Tower Chimes November, 2009
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Clergy Corner

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

On Saturday, November 14 at 6:00pm the Stewardship Committee is hosting a special parish potluck.  Every year at stewardship time we talk about making contributions of time, talent, and treasure to the church.  We give lip service to time and talent, but the truth is we usually emphasize treasure, that is, money.  That’s understandable, of course, bills have to be paid and payroll has to be met, but time and talent are important, too.

The parish potluck on November 14 will be an opportunity to learn about the ways you can share your time and talent with Christ Church.  Representatives of various committees and ministries within the church will be at the potluck to speak briefly about the work they do.  They will also, of course, invite you to join them in their work.

The parish potluck is part of an overall initiative to strengthen the committees at Christ Church.  At its October meeting, the vestry approved a set of guideline to govern the work of the non-standing committees of the church (the three standing committees -- plant and equipment, finance, and nominating -- are already governed by parish by-law).  The new guidelines provide for things such as an annual enrollment period to join committees, rotating chairmanships, vestry representation on each committee, written minutes, and published meeting times.

The committees of Christ Church do most of the program work of the church such as planning and running Sunday school and youth groups, organizing worship, feeding the hungry, and welcoming visitors and newcomers. As our parish continues to grow, the committees of the church will have more and more detailed work to do. This new structure will allow all of our committees to operate openly and efficiently.

I hope you will attend the parish potluck on November 14 for an evening of fellowship and celebration of the many ministries of Christ Church. Sign up sheets can be found in the parish hall and childcare will be provided.

Faithfully yours,

Fr. Chuck

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Building Bridges Coalition logoOn Sunday, November 22 at 7:30pm, Christ Church is hosting an Interfaith Thanksgiving service, sponsored by the Building Bridges Coalition.  Thanksgiving is the one holiday that belongs to no faith tradition and to all faith traditions.  It is a perfect opportunity for people of all faiths to gather together and thank God for our many blessings.  Please plan to join us for this special service and the catered reception ($3 per person) that will follow.

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Friday Evening Youth Group Meetings

If you’ve not yet had a chance to experience this unique way to spend a Friday evening, there are still opportunities to do so.

The meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, beginning at 7 p.m. and the activities have been designed especially for our teens: Here is the schedule of events for the remainder of the year:

November 13 Activity Night
November 27 Bible Study
December 11 Activity Night

We hope you’ll be able to attend the remaining sessions.

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Holiday Food Baskets

food basketsOnce again, Christ Church will be coordinating the Holiday Food Basket program for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Thanks to grants from Councilman Mitchell, Councilman Oddo, former Councilman McMahon, Episcopal Charities, the Richmond IPC, the Episcopal Church Women and others, we are again able to offer holiday baskets for needy individuals and families this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Food baskets (actually, bags of food) will be assembled and distributed to churches here on Staten Island on Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19 (Thanksgiving baskets); and again on Thursday, December 17 and Friday, December 18 (Christmas baskets).

Look for the sign-up sheets on the bulletin board of the Parish House if you are interested in helping to assemble or distribute these baskets as part of this worthwhile and important community outreach project.
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Save the Date!

Saturday, December 5 St. Nick’s Holiday Fair
Saturday, December 12 Holly Ball
Sunday, December 13 Annual Christmas Pageant
Thursday, December 24 Christmas Eve
  4 p.m. – Family Eucharist
  10 p.m. – Choral Holy Eucharist
Friday, December 25 Christmas Day
  10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Thursday, December 31 11 p.m. – Watch Night
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Vestry Notes

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Christ Church Vestry took place on Monday, October 12, 2009. Following are some highlights of important issues that were discussed that evening:

  • Our Treasurer, Dorothy Thompson, reported the following:
    • We should be at 75% of the budget as of the end of September. Everything appears to be more or less on target with last year’s expenditures.
    • The Repair and Maintenance budget for the year is at 103% of its budget.
    • The church school shows negative expense (income) of $1,262. This is a result of donations to Godly Play from parish members.
  • Susan Fowler, chairperson of the Plant &

    Equipment Committee reported the following:

