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We Are What We Eat
There has been
much discussion lately regarding the problems of obesity in our
national population. Young and old alike have been included in
of this health issue of crisis proportion. We are being told that
Americans as a whole are eating way too much and exercising way
too little. The situation has also gained much notoriety in a recent
court case that involves a teenage youth suing McDonald’s
Corp. for making him overweight because their menu only had offerings
of fat and carbohydrate saturated items that he was made to indulge
in with “super sized” portions.
What all of this seems to highlight is an old adage which many
of us grew up with when our parents tried to convince us that eating
all the vegetables on
our plates would be beneficial to our health. “You are what you eat,” my
mother would tell her eight kids gathered around the table as we were collectively
gagging down our steamed cauliflower. Little did we know, and I suspect that
she didn’t either, that she was quoting the nineteenth-century philosopher
Ludwig Feuerbach. Nowadays we could also add to this adage “you are what
you don’t eat.”
As Christians, we are also spiritually what we eat and what we
St. Augustine, the
fourth century bishop in North Africa, put it this way in an Easter sermon:
“You are the body of Christ. In you and through you the work of incarnation
must go forward. You are to be taken; you are to be blessed, broken and distributed
that you may be the means of grace and the vehicles of the eternal charity,”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, following St. Augustine’s premise, noted, “In
Holy Communion we have Christ under the appearance of bread; in our work we find
him under the appearance of flesh and blood. It is the same Christ.”
The question that we should be asking ourselves is: Have we as
a Christian community become spiritually obese by not eating the
right food or exercising enough?” Each
Sunday we participate in the Eucharist for the purpose of being something and
doing something. The Eucharist nourishes us to be God’s instruments of
God’s Kingdom. When we don’t’ do this we begin to show the
signs of a spiritual obesity that has godless consequences.
Yes, we are what we eat–the holy food is always provided for God’s
people at the banquet table. It’s up to us to utilize this holy diet to
become what God intended us to be: God’s means and instruments of eternal
love. May our holy endeavor make people know who we are because of WHAT WE EAT.
Around the Parish
The past month certainly has been a busy one-especially with all of the lovely
and meaningful Holy Week and Easter services that took place at Christ Church.
Things may have slowed down a bit-but there’s still a lot to report
Something fishy was going on in the Christ Church kitchen last
month at the Serendipity “Fish
Fry,” Under the watchful eyes of Spider Webb and Shirley Black, steaming
platters of tasty fried and baked fish, home made fries and coleslaw and “hush
puppies” were served to over 90 satisfied customers. Ah, to be in England!
Speaking of fish and chips, there’s nothing better than the ones that you’ll
find in Jolly Old England. And that’s what brothers Dan and David Wood
will tell you when they return from their 50th birthday celebration, which they
spent with friends who live there. Perhaps they’ll have a chance to visit
with Lindsay Kennedy, daughter of Laura and Hal Kennedy, who has been teaching
a fifth grade class in Graves, England (just outside of London) for the past
year. Hal, Laura and sister, Clare, recently returned from a visit and report
that Lindsay will probably stay for another year because she loves it so much.
Congratulations to the newest members of the Christ Church family
who were baptized during the Easter Vigil service. Arielle Sunilda
Chapman, Harris Oliver Krsul-Sullivan,
Evelyn Gurzeh Zazay and Benorie Garthe Zayzay.
Hope you had a chance to catch the wonderful exhibit, “Pretty Tables, Perfect
Settings”, which was recently on display at the Staten Island Institute
of Arts and Sciences and featured the creative talents of many local residents,
including those of our own Nick Lettiere. .
Many of you may be aware of the “Girls Night Out” program, which
takes place on Friday evenings at Christ Church. This program was created by
Diana Yates and provides a wonderful opportunity for the young ladies of our
parish, and surrounding neighborhood, to meet for an evening of fellowship and
a variety of crafts and other activities. Attendance at these meetings has been
increasing-however, so has the need for more adult advisors. At the present time,
Diana is coordinating these programs on her own, and has asked us to put out
a call for help. The work is challenging but very fulfilling. Please speak with
Diana, or Fr. Michael, if you’d like to be a part of this very worthwhile
Father John Walsted, our Rector Emeritus, has been extremely
busy.. In addition to creating his exquisite icons for churches
across the United States and in
Europe, he is also a published author (so to speak). Several of Father John’s
icons have been featured in a wonderful new art publication entitled “A
Treasury of Anglican Art,” which can be found at Rizzoli’s book store
in Manhattan. Be sure to check out Father John’s website, walstedicons.com,
which offers a pictorial display of his many wonderful works of art, and showcases
the talents of his students, including our own Ann Sohm.
