Etching of Christ Church by Bill Murphy tower chimes monthly newsletter of Christ Church
  September 2004

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Mi Casa es su Casa!

There is an ancient custom of hospitality observed in England, which holds that when a sovereign guest comes to your home, the home is no longer yours but theirs during the stay. Middle Eastern hospitality carries this even further by holding that when a guest comes into your home everything in the house is the guest’s during the visit. Thus, whenever one visits the home of someone of this culture much care has to be given regarding what one looks at with more than a casual glance, since the host is obliged to offer it immediately to the guest. This type of hospitality is also offered to those who are guests in Hispanic homes. Upon entering the home, the guests are warmly greeted and assured, “Mi casa es su casa!” My home is your home!

All of this, though, points to an intriguing aspect of our human nature. Although we have been taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive, it is infinitely more difficult to receive. Giving, as all of us have experienced, is power. Receiving implies need and weakness. Receiving makes us beholding; it cuts away our autonomy; it creates, in some sense, a dependency.

However, to love God, to love Jesus and to welcome the divine presence into our lives requires a decisive and ongoing receptivity to God’s grace; that is, the peace and light that God alone can offer. When our lives are too busy, when our lives have priorities that are askew or whose values are not clearly defined, we find ourselves becoming more and more dissipated and distracted. Sadly, this state of affairs is at the heart of many of us experiencing spiritual and physical burnout because there is no room in our lives for God, or because God does not occupy first place in our hearts.

During each Sunday’s Eucharist we encounter a Jesus who says to us, “Mi casa es su casa!” This is an invitation to come, be welcomed and be at home. It is a divine hospitality that includes eating, listening, learning and living. At every Eucharist we also say to Jesus , “Mi casa es su casa!” Come, abide in me. Remain in me. Let your grace come alive in me that I may love as you love and live as you lived. We come to church as disciples, to go forth from the Sunday liturgy of praise and worship to the daily liturgy of loving and living and serving the Lord and all people – our heartfelt response to the ancient divine calling of “Mi casa es su casa!” paragraph ending graphic
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Around the Parish

Welcome back to one and all! It has been a very busy summer for many of us at Christ Church and there is so much news to report that I suspect it will take at least one or two more issues of the Tower Chimes to get you caught up on all the details.

This was a wonderful summer for DorothyRappand her family. In June, her son, Dr. Lynn B. Rapp was the recipient of the Michael S. Rapp M.D. Obstetrical/Gynecological Award for his service to the OB-GYN Department of Staten Island University Hospital. In the same month her other son, M. Peter Rapp was the honoree and guest speaker at the annual Staten Island Advance All Star Sports Dinner at the Hilton Gardens. And in July her granddaughter, Terri Lynn ( Peter’s daughter), gave birth to her second great grandson, Ryan Peter Horvat.

This summer the entire GilbertFamily - Johanna, Alayne and Steve- had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Sheffield, England with Steve’s mom. A wonderful time was had by all - especially Alayne, who got to spend lots of quality time with her grandmother!

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Christ Church Camp and Scholarship Fund Awards: Titus and Evelyn Zayzay, who each had the opportunity spend part of their vacation at summer camp; and to Claire Kennedy, was the first recipient of a $1000 scholarship from the fund. Claire is a graduate of Curtis High School and will be attending Loyola University in the fall.

Connie and Jack Ricciardi, their daughters and sons-in-law, took to the open seas this summer on the Norwegian Dawn on a Caribbean cruise, stopping at ports in Florida, the Keys and Nassau. Connie hasn’t stopped raving about the restaurants and the many wonderful leisure time activities on board the ship, not to mention the shopping and sightseeing at ports of call.

Congratulations and best wishes to Marguerite Anderson and Joseph Pasquale who were married at Christ Church on May 22 nd and to Betsy Gattullo and Scott Kalfa who tied the knot on August 7. Marguerite is one of the “regulars” at the 9:00 a.m. Family Service, while Betsy and Scott usually attend the 8:00 a.m. services. And a special mention to Laura and Ed Craig who celebrated their milestone 50+ wedding anniversary on August 9.

And on a personal note - I’d like to thank all of the wonderful Christ Church parishioners for their prayers, cards and good wishes while I was recuperating from surgery this summer. It meant so much to know that you were there, and made my recuperation so much easier.

That’s all for now - but obviously, not all there is to report. Please feel free to contact us with all of the details that we’ve missed and we’ll be sure to get the word out next month! paragraph ending graphic
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Vestry Notes

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Vestry of Christ Church New Brighton took place on Monday, June 14, 2004, at 7:30 P.M.

