The Tower Chimes, monthly newsletter of Christ Church New Brighton
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In this issue:
Clergy Corner
Wednesday Evening Lenten Program at Christ Church
Daylight Savings Time
Jeans Sunday at Christ Church
Serenade Concert Season Opens on Sunday, April 7 with Gonzalo X. Ruiz
Second Saturday
Staten Island Yankees Baseball Game
Vestry Notes
Pocket Crosses
Easter Memorial Flowers
From the Parish Register
Holy Week and Easter Week at Christ Church
Camp Incarnation at Christ Church
Building Bridges Coalition
Tony Colucci Benefit Concert
Coffee Hour
Save the Date!
Around the Parish
Annual Fish Supper
Parish Prayer List
Clergy Corner
Last year during Lent a fellow deacon from Portland, Oregon introduced me to an interesting on-line Lenten devotion, Lent Madness. Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints, he came up with this unique Lenten devotion which combines a love of sports with a passion for the lives of the saints.

The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time, usually a day, and people vote for their favorite saint. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

The Rev. Deacon Geri Swanson

In the first round you can read basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. There are also four “celebrity bloggers” who champion particular saints through the Final Four. Last year the final winner of the “Golden Halo” was none other than one of my personal favorites, Mary Magedelan. Over 50,000 people visited the site last year, and on the first day of Lent Madness this year over 5,000 visited the site.  One of the most exciting match ups thus far this year was between Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr. The latter won in a tight race.

What I like best about Lent madness is that it allows people to get to know more about  people who have come before us in the faith and reminds us that there’s no reason for a dreary Lenten discipline. If this helps people connect with the risen Christ during this season of penitence and renewal, and have a bit of fun in the process, then it is worthwhile.

I hope you’ll participate this Lent and vote daily!  You can find it at: http://www.lentmadness.org.

Dn. Geri

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Wednesday Evening Lenten Program at Christ Church

March 6, March 13, March 20

   This year Wednesday Nights in Lent will follow a new schedule:

 7:00 p.m. Supper. One individual or family provides the main course, others bring salads and dessert. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the parish house.

 7:45 p.m. Book Study and Discussion of Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.

 8:30 p.m. Compline

Compline originated in the fourth century as the night prayers of monks, to be said in their dormitories before bedtime. One of the attractions of this simple and dignified office is the lack of variation.  Just a few short selections from the psalms and a few short lessons are used, making it easy to say Compline in low light or when one is tired. Compline is a beautiful and peaceful way to end the day.  You can find the service of Compline on page 127 in your Book of Common Prayer.

 8:45 p.m. -  End

 Come for all or part of the evening 

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Daylight Savings TIme

Sunday, March 10.

Be sure to turn your clocks AHEAD one hour the night before.

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Jeans Sunday at Christ Church

Sunday, March 10th is our annual "Jeans Sunday". Wear your jeans/denim or something casual to church and help clean our church and parish hall after coffee hour. Bring your favorite work gloves, rag and if you can, a bottle of Murphy's Oil or Old English Oil (dark or clear).

Please use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Many helping hands would allow us to get the job done well.

Lunch will be served in the guild room for all volunteers.  

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Serenade Concert Season Opens on Sunday, April 7 with Gonzalo X. Ruiz

Serenade Concerts will open its 2013 season with a program called "House of Time." Four superb early music performers will select outstanding pieces from various eras in the House of Time. The performers are Gonzalo X. Ruiz, baroque oboe; Avi Stein, harpsichord; Tatiana Daubek, baroque violin; and Beiliang, baroque cello.

   We have heard these musicians, who are greatly in demand and who also play modern instruments, at the Bach Festival at St. Paul’s Chapel in lower Manhattan.

The concert will take place on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. in the Church sanctuary. Further program details will be announced as we approach the concert date. We at Serenade are very excited about this program. We will be presenting world class musicians.

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Second Saturday

By now, all Christ Church parishioners who have been involved with the Second Saturday feeding program must be wondering “Hey, it’s March already and I haven’t received my schedule for this year yet! Is Victor lazy as heck or what?!?” Well to answer your question, yes I am quite lazy. But that’s not why you haven’t received your schedule yet.

