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 Third Sunday of Advent

Collect for Sunday:

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever.

Amen.

This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. The liturgical color is blue.  The lessons will be Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28.

Godly Play will perform our Annual Christmas Pageant during the 10 a.m. service.  Pageant rehearsal is Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m.

J2A will meet at 11:30 a.m. in their classroom.

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

Bible Study will meet this Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesdays. 7:00 p.m.:  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, December 17:

Altar Guild

Linda & Hal Reiersen, Mark Gherzo, Nancy Reiersen-Scromo

Flower Guild

8am Server Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
8am Lectors Vincent & Michael Edwards
Greeter Utopia Mennoh
Ushers John Gerney, Sheila Hewitt, Greer Gerney
Lector Mary Larimer
Epistoler Rita McGough
Intercessor John Gerney
Crucifer Victor Stanwick
Eucharistic Minister Kirstin Swanson-Basso
Acolytes Nichola Kalfa, Gianni Colucci
Verger Paul Smith
Counters Gene McGough, Richard Zayzay
Coffee Hour Hosts Bring Your Favorite Dish
Sunday Lessons 2 Sam. 7:1-11,16
Canticle 15
Rom. 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

Reflections From the Rector

From Our Online Bible Study 
Relevancy of Romans NOW!

Why is Romans so special and relevant for our society today?
I would posit that its relevancy can be summed up in these three (3) statements:

  • oIt is a book about transformation - The call is to be witnesses for Christ because of our changed lives.
  • oIt is a book about Unity that comes from knowing Jesus Christ - Our world is fraught with hatred and distrust of each other. Paul use this letter to heal the Jewish/Gentile faction in Rome.
  • oIt is an authentic testimony of a believer whose faith is contagious - When we say we have faith, others know it by the way we live.

D. Stuart Briscoe in his commentary on Romans writes, "Paul's Epistle to the Romans holds a special place in the life of the Christian Church. F.F. Bruce wrote, "Time and again in the course of Christian history it has liberated the minds of men, brought them back to an understanding of the essential Gospel of Christ, and started spiritual revolutions."

This book helped to transform the lives of St. Augustine, Martin Luther, John Wesley, John Calvin and many more. John Calvin wrote, "When anyone gains a knowledge of this Epistle he has an entrance opened to him to all the most hidden treasures of Scripture."

Romans 1: 1-17
These first seventeen (17) verses of Paul's Epistle to the Romans are therefore about his attitude and response to the message of Christ in his life. Paul is a contagious follower of Jesus. Any one who gets close to Paul is bound to catch the Jesus germ. This is not a germ unto death, but a germ unto life. It is in this context that Paul writes, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for Jews first and also for the Greeks."

So then, the text under our study helps us to understand Paul's identity. He is "... a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God."(Verse 1)

Verses 7 - 12 tell us about his interest and commitment to believers, always with an attitude of gratitude and zeal. In verse 7 we know to whom he writes. He is commending the faith of the saints in Rome, a place that he had not yet visited, but longed to do so.

Verses 13 - 17 tell of Paul's inherent enthusiasm for the gospel message, its power and its revelation of God's righteousness. He writes, "For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."(Verse 17).  So then, when Paul says, "the righteousness of God", what does that mean? It means that God is ALWAYS RIGHT and can be trusted and relied upon. Therefore, our ability to be righteous is to live in right relationship with God who is the symbol of absolute right. How do we do such? We do it by faith in God! The world does not understand this faith and sometimes we as Christians fail to apply it in our circumstances of trials and tribulations. In other words, our faith must be most alive in the bad times to thwart the tempter's snare. "Keep Faith Alive!" - "... from faith to faith!"

May we be challenged in our day to look at our relationship with Christ and be awakened to the reality that what the world needs now is not only love, but people whose faith is contagious enough to win and draw souls to Christ.

Please join us! Call: 1 (605) 475 4120; Access Code: 9467742 Read Romans 1: 18-32 for Session 2 on 12/14/2017.

Be blessed!

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+

Christmas Service Schedule

Sunday, December 24 
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m.     Family Service-featuring the Christ  
                   Church Community Youth Choir, 
                   Drummers & Ukuleles

10:00 p.m.   Choral Holy Eucharist

Monday, December 25
Christmas Day
9:00 a.m.     Holy Eucharist

Sunday, December 31
The First Sunday after Christmas Day
9:00 a.m.     Holy Eucharist

Sunday, December 31
New Year's Eve Watch Night 

9:00 p.m.     Holy Eucharist

Christmas Pageant

Dear Parents/Grandparents/Guardians:

Our annual Christmas Pageant will be held on Sunday, December 17 during the 10 am Eucharist. Rehearsals will be held on the following days:

Sunday, December 10 during/immediately after Godly Play

Saturday, December 16 at 1 pm

Each rehearsal should last no longer than an hour. For the Saturday rehearsal, we are planning on having rehearsal followed by pizza and a movie, during which we will pull a few children out at a time to fit them in costumes.