It’s not too early to mark your calendars for The Holly Ball, which will
be held at Christ Church on Saturday, December 15. Chairpersons Beth McLean and
Trevor Mills are hard at work and have assured us that this year’s event
will be better than ever!.
Best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery go out to Martha
Bendix. She continues to recuperate slowly from her recent surgery
and has been transferred to a rehab
facility in Albuquerque. Martha would love to hear from you, so please send
your cards and letter to her in care of Kindred Hospital, 700 High
Street, Room 118B,
Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Congratulations to Ron Mazzucco, our Ombudsman, Parish Counsel
and Vestry member, who has been selected as one of the recipients
of the United Hospital Fund’s
2003 Distinguished Trustee Award for his outstanding service to Staten Island
University Hospital. Ron will be honored at a dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria on
May 16. Congratulations also go out to Shirley Elfers and Joy Woodall who were
inducted into the Society of the Magi last month. This honor is bestowed by the
Diocese of New York on those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions
and left legacies to the church.
Wendy R. DeShong-Neuhalfen, founder and director of New Directions,
was a very welcome guest at a recent Sunday coffee hour. Christ
Church periodically provides
food and produce to this organization’s Food Pantry through our Sunday
food collections. Because New Directions distributes more than 8000 pounds of
fresh produce every month, Wendy is hoping to persuade Christ Church gardeners
to participate in their “plant a row for the hungry” project.
Pamela Miller has been at it again! Traveling, that is. She and
daughter Paige went to southern Ireland for the second time in
five months. Paige had it all
mapped out before we they got on the plane, non-stop from JFK to Shannon. They
slept in a cottage on the Aran Islands, a farm and an ancient castle. They
enjoyed Irish pubs, beautiful ferry rides and even saw an old friend.
They spent many
hours visiting ancient castles and got tans while sunbathing on a long, sandy
beach. Daughter Wendy researched the itinerary for them, as she’s a travel
agent in New Jersey.
“I’m so glad we had this time together...” - that’s how
comedienne Carol Burnett used to close her show every week, and this is how we
are ending our column this month. Sadly we must report that two of our Christ
Church families will be relocating to new homes in other states. The Wynter family
- Mark, Carlyne, Andrew and Andrienne - will be moving to the warmer climate
of Florida this June and Ann Krsul, Leslie Sullivan and their children, Gracie
and Harry, are Michigan-bound later this year. We shall miss you, but always
remember that you’ll always be a part of the Christ Church family - no
matter where your home may be.
Members of the
Vestry of Christ Church New Brighton met on Monday, April 14, for
their regular monthly meeting. Here are some highlights of important
issues that were discussed and decisions that were made at that
Our Financial Secretary has indicated that although our current
pledge figures look good, there is a fairly large amount reflecting
pledges that are “in
We are still in the process of filling the vacancies in the Treasurer
and Assistant Treasurer positions. Several individuals have expressed
an interest in taking
on these important jobs and Richard Sigman will be speaking with them within
the next month or so in order to coordinate a smooth transition. .
There was some discussion regarding our current investment strategy,
in light of the R.J. Reynolds bond issue, which was discussed at
the annual meeting. We
have asked the Investment Committee to reexamine our current investment policies
and present us with some guidelines for future investments.
The Vestry will be meeting this month to discuss Long Range Planning
issues and to develop a plan for the future of Christ Church.
Father Michael reported that Mother Rhoda Treherne and Mother
Barbara Crafton will be officiating at Christ Church on Sunday
mornings while he is away on sabbatical.
Final details regarding their schedules are still being determined.
Jim Angone has nearly completed work on a new storage facility
in the basement of the Parish Hall, located next to the choir room.
The next scheduled Vestry meeting is Monday, May 12. In the interim,
approved minutes from the March 10 meeting have been posted on
the Parish House bulletin
board for those wishing to review them.