In giving the Treasurer’s Report for May 2004, Phyllis Bath noted that pledge income is again ahead of budget , and that plate income is also ahead of budget, due to regular faithful contributors. Office expenses are down in part because we no longer lease a copier. Due to the volatility of the Stock Market, the Finance Committee has transferred all parish funds to the Bond Market.

The Christ Church New Brighton Mission Statement was presented in this revised suggested wording: To see and to serve Christ in every person; to celebrate and proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ.

Focus groups have been organized to meet certain parish needs. Dorothy Thompson and Mark Gherzo will look into the feasibility of using the Parish Auditorium as a catering venue. Susan Fowler and William Sherman have organized a committee to develop and improve landscaping, with suggestions for a better-looking fence and planting of easy-maintenance gardens, like a Meditation Garden and a Biblical or Interfaith Garden. Beth McLean suggested the addition of a Youth or Gospel Choir and a handbell choir to the parish music program, and Anne Devlin, on behalf of the Evangelism committee, offered the suggestions of a youth representative vestry member, seasonal outreach programs and spiritual growth through adult education.

The Plant and Equipment Committee is worried about summer heat damage to the stained-glass windows due to the plastic sheets that cover them. Victor Stanwick has volunteered to drill holes in the plastic to let out some of the heat. The Vestry approved $2,200 to cover expenses for Victor’s work, including the installation of safety scaffolding and expert help for the Ascension and Resurrection windows.

Richard Sigman notified the Vestry that the Parish Audit was completed and certified, four months ahead of schedule.

The theme of the 2004 Stewardship Campaign will be “See, serve, celebrate, proclaim.” This derives from the parish Mission Statement.

The Vestry wishes to thank everyone who helped out with the Spring Fair ( Gytha Bellaby and Anne Devlin , co-chairs). It was great fun for the parish community and raised $5600-$5700. paragraph ending graphic
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Women of Christ Church

It is September again and the Women of Christ Church, along with many other Church groups and activities, resume their regular schedule. That means on the second Thursday of each month there is a Healing Service and Eucharist in the Chapel at 11:00 a.m. for all. So on September 9 we hope to see those who regularly attend, and many new people there as well!

The usual business meeting in the Vestry Room and lunch will follow. Bring your own sandwich; dessert and coffee and tea are provided (usually in abundance) by the officers.

All women of the Church are members, so all of you should circle the second Thursday of each month and make your way to the church for any part of the scheduled day. The Healing Service provides the comfort that we all need; and the fellowship of friends, new and old, makes for a pleasant afternoon. Join us there. paragraph ending graphic
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Serenade Concert Series Presents
Viva Voce

The Viva Voce Brass Ensemble will be featured as part of the Christ ChurchSerenade Concert Series on Sunday, September 19 at 3:00 p.m.

The Brass musicians, Joseph Loposky (Trumpet); Richard Titone ( Trumpet); Carolyn Clark ( French Horn); Kevin Clark (Trombone); and Larry Zadin (Tuba) will “serenade” the audience with works by Samuel Scheidt , J.S. Bach , G.F. Handel, Victor Ewald and Gustav Holst. A few programming surprises are also promised by this excellent group of musicians.

The concert is free to the public, and there will be a “Meet The Artists” reception following the performance. Children are most welcome. For information please call 718-273-3608.

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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Youth Activities

This fall there will be many terrific opportunities for the younger members of our parish and those in the surrounding neighborhood.

We’ve established a Music Program, which begins at the end of September. It will include music theory and also provide an opportunity to learn how to play the guitar and drums. We are also in the process of conducting a survey to see if there is an interest in establishing a Dance Class, which would most likely take place on Saturday morning. Sign-up sheets can be found in the office for anyone interested in either of these two programs.

We will be reinstating our Girls’ Night Out Program on Friday evening starting in October; our weeknight neighborhood and church Basketball Programs will also be returning. We’ll also be offering Tutoring sessions for all subjects, and the Metro Soccer League Program is also in the works for two days a week from 3 to 6 p.m.

On a separate note, we will also have a sign-up sheet outside of the parish office to see how many young people are interested in joining our Youth Choir. Please see Beth McLean or Lou Raneri if you have any questions about any of these activities. paragraph ending graphic
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Irving Portrait Miniatures

Historic Hudson Valley, the network of six historic house museums in the Hudson River Valley, has in its collection portrait miniatures of Pierre Paris Irving, first Rector of Christ Church, and his wife Anna Henriette Duer Irving. These tiny but beautiful portraits measure less than three inches in height. The medium is watercolor on ivory. It is believed that the portraits were made on the occasion of the couple’s marriage in 1826. They are attributed to Nathaniel Rogers (1787-1844), a New York miniaturist active at that time.

They were found in the collection at Sunnyside, Washington Irving’s home in Tarrytown, NY, a museum owned and operated by Historic Hudson Valley. Pierre Paris Irving was Washington Irving’s nephew. Anna Duer Irving was the daughter of John Duer, a prominent New York jurist and very active lay Episcopalian.

