The Tower Chimes, monthly newsletter of Christ Church New Brighton
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In this issue:
Clergy Corner
Capital Campaign Update
ECW Fall Meeting
Vestry Notes
All Saints' Sunday
A Special Gift
From the Parish Register
Annual Pet Blessing at Christ Church on Saturday, October 6
Calling All Gardners!
Praying the Daily Office
Daylight Savings Time Reminder!
Halloween Brunch for Goblins and Ghosts at Christ Church on Sunday, October 28
Save the Date!! The Holly Ball
Mad Hatter Tea Party and Scholarship Concert on Sunday, October 7
J2A Update
Around the Parish
Clergy Corner
The Rev. Charles H. Howell, Rector of Christ Church New Brighton You've probably heard me say once or twice, or a hundred times, that the best way to grow the church and to help people deepen their faith is to invite them to join you at church. Sometimes, however, inviting someone to a Sunday morning service seems too pushy. In that case, you might want to invite someone to church for a more low-key event. October has many such events which are perfect for gently introducing someone to Christ Church.

Pet Blessing. Our annual pet blessing will be held on Saturday, October 6 at 10 am in the oval yard in front of the church. We chose October 6th for the per blessing because it is the Saturday closest to St. Francis' Day, October 4. The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to ANimals) will be there with information about their spay/neuter clinics and other services. Every animal, or their owners, will recive a St. Francis medal and prayer card.

Mad Hatter Tea. This tea, which will be held on Sunday, October 7 at 4 p.m., will benefit our Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Committee, which administers the fund, awards summer camp scholarships and first-year college scholarships to Christ Church parishioners. The afternoon begins with a concert in the church featuring Vincent and Candice Craig, with the tea to follow afterwards in the Guild Room.

Pumpkin Decorating. This is a new event to be held on Saturday, October 20. Details are still being worked out, so watch the Weekly Update and Sunday bulletins for more information.

Cancer Walk. Every year a group from Christ Church walks in the Cancer Walk, to be held this year on Sunday, October 21. Invite a friend to join you on the walk.

Fright Night. Each year St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Richmondtown builds a haunted house in their basement and calls the event Fright Night. Our youth group is going on the evening of Saturday, October 20. The youth of Christ Church are always welcome to invite their friends to youth group events, but please make sure that our guests’ parents sign a permission slip.

Halloween Brunch. Another new event, the Halloween Brunch will be held on Sunday, October 28, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The brunch will feature goblin cheese ball and crackers, snake sandwiches, twisty worms, cakes, teas, coffee, and a cash bar. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and children 5 and under are free.

If, however, your relationship with your friends is such that you would like to invite them to a church service, two coming Sundays are particularly attractive for visitors. On October 14 at the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist the Christ Church Community Youth Choir will sing for the first time this season. November 4 is All Saints’ Sunday and will be the next occasion for Holy Baptism. Perhaps you know a family that is looking for a church home and would like to have their children baptized. If so, please give them my phone number (781-727-6100) or email address ( ), so that I can talk to them about arranging a baptism at Christ Church.

     Everybody has a spiritual hunger but doesn’t always know how to satisfy it. Perhaps you know someone whose spiritual hunger can be met by the worship and fellowship of Christ Church. You know what a great community we have here, so invite you friends to join you either on a Sunday morning or for another special event.

Fr. Chuck

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Capital Campaign Update
Capital Campaign graphic image$195,000 has been pledged to the Enhance the Legacy capital campaign, putting us within striking distance of our goal. Based on verbal commitments, it seems very likely we will exceed our goal.

If you have pledged, thank you. If you have not yet pledged, it's not too late, and pledge materials are still available in the parish office. Remember, it is important to have a high level of participation and gifts of any size are gratefully accepted.

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ECW Fall Meeting
ECW LogoOn Thursday, October 18th Christ Church will host the Episcopal Church Women’s Fall meeting.  We begin with the Holy Eucharist at 2:30 p.m. and coffee and cake will follow in the Guild Room. 
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Vestry Notes
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Vestry of Christ Church New Brighton took place on Monday, September 10, 2012. The following are highlights of what was discussed that evening:

The Treasurer’s report was presented. Rev. Howell fielded questions about landscaping costs and pledge reports. Thanks were expressed for the work of Valerie Quinlan, Nick Dowen, and Barnett Shepherd, who maintain the church gardens with great attention to detail.

Committee Reports:

Plant and Equipment Committee

  • Committee chair, Richard Whaley, presented an oral report on the issues facing the committee, which include replacing the windows in the parish house auditorium and archive room; regular maintenance for the chair lifts, rain garden, church flooring, parish steps; and recruiting volunteers for Saturday afternoons to assist with landscaping.
  • A discussion of the need for organ repairs followed. As a result of the leak in the sacristy roof, significant water damage has occurred to the organ and repairs are necessary. We have received a quote of approximately $20,000 to completely repair this damage. However, we need to be sure that the organ is dry before repairs get underway and also determine which funds will be used to pay for these repairs.

