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May 2007
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paragraph ending graphic Women of Christ Church paragraph ending graphic 2007 Summer Camp        
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Clergy Corner

Fr. Charles H. Howell, rector of Christ Church New BrightonThe other day I answered the phone in the church office and a woman said, “I’m interested in having a booth at your spring fair.”  I said, “That’s wonderful.  If you’ll give me your name and number I’ll have the fair organizers give you a call.”  The woman then asked, “Where are you located?”  I described our location as about a mile west of St. George and two blocks off Richmond Terrace.  There was a long pause and the woman said, “Oh, I’m not interested.  I’m not comfortable in that neighborhood.” “Really?” I said.  “It’s very safe.”  And she responded, “No, I’m just not comfortable.  Goody-bye”

This conversation saddened me and reminded me that bigotry and prejudice are not confined to talk radio and TV.  Bigotry and prejudice are alive and well on Staten Island, as they are pretty much everywhere.

This conversation also made me proud of the remarkable thing we are doing at Christ Church.  We are an inclusive multi-racial, multi-ethnic community which crosses various economic boundaries.  We are a living witness to the fullness of the Kingdom of God.  We are also a counter-cultural example to Staten Island and to the world, showing what a church and a community should be.  We’re not perfect by any means, but, by the grace of God, we are certainly headed in the right direction.

The woman who called was worried that she would be uncomfortable here.  God does not call us to be comfortable.  God calls us to step out of our comfort zones and to work with our brothers and sisters in Christ to share the Gospel message with every one we meet.

Faithfully yours,

Fr. Chuck paragraph ending graphic

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The Women of Christ Church

Our written in stone second Thursday was a very bad day: rain, gloom and wind. We should not have been surprised that only three faithful people made that day – even though Connie Ricciardi had prepared wonderful desserts and had set the table for 10! We are hoping for better things in May: May 10! Don’t forget!

By Saturday the weather had cleared a bit – that was just before the BIG rain – and several of us went to St. Stephen’s for the spring meeting of the Episcopal Church Women of Staten Island. It was heartening to see the signs of growth and activity at St. Stephen’s. A beautiful lunch was provided following the Eucharist, which was celebrated by Mother Loyda Morales.

In a short business meeting we voted to send $250 to the Carpenter’s Kids project. This fulfills the five-year commitment that is asked of supporters. We at Christ Church are working on this, too. Only $50 a year provides breakfast, books, tuition and uniforms for a child orphaned by AIDS in Tanganyika. See Valerie Quinlan if you’d like to participate.

The highlight of the day was Fr. John Walsted’s talk on his icons. He took several of his icons and some of the materials he uses in producing them for us to see. As always, he spoke of the spiritual message and values that are conveyed through icons, as well as the tradition of venerating them.

We hope you’ll be able to attend the fall meeting of the Staten Island ECW, which will take place at St. Simon’s Church. paragraph ending graphic
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Vestry Report

During its monthly meeting on 9 April, the Vestry took the following actions or was informed of the following:

  • Serendipity is increasing its contribution to the operating account to $1,500.
  • The major work in the rectory has been completed.
  • Father Keucher, Chief of Finance and Operations for the Diocese of New York, spoke to the Investment Committee and answered questions of the committee members.  The church will be investing money with PEMS (Parish Endowment Management Services), the equivalent of a mutual fund, but one run by the diocese for its parishes.
  • The Scholarship Committee has revised its criteria for awarding money to worthy individuals.  In light of its new criteria, it is pleased to make a grant to Olisha James, who is going to Japan this summer.
  • Connie Ricciardi gave us the good news that our pledges exceed $100,000 for the year. Presently forty-seven of the eighty-one who made pledges have fulfilled them.
  • Anne Devlin will be heading this year’s United Thank Offering Drive
  • The final repairs on the organ must wait for the tower to be repaired.
The 10 a.m. Sunday service is seen as a great success and the Easter season was a triumph. paragraph ending graphic
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Thank You!

