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May, 2011
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Clergy Corner
Christ Church Scholarships
Vestry Notes
Celebration Mass for the 15th Anniversary of Bishop Roskam's Consecration
"The Palms" Harry T. Burleigh, and St. George's Church
Altar Guild and Flower Guild
Holy Baptism
Spring Fair Dinner at Christ Church
Save the Date!
Play Ball!
Youth Group Calendar Spring 2011
From the Parish Register
The Christ Church Junior Choir
Around the Parish
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Clergy Corner
the Rev. Charles H. Howell, Rector

The Rev. Charles H. Howell, Rector of Christ Church New BrightonOn Thursday, May 12 Project Hospitality will award Christ Church the Sophie Matthews Memorial Award for Volunteer Service. For over ten years Christ Church has hosted a Project Hospitality homeless shelter in the basement gymnasium. Each evening 12- 15 men arrive around 8:30 p.m. and stay until about 7:00 a.m. The men set up cots along the mezzanine and the perimeter of the gym floor and have use of the gymnasium bathrooms, showers, and kitchenette.

A Project Hospitality worker accompanies and stays with the men every night, and we have had very few problems over the years.  When problems have arisen, Project Hospitality always responds quickly and the issues are satisfactorily resolved.  Project Hospitality also arranges for us to receive a partial reimbursement for heating the gymnasium and has assisted the church with repairs to the shelter space.  It is unconscionable that fellow human beings for whom Christ died should be sleeping on the street when we have space that is unused in the evenings, and I am so proud of Christ Church for its long-time commitment to this ministry.

Agreeing to host the Project Hospitality shelter was, in my view, a crucial step in Christ Church’s efforts to become more engaged with its community.  Now Christ Church also hosts the Living Room, and bi-weekly support group for families and individuals living with HIV-AIDS; is the distribution site for Staten Island Community Supported Agriculture; the regular meeting space for the LeLeche League; and the occasional meeting space for City Harvest, and community groups such as the Staten Island Preservation League, Save the Castle, theater groups, and 120 Precinct Community meetings.        Christ Church participates in feeding ministries including volunteering on the second Saturday of each month at the Trinity Lutheran Church soup kitchen; collecting food weekly for the New Directions food pantry; and operating the Holiday Basket program which provides complete holiday dinners to needy individuals and families on Staten Island at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Christ Church also engages with the community through its arts enrichment programs: The Serenade Concert series and the Christ Church Community Youth Choir.

It seems to me that these are just the kinds of things a church should be doing.  Just as we find Christ present in the bread and wine of the Eucharist, he is also present in the faces of our neighbors, like us, made in the image and likeness of God.  It is impossible to serve Christ at the altar and not also serve him in the streets.  We have made a good beginning, and I hope that over the years our commitment to our neighbors, particularly the poor and the marginalized, will continue to grow.

Fr. Chuck

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Christ Church Scholarships
Cathy Romano

The Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for camp and college scholarships. Scholarships are open to active members of Christ Church.

To apply for a camp scholarship, parents should write a brief letter to the committee with a copy of the camp application, the cost, and the duration of the camping session. To apply for a scholarship for the first year of college or other accredited post-secondary education, the student should write a brief letter to the committee stating school they will be attending and describing their involvement with Christ Church.

Applications and questions may be submitted to Sheila Hewitt, committee chairperson, or Fr. Chuck.
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Vestry Notes
Nick Dowen

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Vestry of Christ Church New Brighton took place on Monday, April 11, 2011. The following summary provides some highlights of important issues discussed that evening:

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Plant & Equipment

  • Repairs are underway to fix the leaky joints in the overhead pipes in the gymnasium.
  • We will be switching our service contract and oil supplier from Scaran to Rucci; gas will be provided through Rucci rather than National Grid. The decision was based on a comparison of the relative costs of maintenance contracts for each provider.

Fund-Raising

  • The Fish Supper raised $500. The Flea Market will be the next fund-raiser. The International dinner, on May 14, is looking for sponsors and volunteers.

Christ Church Community Outreach (CCCO)

  • CCCO has expanded our food program to include Staten Island’s Muslim community. The mosque will be given money for needy people so that Halal (Muslim kosher) laws will be observed when providing them with food.

