What an incredibly busy summer this has been at Christ Church. The biggest news of course is the arrival of our new rector, Fr. Chuck Howell, his wife, Liz, and their daughter, Georgia. A warm “welcome home” to all of you. We are so blessed to have you here with us.
On Sunday, August 13 we celebrated the ministry of our Interim Rector, Father Clarke, and bid farewell to Fr. Clarke, Sally and Jack as they moved on to their new home at Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown, NY.
Despite summer vacations and steamy summer days, renovations to the church roof continued and are still underway. Be sure to check out Susan Fowler’s article for the latest updates (and some really neat photos as well!) The organ restoration continued as well, as Larry Trupiano and his team replaced the leather primaries in the Great and Choir divisions of this magnificent instrument.
This summer your editor had the opportunity to meet Dominic Brown, the charming nephew of Spider Webb and Lester Blair, during a Sunday coffee hour. Christ Church was fortunate to have Dominic with us this summer; however, WCBS-TV was twice as fortunate to have him as a summer intern in their weather center. Dominic is a graduate student at Mississippi State University and is studying to earn his Master’s degree in Broadcast Meteorology. His dream, as you can well imagine, is to become a broadcast meteorologist and have the opportunity to return to New York and work at a station here. Dominic did mention that Christ Church felt like “home” to him this summer and he truly appreciated the kindness and warmth that was shown to him by our parishioners. We anxiously await his return visit to Christ Church.
Many of you have had the opportunity to purchase the wonderful greeting cards created by Colin Reed and his Stationery Movement group. These lovely cards feature pictures of our beautiful church, flowers from the Staten Island Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Ferry and other Island treasures. And who could forget his light hearted cards featuring The Witches of Christ Church. This year Colin hopes to introduce a new series of Halloween cards and has asked us to invite one and all to come to a pre-Halloween luncheon at the church on Monday, October 9 at 11 a.m. Pizza, salad, dessert and wine will be served to anyone – especially some of our men – willing to appear in costume! Please contact Colin if you’re interested, and also, if you’d like to know where to find the costume that’s just right for you.
Two families in our parish will be celebrating a particularly joyous event this month: On Saturday, September 2 our tenor soloist, Jay Spadaro, will walk his daughter Clair down the aisle as she gives her hand to her fiancé, George Taylor; her proud mom, Ginny, will be looking on with joy. And later this month, Elizabeth Kennedy, daughter of Laura and Hal Kennedy, will be married to Nicholas Vitek, in an outdoor ceremony at Snug Harbor. Our Rector Emeritus, Fr. John Walsted, will officiate at both services.
David Reiersen, son of Linda and Hal Reiersen will be embarking on an eight-month trek through Europe as a member of the technical crew of Disney on Ice. David has been working for this production company for the past few years and has had the opportunity to travel to South America and many parts of the United States.
And speaking of foreign journeys, our own David Wood will be spending lots of time “commuting” back and forth to England on business. David, one of the foremost decorators in New York, recently signed on new clients, an American couple who just purchased a 1790’s town house off of Sloane Square in London. Cheerio, David!
The month of September also marks the return to school – and for some of our parishioners, new adventures in their undergraduate and graduate studies. Congratulations to Sean McLean, son of Beth and Chip McLean, as he begins his studies at the State University in Albany; to Nancy Sherman as she begins her nursing studies in New Hampshire, and to her brother, Roderick as he pursues graduate studies at NYU University here in Manhattan. Their dad, William, is quite proud of their accomplishments.
Several parishioners have had to deal with health-related issues this summer as well. We are glad to report that Connie Ricciardi is on the mend from a nasty spill that she took in front of her house; Glendon Jantzi has made a wonderful recovery from hip replacement surgery; and we’re happy to report that Colin Reed is slowly but surely returning to health after his recent heart surgery.
In addition, get well wishes to Karen Smith, Paul Smith, Ginny Peel, Laura Craig and Henry Boody. Our heartfelt prayers go out to them for a speedy return to good health. And here’s hoping that David Holt will be back on his feet very quickly as he recovers from hip replacement surgery which was scheduled to take place at the end of August.
This editor had the good fortune to run into Sue Boody and her daughter, Barbara, last month. Sue loves her new home in New Jersey and has asked to be remembered to all of her friends here at Christ Church.
The next time you’re in Snug Harbor be sure to stop by the gift shop and say hello to Rachel Somma, the lovely daughter of Al Somma and Jan Hammel. Al was once our parish Sexton, and Jan is a very talented photographer with the Staten Island Advance. Please keep Al in your prayers as he recuperates from a motorcycle accident that occurred earlier this year.
That’s it – at least for now. Please, please, please, keep us posted on your news so we can share it with our readers.
Welcome back to one and all!