As many of you already know, I was in a serious car accident on Hylan Blvd. on April 11.  Although my car was totaled, I walked away, thanks be to God, with some spectacular bruises on my legs and arms, very sore joints, and a bruised rib.  Thank you for your prayers, kind words, and notes of concern.  Please also remember the occupants of the other vehicle in your prayers that they too will make a full and speedy recovery.

      If I may preach for a moment, remember always to wear your seatbelt.  My seatbelt and airbags certainly saved me from more serious injuries, or worse. paragraph ending graphic
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2007 Summer Camp & College Fund
(Also known as the Lehmann Family Scholarship Fund)

This year we have two 2-week sessions of summer camp scholarship available for use at Incarnation Episcopal Camp in Ivoryton, Ct., two 1-week camps (also at Incarnation) through the NY Summer Youth Conference, and a 2-week YMCA day camp in Camp Pouch on Staten Island.

The 1-week camp through NY Youth conference is intended for those entering grade 7 through first year of college.  Last year the theme was Walk In Love, which explored the ways we can live Jesus’ love.  The scholarship for this camp includes chartered bus transportation.  If you would like to hear first hand about it, please talk with Titus Zayzay who attended previously.

The 2-week session at Incarnation Episcopal Summer Camp is in Connecticut and is the nation’s oldest Episcopal camp; it is located on 700 acres, surrounding a mile-long private lake.

The staff at Incarnation offers a full range of recreation, sports, arts and nature activities to young people ages 7 through 15. Bus transportation is also included in this scholarship.  Olisha James and Evelyn Zayzay would love to tell you about their experiences there.  On the bulletin board in the parish house is a brochure about Incarnation, so please take a minute to look at it.

And if you are graduating high school this year and have been accepted at college, please make an application to the Scholarship committee.  The application is a simple one.  Just write some information about yourself, your studies, major, name of college and anything else you would like us to consider.

If you are interested, please see anyone on the committee (Gytha Darconte, Father Howell, Colin Reed, Trevor Mills or Paul Smith). paragraph ending graphic     
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It's Spring Fair Time!

This year our theme is Celebrate Life!  Every year, the second Saturday in June is our Spring Fair…and this year is no exception.  The fair will be held on June 9th from 10 am to 3 pm.  Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Gytha Darconte, Gene Darconte, or Lisa Rhoades.

In case you haven’t been to our fair, we offer the following:  White Elephant, Silent Auction, Hot Dogs/Hamburgers, Plants, Jewelry, Basket raffles, Admission raffle ($500 prize), 50/50, Colin’s Kitchen, Vendors, Kids games/kids table, Books, CDs, tapes, and phono records (yes they still exist and we have some beauties this year. Some real collectibles!)

And since we all love music, we will have Peter Raff’s band, The Shakers, for a little ambiance.

In keeping with the theme of Celebrating Life, we are asking everyone to take part in a little contest.  Please give Colin Reed a baby picture of yourself.  Only Colin will really know who is who!  Whoever identifies the most babies will win a surprise prize!  (Of course you will get the picture back!)

Don’t forget that we need all kinds of things—spirits (bottles of wines and liquors) garage sale items for the white elephant, jewelry, baskets of goodies, and gift certificates.  After you do your spring-cleaning, we can start accepting your gifts for storage.  But please remember that we do not accept clothing, furniture or computers.

As most of you know, Spring Fair day is one of the happiest days at Christ Church.  It’s a day of camaraderie, good will and lots of fun!

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Serenade Presents:
Celebrated Ukranian Pianist Tom Hrynkiw

Tom HrynkiwOn Sunday, June 3rd, at 3:00 P.M., Serenade will present a celebrated Ukrainian pianist, Tom Hrynkiw. The program will take place at Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Avenue.

Mr. Hrynkiw’s program will include preludes and fugues by J.S. Bach, Beethoven’s “Moonlight” sonata, works by Chopin, and a work by the Ukrainian composer, Josef Vytvytski (1813-1866) entitled “Ukrainka.”

