Tower Chimes June 2008
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Clergy Corner

The Rev. Charles H. Howell, Rector of Christ Church New Brighton
The Rev. Chuck Howell

A couple of weekends ago my family and I were in San Francisco for a niece’s wedding. On Sunday morning I attended the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist at a beautiful church just around the corner from our hotel in Berkley.  I had some preconceptions about what an Episcopal church in Berkley would be like, so I was expecting a very contemporary service and style of worship.

Much to my surprise, the service was conducted according to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, the so-called old Prayer Book.  I grew up with the 1928 Prayer Book, but I don’t think I’ve attended a service at which it was used in over 30 years, so it was a little bit like bumping into an old friend.

My limited experience has been that often churches that used the 1928 Prayer Book are bitter and reactionary, but that was not at all the case at this Berkley church.  Both the celebrant and the seminarian were young Asian women; the rector preached a fine sermon on the Trinity; and the style of worship was dignified but relaxed.  There were about 40 people and a mixture of races and ages in the congregation, and, although they were not a chatty group, they were welcoming and friendly.  I left church that morning happier than ever to be an Episcopalian, and part of a Church which so graciously blends both the old and the new.

Summer is upon us and, even with gas at $4.00 a gallon, many of us will be traveling.  I urge you to attend the local Episcopal church while you are on vacation.  Several of our fellow parishioners have formed warm relationships with the churches they attend while out of town.  I always enjoy seeing the bulletins that parishioners bring back and hearing about what’s going on in other parts of the Church.  Don’t deprive yourself of the opportunity to be surprised and encouraged by all the wonderful things, and all the wonderful people, you’ll find throughout the Episcopal Church.

Faithfully yours,

Fr. Chuck

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Vestry Notes

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Christ Church Vestry took place on Monday, May 12, 2008. The following are some highlights of what took place that evening:

Our Treasurer, Dorothy Thompson, reported the following:

  • The heating bill is way over budget but will hopefully level out now that the better weather is here.
  • The cost of the copier ($4,800) was offset by a gift of $1,000 from Serendipity.
  • We have received a $22,000 grant and an $88,000 loan, to be repaid on a monthly schedule, from the Diocesan Property Support Committee for the tower repair.
  • We also received a $10,000 grant from Northfield Savings Bank Foundation.
    • Fr. Howell thanked Barnett Shepherd for his excellent work on obtaining grants for the church.
    • Reports were made by the Plant & Equipment committee concerning a quote for the replacement stove in the Parish Hall kitchen, a follow-up on tower repairs, adopt-a-room activity, building the boiler room in the Rectory basement.
    • Alleida Mitchell reported that the Wine Tasting event was a success and made a profit of $2,540. The cost of the lawn tables and umbrellas was $459.68, after donations of $100 each from Colin Reed and from Serendipity.
    • Community Outreach (CCCO): Alleida Mitchell reported that she has bags of non-perishable food items given to Christ Church by the Post Office. These will be used for the holiday baskets later this year.
Victor Stanwick reported that the crowds at the Second Saturday Feeding at Trinity Lutheran Church have grown much larger. A couple of soup kitchens on Staten Island have also closed down. He requested an increase of $500 to the feeding program budget to meet this growing demand, which was passed unanimously.
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I Wonder...

As warden for the last year and a half, I have come to expect that when Father Chuck asks "Can we talk?" an opportunity to grow closer in my relationship with God and this church might be just around the corner.

I have come to trust, and look forward to sharing, in some of the dreams and hopes he has for Christ Church.  So, even though most days since Charlie arrived I hardly feel capable of brushing my hair or stringing together a simple sentence, I found myself on May 1st in Rochester, NY to attend a three day Godly Play teacher accreditation seminar.

On his fourth flight in his 4 1/2 month life, Charlie continued the Rhoades-Nygard tradition of being a great sport no matter how long the airline delays!

Godly Play is way to teach our children our sacred stories, parables, and liturgical actions that allows them to think about and respond to these stories in a child-friendly, safe environment.  Godly Play is built upon the idea that playing is what children are supposed to do, that play is, in fact, the work of childhood.

Building from this idea and studies on the theology of childhood, Jerome Berryman designed Godly Play.  In a Godly Play room, all the elements are intentionally placed and treated with respect. Children come together in a circle, listen to a story, respond to the story with their thoughts and play, and share the feast. It is amazing and difficult to explain, not unlike the difference between knowing about God, and knowing God.

