We give thanks for Thy bountiful harvest.
  November 2004

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bullet character Wardens' Message bullet character Serendipity
bullet character Around the Parish bullet character Serenade
bullet character Women of Christ Church bullet character Sunday School News
bullet character Vestry Notes bullet character Project Hospitality Needs Your Help
bullet character Rector Search Committee Forming bullet character Happy Holly Days
bullet character Ho Ho Ho! bullet character Volunteers Needed
bullet character Henry E. Schnakenburg bullet character Completing the Circle of Life with Love
bullet character A Fish Story bullet character Parish Registry

Wardens' Message

Our search to find an Interim Pastor for Christ Church continues. The Vestry had a favorable meeting with a propesctive candidate last month; however, he made the decision to accept an offer that he had received prior to meeting with us. We have been working closely with The Rev. Canon Thomas Orso, Deployment Officer at the Diocese, to secure the names and resumes of potential candidates to fill this position as quickly as possible, and will be conducting more interviews within the next few weeks..

In the meantime, Sunday services and the monthly Thursday Healing Service and Eucharist will continue to be celebrated by our supply priests until our Interim Pastor is in place.

However, it’s “business as usual” at Christ Church . Our weekday programs, committee meetings and Vestry meetings continue at their regularly scheduled times during the month. Our Stewardship Drive is underway and we will soon be hosting our two major fund raisers - the St. Nick’s Fair in November and the Holly Ball in December.

Thanks to all of you for your continued dedication and hard work during this very important transition period in the life of our parish. paragraph ending graphic
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Around the Parish

It’s already November and believe it or not, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! And while we’re on the topic, just a quick reminder to pick up a little extra for the Christ Church Food Pantry when you’re shopping for your holiday turkey and the trimmings.

“Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble” - our “cardmeister,” Colin Reed, was at it again this Halloween. His creative collection of Halloween cards featured some rather interesting photos of the “Witches of New Brighton”- namely Christ Church parishioners Judy Davis, Marlene Elia, Martha Keucher, Margaret Harris, Martha Keucher and Linda Reiersen - eating their lunch in the Church oval and dressed in their “witchly attire.” Even though Halloween has come and gone, it’s worth your while to buy these cards just to have the photos of these six lovely ladies!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Gytha Bellaby, who went into surgery on November 2 at Staten Island University Hospital. Gytha, you are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope you’ll be up and around and dancing up a storm at the Holly Ball in December

As many of you know, Andrew Schneider, son of Janet and Paul Schneider, is on a teaching assignment in China and having a ball. Andrew keeps in touch with his mom on a regular basis thanks to the wonders of e-mail, and has had quite an education himself in terms of the people and customs. In fact, there’s a wonderful website that he has set up featuring “ Andrew ’s Transmogrifying Travels in the Land of Guangxi .” You can reach it by going to http://www.geocities.com/schneiderandrewg/guilin.html. It’s worth the trip!

Kudos to Charlie and Kenny McLean, sons of Beth and Chip McLean, for having the stamina to compete in the New York City Triathlon this past August. Charlie currently resides in Oneonta, NY where he is completing the requirements for his EMT license. Brian is a college senior and heads the Delaware mascots.

The Memorial Service for Martha Bendix that took place at Christ Church last month was quite lovely and enabled those of us who attended to say our final goodbyes to this lovely lady. Her children, Matt and Margo, send their thanks to all of you for your expressions of love and concern. And finally, our condolences to Ann Sohm on the passing of her sister, Maureen, on October 16. paragraph ending graphic
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The Women of Christ Church

To the delight of the Women of Christ Church, Mother Rhoda Treherne-Thomas conducted the Healing Service and Eucharist to begin our day in October (the second Thursday of the month, remember?) It was the Feast Day of Bishop Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky, and her interesting outline of his life and service in China was instructive and inspiring, as he continued his life and work of translating the Scriptures into the Chinese language, even after he was paralyzed from a stroke.

During the business meeting that followed in the Vestry Room, we tried to continue in our small ways to serve our parish as we voted to contribute six needed round tables to be used for the Holly Ball and other church events.

We remarked with regret on the passing of Anna Parese , a faithful member as long as she was able. We will miss her very much.

Announcement was made of the autumn meeting of the Episcopal Church Women of Staten Island at St. John’s Church on October 27 at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be a representative of the Seamen’s Church Institute, a group that many of us have supported with money and with the knitting project for a long time.