The museums of Historic Hudson Valley are each worth a visit. For more information, consult their web site at www.hudsonvalley.org. paragraph ending graphic
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Fr. Novey to be Honored October 3rd

After nearly 35 years of serving as the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Fr. Joel Novey has announced his retirement. He has been a prominent figure here on Staten Island, as well as in the Diocese of New York, and a good friend to us all.

A farewell cocktail reception has been planned by the parish and will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at the Staten Island Hilton Gardens from 7 to 10 p.m. that evening. Tickets are $60 per person.

If you are interested in taking part in this special celebration, call the All Saint’s parish office at 718-698-1338 before September 22. paragraph ending graphic
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Chinese Auction

We Need YOUR Help!

On Friday, October 1 Christ Church will be hosting its second annual Chinese Auction, beginning at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Parish House. When we introduced this event for the first time last year it was met with an overwhelming response, and this year we’re hoping to make it an even bigger success.

But despite the concerted efforts of our chairpersons Alleida Mitchell and Richard Zayzay, we need the support of each and every Christ Church parishioner to accomplish the goal we have set for this year. This is one of our major fund-raising events and the profits from the Auction will be used to augment our operating budget and also provide partial funding for our important outreach programs, such as the Feeding Ministries, Prison Ministry, AIDS Task Force, Project Hospitality and Youth Programs, just to name a few.

Right now we are still in need of DONATIONS for the baskets and gift tables; the Basket of Cheer is not looking very “cheerful” right now and the food baskets and other assorted baskets are looking a bit empty as well. If you don’t have any of these items readily available, a tax-deductible cash donation will also be gratefully accepted which will be used to purchase items for the auction. And we are still in need of VOLUNTEERS to man the many tables that make this type of event so popular.

Please contact Alleida or Richard at either 718-441-8175 or 718-727-6100 to let them know how YOU would like to help. paragraph ending graphic

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What's Your Point of View?

The editors of the Tower Chimes are pleased to announce a brand new column entitled “Point of View.” This is the place where you’ll have the opportunity to respond to any articles that you may have read in a previous issue of the Tower Chimes, or even on a subject that you feel strongly about as Christians or an Episcopalians. There’s no need to worry about typing it, or whether or not the grammar or spelling is perfect - we’ll take care of that!

There are several ways in which you can submit your articles for this column. You can either drop them in the “Point of View” box at the back of the church, give them to one of the Tower Chimes editors, leave them in the Tower Chimes mailbox in the office, or e-mail them to the editors at
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In Memorium:
Ann Louderback

On Tuesday, August 10 Christ Church lost a dear friend and faithful parishioner with the passing of Ann Louderback. Ann was a dedicated member of our choir, whose lilting voice and gentle spirit graced the soprano section for many years. She also was a loyal friend and continual source of optimism to all who knew her.

Having joined the choir during the 1960s when Jack Bainbridge was director, Ann remained devoted to the choir ever since, walking to church from her home on Pendleton Place to attend rehearsals and services regardless of weather conditions. Through bitter winds, drenching rain or sweltering heat, Ann always arrived with a smile, and her husband, Lew, recalled Ann often returning home to say, “I loved the anthem we sang this morning.”

Yet Ann also didn’t waste any words when she DIDN’T like the anthem. I well remember one Sunday morning several years ago when I led the choir through a “reading” of a new anthem. It wasn’t going very well, and upon conclusion of the piece, Ann looked directly at me and said, “Yuck!” We all burst out laughing—including Ann, but I knew she was right, and accordingly, the church has never been subjected to that anthem again!

Such uplifting sincerity wasn’t confined to the choir room. It seems to have been her attitude toward everything, even her own mortality. As her illness progressed, she never shied away from her challenges, but faced them with courage, humor, and dignity. She remained a gracious host to visitors, both at home and in the hospital, always mindful of the comfort and well-being of others. What better legacy to leave?

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Welcome to "Historic" Christ Church

In June of this year we were advised that Christ Church New Brighton has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, a list of properties deemed worthy of preservation by the State of New York. The addition of Christ Church to this most prestigious “honor roll” now makes us eligible for State funding, and restoration and preservation projects which are vital to maintaining our lovely parish home.

This honor would not have been possible without the diligent efforts of Susan Fowler and the members of the Plant & Equipment Committee; Barnett Shepherd, John Watson, Michael Rebic, Director of Property Support for the Diocese, and several others who helped made this dream a reality.

