Now that the days
are starting to get longer and weather has gotten warmer and drier
it seems quite appropriate to wish one and all a happy Spring!
For a while it seemed as if we would never see all of the trees,
shrubs and flowers that beautify the church oval and grounds each
year. And of course, a great deal of this beauty has been made
possible thanks to the hard work of our Landscaping
Committee, which has met several times during the
It was so wonderful to have Fr. Clarke with
us to celebrate our Holy Week and Easter Sunday services this year.
Our Maundy Thursday service was followed by the “traditional” lamb
stew dinner which was graciously prepared and served by members
of the Black Family. The Sunday
School hosted a terrific luncheon and Easter Egg Hunt on Holy Saturday
for our younger members and they had a great time scurrying across
the church oval to find their treasures. Once again, special thanks
to Sheila Hewitt, Connie Black, Christine Szczepanik and Andrea McIntosh for
helping to make this such a special day for the children.
On Easter Sunday the church was resplendent with colorful flowers
and lilies, thanks to the work of Shirley Elfers and
the Altar Guild, and especially the keen eyes of David
and Dan Wood who put in the extra time and effort
to assure that the floral arrangements were just perfect. The joyful
music of the our very talented organist and choir director Tom
Sarff, and the anthems of the choir,
enhanced by members of the Riverside Brass,
only served to make the day all that more joyful. And the reception
that followed (once again tastefully arranged and coordinated by
the Wood brothers) was a real treat.
We’re all looking forward to Fr. Clarke ’s return
from the Holy Land next month - especially since he’ll be
returning to the Rectory with his wife, Sally.
She was only here for a short time when Fr. Clarke joined us in
February, and it will be wonderful to have her back on a full-time
Welcome to our two newest Christ Church staff members - Vito
DiRenzis our new Sexton, and Geri
Lucadamo who is coordinating the Friday evening “Girls
Night Out” Programs. We’ll be featuring a more
in-depth look at them in our May column. Check out the Christ
Church web site. It’s bigger and better than ever thanks
to the hard work of Victor Stanwick.
He has been working closely with members of the Search
Committee to make sure that it reflects the names
and faces of the wonderful people who make up the Christ Church
family, and also gives those who visit the web site an accurate
picture of all of the wonderful reasons this is such a great
place to be.
Laura Kennedy had
a special reason to celebrate this Easter - she spent it in England
with daughter Lindsey. As many of you
know, Lindsey has been having a wonderful experience teaching in
what could be considered the English equivalent of grammar school
in a small town in the English countryside. We’re sure that
Laura will have some wonderful memories to share with us in the
A big “thank you” to Dorothy Thompson for
taking on the important responsibilities of Treasurer for Christ
Church . She began her new assignment in the middle of April.By
the way, if you do need to contact Dorothy at home regarding church
matters, please call her after 4 p.m.
You can’t keep a good man down - and Rick Boody is
living proof of just that! After a two-week stay in Staten Island
University Hospital following extensive surgical procedures on
his heart, Rick was determined to be present to walk his daughter Abbie down
the aisle on April 23rd.
Congratulations to Thomas Liu, the talented young accompanist
at our Sunday Family services. Tom has been accepted to Vassar
College, and will begin classes there in the fall.
Many of you may remember Mother Polly Kasey,
who served as our supply priest on several occasions last year.
It seems that she liked Staten Island so much that she has now
taken on the Interim Pastor post at St. Stephen’s Church
Our prayers and good wishes go out to Andre Black
and Richard Sigman for a quick and speedy recovery
and a return to good health. Special thanks to Anne Devlin for
coordinating Christ Church ’s participation in the Community
Days events in April. Anne worked tirelessly with the Staten
Island Council of Churches to assure the participation of our
younger members in this very important community event.
And last, but surely not least, let’s not forget to mention
the May Ham 100th Anniversary Dinner which is scheduled for Saturday,
May 14. This will be quite an event, with both Bishop
Taylor and Bishop Sisk in attendance. The selection
of foods and the terrific fellowship that will be shared that evening
is not to be missed.