Alleida Mitchell was the hostess for the luncheon, always a pleasant time of visiting with one another. We were very happy to welcome Laura Craig to our membership. We know she will be an asset because she was found washing the dishes as we cleaned up!

November’s meeting is the second Thursday, remember? November 11, following the same schedule: the Service of Healing and Eucharist at 11:00 a.m. , meeting in the Vestry Room, and luncheon immediately afterward. Bring your sandwich and come and join us. paragraph ending graphic

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Vestry Notes

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Christ Church Vestry took place on Monday, October 11, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. Connie Ricciardi, Parish Financial Secretary, gave her report for the third quarter of 2004, indicating that although 36 families are ahead in their pledges, another 36 are behind. As requested by the Plant & Equipment Committee, a line item will be created for landscaping in the 2005 Christ Church budget. Through the sale of tulip and daffodil bulbs, Valerie Quinlan has already raised money to be used for landscaping projects.

Alleida Mitchell and Richard Zayzay were formally commended for their hard work in chairing the Chinese Auction, which took place on Friday, October 1. Other parishioners, who participated as volunteers, were also recognized for their efforts. The high quality of auctioned items donated by parishioners was remarkable.

Beth McLean reported on Christ Church ’s very active youth programs. Youth are already signed up for guitar lessons, which include the gift of a guitar from Partnership for Music. They are hoping to offer drum lessons as well. Pat DiMarco is leading the arts and crafts classes. The “Girls Night Out” evening will take place every Friday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Neighborhood basketball continues in the gym.

The St. Nick’s Fair will take place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 20. The vendors’ contracts have been mailed out. Margaret Harris and Janet Schneider will manage the cake table and Shirley Elfers and Constance Ricciardi the sweepstakes. The Sunday School will host the lunchroom.

Journal advertisements are being sought for the Holly Ball , as they generate community interest and financial support for this yearly fund raising event.

With respect to the Stewardship Committee, it was agreed that this year’s campaign should not only focus on the financial aspect of pledges, but also the important contributions of a parishioners’ time and talents as well.

How we talk about time and talent are ongoing issues to be discussed at future meetings. Anne Devlin suggested, and will look into, the provision of name tags at Sunday services, especially as a means of welcoming newcomers.

An appointment will be made to interview a proposed Interim Pastor within the next few weeks. Discussions are also continuing in regard to formation of a Search Committee to find a new rector. Updates will be provided in the Sunday bulletins, by letter, and also in upcoming issues of the Tower Chimes. paragraph ending graphic
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Search Committee Forming to
Find Our New Rector

Within the next month the search for a new rector will get underway, according to the guidelines that have been established by the Diocesan Deployment Office. We are pleased to announce that Willie Black , Jr. has been appointed as chair of the Search Committee, which will consist of a the chairperson, and six additional members who are selected by the Wardens and Vestry.

The Search Committee will be responsible for reviewing the resumes of potential candidates, and will then compile a list of those candidates they would like to interview. The Bishop must review and approve this list before any additional action is taken by the Committee.

The Search Committee has personal face-to-face contact with each candidate, and members must be available on Sunday mornings to visit other parishes where potential candidates may be preaching. When the Committee has interviewed all candidates on their list and has determined one to three top candidates, the Bishop will then be advised and will conduct a final reference check. The Search Committee then makes its decision and reports its recommendation to the Vestry.

The final candidates are invited to interview with the Vestry, and based on these meetings, the Vestry makes its final decision. The name of the elected person will be presented to the Bishop prior to that person being advised, as required by canon law.

If you would like to be considered to serve on the Search Committee, please contact our the wardens, Nick Lettiere or Nancy Reiersen-Scromo, or Willie Black, in writing. Interested parties should be Communicants in Good Standing, and attend services on a regular basis. paragraph ending graphic
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Ho! Ho! Ho!

Have you remembered to put Saturday, November 20th on your calendar? It’s the date for our annual St. Nick’s Fair, from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.

It’s a time for holiday shopping, fun and fellowship featuring a great selection of sale items. There’s also a lunchroom, a baked goods table and raffle tables as well. Since it will be a bit too early to display fresh Christmas wreaths, Nick Lettiere will be taking orders that day and will make delivery arrangements with each customer. This is a terrific way to get into the holiday spirit..

