The Tower Chimes, monthly newsletter of Christ Church New Brighton
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In this issue:
Clergy Corner
Vestry Notes
Holiday Baskets Program
Election of Bishop Suffragen
Thanksgiving Services on Staten Island
Important Dates
Pledge Update
From the Parish Register
"The Groupettes"
Family Dance
The Holly Ball
Taste of Liberia
Bishop Dietsche's Visit to Christ Church
Breast Cancer Walk
WANTED: Coffee Hour Hosts & Hostesses
Come One, Come all to the St. Nick's Fair on Saturday, December 7
Around the Parish
Clergy Corner
The Rev. Charles H. Howell, Rector of Christ Church New BrightonThe fall fundraising season is upon us.  This year I've noticed particularly the use of scare tactics and apocalyptic language.  We are told that if we don't give money we will never hear classical music on the radio again.  We are told that if we don't give to a certain candidate the barbarians will breach the walls and civilization will fall.

Unfortunately – or, perhaps, fortunately – we in the Church don't have the luxury of making such desperate appeals.

The Church will not fail if we don't give money.  Christ Church, may fail, it may be that the Gospel is no longer preached and witnessed to at the corner of Franklin and Fillmore, but the Church Universal will not disappear.  We have the Lord's assurance the nothing will prevail against it and that the Gospel will be preached to the ends of the earth.  So we do not need to give out of fear.

Soon you will be receiving your pledge card, and I hope that you will seriously reflect on the place of Christ Church in your life and what you can do to support it.  This year we hope to raise $150,000 in pledges, and even that is not enough to do all that we would like to do.  It takes about $6000 a week to operate Christ Church at its current level of staffing and program.  That works out to about $3,300 per year for each individual or family; of course some are not able to give that amount and some can give much more.

The Church also is not selling us policies or a program.  We value and appreciate our music, liturgy, Christian education programs, outreach, pastoral care, and historic buildings, but preserving programing is not the main motivation to give to church.  We give to the church for spiritual reasons and as a tangible way of showing our gratitude to God for all that He has given us. We are engaged in stewardship – the right use of our time, talent, and money – not mere fundraising. 

Fr. Chuck

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Vestry Notes
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Vestry of Christ Church New Brighton took place on Monday, October 14, 2013.  Following are highlights of what took place that evening:

Cub Scout Pack at Christ Church

  • Charlotte Hewitt, an experienced scout leader, reported on the progress of establishing a Cub Scout pack at Christ Church. There are currently 15 boys and the close involvement of five adult leaders. The Vestry approved Christ Church to be the chartering organization. We will provide space for meetings and storage.  Deborah Lindsay has agreed to serve as the Vestry liaison to the Scouts.

Plant and Equipment

  • Committee chair, Rich Whaley noted that the amount that the Diocesan Property Support Committee will be awarding $140,000 to our Capital Campaign efforts.
  • The Vestry approved an expenditure of up to $5,425 to complete the electrical work on the parking lot shed.
  • Plans for the children's powder room near the classrooms are going forward.  The Vestry approved the allocation of up to $1,100 for a macerating toilet for the powder room.

Treasurer's Report

  • Dorothy Thompson noted that we are at 66 percent of pledge income when we should be at 75 percent.

Finance Committee

  • The Finance Committee will next meet on October 23.  Committee financial requests are due in order for the committee to prepare the church's 2014 budget.

Financial Secretary's Report

  • Beth McLean submitted a written third-quarter report.  She expressed her hope that the quarterly pledge financial statements mailed to every pledging person or family will encourage people to bring their pledges up to date. New forms that will allow the inclusion of Capital Campaign contributions in the customary quarterly reports are in preparation.

Parish Calendar

  • November 14 is the deadline for dates to be submitted to the committee.  The calendar will be financed by free-will donations.

Local IPC Representatives

  • The Rector will appoint a representative and an alternate to attend the meetings of the Richmond Interparish Council.  Regular meetings take place at St. Andrew's Church.

A Disaster Plan for Each Parish

  • The Diocese has asked each parish to have a disaster plan and Christ Church has been paired with St. Paul's Memorial Church to work this out. 

Deacon's Report

  • Five students are currently enrolled in the drumming program and seven more may be enrolling. An appeal will be made to elementary schoolchildren, third grade and up, to swell the ranks.

