Is it really June
already? It’s hard to believe that five months have passed
us by so quickly and that we’re gearing up for our respective
summer vacations. In fact, this will be our last column - and our
last Tower Chimes issue - until September! Yes, folks, even the Tower
Chimes gets to take a summer break!
In any case, there’s much to report before we take our
leave. Here we go!
As many of you may be aware, Fr. Michael has been conducting
Inquirer’s Classes on Sunday mornings to prepare the participants
to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. Since there
are no visitations scheduled this year for our Bishops, services
will take place on Saturday, June 5 at the Cathedral
of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. At that time, the following
individuals will become members of the Episcopal Church: Mandie
Jarvis, David Nygard and Lisa Rhoades, Ed and Laura Craig, Elizabeth
Gattullo and Brenda Baskerville.
On Sunday, May 30 th (Pentecost) the following
individuals will be baptized here at Christ Church during the 10:30
a.m. service. Selena Noelle Velez, Mandie Jarvis, Bonnie
Linnea Nygard, Christian Patrick Jarvis, Barkel T. Foster and Lawrence
T. Foster. (Pentecost Sunday is one of the days in
the church year that is traditional for baptisms.) A heartfelt
welcome to all of you - the newest members of the Christ Church
And speaking of the Cathedral, there’s one more piece of
good news to share - Robin Beveridge,
the lovely daughter-in-law of Bill and Nancy Beveridge,
is now a candidate for Holy Orders and will be ordained to the
Deaconate on Saturday, May 14, 2005 at the Cathedral.
Congratulations, Robin! Not only have you endured an intensive
course of study, but you have also overcome many health problems
to attain your goal. We are very proud of you!
This is also the time for graduations, and there are a few that
we’d like to mention. Congratulations to Charles
McLean, III (son of Beth and Chip McLean) who graduates
from SUNY Oneonta this year. Charlie is on the Dean’s List
and will be receiving a BA in English; to Michael Devlin
(son of Anne Devlin) upon receiving his degree from
New York University in Manhattan; and to David Reiersen
(son of Linda and
Hal Reiersen) who will be receiving his BT (Bachelor
of Technology) in Entertainment Technology from the NYC College
of Technology. By the way, if there are any other graduates in
the parish who have not been recognized please let us know, and
we’ll be sure to include them in the September issue of the Tower
Chimes.) We’ve got more good news to share about our
graduates and their families. Jessica Szczepanik,
daughter of Christine and John Szczepanik,
who graduated on May 21 from Wagner College. Jessica majored in
business and hopes to pursue a career in Marketing or Sales.
Claire Kennedy, the youngest of the
four lovely Kennedy sisters, (daughters of Laura and
Hal Kennedy), will graduate from Curtis High School
this month and is excited about starting college at Loyola University
in Chicago. She tells us that it’s one of her favorite cities,
and many members of the Kennedy clan live in that “windy
city.” Her three older sisters have also been quite busy
as well: sister Lindsay continues to
live abroad in London, where she is having a thoroughly enjoyable
time teaching elementary school; sister Elizabeth just
completed her second year of law school at Berkeley University
in California; and sister Julia, has
moved back to Staten Island from Massachusetts, and turns twenty-one
this year! Congratulations to all of you!
The next time you see David Holt don’t
forget to ask him about the miniature “Union Jack” that
graces his car antenna. He’ll be more than happy to share
the details of his recent trip to England, where he celebrated “the
big six-o” with his twin brother, Bob,
in fine style. Friends and family helped these two fine gentlemen
celebrate their big day in style!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Nick
Lettiere, Anne Devlin and Ann Louderback. Our
prayers are with you.
Our world traveler, Pam Miller, is at again!
This time she’s off on a cruise to Alaska, with daughter Paige by
her side. This is truly the stuff that future Tower Chimes articles
are made of!
And speaking of world travelers, have you happened to notice
the camper parked in the back parking lot of the church? It belongs
to Colin and Esther Reed’s nephew, Jon, and his
wife, Linda. After spending
several months in Norway and other Scandinavian countries, Jon
and Linda arrived recently on the Queen Mary 2. After collecting
their mobile home from a dock in Newark, where it had been delivered
earlier by freighter, they took up residence in the Christ Church
parking lot. After a brief visit with Colin and Esther’s
daughters - Alyson in Washington, and Annie
Reed in Boston, they will return to Staten Island.
There are no definite plans after that, but they do intend to “criss-cross” the
United States before heading up to Canada and Alaska. For part
of their explorations, Jon’s son, Charlie, hopes to join
them. They will be in the United States for several months and
we hope to be seeing more of them before they return home to England.
A few “housekeeping” issues before we close for the
summer. Don’t forget that the summer service schedule begins
on Sunday, June 20 with Morning Prayer at 7:30
a.m., the said Eucharist at 8 a.m. in the chapel, and the combined
service at 9:30 a.m. in the church. The regular schedule of services
will resume on Sunday, September 19. And don’t
forget to be with us on Sunday, August 8 when
the members of Serendipity host their traditional “Ice
Cream Social” after the 9:30 a.m. service in the
oval (weather permitting.)
Have a wonderful, restful and safe summer. See you all in September!