Working with the Youth Activities Committee, Father Chuck, and a core group of volunteers, we hope to launch Godly Play at Christ Church this fall. Before that can happen, there is much to do.  If you want to learn more about the program or help out, please see me.  I'll be keeping the vestry and parish informed of developments through reports and articles here in the Tower Chimes, including my wish list for donations of supplies and talents.  I hope that part of our preparations will include some Godly Play for the adults in our parish, as well.      
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A Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith

If you don't read anything else this summer (other than back issues of the Tower Chimes), I would encourage you -- nay, urge you -- to read "A Stronger Kinship" by our fellow parishioner Anna-Lisa Cox.

"A Stronger Kinship" is a wonderfully inspiring account of the development of the multi-racial community of Covert, in Michigan during the latter part of the 19th century.  In Covert, white settlers and African- Americans, (who had journeyed north in the years prior to, during, and following the Civil War), were able to live together harmoniously with equality.

In this carefully researched book, we read of some courageous men and women who, in settling in a region, which was by no means free of racial intolerance, (even though it was far from the Confederate states), were determined to flourish.  That they were able to do so was testament to their unbending will, not only to be free, but to be accepted as equals by all of their fellow men.

Covert Church group
Covert Church Group c.1910.

In the closing chapter of the book, Anna-Lisa quotes from a speech made by an African -American preacher, the Rev John Dungill, on Covert's annual Emancipation Celebration Day in 1896.  She observes that, in his speech, Dungill recognized the many challenges that the young people of Covert would face in a nation that was turning hostile to their integrated way of life.  He said:   

"You are to be the fathers and mothers of our future citizenship.  Whatever we shall be in years to come lies very largely with you; therefore be as splendid as it is possible to be.  Be grand, grand in your manhood and womanhood…..And the day will come when all, regardless of race, color, or previous condition will hand in hand tread the peaceful heights of perfect liberty." 

How reminiscent were those words of similar ones spoken over 60 years later by that greatest of all orators, Martin Luther King Jr.

Pete Seeger, that lifelong advocate of freedom, and tireless worker for that cause, said of "A Stronger Kinship":

"A wonderful book.  Stories like this need to get around sooner than later. They are what will save this world."

I humbly echo those sentiments!
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Women of Christ Church

The faithful few who braved the cold and rain for the May meeting of the Women of Christ Church were brought up to date on some church projects which have been planned for the fall.

We are taking first steps for doing a portion of the Food Pantry services which were formerly managed by All Saints Church. Some supplies are coming in for assembling bags of food for distribution at Thanksgiving, and Fr. Chuck told us that a lot of help will be needed at that time.

A new Sunday School program called “Godly Play” is being considered. Fr. Chuck indicated that he has had experience with this very effective program in the past, and recommends it highly. It will require considerable investment in materials, and the Women of Christ Church agreed to help out when money is needed.

Our visits to the Staten Island Care Center have been well received by the residents and we are investigating the possibility of continuing that outreach.

Our next meeting will be a “pitch-in” luncheon at One Pendleton Place. The date and time, and further plans, will be announced upon Fr. John’s return from his month-long stay in Italy.
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A Program of Spirituals at Christ Church

On Sunday, June 8 at 3 p.m., the Serenade Concert Series will present “A Program of Spirituals” featuring baritone, Anthony Turner, and soprano, Marilyn Damon, accompanied by pianist Joseph Kubera.

There will be a “Meet the Artists” reception in the parish hall, immediately following the performance.

This concert is free-of-charge and open to the public. For additional information please call 718-273-3668.      
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Carpenter's Kids Update

Those who have contributed to our parish partnership with the Nghome, Tanganyika Carpenter's Kids are asked to make their second annual payment by the end of August. Please make your checks payable to "The Episcopal Diocese of New York," with the annotation, "For Carpenter's Kids." The annual amount is $50.

      Please give your checks to Valerie Quinlan, who will collect them so that all checks can be turned in simultaneously.
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In Memoriam: Mae Seeley

Anna Mae Seeley
Mae Seeley

(Mae was a member of Christ Church for over forty years, and spent a great part of that time as a member of the choir. This memorial tribute was written by Tom Sarff, our organist and choir director, and gives an insight into one of the many special qualities of this gracious and wonderful lady.)

