Worship Schedule

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

Thursdays
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
The second Thursday of each month
includes Healing & Anointing

Monday through Friday
7:15 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: Interim Pastor
Email: Parish Administrator

This Sunday

This Sunday is the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

Collect for Sunday:

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things may obtain your promises which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Prayer for the Vestry and Search Committee:

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

This Sunday is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The liturgical color is white.  The lessons for May 21 are Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:7-18; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21.

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

Godly Play class should receive communion with their teachers immediately after the Choir receives. At 12:10 pm, a bell will ring signaling parents to pick their children up.  
Gap will not meet Sunday, May 21.  
J2A will meet at 11:30 am in their classroom.

Server Schedule

Easter Sunday, May 21:

Altar Guild Linda & Hal Reiersen, Mark Gherzo, Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Flower Guild Alice Rose Gregory
8am Server Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
8am Lectors Danforth Prince
Greeter Nick Dowen
Ushers Jhn Gerney, Sheila Hewitt, Greer Gerney
Lector Willie Black III
Epistoler Eva-Marie Black
Intercessor Rita McGough
Crucifer Victor Stanwick
Eucharistic Minister Kirstin Swanson-Basso
Acolytes Jude Crewe
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Mark Gherzo, Richard Zayzay
Coffee Hour Hosts Coffee Hour Committee

Thursday Morning Eucharist

We will not have Holy Eucharist on Thursday, May 18 and 25 as Mother Tori will be on vacation.  The next Thursday morning Eucharist will be June 1 at 10:00 am.

Staten Island Community Supported Agriculture

e deadline, June 3, to join the CSA is coming up. You get 24 weeks of locally grown organic vegetables delivered each Thursday. Sign up at http://statenislandcsa.org/ or call Susan Fowler, 917 734-3746..

Boy Scout Car Wash

Boy Scout Troop 76 will hold a car wash in the parking lot after the 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday, May 21.  The scouts are raising funds for their summer camping trip.  They are asking for a free will offering.

Spring Fair & Flea Market

Join us for our Annual Spring Fair and Flea Market on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Rain or Shine.

Attic Treasurers
Book Sale
Vendors
Baked Goods
Lunch Room
Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
Car Wash
Children's Games
Lemonade Stand

Volunteers are needed.  Please volunteer for all or part of the day.  We need help to make this a successful event. Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Parish House. 

Connie Black will begin selling 50/50  beginning Sunday, May 21 at coffee hour.

Donations for Attic Treasures and raffle baskets can be let in the auditorium.  For the gift baskets we need new unopened kids' art supplies; wine, beer liquor; cookbooks; gardening tools; locally made food and gifts; and whatever might be interesting.

We also need plants for the plant table.  Plants can be left on the left side of the shed in the parking lot.

Spring Concert

Our Christ Church Community Youth Choir, Ukulele and Steel Drums concert is on Thursday the 25th at 7:00 p.m.

IPC Picnic

Staten Island Episcopal Churches will join together for one grand picnic on Sunday, June 4th beginning at 1:00 p.m.  We will all meet at All Saints' Church, 2329 Victory Boulevard.  Join us for food, fellowship and fun!

All Saints' provides the BBQ food and condiments. Each church is requested to bring a food item.  We plan for 150 people.  Christ Church has been asked to provide fruit salad and watermelon.

Pilgrim's Corner

As the time of our departure grows nearer, our dreams take shape. Here are the basics of our itinerary. We depart JFK on 6/28 at 5:38 pm and arrive in Paris on 6/29 at 7 am.  After settling in at our B&B in Vitry sur Seine just outside central Paris, we will head out for a day of sightseeing. Friday, 6/30we'll continue in Paris--touring in the morning and then serving in the soup kitchen at the American Cathedral in Paris that afternoon.  Saturday, we take a day trip to Rouen, France, visiting sites specific to Joan's death and martyrdom. Sunday we will worship in the morning and relax in the afternoon. Monday we will travel by private coach to Domremy to visit the home where Joan was born and stand in the garden where she first received her visions. We finish on Tuesday 7/4 with a day trip to Orleans, site of Joan's triumphant battle to end the siege. Wednesday, 7/5we return to New York.

All of this wouldn't be possible without the spiritual and financial support of the parish, for which we offer thanks. Please continue to keep Brianna, Allie, Claire, Kimara, Amy, Alayne, Greer, Marigold, Bonnie, Lisa, Catherine and Deacon Geri in your prayers. 

