We have some very
good news from the Beveridge family-Nancy and Bill’s daughter-in-law
Robin has been accepted in the Deacons’ program. A candidate
must first complete the discernment process conducted by a committee
in one’s own church. After that, hopefully they will write
a letter of recommendation to the Deacon Program at the Cathedral
or diocese). The candidate must then complete a detailed, rigorous
process including an extensive written document, searching one’s
total life experiences and why one wants to be a deacon. The candidate
is interviewed by a psychiatrist and then by several bishops culminating
with an interview with Bishop Sisk. Once accepted into the program
the candidate’s training includes once a month lectures, plus
once a week classes for three years. Robin is Director of the Sunday
School at St. Andrews Church in New Paltz, NY where her husband
Bill is the Junior Warden. Several years ago they were choir members
at Christ Church and Robin attended Father Walsted’s confirmation
classes and was confirmed at Christ Church.
We were sorry to learn that Colin Reed’s Corner is no longer
being published in the Tower Chimes. (ed. Note: Colin’s choice)
(Web Master's Note: Colin's
Corner will still be available every month on the Christ Church
web site.). Colin doesn’t butter up his comments or thoughts-he’s
true blue all the way, and his articles are designed to make people
think. By the way, when he was a teacher in Manhattan, the students
always knew when he was coming in the room—his favourite cologne
is Paco Rabanne!
Maestro Tom Sarff gave the choir a newsworthy piece of information-the
Volvo commercial has one of our favourite composers, John Rutter,
playing the background music. Our choir will be singing two Rutter
anthems in the near future.
Recently I had quite a surprise. I was working on the computer
and I got a message from Raheim Marcus. He was a teenager at Christ
Church for several years and a neighbour of Andre Black. Raheim
is living in Florida now, and tells us he’s doing very well.
Dorothy Rapp and Dorothy Rivera have been very forthcoming in
helping out in the office recently. There is a load of printing
to do in this very busy season and “Linda in the Office’
is grateful when they can lend a hand.
Our sexton, Jim Angone, is sprucing up the many sections of the
church, “spit and polishing” the woodwork, carpets,
kitchens and rooms, and Valerie Quinlan frequently gets on her knees
to plant seeds and bulbs by the cloister wall to enrich the little
garden in the corner.
“Buster” Black and Lou Ranieri are coaching our two
CYO basketball teams. Word has it that they have a secret strategy-this
means being “street-savvy”!
Rosalyn Charles has completed her State Boards to be an RN (Registered
Nurse.) Congratulations to Rosie, we are proud do you.
Jack and Laddie Kruiten came up from Florida for Thanksgiving
and the christening of their grandson, Erik, son of Irene and Tom
Eppinger, at Christ Church on Nov. 30th.
Valerie Quinlan gave a very successful violin concert at the Donnell
Library recently. Many Christ Church members and other Staten Islanders
who appreciate music were able to attend. We’re proud of you
Valerie. Her grandson Philip (son of Dierdre Aleman) is attending
St. John’s Lutheran School and is doing very well.
Trevor Mills has retired from his teaching position and is enjoying
his new career as a real estate agent along with Karen Smith and
Ellen Mazzucco at Sunshine Realty.
Lee Black is still in band competitions beating a huge drum. If
you missed seeing the Black family, Buster, Connie and Eva on Sunday
the 17th they were watching Lee in the Tottenville High School competition.
This instrument must be tough to carry around!
We’ve noticed Martha Keucher with her arm in a sling—she
took a fall in the kitchen. She’s recovering well, and says
that she still can navigate the nooks and crannies of Pendleton
A large contingent of Christ Church members attended the Kristallnacht
remembrance service, which was held at Temple Emanu-El in Port Richmond.
It was very moving and many of us read passages in English after
they had been spoken in Hebrew. One lady was a Holocaust survivor,
which touched the hearts of everyone there.
Later we went into their “Guild Room” which was laden
with cookies and breads, together with coffee. Father Michael and
the Rabbi interpreted for us the closeness of Christian and Jewish
Linda Reiersen, Nancy Scromo and Lois Lamb went down to Houston
for Kristin’s debut at the Houston Grand Opera. She sang the
role of Musetta in La Boheme-and Linda says she knocked them dead!
The three women had a great time together and laughed for 3 days
(except when Mimi died). Kristin and her roommate Angela will be
singing the soprano and mezzo soli for the Richmond Choral Society’s
concert on Dec. 15 at Zion Lutheran at 4 p.m. Look for more info
on the bulletin board.
Beth Beveridge McLean has been inducted into the Bowling Hall
of Fame. She has spent 25 years of coaching and her team won the
State Championship three times. Way to go, Beth!
On a sad note we send our condolences to Anne Devlin whose sister,
Barbara Steinglein Anderson died recently. Anne gave a beautiful
eulogy, as did several others, and Barbara will be missed by many
good friends and family. Our prayers are with you all.