The Tower Chimes, monthly newsletter of Christ Church New Brighton
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In this issue:
Clergy Corner
"Nothing Goes Without Saying"
Blueberry Festival
Family Dance
Vestry Notes
In Memorium: Jay Spadaro
In Memorium: Oliver Simpson
Staten Island "making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Walk
Confirmation
Wanted: Hosts and Hostesses
Taste of Liberia
Walking Tour
Save the Date
Christ Church Community Garden
Adult Education
Godly Play
Sunday School Registration & Adult Education
After-School Drumming Program at Christ Church
Welcome Guests!
Vacation Bible School
Cub Scout Pack at Christ Church!
Christ Church Community Youth Choir
The Parish Prayer List
September 2 Issue Features Our Own Nick Dowen
From the Parish Register
Around the Parish
Clergy Corner

The Rev. Charles H. Howell, Rector of Christ Church New BrightonOn my vacation this summer, I did a fair amount of fishing. When I was a kid, I went fishing all the time on a little freshwater lake in Michigan where my family had a summer cottage. I used to love to run down to the lake early in the morning and put a line in the water. Usually I caught sunfish and bluegill, occasionally bass or perch, and on one memorable occasion a great big northern pike. I got out of the habit when I went to college, and expect for a few occasions, didn't do much fishing until last year.

If you fish without radar and GPS, which can help you locate fish and see the contour of the lake's bottom, there is a mysterious aspect to fishing. You throw your lure in the water, but you have no idea what's happening down there. Maybe there is a fish hanging out right next to your hook! Maybe the fish are deeper and you need to lower your line. Maybe the fish are feeding on the surface and you need a lure that floats. I like to cast my line near weed beds where the fish like to feed. But cast too far and all you get are weeds, don't cast far enough and you're fishing where there are no fish.

I think that the spiritual life is a lot like fishing. Not that God is hiding from us like a wily old fish, but sometimes God can be hard to find. Sometimes we fish too deep. Sometimes we fish too shallow. Sometimes we fish where we think God is but all we come up with are weeds. Each time we fish we don't pull in a huge pike, and each time we pray we don't have a sublime mystical experience. In fact, we rarely catch that spiritual pike, but when we do it is an unforgettable experience that we want to have again.

Maybe the important thing is that in the spiritual life, as in fishing, the process is more important than the results. You can fish all day and catch nothing and still have a great day being outdoors, enjoying nature, having quiet time to think. As the old saying goes: bad day fishing is better than a good day working. And you can pray deeply and regularly and not hear the hosts of angels singing but still be glad that you spent some time with God.

Fr. Chuck

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"Nothing Goes Without Saying"

How often do we think to ourselves things like, "She knows I love her – it goes without saying" or "He knows how much I appreciate all his hard work – it goes without saying"? The truth is, words can be a powerful affirmation, and the absence of the right words can leave a void that really hurts. The truth is, very little goes without saying, and the important things should NEVER go without saying. There are things we know, but sometimes we need to hear them loud and clear.

During the 10:00 am service on Sunday, October 27th, we will celebrate an important rite of passage with some of our 6th 7th and 8th Graders. This class is named Rite-13 after the special liturgy we will celebrate with them on this day. In some respects, this is a new way of saying to our young people things we have meant to convey all along – things like: "We stand with you as you make your way on the journey; we're here if you need us; we think you are terrific; we love you." We often assume that our teens feel appreciated and accepted as a vital part of our parish, but adolescence can be such a time of uncertainty that some things just can't be said often enough.

One of the unique aspects of the Journey to Adulthood program is that it seeks to provide rites of passage that are often lacking in our culture. We help define points along the path to adulthood that tell our young people they are making progress; they are growing; they are becoming adults. Rite-13 is the liturgical cornerstone that lays the foundation for the entire congregation of Christ Church to rise up and in one mighty voice tell our young people, "You matter to us. Your lives are of inestimable value. The journey you are now embarking on is significant." It is a way that we fulfill our baptismal covenant of "seeking and serving Christ in all persons."

