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  June 2003

 

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beach ball graphic Father Michael beach ball graphic Going, Going, Gone!
beach ball graphic Around the Parish beach ball graphic Designing Our Future: Historic Designation
beach ball graphic Vestry Notes beach ball graphic A Trip to the Panama Canal
beach ball graphic Women of Christ Church beach ball graphic Operatic Arias
beach ball graphic Fr. Michael's Sabbatical Leave beach ball graphic Youth Committee
beach ball graphic Serendipity beach ball graphic Parish Registry
beach ball graphic Come One Come All beach ball graphic Sacrifices
beach ball graphic Bishop Moore    

The Only Constant

Over the past two years the Vestry of Christ Church has been spending much time praying and discussing what we believe God is calling us to be as a faith community in the next twenty-five to fifty years. This is a process that will involve the entire Christ Church family and something that you will be hearing about in the near future. At this point of self-examination and visioning, we have learned that not only has this been difficult because many of us, due to our own human mortality, will not be around to see how our response turns out, but also the tendency of many of us who want our church to be the place that doesn’t change when everything else is changing. We have begun to realize that we are living in a new world that needs a new church. The world is going through a dramatic change-one age is ending and another is beginning. Yesterday’s maps are already out of date and today’s will soon be also.

I once read a truism that seems appropriate whenever I contemplate change. “Change is the only constant everyone agrees upon and the only one everyone resists.” People in general resist change, and this is especially true in our churches.

Every church is in transition because every church is being born, growing, maturing, declining or dying. Every church is at some stage in a cycle of life common to congregations and organizations. How we at Christ Church meet the demands of change can mean not only the viability of our presence in this borough and neighborhood in the future, but more importantly the viability of our church to be an effective faith community fulfilling the Great Commission.

Too often we find ourselves loyal to tactics, rather than to Christ. We love to keep things the way they have always been and forget the whole point of our existence is to be a source of Godly transition within the storms of our vicissitudinous lives. Practical and tactical innovation will be the key for our endeavor. Change not for the sake of change alone, but with one eye to improve and the other to our real purpose, our real reason, for doing what we do as a church.

Perhaps its time for us to ask God to do new things in our life together and incorporate the following in our bold request:

Explore all of our options
Dream new dreams
Enlist support from all of our members and friends
Be filled with the Holy Spirit

May this be a very special God-filled endeavor as we enter into the uncharted waters ahead to faithfully journey to the world on the other side. paragraph ending graphic

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Around the Parish

Since this will be our last column until the September issue, there’s a bit more to report than usual. Here goes!

On Saturday, June 7, four young members of the Zayzay family - Benoria, Celestina, Fidel and Jeremiah - will be confirmed by Bishop Catherine Roskam at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. Congratulations to all of you, and of course, to your very proud parents!

And there’s more good news from the Schneider and McLean families.

Congratulations to Ted Schneider who became an Eagle Scout this year. The ceremony was attended by members of the Hewitt family, the Blacks and Father Michael, who delivered a beautiful Invocation. Ted just completed his first year at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, where he is majoring in Electrical Engineering, and will be completing an internship there this summer. Brother Andrew, who received his Eagle designation in a similar ceremony last year, will spend the summer at the US Marines Officer Candidate School at Quantico, VA before returning for his senior year at Boston College where he’s majoring in history. Sister Kate will be starting her new job at Saatchi & Saatchi, a large advertising firm in Manhattan, where she’ll be the Account Executive for the Pillsbury advertising business.

Beth McLean reports that son Charles will be entering his last year at SUNY Oneonta this fall and has had a successful swim season there. Brian (#2 son) is very busy being the “Blue Hen” mascot at the University of Delaware and is majoring in Animal Science. Kenneth (son #3) is graduating from Curtis High School this year after an extremely successful year on the Curtis varsity swim team and golf team. Son Sean (#4) has finished his first year at Curtis and was voted Freshman MVP of the cross-country track team, played freshman basketball and is now excelling as the only freshman on the varsity golf team. WHEW!!! How’s that for good news!

Colin Reed reports that for the third month in a row our parish was able to support the New Directions Food Pantry with a grant of $547, part of which was used to purchase bananas, garlic, tomatoes, broccoli, strawberries and once case of mangoes at Island Wholesale Food on Richmond Terrace. We’re told that Margaret Harris has already helped to change the raw mangoes into chutney that will be sold at the upcoming Christ Church Spring Fair.

A slight date correction to last month’s column. The Holly Ball will be held on Saturday, December 13. Chairpersons Beth McLean and Trevor Mills are also pleased to report that this year’s Honorary Chairpersons will be Sue and Rick Boody.

Beautiful music...our organ is sounding better and better with every step of the renovation project. Tom Sarff reports that the console will be removed over the summer and a substitute console will be installed until the old one is renovated and put back in place. And speaking of music, mark your calendars NOW for a truly wonderful concert that will be taking place at Christ Church on Saturday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m., and will feature The Heritage Singers, under the direction of Tim Knight. This exceptional British choral group was formed in 1994 to maintain the Anglican Choral Tradition by providing choral music to churches without choirs throughout England. They will make their first American tour this summer and plan to make Christ Church one of their performance venues.

Martha Bendix continues along the road to recovery since her fall a few months ago. Daughter Margo reports that she is still trying to get her strength back but will need to undergo continued therapy and rehabilitation. In fact, there is a strong possibility that Martha will be transferred from the rehab facility to a skilled nursing facility. Her spirits are pretty good and she has enjoyed all of the cards and letters that she has received. Please keep her in your prayers.

Talk about an INTERESTING summer vacation...Carol Brown will be traveling to Kenya in August to participate in a special ecological research project. She will be working with a team of British scientists as they study the rhino population in the area, and will be living in a roundhouse in the Bush country. There will be lots to share with her students when she returns to her teaching position at Notre Dame Academy in the Fall.

This just in...Christ Church will be hosting a Chinese Auction on Saturday, November 1 which will be chaired by our own Ally Mitchell. Further information to follow as the details are finalized.

That’s it for now. Over the summer we’ll continue our search for a full time editor for the Around the Parish column. Please don’t hesitate to talk to Linda or Nancy Reiersen if you’d like to take on this interesting and rewarding challenge. Keep cool, relax, and enjoy your summer. See you in September! paragraph ending graphic

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Vestry Notes

Members of the Vestry met on Monday, May 12 for their regular meeting. Following are highlights of some important issues which were discussed at that time.

The Vestry has voted to provide a sleeping shelter in the parish house basement for ten homeless men sponsored by Project Hospitality, from the hours of 10 pm to 6 am, during the month of August. This will be done on a trial basis and the program will be evaluated at the September Vestry meting.

The work on the Parish Hall roof has been completed and we await the engineer’s final approval.

Five Callery pear trees will be planted and posts installed on East Buchanan Street. This is being done in an effort to protect the sidewalk and grass from cars and trucks backing up over the sidewalk.

We will be purchasing a new copier for the parish office. In addition to the standard copier features, it will also serve as a backup printer for our computer and our FAX.

Christ Church will be sponsoring four Faith in Action groups that will be working with Project Hospitality during the months of June and July. These groups will utilize our gym facilities at night for sleeping purposes from Sunday through Saturday.

The Vestry will meet again on June 9 for its regular monthly meeting. There will be a two-month summer hiatus until the Vestry meets again in September. In the interim, approved minutes of the April 14, 2003 Vestry meeting have been posted on the parish house bulletin board for those wishing to review them. paragraph ending graphic

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Women of Christ Church

It has to be called a Birthday Meeting when almost half of the people present celebrate their natal days in the same month. That is what happened at the May meeting of the Women of Christ Church. The hostesses appeared with a deliciously decorated cake bearing three names:

Helen (Martin), Nancy (Beveridge) and Shirley (Elfers). These ladies, born just six days apart throughout the month of May, blew out the candles before everyone present enjoyed eating pieces, each with a strawberry, chocolate floret, and whipped cream. Dorothy Rivera and Nancy Beveridge had spread the tables and prepared for the luncheon.

Our day opened as usual with a Healing Service and Eucharist celebrated by Father Michael. The business meeting was short and sweet, consisting of thanks to the women who readied the Guild Room for the district gathering of the Episcopal Church Women earlier this month. Thirty or so women came on April 26 for the Eucharist celebrated by Father Baltus, the carry-in lunch, and an informative description of the work of Project Hospitality by the Rev. Terry Troia. A committee of our group had polished all the silver, arranged the tables in Spring colors and supplied the cake for dessert. They certainly deserved our thanks.

The last get-together for the year will be at One Pendleton Place on June 19. All people are welcome to come up to the house after the usual Eucharist at the Church at 11:00 a.m. paragraph ending graphic

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Fr. Michael's Upcoming Sabbatical Leave

I am going to be taking a much needed Sabbatical Leave beginning after the first Sunday in July until the first Sunday in November. I will be “piggybacking” my vacation time with this so that I can complete my doctoral dissertation, something that has been impossible to do since I began serving as your rector over six years ago. As many of you know, since 2001, I have not been taking all of my vacation time because of particular pastoral contingencies and other parish obligations. Therefore I informed the vestry in February of my decision to take this paid leave in order to get some much needed rest by focusing and completing an unfinished chapter in my academic endeavors. The title of my dissertation is Early Anglican Theology Regarding Evangelism. I am planning on finishing this academic work during this period in order to defend it in the spring of 2004.

While I am away the following priests will be leading the Sunday worship: Fr. Wesley Shike, Mother Rhoda Thomas, Mother Barbara Crafton, Fr. Stewart Hoke and Fr. Richard Smith. Fr. John Walsted, our Rector Emeritus, will be celebrating the healing services before the Women of Christ Church meetings in September and October. After being notified by our wardens, pastoral emergencies will be taken care of by Staten Island Episcopal clergy who have graciously made themselves available for this purpose. During this absence the wardens will be in charge of the parish’s day-to-day operations and special contingencies. They have been working closely with me during the last couple of months planning and organizing services, activities, programs and events for this period. Although we have made the best laid plans for this period, we also realize that things will occur that no one could plan for and will require their leadership and guidance. For any pastoral crisis or other emergency please call Linda at the Parish offices and she will immediately contact the wardens. If something occurs after office hours or on the weekends please call the wardens at the following numbers: Nick Lettiere (718-981-0262) and Richard Sigman (718-981-3083). paragraph ending graphic

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Serendipity

There is much to report this month as our last Serendipity meeting was quite productive:

On Saturday, June 14 Christ Church will be hosting its annual Spring Fair. We’re hoping for a sweltering, hot and humid day since this year Serendipity is planning an ice cream and lemonade stand as its contribution to this lively event. Cones and dishes will be available but calorie-free goodies have been banned. That’s right - Christ Church is discriminating against calories!

We’ve just purchased a completely new refrigerator for the upstairs room in the Parish House in which one day we hope there will be a brand new kitchen. (The Vestry would certainly be receptive to this idea!). The new appliance will be delivered to Christ Church after the British-Take Away at Sung Harbor on Sunday, June 8.

We’re planning a day at the beach some time in July, although we’re not quite sure at this time where we’ll be going. If you’re interested please get in touch with Gytha Bellaby or Colin Reed. Transportation will be in private cars.

Over twenty gallant parishioners have already agreed to offer prizes for an Island-wide raffle to support the local food pantries (including ours) on Staten Island, in connection with the October 4 May Ham Dinner at Christ Church. This fund raising event is already in the planning stages. The “Tea and Sympathy” restaurants and their Fish and Chip shops in Manhattan have already offered prizes.

