Tower Chimes, November 2008
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Connie Ricciardi
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James Angone
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Clergy Corner

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

In my mind, November is a month of thanksgiving.

The very first day of the month is All Saints’ Day, which we celebrate on the closest Sunday, this year November 2.  On All Saints’ Day we give thanks to God for the faithful men and women, known and unknown, who have gone before us.  It is also a time to remember and pray for our own loved ones who have died and now are with God.  We give thanks to God for their lives and witness and pray that “encouraged by their examples, aided by their prayers, and strengthened by their fellowship, we also may be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (BCP, page 504).

Veterans’ Day is next in our month of thanksgiving.  On Veterans’ Day we give thanks for those who have served our country in the armed forces, of course, but I also like to remember those who have served the country in non-military capacities.  I think about teachers, social workers, community organizers, police, firefighters, and others who have served their communities with sacrificial devotion.

The month of thanksgiving culminates in Thanksgiving Day.  Established each year by Presidential proclamation, on Thanksgiving Day we give thanks “for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them” (BCP, page 246).  Not only do we give thanks for the fruit of the earth, we also give thanks for our incredible prosperity, which remains bountiful even in this unsettled time, and we give thanks for our freedom.  Most importantly, as we gather with our family and friends we are reminded to give thanks for the people who are closest to us.

From All Saints’ Day, to Veterans’ Day, to Thanksgiving Day, the month of November reminds us to be continually grateful for the many gifts that God has bestowed upon us – not only during the month of November, but each and every day of our lives. 

Faithfully yours,

Fr. Chuck

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Women of Christ Church

The Women of Christ Church met on and Thursday, October 9 and agreed to operate in a new way to meet their changing circumstances.

The Women of Christ Church will once again meet on the second Thursday of each month, gathering for the 11 a.m. Eucharist and continuing with a potluck lunch in the vestry room. The women will concentrate on fellowship and enjoying each other’s company and will no longer have a president or conduct regular business meetings. However, Shirley Elfers will continue as Treasurer and will handle the Flower Fund, and the women will continue their annual appeal.

Christ Church owes special thanks to Martha Keucher for her many years of dedicated service and able leadership as the President of the Women of Church.  Thank you, Martha.

All women in the parish are automatically members of the Women of Christ Church.  If you are able, please join us on the 2nd Thursday of each month for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m., a potluck lunch, fellowship, and good conversation.
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Anybody Know What This Is????

Applea grow in trees
Keep reading…you’ll find out soon enough!
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Adopt a Room or Hallway

paintYou may have noticed some welcome changes in the Church and Parish Hall.

Peter Raff and his company, Dorset Interiors, adopted the Parish Hall’s back stairway, cleaning out all the leftover chairs and detritus, repairing the arches over the windows and the walls, and painting everything in a very pleasant shade of white.

Shirley Elfers also adopted the cloister between the Church and Parish Hall. Dorset Interiors stretched Shirley’s donation to cover extensive repairs to the window arches, walls, and ceiling, and painting. The entire cloister looks brighter and more welcoming now.

However, plenty of other areas need help. One priority is the entry to the Parish Hall. The ceiling tiles are water-stained, the walls need paint, and the whole area is a catchall for coats, chairs, and leftovers from earlier Fairs and building repairs. And wouldn’t it be nice if there were a bench or chairs for people to sit on while they wait for friends or for a car service to arrive? The current estimate for repairs to the foyer is $8,000.

weldingAnother area that needs help is the storage room upstairs in the Parish Hall. Currently, this room holds piles of fundraising supplies and leftovers as well as hundreds of tablecloths (we know because a few of us, led by Judith Davis, counted and washed them). If the room was repaired and new storage areas set up, we’d have space for everything plus an area for the Church archives that Barnett Shepherd and Martha Keucher have been working on for the past two years. Peter Raff estimates the cost for that room to be $2,200.

      Additional projects include:

  • Repair to the closet on the floor of the gym
  • Repainting the Parish Hall hallway between the foyer and the office
  • Repairs to the vestry room
  • Adding storage areas and closets throughout the Parish Hall
If you’d like more information or a detailed quote for a room, please feel free to talk to Peter Raff, to Fr. Chuck, or to me.
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Sunday School News

First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who supported our Breast Cancer fundraising efforts by purchasing our home made baked goods during the  Sunday coffee hours.