Women of Christ Church
The second Thursday
of April was not a pretty spring day, but at least the unseasonable
snow of the earlier part of the week was gone and some of our usual
group made it to the Women of Christ Church meeting. Adding to
the number and making our hearts glad came a new member, Alleida
Mitchell. She has been worshiping with the 8 o’clock people
so we are just beginning to get acquainted with her.
As is our custom, the business meeting followed the Eucharist,
which was celebrated by Father Michael. As we gathered in the Vestry
Room, our devotional chairman,
Dorothy Rivera, put us in the right mood with a poem about Grace. The main
item of discussion was the Spring Meeting of the Episcopal Church
Women of Staten
Island, which is to be here on April 26. By the time you read this in the Tower
Chimes, our planning will have come to fruition and the women of the other
churches will have enjoyed the Communion Service, the luncheon
and the words with which
Terry Troia will have inspired us.
Our faithful member, Sue Boody, who is recovering nicely but
the nippy weather, sent a large box containing table decorations and desserts
to add to the sandwiches (or fruit or yogurt!), which we had brought. Helen Martin
and Connie Ricciardi prepared the tables with the cakes and cookies and candy-and
the flowers-which Sue had so generously provided.
Next meeting will be the last of the season on May 8. So mark
your calendars now and be with us on what will surely be a good
Remembering Enid Mitchell
On Easter Sunday,
new altar linens were presented to the Epiphany Homosassa Episcopal
Fellowship in Florida. The altar linens from Almy (consisting of
corporal, purificator, lavabo towel and pall, all suitably embroidered)
are a gift from my wife Laraine and me. I decided it would be a
fitting gesture to have the set of linens blessed and dedicated
in memory of Enid Mitchell. In due course, there will be displayed
on the bulletin board in the parish hall, a copy of the Fellowship’s
service bulletin for Easter Sunday announcing the blessing and
dedication-and probably a photograph also.
As you may remember from an article about the Fellowship that
appeared in a previous edition of the Tower Chimes, the Fellowship
serves the needs of folks
who live in the Sugarmill Woods and adjoining areas of Citrus County in Florida — whose
nearest Episcopal church is some 13 miles away. Currently, the Fellowship,
under the leadership of the Rev. Robert James, a retired priest
from Long Island, meets
in a community hall owned by the local fire department. The Fellowship is looking
to build a modest accommodation of its own — and to that end has established
a building fund.
If any of you would like to contribute to that fund, or to the
Fellowship in general, I know that your contribution would be most
welcomed. In fact, Christ
Church has already helped the Fellowship’s ministry in a tangible way by
sending monetary donations and by providing some prayer books and hymnals — as
have a number of other churches around the country. The Fellowship’s address
is 5 Fig Court East, Homosassa, FL 34446.
Love on the Kill
A few years ago,
we went for a walk on the Conference House beach with Katie, a
second-grader we were babysitting for the weekend. (A very long
weekend.) However, she proved herself to be a sensitive and caring
girl on this outing.
The first thing we found on the walk was a dead seagull drying
out on the sand. Katie, with a big “Oh! The poor bird! Oh, poor bird!” made
us stop to bury it. She made a little cross for it and propped
it on top.
The beach at the Conference House takes a 30° bend as you walk towards the
Atlantic. As we turned that bend, we discovered that the entire edge near the
water was covered with horseshoe crabs. Live horseshoe crabs, mind you, in heaps.
As we walked along on the beach, Victor and I realized there was a pattern to
the heaps—on the bottom was a crab the size of a large dinner plate or
charger, and on top around its edges were smaller crabs, dessert-plate size. “Ah!” Victor
exclaimed, “mating! The big ones are the females and the small ones are
They didn’t seem to be doing much of anything, really—they barely
moved—but perhaps the scene would be different later that night. Or perhaps
this was as good as it got.
Our job, and Katie’s, became turning over crabs who’d gotten flipped
on their backs, probably by the waves. We each found a driftwood stick and walked
along, heads down, until we found one, its many little legs waving feebly in
midair, and levered it over. It would then heave itself back towards the water.
Because we had our heads down, we didn’t notice the other little girls
down the beach until we were within a few yards of them. “Hey!” Victor
shouted, “Stop that!”
The three girls, a little bigger than Katie, were dancing around,
banging hard on the crabs with sticks and yelling.
