Happy 2004! Here
we are, surrounded by frozen tundra of ice and snow with sub-zero
temperatures and blustery winds. If we all get together and pray
for warmer weather perhaps it will get here a bit sooner than the
weatherman is predicting.
Some of us have managed to find an alternate route to warmer climates - John
Watson, for instance. He'll be taking off on
February 16 for a six-week tour of Buenos Aires, Miami, around
Cape Horn (the long way) and up the West Coast. This time he'll
be traveling through the Panama Canal from the Pacific to the
Atlantic - all on the Norwegian Crown. And when he's
not actually shipboard, John now has a birds eye view of the
harbor from his new apartment on Richmond Terrace. Jealous,
Glenda Mitchell and Gail Bernardez also
found a way to beat the winter doldrums by taking a trip together
to South Africa. I promise to have all the details in next month's "Around
the Parish" column.
Since the December edition of The Tower Chimes was published
well in advance of the Christmas holiday there was really no opportunity
to say "thank you" to so many people for their hard work in December
and since there's no time like the present, here goes! After months
of planning, our December 6 St. Nick's Fair went into the "deep
freeze" and had to be canceled because of a wicked snowfall. Not
one to be left out in the cold, chairperson Nick Lettiere, along with Janet Schneider and Margaret
Harris sold Christmas wreaths, baked goods and NFL
clothing items during the Sunday morning coffee hours. Although
we didn't bring in quite as much as usual, Nick and his "elves" did
manage to salvage a good deal of the Christmas spirit!
Thanks to the hard work of our Sunday School staff - Sheila
Hewitt, Christine Szczepanik, Connie Black and Melodi Coleman -
and of course, our students, this year's Advent Play was especially
The 2003 Holly Ball was one of the best we've seen in years thanks
to the efforts of chairpersons Beth McLean and Trevor
Mills and the other members of the committee. The
beautiful Rose Window invitation was the brain child of the creative
team of Susan Fowler and Victor
Stanwick ; and thanks
to the many innovative and creative decorating ideas of Pat
DiMarco, the Guild Room, Vestry Room and auditorium
were reminiscent of a Victorian Christmas card. And special thanks
to everyone who came out that evening to show their support to
make this event so much fun and such a success!
The church was resplendent on Christmas Eve thanks to the hard
work of so many people: David and Dan Wood for
the exquisite floral decorations; Shirley Elfers and
the members of the Altar Guild, and Tom Sarff and
the members of the choir. Special thanks to Jim Angone and
his assistant, Aaron Heighton, for installing
the new lighting that illuminated and enhanced our sacred space.
Congratulations to Father Michael as
he takes on the important role of president of the Staten Island
Council of Churches. The "official" passing of the baton from the
outgoing president, The Reverend Lee McCallum, took place on Wednesday, February 4. And kudos to Valerie
Quinlan and Joyce Chung, whose collaborative efforts
in a January recital at the Donnell Library brought the house down!
Joyce is the mother of Thomas Liu, the
talented young gentleman who is the accompanist for the Sunday
morning Family Services.
Martha Keucher has really had a busy
couple of months. This past Thanksgiving she had the opportunity
to attend the Macy's parade in Manhattan. What made it even more
special was the pride she felt when her grandson, Mike, and members of the Bloomington ( Indiana ) North High School Band
marched by her in full regalia. Two weeks later, Martha and the
members of her knitting club, who work out of the Noble Museum
at Snug Harbor, were featured in a special article in the Sunday
edition of The New York Times.
"Get well soon" wishes go out to Mae Seeley and Jay
Spadaro ; and our thoughts and prayers are with Channing
Lefebvre, the son of Judy and the
late Rev. Fred Lefebvre, as
he takes on the mantle of responsibility in his current military
assignment in Iraq.
Our thoughts are with Ginny Peel in
the wake of a rather unfortunate mishap that occurred last month.
Her car caught fire in the garage and burned up completely, as
did her entire garage, subsequently causing smoke damage in her
apartment. Thankfully, Ginny is O.K. and slowly but surely working
to get things back in shape.
In November we lost one of oldest members with the passing of Edith
Armstrong at the remarkable age of 96. Edith
was housebound and never had the opportunity to attend services
at Christ Church, but she was a faithful patron of Christ
Church and a lovely lady. Many of you may remember her husband, Leonard, who was a leader in our parish and was deeply involved with
the work of the Buildings and Grounds committee; in fact, a
memorial plaque stands by the entrance to the church in his
honor. And this month we lost another friend of Christ Church, Jean Pratt, who faithfully attended
the Wednesday evening programs and other special events with
her good friend, Margaret Harris. Jean shared generously of her time and talents while she was
with us, and often volunteered to work at our fundraisers and
fairs. Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing her will
miss her quiet and lovely presence.
We've got some wonderful fund raising events scheduled for February
and March - please join us on Tuesday, February 24 (Shrove
Tuesday) for the Pancake Supper, and on Friday, March 19 for the Serendipity
Pasta Supper. And don't forget to mark your calendars
for Diversity Sunday on February
That's it for now. If you've got some news to share please let us
know so we can share it with our readers.