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Henry E. Schnakenburg (1892-1970)
Episcopalian, Artist, Benefactor

The Schnakenburg name looms large at Christ Church . The Schnakenbergs gave two Tiffany windows, while “The Adoration of the Magi,” the chapel altarpiece triptych, oil on canvas, was painted in 1916 by Henry E. Schnakenberg , later a well-known artist. Who were the members of this interesting old Staten Island family?-

Daniel Schnakenburg , Henry ’s father, was born in Bremen , Germany , in 1852, and came to America as a youth. After completing his education in this country, he went to work for Hagedorn & Co., a Manhattan marine insurance firm that had been founded in 1869. In 1875 he became sole head of this company and served as its president from 1906 until his death in 1935.

Daniel and his wife, Elizabeth Gillespie Schnakenberg , had settled on Staten Island at least by the 1890's and probably earlier. In February 1891 a terrible thing happened to them. Two of their children, Daniel , aged six, and Marie , aged four, died within a day of each other. At a time of scant protection from many diseases, the risk of infant and child mortality was great. The Schnakenberg’s grief must have been hard to bear. They may have coped with it by deciding to have another child, for in the following year, on September 14, 1892 , their son Henry was born.

Henry was baptized and confirmed at Christ Church . He graduated from the Staten Island Academy . A formative experience in his life was attending the famous Armory Show of 1913. This art show introduced Americans to 20 th-century European art and was hugely influential, both to American artists and to their public. At age 21, Henry decided to become an artist. He studied painting at Manhattan ’s famed Art Students’ League and subsequently became an instructor and president there.

The Schnakenbergs were a public-spirited and philanthropic family. At Daniel ’s death in 1935 his will benefited at least 15 charitable, religious and educational institutions. One of his bequests created the Daniel Schnakenberg Fund , which exists to this day in his home city of Bremen , Germany . It is a social service agency for children and families. Henry continued in his father’s footsteps. The Whitney Museum of American Art has a Henry Schnakenberg Purchase Fund and the Art Students’ League a Henry Schnakenberg Scholarship fund. Throughout his life Henry gave many works of art, both his own and other artists’, to museums all over the country. In 1947 he settled in Newtown , Connecticut , where he remained a community-minded citizen, loved and admired, till the end of his life.

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A Fish Story

Here’s a special request from Colin Reed to all of our generous parishioners who bring donations of canned goods each Sunday for our Staten Island food pantries.

During the month of November he has asked that donations of canned goods consist of fish such as tuna, crab, clam chowder and the like. Also welcome are packages of Crab Cake Mix, sea salt, Tuna Helper, Pepperidge Farm fish crackers, Swedish Fish and anything else that you can find that’s fishy. PLEASE. No fresh fish! paragraph ending graphic
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Members met on Tuesday, October 14 at the lovely home of Martha Keucher . It was so good to have Paul and Karen Smith at our meeting, and we hope that they will continue to join us every month.

We had a great response to our September Quiche Brunch and it was really terrific to see so many parishioners turn out for this very popular “after-church” event.

The month of November is quickly approaching and so is our November 7 “Soup & Sandwich Lunch” in the parish house Guild Room, immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service. Once again, it will feature a variety of home made foods from our Serendipity chefs - sandwiches and soups! The suggested donation for the event is quite reasonable: $6 for adults and $3 for children. Further details in the flier enclosed in this issue of the Tower Chimes.

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Serenade concluded its 2004 season with an all-Bach program performed by an early music ensemble, Music at Brooklyn Friends Meeting. The concert took place on Sunday, November 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Christ Church, and was free to the public.

Music at Brooklyn Friends Meeting is a collective of musicians performing chamber music of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries on period instruments. Brooklyn Friends meeting house is an 1850s building in downtown Brooklyn.

The program featured a variety of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, including the Sonata in E Minor for flute and basso continuo, the Partita in B-Flat Major for Harpsichord, the Suite in G Major for unaccompanied cello, and arias from various cantatas for tenor voice with obbligato flute, cello and harpsichord.

The performers included Christine Gummere, baroque cello; Sandy Miller, flauto transverso (transverse flute); Edward Brewer, harpsichord; and Philip Anderson, Tenor. All four of these performers are widely recognized baroque musicians in the New York metropolitan area. They have recently participated in the New York Early Music Celebration, which has been featured in various venues throughout New York City in the month of October.