The Rite-13 Liturgy is a rite of passage that recognizes the gift that God bestows upon each one of us: the gift of manhood or womanhood. This is a free gift that we cannot earn and need not prove. This gift is the essence of who we are. The same energy that pushes us through adolescence gives us the power to change the world. As these young people grow and mature their knowledge and skills will increase, but the core of who they are remains the same.

Here is a priceless opportunity for us to affirm all that is good in the young people who live and grow around us and to recognize them as young men and women in our midst. Don't miss this incredible chance to say out loud in a very powerful way what we have meant to say to them all along. Remember, NOTHING GOES WITHOUT SAYING!

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Blueberry Festival
Blueberry Festival: Saturday, September 14, 2013, at Chriswt Church New Brighton.
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Family Dance

Great News! The Christ Church Family Dance has been rescheduled for December 2013 and it will be called the Candy Cane Family Dance – and yes, the color theme will be red and white!

More details to follow in the October issue of the Tower Chimes.

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Vestry Notes

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Vestry of Christ Church New Brighton took place on Monday, June 10, 2013.  Following are highlights of what took place that evening:

Committee Reports

Plant & Equipment

  • Committee chair, Richard Whaley, discussed plans for an LED (light-emitting diode) exterior floodlight at the Parish House porch.  The lack of nighttime illumination there is dangerous. It was also noted that problems with the lectern and chancel lighting would be fixed within a week's time.
  • Barry Donaldson of Lichten Craig has found continuing deterioration of the church façade and roof.  He recommends the installation of a permanent ladder to the attic space above the crossing ceiling and the tower roof above.

 Evangelism

  • This committee submitted a written report of its May 22 meeting.  The next meeting will take place on June 20 at 7:30 P.M.

 Scholarship

  • This committee submitted a proposed list of recipients of college and camp scholarships for Vestry approval.  The Vestry voted to approve the following scholarships: $500 for college to: Malik Archer, Stony Brook University; Eva-Marie Black, John Jay College; Amber James, College of Staten Island; Everett Johnson, SUNY at New Paltz; Nicholas Lettiere, SUNY at Utica; Sydney McIntosh, Dutchess Community College; Evelyn Zayzay, College of Staten Island.  (Subtotal: $3,500.)  $250 Leadership Award to: Eva-Marie Black.  Up to $1,000 for camp scholarships: Jude Cocks (YMCA, $946); Greer Gerney (Camp Incarnation, $1,495); Angela Lindsay (Goodhue, $1,090); Bonnie Nygard (American Boy Choir Camp, $1,500).  (Subtotal: $4,000.)  Grand total: $7,750. 

Fund Raising

  • The Progressive Dinner Tour of Three Historic Houses, will take place on Saturday, June 29; the Clothing Drive will begin on June 1 .

New Business

  • A Cub Scout Pack for Grades 1-5 is being organized by Charlotte Hewitt, an experienced Scout leader.  There is interest for this inside the parish and she hopes to attract parents and children from the larger community. 
  • Parish activities for children and youth now include Girl Scouts, Brownies, and the Christ Church Community Youth Choir and Drummers.  The Christ Church Community Youth Choir will sing in church on Sunday, June 16.

Deacon's Report

  • Deacon Swanson reported that Episcopal Relief and Development is partnering with the Episcopal Dioceses of New York and New Jersey to assist with Hurricane Sandy Relief.  The Staten Island Relief Center is on Midland Avenue.
  • There is sufficient funding to start up the Christ Church Community Youth Choir and Drumming programs, but additional funding will be needed to continue these programs.  Deacon Geri is exploring grant sources.

Rector's Report

  • Father Howell reported that a group of 21 youths and seven adults from Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Southern Pines, North Carolina, will be coming to Christ Church on June 23 to become involved in Hurricane Sandy relief.  They will sleep and be fed at Christ Church until June 30.  Darrell Hayes, a Staten Islander and retired NYPD sergeant, has turned out to be exactly the right person to lead the Episcopal Diocese of New York's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on Staten Island.
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In Memorium: Jay Spadaro

(In August we lost a dear friend and long-time member of our choir and our parish family with the passing of Jay Spadaro. He was an integral part of the worship services at Christ Church - Sunday services, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve. Bill Beveridge, one of Jay's close friends and another long-time chorister chose to share his memories of Jay in a special article, as has Nick Dowen, our parish historian. Their tributes appear below)

Jay SpadaroRemembering Jay Spadaro

There are voice lovers in this all-too-loveless world and I am one of them. Upon hearing Jay Spadaro for the first time in the late 1990s, I was immediately struck by what a wonderful natural gift his voice was. It was the genuine article, impossible to counterfeit.

