the Tower Chimes
November, 2011
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Clergy Corner
Hoilday Baskets
All Saints' Sunday
Acolyte Training
Youth Group Calendar
Vestry Notes
Adult Education
Staten Island 350 Committee
St. Nick's Fair
From the Parish Register
Thanksgiving Services
Around the Parish
It's Time for the Holly Ball!
Journey to Adulthood
Clergy Corner
the Rev. Charles H. Howell, Rector

The Rev. Charles H. Howell, Rector of Christ Church New BrightonNow that stewardship season is upon us, we talk intentionally about dedicating the whole of our lives by making gifts of time, talent, and treasure.  Giving gifts of time and talent seem pretty obvious, so I am most frequently asked about giving money.  I am sometimes asked, “I want to give but how do I know what to give?”  In other words, these people want to know if there is a standard criterion for stewardship giving.  Giving to the church may be approached in a variety of ways, but here are three of the most common, which for convenience I’ll call Fundraising, Financial, and Proportional Giving, although the approaches are not mutually exclusive and overlap with each other to a certain extent.

In taking the fundraising approach, a person might want to consider the services offered by Christ Church.  Consideration might be given to the benefits received from things like worshiping in a beautiful church, the excellent choral and instrumental music, programs for children and youth, pastoral care in times of need, education for all ages, outreach to the community, and belonging to a loving fellowship.  Perhaps you or your family have experienced some of these good things at Christ Church and want to see them continue and improve.

A second way to think about stewardship is the financial approach.  Running the church is like running a small business.  Like a business, the church has fixed costs such as salaries, building maintenance and upkeep, utility and office expenses, and program expenses.  It costs about $880 per day to operate Christ Church.  To meet these expenses, the church receives income from pledges, investment income, and hall rentals – of these three parishioners’ pledges are the most important.

The final way to think about stewardship is proportional giving.  In proportional giving, a person or family gives a percentage of their income to the church in gratitude for God’s many blessings.  The Biblical standard, also recommended by the Episcopal Church, is ten percent, known as a tithe.  Often an individual or family is not in a position to give away ten percent of their income, so they select a lower percentage, often with the goal of working toward ten percent.

Each of these approaches has something to recommend it and each appeals to a different kind of person.  Some people want to support the programs of the church; some want to know how the money is used; and some want to make a sacrificial response to God’s love.  Think about which approach, or combination of approaches, makes sense to you and consider how you can support Christ Church. 

Fr. Chuck

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Holiday Baskets

Thanks to grants from Councilwoman Rose, Councilman Oddo, and private donations we are again able to offer holiday baskets for needy individuals and families this Thanksgiving.  Each packaged dinner contains a turkey or ham and at least ten (10) side dishes Food basketsuch as canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, sauce, bread, potatoes, and dessert.

The baskets are assembled and distributed at Christ Church.  This is a wonderful way to give back at Thanksgiving and to address the issues of hunger and food insecurity on Staten Island.

Baskets will be assembled in the gym on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. and distributed on Thursday, November 17 from 9 a.m. to Noon.  Sign-up sheets are posted in the parish hall. 

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All Saints' Sunday

Sunday, November 6 is All Saints’ Sunday.  If you have a departed loved one that you would like remembered in prayer on that day, please contact Cathy in the parish office christchurch@verizon.net or 718-727-6100.

Also on All Saints’ Sunday, the children will process carrying banners representing saints and the Godly Play Choir will sing. 

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Acolyte Training
Training for new acolytes will be held on Saturday, November 26 at 10 a.m. at Christ Church. If you have a child who is interested in being an acolyte, please speak to Paul Smith or Fr. Chuck.
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Youth Group Calendar

The Christ Church Youth Group meets every other Friday night during the school year to participate in some fun and interesting activities.

The following activities have been planned so far for the remainder of 2011:

Friday, November 11 – 7 p.m.

Game Night & Mayhem Milkshakes

Friday, December 9 – 7 p.m.

Ice Skating

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Vestry Notes
Nick Dowen

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Vestry of Christ Church New Brighton took place on Monday, October 10, 2011.  Following are highlights of important issues that were discussed that evening:

Plant & Equipment Committee Report

   Committee chairperson, Susan Fowler, reported the following:

  • A representative from Burda Construction inspected the tower roof and found open flashing, which was repaired. A clogged drain pipe inside the tower was blocking water from going down, causing water to back up and spill over the interior roof.
  • The pipe was cleaned and deteriorated metal pipes were repaired. Clogged roof gutters were cleaned and there are some missing slates over the sacristy.
  • Lichten-Craig Architects also inspected the roof and reported that the pointing is in bad shape, particularly along the crenellations of the tower. He is convinced that this is the source of the water leak near the baptismal font and it also exacerbates the problems found by Burda Construction.
  • There was some discussion about repointing the church inside and out, which is estimated to be roughly $400k-$500k. This work can be completed in phases, starting with the tower and working down.
  • Repairs on the parish hall building began on October 10 and contractors are hoping to complete the job before the weather gets too cold. If we run into an extended stretch of cold weather the project will stop and resume in the spring.
  • Chair lift and sound system: Barnett Shepherd has sent in a preliminary grant application to cover two accessibility projects, the chair lift to the auditorium and the sound system in the church. He expects to hear soon as to whether the Northfield Bank Foundation will consider our projects.
  • Water infiltration and parking-lot project: Kirstin Swanson and Susan Fowler will fill in the online portion of NY State’s Green Innovation Grant Program on Oct. 10 to see how complicated the entire application will be. The deadline is Oct. 31.
  • Sexton’s hours: Lester will be working on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.
  • Garbage storage bin: Victor Stanwick is building a new garbage storage area in the parking lot near the gate. Once it’s finished, all church and parish hall garbage will be stored there and put out on Fillmore St. for collection.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Dorothy Thompson reported that Al Tuzzo has completed the Annual Parish Audit.
  • The Finance Committee is in the process of preparing the annual Parish Budget for 2012.

