The Tower Chimes, monthly newsletter of Christ Church New Brighton
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In this issue:
Clergy Corner
Vestry Notes
Holiday Basket Program
Daylight Savings Time Reminder
Coffee Hour
Save the Date: Holly Ball
In Memorium: Jay Spadaro
All Saints' Sunday
Cub Scout Pack @ Christ Church
Are You a "Grown-Up?"
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
"Soup in the Hood" Comes to Christ Church
Serenade Concert to Feature Stefan Palm on Sunday, October 27
Confirmation
From the Parish
Around the Parish
Save the Date
Celebration @ St. Paul's Church on Staten Island
Clergy Corner
The Rev. Charles H. Howell, Rector of Christ Church New BrightonIndaba is a Zulu word indicating a group gathering for intentional conversations in which every voice is honored and where there is an attempt to find a common mind or a common story.  Indaba groups have been used throughout the Anglican Communion to have conversations on difficult matters and across differing cultures without breaking the bonds of community.

   Indaba groups were first used by the bishops of the Anglican Communion, assembling bishops from various parts of the globe for intentional conversation.  They were then used by dioceses throughout the Communion; our diocese of New York was paired with a diocese from India and a diocese from England.  Our Indaba group visited those dioceses and Indaba groups from those dioceses visited ours.

   Our Bishop, Andrew Dietsche, has called the diocese to a year of Indaba conversations within the diocese.   A parish's Indaba group is to be composed of the rector, a young person, and two other lay people.  Our Indaba group is Eva-Marie Black, Alleida Mitchell, Mark Gherzo, and me.  We have been paired with Christ the King, Stone Ridge (where Beth McLean's sister-in-law, Robin Beveridge, is the deacon) and St. Augustine's on the lower east side of Manhattan.

   On Saturday, September 28 our team participated in the kick-off event at the cathedral and met our Indaba partners.  On October 19 – 20, our Indaba team will spend the weekend at Christ the King.  On January 11 – 12, we will host the two visiting Indaba teams.  And on April 5- 6 our Indaba team will visit St. Augustine's for the weekend.  There will be a wrap-up event at the cathedral on May 3.

   Participating in the diocesan Indaba process is obviously a huge commitment of time, and we will have a supply priest for the two Sundays I am gone, but Bishop Dietsche sees this as a crucial first step to developing a new vision for the diocese.  He feels that before the diocese can develop a new vision its members, spread from Ulster County to Staten Island, have to know each other.

   Our Indaba team is excited about participating in this process, and we look forward to your support and participation when we host the visiting Indaba teams.

Fr. Chuck

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Vestry Notes

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Vestry of Christ Church New Brighton took place on Monday, September 9, 2013.  Following are highlights of what took place that evening:

Treasurer's Report

Dorothy Thompson reported the following:

  • $104,825 has been collected from the Capital Campaign.
  • The promised $5,000 grant from the NYC Department of Health has been received and will be applied to the parking lot shed.
  • Dorothy also announced the opening of the Soup in the Hood account, with $2,000 from St. Andrew's Church. This feeding ministry serves meals to residents at the Staten Island Hurricane Sandy Relief Center and is now affiliated with Christ Church.

    Committee Reports

Plant & Equipment

  • The Vestry voted to pay J.H. and C.S. Odell, pipe organ builders, $800 to install a catwalk that will provide improved access to the organ pipe chamber. 
  • The Vestry voted to pay Jon Jus Inc. Roofers $1,800 to repair the Rectory's back roof (this firm has already cleaned the Rectory's roof gutters). 
  • $2,225 will be allocated to refinish floors on the Rectory's second floor.
  • The red carpet will be removed from the church's center aisle and plans to accomplish this are in process.
  • Application has been made to the Diocesan Property Support Fund.  If the application is approved, this Fund will award $150,000 to the Capital Campaign over a three-year period.  The Diocesan Roof Fund is more complicated but will be explored.
  • Plans for the children's basement bathroom are coming along. 
  • The lighting of the church's choir stalls has been improved.