For information on the Serendade Concert Series please call 718-273-3668.

Major funding for these concerts has been given by the Staten Island Bank and 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, Northfield Savings Bank, and the Independence Community Foundation. paragraph ending graphic

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Sunday School News

The Sunday School is preparing for a very busy and productive holiday season this year. Rehearsals for our Advent Play, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” will be starting in the next few weeks.

We will also be quite busy at the St. Nick’s Fair on Saturday, November 20 th and we hope you’ll take some time to visit the lunchroom and have a bite to eat after a busy day of shopping. There will also be a Sunday School table at the Fair where we’ll be selling Christmas candles and cards. Proceeds from the sales will be used for our “Lunch With Santa” which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 18 th from 11 a.m. to 2. It will include a variety of activities, games for children of all ages, in addition to lunch with Santa. The cost is $5.00 per child.

Keep an eye out for our Mitten and Scarf tree, which will be located in the Guild Room. The gloves, mittens and scarves that are collected from your generous donations will be given to a worthy organization to be chosen by the children.

Best wishes from the children and Sunday School staff for a
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Project Hospitality Needs Your Help!

Project Hospitality is in great need of Christmas gifts for men, women, boys and girls. All gifts should be new items though they need not be expensive. For the children, the gifts may be toys, but books, games and clothing are also great choices. Clothing items are always a good selection for adults. For the soup kitchen guests, Project Hospitality usually gives warm clothing including sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, caps, socks, scarves, underwear and other such items.

All gifts should be delivered unwrapped; however, donations of wrapping paper and tape are also needed. Additionally, volunteers are needed to wrap the gifts.

Your donations can be delivered to Project Hospitality’s administrative office, 100 Park Avenue (at the corner of Bennett Street ) in Port Richmond, during normal business hours, and should reach them no later than December 10th. paragraph ending graphic
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Happy "Holly" Days

Dust off those dancing shoes, get those “fancy duds” out of your closet and follow the crowds to the 2004 Christ Church Holly Ball on Saturday,
December 11th.

This popular, annual event will feature a variety of tasty hor’s d’oeuvres and cocktails from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. This will be followed by dinner and dancing in the auditorium until 11 p.m. And for just $65 per person it’s a steal!

Your invitation to this evening of fun and frolic should be in your mailbox within the next few weeks. And we hope you’ll also ask other members of your family, and your friends, to join you as well! And don’t forget the Holly Ball Journal. This is our way raising money by soliciting ads from local merchants and other sponsors. Perhaps you’d like to take an ad to congratulate our Honorary Chairpersons for this year - Bill and Nancy Beveridge.

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Volunteers Are Needed

Volunteers are needed for an hour or two on December 3rd, 4th or 5th to help at a Holiday Fair at the John Noble Maritime Collection. Volunteers will be asked to sell items for Christ Church and food for the needy. If you’re able to help for an hour or so please call Colin Reed at 718-981-3495. paragraph ending graphic

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Completing the Circle of Life
with Love

Are you a good listener? Caring? University Hospice is recruiting anyone interested in becoming a hospice volunteer. Volunteers work in various areas, such as visiting patients in their homes, nursing facility or in the hospital. Volunteers are also needed to work in the office and to help out with special projects Training is available. If you’re interested in being a part of this very worthwhile cause please call Trish DiMaggio or Kirsten Svenningsen at 718-226-6458. paragraph ending graphic

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Parish Registry

November Birthdays
3–Laura Craig; 4–Ellen Mazzucco; 5–Paul Smith; 13–Samolu Freeman, Marlene Elia, Sheila Hewitt; 14-Phyllis Bath; 16–Bob McAndrew, Jonathan Elia; 22–Varney Freeman, Sr.; 25-Eugene Darconte,26 John Szczepanik, Dorothy Thompson; 28–Kim Davis; 30–Mark E. Hewitt II, Christine Szczepanik, Ronald Bell.

November Anniversaries
16–Ellen & Ron Mazzucco ; 24–Janet & Paul Schneider

If your special day is not in our records,
call the Parish Office at 727-6100 so it can be added.

Parish Register for October
Burial: Maureen Sohm, Muriel Eckhard. paragraph ending graphic

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