Education Committee

  • The Rector noted that 25 students are enrolled in Godly Play and eight students in Journey to Adulthood (known as J2A Café).

Christ Church Community Outreach

  • The steel drums are ready and storage space needs to be found for them, as they are quite large. The African drums are smaller.
  • Deacon Geri has written the reading curriculum and the class may be taught by a Wagner College student who is majoring in education.

Nominating Committee

  • This committee will consist of Roxanne Ingoe and Marlene Elia, together with the outgoing Vestry Class of 2011: Willie Black Jr., Togba Porte, Peter Raff, and Hueldine Webb.

Capital Campaign

  • Our Ruotolo Associates consultant is Milissa S. Else. The campaign will begin with the Parish Survey and a Feasibility Study, consisting of the formation of two Focus Groups and interviews with 12-15 individuals. The Rector will be getting together with Churchwardens, both current and retired, to assist in the appointment of the Focus Groups.
  • A report on the Parish Survey will be given in January 2012 at the parish’s Annual Meeting.

Pastoral Care

  • The Vestry approved the expenditure of $200 toward car service for transporting parishioners to and from church. Motion carried.
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Adult Education

This fall Deacon Geri and Father Chuck are offering a class entitled Women in Ministry.  The class is held at 11:30 a.m. in the rectory.  You can get to the rectory either by the front door or by the outdoor cloister and in through the rectory’s side door.  Classes end at 12:15 p.m. so that parents can pick up their children in Godly Play.

Women in Ministry explores the roles women have had in the faith community from Old Testament times, to the early and patristic church, during the Middle Ages and Reformation, in the nineteenth century, and to the present day. Particular attention is given to the deaconess movement, an area of study for Deacon Geri, and the movement toward the ordination of women in the Episcopal Church.

Following is the class schedule for November:

11/6           No Class— All Saints’ Sunday

11/13         The Episcopal Church

11/20         Current Status.

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Staten Island 350 Committee

Staten Island 350 Committee

&

Richmond County IPC

Present
An Historic Evensong
At
Christ Church/New Brighton
76 Franklin Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301

Sunday December 4, 2011
4:00pm

Traditional Anglican Evensong
Based on the 1559 Book of Common Prayer

Joined Choirs
Under the direction of
Tom Sarff

Reception to follow
Open to all members of our Staten Island Community
Clergy of all denominations are invited to vest and process.
Choir attire is appropriate (cassock, surplice, tippet)

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St. Nick's Fair
St. Nick's Fair
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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; 14 –Analies Noel; 17 – Thomas Hotaling; 18 – Jay Spadaro; 19 – Rita McGhough; 21 – JP Sipp;  22 – Varney Freeman, Sr.;  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 727-6100 so it can be added. 

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Thanksgiving Services
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
The Building Bridges Interfaith Thanksgiving service will be held this year on Sunday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, 307 Victory Boulevard. All are welcome to attend and a reception will follow the service.
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Around the Parish
Nancy Reiersen-Scromo

It’s November and the leaves are changing – and falling from the trees. Members of the Christ Church Community Outreach Committee will soon be distributing Thanksgiving baskets and the hectic but wonderful holiday season will soon begin.

Last month the Christ Church Community Youth Choir, under the direction of Beth Johanning, made their first appearance of the fall season. There are many new and talented young members and their sound was incredible. Their music was enhanced by the talents of our two talented violinists, Katherine Liu and Eva Black. Bravo to you all!

Last month we celebrated the baptism of Onuora Janelle Brown, granddaughter of Alleida Mitchell. Members of Christ Church not only shared in the sacrament of Holy Baptism during the 10 a.m. service, but were treated to an elegant reception following the service which was organized by Alleida and her family.

Special thanks to our wardens, Elizabeth Gattullo and Marc Gherzo who organized last month’s celebration of Fr. Chuck’s 5th Anniversary as rector of Christ Church. The luncheon was terrific, but then again, so was the reason for the celebration.

That’s all for now…much more to report next month in our December (can you believe it???) issue. 

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It's Time for the Holly Ball!

Dust off your dancing shoes, dig out your tux from the back of the closet and find your prettiest holiday dress – it’s Holly Ball time!

danceThis is a particularly joyful event at Christ Church – a time when parishioners and friends gather in the parish hall to bring in the holiday season with food, dancing and fellowship.  This year’s event, which takes place on Saturday, December 10, is being organized by Bonnie Franz and Roxanne Ingoe, ably assisted by Beth McLean, Marlene Elia, Barnett Shepherd, Susan Fowler and Victor Stanwick.

Our honorees this year are Hal & Linda Reiersen and Nancy Reiersen-Scromo who are looking forward to seeing you that evening.

Please come out and support this annual fund raising event. It’s an evening that you won’t forget.

Invitations are on their way – make sure to send in your RSVP as soon as you receive yours.

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Journey to Adulthood
Denise Rompilla
The J2A café is up and running. Along with a new format and new lesson plans, this year’s J2A class is focusing on putting their faith into action with targeted service projects. This fall, we will be focusing on remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms of the homeless shelter. The class has selected project managers, is working on a budget, and has drawn up a list of items to be replaced and/or donated to the shelter. On November 6, 2011, we will begin the actual remodeling by painting these spaces with colors selected by the class. In future weeks, we will be decorating these spaces with artwork and photography created by our students; shopping for items for the kitchen and bathroom; and before Christmas, stocking the refrigerator with goodies for our guests. If you are interested in donating your time and talent to this project, please see Denise Rompilla, program coordinator.
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