The only possible explanation can be that it was a gift from God. He was the perfect choir singer because his mellow tenor blended with all the other choir voices. His solos were always delivered with taste and restraint, giving the impression that his vocal technique was as much of a gift as his voice itself.

Parishioners speak of his solos at Christmas and Easter. We also heard him on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, when his "Were You There?" gripped our hearts. Did he ever miss a Sunday? It seems not, probably because all the church music he made set an example.

 It's very hard to lose Jay Spadaro the person and Jay Spadaro the singer, as the Rev. Jerry Keucher said in his memorable funeral eulogy on August 12. We are left with indelible memories of his voice, presence and personality. They are powerful memories.

A Tribute to Jay Spadaro

Jay Spadaro was a true gentleman, a family man, father of two girls and a boy, a happy wife and two nice in-laws. He was a veteran of WWII (a Navy pilot who regularly flew in the so-called "Bermuda Triangle") and a top degree Mason.

He was also a great singer and soloist.

For 65 years Jay was a regular on the tenor bench and sang all the tenor solos (and sometimes contralto or bass.) It has been my pleasure to be on the same tenor bench. I started to think about the music sung by the choir During this time we had six regular ministers and three superb choirmasters. Jay could have been called "Mr. Choir" but he would have none of that! For you statistically-minded that would have been 37,440 musical selections, about 1100 hymns with four verses each and two or three times at rehearsals! As Woody Allen said "…there are three types of people in this world – those who can count and those who can't." So these numbers are more or less!

Jay also sang with other groups – e.g., the dawn services at Easter; the memorial services for Veterans; the Robert Shaw choir; the Wagner College Choir; at Temple Israel; Zion Lutheran Church and others. It is obvious that he had great durability and we all felt great when this rather small man gave us the powerful and pleasant solos that reverberated off the stone walls and stained glass windows of Christ Church. To me, his greatest solo was at his daughter Ginger's wedding – that very tenor bench was vibrating. And I also heard many comments from "C's and E's (Christmas and Easter-only members) saying "I came today to hear Jay sing.) That would be "O Holy Night" or "The Palms" Imagine singing this 65 times! Also he always used the written music copy even though he knew them so well. There are a few in-choir jokes about the time he turned two pages at once, or the candle blew out accidentally.

The great choirmasters (Jack Bainbridge, Dick Maren and Tom Sarff) had an excellent organ, a good piano and Jay. The choir had a friendly and talented tenor and the congregation enjoyed and appreciated his music. Personally, after all the years of "chewing the fat" with Jay I will miss the jokes, the banter, bowling stories and never anything serious…and of course, singing with him.

In the early days (1950's) Jay took one full day off to go hunting and one spring day to go fishing. Johnny Evans and I used to wonder what we were going to do without Jay singing with us on those days. But Jack solved this problem by having a soprano solo!

Jay, it's all been fun – thanks!

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In Memorium: Oliver Simpson

Last month, we were saddened by the passing of Oliver Simpson, a quiet and gentle soul who first came to Christ Church in the latter part of the 1990's with his wife, Regina. A short time later they both made the decision to worship with us on a regular basis

It didn't take Oliver long to become "involved" at Christ Church and it was always a pleasure to see his warm smile and receive his friendly handshake when he ushered on Sunday mornings. He and Regina also became a fixture at our Sunday morning coffee hours and it was always nice to spend time chatting with them.

Oliver did leave us for several years but surprised us one Sunday morning when he walked in the church with his with his ever-present smile, ready to pick up where he had left off. Sadly, his health had started to fail him at that point and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's soon afterwards.