Red socks, blue socksThis month we’ll begin our RED SOCK/BLUE SOCK clothing collection to help provide clothing for the homeless who are supported by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem. We’ll be more than happy to receive your donations of socks – new, “gently used” or mismatched, as well as blankets and coats. As the weather grows colder these items are essential to the well-being of those less fortunate who don’t have a warm bed to come home to every day.

If you have any questions please speak to me, or any of our young people who are helping to coordinate this program.
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Christ Church Community Outreach

For many years the Episcopal Feeding Ministry, housed at All Saints’ Church, offered holiday baskets to families and individuals on Staten Island who may have been unable to provide a holiday dinner.

Christ Church Community OutreachEach basket contained a turkey or ham, canned fruits and vegetables, dried potatoes, and a dessert.  Due to changing circumstances, the Episcopal Feeding Ministry is no longer offering this program.

With lots of generous help from Joan Cupo, the director of the Episcopal Feeding Ministry, Christ Church is now managing the holiday basket program.  Here are a few important things to know.

  • The program falls under a new committee called Christ Church Community Outreach.  Although CCCO currently has only two components, the Second Saturday Feeding Ministry and the Holiday Basket program, it is to be an umbrella organization that will one day house other Christ Church outreach ministries
  • The Holiday Basket program is entirely grant funded.  To date we have received grants from Councilman McMahon, Councilman Oddo, the Episcopal Church Women, a few individuals, and the Richmond Inter Parish Council in memory of Father Joel Novey, one of the founders of the program.
  • We need lots of help! On Wednesday, November 19 we will assemble the baskets for Thanksgiving.  We plan to make 200 baskets and, as they say, “Many hands make the work light.”
  • On Thursday, November 20 representatives from various churches and social service agencies will come to Christ Church to pick up their baskets.  Help will be needed that day as well.
The members of the committee are Willie Black, Jr., Shirley Black, Alleida Mitchell, Deacon Beverly Neuhaus, Victor Stanwick, John Watson, and Fr. Chuck.  Please speak to Fr. Chuck or any member of the committee if you can help!
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Vestry Notes

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Christ Church Vestry took place on Monday, October 13, 2008. Following are some highlights of important issues that were discussed that evening:

Our Treasurer, Dorothy Thompson, reported the following:

    • We are currently at 75% of the annual budget.
    • The Discretionary Fund is $4,700 above what was originally budgeted.
    • The $90,000 of the Ford fund has been moved to a money market.
    • Bonds are still fairly safe but the mutual funds will probably be losing money.

   Susan Fowler, chair of the Plant & Equipment Committee spoke about several items:

  • Some budgeted items for 2009 might be reimbursable through Property Support.
  • She informed the Vestry about the tree pruning and fertilizing on the Church grounds.
  • The walkway roof between the Rectory and the Parish Hall will be closed off by the Hands to Work, Hearts to God group in order to guard against raccoon infiltration.
  • Plans are underway for the following projects:
    • Removal of the loose and falling mortar in the Church.
    • Painting the wooden frames of one or more stained glass windows.
    • Re-surfacing, re-painting and cleaning the Parish Hall entryway as an Adopt a Room project.
    • Citizens for a Better New York might provide a matching grant based on documented volunteer hours.
    • The Adopt a Room project received a donation for the Cloister connecting the Church and the Parish Hall.
    • Mike Browne, Landscape Architect informed the committee that the hedges and chain link fences could be done in a community/volunteer project in the spring of 2009.
    • Alleida Mitchell, chair of the Fund Raising Committee reported that the committee will be meeting this month to schedule events for 2009.
    • The Finance Committee reported that the 2009 draft budget is 80% complete. The final draft will be presented for consideration at the November Vestry meeting.