Scholarship

  • Sheila Hewitt has agreed to chair this committee. Summer camp and high-school graduation scholarships are being solicited. Plans are underway for the next Scholarship Tea Fund-Raiser, set for Sept. 17, 2011.

Treasurer’s Report

  • The cost of snow removal was discussed. The snow blower was used this winter, but the snow tractor plow has not been maintained.

Old Business

  • There has been no further activity on the prospective land purchase on West Buchanan Street.
  • Richard Whaley is looking into the Capital Campaign proposal and is in contact with the Episcopal Church Foundation.
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Celebration Mass
for the 15th Anniversary of Bishop Roskam's Consecration
Cathy Romano

The Rt. Rev. Catherine RoskamSaturday, May 14
10:30AM
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

                     

If anyone is interested in going, please contact Fr. Chuck. Car pool arrangements will be made.

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The Palms
Harry T. Burleigh, and St. George's Church
Nick Dowen

Harry T. BurleighIt was wonderful at Christ Church New Brighton on Palm Sunday to hear our choir sing The Palms. This rousing anthem is heard every year all over Christendom, but in New York it once held a special significance for parishioners of Manhattan’s St. George’s Church, because Harry T. Burleigh, St. George’s famous baritone soloist, sang it there every Palm Sunday for over 50 years, starting in 1895.

Mr. Burleigh had been hired out of 60 applicants for his soloist’s position by the Rev. Dr. William S. Rainsford, St. George’s progressive Rector. In Dr. Rainsford’s own words, this hiring provoked "division, consternation, confusion and protest" because Mr. Burleigh was a man of African-American descent. However, he went on to sing at St. George’s for 52 consecutive years, becoming a great attraction there. For 25 years he also sang at Manhattan’s Temple Emanu-El. Mr. Burleigh also sang in a concert on Tuesday, June 7, 1898 at Christ Church New Brighton.

the PalmsThe Palms, also known as Les Rameaux, was written by Jean-Baptiste Faure, a French singer. M. Faure started his musical career as a choirboy at the Madeleine, a famous church in Paris. As a mature artist he was a baritone who became admired as one of France’s best singers, with a long life (1830-1914) and a long career, thanks to his excellent vocal technique.

The Palms seems emotionally and spiritually related to several other 19th-century devotional songs by French composers, such as O Holy Night, by Adolphe Adam; Panis Angelicus, by César Franck; and O Divine Redeemer and the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria, by Charles Gounod. All of these are still popular today and have been heard quite frequently at Christ Church New Brighton.
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Altar Guild and Flower Guild
David Wood
Many thanks to all who donated to the Easter flowers in memory of their departed loved ones (the long list of names in the Easter Sunday bulletin has no direct correlation to the total amount generously given by parishioners). Funds not used for Easter are held in reserve for flowers and such on Sundays in coming months when no memorials have been made.
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Holy Baptism
Fr. Chuck
Holy BaptismThe next occasion for Holy Baptism will the Day of Pentecost, June 12. Please speak to Fr. Chuck if you would like to arrange for a baptism for someone in your family.
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Spring Fair Dinner at Christ Church
Ali Mitchell

The Christ Church “family” comprises members of many different cultures and traditions - and of course, great cooks who are always willing to share their time and talents in the kitchen.

This year our annual Spring Fair Dinner, which takes place on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature “An Evening of International Cuisine” prepared by members of our parish. Entertainment will be provided by our own “piano man” Tony Colucci.

Suggested donations: $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; free admission for children 5 and under. Deadline for reservations is May 9.

Mark your calendar now to plan to take part in this “culinary tour” of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Bring your appetite – plates, knives and forks will be provided!

For more information please speak with our parish administrator, Cathy Romano, at 718-727-6100.
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Save the Date!
Nancy Reiersen

Christ  Church Spring Fair
Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

Christ Church Spring Fair Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. Vendors, Food, White Elephant, Activities for one and All!

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Play Ball!
Sheila Swigert

Staten Island YankeesDon’t forget to mark your calendar for the third annual “Christ Church Day with the Staten Island Yankees” which is scheduled to take place this year on Sunday, June 26. We’ve got seats on the third base side of the field, out of the sun, for the same price as last year. 