Early Sunday morning, May 18, Mae Seeley passed away, following an extended illness.  Mae was a well known and beloved parishioner, choir member, educator, museum director, arts patron, wife, mother, sister, and friend.  Her loss will be deeply felt by many people.

Mae’s warmth and vitality were two of her most endearing attributes, and they had a way of rubbing off on other people.  Recently I came across an old envelope Mae had mailed to me, which contained snapshots of a summer choir party the Seeley’s had hosted. Pictured in these snapshots were parents and grandparents.  There was even a giggling baby and one large dog.  There were rambunctious grandkids jumping into the swimming pool with a jubilant splash.  There were Frisbee games and water balloon fights.  There were tables lined with food and coolers stocked with drink. There were jokes and there was gut-busting laughter. There were latecomers greeted with a loud cheer.  Mae was radiant.

Accompanying the photos was a handwritten note card, in which Mae thanked the choir for the party.  She was thanking us?!?  As far as we were concerned, it was the other way around.  After all, we didn’t host the choir party, the Seeleys did, and as anybody knows, hosting a party involves planning, time, and effort.  Yet Mae was grateful to us.

On second thought, that’s not surprising.  Mae had an innate ability to absorb happiness from her surroundings, such that our happiness became her happiness – and vice versa.   No matter the venue or circumstances, she saw the best in others.  She made us feel like the most important people on earth, and we loved her.
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Greeters Program

Beginning this fall, the Evangelism committee will be starting a new program to welcome visitors to Christ Church.

Greeters Program

When newcomers enter the church, the ushers will escort them to a table where a greeter will welcome them, familiarize them with our service and programs, and answer any questions they may have.  At the end of the service, the greeter will escort the newcomers to coffee hour and introduce them to fellow parishioners.

We hope that by making warm personal contact with all visitors we will better spread the word about our wonderful community.  We will train a team of greeters this summer, asking each one to take a turn at the greeters table every 6 to 8 weeks.

If you are interested in becoming a greeter, please contact Father Chuck or Liz Howell.
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Fun & Worship at the Acolyte Festival

On Saturday May 17 a group of 15 junior and senior acolytes (also known as altar boys/ girls or servers) enjoyed a day of learning, fun, worship and fellowship at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine as part of the annual Acolyte Festival. The theme of this year’s occasion was “Unidos=Together” and everyone was given a T-shirt with this logo, acknowledging and celebrating the importance of the various ministries of all those who serve at God’s altar.

We also received brightly colored pectoral crosses to wear when we serve at the altar. Many of those attending had been at the cathedral the previous Saturday for their confirmation so they were familiar with where everything was, a great help to those who were a bit lost in the enormous space.

After breakfast and a welcome from Canon Patricia S. Mitchell, the Canon for Christian Formation, we went to different workshops designed to attract both youth and adult acolytes. One group went to Liturgy 101 for Youth, which included You Tube presentations on the liturgy and sacraments and how to bring energy, creativity and humor to our serving; another group went to a discussion on how our ministry doesn’t have to stop with being a senior acolyte. You can even aspire to being a Verger!

Next we put on our vestments for the Eucharist, celebrated by Bishop E. Don Taylor. All the different churches represented at the festival had brought their parish banner and it was wonderful to see the variety of vestments and banners from churches around the diocese. The procession of more than 300 acolytes was very long, much longer than the opening hymn so there were lengthy organ interludes and even a bagpiper until we were all seated in the Choir for the service to commence.

Afterwards, we all went outside to have a group photo on the front steps of the cathedral. The photographer was supposed to get on a cherry picker to get us all into the picture, but it malfunctioned. We were all amused when she hailed a Gray Line double-decker bus, asked if she could take a picture from the top deck, and did so to the delight of the day trippers on the bus who also took lots of photos of the huge group.

We then removed our vestments and went outside to the Cathedral grounds for lunch. The Cathedral School was having a fair that day so there were a lot of activities and things going on. After munching on hamburgers and hot dogs, we made our way back to Staten Island. Special thanks to Hal Reiersen and Victor Stanwick for driving and to Kristen Reiersen for being indispensable.

Those attending were Adeja Jean-Mary, Sydney MacIntosh, Amber James, Evelyn Zayzay, Siaber Zayzay, Titus Zayzay, Hugo MacIntosh, Malik Archer, Jabari Archer, Wolde Archer, Kristin Reiersen, Hal Reiersen, Richard Zayzay, Victor Stanwick and Paul Smith. We would like to thank Father Howell, the Vestry and the parish for making this wonderful experience possible.
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Richmond Choral Society Youth Chorus to Perform at Christ Church

On Tuesday, June 3 at 7 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 Treble Choir.

