Christ Church cooks hard at work in the Second Saturday Soup Kitchen.
Fr. Trevor handing out mustard, ketchup, and napkins to our hungry clients.
Kelly "Vanna White" Collins doing what she does best.
Fr. Trevor got the hang of things very quickly. We'll definately invite him back.
Gene Wagner ruining his street cred as a gangsta artist by working in a soup kitchen.
Kelly Collins loading hot dogs into buns.
Fr. Trevor and Judy Davies enjoying coffee and hot dogs after the work is finished.

Worship Schedule

Sundays
7:30 AM Morning Prayer
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II

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 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Collect for Sunday:

Almighty God, who hast given thy only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

This Sunday is the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. The liturgical color is green.  The lessons for August 20th are: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8, Psalm 67, Romans 11:1-2, 29-32, and Matthew 15: 10-20, 21-28.

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

Bible study will meet at 11:30 in the Vestry Room.

Server Schedule

Sunday, August 20:

Altar Guild Linda & Hal Reiersen, Mark Gherzo, Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Flower Guild  
8am Server Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
8am Lectors Danforth Prince
Greeter Laura Craig
Ushers John Gerney, Greer Gerney, Kathy Galvez
Lector Mary Larimer
Epistoler Brianna Cooper
Intercessor Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Crucifer Hueldine Webb
Eucharistic Minister Willie Black, III
Acolytes Charlie Nygard, Eleanor Larimer
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Catherine Barnett, John Gerney
Coffee Hour Hosts Zayzay Family

A Reflection by the Rector

Being Christian and Defending Racism...

Some things are indefensible and incompatible with Christianity. One such thing is being Christian and defending racism or simply being racist. The recent upheaval in Charlottesville, Virginia this past week has brought to the fore that the ugliness of racism, hatred and violence are still an unholy alliance in our culture. Hatred and violence which are by-products of racism need to be stopped - be eradicated from our society. Thinking in this way some may say is utopian, but as a Christian I have pledged to do all in my powers not to succumb to any of these unholy three: Racism, Hatred or Violence and to work for their eradication at all levels and in all places.

With respect to RACISM, I wrote an article several years ago in my early years in America, entitled: "Racism is an enemy of Christ, a beast to be silenced and destroyed." When I wrote this in 1992 I was then, to my recollection, (at least I was told so) the only Black Clergy in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. I wrote it as part of the conversation that was being done throughout the Episcopal Church to help persons unlearn racism and led racism workshops with the former Bishop of New Jersey, The Rt. Rev. George Council.

Scripture is replete with messages about how we must treat each other who are created Imago Deo - Genesis 1:27; Genesis 9:6; Matthew 5: 44 - 45; Matthew 22:37-39; John 13:34-35; John 15: 12 - 13; Romans 12: 8; Romans 12:10; 1 John 4:7-8.  Having this knowledge, it is difficult to fathom why any Christian can or would want to defend the evil that racism is. I am grateful to see that Bishop Deitsche is taking on this evil head-on with respect to employment practices. He made this declaration in the recent issue of "The Episcopal New Yorker" (Race Issue), "I am ... partnering with Father Pierre Andre Duvert, Rector of St. Luke's Church in the Bronx, to develop a series of diocesan-wide indaba-style conversation among clergy about race, particularly regarding the barriers to and opportunities for raising up ordained and lay leadership among people of color. We will also be calling together a steering committee of people to strategize the recruitment and deployment of clergy of color across the church, and broad leadership development among lay persons from congregations of color." This declaration by the Bishop is very encouraging in a climate where I was told I am the only Black Rector in Staten Island and where violence peddling and hatred have been given the okay to feed racism in our nation by President Trump.

Fellow Christians, let us as brothers and sisters in Christ at Christ Church New Brighton do all in our powers to love one another and deal a fatal blow to racism, hatred and violence in our era because being Christian and defending racism or being racist are indefensible and incompatible!        

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Fr. Trevor's Contact Information

Fr. Trevor's office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 am-4:30 pm, and Saturday from 11 am-1 pm. Please call or email if you would like to set aside a time to come in and chat. In case of emergency, Fr. Trevor can always be reached via his home telephone. He can be reached:

via email at: christchurchrector@verizon.net
via phone at:  718-727-6100 (office)
718-442-2195 (home)
917-831-8526 (cell)

Last Sunday at Christ Church

Fr. Trevor+ offered a prayer and blessing for the children of our parish as we move into our new ministry together, and plan to grow and enrich our children's programming.