God of our pilgrimage,
you have given us a desire
to take the questing way
and set out on our journey.
Help us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,
that whatever we encounter as we travel,
we may seek to glorify you by the way we live. Amen.

The Morse Raff family at the J2A pilgrimage Dine to Donate at Jimmy Max Pizzeria. Thanks to everyone who came out and to Jimmy Max for their support!

Photo by Lisa Rhoades.

UTO Spring Ingathering & ECW Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 20, 2017

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Route 44 (Main St.) and Traver Road
Pleasant Valley, NY 12568

The Rev. Megan E. Sanders, Rector
Meeting begins @ 10 AM
Holy Eucharist @ 11:15 AM

Presider
The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin, Bishop Suffragan Episcopal Diocese of New York

Luncheon Speaker
Birdie Blake-Reid
UTO National Member-at-Large

Please bring a sandwich, coffee and dessert will be served.
For information, including transportation, please call Margaret Moses at (914) 699-8142.

The Staten island Council of Churches Ecumenical Retreat

Saturday, June 3, 2017 9:30am - 3:00 pm

St. Joseph Hill Retreat Center, 850 Hylan Blvd., SINY 10305
Use back entrance at 33 Columbia Avenue.

"Receive what you already are and become what you receive: The Body of Christ"
Retreat Leader
Fr. Tom Devery

$40 Includes:
All-day inspirational retreat,
Continental breaakfast and lunch.
Call 718-761-6782 or 347-581-1082 to reserve.

A Letter from Bishop Dietsche about Episcopal Sunday: Mother's Day

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Although it sometimes seems hard to believe, just
over a million people residing within the footprint of the Diocese live in poverty.  For many, hunger may not be a constant, but it is always a threat.  One unexpected car repair or medical bill can strain the family budget to the point where hunger becomes a very harsh reality.  

When help is needed, many of those facing hunger can turn to one of the 49 parish-affiliated feeding programs supported by Episcopal Charities.  Last year, these community kitchens, food pantries and brown-bag lunch programs provided neighbors with roughly 7 million meals!  This amazing outpouring of help... and love... is a tribute to the feeding programs themselves and all those who choose to help the hungry through their support of Episcopal Charities.

On Episcopal Charities Sunday in Christ Church, please remember our fellow New Yorkers who live with the threat... or the reality... of hunger.  I urge you to give generously to Episcopal Charities so that all those who turn to us can find the sustenance and hope they so desperately need. 
Thank you, very much, for doing all that you can to help.

Faithfully,

The Right Reverend Andrew M.L. Dietsche
Bishop of New York

J2A Pilgrims Mini Retreat

May 6
The J2A pilgrims will travel to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for a mini-retreat and celebration of the Eucharist with Canon Jeanne Person, fellow pilgrim and friend of the class. Plan to catch the 8:30 am boat bringing a metro card and $10.

J2A Pilgrimage

The J2A pilgrims invite you to join in their preparation for their June, 2017 pilgrimage to Paris, France. Watch this space for updates about the work being done, fundraising events, activities, and prayers written by and for pilgrims through the ages.

Teach us, your servants and pilgrims

Teach us, your servants and pilgrims,
   O King of Kings,
To walk trustfully in your presence
   and obey your majesty,
That, while we journey to the heavenly country,
Your voice may encourage,
   your arm protect,
   and your love transfigure us;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Eric Milner-White 1884-1963

Thank You from Episcopal Charities

Dear Christ Church,

Thank you for your congregation's recent gift of $473.00 to Episcopal Charities.  This contribution will help support 94 programs which serve more than 880,000 people throughout the Diocese of New York each year.

Our programs include soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, companion programs for lonely seniors, domestic violence prevention, assistance for new immigrants, job training, prison re-entry programs, after-school curriculum, teen mentoring, summer camps and youth arts programs.  These recipients are served with dignity as they seek to build satisfying lives. 

We could not provide these services were it not for friends like you upon whom we depend for support. Again, thank you for your most generous donation.

Sincerely,
Mary Beth Sasso
Executive Director

Apartment Needed

Sandra Cocks is looking for a 2 bedroom apartment. Please contact Sandra if you have an apartment or know of one that might be available at 347-339-0624.

