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 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect for Sunday:

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

This Sunday is the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The liturgical color is green. The lessons for October 15: Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14.

Godly Play classes should receive Communion with their teachers immediately after the choir receives. At 12:10 p.m. a bell will ring signaling parents to pick up their children from the classrooms 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. 7:00pm: 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 15:

Altar Guild Linda & Hal Reiersen, Nancy Reiersen-Scromo, Mark Gherzo
Flower Guild
8am Server Hal Reiersen
8am Lectors DanPrince
Greeter
Ushers Lester Blair, Oneka Johns, Brianna Cooper
Lector Charlotte Hewitt
Epistoler Christine Gross
Intercessor John Gerney
Crucifer Richard Zayzay
Eucharistic Minister Hueldine Webb
Acolytes Cora Gross, Eva Gross, Jude Crewe
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Mark Gherzo, Kirstin Swanson-Basso
Coffee Hour Hosts Bill Sherman, Utopia Mennoh

A Reflection From the Rector

Hidden in Plain Sight - The Homeless in New York...

Homelessness is far from an ideal state to be in. But this problem exists all over the USA and continues to grow. What has driven me to think more seriously about this issue is my recent contact with Michael. It was after the liturgy for those hurting as a result of the many disasters in the USA, the Caribbean and South America that my eye caught Michael sitting in a pew in the middle of the nave at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He looked timid and afraid and I said to my chaperone, I want to talk with him. I asked him first if I could take his picture, he quickly replied, "Yes!" After taking his picture, I sat next to him and began to engage him. Here is part of his story:

Michael said to me, "I come here during the day
when it is cold on the outside
and sit and wait for a while.
Then, at night I go to the Presbyterian Church for the shelter program."
I asked, "Do you have any family around?"
He replied, "I do not know!"

 Life has impacted Michael so much his reality has been traumatically altered and his humanity such that he may have become invisible to many.

Hidden in plain sight - the homeless in New York!

While Michael has heightened my sensitivity to this issue, I was made aware of this crisis in Staten Island as I began my ministry at Christ Church New Brighton. There are about twelve (12) men who use our gymnasium every night of the week as a place to lay their heads and enjoy some rest. I have gotten to know these men by name through engaging them in conversation and helping them to know that their humanity matters to us at Christ Church. After much thought, since to be homeless is a label that diminishes one's self-esteem, I have begun to call them the residents of Christ Church and invite others to do likewise. My conversation with them has been powerful and revealing. These are men whose lives have been broken by some dark days in this journey of life, but they remain hopeful for a better day. Here are some of their credentials: Geologist, Cartoonist/ Administrator/Teacher, Musician who plays 10 instruments, but excels on the guitar and the list goes on. I realize these men are not looking for a hand-out, they are looking for a hand-up. Armed with this knowledge I have invited the Community of Faith at Christ Church to be even more attentive to their needs and beginning in August, we have hosted a dinner and conversation with them once a month. I learnt recently from one of the executives of the program, that the problem of homelessness becomes so much more exacerbated in the winter and they are looking for additional places to house those in need. This truth was given some light in the recent debate between current Mayor, Mr. De Blasio and Ms. Malliotakis who accused the mayor of not having a plan for the homeless. The Mayor responded by outlining "a five-year plan to create 90 new shelters in neighborhoods around the city based on where the homeless last lived, ..."

(New York Times, Wednesday, October 11, 2017 pg. A 21)

I will be inviting my fellow clergy when we gather at our next Deanery meeting to consider hosting a shelter ministry if they are not already doing so. I will go further and ask the Dean of the Deanery if I can invite one of the coordinators of Project Hospitality to come and speak at our next Deanery meeting.

After sitting with Michael for a while, I left him sitting - hidden in plain sight at the Cathedral - but pledge to work to help others like him find their way back to wholeness. The men who are our residents can shower and make themselves very presentable every morning before leaving our facilities, Michael on the other hand needs this kind of care and a way to mend his brokenness. I gave Michael enough money to buy some food for a few days and while our paths may never cross again, it is clear to me that we cannot see this issue as the church and not be moved with compassion to work towards its eradication. Let us pray for Michael and work more intentionally to ensure the dignity of every human being.

Here are some quick facts to consider:

In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s. [1] [2] 

  • In August 2017, there were 61,471 homeless people, including 15,315 homeless families with 22,970 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system.  Families make up three-quarters of the homeless shelter population.
  • Over the course of City fiscal year 2017, 129,803 different homeless men, women, and children slept in the New York City municipal shelter system.  This includes over 45,000 different homeless New York City children.
  • In 2015, families entering shelter came from a few clustered zip codes in the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. [3]
  • The number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping each night in municipal shelters is now 75 percent higher than it was ten years ago.
  • Research shows that the primary cause of homelessness, particularly among families, is lack of affordable housing.  Surveys of homeless families have identified the following major immediate, triggering causes of homelessness: eviction; doubled-up or severely overcrowded housing; domestic violence; job loss; and hazardous housing conditions.

(From the Coalition for the homeless)

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Hurricane Relief

Thank you to all who gave so generously to Hurricane Relief. To date we have collected $3,000.

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.

Our Pilgrims

October 29th our pilgrims will share their experiences from their June trip to France during the 10 am Eucharist and at Coffee Hour.  You won't want to miss hearing how this trip has informed their faith journey and see their fantastic pictures.

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: Judy Ballard, Shirley Black, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, 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: Jude Crewe (16), Katherine Liu (18), Nathaniel Seeley (21).

The Altar flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of Charlotte Smith Mills, Dorothy Avery Campbell, Nancy Lee Campbell Forgang.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for the Diocese of Swaziland, South Africa and The Rt. Rev. Ellinah Ntfombi Wamukoya.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Andrew, Allen, and Mary our Bishops; Trevor our Rector and Trinity Church, Saugerties.