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Clergy Corner

Fr. Charles H. Howell, rector of Christ Church New BrightonThere are ten Episcopal Churches on Staten Island, and I sometimes hear people say that ten is too many and some of them should close.  Considering that some of these churches are in difficult financial circumstances with expensive buildings to maintain, one can see the idea has some merit.

One could easily argue that it would be more effective and economical to combine into three or four strong parishes than to continue as many small parishes.  But that argument makes a fundamental mistake.  The argument that we should close some of our parishes assumes that things will stay as they are.  As we all know, the only constant is change – things might get better for the Episcopal parishes on Staten Island.

I think having ten parishes on Staten Island is a blessing.  A few years ago I read a book called Reclaiming the Great Commission by Claude Payne, then the Bishop of Texas.  Payne reminds us that the basic unit of the Church is the diocese and that each parish is, to use his terminology, a missionary outpost.  Each parish does the work of the diocese in its own neighborhood and is adapted to its unique circumstances.  To put this in secular terms, the parish is a franchise of the diocese.

Think how lucky we are to have ten outposts all over Staten Island.  In my home diocese there was a big push about thirty years ago to  found churches to ensure that no Episcopalian had to drive more than thirty minutes to attend services.  We don’t have to do that here. 

When things begin to improve, as they surely will, we won’t need to buy property, or build churches, or build parish halls and outfit them – we already have everything we need.  We already have a foothold in New Brighton, Stapleton, Tottenville, and many other neighborhoods I haven’t learned the names of yet.  Rather than closing churches we ought to celebrate that we have so many and think about the ways they can be strengthened and renewed.      

Faithfully yours,

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Update on May 15th
Women of Christ Church Evening Meeting

At the May meeting of the Evening Group of the Women of Christ Church, Chandel Sparks, Director of Recreation for the Staten Island Care Center on Lafayette Avenue, spoke about the programs available to residents. Her visit marked the continuation of the outreach that was formed between Christ Church and SI Care Center during the “Staten Island Community Days” weekend this past April.

During her visit, Ms. Sparks expressed her wish for volunteers to visit, and it was suggested that we consider a monthly outreach with the theme “Everyone has a story to tell, and it’s important to take time to listen.”

The Women’s Evening Group agreed to gather at Christ Church on Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m. and carpool to the Center to visit and talk with the residents.

As part of our upcoming evening meeting on Tuesday, June 19, Nancy Lettiere will discuss strategies for “comfort zone” conversation. A light supper will be served, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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Women of Christ Church

A heartening attendance at the May meeting of the Women of Christ Church  gave a much needed boost to confidence in the future of the organization.  

Ten of us took a long hard look at our situation. With attendance fluctuating from only 3 last month to 10 on May 10, we faced the hard fact that the Annual Appeal brought in just half as much as it did last year.

This doesn’t even begin to cover our basic expenses, much less the many donations that we have customarily made to a large variety of worthy causes. With attendance and income both very uncertain, we have to revise our budget, and question our purpose in continuing to exist. We came to no conclusions, but all are asked to ponder these things before the fall.

The discussion was kept on focus by Fr. Howell, who celebrated the Eucharist prior to our meeting and was present in our deliberations.  Lunch followed with desserts provided by Shirley Elfers - who brought another of those astounding mile-high pies and other goodies.  This was exceedingly kind of her since her birthday was the next day, and she was given a basket of flowers to mark the occasion.

The year's activities will conclude with lunch at One Pendleton with Fr. John.  Everyone is welcome - you know Fr. John!  Maybe this would be a good time for you to try us out.  We hope that our honorary member Patsy Parese can come, and any other hungry men out there.  Y'all come; and we'll put out the flag for Flag Day! paragraph ending graphic
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United Thank Offering

United Thank Offering logoThe United Thank Offering contributions gathered from Christ Church parishioners during last month’s UTO drive totaled $541.35.

      UTO Chairperson, Anne Devlin, announced the results at a recent meeting of the Women of Christ Church and added that “God’s blessings do not stop once the offering is collected.” She encouraged all women of the parish to obtain another UTO “blue box” and continue to give thanks to God in preparation for the next UTO Driveparagraph ending graphic
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It's "Tee Time" at Christ Church!