The concert is free to the public. It will be followed by a “Meet-the-Artists” reception. Both the concert and reception areas are handicapped accessible. Info: 718-273-3668.

A resident of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Tom Hrynkiw has enjoyed a wide and varied career, both as a concert artist and teacher. Hailed as a pianist of “dramatic power and poetry,” Mr. Hrynkiw began concertizing at the age of thirteen. At age nineteen, he won a competition whose first prize was a performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto under the baton of the legendary Leopold Stokowski.

A recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Hrynkiw has performed in major concert halls in the United States and Europe, including the Kennedy center, Library of Congress and Lincoln Center. He has appeared annually at the Newport Festival in Rhode Island. A much sought-after chamber music performer, Mr. Hrynkiw has a long association with the Metropolitan Opera basso, Paul Plishka, performing recitals in America and abroad.

Mr. Hrynkiw has made radio appearances on the major classical radio stations, including WQXR in New York; station WGBH in Boston, and national public radio and television in Miami, Pennsylvania, and Mexico. For the Musical Heritage Society he has recorded the music of the Russian composer, Mikhail Glinka. He has also recorded on various labels with such distinguished musicians as Paul Plishka, oboist Bert Lucarelli, the cellist Gilberto Mungula, and the flutist, John Wion. paragraph ending graphic
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Around the Parish

Despite a rather cold and chilly Easter Day parishioners at Christ Church came out to join in this most joyful celebration of the church year. David and Dan Wood worked their magic in the church with their wonderful arrangements of white lilies and pink azaleas throughout the church; however, their work was not finished. We were all treated to a sumptuous reception in the auditorium which was hosted by David and Dan. Sherry, coffee, sandwiches and desserts were plentiful and it was a wonderful day for all who attended.

It was great to see so many old friends that day, especially Virginia Peel, and Andrew, Ted and Kate Schneider.

Congratulations to Roderick Sherman, son of William Sherman, who is now working as a production assistant with Al Roker Productions. Way to go, Roderick!

And best wishes go out to Brian McLean, son of Beth and Chip McLean. Brian has been accepted into the New York Medical College for Physical Therapy in Valhalla, NY and begins his studies in June.

We do hope that some of you were able to catch the opening of Susan Fowler’s mom, Jane, showing at the Jadite Galleries last month. Jane wins watercolor competitions in New England on a regular basis. Her paintings are realistic, but she knows a great deal about folk art. Perhaps one day we can arrange for a showing of her works in the Guild Room.

In response to a recent mailing, Angela Longford, formerly a regular parishioner here at Christ Church enclosed a little note which read “to all my loved ones at Christ Church, New Brighton: I have sent a money order in care of you for the church and I will try and do this throughout the year if God spares my life. Thank you very much for the birthday care. I appreciated it very much. God bless you all!”         

Talk about keeping things in the family! Last month we shared the good news with you about Liz Howell’s teaching position at Wagner College. There’s even more good news to share: this September Liz will be taking on a brand new assignment at Notre Dame Academy here on Staten Island, and will be teaching chemistry and biology. This is a brand new experience for her and she’s thrilled – especially since daughter, Georgia, is a student at Notre Dame.   And if that’s not enough, Liz’s class will be comprised of the lucky students who attended science classes taught by our own Carol Brown the year before. Not to mention that Carol and Liz are distantly related as well!

Many of you might not be aware that our own Frank Quinlan, husband of Valerie Quinlan, is a playwright. We are pleased to report that a one of Frank’s plays, “Shadow Wars” will undergo a staged reading at the New Dorp Library on Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m. Our “in-house” thespians, Paul and Karen Smith, will perform in the play and Paul will also be the director.  More to follow as the production draws closer and the remainder of the cast has been selected.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Fr. Chuck who thankfully suffered what would be considered minor injuries in an auto “mishap” last month.