The announcement of our Historic Designation was featured in wonderful pictorial article in the August 7, 2004 issue of the Staten Island Advance. If you have not yet had a chance to read it you’ll find a copy posted on the bulletin board in the Parish House. paragraph ending graphic
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Dancing the Night Away

Twinkling lights, the scent of evergreens, the crisp cold night air, the inviting aroma of a delicious dinner and the sounds of music and laughter. Sounds like a dream come true – and it can be if you plan to join us at the annual ChristChurchHollyBall on Saturday, December 11 from 6 to 11 p.m.The evening will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Guild and Vestry Rooms and dinner and dancing in the Auditorium - all decorated in the festive colors of the holiday season. And that’s all for a very reasonable price of just $65 per person.

The Holly Ball has been a Christ Church tradition for many years and an event that you won’t want to miss. This year we will be honoring one of Christ Church ’s favorite couples, Nancy and Bill Beveridge , and we’re looking forward to a wonderful celebration. We’ll also be publishing a Memorial Journal for the event that will feature ads and messages from local merchants and other Staten Island organizations, in addition to those of Christ Church parishioners and friends of the parish. Ad forms will soon be available at the back of the Church, in the Guild Room and in the Parish Office.

Please make sure to mark the date in your calendars right now. It’s a holiday party that won’t want to miss! paragraph ending graphic

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Volunteers Needed!

Christ Church is quite fortunate to have a wonderful Nursery space in the Parish House, which was recently renovated and redecorated for our younger members. The walls have been repainted in cheerful hues of pink and blue, the carpeting has been renovated and the toys and books have been organized and are ready for action! However, in order to utilize the Nursery properly, we need volunteers to watch over the children during the 9:00 a.m. Family Service and the main service at 10:30. Due to the budget problems that we experienced earlier this year, we were unable to maintain the services of a paid babysitter during these services and we’re asking for your help.

Volunteers are needed - both teens and adults - who would be willing to schedule some time to watch over the kids during these services. If you’re interested, please call Andrea Morse ( 718-420-6420, Home; 718-720-4000, Work; or Johanna Gilbert ( 718-727-2619.)

A lot of time and effort has been made by several Christ Church parishioners to get the Nursery back in shape - we need your help to get it up and running again. Thanks for caring! paragraph ending graphic

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Parish Registry

September Birthdays

2-Margaret Harris, Evelyn Zayzay; 3–Dorothy Rapp; Alayne Gilbert 6-Connie Ricciardi, 8-Fr. Michael; Rick Boody; 14-Martha Keucher; 15- Linda Reiersen; 16-Claire Kennedy, 18-David Reiersen, Joan Rock; 20- Nancy Reiersen -Scromo; 22-Matthew Devlin; 24-Zachary E. Sciré; 25-Shirley Black; 27-Willie Black, IV, Dorothy Rivera; 28- Paul Elia.

September Anniversaries

1–Patricia & Dennis Sciré ; 9– Nancy Reiersen & Garry Scromo

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

Parish Register for June , July & August

Confirmations: Brenda Baskerville, Elizabeth N. Gatullo

Receptions: Laura Craig , Ed Craig, David M. Nygard , Lisa Rhodes

Baptism: David Andrew McAuley

Marriage: Elizabeth Gatullo to Scott Kalfa

Transfer Out: Tryphena Fahnbule

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Food for Thought

Even though many of our activities were suspended for the summer, God didn’t shut down and neither did our Food Ministry. We continued to help a lot of people in our community who can’t afford to feed themselves.

In July, Margaret Harris and another volunteer, at the Richmond Senior Services, Bernadette Paulo, went with Colin Reed to Costco Wholesale in July and spent $700 of parish funds. The canned goods they bought helped fill the empty shelves of the facility on Jewett Avenue, where John Watson and others volunteer several times a week.

We spent another $500 in August to help New Directions from Post Avenue. That wonderful organization continues to collect and distribute the food from our Sunday collections. They ran desperately short of food in August and Christ Church helped them purchase eggs and other fresh produce. Mae Seeley, Esther Reed, Victor Stanwick and John Watson helped organize a sale of canned goods at the June Fair and not only raised another $120 but stimulated much interest in our Food Ministry.

Of course the 2nd Saturday lunch program continued in May through August. Cold meats, salads and a variety of desserts were eagerly devoured by an average of sixty people each 2nd Saturday. More than 50 parishioners and some friends of our church participate in this program, which is organized by Project Hospitality. Volunteers donate the food they prepare in their home kitchens for a lunch for those in need who comes off the streets to Trinity Lutheran church. Other Christians and groups of other faiths are also involved.

For over ten years Ann Louderback was a very active participant in this Christ Church program, through which we help a few poor people survive. Now that she is no longer with us we know she’ll look down smilingly on any volunteer who fills the gap left by her death. Ann would love it if you’ll talk with Susan or Victor at 718-720-1169 about being part of this ministry once a year, or more if you’d like. paragraph ending graphic
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