Evangelism

  • This committee held a workshop toward the end of August and saw a video about how to be a welcoming congregation.  Recommendations include a welcoming prayer in the liturgy and "Friendship Pads" to be passed around during the peace.

Finance

  • Thanks to grant money the Christ Church Community Outreach Holiday Baskets program is back in the black after several months of waiting. With respect to the funding of the drumming program, it has been suggested that drumming lessons could be offered to adults, looking for a minimum of ten adults at a fee of $20 per lesson.

Financial Secretary

  • Beth McLean reports 96 pledging units, with 46 in arrears.

Calendar Committee

  • This committee, chaired by Willie Black Jr., continues to work on putting together a Parish Activity Calendar. Christmas Eve is targeted for the calendar's distribution.

Education Committee

  • We will have over 20 children in Sunday School.  Mary Larimer is coordinating Godly Play. 

New Business

  • A discussion of the "Vestry Member on Duty" position will remain in operation, at least for the near future.
  • It was voted to ask Nick Dowen, Clerk of the Vestry, to serve as delegate to Diocesan Convention on November 9 and the Convention to Elect a Suffragan Bishop on December 7, with Richard S. Whaley as alternate.  Each convention will take place at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

Deacon's Report

  • Deacon Geri Swanson announced that the Christ Church Community Youth Drummers will be resuming on the second Wednesday of October.
  • St. Simon's Church is now the designated Episcopal center for Staten Island hurricane relief.

Rector's Report

  • Thank you notes from Sydney McIntosh and Bonnie Nygard for college and camp scholarships were circulated, as well as from a family who had suffered from Hurricane Sandy and who celebrated a graduation party in the Christ Church Parish Hall free of charge.
  • Father Howell is no longer Dean of the Staten Island Episcopal Clergy.  He has been succeeded by the Rev. Roy Cole, St. John's Rector.
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Holiday Basket Program

Holiday Basket ProgramIt's not too early to begin thinking about our Holiday Basket Program. Once again we plan to make 300 complete holiday dinners available for distribution to needy families on Staten Island for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

If you would like to sponsor a basket ($25) please speak to Alleida Mitchell, Deacon Geri or the Rector. 

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Daylight Savings Time Reminder

Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, November 3.

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

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Coffee Hour

coffee hourAlthough many of you have been kind enough to sign up to host a Sunday morning coffee hour there are still some openings that need to be filled for 2014, and a few that still remain for this year as well.

If you'd like to be a part of this important ministry at Christ Church please place your name on the "sign-up" sheets located on the Parish House bulletin board.

I'm available every Sunday morning to speak with you if you have any questions; you can also reach me at 718-447-8049.

Thank you!

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Save the Date: Holly Ball

The Holly Ball

A Staten Island Holiday Tradition
Saturday, December 14, 2013
6:00 to 11 p.m.
Christ Church New Brighton
Call 718-727-6100 for more information

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In Memorium: Jay Spadaro

Jay Spadaro loved being in the choir, and it showed.  For nearly seven decades he graced the music programs at Christ Church in so many ways. His superb tenor voice was an aural phenomenon that outlasted many of his contemporaries. When Jay was well into his seventies, a fellow choir member remarked about the longevity of his forthright tone and unstoppable flow of air, a worthy accomplishment Jay Spadaro and Bill Beveridgein itself for a singer half his age. Even when circumstances were less than ideal, he succeeded beautifully, no matter what.

Aside from being gifted with a beautiful voice, much of Jay's success was the result of his selfless duty, honor, and loyalty to others. He was concerned to never let other people down, and he chronically worried about ever having to miss a rehearsal or service.  Sure enough, every Sunday morning he was among the first to arrive robed and ready to go.  Never mind that his cotta was on crooked half the time!  But then, of course, that only proves how duty and service to others were more important to Jay than personal concerns.

All of these attributes have enriched not only the music ministry of Christ Church, but everyone who was blessed to know Jay.  Without doubt, he is now singing with a choir of angels in paradisum

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All Saints' Sunday

Sunday, November 3 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 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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Cub Scout Pack @ Christ Church

There's a new Cub Scouting pack on the North Shore and it is right here at Christ Church! A few weeks ago there was a tent in the auditorium -- next week, who knows?  A totem pole? 

