The Interfaith Clergy at prayer.
Kai Mackey, Lucas DelValle, and Charlie Nygard presenting at the podium (left), and Fr. Trevor+ speaking at the Interfaith Service.

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 Second Sunday of Advent. The liturgical color is blue. 

Godly Play and Rite 13 classes will assemble at the altar steps immediately after the reading of the Gospel at the 10 AM Service. These students will rejoin the Congregation at Communion. 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 9:

Altar Guild

Christine Gross, Roxanne Ingoe, Mary Larimer

Flower Guild Nick Lettiere
8am Server Victor Stanwick
8am Lectors Michael & Vincent Edwards
Greeter Dan Wood
Ushers Lester Blair, Kathy Galvez, Roxanne Ingoe
Lector Sheila Hewitt
Epistoler Eva-Marie Black
Intercessor John Gerney
Crucifer Greer Gerney
Eucharistic Minister Bill Sherman
Acolytes Cora Gross
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Kathy & Arnold Galvez, Mark Gherzo
Coffee Hour Host Fowler/Stanwick

Our Interfaith Breakfast Gathering Discusses — HOPE!

Nine (9) of us gathered around the table in our vestry room for breakfast-- Jews, Muslims and Christians-- and spoke on the subject of HOPE.
  
As host for the gathering, which is a part of my normal Tuesday community engagement, HOPE has been a nagging part of my consciousness as I entered this season of Advent. Being Anglicans/Episcopalians, we know that this HOPE is part and parcel of the expected second coming of the Messiah. But as I look at the global landscape and see the disturbing rise of evil in the world, hope upon HOPE has become a constant thought. What is HOPE for us now?

When I asked the Godly Play students on Sunday what is HOPE for them, most could only HOPE about what Santa would bring for them at Christmas. Yet, with this simplistic and mythological view of HOPE they echoed the very essence of HOPE by C.S. Lewis, who sees HOPE as "Looking forward to...." It is this looking forward that must keep us anchored in our faith in God who, in the face of evil, may seem absent. We know that it is only for a season. How long is that season? I do not know! Yet, HOPE is what we all must hang on to if life tomorrow will mean anything.

In our breakfast gathering we saw HOPE through the lenses of Grace, Relationships and Conversation.

The Nine (9) at breakfast with happy faces of HOPE despite different Faith traditions. A miracle we experience every Tuesday!

Grace: Grace was understood through the writings of St. Paul as the unearned gift from God, who loves and cares for us. John's gospel was also quoted when in the story of the Incarnation he speaks of the Messiah in this way, "From His fullness we have all received, "Grace upon Grace" By accepting God's grace for our lives; by trusting in His eternal goodness; by leaning on His arms of mercy and compassion; we will find HOPE for today, tomorrow and the next world. It is about truly "Looking forward to..."

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+
Rector

Christmas Service Schedule

4:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist

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

10:00 p.m.  Choral Holy Eucharist

CHRISTMAS DAY

9:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist 

NEW YEAR'S EVE
Watch Night
9:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist

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.

Staffing Changes

Words of Thanks to Cathy Romano
Cathy has been the voice of the parish for 13 years as our Parish Administrator. Her voice is the first you hear when a call comes into the office, and many have commented on how pleasant her voice is when they call.

I met Cathy on my visit to the parish during the rector search process, and found her to be a very pleasant personality. I thought it would be a joy to work with her, and she has graced me with that privilege for the past 16 months. Her competence and computer genius never cease to amaze me. She navigates a pretty beaten up keyboard with several letters missing, yet she moves around it knowing what is what with accuracy and poise.

Cathy told me a few weeks ago that the moving back and forth and the rush of getting from one job to another is taking a toll on her well-being, and that she has accepted the offer of a full-time position at her afternoon place of employment. It was with much sadness that I understood her position and wished her well on this new journey. 

Cathy is loved by all, and she will be missed. On Sunday we will acknowledge her employment and ministry with us with the warmth and hospitality she earned. Be blessed, Cathy! Be blessed!

During the Interim

As Cathy leaves us, Catherine Barnett will provide interim parish administrative support until I hire a replacement for Cathy. Thanks to Catherine for being available at this crucial point to step into the breach.

Please see the announcement below for the position description. I am working with an employment agency, but am also welcoming all inquiries for consideration. I will be able to make a decision by January, 2019. 

New Music Director and Organist

We have made an offer to The Rev. Anthony Mark Lamourt to be our next Music Director and Organist. Rev. Lamourt will begin with us on January 1st, 2019. He is a non-denominational ordained minister who is an accomplished Organist, Composer and Choral Director. Rev. Lamourt is also a competent organ technician and, along with his musical genius, cares for several organs in the Tri-State area. We welcome him as part of the future musical vision at Christ Church New Brighton. Final details are being worked out for his arrival.

Our thanks go to Tom Sarff, who ably stepped into the breach as our interim organist for these past months.

Lester Jean

Lester will be leaving us on December 31st. More will be said on his accomplishments as the time draws closer.

May God's will be done in the many staff transitions we will experience by year end.

Stewardship 2019 & Working 100s Ingathering

All outstanding Working $100s funds and 2019 pledge forms will be presented at the altar this Sunday coming - December 2, 2018.

There will be a stewardship report given on December 9, 2018.

Book Club Launch

The CCNB Book Club will hold its first session on Wednesday, November 28th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. in the Guild Room. The discussion will focus on C.S. Lewis's work Mere Christianity. The author provides the opportunity to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

A light supper will be served. Please add your name to the list on the hall bulletin board or contact Cathy Romano at 718-727-6100.

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
8 Night of Elegance
19/20 Holiday food baskets
24  Christmas Eve Services - 4 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
25  Christmas Day Service 9:00 a.m.
31 Watch night service

Thursday Morning Eucharist

Our Thursday morning Eucharist will resume on September 13th at 11:00 a.m. Please join us in the chapel for this extra opportunity to share in the Eucharist.

Sunday Morning Bible Discussion

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

 

Payer Ministry & Devotional Bible Study

Prayer Ministry and Devotional Bible Study meets on Wednesday nights at 7 pm in the Vestry Room. All are welcome to attend.

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, Sandra Giambalvo, Darlene Gray, Tea Rose Hill, 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 office and speak to Cathy Romano, Parish Administrator. Thank you!

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays and Anniversaries this week.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Falkland Islands parish of Canterbury and the Rt Revd Timothy Thornton.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop, + Andrew, 
+ Allen, and + Mary, our Bishops; Trevor + our Rector, and The Diocesan Social Concerns Commission, the Igelsia Virgen de Guadalupe, Poughkeepsie, Christ Church, Warwick, Grace Church School, Manhattan, Grace Church, Millbrook, The Diocesan Chief of Finance and Operations, and Trinity Retreat Center