On pageant day, Sunday the 17th, please have your child in church at 9 am so that they can dress in costume and participate in a quick run-through. 

If your child wishes to be in the pageant and you have not already spoken with me, please email me back as soon as possible so I can assign them a part. 

A note about the rehearsals: If your child has a speaking part or is a main character, it is important that they attend each rehearsal. Also, please remember that these are not "drop-off" rehearsals. A child's parent/guardian/designated caregiver must remain in the church building during the rehearsals and be on hand to take them home when rehearsal is over. You are also welcome to watch the rehearsals in the church. 

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns, and I look forward to continuing this wonderful Christ Church tradition this year. 

Paige Gunther

Save the Date

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

Christmas Greens

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 17.

Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism will be administered on Sunday, January 7th. We will have a Baptism clinic on Saturday, January 6th at 1:00 p.m. for all those wishing to be baptized. All persons desiring to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, please make an appointment with Father Trevor on or before January 1.

Cub & Boy Scout Request

The boys have been invited back to sing Christmas Carols at the HARBOR TERRACE ADULT HOME on Henderson Ave. on Sunday December 17th. As many of you may know Deacon Novella leads a monthly Sunday service there. The boys are going to be collecting and wrapping hats, scarfs and gloves for the residents and will be bringing them when they sing. There will be a bucket in the windowsill outside the parish office for collection for the next three Sundays. While you are Christmas shopping for your loved ones would you be so kind as to pick up a new hat, scarf or gloves for the boys to share and wrap. Thank you as always for your continued support of our Pack and Troop and their endeavors.

Thank you,

Elizabeth

Memorial Service

On Saturday, December 16th at 11:00 a.m. there will be a Memorial Service held for Wesley M. Johns Sr., father of Nikki Johns.

Coffee Hour this Sunday

This Sunday, December 17th is "bring your favorite dish" for coffee hour.  If possible, please bring your treat in a disposable dishes.

Advent

The Third Sunday of Advent is December 17th.  Throughout the season our liturgical color will be blue.  Why Blue and Not Purple:  The deep blue of Advent is meant to inspire in us the hope of faith, and to encourage us to keep watch for the promised light of Christ to break over the horizon, changing night into day, darkness into light, and filling our lives and our world with a holy and righteous splendor. Purple is used in Lent and meant to inspire penitence. Furthermore, purple has a penitential nature to it, inviting introspection and repentance on behalf of the believer. Either can be used, but more and more Churches have gravitated towards blue to distinguish Advent from Lent. Advent tells us Christ is near; Christmas tells us Christ is here! Joy! Joy! Joy!

Bible Study of Romans

Bible Study on the Epistle of Paul to the Romans
TONIGHT from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Please join us and read Romans 1:18-32. 

To call into the conference, please dial
1-605-475-4120 and use access code 9467742.

Bulletin Board Postings

We are in the process of revamping the bulletin boards in the Parish House. In the future all notices to be placed on the board must be placed in the basket outside the parish office or given to Judy Davis who will then place them on the appropriate bulletin board. Please refrain from placing flyers on the boards unless approved by Judy Davis or Fr. Trevor.

Richmond Choral

In the spirit of the holiday season, Richmond Choral Society is pleased to present, "Holiday with Brass", Saturday, December 16, 2017, 8:00 p.m., St Clare's Church, 110 Nelson Avenue, S.I., NY, 10308.

General Admission $20, Seniors $15, Students with ID $10, children under 12 years of age are free.

Featuring
Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham,
Glory to God by Alan Hovhaness, holiday favorites plus RCS's traditional carol sing-along.

Please support your fellow parishioners and choir members, Hal, Linda and Nancy Reiersen, by attending this concert and enjoying a festive choral celebration of the holiday season.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Judy Ballard, Shirley Black, Aaron Britton, Reggie Capeheart, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, Bai David, Zee Dempster, Elizabeth Anne Foley, Kathy Galvez, Nellie H. Gibson, Persia Gilkes, William Goodridge, Jr., Christine Gross & Family, Trish Mackey, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Fran Milauskas,Gerald Pieroni, Mo. Marilyn Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Henrietta Smith, Debbie Stuhlman, Mary Thompson, Hasan Thomas, Aurelia Thorpe, Lady Tombekai, Gloria Troia, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch and Connor. 

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Lester Blair (17), Eddy Gregory (17), Gabrielle Phillips (18), Sandra Cocks (18), Tovin Hewitt (18), Cathy Romano (21), Arnold Galvez (22), Charlie Nygard (22), Zander Raff (22), Jana Ballard (23).

We pray for the repose of the soul of Wesley M. Johns Sr.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for the Diocese of  Wyoming and The Rt. Rev. John Smylie.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop, + Andrew, + Allen, and + Mary our Bishops; Trevor + our Rector and The Church of the Good Shepherd, Bronx.