      Father Howell reported on the following items:

  • Beth McLean has agreed to be the Financial Secretary.
  • Martha Keucher has stepped down as president of The Women of Christ Church. The group will continue as a fellowship group and go back to the Thursday morning meeting format. Shirley Elfers will remain as Treasurer and maintain contact with long distance members. The Annual Appeal will still be an integral part of the group’s fund raising activities.
  • Christ Church Community Outreach: Grants were received from the Episcopal Church Women ($300) and from IPC ($500).
  • All Saints Church thanked Christ Church for its help and support during their time of need.
  • The Church Office will distribute to the vestry a new call list for notices of death/illness of parish members.
Victor Stanwick discussed the numerous memorial plaques in the church buildings and suggested reconnecting with family members of those memorialized and inviting them to future events at Christ Church.
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St. Nicholas Celebration at the Cathedral

AIDS Action International presents the 15th Annual St. Nicholas Celebration on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street in Manhattan.

This annual holiday celebration is a Community Outreach of AIDS Action International that benefits such worthwhile causes as St. Mary's Children's Hospital AIDS Home Care Program, Icon of St. Nicholas by Fr. John Walsted.Bayside, Queens; Montefiore Medical Center, AIDS Home Care Center, Bronx; A Better Place; Bailey House; and St. Mary's Episcopal Center, Manhattan  

Artists who will appear include Lavender Light: Black and People of All Colors Lesbian and Gay Gospel Choir; Bryant Keller, Performer; Mark Snyder, Oboist; and Tim Brumfield, Cathedral Organist.

Admission is free but those who attend are asked to bring Holiday Gifts (unwrapped) for people of all ages living with AIDS.  

If you’d like any additional information on this event please contact Father Rand Frew at 212-633-1062 or Nick Dowen at 718-448-2006.
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Parish Register

November Birthdays
3—Laura Craig;  4 – Ellen Mazzucco, Hugo McIntosh, Jr; 5 – Paul Smith; 13 – Tamara Christopher, Marlene Elia, Samolu Freeman, Sheila Hewitt; 16 – Jonathan Elia; 18 – Jay Spadaro; 22 – Varney Freeman, Sr.;  25 – Eugene Darconte; 26 – John Szczepanik, Dorothy Thompson; 28 – Kim Davis; 30 – Christine Szczepanik, Ronald Bell, Mark Hewitt II;

November Anniversaries
16 – Ron and Ellen Mazzucco; 24 – Paul and Janet Schneider;

If your special day is not in our records, call the Parish Office at 718-727-6100 so it can be added.
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Healing Garden Opens at Snug Harbor

Mike Brown of the NYC Parks Department working on site design with Suzanne Herriman of the Staten Island Botanical Garden.
Mike Brown of the NYC Parks Department working on site design with Suzanne Herriman of the Staten Island Botanical Garden.

The brand new Healing Garden officially opened at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Sept. 26, 2008. This beautiful large hillside garden is located on Cottage Row just past the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden and the five identical mansard-roofed "cottages" built in the 1880s to house some of Snug Harbor's employees. This hillside garden offers expansive views of the wetlands and small lake below. Rustic benches encourage leisure and contemplation.

People ask, "What is a healing garden?" The concept is simple. The garden was created to offer the public a measure of comfort in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, which Snug Harbor Cultural Center employees witnessed from the property's Richmond Terrace frontage. Snug Harbor also includes the Tribute Center, where the Staten Island firefighters who were killed in the attacks are memorialized.

The garden's entrance features a fountain with artesian water bubbling up. The water is carried down the hillside through an ingeniously designed system of rock-lined channels. Gurgling water makes a very soothing sound. Wide, flat paths switch back and forth across the hill all the way down to the bottom. Wheelchair accessibility is possible and many visitors choose to walk around the sunlit lake.

One of the designers of this garden was Michael Browne, who has also designed a comprehensive landscaping plan for Christ Church New Brighton. Michael is an employee of the New York City Dept. of Parks and Recreation.
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Serenade Concert Series at Christ Church to Feature Maryland State Boychoir

The Maryland State Boychoir, under the direction of Frank Cimino and Stephen Holmes, will present a concert at Christ Church under Serenade auspices on Sunday, 23 November at 3:00 p.m. This concert will feature classical and contemporary masterworks, both sacred and secular. Additionally, spirituals, hymns, gospel and popular music will be sung.