Apartments by the Sea Tour

Please save Sunday, May 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. for the Apartments by the Sea Christ Church fundraising tour. Visit six apartments near the water, including the Airbnb apartment in the Hannah Street firehouse, Geri Swanson's balcony apartment in The Pointe, and two models in Urby. Tickets are $30, or $25 for people younger than 21. Tickets will go on sale at coffee hour starting April 9. Contact Susan Fowler for more information: 917 734-3746.

Tackling Youth Substance Abuse

In May, St. Alban's will host two workshops presented by TYSA (Tackling Youth Substance Abuse), a program of the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness.

The first workshop (Tuesday, May 16th at 7 p.m.) is for young people (mainly intermediate and high school students) and focuses on bystander intervention. We hope this program will equip young people to safely and effectively intervene in difficult situations, including those in which someone's life may be at stake.

The second workshop (Tuesday, May 23rd at 7 p.m.) is for parents and is intended to help them better understand the "drug landscape" on Staten Island and the opportunities they have to prevent youth initiation into drug use and options for intervention.

St. Alban's is located at 76 St. Alban's Place in Elitingville.

Richmond Choral Society

Richmond Choral Society will be presenting:

BACH TO BROADWAY
Including jazz interpretations of j.S. Bach, pop songs by John Denver, ABBA and The Beatles and familiar tunes from Porgy & Bess, Sound of Music, West Side 
Story, Fiddler on the Roof.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church
505 Watchogue Road
Ticket Prices: General Adminision: $20
Seniors $15, Students with ID $10

Godly Play Volunteers

Godly Play at Christ Church urgently needs volunteers to be Teachers and Door Persons (Classroom Assistants).

Godly Play is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God's presence in our lives developed with inspiration from Episcopalian and Montessori traditions.  It engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into--and pursuing us in the midst of scripture and spiritual experience.  

Godly Play first started at Christ Church in 2008.  The program quickly grew to three classrooms staffed by six part-time teachers and four rotating door persons by 2011.  We currently have fifteen wonderful children registered for the program for 2016/2017 school year but attrition has reduced the number of Godly Play volunteers down to one coordinator and two part-time teachers.  These volunteers can only accommodate one Godly Play classroom and a reduced schedule over the balance of this school year. 

The spread of ages and needs of the children enrolled would be best served by two separate, age appropriate and independent classrooms each Sunday.  This could be accomplished at Christ Church by adding three to four more part-time Teachers and three more part-time Door Persons. These voluntary roles require an investment of time, training and practice, but the experience of helping children discover and explore the mysteries of our faith each Sunday can be tremendously rewarding and inspiring.

Please help Christ Church support the spiritual development of the children within our congregation.  Let us know if this might be something for 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.

Co-Dependents Anonymous

A Staten Island Co-Dependants Anonymous (CoDA) Group is starting up at Christ Church New Brighton in the New Year!

Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.

Where: Vestry Room, Christ Church New Brighton
When: Thursdays 7:00 pm - starting January 5, 2017
Length: 1 Hour (approx)

CoDA is a program that will help many people to find their way to better, healthier relationships, to deeper self-understanding, closer relationship to God (higher power) and faith, to healing of past hurts in Family of Origin, developing better listening and communicating skills, to improving quality of life emotionally, psychologically and spiritually, and so much more.

CoDA meetings are facilitated by Fr. Marc Roselli, S.J., Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel / St. Mary of the Assumption.

If you want to know more about CoDA, you can reach Fr. Marc at (718)442-3411 or Stop by any Thursday, starting 1/5/2017.

You can also check out the international CoDA website at CoDA.org.

Prayer is the Best Wireless Connection to God

What happens when we pray? How many ways can we pray? When we pray as a church, individually, contemplative, repetitive, intercessory, prayers of praise, thanksgiving, adoration or contrition?

The Prayer Group is led by Deacon Novella Lawrence and Mr. Ned Rogers. Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Vestry Room.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Gouwireya Abdelazim, Brenda Baskerville, Shirley Black, Mary T. Bryant, Maggie Clarke-Oberly, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, Zee Dempster, Emmett Dennis, Anne Devlin, Christian Freeman, Henry Freeman, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Ron and Ellen Mazzucco, The Parrish Family, Joyce Rowan, Maisie Salmon, Hasan Thomas, Mary Thompson, Rodell Williams.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Natalie Wynter (22), Tracy Williams (23).

The Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving memory of Nancy Beveridge.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for The Diocese of  Ngbo, Enugu, Nigeria and The Rt. Rev. Christian Ebisike.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Andrew, Allen, and Mary our Bishops and Grace Church, Manhattan.