It's been a very
busy time for many of our Christ Church parishioners and friends.
It's become pretty apparent lately with the increasing size of
this column every month.
Get well wishes to Rick Boody who underwent
triple bypass surgery in November. Rick has been showing improvement
every day - so much so that he managed to find the energy to receive
the Annual Volunteer Award from the Staten Island Historical Society.
Keep up the good work Rick - we're looking forward to you and Sue leading
the first dance as Honorary Chairpersons of this year's Holly Ball!
They say that variety is the spice of life, and these days our
Sunday morning Family Services have been offering quite a variety
of musical talents. Not only can we count on Thomas
Liu , the very talented young man who plays for the
service each Sunday, but lately it's not an usual sight to find
his sister, Catherine or his mom, Joyce
Chung , seated at the keyboard. In fact Joyce, an
accomplished pianist, will be performing with our own Valerie
Quinlan in a recital at the Donnell Library in January.
And speaking of musical accomplishments, congratulations to 'Li
Black , son of Buster and Connie Black and
the other members of the Tottenville High School Marching Band
(Farrell Division 308.)'Li, who plays the bass drum and his band
mates won the State championship and came in second (by just two-tenths
of a point!) in the country-wide competition. However the band
was awarded special recognition for best in music and overall show.
Condolences to the families of May Johnson and Kirsten
Hansen . May, a long-time parishioner of Christ
Church passed away in early November, and Kirsten, sister of Larry
Hansen our youth activities coordinator, passed
away during the latter part of November.
Kudos to Daniel Lettiere ,
son of Nick and Nancy Lettiere , on his
recent induction into the National Honor Society. Daniel currently
attends Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn ; and congratulations
also to Olisha James who was named to
the Honor Roll at IS61 here on Staten Island .
Our very first Chinese Auction was an overwhelming success! Thanks
to the efforts of our chairpersons Ally Mitchell and
Richard Zayzay this November fund raiser brought
in over $3600. Congratulations to both of you, and to the many
volunteers who helped out that evening, on a job well done.
When it comes to hard work and determination Susan
Fowler and Victor
Stanwick just don't
know when to stop! While Father Michael was away on a four-month
sabbatical, Victor remained faithful in his promise to officiate
Morning Prayer each and every day at Christ Church . This,
in addition to the many other tasks that he graciously takes
on during his spare time including the maintenance of the Christ
Church web site. Each month it keeps getting better and better,
and this month is no exception. If you get a chance check out
the Christ Church organ section where you'll find photos and
a very informative article written by our organist and choirmaster,
Tom Sarff . And a special mention to Susan Fowler for coordinating
the Long Range Planning sessions this summer. Susan spent many
long hours signing up parishioners for the sessions, acting
as facilitator for many of them on Sunday mornings, and for
summarizing the parishioner responses into a comprehensive
list that was presented to our parishioners during the coffee
hour this summer. As if this weren't enough, this dynamic duo
just authored a 600-page volume entitled "Web Application Design
Handbook: Best Practices for Web-Based Software." Their audience
is software development teams who develop applications for
the web. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers in San Francisco has contracted
for the book and hope to release it at the Association for
Computing Machinery conference in Vienna in April 2004. O.K.
guys, now it's time to take a rest!
Some encouraging news from New Mexico about Martha
Bendix . After a rather extensive recovery period
in a medical facility, Martha is now a resident at the Sombrillo
Nursing Home in Los Alamos and rumor has it that she's quickly
becoming accustomed to the accommodations: shrimp, crackers
and ice cream were her choice for her first meal in her new
home. Martha would love to hear from her friends here at Christ
Church . Her new address is: Martha Bendix, Sombrillo Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center , 1011 Sombrillo Court , Los Alamos
, NM 87544 .
And speaking of new accommodations, we received a lovely note
from Mark and Carlene Wynter telling
us all about their new home in Orange Park , Florida , a lovely "island" community
that is completely surrounded by trees and dotted with lakes. They
send their love and best wishes and an open invitation to come
for a visit. Their new address is: Mark, Carlene, Andrew and Adrienne
Wynter and Michael Pignotti, 2443 Watermill Drive , Orange Park.
Janet Schneider just
returned from a lovely visit with her mom, Virginia
who's now situated in her new retirement village villa in San Antonio
. In addition to spending some quality time with Ginnie sightseeing,
taking boat rides and dining at many of the lovely restaurants
in town, Janet also had the opportunity to sing in the choir with
her mom as part of her church's Thanksgiving concert. Ginnie will
be with us again for the Christmas holidays and joining the Christ
Church choir for Christmas Eve. Janet was also the lucky winner
of the Spring Fair auction for a Dinner for Two prepared by our
own Nick Lettiere and recently "cashed
in" on her prize. To quote Janet, it was "an amazing treat" consisting
of a four-course dinner of two broccoli quiches, a huge pork roast
with ALL the trimmings - three veggies, sauerkraut, applesauce
and gravy - a garden salad and pumpkin pie and rugelach for dessert.
If this item is offered for auction at next year's Spring Fair
it's truly a great deal worth bidding on - and Janet will there
as well, bidding against you!
That's it for now, folks. Please keep the news and updates coming.
And best wishes for a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy new