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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maps are already out of date and today’s will soon be also.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.
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
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
the whole point of our existence is to be a source of Godly
transition within the storms of our vicissitudinous lives. Practical
tactical innovation will be the key for our endeavor. Change
not for the
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
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
Beth McLean reports that son Charles will be entering his last
year at SUNY Oneonta this fall and has had a successful swim season
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
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
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,
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
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
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
facility. Her spirits are pretty good and she has enjoyed all of
the cards and letters that she has received. Please keep her in
Talk about an INTERESTING summer vacation...Carol Brown will
be traveling to Kenya in August to participate in a special ecological
project. She will be working with a team of British scientists
as they study the rhino population in the area, and will be living
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!
Members of the
Vestry met on Monday, May 12 for their regular meeting. Following
are highlights of some important issues which were discussed at
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
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
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
in September. In the interim, approved minutes of the April 14,
2003 Vestry meeting have been posted on the parish house bulletin
for those wishing to review them.
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
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
Our day opened as usual with a Healing Service and Eucharist
celebrated by Father Michael. The business meeting was short and
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
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.
Fr. Michael's Upcoming
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,
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.
any pastoral crisis or other emergency please call Linda at the
Parish offices and she will immediately contact the wardens. If
occurs after office hours or on the weekends please call the wardens
at the following numbers: Nick Lettiere (718-981-0262) and Richard
There is much
to report this month as our last Serendipity meeting was quite
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
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
Come One, Come All!
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
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.
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
But, most importantly, COME TO THE FAIR!
Bishop Moore Made
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
our church. He was profoundly concerned about and involved with
the poor and the disadvantaged. He made a difference. He was a
man, great in stature, outlook, purpose and vision. In thought,
word and deed he sought to implement the twin goals of a progressive
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
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
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
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
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
Going, Going, Gone!
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
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.
Designing Our Future:
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
Christ Church needs to raise money for analysis and repairs of
the items identified in the condition survey (the church roof,
between the stones in the church, repairs to the stained glass
windows, and so on.) Grants worth tens of thousands of dollars
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
a church (the U.S.’s constitutional separation of church and
state reduces our taxes but also restricts our access to government
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
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
raising consults. Adaptive Use Studies (NYSCA), $2500 and up a
year, for adapting structures to new or expanded uses, including
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
For more information about the historic registries and land marking,
please talk to Victor Stanwick.
A Trip to the Panama
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.
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
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
through the Panama Canal.
Next trip? I haven’t decided yet!!
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);
Merry Widow, Giuditta (Lehar);
Il Tabaro, Suor Angelica, La Boheme (Puccini);
Showboat (Kern); and Don Carlo, Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore
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
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
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.
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
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.
4-Christopher John Brown,
9-Kristin Reiersen;10-Sean Patrick McLean;
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
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.
June: 1 - Ann and Llewellyn Louderback 8-Joseph Ambroggi and
Dorothy Thompson; 11-Nancy and Bill Beveridge.
July: 4-Mae and
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.
We Must All Make Sacrifices
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
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!