Maryland State BoychoirThe Boychoir performs over 60 times each year on national and international tours that have taken them to 30 different states in the U.S., Ireland, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Canada. The choristers have sung at many distinguished venues, including the White House, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., St. Patrick's Cathedral and Holy Trinity Cathedral in NYC.

The Maryland State Boychoir is dedicated to providing talented boys, regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic background, with a holistic and diverse musical education in the tradition of the great European choir schools.

This talented group of young musicians has graced our church in years past and we are pleased to have them back with us again this year. 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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Thanksgiving Day Service at Christ Church

Please mark your calendar and plan to join your fellow Christ Church parishioners as we gather together for the service of Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. We will take this opportunity to sing some familiar Thanksgiving hymns and give thanks for the many blessings that God has bestowed upon our church, and upon each of us.

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Author! Author!

A new comedy, Funbirds, by our own Francis (Frank) Quinlan, will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings, November 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church Theater, 309 St. Paul’s Avenue (at Cebra Ave) here on Staten Island. Admission to the performance is $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students.

Funbirds updates the battle of the sexes to the late 20th Century: the "Age of Liberation"—an age in which women and men are (or believe they are) freed from the shackles that formerly locked them into "conventional roles." Roger’s quest for an unencumbered life results in a situation that cannot be resolved. The characters realize that they cannot simply give up: their dilemma must be resolved! Unable to accomplish this in life, they decide to enter the theatre, where they will reenact their story until they find a proper solution.

Will they find the solution? See the show and find out—or decide it for yourself!
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Pet Rescue: Be Prepared for an Emergency

On August 14, the Port Richmond Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) sponsored a talk by Dr. John Charos, Patricia Costello, and Dr. Mark Salemi (Northside Animal Shelter) of the New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team (NYCVERT).

NYCVERT is a group of veterinarians and animal health professionals dedicated to the support of New York City’s working and companion animals in times of disaster such as severe hurricanes, floods, terrorist attacks, and other public emergencies.

The speakers said that Hurricane Katrina showed the emergency services that you can’t ask people to leave their pets behind—either the people won’t leave their homes and animals, or if they leave, then the Humane Society and other animal-rescue organizations will have to go in later to rescue the animals and then try to reunite the animals and their owners.

In New York City, NYCVERT has been working with the NYC Office of Emergency Management to develop disaster planning for the city's pets. The result so far is that some shelters (not all) will accept animals. Animals cannot be kept in the same area as people because of the potential for allergic reactions or injuries from distraught cats or dogs, so VERT members will set up kennels in rooms or areas away from the general population. However, you will be able to visit the kennel to reassure your animals and to walk your dog.

“Look for a special needs shelter or a special-needs area in the shelter,” Patricia Costello said. “When you go to an evacuation shelter, you’ll be told what to do.” She pointed out that the setup is not completely clear yet. “The Red Cross won’t turn you away if you show up with an animal, but they don’t advertise that they’ll accept animals.” Also, during disasters, the city buses and subways will let you board with animals as long as the cats (and birds) are in carriers and the dogs wear muzzles.

In the same way that you should make up a go-bag for yourself and your family (see for details), the speakers recommended making up go-bags for your pets. The suggested contents are:

  • Collar, leash, and muzzle for dogs
  • Secure carrier
  • Food and water for three days
  • Collapsible bowls
  • Waste disposal bags or a litter pan
  • Treats and toys
  • Blanket or towel for warmth
  • Two photos of you with your pet(s), one that you carry and the other for the carrier—if you get separated, the photo will show emergencies workers that you belong together
  • Contact information for your veterinarian (make sure that your vet has up-to-date phone numbers and email addresses for you, too)

Dr. Salemi also suggested that you talk to your veterinarian about

  • First-aid supplies
  • Micro-chipping your animal (remember to register the animal with the micro-chip company, too)
  • Getting copies of all vaccine documents, especially rabies vaccinations. By law, all cats and dogs must be vaccinated against rabies when they visit a veterinarian for the first time. After the first one-year vaccination, vets recommend vaccinating every three years
  • Extra supplies of medications

For more information:

New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team Staten Island Emergency Response Team
check NYCVERT’s website at You an also find out more about our local branch here on Staten Island by visiting
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In Memorium: James Angone

James AngoneChrist Church has lost a neighbor and friend with the passing of Jim Angone last month.
Many of us remember “Jimmy” when he first joined us in 1991 to be our Sexton in the days when Fr. John Walsted was our rector.