Cub Scouts of AmericaBoy scouting has returned to Christ Church under the leadership of Charlotte Hewitt with the help of David Nygard and others.  In just their first few weeks of registration they have enrolled 10 boys and 4 parents. Just a few more boys and parents and we will be an officially recognized Pack.

The boys range in age from first to third grades and go to several of the neighborhood elementary schools. Currently, the meetings are held at 6:30 on Friday evenings but the day of the week will likely change. If we do, it will be posted.  The pack is still actively enrolling boys and adults. Come join the fun with your boy. Please contact Charlotte Hewitt or David Nygard for more details or you can contact the parish office at 718-727-6100. 

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Are You a "Grown-Up?"
Journey to AdulthoodIn our society, the line between childhood and adulthood is often fuzzy. Unlike other cultures, we don't have formalized rites of passage that define the points along the path to adulthood. We need ways to tell our young people they are making progress; they are growing and learning; they are becoming adults. The Journey to Adulthood program that we use does just that.

During the regular 10:00 service on Sunday, October 27th, we will celebrate an important Rite of Passage with some of our teens. This liturgy is formally called "The Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood", but is more well-known as "Rite-13" since it takes place near the candidate's 13th Birthday – much like a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah.

During the ceremony, we recognize the gift of womanhood or manhood that God bestows on each one of us. This is a free gift that we cannot earn and need not prove. This gift is the essence of who we are. As we grow and mature in the journey to adulthood, our knowledge and skills increase, but the essential core of who we are remains the same.

There are several young people in our parish who are, or are about to turn, 13 this academic year, including 

Sophia Atlas
Kjersti Aghailas
Kiano Cortes
Gregory Brown
Audra Harrald
Claire James
Kimara Jean Mary

Please keep them and all of the young people in our Rite 13 class—Miriame Aghailas, Saadiq Alexander, Allayne Gilbert, Mia Harrald, John-Patrick Hayes, and Amy Stambaugh– in your thoughts and prayers and as they start this new program year; and plan to be with us to witness this important event.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast CancerThe Staten Island Cancer Walk will be held on Sunday, October 20 at Clove Lakes Park. Members of the Youth Group will be walking that day and we'd like to invite you to walk with us, rain or shine!

This year we will be hosting the Cancer Walk coffee hour on Sunday, October 13 and at that time we'll be asking for sponsorships on behalf of the group that will be participating in the walk.

We'll also be selling scarves during the month of October to raise additional funds for this very worthy and important cause. If you're interested in purchasing a scarf please speak with Bonnie Franz, Sheila Hewitt or Connie Black. These are hand-made, knitted and crocheted scarves made especially for this fund raising event.

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"Soup in the Hood" Comes to Christ Church

Soup in the Hood was founded by George Nickel, a former parishioner at St. Andrew's Church.  "The Hood's" mission is to provide comfort foods to those in the community of Staten Island affected by Super Storm Sandy and volunteers working to rebuild our community.

We're pleased to tell you that Christ Church is now affiliated with this important ministry. Although most of the cooking is done by the volunteers in their homes, they occasionally gather at the Christ Church kitchen to prepare the meals. 

If you're interested in becoming a part of this important ministry, or making a monetary donation to help defray expenses, please speak to Fr. Howell or Deacon Geri Swanson. 

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Serenade Concert to Feature Stefan Palm on Sunday, October 27

Serenade is pleased to present a celebrated international artist: Stefan Palm, who comes to us from Germany. Stefan, who is a master performer on both organ and harpsichord, will present a harpsichord recital on Sunday, October 27th at 3:00 P.M. 

Stefan PalmThe concert is free to the public and will be followed by a meet-the-artist reception. You won't have to brush up on your German to speak to Stefan: his English is excellent.

