April showers bring May flowers
  May 2003

 

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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 don’t eat. 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. paragraph ending graphic

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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 activity.

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. paragraph ending graphic

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Vestry Notes

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 time:

Our Financial Secretary has indicated that although our current pledge figures look good, there is a fairly large amount reflecting pledges that are “in arrears.”

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. paragraph ending graphic

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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 couldn’t brave 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 gathering. paragraph ending graphic

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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. paragraph ending graphic

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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 her mates.”

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 another whack.

“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.” paragraph ending graphic

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Youth Activities at Christ Church

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. paragraph ending graphic

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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. paragraph ending graphic

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Christ Church Serves Many Needs

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 going on.

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 way.

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 Island.

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 and Serendipity.

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 children.

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 hospital. Sometimes 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
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Christ Church Spring Fair
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 condition.

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. paragraph ending graphic

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The British Takeaway Sunday, June 8th

Union JackAs 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.

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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. paragraph ending graphic

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Parish Registry

May Birthdays
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.

May Anniversaries
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

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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?

It 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 the bulletin board. But reservations must be in quickly - Incarnation Camp fills up quickly with kids who have been before! This may be one of the 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 Michael. paragraph ending graphic

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