Christ Church tee shirtDid you know that Christ Church has its own tee shirt?

Yes, it’s really true. This lovely, light grey, short-sleeved, all cotton shirt features the famous Bill Murphy etching of Christ Church, along with the catchy slogan “A Warm Welcome Awaits You”

The Christ Church tee shirt will be on sale at our June 9 Spring Fair; however, if you don’t want to wait until then, please contact Alleida Mitchell, chair of the Fund Raising Committee, and she’ll get you “teed up” and ready to go. Cost of the shirt is just $12 and all profits go to the Christ Church operating budgetparagraph ending graphic
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Strategies for Making Your Way
on a Sometimes Alien Planet

Zosia Zaks, author, Asperger’s syndrome advocate, and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, talked about the autism-Asperger’s spectrum at Christ Church on April 23.

The spectrum ranges from classic autism to Asperger’s syndrome. In classic autism, the affected child shows developmental delays in walking and talking as well as cognitive difficulties. A child or adult with Asperger’s syndrome, on the other hand, has no developmental delays and often does well in school, but may be missing social skills. (Think Mr. Bean on the BBC.) As Zosia said, and then laughed, “We don’t get jokes.”

Zosia’s talk wasn’t about medicine and syndromes, though, but more about what it’s like to have a brain wired differently from most other people. For example, some people with Asperger’s have trouble changing their routines. She talked about a friend from work whose route to work was interrupted by a construction detour. He couldn’t get past the detour and so couldn’t get to work. He almost lost his job, she said, until someone intervened and explained the problem to his boss. The company let him work from home until the construction was finished.

Another difference is that people with Asperger’s syndrome and autism are often overwhelmed by their surroundings because they can’t filter out all the visuals, smells, and sounds. Zosia explained that grocery shopping is so difficult that until, she developed shopping strategies; she would often just buy whatever was nearest the cash registers, which was usually unhealthy junk food.

Many of us “neuro-typicals” have trouble with supermarkets, however, and her strategies might be useful for you, too. For example, to make sure that she buys healthy food and the items she really wants, she brings a map of the store with the items she wants marked on the aisles. To reduce the glare of the indoor lights, she wears dark glasses, and to cut down on the background noise, she listens to her Walkman.

If you missed Zosia’s talk but you’re interested in autism and Asperger syndrome—or if you just feel you could use some organizing strategies of your own—pick up Zosia’s book, Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults (Autism Asperger Publishing Company, P.O. Box 23173, Shawnee Mission, KS 66283-0173, 913/897-1004, www.asperger.net). If you can’t find it at your favorite bookstore, Clove Lake Books will order it for you and you can buy it on Amazonparagraph ending graphic
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Shadow Wars: An American Fable

In last month’s issue of the Tower Chimes we told you that our own Frank Quinlan had written a play, “Shadow Wars”, which received the COAHSI “Excellence in Literature” award.

An abridged version (a one-hour reading of the play) will be presented at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Lane, on Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m. Paul Smith will be directing the performance, and his wife, Karen, will also perform. The remainder of the cast is still to be determined.

If you’d like more information about the performance, or if you’re interested in being a part of the action, please call 718-273-3668.

By the way, for those of you who’d like to know a little more about “Shadow Wars,” here’s a brief description which recently appeared in the COAHSI June Fest bulletin:

“Shadow Wars” explores the nature of existence and valuation of success. In the course of the play, Percy Vance embarks upon an adventure to discover some truth, though he has no idea what this “truth” will be. He experiences enormous success, then a reversal of fortune. In the end he discovers what truly is important in life (love), and learns to put success in perspective. paragraph ending graphic
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Only a Few Days Left!!!!

CCNB Spring Fair LogoFor what? For the Spring Fair, of course!!  Isn’t that what you’ve all been waiting for?

June 9th! 10 am to 3 pm…rain or shine!