“Stop that!” Victor shouted again, and finally they looked up.
“What are you doing?” I asked as we came running up to them.
One of the girls, a plump, 4-foot blonde, said, “They’re fighting
with one another! We’re trying to make them stop!” and gave a crab
“No, no!” I said. “No, they’re mating. Those are the
males. Don’t hurt them!”
“Oh,” she said. “Oh.”
“Here,” I said, “do what we’re doing—we turn over
the ones that have flipped on their backs.” I added, pedagogically, “Horseshoe
crabs are very ancient animals. They go all the way back to the dinosaurs. We
need to protect them here.”
“Do you live near here?” Victor asked.
“Yes,” they all said, and the blonde one said, “My grandfather
collects clams and oysters on the beach.”
“Not very many, I hope,” I said, “because of the pollution.” She
shrugged and we said our goodbyes. They did stop banging on the horseshoe crabs,
though, at least until we were out of sight. (Katie stayed aloof during the whole
thing—either the girls were too close to her own age and she didn’t
want to pretend to make friends or she was afraid we’d embarrass her.)
When Victor and I talked about that encounter recently, he said, “I’m
still shocked by that: Little boys trying to smash crabs I could understand—little
boys try to smash everything—but little girls?”
“Little girls and little boys are the same,” I said. “The only
difference is that little girls are better at coming up with excuses.”
Youth Activities at
The Christ Church
Youth program is up and running at full speed. Our Director, Lou
Ranieri, has been working on a variety of activities designed to
appeal to a variety of ages and tastes. Here’s a brief recap
of what’s been happening lately.
Pat DiMarco, our Arts and Crafts Director, has been meeting with
the young people every Monday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:15 p.m.
She also takes time during these
sessions to tutor any of the children who might need help that day. Wednesday
afternoons are also fairly busy, thanks to a special program conducted by The
Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences. The average attendance varies
from 8 to 12 young people each week.
Members of the Youth Group will be participating in this year’s Spring
Fair. They will be having a car wash in addition to sponsoring a variety of children’s
activities – games, face painting, etc. Lou is also making arrangements
to have a fire truck present so the kids can get a first-hand look at it.
We have some exciting news from upstate New York. We have received
a letter from Brodie Mack, Youth Minister of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Newburgh.
His youth group will be traveling to Staten Island to search for the Holy Grail.
He will be mailing us an item that will be “hidden” and later discovered
during their search. Our Youth Group will be hosting them for the day with a
barbecue, and invitations will be extended to the other Staten Island Episcopal
youth groups as well.
Plans are underway for a very active summer here at Christ Church,
which includes a two-week metro soccer program, a two-week basketball
clinic, and an arts and
crafts clinic - one week in July and another in August. And last, but surely
not least, there may be another “Meet the Met” program this summer.
Society of the Maji
On April 2 I was
privileged to attend a very prestigious event at the Cathedral
of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, where the Episcopal Diocese
of New York was honoring Christ Church’s own Shirley Elfers
and Joy Woodall as they were inducted into the Society of the Magi.
This honor was bestowed upon these two ladies for their benevolence
and generosity to the Episcopal Church throughout the many years
that they have attended Christ
Church. Their induction into the Society was part of an Evensong service, which
was officiated by our Suffragan Bishop, Catherine S. Roskam. A choir provided
the wonderful music, and The Rev. Barbara Crafton gave a very moving homily.
This was the fourth such ceremony to be conducted by the Diocese
of New York. Two other members of Christ Church have been recipients
of this most prestigious
award: Rick Boody and the late Elaine Lynch.
Christ Church Serves
Christ Church has
been unusually active during the last few months and more great
activity is yet to come. We’d like you to know what’s
Every week we proclaim that we serve Christ in every person,
and although we carry out that mission only partially, we do try
to help people who are in need,
through a variety of programs. But those programs cost money and some of the
activities described here have been created to raise money in an entertaining
THE GREAT NEED
There’s no need to tell you that people are always after
your money. With every mailing someone wants some of it. Serendipity
exists to raise money for our church and especially for several
of its programs. Let’s tell you more about ways in which
we are trying to raise money.