Education Committee

  • Godly Play breakfast and registration takes place September 15, and Godly Play, Journey to Adulthood (J2A), and Adult Education classes start September 16.
  • The hallway outside the Godly Play classrooms were painted on September 9 and a second minder for the nursery room is likely to be hired shortly.
  • J2A will meet in their new space in the recently renovated archive room.
  • The Adult Education class will focus on How to Pray the Daily Office.
  • Capital Campaign Pledges currently total $195,000. An additional verbal pledge of $5,000 and a gift of $1,000 have been received. To date, $47,000 has been received.

Wardens’ Reports:

  • Willie Black Jr. updated the Vestry on the counter situation. A new policy of three counters on the Sunday after a fundraiser was tested after the Blueberry Festival and it seemed to work well. We could still use more counters!
  • Elizabeth Gattullo reported that the Blueberry Festival was a great success, raising about $3,000. In addition, the clothing drive raised $300 and collected a literal ton of clothing and other donations. 

Rector’s Report

  • Thank you notes were shared for hosting the ASPCA spay/neuter clinic and St. John’s Vestry retreat.
  • A new ceiling and lighting were installed in the choir robing room by Peter Raff. Many thanks to him. In addition, Rev. Howell shared with the Vestry his deep appreciation for Lester and Cathy – their amazing work was brought into sharp relief as his return from vacation was incredibly smooth. They both go above and beyond expectations.

Deacon’s Report

  • Council Member Debbie Rose has given the church a $5,500 grant to support the Holiday Food Baskets.
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All Saints' Sunday
Sunday, November 4 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-at-verizon-dot-net or 718-727-6100.) All Saints’ Sunday is also the next occasion for Holy Baptism. If a member of your family would like to be baptized, please speak to Fr. Chuck.
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A Special Gift
Over many years Christ Church had a group called Serendipity. This group was comprised of many of our hardworking and faithful parishioners. They put so much energy into many events, including our former May Ham Dinners, our ethnic brunches, etc.

Serendipity has now disbanded but has donated a $10,000 CD to Christ Church. They have requested that the interest from this CD be forwarded to the Scholarship Fund.

The $10,000 has been donated in loving memory of Martha Keucher and in honor of Colin Reed. Both members were instrumental in keeping the group organized and fruitful for many years.

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From the Parish Register
October Birthdays

1—Julia Kennedy; 2 – Judith Davis; 5 – Ronald Massey, William Sherman; 6 – Susan Fowler; 8 – Andrea McIntosh, Jeremiah Zayzay; 9– Christina Noel, Brandon Thompson; 10 – Ines Colbourne; 11 – Eva Black, Kataski George, Jaime Szczepanik; ; 12 – Olisha James, Charles McLean, Jr., Kate Schneider; 18 –John Hayes, Katherine Liu; 21 – Nathaniel Seeley; 22- John Gerney; 23 –Deborah Lindsay, Peter Liu; 24 – Edward Craig; 26 – Hueldine Webb; 27– Catherine McGough; 29 – Amber James, Virginia Peel; 30 – Hugo McIntosh, Sr.; 31- Marcia Clendenen

October Anniversaries

1– Fr. Chuck & Liz Howell; 13– Thomas & Irene Eppinger

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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Annual Pet Blessing at Christ Church
on Saturday, October 6
pet blessingFather Chuck will be conducting his annual Pet Blessing at Christ Church on Saturday, October 6 at 10 a.m.

Please gather with your fellow pet lovers in the oval in front of the Parish House for this traditional event which celebrates the life and works of St. Francis.  

Each pet will be blessed and will receive a prayer card and a medal. Treats for humans and their pets will follow the blessing!

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Calling All Gardners
FLowerEveryone who comes to Christ Church – whether they are visitors or regular parishioners – always comments on the beauty of our lawns and gardens.

Yes, they truly are beautiful, but as many of you who till the soil and plow the fields are well aware that gardening takes a great deal of time, effort and love.

Nick Dowen, Barnett Shepherd and Valerie Quinlan have been doing an exceptional job to maintain these beautiful spaces but there are many areas that need tending and we could definitely use more Saturday morning volunteers to help in this wonderful ministry. Please speak with Fr. Chuck or sign up on the bulletin board in the parish house if you would like to help.

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Praying the Daily Office
Our Sunday morning adult education classes are off to a successful start as we continue to study how to pray the Daily Office.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the meaning of this simple and beautiful service of prayer. Participants gather in the Vestry room, immediately following at 11:30 on Sunday where they learn how to pray Morning and Evening Prayer and develop a discipline of prayer in their lives. The remainder of the class schedule is as follows:

9/30 - The Lectionary

10/7 - No class, Columbus Day weekend

10/14 - The Canticles and Apostles' Creed

10/21 - The Lord's Prayer and Versicles & Responses

10/28 - The Collect of the Day and Fixed Collects

11/4 - No class, All Saints' Sunday

11/11 - Intercessions

11/18 - Ending and Getting Fancy

11/25 - No class, Thanksgiving weekend

12/2 - Making a Rule of Life

the book of common prayer 350th anniversaryNEEDED FOR THE CLASS

  • 1979 Book of Common Prayer
  • A Bible
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Daylight Savings Time Reminder!
clockDaylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 4.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour the night before!