For several years I’ve wanted to change the menus for the program. We’ve been preparing the same old food year in and year out: macaroni and cheese, macaroni and meat sauce, hot dogs and beans. I thought it was time that we revamped the menu and made it not only more inviting, but more nutritious. The meals served at Trinity Lutheran Soup Kitchen every Saturday are often the only hot sit-down type of meal that our clients have access to. I wanted to give them healthier, more filling choices. At the same time, I don’t want to make it hard for you (the cooks) to prepare these meals. However, not being a chef, this was a daunting task. Ali Mitchell and Debbie Lindsay came to my rescue. They have been working very diligently to rework the menu (and let me tell you, the results have been nothing short of spectacular).

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In the new menu, macaroni and cheese has been replaced by chili with beans and rice. This has been a big hit with our clients. Macaroni and meat sauce has been replaced by chicken with potatoes, carrots, celery, and rice. This is one of the tastiest meals we’ve ever served at the soup kitchen. There’s going to be one more addition to the menu, but I’m not sure what it’s going to be.

In addition to the new menu items, we have also had some incredible soups from the incomparable Tina and Tony Colucci.  Believe it or not, in the twenty years that I have been doing Second Saturday, no one has ever served soup at the soup kitchen. I know, right? On the couple of Saturdays so far that we have had a Colucci soup, the crowds have gone wild. The soup disappears very quickly. I can’t thank Tina and Tony enough for their efforts.

All of the recipes are currently being recorded. We are gathering information on how much of each ingredient is necessary for each meal, which spices to use, how much rice to make, and so on and so forth. When this information is ready I will forward it to everyone with a new schedule. If you want to get involved with the Second Saturday program please speak to me, to Susan Fowler, or to Jane Sharif on any Sunday. We’ll be happy to fill you in and answer any questions you may have and add you to the schedule at a time convenient for you.

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Staten Island Yankees Baseball Game
Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4 PM. Cost is $22 per person for an all-you-can-eat fun afternoon. Please contact Sheila Hewitt for tickets and information. Please bring old baseball gloves and equipment for donation.
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Vestry Notes

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Vestry of Christ Church New Brighton took place on Monday, February 11, 2013. The following are highlights of what was discussed that evening:

The meeting opened with an excellent presentation by Elaine Smith, a member of the parish who is also a therapist in private practice. Her forceful and well-organized speech focused on kind and practical methods of understanding, approaching and speaking calmly to emotionally disturbed and agitated individuals, without provoking them to act out.

Plant & Equipment Committee

  • The organ maintenance contract with J.H. and C.S. Odell has been approved.
  • Church lighting needs overall improvement, especially in the choir and chancel. The use of free-standing lights, originally purchased by the Serenade Concert Series, will be explored.
  • Architect Barry Donaldson has begun the interior survey of the church masonry and has been asked to look into a church fire-suppression system.
  • The Nursery Room door will be replaced by Victor Stanwick with a new door that will include a window. The first-floor bathroom in the Rectory needs a new floor and other major repairs. Plans will be drawn up and bids requested.
  • Great news about the multipurpose parking lot shed: A grant likely will pay for it. The shed will house parish equipment, garden supplies and Victor Stanwick’s woodworking studio. The grant will include an amount for seeds and other garden items. Victor will build the shed’s platform and the parish will pay for electrical work.

Stewardship Committee

  • While the pledges received exceed the line amount in the 2013 budget, we are still hoping to receive some additional 2013 pledges.

Churchwarden’s Report

  • Willie Black Jr. is appealing for more counters. Their function is very important and there is a certain amount of “counter fatigue.” More counters are needed.

Deacon’s Report

  • Deacon Geri Swanson has applied to Episcopal Charities for a $14,000 grant for the Christ Church Community Youth Choir and the drumming programs.
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Pocket Crosses
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Pocket crosses were blessed and distributed on the First Sunday in Lent, February 17.

