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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 is the Third Sunday in Lent. The liturgical color is purple. 

There will be Godly Play and Rite 13  classes this Sunday. 

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, March 24:

Altar Guild

Kathy Galvez, Elizabeth Gattullo, Christine Szczepanik

8am Server Karen Johnson
8am Lector Karen Johnson
Ushers Connie Black, Claire James, Hueldine Webb
10am Lector Willie Black, III
10am Epistoler Shelly Gayford
Intercessor Roxanne Ingoe
Crucifer Bill Sherman
LEM Richard Zayzay
Acolytes Kai Mackey, Damali Browne
Verger Paul Smith
Counters John Gerney, Richard Zayzay
Coffee Hour Host Carol Bratton, Deboray & Rebecca Stengle

From the Rector's Desk

Women.s History Month

When we think of Women In History, so often our thoughts go back to those who have laid a foundation for our existence. This includes our mothers and grandmothers, and those notables like Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Bella Abzug, Mother Theresa-- all gone to glory. And those still alive-- Gloria Steinem, Soledad O'Brien, Maya Lin, The Rev. Dr. Katherine Barrett-Layne, Tarana Burke - - and many more. 

However, in my almost thirty (30) years of ordained ministry, I have met some women whose names may not be entered into history books or have monuments built to them, but they are my Women in History without whom the parishes I have been privileged to lead would not be. Let me mention a few.

At St. Mary's Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, there was Grace Jones. Grace was the rock at St. Mary's who lived with grace in all she did. As a wife devoted to her husband Raymond (both now deceased) they did whatever was needed to keep St. Mary's alive and active. Given that the congregation was less that 30 persons when I got there, she was a member and chair of several committees, but as the congregation grew she was more than willing to be released from many of the fundraising activities. I remember Grace very fondly because even after I left St. Mary's she would always be so kind to my family and me. Grace, may you rest in peace with the Angels of God! A WOMAN IN HISTORY!

At St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Bridgeport Connecticut, there was Natile Melvin (know affectionately as Teal). Teal was my Altar Guild Directress, and nothing that was altar guild-related was too much for her to do. Not only was she head of the Altar Guild, she also was President of ECW, member of Genesis, Usher and consummate fundraiser and ministry supporter in helping to keep the vision of St. Mark's alive. She was of a quiet disposition, but passionate about her Lord and Church. She was never one for praise, but got things done.  A WOMAN IN HISTORY!

At St. Simons of Cyrene Episcopal Church in Lincoln Heights, Cincinnati Ohio, there were Henrietta Smith and Darlene Gray. Henrietta Smith has become one of my church mothers even after my relocation to New York. Her faithfulness was something I admired. Her generosity to the church and anyone she in need was exceptional, and her devotion to Jesus was unswerving. She understood life and even though in my later years at St. Simon's she experienced immense loss as a result of the deaths of two of her sons, with an unshaken faith she held on to God for hope and still is holding on. One of her favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6 which states, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insights. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." 

Darlene Gray is a woman of integrity, wisdom and sound judgment. She does not suffer fools lightly, but is fair and reasonable in her dealings with all. Her faithfulness and generosity to her church and others was hallmarks of who she was and is as a leader and Christian. I saw her struggle with her faith when her mother died, but she never gave up. She was an excellent mentor to me during her role as Senior Warden. An organizer par excellence and an encourager for good. WOMEN IN HISTORY!

At Christ Church New Brighton in Staten Island, there are so many of women who work very hard to ensure our parish stays alive and thrives. But there is no one who works harder and gives more sacrificially to her Church that Alleida Mitchell. As chair of Outreach and Fundraising she works tirelessly with all who would join her to keep Christ Church visible. She is a relentless fundraiser ensuring that all of our outreach programs are funded and that the children are under professional tutoring in our many Cultural Arts ministries. It is this level of devotion to people and Church that I believe God sees and rewards in the end. When we decided to create a monthly dinner for our twelve (12) to fifteen (15) men residents it was Alleida who agreed to take on the initial duties of organizing the meals and getting our parishioners to meet with the men monthly. In our newest initiative call M.E.a.L.s, which means, Music, Eucharist and Light snacks, she has done the bulk of advertising contacting personal friends and others to join us every Thursday. It is through these connections that many of the outreach ministries at Christ Church remain alive. A WOMAN IN HISTORY.