OUR FOOD PROGRAMS
Why is it part of our mission to help clothe and feed the hungry,
minister to the homeless, or those in prison or in hospitals? Not
because we’re a bunch of bleeding heart liberals or goody
goodies but because of what Jesus says to us in Matthew 25 35-36.Lord,
when saw we thee as hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave
thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked,
and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison and came
unto thee? Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto
one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me
When you pray, you always have the option of telling Jesus you
think he was wrong, but whatever your views about social programs
for impoverished people,
your Church has been carrying out one of its missions through the Second
Saturday Lunch Program in which fifty or more parishioners and
people who are not in
our congregation, prepare lunch for around sixty hungry people who come in
to Trinity Lutheran off neighborhood streets. Our continuing weekly food
collection goes to New Direction’s food pantry on Post Avenue. We also participate
in the seasonal distribution of hams and turkeys, (30 at Thanksgiving and Christmas
time and a smaller number at Easter time). We participate in the distribution
of food packages provided by the Episcopal Food Ministry. Another aspect of
the Feeding Program is our participation in the Meals on Wheels Programs. Not
many people know that Nick Lettiere’s job is to cook all of the food
for the Meals on Wheels organization in Port Richmond, but Victor Stanwick
and John Watson voluntarily distribute the food to elderly shut-ins who live
in the Dongan Hills area, while other drivers take care of the rest of Staten
Our financial support of a number of Staten Island food programs
like New Directions and the Department of the Aging’s food pantry on Jewett Avenue continues
as long as meager funds hold out.
Christ church distributed $600 in food certificates at Thanksgiving
and Christmas and $300 at Easter. These gifts are often provided
by the Women of Christ Church
On three occasions already this year, Colin Reed has accompanied
Wendy de Shong Neuhalfen, Director of New Directions, to spend
a minimum of $500 on each of
the last three months, on produce for the food pantry of New Directions on
Post Avenue. Wendy’s husband Les regularly collects the food contributed
each week at our Sunday morning services. The food pantry at the Richmond Senior
Services Center on Jewett Avenue has also benefited from gifts of dairy products
and other foods, paid for with Christ church funds. Two parishioners, John
Watson and Margaret Harris regularly work for the food pantry on Jewett Avenue
for several days each week.
OUR PRISON MINISTRY
Every week Michael Allen joins other Staten Island clergy in
teaching courses at the Arthur Kill Detention Center. Most recently
Michael has taught Ethics,
and a course in Old Testament History. Parishioners have helped tremendously
be responding to the appeal for office and teaching supplies. The need continues.
SALE OF BRITISH GROCERIES AND BAKED GOODS.
Elsewhere we’ve described the British Take-Away on 8 June and the sale
of British Groceries will be part of our effort to raise money for the camp
and college fund initiated by Gytha Bellaby after last year’s spring
fair, to help some of our young people. If you shop at Key Food on Forest Avenue,
please go to the southern end of aisle seven that is stocked with British groceries.
Elsewhere in the store there are plenty of Carr’s crackers, which are
also made in the British Isles.
COAT AND SWEATER DRIVE
Once a year, beginning each September members of the Parish take
part in a drive for warm sweaters and coats for the needy people
of the community, particularly
MINISTERING TO THE SICK AND SHUT-INS
One of the finest things about Michael Allen is his almost immediate
response when he hears that a parishioner has been taken to the
he is there before a person gets out of the emergency room to which all incoming
patients must go. Those who are confined to the hospital may usually expect
a visit from Michael every day and he is ready to give communion, pray with
the patient and anoint them with oil. More than that, he gives constant and
cheerful and encouraging support.
Shut-Ins may expect a visit at least once every two months and
Michael visits between ten and twelve each month.
Little known in our parish is the work Pamela Miller does, in
the Pax Christi Hospice Program, which has its head quarters at
Forest and Bard Avenues. The
program fills the needs of people who are terminally ill and for whom passing
away is imminent.
Pam has taken part in this program for at least five years having
undergone an intensive course of training in bed washing, how to
turn people, reading
to them, providing companionship and a sympathetic ear, and how to take care
of their toilet needs.
Pam spends about four hours a week with the patient assigned
to her. If the patient wants a member of the clergy and doesn’t
have his own, Pam will find one for him. Deacon Novella will work
with Pam and the dying patient.