Lisa Rhoades is planning some interesting Silent Auction items.  Janet Schneider is coordinating the HOMEMADE cake table.  And Colin’s Kitchen will have some unusual fare this year.  Connie Ricciardi and her ladies are once again planning a wonderful White Elephant.  And Marlene Elia will be selling jewelry…you never know what treasures she comes up with.  Save your appetites for Victor Stanwick’s delicious hot dogs and hamburgers.  Stop by the plant section. Susan Fowler and Valerie Quinlan usually have some gorgeous perennials and annuals for your gardens.

This year we will be having hundreds of collectible (and some not-so-collectible) record albums.  Trevor Mills has put together an amazing collection of 33-1/3 rpm albums.  For those of you who don’t know what a “33 and a third” is, stop by the table!

By the time you read this, you should have received Shirley Black’s letter and 50/50 raffle blanks in the mail. Please be sure to send them back to Shirley.  Remember – half of what we take in on that raffle is the prize!!

In the meantime, PLEASE drop off your bottles of spirits to the office for the basket raffles.  We really need some to put in the baskets.

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Summer Worship Schedule at Christ Church

Our worship schedule will remain unchanged throughout the summer:

Sunday
7:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer
8 a.m. –      Spoken Eucharist in the Chapel
10 a.m. –    Eucharist with Hymns

Thursday
11 a.m. –    Spoken Eucharist in the Chapelparagraph ending graphic

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Save the Date!

Just a note to let you know we will be having another Afternoon Tea to benefit the Scholarship Fund.  This year, the date will be Sunday, September 30th, 2007.  We are hoping to have a free concert beforehand, just like last year.  So now that you know, you can start looking for a hat to wear!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for these exciting, upcoming events at Christ Church. Further details will be made available in upcoming issues of the Tower Chimes:

Saturday, August 4
“Night at the Races”

Sunday, August 12
Serendipity Ice Cream Social
(Immediately following 10 a.m. service)

Saturday, September 8
Blueberry Festival

Saturday, October 20
Chinese Auction

Saturday, December 8
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Reminder

Donations of HOME BAKED ITEMS for our Cookie and Cake table at the Spring Fair are always welcome. If you’re interested in making a contribution please contact Janet Schneider, Margaret Harris or Linda Reiersen. paragraph ending graphic

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Parish Register

June Birthdays
4—Christopher John (CJ) Brown; 9 –Kristin Reiersen; 10 —Sean McLean; 12 – Anne Beveridge; 15 – Patsy Parese, Vlasta Jantzi, Charles McLean III, Richard Zayzay; 16 – Jill Kanner Smith, Romeo Zayzay; 25 – Liz Howell; 29 – Gregory Brown, Leslie Thompson

June Anniversaries
8 – Joseph Ambroggi & Dorothy Thompson; 11 – Bill & Nancy Beveridge; 17 – Richard & Yassah Zayzay

July Birthdays
10 —Williette Thompson, 13- Brian McLean; 14 –Togba Porte II; 15 – Nick Lettiere, Bonnie Nygard; 16 – Carol Brown; 19 – Sydney George; 21- Peter Flihan, Sarah Kanner; 22- Charlotte Hewitt; 23 – Sheila Swigert; 26 – Ann Sohm; 30 – Titus Zayzay

July  Anniversaries
4 – David & Mae Seeley; 30 – Willie & Connie Black, III

August Birthdays
2 – Ted Schneider; 3 – Joseph Ambroggi; 4 – Edwin John; 7 – Michael LaCause; 8 – Erin Shannon; 10 – John Watson; 12 – Anne Devlin; 15 – Joseph Zayzay; 24 – Yassah Zayzay; 26 – Lauara Mazzucco-Gambino, Beth McLean; 28 – David Nygard; 29 – Christiana Adeshote

August Anniversaries
9 – Edward & Laura Craig; 15 – Charles & Elizabeth McLean, Jay & Ginny Spadaro; 20 – Nick & Nancy Lettiere; 31 – John & Christine Szczepanik

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Richmond Choral Society Youth Chorus
to Perform at Christ Church

On Tuesday, June 5 at 8 p.m., the Richmond Choral Society Youth Chorus will be performing at Christ Church, in collaboration with members of the Moore High School Chorus, under the direction of Beth Johanning.

Beth currently serves as Musical Director for both the RCS Youth Chorus and the Moore High School Chorus, and as many of you are aware, she is also the director of the Christ Church Children’s Choir.