And condolences to the McLean family on the passing of Chip’s uncle last month.

Just a small reminder – next month’s edition of the Tower Chimes (that’s the June issue) will be the last one before our two-month summer hiatus. If there’s any news that you’d like to share – either in this column, or by way of an informative article – please be sure to submit it by the editorial deadline date of May 20. paragraph ending graphic     
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The Parish Register

Easter Baptisms

  1. Preston Saah Aghailas, son of Tamba Aghailas and Benorie Zayzay.
  2. Alice Tamara Dwehchenneh, daughter of Thomas Dwehchenneh and Welleh Pyne

May Birthdays
1 Lindsay Kennedy; 4—Jessica Szczepanik; 8 –Dominic Elia;  11 —Shirley Elfers, Etta Johnson; 14 – Tara (Mazzucco) Smock; 15– Laura Farr; 16 Connie Black; 17 – Nancy Beveridge; 18 – David Holt; 19 – Agnes Thompson; 28–Fidel Zayzay; 30 – Jay Szczepanik
 May Anniversaries
5 – David Nygard & Lisa Rhoades; 9 – Lester Blair & Hueldine Webb

      If your special day is not in our records, call the Parish Office at 727-6100 so it can be added. paragraph ending graphic
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Holy Week at Christ Church

For those of you who were unable to participate in all of the Holy Week Services at Christ Church this year we’d like to provide a brief look at some of the events that took place. Special thanks to our parish photographers for sharing their photos with us. paragraph ending graphic     

Acolytes and Crucifer.
Acolytes and Crucifer.


Georgia and her palm cross.
Georgia and her palm cross.


Form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
Form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.


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One of the oldest schools in the country, the Collegiate School, was founded by the early Dutch settlers of Manhattan in 1628. Thirty-three years ago, for nine years, Colin Reed was a teacher and administrator. As this issue of the Tower Chimes goes to press, on May 4 the Alumni Association of the school is sending a car to pick him up for a special ceremony in his honor.

      Having taught all of the sons of the founders of the famous Seagram’s whiskey company, after they came of age and took over the reins from their father, they set up a special scholarship in his honor named “The Colin Reed Scholarship Fund” to assist the school in its commitment to diversity. It provides financial assistance for students of color and middle income families in the Lower School. Last year, the Annual Giving was over $2,350,000. paragraph ending graphic     
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Community News

Save the Date!
Saturday, May 19th
Annual Fair
10 AM until 3 PM

St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Castleton Avenue

City of New York Food Stamp Program

Over the last six months the City Council has focused on the issues of hunger and nutrition and has set a goal of reducing the number of hungry New Yorkers by half over the next three years. The Food Stamp Program is an important weapon in the fight against hunger; about 600,000 New Yorkers qualify for food stamps but do not apply for them.

To obtain additional information, or to enroll in the program, contact the Food Stamp Office at 718-390-6826 or visit the office in person at:

201 Bay Street, 1st Floor. Hours are:, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am – 6 p.m.; Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; or Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grace Institute Business Skills Program for Women

Grace Institute is currently accepting applications for its TUITION-FREE Business Skills Program. This four-and-a-half-month training program teaches women the skills needed to succeed in the workplace. The program includes an in-depth study of computers, keyboarding, business writing and communications and office procedures. All graduates receive job placement assistance. Classes meet Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and begin in September 2007. Evening classes are also available.

An Open House has been scheduled at the Institute on Wednesday, May 16 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and again on Wednesday, June 6 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Grace Institute is located at 1233 Second Avenue in Manhattan. Their telephone number is 212-832-7605, and their web address is paragraph ending graphic     
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Coffee Hour Hosts for May

The following people have signed up to host Coffee Hour in May:

May 6 –  Sunday School
May 13 –Connie Black
May 20 –Sheila Hewitt
May 27 – Laura & Ed Craig

      If you need assistance, or are unable to host on your date, please give Lisa Rhoades a call at 718-420-0363. paragraph ending graphic     
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