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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.
Around the Parish
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
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.
The Women of Christ
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
See you then!
Henry E. Schnakenburg
Episcopalian, Artist, Benefactor
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.
The Schnakenbergs’ tomb is in the Moravian Cemetery on Staten
A Fish Story
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!
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
Hope to see you all then!
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
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.
Sunday School News
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
Needs Your Help!
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.
Happy "Holly" Days
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,
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.
Whatever the reason, this is the season to come out to the Holly
Volunteers Are Needed
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.
Completing the Circle
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
3–Laura Craig; 4–Ellen Mazzucco;
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
16–Ellen & Ron Mazzucco ; 24–Janet & Paul
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
Maureen Sohm, Muriel Eckhard.