This will be a special evening of music which will appeal to both children and adults alike. The evening will also feature a special vocal performance by Amanda Lee Alicea, the winner of this year’s Richmond Choral Society Scholarship Award. This award is presented to a graduating Staten Island high school senior who is currently involved in vocal music and plans to continue that pursuit in college.

Admission to the concert is $5 per person. A reception will be held in the Parish Hall, immediately following the performance.

For those young people in grades 4 to 11  who are unable to make the concert, but might want to consider joining the chorus, auditions will be held the following day, Wednesday, June 6, and again on June 13, in the parish house at New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Road, from 4 to 6 pm. Please speak to Beth if you’re interested in auditioningparagraph ending graphic
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Adopt a Pipe and Keep the Music Playing

Adopt a PipeThe parishioners at Christ Church have so much to be thankful for: a new rector, a growing parish, a beautiful worship space, and an outstanding music program.

The music at Christ Church is a tradition, for our parishioners, and for the Staten Island community. We are so fortunate to have a full, four-part choir each Sunday, a newly-renovated organ, a Junior Choir, vocal and instrumental recitals, choral concerts and other musical events. However, the expenses that evolve from these are not readily apparent and are steadily increasing each year.

Our Music Fundraising Committee has come up with a very unique way for each of us to keep the music playing at Christ Church by “adopting” an organ pipe. This doesn’t mean you can take the pipe home – but you can be its benefactor!

A suggested minimum donation is $25, although ANY amount that you donate is important and will be gratefully appreciated. If you are eligible to have your employer “match” your donation, you can send in a Matching Gift Form from your employer. And, you can make your donation on the “installment plan” – all you need to do is indicate “Installment Plan” on your donor card.

Your “adopted” pipe will be selected at random from those within the category you select : Great Trumpet, Principal Chorus, Reed Chorus, Flute Chorus, String Chorus or Console. Donors of $50 or more may designate the naming of a pipe in honor of themselves, friends or loved ones, and they will receive a certificate of recognition that identifies the adopted pipe. All donors’ names will appear on a large plaque, which will be displayed in the church.

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Parish Outreach: What do You Want to See?

On April 25, Plant & Equipment held a planning meeting about the Parish Hall. A day later (the timing was exactly backwards, of course), Fr. Chuck, Sheila Swigert, Alleida Mitchell, and I went to a workshop called “Making the Most of Your Religious Property: Advice from Real Estate Experts on Maximizing Community Use of, and Generating Income From, Your Facility.” The workshop was sponsored by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Episcopal Diocese’s Property Support Program, and the Presbytery of New York City.

The speakers covered a lot of ground - legal, financial, insurance, architectural - but the main theme was this: You can always find a tenant for your space, and renting can generate enough cash to support your other needs, but you don’t want to rent to organizations that don’t match your mission. A weekly disco in the Parish Hall basement might bring in a lot of cash, for example, but it certainly wouldn’t match our mission.

Looking back at the lists we generated at the Plant & Equipment meeting, it was clear that the organizations with whom we share our space now also share our mission. The question is whether we want to open Christ Church to more outside organizations and whether we can find other compatible organizations that might want to rent space from us. Renting to more organizations brings up a variety of issues: For example, how much can we rent the various areas for, what degree of wear and tear can we accommodate, and what about insurance and security issues? The vestry will address these questions in upcoming months.

In any case, here is the list of compatible uses that the Plant & Equipment group came up with:

WEEKLY

  1. Scout troop meetings
  2. Continuing education (computers, cooking, woodworking, household repairs, kitchen appliance repairs, etc., taught by parishioners and others)
  3. 12-step programs (Alcoholics Anonymous, AlAnon, and so on).
  4. ESL for adults and children
  5. Prayer and fellowship meetings
  6. Senior events: bridge games, shuffle board (suggested half seriously), etc., held in the afternoons rather than the evenings

MONTHLY

  1. Movie night for families, including discussion
  2. Book clubs
  3. Lectures
  4. Supervised lessons in bicycle-riding, skateboarding, roller-blading, etc., in the parking lot (new idea since the meeting)—we have the only big off-street parking lot in the neighborhood
  5. Concerts under the trees (new idea)