The pocket cross is meant to be a devotional aid to enrich your prayer life during Lent.  The idea is to think of a person you’d like to pray for during Lent and then keep the cross with you during –in a pocket, or purse, or on a cord around your neck – as a reminder to pray for that person.  At Easter time, when Lent is ended, you may want to give your cross to the person you’ve been praying for.

Pocket crosses are still available in baskets by both entrances to the church. 

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Easter Memorial Flowers

Flower Fund Envelopes will be found in the pews during the month of March. Those who would like to contribute to the memorial flowers for Easter should list names of those to be remembered on the front of the envelope and place your envelope with donation in the offering plate on Sunday morning.

Checks should be drawn to Christ Church New Brighton. All names must be received NO LATER than Palm Sunday, March 24, to be listed in the Easter bulletin.

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From the Parish Register

March Birthdays

2-Clyve Stephen Hutton; 6 – Ian Basso, Betsy Kalfa, Mark Richards; 12 - Alice Wood Green, Gianna Colucci; 13 – William Keck, III , Kenneth McLean; 14 – Maria Gelabert; 17 – Theresa Lettiere; 18 – Troy Richards; 20 – Gene McGough;  21 – Alexandria Kalfa; 22 – Robert Kowach 23 – Nancy Lettiere, Heather George; 28 – Julia Dwikat; 29 – Noah Modzelewski; 30 – Daniel Lettiere,  Angela Lindsay, Tom Sarff; 31 – Nicholas Kalfa 

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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Holy Week and Easter at Christ Church

Here is the schedule for Holy Week and Easter services at Christ Church. We hope you’ll be able to take part in each of these services.

Sunday, March 24 – Palm Sunday

7:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist and Distribution of Palms

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist and Palm Procession

Thursday, March 28 – Maundy Thursday

7:30 p.m.  - Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar, followed by a Lamb Supper, Compline and Vigil at the Altar of Repose

Friday, March 29 – Good Friday

4 p.m. – Liturgy for Children and Families

The children will be making an Easter Garden craft after the service.

7:30 p.m. – Good Friday Liturgy and Holy Communion from Reserved Sacrament

Sunday, March 21 – Easter Day

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

10 a.m. – Festal Choral Eucharist

11:30 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt and Reception.

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Camp Incarnation at Christ Church

On Sunday, March 17 a representative from Camp Incarnation will be at coffee hour.  Camp Incarnation, located in Ivoryton, Conn., is owned and operated by the Diocese of New York's camp.  It is the nation's oldest co-ed camp and offers a full range of activities for children ages 7 - 15, youth can serve as counselors.  This is a great opportunity to learn about Camp Incarnation and its programs.

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Building Bridges Coalition of Staten Island Invites You to Attend Our 10th Annual Interfaith Passover Seder
Penultimate supper
Thursday March 14th 2013 at 7:00 pm
St. Teresa’s Conran Hall

Corner of Victory Boulevard & Slosson Avenue

Please join us and share in the fellowship and tradition

Please contact one of the above Houses of Worship to make reservations

      Reservations and payment required by March 8th 2013 as seating is limited;

Cuisine by Exclusive Kosher Catering - Make checks payable to  Building Bridges Coalition of Staten Island Corp.

1186 – Hylan Boulevard, SI., NY 10305

$28.00 Adults/$15.00 Children (12 and under)

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Tony Colucci Benefit Concert

Last month our own Tony Colucci entertained an appreciative audience with piano selections from Scriabin, Liszt, Chopin, Brahms and other noteworthy composers in a benefit concert to raise funds to begin the important work of replacing the windows in the auditorium.     

This event raised a substantial amount of funding to begin the process, but there is much work that needs to be done. Our thanks to Tony for sharing his talents, for his enthusiasm to complete this project and for the many repairs that he has completed “behind the scenes.”

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Coffee Hour

HOST/ HOSTESS FOR COFFEE HOUR

MANY DATES ARE STILL AVAILABLE

  • You can PLAN a Coffee Hour
  • You can SPONSOR a Coffee Hour
  • You can have a CELEBRATION during Coffee Hour
Contact Sheila Hewitt at 718-447-8049 or Sunday at Christ Church.
coffee hour hosts needed
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Save the Date!