When the patient does die, Pam though it is not an obligatory duty, Pam will
attend the funeral and talk with members of the family who are profusely
grateful, gracious and happy that someone cared enough to minister
to their dead relative
while they had to work and tend to other family needs and could only visit
Christ Church Spring
Saturday, June 14th
Why do we need
church fairs and a variety of other activities? The answer is very
simple and that is to raise the funds with which to support all
of the programs of Christ Church, particularly those mentioned
in this article. Church fairs are extremely important in the life
of the parish. The alternative would be to divide the amount we
hope to raise at a fair—say $6,000—and divide that
by the number of parishioners we have and simply ask them to pay
their share. This may work in other churches but it doesn’t
work at Christ Church.
This is one of our major fund-raising activities during the year
and we need the help of every parishioner. Look through your fabulous
collection of jewels
and see if there’s anything that’s out of date or now unfashionable
in your collection—one woman’s meat is another woman’s poison,
though we hope that conclusion will not be in effect when it comes to the table
for baked goods or other homemade food organized by Margaret Harris. Look through
your collection of CDs, tapes and videos and give us what you don’t need.
We need crafts, plants, liquor and wine, new gifts, and used toys in really good
Perhaps more than anything else we need new ideas. Serendipity
will be serving ice cream and homemade lemonade and that’s a new idea. (Please pray for
a hot day on 14 June). We had hoped to offer elephant rides but the animal has
run away to join a circus in another state.
If you’re fed up with the sameness
of our church fair, come up with some practical ideas to help make our fair more
interesting or exciting. If you can’t give goods, maybe you can offer a
service as a raffle prize. Perhaps a dinner for 6, a tart or cake of the month
prize, or for ten months a gallon of ice cream delivered to your home each month;
soup and sandwich for two or three people once a month for ten months, or pizza
deliveries, or theater, concert or opera tickets. If you’re a photographer
would you set up a portrait stand?
How about a wonderful evening picnic basket,
with or without a great wine, or a picnic for some other time convenient
to donor and winner. Will you style and cut someone’s hair, or give them a makeover.
Would you cook a meal and bring it to someone’s home or prepare a meal
of their choice or yours in their kitchen? (I did that once for a cultural organization
and the winning bid was over $600.) Take them on a short trip to a museum or
other cultural center, or for a fish and chip dinner at the Argyl restaurant
in Kearney New Jersey (I’d buy at least ten tickets for that). All these
and hopefully more, for raffle prizes at the fair?
I think I’m going to
offer a raffle prize of a chocolate surprise—a chocolate cheese cake, a
box of chocolates, some chocolate liqueur and a variety of chocolate bars on
the side, delivered to your home at a mutually convenient time or available when
prizes are drawn at the fair. Plant something for us. How about several hours
of babysitting? We could make the raffle a stunning event with lots of new ideas.
It might also get us a different kind of publicity.
The British Takeaway
Sunday, June 8th
As the weeks have
gone by, the plans for this event have changed as we have received
suggestions and new ideas. Gytha Bellaby recently started a fund
to assist young people in our church as they make plans for camp
or college, not just for this year but on into the future. Yes,
we want your money but we’re prepared to give you lots of
enjoyment in return.0ur first major fund-raiser will be at the
Staten Island wide Harmony Fair at Snug Harbor on Sunday, 8 June
2003, from 12 noon until 6 p.m..
We have been given permission to use the John Noble Maritime
Collection at Snug Harbor if we cover their costs of keeping the
building open for us. Many hundreds
of people from all parts of our earth enjoy the Harmony Fair organized by former
Borough President, Ralph Lamberti. We plan that for the first time, the British
will play as great a role as do other ethnic groups, though most of the people
at the Harmony Fair will use the common language of English to communicate
with each other.
We hope that the British Take-Away will be a unique event. Right
now we are organizing a Ploughman’s Lunch and a proper afternoon tearoom. If we can do it there
will be a sale of British treats like sausage rolls, Cornish pasties, a cake
made from a recipe of the Queen Mother who died recently aged over 100 years
and who specified that the cake was only to be used for charitable purposes.
Part of the fare at teatime will be a cake made to commemorate
the death of the first Queen Elizabeth in 1603, which is being
baked by Father John Walsted. Trifle
made by a British lady will also be available. We’ll be selling British
groceries including cans of Heinz Spotted Dick, Sir Winston Churchill’s
Wine as well as Shakespeare’s Insults Wine and Awful English Wine. Queen
Mary Tea and tea created in honor of William Shakespeare will also be on sale.