Born in Aachen Germany, Stefan is a graduate of the Music School in Cologne. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School, earning a Masters Degree in both organ and harpsichord. He has been a prize winner in over a dozen international competitions, including Munich, Budapest, Berlin, Nuremberg, Wiesbaden and Bonn. He has performed in the United States, the Far East and Europe. He has been featured at international festivals where he also taught master classes.

During the time of Stefan's studies at Juilliard, he resided with John and Jerry at One Pendleton Place. Some of our parish members will remember Stefan from those earlier times. He has since performed an organ recital for Serenade. We will now experience his great talent as a harpsichordist. 

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Confirmation

Confirmation is a sacramental rite in which those who were baptized as infants or children take responsibility for their baptismal vows and receive the laying on of hands by the bishop, imparting sacramental grace to strengthen and empower the confirmand. 

Our diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, will be making a visitation to Christ Church on December 15.  At the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist, Bishop Dietsche will administer confirmation and will also receive into the Episcopal Church those who were confirmed in another denomination.

If you are interested in being confirmed or received, please speak to the rector.  Classes to prepare for confirmation will begin on October 20 and will be held weekly (with breaks for All Saints' Sunday and Thanksgiving weekend) during the Sunday morning during the education hour until December 8. 

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From the Parish Register
October Birthdays

pumpkin1—Julia Kennedy; 2 – Judith Davis; 5 – William Sherman, Ronald Massey; 6 – Susan Fowler; 8 - Jeremiah Zayzay, Andrea McIntosh; 9 – Christina Noel, Brandon Thompson; 10 – Ines Colbourne; 11 – Jaime Szczepanik, Kataski George, Eva Black; ; 12 – Kate Schneider, Charles McLean, Jr., Olisha James; 16 – Jude Crewe; 18 – Katherine Liu, John Hayes; 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

28-Michael & Amy Mazziotti

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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Around the Parish

Last month we hit the ground running and got the activities underway with our annual Blueberry Festival. The Godly Play and Rite 13 classes are in full swing and Fr. Chuck's Sunday morning classes will provide the basics for confirmation and reception when Bishop Dietsche comes to visit in December. There's a lot going on these days.

It was such a pleasure to see Marlene Elia in church a few weeks ago. As many of you are aware she underwent open heart surgery in September and she's slowly but surely on the mend.

And speaking of surgery, best wishes to Hal Reiersen for a speedy recovery from knee replacement surgery last month. Hal is currently recuperating at Eger Nursing Home and would welcome your cards, calls and visits. Joyce Rowan also underwent foot surgery last month – we miss you in church Joyce and hope to see you back very soon!

Joyce Chen and her daughter, Katherine Liu, had a chance to perform together in Taipei, Taiwan with the Symphonic Orchestra of the NTNU (National Taiwan Normal University) this past June. Christ Church has been fortunate to share in the talents of Joyce, an accomplished pianist, and Katherine, a talented young violinist when they have performed during our summer Sunday services. Katherine is currently a senior at Wagner College, and also serves as the assistant manager for the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Program.

Last month we marked the passing of Charles Forman, a long-time parishioner at Christ Church.  Condolences go out to his family and friends. We also send wishes to Sheila Swigert  on the passing of her sister, Ann Cooney, last month.

We're always looking for news, and if there's anything you'd like to share please feel free to leave a note for me in the Tower Chimes mailbox (located in the parish office) or you can email me.

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Save the Date

Candy Cane DanceThe Family Dance (a/k/a "Candy Cane Dance") will be held on Saturday, December 28 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to an end-of-the year family gathering where dancing and fun with the family is the theme. The cost for a family of four is just $35; additional family members $5 each; and singles, $10.

For more information please speak to Sheila Hewitt, Connie Black, Elizabeth Gattullo or Olisha James. If you'd like to purchase tickets in advance please speak with Deborah Lindsay.

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Celebration @ St. Paul's Church on Staten Island

St. Paul's will be having a service on Sunday, October 27th at 4 p.m. to rededicate the church and bless the Rectory, which has been renovated to house interns from the Episcopal Service Corps.  

St. Paul's is located at 225 St. Paul's Avenue.

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