These women I have mentioned all have a common thread about them. They are faithful, honest, and generous with time, talent and treasure. In essence, good stewards. When the history books to be written are published, none of these names may be included, but I pray in their respective churches, no history will be written without mentioning their dedication and commitment. For now, here is their history and that is why they are for me "WOMEN IN HISTORY"!

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb+
Rector

MEaLs

Youth Coffee Hour Hosts

Customary for Lent

The Lenten Season begins on Ash Wednesday. During this season we are invited to observe the following:

  • Alleluia is omitted at the Fraction in Eucharistic Prayer.
  • No Flowers on the Altar or decorations - Reserved for Easter. 
  • All Crosses are covered in purple which is the liturgical color for the season
  • All are invited... "to the observance of a Holy Lent by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word." (BCP pg. 265).

2019 Lenten/Easter Program Schedule

Week 4

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - Lenten Series 
    - Life Transformed: The Way of Love 6:45 - 8:15 PM- Evening Devotions 6:45 PM
    - Light Supper, Instructions and Sharing - The Way of Love 
     
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 - M.E.a.L.s: Eucharist: 11:00 AM
    - Organ Recital: 11:30 AM
    - Fellowship and snacks (Guild Room): 12:00 Noon

Week 5

  • Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - Lenten Series
    - Life Transformed: The Way of Love  6:45 - 8:15 PM- Evening Devotions 6:45 PM
    - Light Supper, Instructions and Sharing - The Way of Love 
     
  • Thursday, April 04, 2019 - M.E.a.L.s: Eucharist: 11:00 AM
    - Organ Recital: 11:30 AM
    - Fellowship and snacks (Guild Room): 12:00 Noon

Week 6

Easter Baskets Distribution Ministry

* No Lenten Program on Wednesday, April 10, 2019- Life Transformed: The Way of Love  

  • - Thursday, April 11, 2019  - M.E.a.L.s: Eucharist: 11:00 AM
    - Organ Recital: 11:30 AM
    - Fellowship and snacks (Guild Room): 12:00 Noon

Week 7 - Holy Week

  • Sunday, April 14, 2019 - Sunday of The Passion - Palm Sunday
    - 8:00 am Holy Eucharist
    - 10:00 am Sung Eucharist with Outdoor Procession
    - In-gathering of The Sacrificial Offering - At both Services
     
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - Stations of the Cross 7:30 pm
     
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - Lenten Series
    - Life Transformed: The Way of Love 6:45 - 8:15 PM- Evening Devotions 6:45 PM
    - Light Supper, Instructions and Sharing - The Way of Love
     
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 - M.E.a.L.s: Eucharist: 11:00 AM
    - Organ Recital: 11:30 AM
    - Fellowship and snacks (Guild Room): 12:00 Noon

    - Holy Eucharist and Washing of Feet 7:30 pm
     
  • Good Friday, April 19, 2019
  • -  Children's Liturgy 4:00 pm
  • -  Good Friday Liturgy 7:30 pm 

Week 8

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Lenten Series Begins - Life Transformed: The Way of Love
  • Evening Devotions           6:45 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Light Supper                  7:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Instructions and Sharing - The Way of Love - TURN: 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 -  M.E.a.L.s: 
  • Eucharist: 11:00 AM
  • Organ Recital: 11:30 AM
  • Fellowship and snacks - Guild Room: 12:00 Noon

Joyous Celebration of the Resurrection

  • Sunday, April 21, 2019 - EASTER SUNDAY
    - 8:00 am Holy Eucharist and Lighting of the New Fire and Paschal Candle
    - 10:00 am Festal Eucharist
    - Community Easter Egg Hunt after 10:00 am service  

Lent in Action

During the Lenten season, we will ask parishioners how they are observing Lent.

Angela Lindsay made a Lenten jar, along with the other Rite 13 students.

Angela, 7th grade

"I almost forgot to do it, but I did go outside. The weather was sunny and I saw some beautiful flowers."

Please remember to collect your Sacrificial Lenten Offering packet which was launched on Ash Wednesday, March 06 - Your Sacrificial Offering 2019 - $1:00 a day or multiples thereof for 40 days of Lent, to be returned on Palm Sunday. The suggested minimum Sacrifice is $40.00 per person.

Christ Church Book Club

The second session of the Book Club will be held Wednesday, February 27, 2019  from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Vestry room. The group will discuss "The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels" by Jon Meacham, 2018. The author helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by presenting a retrospective of critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. It is not necessary to read the book in order to participate in the discussion. A supper will be served. Please register on the sign up sheet on the bulletin board.