Available at the same time will be homemade pickled onions, marmalade; prepared
by a British parishioner and mango and other chutneys prepared from British recipes
by British people.
In separate rooms there will be showings of the 1946 classic
movie Great Expectations starring Anthony Wager, and John Mills
as Pip, a boyish Alec Guinness, Valerie
Hobson, Finlay Currie, Francis Sullivan and a classic performance of Miss Haversham
by Martita Hunt. Elsewhere in the building David Holt or Nick Dowen will be
screening three episodes of Fawlty Towers. Outside we are hoping
to sell children’s
books. If you’d enjoy a British Ale, a gin and tonic, a whisky soda or
some rare English vodka, a British Sherry or a drink made with British Rum, the
British Take-Away will offer it if at the paying bar.
We hope there will something for every parishioner to enjoy and
Children's Book Sale
As part of the
British Take-Away, we are planning a sale of children’s books
written in English. Though our appeal was launched several weeks
ago, the response has been slow. There is still time. Please hunt
through your shelves or your children’s shelves for books
they no longer need (up to age 15). Complete encyclopedias will
be very welcome. Bring them to the back of our church on any Sunday
or call or Gytha Bellaby at 442-8075 or Colin Reed at 981-3495
they will arrange for a pick up.
1—Lindsay Kennedy; 3—Melissa Ann Angone; Grace Krsul
Sullivan;4—Jessica Szczepanik; 6—Kla Thompson; 11—Shirley
Elfers; 14—Tara Mazzucco; 16—Connie Black; 17—Nancy
Beveridge; 18—David Holt, Robert Holt; 23—Helen Martin,
28—Patrick McAndrew; 30—Jay Szczepanik.
6—Hueldine and Lester Blair.
If your special day is not in our records, call the Parish Office
at 1-718-727-6100 so it can be added.
Parish Register for April
Baptisms: Arielle Sunilda Chapman,
Harris Oliver Krsul-Sullivan,
Evelyn Gurzeh Zayzay,
Benorie Garthe Zayzay
Transfer Out: David Pitou.
Hey! Where's the Title?!?
Have you checked
the bulletin board lately? There is a brochure attached to it for
the Incarnation Center Summer Camp 2003. What is this camp?
is the Episcopal church's answer to what to do for our kids this
summer! And why am I telling you about this? As a teenager (and
pre-teen), I was lucky enough to go to an Episcopal Youth camp.
It was more than just a camp. It was an experience that will never
be forgotten. Yes, I learned more about my religion, but I also
made met others from the same religious affiliation. These friends
were from all over Connecticut, and we all looked forward to returning
year after year.
Did we have religious instruction? Yes, but somehow
at this camp, it was part of the camp experience. We also had other
camp activities going on - swimming, arts & crafts, sports,
campfires, talent & social evenings. And we learned to take
care of ourselves as far as! keeping our cabins clean. The food
was fantastic. Mr. LaPlaca (I remembered his name) was a great
cook and I wouldn't be surprised if he was in some way related
to Nick Lettiere. He loved to cook and he actually looked like
Nick! That camp was where I learned that peanut butter and American
cheese make a great sandwich!
But I learned more than that...much
more. I learned lessons that remain with me to this day. My faith
was reinforced. From a shy, introverted child, I learned to interact
with others. There are two outstanding memories from camp that
I carry with me to this day. The first, every evening, just before
sunset, we would gather in the chapel for evening prayer and at
the end of that service, as dusk fell, we would sing "Turn
Your Eyes Upon Jesus". It was an experience that can still
tug at my heart. The other experience was our Campfire Nights.
We sat around the campfire and sang and told (or heard) scary stories.
Were those stories really that scary? Maybe not, because after
each one, we usually wound up rolling on the grass in laughter.
Why do I share all this? Because Camp Washington (where I went)
helped to give me precious memories and lessons that have stayed
with me all my life. It has helped to make me the person I am
today. And so I would encourage you to check out the brochure on
board. But reservations must be in quickly - Incarnation Camp
fills up quickly with kids who have been before! This may be one
greatest gifts you can give to a child. It may be the one thing
in your child's life that will keep them on the right road in
life. If you have any questions, please call or see me or Father