Oliver was born and raised in Grenada and came to the United States in 1945, settling first in Manhattan, and moving to Mariners Harbor in 1977. He is survived by Regina, five sons, Lionel, Raymond, Malcolm, Robert, and Paul; one daughter, Adele; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

We were truly blessed for the time we were able to spend with this lovely gentleman.

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Staten Island "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Walk

American Caner Society logoChrist Church will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Clove Lake Park. If you're available we'd love to have you join us in the walk to raise money for this important cause.

The Cancer walk Group will be sponsoring two coffee hours – one on October 6 and the other on October 13 and several "Pink Raffles." For more information please contact me at 718-447-8049.

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Confirmation

onfirmation 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 education hour until December 8.

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Wanted: Hosts and Hostesses

It's that time of year again – the time we look for parishioners to host the Sunday coffee hour following the 10 a.m. service for the year 2014.

This is an important and rewarding ministry and many of our members truly feel that it is a continuation of the Sunday worship service.

Coffee Hour Hosts and Hostesses neededSign-up sheets will be posted on the bulletin board of the Parish House on September 1 and I hope that you all will give some thought to being a Sunday host. For those of you who are unable to host the coffee hour, you still have the option of sponsoring the coffee hour and providing the food - arrangements will be made to serve the food that day.

This is also an opportunity for parishioners who wish to host their own special coffee hour to celebrate a special date or occasion.

Regardless of which date you choose please keep in mind that coffee hour is presented as seen through your eyes. Christ Church supplies the plastic tablecloth, sugar, sweeteners, and hot cups. cold cups, plates, napkins, coffee, tea, small plates, napkins, decaf coffee, decaf tea and cutlery.

There are still some dates available for 2013.   For more information Contact Sheila Hewitt 718-447-8049.

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Taste of Liberia

national flag of LiberiaOn September 29, 2013 the Coffee Hour will feature a Taste of Liberia when you will have the pleasure of tasting the savory flavors of Liberia. This is a fund raising event to raise money for the Scholarship Fund – suggested donation is $5.

For more information, or to make reservations contact Togba Porte or Sheila Hewitt.

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Walking Tour

footprints graphicBarnett Shepherd will be giving an architectural tour on September 15, beginning at 2 p.m.

The tour is sponsored by the Preservation League of Staten Island and the Staten Island Historical Society and is entitled "Staten Island's Earliest Houses: 17th-and 18th-Century Residential Architecture."

Suggested donation is $15 per person. Included with be visits to the Perine House, Dongan Hills, and three early houses at Historic Richmond Town. For information call 718 980 1551.

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Save the Date
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Christ Church Community Garden

Christ Church Community GardenWe would like to personally thank all the volunteers who helped make the Christ Church Community Garden, CCCG, a success this year. What made it a great year is that parishioners choose a day out of the week that would work well for them to help with the garden. But it did not stop there we also had our "Secret Helpers" tending to the garden while performing their daily duties at Christ Church. The youth and children were especially a huge help with the initial planting of seeds, seedlings and the plants.

Just to give you a little bit of history about the CCCG it was put into play to provide home grown vegetables to the community – simply stated: what we grow we give. CCCG is a part of an organization called G2G - Grow to Give - which is under the umbrella of a very well- known organization spearheaded by Susan Fowler and a committed number of hard working individuals working to provide fresh produce in the most needed areas of Staten Island.

So far this year we have donated over 80lbs of fresh vegetables to Trinity Lutheran, and Richmond Senior Services. The produce included cucumbers, hot peppers, squash, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, carrots, collard greens along with some herbs we tried for the first time this year.

If anyone is interested in helping with the CCCG just let us know the next time you see us.

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Adult Education

Two adult education classes will be offered sequentially this fall.

The first, beginning Sunday, September 15, is a newcomer's class. It is designed to introduce new members of Christ Church to the Episcopal Church and to our parish. It will cover topics such as the history of the Episcopal Church, its beliefs, its polity and structure, and the history and organization of Christ Church.

The second, beginning on October 20 is an adult confirmation class. Please see page 6 for more details on confirmation. Classes will be held weekly (with breaks for All Saints' Sunday and Thanksgiving weekend) until December 8.