This will be a special evening of music which will appeal to both children and adults alike.

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 4, and again on June 11, 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 auditioning.
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Coffee Hour Schedule

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

June
June 1 –  Valerie Quinlan
June 8 –  Martha Keucher
June 15 – Sunday School
June 22 – Beth McLean
June 29 – Alleida Mitchell

July
July 6 –   Togba & Juanita Porte
July 13 -  Janet Schneider
July 20-   Andrea & Hugo McIntosh
July 27 -  Beth Johanning

August
August 3 – Connie Black
August 10 – Nancy Reiersen
August 17-  The Sherman Family
August 24 – Janet Schneider
August 31 - OPEN

If you need assistance, or are unable to host on your date, please give Lisa Rhoades a call at 718-420-0363.
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No More Leaks! No More Leaks!

The work on the tower is finished. The rafters have been tied to a new support beam around the inside of the tower, and cracks in the brick and stone wall have been filled.

The repaired tower
Here is the new support beam around the inside of the tower. The rafter is firmly attached.
You can also see new mortar around the brick and stone.

With these repairs and last year’s repairs to the roof, we can expect no leaks from the roof for the next hundred years. Well, maybe that’s hoping for too much. However, there will certainly be no more rain pattering down into the pews.

Burda Construction also replaced the gutters around the top of the tower. The ‘skin’ of the gutters had pulled away from the walls and the leaders down through the tower to the roof were clogged.

To keep the gutters in tip-top shape, Vito will do a tower gutter clean-out each November and a spring check-up each May.

There is still work to do on the tower, but nothing that is an emergency. Jack Scibor from Burda Construction identified problems with failing mortar on the outside of the tower, and Marie Ennis from Old Structures Engineering agreed that the outside walls should be repointed within the next five years. The cost to repoint the entire tower will probably be about $65,000.

Room Adoptions Going Like the Blazes

Peter Raff adopted the church basement and the Parish Hall basement kitchen and bathrooms. Louis from Peter's company, Dorset Interiors, first repaired the holes in the church basement ceiling. These repairs reduce the possibility of fire spreading from the basement into the church. Closing the holes was one of the high-priority recommendations of the Lichten Craig architectural survey.

Workers from Dorset Interiors have also repainted the downstairs kitchen and bathrooms, and are working on the back stairway in the Parish Hall.

Another parishioner adopted the kitchen, giving the church a pledge for $5,000 to replace the Parish Hall stove. The donor was concerned by the description of the old stove in the last Tower Chimes: “That doesn’t seem safe!”

     

Within the next month, you can expect to see a brand new stove in the kitchen. You’ll also see new shelves in the corner between the stove and the window. These shelves will let cooks open the window without having to crawl over the platform that now blocks it.

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The Second Saturday Program Needs YOU!

Those of you who have been involved in the Second Saturday feeding program may have noticed a few changes over the years.

For example, when I took over this program from Colin Reed oh those many years ago there were three separate people cooking a main course and three others preparing a tossed salad. The main course was ALWAYS macaroni and cheese. On a cold winter day macaroni and cheese is a great way to fill up and get warm.

But in July it’s just simply too hot and heavy. The salads were also almost always the same: lettuce and tomatoes cut into half-inch chunks with maybe a cucumber or a few carrots sliced in.

Uncle Victor Needs YOU!

In the interest of saving people’s valuable time and energy (not to speak of providing a good nutritious meal) I have made a few changes. First of all, we now rotate through four different main courses: macaroni and cheese, elbows and meat sauce, hot dogs and beans, and a cold pasta salad for the summer months. In my own opinion, the macaroni and cheese is the most time-intensive meal to prepare, even if you use the boxed stuff. The others are much easier to prepare (especially when you’re making enough for thirty or forty people). I did this not only with the hope that people would not be too intimidated to volunteer their services, but also to provide our clients with some variation in their menus.

I no longer ask people to prepare a separate salad for three main reasons: First off, many of our clients have little or no extra money at the end of each month to fritter away on such luxuries as dental care, resulting in assorted toothy shortcomings.