Rector's Report

  • The Christ Church Indaba Group will visit the Church of Christ the King, Stone Ridge, on Sunday, October 20. Christ Church will be hosting Indaba in January, and in May our team will visit St. Augustine's Church, Manhattan. 
  • Our first-ever Rite 13 Ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 27 during the 10 a.m. service. 
  • Hurricane relief is still going on, and a confirmation class from Trinity Church, Boston, will be staying at Christ Church on October 18-19 to do this, as will SUNY Empire State on October 20-23. 
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Holiday Baskets Program
holiday food basketsWe will again be making 300 complete Thanksgiving dinners for food insecure individuals and families on Staten Island.  The baskets will be assembled in the evening of Monday, November 18 and distributed the morning of Tuesday, November 19.

Lots of help is needed to make this program a success.  If you can help, or if you would like to sponsor a basket ($25) please speak to Deacon Geri, Alleida Mitchell, or consult the sign-up sheets in the parish hall.

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Election of Bishop Suffragen
On December 7 the Diocese of New York will elect a Bishop Suffragan.  A Bishop Suffragan is a bishop's mitrebishop who is elected by diocesan convention to serve under the diocesan bishop, who in the Diocese of New York is Bishop Andrew Dietsche.

There are five nominees for Bishop Suffragan, and you can read their biographies and their answers to a series of questions at the diocesan website: www.dioceseny.org. Our delegates to the electing convention are Fr. Chuck, Deacon Geri and Nick Dowen.

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Thanksgiving Services on Staten Island
Thanksgiving services on Staten IslandThere are two wonderful opportunities here on Staten Island to observe the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Sunday, November 24 an  Interfaith Thanksgiving service will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Staten Island Hindu Temple, 1318 Victory Blvd.

A Thanksgiving Day service of Holy Eucharist with sermon and hymns will take place at Christ Church on Thursday, November 27 at 10 a.m.

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Important Dates

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Pledge Update
It has come to our notice that 56% of all who have pledged are behind in their giving, yet, we are only 8% behind in the total amount that is due. So, it seems obvious that a lot of people are just a little behind in their pledge, which often happens after the summer.

time talent treasure animationAs you know, we budget ourselves on the amount promised from your pledges. So, if after reading the last quarterly statement of your pledge you found that you are a little behind and are now trying to catch up, we appreciate it very much.

If you haven't yet received your quarterly statement and don't know if you are behind in you giving or not, please contact Beth McLean (917-204-3709).

Last, if for any reason you feel that you are now unable to meet your pledge, and then please let us know so that we can make appropriate adjustments.

You may not know that overall we are doing well financially and it is due to your faithful giving of money and time that we are able to continue our mission and ministry as  Community of Worship, Love, and Service.

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From the Parish Register

November Birthdays
3—Laura Craig;  4 – Ellen Mazzucco, Hugo McIntosh, Jr; Larry Modzelewski; 5 – Paul Smith; 12 – Grace Hazelwood, Lester Jean,  13 – Tamara Christopher, Marlene Elia, Samolu Freeman, Sheila Hewitt; 14 –Analies Noel; 15 – Jack Elia;  16 – Jonathan Elia; 19 – Rita McGough; 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;  30 – Stephen and Christine Gross.

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 Groupettes"
I would like to introduce"The Groupettes", several young adults in our parish who have agreed to help me with the sponsored coffee hours. What are "sponsored coffee hours"? They are coffee hours sponsored by those parishioners who are unable to set up and serve the coffee and cake on Sunday morning – elder members of the parish, members of the choir, etc. In fact, we'll even purchase the milk and the food for the coffee hour as well with your donation. Donors will be listed as coffee hour hosts on their appointed Sunday – we'll be there to serve on your behalf!

There are still several Sundays available to sponsor a coffee hour and this is a great way to participate in this important Sunday ministry- especially if you're unable to actually host the coffee hour. "The Groupettes" are ready, willing and able to help.

If you're interested please speak to me on Sunday morning or contact Cathy in the Parish office.

Thank you!

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Family Dance
dance stepsYes we are doing the family Dance it will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013. 

Come One Come All and let's enjoy the year ending with a blast. Tickets are $35.00 for a Family of four and additional family members are $5 each for kids and $10 each for adults.

There will be music for all ages, raffles, and more Family Fun.

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The Holly Ball
One of the nicest things about celebrating the holidays at Christ Church is the annual Holly Ball which takes place each year on the second Saturday of December.

flake.pngThis year's event will take place on Saturday, December 14 and this year's Honorary Chairs are Beth McLean and Ron Mazzucco, two well-deserving candidates of this honor.