Serendipity is already in the planning stages for our annual Ice Cream Social which will take place this year on Sunday, August 3 after the 9:30 a.m. service (note the new summer schedule time.)

As a creative fund raiser for Christ Church we’re exploring the idea of having some elegant dinners in members’ homes - you’ll be hearing more about this in the months to come.

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Gytha Bellaby. Don’t hesitate to come out and join us. paragraph ending graphic

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Come One, Come All!

There’s Something for Everyone at the Spring Fair!

Make sure to mark your calendar for the Spring Fair on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’ve already received raffle tickets for the Admission Raffle and the 50/50 Raffle. Please sell them to your friends and neighbors. (Who knows...you might get some questions about the church!)

Here’s a sneak peak at some of what’s in store at the Fair:

FOOD: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers, Ice Cream, Luncheon, New York State honeys and jams, bake sale, homemade lemonade, coffee, soda, bottled water, juice packs.

FUN: NYFD Truck, church tours, music (provided by the classic rock group “In Between” and our own Christ Church choir), kids games and prizes, “Scooter” - the SI Yankees mascot (from 12 noon to 2 pm).

SHOPPING: Silent Auction, White Elephant sale, vendors, plants, jewelry.

MORE FUN: Car wash, raffles.

STUFF

You can help make this year’s Fair an unparalleled success. Donate something for the Silent Auction or White Elephant sale. Bake a cake for the Bake Sale. Sell your raffle tickets. Bring a friend. But, most importantly, COME TO THE FAIR! paragraph ending graphic

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Bishop Moore Made a Difference

From time to time our church produces leaders who make us rejoice in the theological and historical forces that have guided and molded us and that devised the government of the American Episcopal Church in the first place. Such leaders were Bishop White, the first Presiding Bishop; Bishop Hobart, the third Bishop of New York; Bishop Moore (Richard Channing Moore), the second Bishop of Virginia and sometime Rector of St. Andrew’s, Staten Island; and, I would earnestly propose, the Rt. Rev. Paul Moore Jr., 13th Bishop of New York.

Bishop Moore of New York was a leader in urban ministry, social activism, social justice and peace who became well known both inside and outside our church. He was profoundly concerned about and involved with the poor and the disadvantaged. He made a difference. He was a great man, great in stature, outlook, purpose and vision. In thought, word and deed he sought to implement the twin goals of a progressive and an inclusive church.

Inclusiveness, after all, is a fundamental principle of Anglicanism. He was not afraid to take a stand on controversial issues and to speak out publicly, giving the lie to the old saw that our bishops have their backbones removed at their consecration. He will be remembered for his ordination to the priesthood, on January 10, 1977, of Ellen Marie Barrett, an open lesbian. He had previously ordained her to the Diaconate. More than 25 years later, the full inclusion of lesbians and gay men in most religious bodies, not to mention in many secular organizations, is still mired in controversy, if not stuck in outright hostility and rejection.

I made my first acquaintance with the Moore family through a book. Around 1969 Dorothy Hobson Fitzgerald, a wonderful writer and teacher I knew, warmly recommended Jenny Moore’s The People on Second Street to me. I believe that Mrs. Fitzgerald had known the Moores since the late 1940s, when she was a parishioner at St. Peter’s Church, Chelsea, and Paul Moore was a seminarian there. The People on Second Street, by Paul Moore’s first wife, tells the story of their ministries at Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City.

Bishop Moore was good at getting his name in the paper, much better in this respect, it must be admitted, than his two successors have been. Media visibility is a virtue in this media-conscious city, which is also the national media headquarters. Who are the Episcopalians and what do we do? Bishop Moore gave us a profile and a corporate identity. His publicity attracted people to the Episcopal Church.

A side of Bishop Moore that was sometimes ignored was his personal piety, including his belief in the Real Presence and the transforming power of Christ in the Eucharist. He once quipped that he would like to see his name in the paper as, “Bishop Moore prayed today.” He was a gentleman of the old school who always responded in writing to every card, letter or note sent to him, employing out of his own pocket extra secretarial help to assist with this during his time as Bishop of New York. This correspondence endured all during his retirement.

