The Christ Church Choir singing "Mary Did You Know?" with Music Director Scott Myers on the piano at right.
Steve Gross and his lovely assistant, Cora, perform an amazing magic feat.
Loria Raiola Trapp, Jermain Trapp, Karlus Trapp, Daniel Trapp, and Damali Browne performing an original Karlus Trapp tune, written for New York City school children after 9-11.
Kristen Parrish sings accompanied by Scott Myers.
Christ Church parishioners prepared foods from their ethnic backgrounds. There was a LOT of food.
Buster Black (left, the host and emcee for Diversity Sunday) looks on as young Charlie Nygard wows the crowd with his slide trombone.
You can always count on a big crowd when there's good food and (perhaps not quite as good?) talent on hand.

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 Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany.

Collect for Sunday:

O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth: Send thy Holy Ghost and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

Prayer for the Search Committee:

O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in thee: Mercifully accept our prayers; and beacuse, through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good things without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

This Sunday is The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany. The liturgical color is white. Bishop Dietsche will preside at the 10:00 am Eucharist. Mary Gannon Larimer will be received into the Episcopal Church. The lessons for February 19 are:Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48.

Childhood education classes will not meet this week. The Bishop will me meeting with children in the Vestry Room at 9:15.

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

Bishop Dietsche will bless the Communion Kit given in Fr. Chuck's memory by his Uncle David Howell and the Howell Family.

Bishop Dietsche will commission three Eucharistic Visitors for Christ Church when he is with us on Sunday. We give thanks to God for:
Lisa Rhoades
Harald Reiersen
Kirstin Swanson
who have accepted this important ministry.

Server Schedule

Sunday, February 19:

Altar Guild Linda & Hal Reiersen, Mark Gherzo, Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
8am Server Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Greeter Saiber Zayzay
Ushers Lester Blair, Kathy Galvez
Lector Willie Black, III
Epistoler Hueldine Webb
Intercessor David Nygard
Crucifer Bill Sherman
Eucharistic Minister Richard Zayzay
Acolytes Jude Crewe, Calvin Morse
Verger Paul Smith
Counters John Gerney, Susan Fowler
Coffee Hour Host Bishop's Reception

Lenten Program

The Lenten Program, Five Marks of Love, begins next Sunday, February 26th at Christ Church. Sign-up sheets and an informational flyer are posted on the bulletin board by the main entrance. There are many sessions planned at churches across the Island. Please consider joining one that best suits your availability

Steel Drum News

The Christ Church Steel Drummers will begin classes again on March 10th. Rehearsals are held at Christ Church from 5:15pm-6:15pm each Friday. There are currently three open spots in the group. Interested children must be in third grade and up. Please see Deacon Geri Swanson if your child is interested in participating. Participation is free of charge.

Fundraising Committee

The fundraising committee exists to raise money for Christ Church and to provide activities celebrating holidays and events in the church calendar. To accomplish this role, the committee must have volunteers to organize and lead the activity. At the present time, the committee needs people to head three major events: St. Patrick's Brunch, St. Nick's Fair, and the Holly Ball. All three are joyful events at Christ Church and the committee needs church members to step up and volunteer to lead them. See Mark Gherzo, Alleida Mitchell, or Sheila Swigert to volunteer.

Spring VBS at Church of the Ascension

The Church of the Ascension will be holding a spring version of Vacation Bible School during the week of April 10-14, from 9 am- 12 noon each day. Children ages 4-11 are welcome. Students will learn about Holy Week through Bible stories, songs, arts and crafts, and recreation, while sharing time with friends and making new ones. 

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.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will take place on February 28 from 6-9pm in the Guild Room. Pancakes, sausages, coffee, tea, and juice will be available for a free will offering.  Mardi Gras mask decorating for the children and the burning of palm fronds will take place.

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.

Bible Study: The Letters of Saint Paul

The Bible Study Series meets on Sunday mornings, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Vestry Room. The focus will be on St. Paul's letters or Epistles. this series will be led by Deacons Geri Swanson, Novella Lawrence and Mr. Richard Whaley. Each week one of the presenters will guide our reading of these important documents of our faith. No preparation is needed, just an interest in expanding our understanding of our faith and the written word that has shaped in through the centuries. We welcome your participation in the discussion of the Holy Scriptures. Feel free to bring your coffee or tea into the conversation space.... cookies and cake are always welcomed as well!

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, Shirley Black, Clifford Browne, Mary T. Bryant, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby,  William Marcus, Janet Massa, The Parrish Family, Cathy Romano, Joyce Rowan, Debbie Stuhlman, Mary Thompson, Jay, and Hasan.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Alleida Mitchell (22), Joseph Gilman (22), Trevor Mills (24).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for The Diocese Mahajanga (Indian Ocean) and the Rt. Rev. Jean Claude Andrianjafimanana.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Andrew, Allen, and Mary our Bishops and our own Christ Church New Brighton, Staten Island.