This is an evening of fun and food – cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m.  All this for just $65 per person.

By now you should have received your invitation. If you haven't, please check with Roxanne Ingoe, Tracy Williams or Kirstin Swanson.

Happy Holidays!

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Taste of Liberia
LiberiaI would like to take this opportunity to thank Togba and Juanita Porte for offering to organize our "Taste of Liberia" brunch last month. Thanks to their hard work we were able to raise $437 for the Scholarship Fund

I also would like to thank all of the cooks for preparing all of the delicious food and the "Groupettes" for setting up the events area; and special thanks to those who served the food.

The "Taste of Liberia was so successful because of the support from all the church members, family and friends.

Thank you all for your support.

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Bishop Dietsche's Visit to Christ Church
Bishop DietscheDon't forget to mark your calendars for Sunday, December 15.

At that time  our diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, will be making a visitation to Christ Church where he will administer confirmation and will also receive into the Episcopal Church those who were confirmed in another denomination during the 10 a.m. service.

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Breast Cancer Walk
Thank you to everyone who sponsored the Christ Church Walker. This year we raised $492.00 thanks to your generous donations.
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WANTED: Coffee Hour Hosts & Hostesses
Coffee Hour posterThere are still some opening for coffee hour hosts and hostesses for this year, in addition to the 2014 schedule.

This is an invitation to share a special occasion by hosting or sponsoring a Sunday morning coffee hour.

No Coffee Hour is TOO small or TOO large

Just a reminder…there is no "set" format for coffee hour – you can host your coffee hour however you choose. 

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Come One, Come All to the St. Nick's
Fair on Saturday, December 7
The annual St. Nick's Fair at Christ Church is always a treat – and this year is definitely no exception! In addition to the usual bill of fare – pictures with Santa by the fireplace; vendors; hand-made items; raffles; 50/50; delicious home baked goodies for sale; books and wreaths – we're also hosting Santa ClausBreakfast and Brunch with Santa.

The Fair will take place on Saturday, December 7 beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.

Nick Lettiere will be making the lovely holiday wreaths; however, this year we'll be taking orders for wreaths at the Fair and Nick will make arrangements with you for pick up. We are looking for anyone who would like to volunteer at the booth to take names.

Steve Gross and Sam Williams will be handling the breakfast menu, while Beth McLean will be in charge of the lunch room.

If you'd like to donate a gift for Santa's bag of goodies we are looking for gifts for boys or girls from ages toddler to 12; Alleida Mitchell can give you more specific information if you need it.

Please be sure to come out and support this fun and worthy annual fundraiser – better still, sign up to be a volunteer. You'll be glad you did! 

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Around the Parish
There's never a dull moment at Christ Church and always something to report. Here's what's going on these days:

Christ Church parishioner Danforth Prince, president of one of Staten Island few remaining publishing venues (Blood Moon Productions), has returned safely from his recent book promotion tour of South Florida which included 15 speaking engagements in a single week. His recent publications include a recently released triple biography, THOSE GLAMOROUS GABORS, Bombshells from Budapest, by Darwin Porter.

Congrats to Kenneth McLean, son of Beth and Chip McLean, who completed the New York Marathon in 4 hours 23 minutes.

Congratulations to David and Christie Reiersen on the birth of their son, Charles Booker Reiersen, who was born on October 10 at 8lbs 12oz.  Charlie is the first grandson of Hal and Linda Reiersen.  And speaking of Hal, we must make mention of how glad we are to see him back in church following his recent knee surgery.

Every baptism at Christ Church is a special occasion, but the baptisms of Elijah Nishanth Massey and Cassius Flynn Devlin on November 3 were quite noteworthy. Cassius' mom, Rachel is the daughter of a former sexton at Christ Church, Al Somma; Elijah's grandfather, Bp. Suraj Masih who came from India with his wife to attend the service,  had the honor of baptizing Elijah.  We welcome these newly baptized little ones into the family of God, and congratulate their parents.

Congratulations to Bonnie Nygard on being selected to perform as part of the ensemble in the upcoming performance of "The Nutcracker" at Seaview Center on December 21-22. . Her parents, Lisa Rhoades and David Nygard, couldn't be prouder!

Prayers for a continued and speedy recovery go out to Stephen Carlotti, brother of our parish administrator, Cathy Romano, as he continues to recover from lung surgery.

Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving go out to all of our readers and their families.

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