The Moores have left us several books that allow them to speak in their own voices. They are:

The Church Reclaims the City, by Paul Moore Jr. New York: The Seabury Press, 1964. 241 pp. A “how-to” manual for urban churches that really applies to almost every parish, whether urban, suburban or rural. This thoughtful, well-written book still has valuable insights and suggestions for today. The chapter “The Clergyman’s Family in the Inner City,” by “Mrs. Paul Moore,” is a foretaste of the next book.

The People on Second Street, by Jenny Moore. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1968. 218 pp. A haunting memoir of parish ministry by a gifted, sensitive writer. Uniquely moving and thought-provoking. An indispensable book.

Take a Bishop Like Me, by Paul Moore Jr. New York: Harper & Row, 1979. 200 pp. The controversies surrounding women’s ordination and especially Ellen Barrett’s ordination are the subjects of this book. It is, finally, an affirmation of Episcopalians’ abilities to hold and express differing and even contrary opinions and to try to work them out at General Convention. Long out of print, for years this book was offered for sale in the Gift Shop at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Presences: A Bishop’s Life in the City, by Paul Moore Jr. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997. 344 pp. The most personal and probably the best-rounded of the Moore books, this memoir covers Bishop Moore’s upbringing, education, career, family and retirement. Note: A source for out-of-print books of Episcopal Church interest is: The Anglican Bibliopole, 858 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866-8615. Telephone: (518) 587-7470. Catalogs are issued twice yearly. By appointment only, visitors are welcome to browse in their bookshop. paragraph ending graphic

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Going, Going, Gone!

Donations Needed for the Silent Action

Please think about any items or services you can donate for the Silent Auction - the possibilities are endless. Some suggestions:

Gift basket from your favorite shop
A special home-cooked meal
Baby furniture that the little ones have outgrown
Antiques that no longer fit your decor
Unique clothing items
Tools of your trade or hobby that you no longer use

You can drop off your donated items upstairs in the Parish House. Please be sure to attach a note which includes a brief description of the item, its estimated value and a minimum bid. If you have any questions about the Silent Auction please feel to contact Lesley Shannon at 718-442-5184. paragraph ending graphic

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Designing Our Future: Historic Designation

At its May 12 meeting, the Vestry approved the Plant & Equipment recommendation that Christ Church immediately apply for registration in the New York State and National Register of Historic Places. Historic registration comes with very few restrictions, yet still makes us eligible for grants.

Christ Church needs to raise money for analysis and repairs of the items identified in the condition survey (the church roof, the grouting between the stones in the church, repairs to the stained glass windows, and so on.) Grants worth tens of thousands of dollars are available from historic registration or New York City landmark designation. Without registration or land marking no government grant monies are available and fund raising is much more difficult because we are a church (the U.S.’s constitutional separation of church and state reduces our taxes but also restricts our access to government funds.)

After receiving state and national registration and after another Vestry review, we may try to apply for New York Landmarks designation. A little history: In the 1960’s Christ Church was recommended for land marking, but the Landmarks Commission was still new and inflexible. At that time Christ Church sued to remain undesignated. Probably because of such lawsuits and complaints from overburdened owners, the New York City Landmarks Commission has become much more willing to work with owners and, in fact, now provides such high levels of expertise and grants that designation is rarely a burden, according to the architects and the members of other church building committees to whom we have talked.

Here are a few of the grant programs for which we would become eligible:

Sacred Sites Program (New York Landmarks Conservancy) - $15,000 a year (100% matching) for planting and implementation of historic religious building preservation.

Robert W. Wilson Sacred Sites Challenge (NYLC) - $25,000 - $50,000 (matching) for large-scale comprehensive restoration of steeples, roofs and related drainage systems, exterior masonry walls, and stained glass windows.