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Halloween Brunch for Goblins and Ghouls
at Christ Church on Sunday, OCtober 7
On Sunday, October 28 Christ Church will be hosting a special Halloween Brunch from11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Guild Room. Suggested donation for this event is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Admission free for children 5 and under.

uncle festerA special menu will feature all of the favorite holiday treats, including:

Goblin Cheese Ball and Crackers

Green Salad

Snake Sandwiches (ham, Swiss, salami, provolone, spinach and mozzarella)

Twisty Worms (with chopped meat and sauce)

Dessert: Coffee, tea and an assortment of cakes

Cash Bar: Bloody Mary, Soda, Beer

Door Prizes, a 50/50 raffle and other raffles as well


*All proceeds from this event will go to the operating budget.

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Save the Date!! The Holly Ball

Saturday, December 8 – 6 p.m. Christ Church An annual holiday tradition!

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Mad Hatter Tea Party and Scholarship Concert
on Sunday, October 7
Several years ago Christ Church established a program to provide an opportunity for active members of our parish family to be receive scholarships for one or two week summer sessions at Camp Incarnation, the Diocese of New York’s camp in Ivoryton, CT, or to YMCA camps. College scholarships of $500 are also awarded to graduating high school seniors who have been admitted to a college, university or other accredited post-secondary program.

Mad Hatter Tea Party and Scholarship ConcertIn addition to donations, one of the main sources of funding for these programs is our annual Sunday Afternoon Scholarship Concert and Tea which has traditionally featured the talents of noted pianist, Dr. Vincent Craig, and his wife, soprano Candice Craig. Each year, Vincent and Candice give generously of their time and exceptional talents to help us raise money for this important Christ Church ministry.

Craig and Candice will be returning to Christ Church on Sunday, October 7 at 4 p.m. where they will once again offer a program of selections featuring their individual and combined talents. Immediately following the program concertgoers are invited to the Mad Hatter Tea Party in the adjoining Parish Hall where they will be treated to an assortment of teas and “treats.”

Tickets for the concert and tea are $20 and can be purchased during the Sunday coffee hour, from any member of the Scholarship Committee or by contacting the parish office at 718-727-6100.

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J2A Update
If you haven’t already, take a look at the newly renovated J2A classroom at the top of the auditorium stairs. Our J2A teachers Laila and Larry Modzelewski and new program coordinator, Lisa Rhoades have planned a busy year of church school, social and service activities. On September 23rd, we shared the story of Creation following the Fisherfolk of the Community of Celebration’s tradition of call and response—every creation got a hearty “yes” from the group. Every evening received a deep “aahhhh!” We followed with preparations for Creation Sundae—our fun filled celebration of God’s perfect creations (and ice cream!) for the September 30 Coffee Hour. Upcoming October events include Fright Night on Oct 20 and participation in the Cancer Walk on Oct 21. We welcome parishioner support in the form of help planning, paying for, and chaperoning these and other events. Speak to Lisa Rhoades if you’d like to join in the fun!

“Spiritual Formation" means learning by engaging in Christian practices and then reflecting on them afterwards. This "doing" and "reflecting" helps us to "form" young people in the faith. Instead of just talking about Christian service, we SERVE. Instead of teaching about prayer, we PRAY. Instead of sharing about Christian Community we actively and intentionally work to BUILD community. Instead of telling our young people how special they are we SHOW them thru special liturgical celebrations like Rite-13 Liturgy or the Litany of Dedication. Instead of merely talking about Christian journey we actually TRAVEL on Pilgrimage together.

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Around the Parish
Lots of activity these days at Christ Church as we welcome the fall season and prepare for the coming months ahead – Pet Blessing, Scholarship Concert and Tea, Halloween Brunch and kids’ activities in October and preparing for our Stewardship campaign, All Saints Sunday and Holiday Gift Basket planning.

Last month we celebrated the baptism of Athena Robinson, daughter of Celestine and Gbato Robinson and granddaughter of Richard and Yassah Zayzay. Congratulations to you all. And best wishes to Charles McLean and Sarah Killian on their recent engagement. His proud parents, Beth and Chip McLean couldn’t be happier.

Good news for our warden, Willie Black, Jr. He is recovering nicely from kidney transplant surgery in August and all is going well. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers! And continued prayers and best wishes to Williette Thompson who recently underwent heart surgery, but is also preparing for hip replacement surgery later this year.

Condolences to our organist, Tom Sarff, and his family on the untimely passing of his mother, Marilyn, last month. And prayers go out to our sexton, Lester Jean and his family on the passing of his mother-in-law, Loretta Mannarano.

That’s all for now, but there will definitely be much more to share next month. This is such a busy and active parish there is always something going on!

If you’d like to share your news please drop us a line – either in the Tower Chimes mail slot in the Parish Office or by e-mail to your editor nreiersen-at-yahoo-dot-com.

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