Jimmy, and his wife, Lois, liked the neighborhood so much that they left their home on Staten Island’s South Shore and eventually bought a lovely little home on Fillmore Street, right around the corner from Christ Church.

A skilled carpenter and electrician, Jimmy took great pride in renovating their home into the lovely and welcoming place it is today.

Jim spent several years as our Sexton, and in addition to his day-to-day responsibilities he also found the time to devote his energies to “special projects” for the benefit of Christ Church. One of Jim’s favorite projects was building a finely-detailed doll house, painted lovingly by his daughter, Melissa, and donated as a prize to the Christ Church Spring Fair.  Jim was always a big supporter of our fund raising events, and was by far one of the most ardent purchasers of raffle tickets for Baskets of Cheer and other items that were sold to raise money for the church.

Our condolences go out to Jim’s wife, Lois, and their children, Jim and Melissa.
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Save the Date

Saturday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m.
German Dinner at Christ Church
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service at Temple Emanu-el
Saturday, December 6 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Nick’s Holiday Fair
Sunday, December 7 at 4 p.m.
SI Council of Churches Advent Vespers
Sunday, December 13 at 6 p.m.
The Christ Church Holly Ball
Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
Holy Eucharist at 4 p.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist at 10 p.m.
Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve

Watch Night Service at 11 p.m.
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Marmalade to the Rescue at Two Christ Churches

Tourists in London and other parts of the British Isles are puzzled or intrigued by signs advertising “Full English Breakfasts.” England is not known for its haute cuisine but tourists like Victor Stanwick and Susan Fowler who were in England recently, say the best meal in England is a full English breakfast of fried eggs, bacon, potatoes and sausages, fried tomatoes, baked beans, and fried bread, which is mentioned in the Bible in Leviticus 7, v.12 The writer talks about a mingling of oil and flour and frying it.

One year Victor cooked a full English breakfast for our homeless guests, and many years ago Hal Reiersen helped me prepare one for sale in the early morning of a spring Fair. It didn’t sell well because most people at our church don’t want to get up that early on a Saturday. Hal was encouraged to sing “Sleepers Awake” but even the Norwegian translation didn’t encourage more than a couple of customers.

There are reliable reports that Sir Francis Drake had a full English breakfast in 1588 before defeating the Spanish Armada, and Lord Horatio Nelson, a great hero of Paul Smith, and Lady Hamilton’s virile lover, had one before defeating the French at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. If King Harold had enjoyed a full English Breakfast before meeting William the conqueror at the MarmaladeBattle of Hastings in 1066, the French would never have won that battle, and history would have taken a very different turn.

But all this is a preamble to describing what the English put on their toast, and although it should be hot, it is often served cold and a little limp, spread with marmalade. The Rev. Gerald Keucher is still recovering from some sickening experiences with cold toast in English hotels.

Marmalade was probably created by the Romans who got a recipe from the Greeks, but did not appear in England until 1480. It is a sweet preserve with a bitter tang made from the fruit and peel of Spanish Seville oranges. It was an awful thing for the English when World War II broke out and Hitler and his ally, Spanish fascist Franco, prevented the export of Seville oranges. We cried all the way to the nearest air raid shelter!

The Rector of Christ Church in St. Albans, England, the Reverend Jeremy Follett, had a recent disaster when some of the church’s buildings were badly damaged in a fire. Colin’s sister, Barbara, who helped with the May Ham Dinner one year, has made about 150 jars of marmalade and sold them for ₤228 ($500) towards the restoration of those buildings. We’d gladly buy some of her jars but the Homeland Security people think a perfect way for terrorists to smuggle a bomb into a plane would be to smother it with marmalade.

Luckily we’ve had no fires, but constant maintenance is costly and to help raise needed money, Judith Davis has been making marmalade for ten years. She’s made 240 jars! Hers will be on sale once again at the St. Nick’s Fair on December 6. Just make sure your toast is hot!
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In Memorium: Connie Ricciardi

Mrs. Connie RicciardiLast month we were deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend and parishioner with the passing of Connie Ricciardi.