Consulting Resources Exchange (NYLC), 50% matching, for condition surveys, specification writing, project management, engineering reports, stained glass surveys, laboratory testing, energy audits and fund raising consults. Adaptive Use Studies (NYSCA), $2500 and up a year, for adapting structures to new or expanded uses, including accessibility. Design fees. Preserve New York: Historic Preservation Documentation Projects (Preservation League of NY State & NYSCA), $2500 and up a year, for historic structure reports, historic landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys. Community Design and Planning (New York State Council on the Arts), $2500 and up a year, for streetscapes and the design of public spaces. (We could get some help with our landscaping.)

For more information about the historic registries and land marking, please talk to Victor Stanwick. paragraph ending graphic

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A Trip to the Panama Canal

Palm Sunday, 1953, at the Princeton Inn - that’s when and where the plans were made for my FIRST trip to the Panama Canal. I was with my parents, Uncle Charlie and Aunt Mardi and their friends who lived in the Canal Zone. I was just nine years old when they asked me “When does your Easter vacation start?” I anxiously replied, “Oh! That’s the day we sail for Panama! Want to come?” I looked at my dad. He said to me, “You’ll have to fly home by yourself.” My answer: “That will be easy!” That trip was wonderful and I still remember it to this day.

My recent trip to Panama this March was a bit different. It started in Fort Lauderdale and went on to San Diego and then on to the Panama Canal. Fifty years of anticipation since my last visit. I was on deck at 5 a.m. - one hour before daylight - but I wasn’t the first one there.

Each lock has two lanes. The ship next to us at Gatun - The St. Petersburg Mariner - was in New York City on the day that I retired. After the three locks raised us to Gatun Lake we waited for about an hour until we were ready to proceed to the Pacific. In addition to the natural beauty of the Canal, I saw five ships that regularly come to New York. At one point we saw an alligator swimming for shore as fast as he could, trying to get away from us. We went through the last set of locks on the Pacific - the Miraflores locks - at 2:30 p.m. and then dropped anchor. I managed to make my way back to the Miraflores Locks to watch the ships go through and took eight full rolls of film and parts of two more.

The rest of my trip, which included a week in San Diego and three days in San Pedro (which is the port of Los Angeles) - was also quite wonderful. But my most exciting memory was the day I spent going through the Panama Canal.

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An Afternoon of Operatic Arias and Duets

On Sunday, June 15 at 3:00 p.m., soprano Beth Johanning and baritone Richard Lewis will be the featured performers in the 2003 Serenade concert series. The singers will be accompanied by pianist Dan Bremer. The performance, presented in Christ Church, is free to the public and a “Meet the Artists” reception will follow the program.

This exciting program will include selections from a variety of well known operas, including Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute (Mozart); The Merry Widow, Giuditta (Lehar);

Il Tabaro, Suor Angelica, La Boheme (Puccini);

Showboat (Kern); and Don Carlo, Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore (Verdi).

Soprano Beth Johanning performed for many years in Germany, where she made her debut as Diana in Cavalli’s opera, La Calisto, at the Muenster State Theater. She was a resident artist at the Thuringer Landestheater and sang guest performances in opera theaters in Berlin, Oldenburg, Konstanz, Trier and Leipzig. She has sung a wide repertoire of roles by Mozart, Rossini, Gounod, Johann Strauss, Puccini and Dvorak, as well as modern composers. In recent years Beth has performed as soloist with the Staten Island Symphony, and in the Greensboro (SC) production of Carmen, appearing in the role of Micaela.

Praised for his rich singing and superb stage craft, baritone Richard Lewis has performed extensively in opera houses throughout the United States and Europe, singing lead baritone roles in operas such as La Traviata, Carmen, The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1997 as the baritone soloist in the Faure Requiem. Mr. Lewis has also sung a good deal of modern opera. He made his Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in the world premiere of Gola’s Un Racconto Florentino.

