanwick. Alleida Mitchell and Valerie Quinlan are the committee's co-chairs.

We are asking for contributions to defray the cost of this event. A donation jar will be available in the Guild Room during coffee hour. Please make checks payable to Christ Church and note on the memo line "Fr. Trevor's Institution".

Save the Date

Sunday, February 25 - 4:00 p.m. 
at Christ Church

Lenten Ecumenical Worship Service sponsored by the Staten Island Council of Churches

Sunday, March 11-4:00 p.m. at Christ Church
Interparish Council's Service of Evening Prayer with hymns 

Jeans Sunday, March 18 at Christ Church
Dress casually and help us clean our church and parish house after services. Lunch will b served.

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

Saturday, April 28, Belle Nuit at Christ Church
Concert Opera Series
Concert begins 7:00 p.m.-doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 4 - 6:00 p.m., Wine Tasting 

in the Rectory

Lenten Services and Activities

Christ Church New Brighton
2018 Lenten/Easter Schedule

Shrove Tuesday - February 13, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ash Wednesday - February 14, 2018
9:00 AM   Ashes on The Go - Manhattan

12:00 Noon      Ash Wednesday Liturgy
7:30 PM           Ash Wednesday Liturgy 

Lenten Study:
Beginning February 20th there will be multiple groups leading the Lenten Study Entitled: "Behold What You are - Seeing Jesus and Ourselves in The Gospel According to John". Each group will determine meeting time and place. Please call Church office for more details or Deacon Novella, Coordinator at (347) 581 - 1082.

Note: This Lenten Study is open to all parishioners. However, please use the sign-up sheet by the Usher's Desk to help us better determine participation.   

Sunday, February 25th, 2018
4:00 PM S I Council of Churches Lenten Service
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
4:00 PM I P C Lenten Evensong

Beginning of Holy Week
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 Palm Sunday 
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Blessing and Distribution of Palms

10:00 AM Sung Eucharist, Blessing and Distribution of Palms and Outdoor Procession.
Note:  On this Sunday we will have the Ingathering of the 40/40 Offering.

Holy Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
7:30 PM Tenebrae

Holy Thursday, March 29th, 2018 - Maundy Thursday
7:30 PM Sung Eucharist with Washing of Feet
8:30 PM The Lambs Supper
Followed by Altar of Repose - Vigil Watch until 6:00 AM

Good Friday, March 30th, 2018
7:30 PM Good Friday Liturgy

Easter Sunday, April 1st, 2018
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM Festal Eucharist

Saturday, April 7th, 2018
11:00 AM Celebration of New Ministry - The Institution of our 11th Rector, The Rev. Trevor R. Babb - The Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, Presiding.

Sunday, April 8th, 2018 - Easter 1
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM Sung Eucharist  

Please Note: This schedule is subject to change. All changes will be communicated in as expeditious a manner as possible. Wishing everyone a Most Holy and Blessed Lent in anticipation of a Glorious Easter.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers:
William Marcus, Janet Massa, Brian McGlynn, Virginia Peel, Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Henrietta Smith, Marie Smith, Mary Thompson, Aurelia Thorpe, Lady Tombekai, Gloria Troia, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch and Connor. 
(Due to the lengthy prayer list, it has been divided into two sections rotating weekly).

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Leilani Babb (26), Nicholas Lettiere (26), Alexia Richards (26), Alyssa Richards (26).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Central America and The Most Rev. Sturdie Downs.

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

A Critic's Review of a New York Lamentation