  • Our insurance company has sent a check for $33,706 for the choir room repairs, and will send a further check for $12,283 when the job is complete, for a total of $45,990.
  • Since this is less than the estimate by Burda Construction, the firm has revised its bid to $45,915. Construction will take no more than four weeks to complete and will commence as soon as mold testing and remediation is done.
    • Fr. Howell reported that a mold testing firm recommended by St. Mary’s, Castleton Avenue, will be used to test for mold. This firm is licensed and certified to do the inspection.
    • There might be some delay in completing the choir room because the repairs will have to be approved by the NYC buildings department and accepted by the Landmarks Commission.
    • The water in the basement and choir room is probably a result of two malfunctioning downspouts next to the chapel. These will now be replaced by PVC pipes which will release the water on the Fillmore Street side of the church between the building and the parking lot and will eventually be channeled into a planned rain garden.
    • The fund raising activities for 2009 at the end of September have brought in income of $13,598.78. Still to come are the Chinese Auction, the St. Nick Fair and the Holly Ball.
    • The Stewardship campaign got off to a rousing start with a fine talk to the congregation Chairman Lester Blair. It is hoped to have a parish gathering in November to relate all the different activities, committees and program to our parish members, with short talks by committee heads to encourage people to join and actively participate in parish work.
    • Fr. Howell has drawn up some recommendations for non-standing committees that will bring about consistency and uniformity to them all, which the vestry approved with some modifications.
    • Victor Stanwick discussed the feeding ministry and asked for help, particularly in cooking or preparing the food. The program is for nine months of the year and the schedule and guidelines for cooking are on the parish Website.
    • Alleida Mitchell requested that committees submit fund raising activities for next year to be approved by the Vestry at the November meeting. The aim for 2010 is to make our activities less labor intensive but more likely to raise funds.
    • Fr. Howell announced that Debi Marota has agreed to be the new coffee hour coordinator.
Roxanne Ingoe has agreed to be the Kitchen coordinator and she will have new guidelines to be followed by everyone using the kitchen.
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St. Nicholas Celebration at the Cathedral

AIDS Action International presents the 16th Annual St. Nicholas Celebration on Tuesday, November 17 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, 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; Cathedral Organist Bruce Neswick, and performer Bryan Keller.

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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Thanksgiving Day Service at Christ Church

On Thanksgiving Day, November 26 at 10:00am we will have a service of Holy Eucharist with organ and hymns.

Children who attend the service should bring something to represent what they are thankful for and be prepared to show it and share it with the congregation.

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Sunday Adult Education Classes at Christ Church

Our Sunday Adult Education program, which meets at 11:30 a.m. in the Guild Room, will continue through the month of November, ending on Sunday, December 6. The classes are led by Fr. Chuck and our seminarian, Dr. David Carletta. The program, entitled “The Episcopal Church 101”, focuses on the history, polity (form of government) and future of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

If you have not yet had a chance to attend, we’ve provided you with a list of the remaining dates and topics:

November 8 Development of the Church before World War II
November 15 Development of the Church afterworld War II
November 22 The Anglican Communion
November 29 Current Issues
December 6 Our Parish.
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Holly Ball at Christ Church on December 12
Celebrating a Caribbean Christmas

Holly Ball 2009By now you should have received your invitation to this year’s Holly Ball, which takes place on Saturday, December 12.

This year’s honorees are Alleida Mitchell and Nick Dowen, both of whom have been involved with numerous projects at Christ Church throughout the years.

The popular group “Good Clean Fun” will be with us again this year to provide the musical accompaniment during dinner, and of course we will be hosting the traditional cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour prior to the dinner.

And let’s not forget the Program Journal for this event, which helps to raise money to offset the cost of the event. Please consider taking an ad to congratulate our two honorees – and perhaps asking one of your local merchants to place and ad in the journal to show their support. Ad forms can be found at the back of the church, in the Guild Room, and outside of the Parish Office.

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Memorial Donations

The Music Fund continues to accept donations from parishioners to honor or memorialize a loved one.

Names will be engraved on the plaque that is on the wall as you exit the church into the Parish Hall.

Please see our organist, Tom Sarff, or Beth McLean if you wish to make a donation.
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From the Parish Register

November Birthdays

3—Laura Craig;  4 – Ellen Mazzucco, Hugo McIntosh, Jr, Larry Modzelewski; 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) Sorge; 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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You're Invited!

All Creation Praises Thee icon by John WalstedOur Rector Emeritus, Fr. John Walsted, will be marking the 50th Anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in a special celebration at St. Paul’s Memorial Church on Sunday, December 13, beginning at 4 p.m.

A reception will follow in the parish hall, immediately following the service.

St. Paul’s is located at 225 St. Paul’s Avenue in the Stapleton section of Staten Island. We hope you’ll be able to come out and share in this joyful occasion.