Major funding for the Serenade concert series has been provided by the Staten Island Bank & Trust Foundation. These concerts are made possible (in part) by an Encore Grant from the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI), with public funding from the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Richmond County Savings Foundation. paragraph ending graphic

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Youth Committee Report

Are you between the ages of 7 and 14? Do you want to participate in some of the most interesting and exciting summer programs on Staten Island that are both free of charge and close to home? Then this is for YOU!

During the month of July we’ll be hosting a basketball clinic at Christ Church from Monday through Friday, 10 am to 1pm, from July 7 through July 25. From July 28 through July 31 we’ll be offering a variety of open sports events.

August is soccer month, and we’ll be sponsoring a soccer clinic from August 4 through August 15. Members of the Metro Soccer League will be on hand for skills training and during the second week we’ll be hosting a series of intramural games. Soccer balls and uniforms will be supplied.

We’ve also got some great Arts and Crafts programs that will be going on throughout the summer months as well. However, in order to be involved you’ve got to register. We’ll be taking names, addresses and other “vital” information each Thursday night in June, between the hours of 6 and 8 pm. Additional information about these exciting programs will also be available at that time. paragraph ending graphic

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Parish Registry

Summer Birthdays:

June: 4-Christopher John Brown, 9-Kristin Reiersen;10-Sean Patrick McLean; 12-Anne Beveridge; 15-Patsy Parese, Vlasta Jantzi, Charles McLean III; 16-Jill Kanner; 19-André Black; 21-Melodi Coleman; 22-Paige Cooper; 29-Leslie Thompson, Gregory Brown; 30-Mary B. Scott.

July: 9-Wendy Cooper; 10-Williette Thompson; 13- Brian William McClean; 14-Nwamaka Okocha, Togba Porte II; 15-Nick Lettiere; 16-Carol Brown; 19-Sydney George; 20-Oliver Simpson; 21- Peter Flihan, Sarah Kanner; 22-Charlotte Hewitt; 24-Dorothy Thompson

August: 2-Ted Schneider; 3-Joseph Ambroggi; 4-Edwin John; 5-Eleanor DeMuth; 7-Michael LaCause; 8-Erin Hawley Shannon; 10-John Watson; 11-Bill Beveridge, Jr.; 12-Anne Devlin; 22-Fr. Jerry Keucher; 25-Laura Jean Mazzucco, Elizabeth McLean; 29-Christiana Adeshote, 31-Anna Parese.

Summer Anniversaries:

June: 1 - Ann and Llewellyn Louderback 8-Joseph Ambroggi and Dorothy Thompson; 11-Nancy and Bill Beveridge.

July: 4-Mae and David Seeley; 30-Constance & Willie Black III. August: 15-Elizabeth and Charles McLean; 20-Nancy and Nick Lettiere, 31-Christine and John Szczepanik.

Parish Register for May:

Burial: William Campbell Arnold. paragraph ending graphic

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We Must All Make Sacrifices for Christ Church

On a recent Thursday morning, Joan Rock and Colin Reed were taken by Gytha Bellaby to Greenwich Avenue in Manhattan where there is a trio of English ventures. They went looking for gifts for Christ Church. First stop was the Salt and Battery fish and chip shop. Guess what they had for lunch? The Brits call them “chips,” Americans call them French Fries and the restaurants in the seat of government in Washington nonsensically call them “Liberty Fries” - excellent food soused in malt vinegar and washed down by some with English hard cider.

Next, on to the Carry on Tea and Sympathy Shop where the owner, Deacon Oakley-Carpenter, listened to their pleas for gifts for the June Fair and British Take-Away and generously donated gift certificates for meals at their restaurant on Greenwich Avenue, which includes deep-fried Mars bars and afternoon tea for two in Tea and Sympathy.

Our three weary parishioners collapsed into chairs in the restaurant where they had treacle pudding, apple crumble and Victoria sponge cake, washed down with boiling hot English Breakfast tea. The long hard day for the intrepid three came to an end in the early afternoon, their mission accomplished. It is incredible what sacrifices some parishioners will make for Christ Church! paragraph ending graphic

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