Annual Wine Tasting

Friday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by Fr. Chuck and Liz Howell at

Christ Church Rectory 

96 Franklin Avenue

Presented by Lorie Honor of

HONOR Wines

36 Bay Street in St. George

718.954.0452 – info@honorwines.com

Honor Wines is the Island’s only “green” wine shop, supporting both old world and new world growers specializing in smaller yield, beautifully crafted natural, organic and sustainable wines that are delicious and speak of “place.”

$50 per person benefiting

Christ Church outreach

Reservation deadline: April 8

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Around the Parish

For those of you who have been wondering, the Tower Chimes is alive and well…unfortunately due to some unavoidable circumstances we missed a few issues along the way. Apologies to our readers – we’re back on regular schedule.

It was so wonderful to see Sheila Swigert at our February Pancake Supper. As many of you are aware, Sheila moved back to Rochester last year but luckily for us she has been making her visits to Christ Church a bit more frequent.  John Gerney and his “crew” – Sheila Hewitt, Victor Stanwick and Stephen Gross did yeoman service at the stove while Lisa Rhoades and members of the Journey to Adulthood Class served the hungry crowds.

Belated congratulations to Barnett Shepherd who was this year’s recipient of the Christ Church “Chi Rho.” This is truly a well-deserved recognition of the many things that Barnett does at Christ Church in his own quiet way.

Condolences to Agnes Thompson on the passing of her brother last month; to Marcia Clendenen-Riley on her mother’s passing in Indiana last month; and to Matro and Kristin Parrish on the passing of his uncle, Matt.

Thanks to Tony Colucci for a stellar performance in his piano recital last month to raise funds to repair the windows in our Parish Auditorium. Tony has also been known to do “odd jobs” around the parish and would welcome donations of black paint which will be used to paint the floor in the church. If you’re interested in making a donation please speak to Tony first to be sure that your donation fits the “specs” that have been determined in terms of paint color, etc.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Mary Boody. We also want to wish John Watson a speedy recovery from his recent cataract surgery.

Congratulations to Beth Johanning who recently joined the faculty of the music department at Wagner College.

And a note of thanks from your editor for those of you who came out to support me at the Council of Churches Dinner last month. It was a great honor to be recognized as the Christ Church recipient of the Staten Island Council of Churches award and your recognition was much appreciated.

That’s all for this edition. If there is news that you’d like to include please feel free to leave a note in the Tower Chimes mail box or send an e-mail to nreiersen@yahoo.com.

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Annual Fish Supper
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Parish Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Andre Adams, Robin Beveridge, Shirley Black, Willie Black, Jr., Jerry Blasingame, Mary Boody, Gene Braxton, Sr., Dr. Cyril Broderick, Sylvia Broderick, Gregory Brown, Patricia Brown-Prestia, Fr. Steve Challman, Marcia Clendenen, Inez Colborne, Sylvanus Corneh, Samuel Doe, Marlene Elia, Stephen Freeman, Hayley Filippini,  Mary Fitzgerald, Joseph Gannon, Zada Graham, Colin Hay, Edmund John, Elliot John, Joyce Kennedy, Ravi Lambiase, Jordan Larimer, Geri Laverie, Florence Lynch, Kathleen MacDonald, William Marcus, Donna  Marlak, Charleston Martin, Jr., Andrea McIntosh, Hugo McIntosh, Sr., Isaac Mennoh, Anthony Mobilia, Krystin Molini, Laura Napolitano, Linda Oppenheimer, Dr. Christian Peabody, Sam Pirozzolo, Monique Powers, Anika Cora Renz, Victor Rao, Elizabeth Roberts, Peter Roland, Joseph Rossiello, Meg Rowan, Luke Smith, Ann Sohm, Williette Thompson, Elise Weiser, James Wilson, and Martha Wright.

It's time once again to update the prayer list.  Please review the list above and call the parish office by Thursday, March 14 if you would like a name to remain on the prayer list.  A name can be added to the prayer list at any time, but names which are not renewed will be removed.

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