News in the Community

  • Join the Staten Island Council of Churches for an EXCLUSIVE SHOWING of the movie "BREAK THROUGH" on Saturday, April 13th based on the impossible true story from the producer of Miracles From Heaven. More details to follow about time and cost of the show.
  • Letter From Dean at Yale Divinity School in light of recent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand: 

Colleagues, 
Like you, I found the massacre of 50 innocent Muslim worshippers at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, New Zealand, shocking. It is another example of racially motivated hatred that seems to have no boundaries. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims. There are no words that are adequate for such losses. ...
There is hope that New Zealand will follow the example of Australia and enact tougher gun laws as a result of this senseless act. Australia passed comprehensive reforms and weapon buy-back programs following the mass murder of 35 people and wounding of 23 others in Port Arthur, Tasmania, in 1996. I do not understand how elected officials in America can sleep with a good conscience when we still allow the sale of assault weapons.  Assault weapons have one purpose: to kill people. How many times do we have to prove that these weapons are capable of doing just that? America should lead the free world in promoting security rather than serving as an inexplicable model of blind obstinacy.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has refused to name the shooter in the mosque shootings. I think that she is right. The shooter wants notoriety, and too many give it to him. I hope that we will all refuse to watch the video made by the shooter in Christchurch. We should never give someone who acts with such hatred the attention they want. It is easy to blame Facebook and other social media outlets, but we need to accept our responsibility, and do our part by shunning hateful content, thus denying these misguided individuals the "fame" they crave. The ancient Roman rhetor Cicero often refused to name the accused in a speech and simply called him "that guy" (ille in Latin). It was a rhetorical move that indicated that the audience knew the identity of the accused. His use of the pronoun had the effect of bringing the audience into the condemnation by implying, "You know whom I am talking about." I do not think that we should dignify the shooters; they are human beings, but we should not bestow fame on the infamous. They should be anonymous; the victims should be the lives that we celebrate.
The other aspect of this shooting that requires a comment is the apparent reality that many in society have lost any sense of the sacred. A sanctuary meant nothing to the white supremacist who entered Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston in 2015 and murdered nine members of the church, or to the shooter who murdered 11 congregants and wounded six others in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last October, or to the racist who slaughtered 50 worshippers in the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center. These individuals enter sacred spaces not just because they are gathering places for particular groups, but because they want to defile the sacred. They not only murder others made in the image of God, but desecrate space set aside for God. Ironically, when they do,they attest that these are places where hatred and racism are not wanted or tolerated.
What can we do? We can pray for the comfort of the victims' families. We can pray for the perpetrators and those they inspire and ask God to transform hearts steeled by bigotry and hatred. We can work in our own communities to help people find a place to belong. So many of the perpetrators separate themselves from the mainstream of society. We need to find ways to incorporate all. This means that we need to pledge ourselves anew to overcome racism in all of its forms. These acts by white supremacists are the most violent and horrific expressions of racism, but they point to the evil of racism in all its degrees of intensity. We can continue to press our elected representatives to listen to the children of this country rather than the lobbyists who protect weapons of mass murder.
If you are in New Haven, you can attend events that are being organized to remember the dead; announcements will be forthcoming. If you are away from New Haven, I urge you to attend or devote a service to remembering the Christians, Jews, and Muslims who have died as a result of racism.
I would like to think that this is the last message like this that I will write. I know it won't be. Yet I hope that we will all not only stand for the equity and belonging that Jesus proclaimed, but work to bring this about in our own communities.

 Best wishes,

Greg Sterling

 

Readers Wanted

The Richmond Inter-Parish Council
Wants You!

Readers Needed for the 2019 Lenten Program

Stations of the Cross

We would like at least 14 readers (ideally 2 from each member parish) to participate in the IPC Lenten Program on Sunday, March 31st.

Deacon Joanna Depue will narrate the program and each of the 14 stations utilizes a pair of readers.

The readers will need to attend a rehearsal on March 31st at 2:30 pm. at St. Andrew's Church.

Please contact Fr. Bill Baker or Deacon Geri Swanson if you would like to participate.  
Fr. Bill - wbaker@vts.edu     

Deacon Geri - deakswan@aol.com

Youth Sunday!