Connie wasn’t just a member of the parish -  she was a fixture here. Regardless of whether it was co-chairing the White Elephant tables with her dear friend, Shirley Elfers, at numerous spring fairs, selling raffle tickets with Shirley at the St. Nick’s Fair, distributing pledge cards and envelopes every year in her capacity as Financial Secretary (a position she held for many years at Christ Church), the fact that she always was in attendance at just about every fund-raiser that Christ Church ever sponsored, or the fact that an event at Christ Church just wasn’t “an event” unless she was there.

No matter how busy Connie was she always found the time to say “hello” and ask how the family was doing. To her, family and church were just about everything, and her life reflected these beliefs. She and her husband, Jack, were married for 57 years and they spent many wonderful years together traveling extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

Some of us were fortunate enough to sample her wonderful cooking – be it her weekly Sunday “gravy” (Italian sauce to the rest of us!) or one of her award-winning baked items. It was always a treat when you found that you had purchased one of Connie’s contributions to the baked goods table.

Connie was a dedicated member of the altar guild and was recently honored by Bishop Taylor for 25 years of faithful service. She served on the Vestry, was a member of several Search Committees, and also served on the Finance Committee.

Connie was one of those rare individuals who despite her quiet modesty had a presence that filled a room whenever she entered it. And although she’s gone, her joyous spirit will remain with us at Christ Church for many years to come.
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German Feast

Saturday, November 8th, at 5PM
A German Feast
Homemade Bavarian Pot Roast
Hot Wittenberg Noodles
Martin Luther's Glazed Carrots
Johann Sebastian Bach's Sauerkraut
Johan Gutenberg's Cucumber Salad
Schwartz Wald Apfel Strudel
Brot mit butter Tee und Kaffee
After Dinner Chocolate Mints

Cash bar featuring German and other Wines, Beer, Soda and Iced Holy Water, on sale throughout the evening.

Please call Cathy Romano to make a reservation: 718-727-6100, 9AM to 2PM Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

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Around the Parish

It’s time to finally give in and accept the fact that the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter.    But with the change of seasons comes a wealth of year-end activities that many of us have been looking forward to all year: our annual Oktoberfest Dinner in November, and the St. Nick’s Fair and the Holly Ball in December.

Congratulations to Deacon Beverly Neuhaus on her nomination to the slate of candidates for the 2008 Women of Achievement. Many of you remember Beverly when she and her family worshipped her many years ago. Bev has been keeping active in the Staten Island community, and is also one of the members of the Christ Church Community Outreach committee.

Hope you caught the article about our own Barnett Shepherd in the October 12 issue of the Staten Island Advance. Barnett has been selected to participate in a panel discussion entitled “Ask the Historians.” In addition to the important archival work that he has been doing for Christ Church, Barnett is also the retired executive director of Historic Richmondtown.

Congratulations to Vera Bellavia and John Trulby on the occasion of their October 12 nuptials at Christ Church. The couple first met on the Staten Island ferry and shared their early morning commute together for several years before they got to know each other better. We’re glad that they finally found their way here to Christ Church.

We’re pleased to report that little Miracle Smith is getting a bit stronger every day. This little “preemie” certainly is one of God’s miracles and it’s obvious that our continued prayers for her every Sunday have certainly made a difference.

Get well wishes to Andrea McIntosh as she continues to recover from hip replacement surgery. And best wishes to Bill Beveridge who has been under the weather lately.

It was good to see Joyce Rowan when she visited Christ Church last month. She is currently living in New Jersey and hopes that one day she will be able to return to Staten Island to be nearer to her friends and “family” here at Christ Church. Joyce mentioned that her daughter, Sean Hanley, has been feeling poorly. Please keep her in your prayers.

Our seminarian, David Carletta, gave his first sermon at Christ Church last month and it was truly wonderful. In case you missed it, or for that matter, any of Fr. Chuck’s terrific sermons, you can find them on our website.

That’s all for now. If you have any news that you’d like to share with our readers please be sure to drop me a line, or leave a note in the Tower Chimes mail box in the parish office.