We must prepare all of our meals (main course and salads) in such a way as to make them as easy as possible to chew, especially if your pearly whites are not so pearly white or structurally sound. In the past we used to take every salad given to us and spend time cutting each and every piece into smaller pieces.

Secondly, quite a few of our volunteers would simply buy pre-packaged salads (or give me money to buy them). The third reason neatly links the first two together: since these packaged salads also had to be cut into smaller pieces, I figured, “Why not just buy packaged salad in the first place?” The advantage to this is that I can buy spinach greens (which have high nutritional value) instead of lettuce (which has no nutritional value), making the salad much better for our clients. And since they have to be cut up anyway, well you get the picture.

In the recent past two soup kitchens closed on Staten Island due to lack of funding, which is becoming harder and harder to come by. This means that the Second Saturday feeding program is being hit hard. In the past we planned on feeding sixty people total on any given Saturday. Some Saturdays we may only have gotten twenty-five people, and other Saturdays we would end up with eighty or eighty-five. It would average out at the end of the year to about sixty people per month.

Lately, however, we have been hit consistently every month with seventy, eighty, and ninety people to feed. In May, for example, we had ninety-three people to feed. Needless to say, we ran out food quickly and had to improvise. It was ugly.

Anyway, what this all boils down to is: WE NEED YOUR HELP. If you are not already a part of the Second Saturday team, I ask you to prayerfully consider joining us. If you are already a part of the team, you’ll notice a few more subtle changes in the coming months (like me asking you to prepare more food than you are used to). The work is really not that difficult. And it makes a world of difference to hungry families.

Remember what we say during Grace? “Dear Lord, bless this food to our use and keep us ever mindful of those who have less.” I’m no theologian, but I believe this means more than just “thinking” about those who have less. I think it means we are supposed to try and DO something about it. And of all the ways to do something about, this is by far the easiest.

If I have struck a chord in your heart, and you are interested in either doing more than you already are or joining the program, you can contact me at:

Victor Stanwick
718-720-1169 home
917-841-9525 cell
Victor's email
Thank you for your time and attention.

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From the Parish Register

June Birthdays
4—Christopher John (CJ) Brown; 9 –Kristin Reiersen; 10 —Sean McLean; 12 – Anne Beveridge; 13 – Peter Raff; 15 – Patsy Parese, Vlasta Jantzi, Charles McLean III, Richard Zayzay; 16 – Jill Kanner Smith, Romeo Zayzay; 18 – Eleanor Larimer; 25 – Liz Howell; 29 – Gregory Brown, Michael Buss, Leslie Thompson; 30 – Togba R. Porte
June Anniversaries
8 – Joseph Ambroggi & Dorothy Thompson; 11 – Bill & Nancy Beveridge; 17 – Richard & Yassah Zayzay

July Birthdays
5 – Monette McIntosh; 8 – Isabella Rhea Massey; 10 — Colin Reed, Williette Thompson, 13- Brian McLean; 14 –Nwamaka Okocha, Togba Porte II; 15 – Nick Lettiere, Bonnie Nygard; 16 – Carol Brown, Ryan Johnson; 19 – Sydney George; 21- Sarah Kanner; 22- Charlotte Hewitt; 23 – Sheila Swigert; 26 – Barnett Shepherd, Ann Sohm; 27 – Sydney McIntosh; 30 – Titus Zayzay
 July  Anniversaries
30 – Willie & Connie Black, III

August Birthdays
2 – Ted Schneider; 3 – Joseph Ambroggi; 4 – Edwin John; 7 – Michael LaCause; 8 – Erin Shannon, Kevin Larimer; 10 – John Watson; 12 – Anne Devlin; 15 – Joseph Zayzay; 21 – Luke Larimer; 24 – Robert Hayes, Yassah Zayzay; 25 – Laura Mazzucco-Gambino, Elizabeth McLean ; 28 – David Nygard; 29 – Christiana Adeshote; 30 – Troy Richards
  August Anniversaries
9 – Edward & Laura Craig; 15 – Charles & Elizabeth McLean, Jay & Ginny Spadaro; 20 – Nick & Nancy Lettiere; 31 – John & Christine Szczepanik

If your special day is not in our records, call the Parish Office at 727-6100 so it can be added.
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Sharing the Best We've Got

Our esteemed Rector, in a recent sermon, exhorted us all to "share the best we’ve got" with our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and, in fact, with everyone we meet. By "the best" he meant, of course, Christ Church New Brighton, and he’s right.

