Well, here we are
in February already. The hearts and flowers for St. Valentine’s
Day have been cherished and Lent is upon us. Thankfully we haven’t
had a severe snowstorm—I think it’s only the youngsters
who really appreciate it, and perhaps the brave people who ski.
Trevor Mills has
something very exciting to share with us. You may not have seen
him around for a while, as he has recently retired from teaching—Whoopee—and
he enjoys making waves in the swimming pool at Wagner College.
He attends the weekday services at Christ Church and has been appointed
by the Diocesan Council to Bishop Sisk’s Diocesan Mission
on Congregational Life. Susan Fowler has
also been approved by Bishop Sisk to be on the Advisory Committee
for Episcopal Charities.
Chorister Bill Beveridge recently celebrated
a very important birthday—we’re not giving out the
number of years. Daughter Annie took him to test drive cars (it
was actually a well-devised plan to keep him from the surprise
birthday party) and he picked out one that was a little more roomy—they’ve
got a BIG family. Bill showed his birthday guests his birthplace
on a map of Scotland. We’re waiting for a warm day so that
he can wear his kilt!
Father Michael has
been elected First Vice President of the Staten Island Council
of Churches—a really special honor, and well deserved. Dorothy Rapp has
been selected to receive the United Hospital 2002 Auxiliary and
Volunteer Achievement Award, also very well deserved.
a newcomer to Christ Church, is putting on a play at Richmondtown.
Some of us remember the days when we had a theater group named
Civic Theater upstairs in the auditorium —I believe it was
started by Judy Lefebvre.
Congratulations to Willie Black, Jr. and
the members of the Social Concerns Committee for
a simply marvelous Diversity Celebration on February 10 th.
There was a wonderful turnout and a great representation from
many different ethnic backgrounds—exquisite native costumes,
tasty ethnic foods, and entertainment provided by parishioners
and members of the Christ Church Choir. The piece de resistance was
a special guest appearance by several members of Staten Island’s
own Shiloh AME Church who kept things moving with some wonderful
Gospel tunes. I can’t even begin to imagine what our
Diversity Celebration will be like next year!
Glendon & Vlasta Jantzi’s daughter, Mona,
who lives in Manhattan, is soon to tie the knot with Matthew Connor,
a Veep at Citibank. They met in college and the ceremony will take
place at the Russian Tea Room. Their honeymoon is planned for “down
under” in Australia.
The busy Kennedy family,
Hal, Laura and Claire,
recently took a trip to Singapore—perhaps we could persuade
them to give a talk on their travels. We all have different
Lenten journeys, but this one takes the cake!
Linda “in the office” is
always learning something new about computers, parishioners, Christ
Church and its people, and has had to deal with many diverse requests
while working here as well as taking care of her elderly mother
the rest of the time. “Bravo” Linda for all of your
Father Blasingame at
St. Paul’s Church held a beautiful evening service to honor
Princess Margaret’s life. Richard Maren played
old(e) English hymns on the organ for a small congregation of mostly
British worshippers. It meant a great deal to these expatriates.
That same evening was Shrove Tuesday, and there was a large turnout
at Christ Church for the Pancake Supper, organized by Serendipity
members. Those ladies (and gentlemen—Hal Reiersen, Father
Michael and Victor Stanwick cooked, served, washed up and satisfied
the appetites of the large number of people who came to eat and
March 20 th marks a milestone birthday for our own Edith Armstrong when
she turns 95 this year. Congratulations, Edith, and our very best
And of course, our very best wishes for a speedy recovery go
out to our Sexton, Jim Angone , who
quite unexpectedly had to undergo a heart procedure to remove arterial
Jim is home from the hospital, recuperating—and hopefully—RESTING!
Get well soon Jim—we miss you!!
Tom Sarff, our organist and choirmaster,
has some exciting news to share. He has just received confirmation
that The Heritage Singers from England
will include Christ Church in their 2003 American Tour. They will
be here during the first weekend of August and are prepared to
give a concert, workshop, Evensong or some other type of service.
More details to follow as plans become finalized.
Father John Walsted recently celebrated
his 70 th birthday and One Pendleton once again was straining at
the seams with more than a hundred people who came to wish him
The Girls Night Out Program still keeps growing,
as word gets out for fun and learning once a week without all those
boys interrupting! We got word that there was a pajama party (for
the girls). Do any of you wonder what the leaders Diana Yates and
Jeanne Mann wore? Pajamas, of course!
We are glad to hear that HeatherGeorge is
recovering from her recent surgery. Keep up the good work.
And last, but certainly not least, is the announcement of my daughter Paige ’s recent
marriage to Javier Quevedo in
Bogota , Colombia . We met this excellent young man on our cruise
last summer, and she flew down to South America in November to meet
his family and to visit Cartaghena. He proposed and she said “yes.” Then
back to work. They set the date for the day of Christmas Eve and
once again she was off to Newark Airport for the long flight. They
were married by a Justice of the Peace, with a translator (so that
Paige knew what was taking place!)—and two days later she had
to fly back as she had no remaining vacation days. We are eagerly
waiting to welcome Javier into the United States when his visa is
granted and we hope they will be able to have their marriage blessed
at Christ Church.