This is wonderful afternoon of fun, fellowship and baseball – complete with all the hot dogs, soda, and other “stadium foods” that you can eat!

Ticket prices remain the same as last year – just $18 for an afternoon of food, fun, fellowship and baseball.

This event has grown in popularity since we introduced it two years ago and we hope you’ll plan to join us this year.
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Youth Group Calendar 2011
Denise Rompilla

The Christ Church Youth Group meets every other week, usually on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, at 7:00 p.m.  The Youth Group engages in service projects, fellowship, study, and fun activities.  The youth group is open to all Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood (middle school and high school) students and their friends.

Saturday, 5/14 – 9:30 a.m.
Second Saturday Feeding Ministry @ Trinity Lutheran Church
(Meet at Christ Church to travel together)
Friday, 5/27 – 7 p.m.
Youth Group Meeting at Christ Church
Friday, 6/10 – 7 p.m.
Youth Group Meeting at Christ Church

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From the Parish Register
Cathy Romano

May Birthdays
1 – Lindsay Kennedy; 4 – Irene Eppinger, Jessica Szczepanik; 8 – Dominic Elia; 9 – Victoria Gilbert; 10 – Daniel McCabe;  11 – Shirley Elfers, Etta Johnson; 14 – Tara Mazzucco ; 15 – Laura Farr; 16 – Connie Black; 17 – Nancy Beveridge, 17 – Kelly Collins; 18 – David Holt, Richard Jackson; 19 – Agnes Thompson;25 – Denise Rompilla;  28- Roxanne Ingoe, Fidel Zayzay;  30 – Jay Szczepanik; 31 – Cesar Gardiner, Dick Riley

May Anniversaries
5 – David Nygard & Lisa Rhoades; 9 – Lester Blair & Hueldine Webb; 12 -  Hugo & Andrea McIntosh; 26 -  Scott & Arryn Samarisi.

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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The Christ Church Junior Choir
Christ Church Junior Choir
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Around the Parish
Nancy Reiersen

This month’s column is a bit shorter than usual, but this editor is still reveling in the beauty and wonder of Easter at Christ Church! This is truly one of the most glorious and memorable experiences for many of us and this year was no exception: the flowers, the music, the pews overflowing with parishioners and visitors, the children’s choir and the joyful expression on their faces, the Flowering of the Cross, the gala reception in the auditorium – all contributed to a day that won’t be forgotten. Father Chuck is always quick to acknowledge the work of so many people who help to make this day so memorable – however, we would like to extend a special “thank you” to him for his tireless efforts and energies that made Lent, Holy Week and Easter so special at Christ Church this year.

If you haven’t had a chance to do so already, be sure to check out the Christ Church website (www.christchurchnbrighton.org.) Our “webmeister”, Victor Stanwick, has made some significant changes and our web page is more “streamlined” and easier to navigate.  And special mention to John Watson our “unofficial” parish photographer, whose terrific shots can be found throughout the web pages.

Congratulations to Catherine and Nigel Browne, daughter and son-in-law of Alleida Mitchell, on the birth of their daughter, Onuora, on April 8. Her big sister, Damali, can’t wait until she’s a bit older so she can take her on a walking tour of Christ Church!

Next month’s issue (June) will be the last one before our summer “hiatus) in July and August. If you have any special news that you’d like to share in our next issue – graduations, summer events that you’d like to make us aware of, etc. – please be sure to contact me with a note in the Tower Chimes mail box or by e-mail at nreiersen@yahoo.com

See you all next month at our Spring Fair on June 4th!
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Position
Fr. Chuck
In consultation with Mark Gherzo and Elizabeth Gattullo, the churchwardens, and Susan Fowler, Plant and Equipment chairperson, I have decided to reconfigure the sexton’s job to enhance the cleanliness and safety of Christ Church. The weekly hours have been slightly reduced and the savings will be used to hire a lawn service, which will allow the sexton to concentrate on custodial duties and repairs. As part of this change, Ian Riddick will no longer serve Christ Church as sexton, and we will seek applicants whose skills match the new job description. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to speak to me or one of the churchwardens.
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