Another example of the best Episcopalians have to offer is the Washington National Cathedral. It’s somewhat unusual that the main Episcopal Church presence in the District of Columbia should be a place of worship. In recognizing the importance of creating a religious witness in our nation’s capital, several denominations founded universities. Baptists founded the George Washington University in 1821; Roman Catholics the Catholic University of America in 1887; and Methodists the American University in 1893. Private universities have selective admissions policies and very high tuition. By way of contrast, the National Cathedral is open to everyone.

It succeeds surprisingly well as the "House of Prayer for All People" envisioned by its founders. It is a major tourist attraction on both weekdays and Sundays and visitors of many denominations take part in its services. This magnificent cathedral in its beautiful setting is an outstanding achievement in Washington, D.C. Let us support it and be grateful for it.
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Spring Fair!

The Christ Church Spring Fair is just around the corner and we’re gearing up for a spectacular event. This year, in addition to our white elephants, plant table, silent auction, vendor tables, Peter Raff and his band, church tours and hot dog and hamburger stand, we’ll also be featuring a lovely spot in which to enjoy tea and sandwiches, in addition to a car wash in the parking lot, and the haunting melodies of a steel drum band. And especially important, is our observance of Flag Day – be sure to wear your red, white and blue that day!

NOW is the time to sign up as a volunteer that day. It’s also the time for you to talk to Janet Schneider about donating a home-baked item for our cake and cookie stand; time to purchase your 50/50 raffles and sweeps tickets; time to get your donations to Barnett Shepherd for the baskets of cheer; and time to drop off your white elephants to the church. And most important of all, it’s time to get ready for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship.

See you at the Fair!
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Around the Parish

Judging from the number of articles that have been written for this month’s Tower Chimes, it’s pretty easy to see that there is so much going on. We’ll be marking the end of spring and the start of the summer season with our annual fair, which marks the beginning of our summer activities.

First of all, let us take a moment to thank all of the hard working committees and organizations here at Christ Church who have worked so hard this year to maintain our beautiful church, buildings and grounds, enrich our worship, educate and mentor our young people and children, draw in new members and reach out to our neighbors and other members of the community.

We continue to remember and pray for those who serve in the armed forces, and especially members of our own parish family: Wold Archer (brother of Wolde, Jabari, and Malik Archer), John Laskodi, Brianne Pineiro, Andrew Schneider and Ted Schneider.

Kudos to the younger members of our parish who took the time and expended the energy to raise money in the March of Dimes Walk on Sunday, April 28.  A good deal of money was raised for a worthy cause and we thank them for their efforts.

Congratulations to Jabari Archer, who has been accepted to Staten Island Tech – he begins his freshman year this September. And best wishes and congratulations to Matthew Ambroggi, son of Dot Thompson and Joseph Ambroggi, who graduates from Curtis High School this month. During his four years at Curtis he was a member of the undefeated Warriors Swim Team. Matt was lucky enough to attend the State Championships this year and swim in the 2 by 4 freestyle relay; he was also a member of the Warrior’s Golf Team. Matt will be attending the College at Oneonta, majoring in International Finance and Business Administration.

Warm wishes and congratulations go out to Elizabeth (Kennedy) Vitek and her husband, Nicholas, on the birth of daughter, Amelia Jane, on April 30. And let us not forget the proud grandparents, Laura and Henry Kennedy.

This month we were saddened by the passing of Mae Seeley, a treasured member of our parish family. Condolences go out to her husband, David, and their children and grandchildren.

As you may be aware, the staff of the Tower Chimes will be taking a well-deserved, two-month summer break. A special note of thanks from your editor to these dedicated folks who submit articles, write columns, and coordinate the monthly mailings to our expansive list of readers. We’ll be back again in September.

Best wishes to one and all for a restful, healthy and enjoyable summer.

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Out of the Closet

Episcopal lapel pin
American Huguenots Society

I don’t wear my Episcopal shield lapel pin very often to work, but when I do, it gets noticed by other Episcopalians. Like Americans of Huguenot descent, Episcopalians don’t have a very high profile in our everyday lives. Maybe there are small things we can do to change that. A church calendar hanging in the kitchen. Subscribing to church periodicals. Inviting our friends to church dinners and fairs and church services.

There is a broad public appeal in the great variety of activities we have here at Christ Church New Brighton. Spread the word.