TWICE YEARLY OR QUARTERLY

  1. Blood drives
  2. Vaccinations
  3. First aid classes
  4. Themed slumber parties for children
  5. Lawn parties with children
  6. Movie shoots

YEARLY

  1. Homeless Search (currently held at Temple Emanuel)
  2. Talent/No Talent Night
  3. Bible day camp
  4. Theater

Now comes the good part: You. Are you interested in any of these programs—for example, the continuing education project or the ESL classes? What about a prayer group? If you want to be part of this outreach or if you have other ideas we didn’t think of, please talk to Fr. Chuck or your favorite vestry member.

What Happens Here Now?
Here is the list of existing uses for the parish hall:

All Floors

Community Emergency Response Training
Holly Ball
Spring Fair
St. Nick’s Fair

Main Floor

Church committee meetings, Vestry Room and Guild Room
Bible study
Nursery
Acorn preschool (in the past)
Tutoring for students
Arts and crafts for children
Lectures
Coffee hour
Office activities
Living Room, every other Tuesday night
Post-concert receptions (Serenade and others)
Receptions for funerals
Serendipity dinners—Guild & Vestry rooms, kitchen
Breakfast for the Project Hospitality guests
Second Saturday cooking
Training programs for the diocese
Knitting group
Quilting group (in the past)
Music and choir recitals and rehearsals

Basement

Sunday school
Project Hospitality’s overnight shelter
Community basketball
Girls Night Out
Boy Scouts (in the past)
Children’s soccer (in the past)
Staten Island Community Supported Agriculture: Parking lot, bathrooms and gym floor (Saturday afternoons)

Auditorium

Liberian Alumni conference and other conferences
Fundraisers for the Staten Island Philharmonic and other local organizations
Party rentals—wedding receptions, family reunions, other
Plays, theater
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Coffee Hour Hosts

The following people have signed up to host Coffee Hour in June, July and August.

June
June 3 –   Spider Webb & Lester Blair
June 17 – Sunday School
June 24 – Richard & Yassah Zayzay; Alice Pyne

July
July 1 –    Susan Fowler & Victor Stanwick
July 8 -      Brenda Baskerville
July 15 -    Nancy Reiersen
July 22 -    The Howells

August
August 5 – Gene & Gytha Darconte
August 12 – Serendipity Ice Cream Social
August 19- Janet Schneiderparagraph ending graphic

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Carpenter's Kids Needs More Donors

Carpenter's Kids logoThe Carpenter’s Kids, a program that feeds and educates children in Tanganyika, in the Diocese of Tanzania, is in need of more donors. Thanks to several generous parishioners we are supporting 20 children in this program, which is sponsored by the Diocese of New York in partnership with the Diocese of Greater Tanganyika.

We have recently learned that our parish will need to support 50 children in order to be assigned to, and communicate with, a parish in Tanganyika. We will also be required to commit this support over a period of five years.

The cost is truly minimal when you consider that $50 per year will clothe, feed and educate a child whose family has been devastated by the HIV epidemic in their country. Each supported child will receive school uniforms, school supplies, a good breakfast and education for just $50 per year!

Won’t you join us in supporting this program? It would be wonderful to know that Christ Church is helping an entire parish in this impoverished country. If you’d like to sign up, or would like additional information, please contact Valerie Quinlan at 718-273-3668paragraph ending graphic

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Around the Parish

There is so much to report this month that it’s hard to find a place to begin. Here we go.

So many graduations and degrees that have been conferred upon our parishioners and family members. Congratulations to Mark Hewitt, son of Charlotte Hewitt, who will be entering St. Louis University this fall. Mark also earned a scholarship from St. Louis U for his accomplishments in Track and Field; to Ted Schneider, son of Janet and Paul Schneider, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Ted joins the Air Force Officer Candidate School this fall; to Willie Black, IV, son of Connie and Buster Black, who has been accepted into Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY, and will be pursuing his degree in Music Education; to Kenneth McLean, son of Beth and Chip McLean, who graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a degree in Business; to Angelique Dawkins, one of our newest members and the mother of Brianna Potter, who earned her Masters degree in Educational Theater from New York University; and to Hugo McIntosh, son of Andrea and Hugo McIntosh, who will be entering the Honors Program at St. Paul’s Boys High School this fall. On May 19, Hugo had the honor of representing Staten Island at the annual CYO Track and Field competition and won first place honors. He now moves on to represent New York State in July at the Disney Sports Complex.