Filming at Christ Church

On Friday, September 1, a film crew from the Discovery Channel will be filming segments of A Crime to Remember here at Christ Church. The cast and crew will consist of between 60-80 people, and will be utilizing the guild room, choir room, and basement. The crew will be here from 9am-midnight. As there will be vehicles, equipment, and many people here that day, anyone planning on being in the church that day, such as altar guild members, flower guild, etc., should arrange to do their work on a different day that week. Additionally, Project Hospitality has arranged for alternate sleeping arrangements for our usual shelter guests that night. If you have any questions concerning the filming, please contact the church office.

Acolyte Training (and Pizza!)

All children and youth age 8 and up are invited to become acolytes. There will be a special training at the church on Saturday, August 26th at 1pm, followed by a pizza party. Please make every effort to attend. *Current acolytes should also attend this training* If you are an acolyte already or if you are interested and cannot attend, please call Paul Smith at 917-658-5123.

Jazz Concert & Dinner

Our very popular jazz night returns on Saturday, September 23rd in the auditorium from 6:30-10pm. Regular admission is $40 per person, $25 for people over age 55, and $20 for students with a valid identification. For more information please see Alleida Mitchell.

Homecoming Picnic

Our annual homecoming picnic will be held on September 10 after the 10 am Eucharist. We encourage everyone to attend, meet our new Rector and his wife, and to bring your family and friends. We will have plenty of food and desserts and games and activities for the children.  The committee is asking anyone who is able to donate salads or desserts to contact either Sheila Hewitt at 718-447-8049 or Susan Fowler at 718-720-1169. There will also be a sign-up sheet every Sunday during Coffee Hour, in addition to one on the main bulletin board.

Godly Play, J2A, & Back to School

Registration for Godly Play, a program for children age 4-11, has begun. Registration and participation are free. Please see Chloe Lee or contact the parish office if you need to register your child. Additionally, if you would like to volunteer to assist in the Godly Play classrooms, help is always appreciated.

Registration for our Journey to Adulthood class, or J2A, has also begun. Please see Lisa Rhoades with any questions or to register your child.

Both J2A and Godly Play classes will begin on September 17th.

On Sunday September 10, during the 10 am service, Fr. Trevor+ will offer a prayer for all the children (and adults!) returning to school, and will bless their backpacks. Students are encouraged to bring their bags to the service and up with them for the blessing.

Supplies Needed!

Our children's activity bags which are kept in the back of the church have dwindled in number from eight to three. If anyone has plain (no writing) small to medium sized tote bags that they are not using and would like to donate to the church, you can leave them in the church office or hang them on the small hanging rack in the back of the church. Crayons are always appreciated as well. Thank you!

Christ Church Parish Hall Use

All Christ Church Parish Hall usage shall be determined by the Vestry in the absence of a designated individual coordinator. If you are interested in using the Parish Hall facilities, please submit your interest in writing to the Warden, Willie Black III, who will present it to the Vestry for determination at their next scheduled meeting. Please include the following information in your request: Name of person/group requesting, name of parishioner responsible (requires key and code access ability), date/times of event, event purpose.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Brenda Baskerville, Shirley Black, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, Betteanne Foley, William Goodridge, Jr., Christine Gross and family, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Ron and Ellen Mazzucco, Fran Milauskas, Cathy Romano, Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Maisie Salmon, Debbie Stuhlman, Hasan Thomas, Mary Thompson, Gloria Troia, Barbara Yetsevitch.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week:  Luke Larimer (21), Yassah Zayzay (22), Beth McLean (25), Laura Mazzucco-Gambino (25).

We give thanks for those celebrating their anniversaries this week: Dick Riley & Marcia Clendenen (23), Patrick and Lindsay Hyland (25). 

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for the Rt. Rev. Prince Singh of the Diocese of Rochester. 

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Andrew, Allen, and Mary our Bishops and the Diocesan Global Missions Commission.