Thanks to those who participated in the recent Youth Sunday Survey. Your suggestions were very helpful as we plan for a NEW and IMPROVED YOUTH SUNDAY, March 31st, 2019. This will be led and shaped by RITE 13 - Group 1. Your presence and support will be most appreciated.

Easter Memorial Flower Envelopes

Easter Memorial Flower envelopes will be available in the pews for your generous contribution. Please make checks payable to Christ Church and note Easter Memorial on the memo line. Please submit your offerings no later than Palm Sunday so that names can be printed in the Easter bulletin.

Vestry Retreat 2019

The Vestry will be in retreat on Saturday, April 06, 2019 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm led by The Rev. Joanne Izzo. All vestry members are asked to make every effort to be present. The retreat will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in their Parish Hall at Cantebury House.

Did You Know?

  • Did you know that the organ at Christ Church is part electronic and part pipes? It can be further improved without excessive costs.
  • Did you know that less than 2% of New Zealand's population is Muslim? Pray for those massacred at the Mosque in New Zealand.
  • Did you know that there will be an Inter-Faith Prayer Service at The MAS Staten Island Center Mosque on 180 Burgher Avenue to remember the victims of the shooting in New Zealand on Friday, March 22, 2019 beginning at 12:45 pm? Join us to pray for peace and deplore hate.
Did you know that Christ Church now provides worship services to two Staten Island Residential Homes? We need volunteers to assist. Speak to Willie Black III, Kirstin Swanson-Basso, or Fr. Trevor+ .

Liturgy and Worship Committee Meeting

All members of the Liturgy and Worship Committee are invited a meeting on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Church. The meeting will be held in the Vestry Room. Liturgy and Worship Committee:

The Rev. Trevor R. Babb Rector
Paul Smith Verger
David Wood Altar Guild Directress
Alleida Mitchell Outreach/Fundraiser Chair
David Nygard Godly Play
Kristin Parrish Choir
Nancy Reiersen-Scromo Choir
Willie Black III Choir
The Rev. Anthony Lamourt Music Director and Organist

 

IPC Lenten Service

Calendar of Activities

See the bulletin board in the Parish House hall for full details

Please remember to collect your Sacrificial Lenten Offering packet which was launched on Ash Wednesday, March 06 - Your Sacrificial Offering 2019 - $1:00 a day or multiples thereof for 40 days of Lent, to be returned on Palm Sunday. The suggested minimum Sacrifice is $40.00 per person. Special envelopes are available.

March
10 Staten Island Council of Churches Lenten Service: 4:00 PM, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 7558 Amboy, Staten Island, NY 10314
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Lenten Series Begins:

  • Life Transformed: The Way of Love 6:45 - 8:15 PM
  • Evening Devotions 6:45 PM
  • Light Supper, Instructions and Sharing - The Way of Love
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M.E.a.L.s. - New Initiative

  • Holy Eucharist 11AM
  • Organ Recital 11:30AM
  • Light snacks & conversation 12 noon

Come Join us and bring a friend to share in this new ministry that will feed, mind, body, heart and soul.

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.

Sunday Morning Bible Discussion

Please note: There will be Bible Discussion Forum this Sunday in the Vestry Room. All are welcomed.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Fatu Barnes, Shirley Black, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Harvey Cohn, Ines Colbourne, Edward Craig, Eugene Deluca, Marlene Elia, Rev. Dr. Abner Flowers, Lee Ann Gattullo, Johanna Gilbert, Sandra Giambalvo, Darlene Gray, Tea Rose Hill, Anne Johnson, Trish Mackey, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Alissa McGinley, Brian McGlynn, Andrea McIntosh, Utopia Mennoh, Victoria Oudkerk,  Mabassi Paasewe-Totiment, William Randolph, SS Joyce Rowan, Denny Seese, Donna Seese, Stephanie Skinner, Henrietta Smith, Joseph Spielman, Mary Thompson, Marsha Wynter, Barbara Yatsevitch, the people of St. Vincent's (not the Island, but the half-way house on Franklin Avenue for girls) and the people of New Zealand in the recent terrorist attack.

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 parish office. Thank you!

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Mia Wynter (28), Angela Lindsay (30).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, The Most Rev'd Paul Kwong - Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui and Bishop of Hong Kong Island.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for + Michael our Presiding Bishop, + Andrew, + Allen, and + Mary, our Bishops; Trevor + our Rector, St. Andrew and St Luke Episcopal Church, Beacon, The Canon for Congregational Vitality and Diocesan Congregational Development Commission.