Speaking of sports, let’s hear it for Beth McLean, who has been coaching high school tennis for 18 years. Last month her team, the Curtis Warriors won the PSAL tennis crown by beating Staten Island Tech 4-1 on the last day of the regular season. The last time The Warriors won this title was back in 1962!

Our treasurer, Dorothy Thompson, and her son, Matthew Ambroggi, took a walk together and ended up bringing back $495! Dorothy and Matt were participants in the annual March of Dimes “Walk America” five-mile walk on April 29, and thanks to the generous support of family and friends were able to do their part for a very worthwhile cause.

Congratulations to Eva Marie Black, daughter of Connie and Buster Black, who was named Concert Mistress of the 6th grade string orchestra at IS 61.

The Christ Church Junior Choir made their Sunday morning debut last month, and it was truly wonderful. Under the direction of Beth Johanning, this group of boys and girls gave us a sampling of things to come. Their lovely red choir robes were a gift from Ron and Ellen Mazzuco, in memory of Ellen’s mom, Elsie Bennett. And speaking of the Mazzucco family, congratulations to daughter Laura Jean Gambino who now works for a prestigious real estate firm in Manhattan; and best wishes to Tara (Mazzucco) Smock and her husband, Bob, as they await the birth of their first child in September.

And now that we’re on the topic of babies, this would be a good time to share some wonderful news. Congratulations to Marsha and Leighton Wynter on the birth of their first child, Natalie Elizabeth, on May 22.  Leighton is the brother of Marc Wynter, a former parishioner who moved to Florida with his family a few years ago. Marsha is the foster child of Fr. John and Jerry Keucher, and was a very active member of the servers guild when she and her brother, Marcel, were living at 1 Pendleton Place. And congratulations and best wishes to the Gilbert Family – Johanna, Steve and Alayne – as they welcomed the newest member of their family, Victoria Rose, on May 9.  Johanna recently completed the requirements to become a Physician’s Assistant, and at some point in between lullabies and diapers will be putting these talents to work as well.

Our organist, Tom Sarff, reports that his dad, Curt, has published his first book, “The Superior You,” a collection of self-improvement, positive attitude columns which were written when he was the editor of “A Better You,” a column that was published in the Star Beacon in Ashtabula, Ohio for several years.

Welcome back to David Reiersen as he returns from a nine-month tour of Europe as a member of the technical crew for “Disney on Ice.” David will be home for a few weeks, and then off to Egypt for another four weeks with the Disney Company.

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Andrew Schneider, son of Janet and Paul Schneider, as he begins his tour of duty in Iraq in September.

Condolences to Mark Gherzo on the passing of his brother Glenn, in May. Glenn was a frequent visitor to Christ Church and often attended our late morning Sunday services. He also took great pleasure in attending our Sunday afternoon Serenade concerts. And condolences to Paul and Karen Smith on the passing of Karen’s cousin, Celine Carr. Celine was a well-known figure on Staten Island, and shared her musical talents as a soloist in several Staten Island parishes.

As you know, the Tower Chimes will be “on hiatus” for the next two months as our staff takes a well-deserved summer vacation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fr. Chuck for his input and his support; Cathy Romano for her patience and cheerfulness; and, the Tower Chimes production staff, especially Linda Reiersen, who coordinates the efforts of our dedicated volunteers              . These wonderful folks gather once a month to collate, sort, seal and mail over 200 hundred copies of the Tower Chimes. In addition to Linda and Cathy, the “regulars” include Hal Reiersen, Judith Davis, Anne Devlin, Connie Ricciardi and Martha Keucher.  Without them, the Tower Chimes would never reach our readers each month.

Thanks to one and all – and best wishes for a restful, happy and fulfilling summer vacation. See you all in the fall!  paragraph ending graphic

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