Both adult education classes will be held on Sunday morning 11:30 a.m. – 12:15. The classes are open to newcomers, those interested in exploring confirmation, and veteran church member who are interested in the topics or would like to learn more.

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Godly Play

This fall we begin our fifth year of Godly Play, a Montessori-based Christian education program for children ages 3 to 5th grade. This year we'll have three classes, organized by age groups, and we'll be joined by at least three new teachers, or storytellers--Christine Gross, Liz Howell, and Dave Nygard. They join veteran teacher Marshall Green and myself. Each teacher will also be supported by a door person, someone who invites the children into the classroom and helps maintain the structure of the session. Connie Black and Deborah Lindsay have volunteered to help so far. If you're interested in helping out, please let me know.

The structure of a Godly Play lesson is always the same. The children are greeted by the door person and asked if they're ready to participate. They then are invited to join the storyteller and their friends in a circle on the floor. When all are seated the circle is complete, and the storyteller uses the Godly Play materials--wooden figures representing the people of God, a desert box filled with sand, and other beautiful pieces that animate the parables and sacred stories-- to present the lesson. When the story has been told the children are invited to wonder about the story, to share what they think is the most important part of the story and where they see themselves in the story. They then are asked about what work they'd like to do in response to the story. The story materials, as well as art supplies, are intentionally easily accessible to the children in the Godly Play classroom, empowering them to make their own choices about their work. Following work time, we gather again in a circle and enjoy a feast together, before which each child is asked to share what they're grateful for. When everyone has participated, the children may eat. At the end of each Godly Play class we say goodbye to each other, the teacher thanking each child for being present.

Godly Play is a program that actively engages our children in developing their understanding of Christian teachings and reinforces the sacred rituals that we practice in our faith. As founder Jerome W. Berryman writes, it  "gives us time to see God in the center of daily life." So come join us! Classes begin on Sunday, September 15. And if you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact me. Mary Larimer, Godly Play Coordinator, gannonmel@gmail.com (718) 285-4936.

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Sunday School Registration & Adult Education

Godly Play and Journey to Adulthood Classes will resume on Sunday, September 15.

Registration for these classes will take place on Sunday, September 8.

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After-School Drumming Program at Christ Church

After-school drumming graphicI am pleased to report that the after-school drumming program will be resuming in the first week of October. We are still in the process of seeking additional funding for this year's program, so right now there are no plans to incorporate the drumming lessons with the literacy component of the program.

I am also interested in feedback from our adult members about the possibility of holding ADULT drumming classes for those of you who would like to learn how to play the steel drums. Proposed cost would be about $15 per person. Please get back to me if you're interested in establishing a program for "older" students.

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Welcome Guests!

welcomeOver the summer months, Christ Church hosted several visiting volunteer groups from other parishes who came to New York to visit, but more importantly, to help out in the continuing Super Storm Sandy relief efforts here on Staten Island.

Deacon Geri has been nice enough to share a photo that was taken of a volunteer group from Nova Scotia who participated in the clean-up efforts, but also found a few minutes to attend a dinner in their honor at Deacon Geri's home.

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Vacation Bible School

Thank you to everyone who made our first Vacation Bible School (VBS) such a rousing success:  

To our leaders: Elizabeth Gattullo, Alleida Mitchell, and Deborah Lindsay.
To other adult helpers: Catherine Barnett, Sandra Cocks, Liz Howell, Laila Modzelewski, Jane Sharif, Cathy Romano, Joe Romano, Lester Jean, Kirstin Swanson, and Susan Vitucci.
To Beth Johanning for leading the singing.
To Carol Sinnott for taking pictures.
To Pastor John Carlo for donating food.
To Fr. Chuck and Deacon Geri for telling the daily Bible story.
And a HUGE thank you to our teen helpers:
Amber James, Claire James, Chloe Lee, and Andrew Romano.

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Cub Scout Pack at Christ Church!

cub scouts logoA Cub Scout Pack for Grades 1-5 is being organized by Charlotte Hewitt, an experienced Scout leader. There is much interest for this inside the parish and we also hope to attract parents and children from the larger community. 

There will be a special meeting for all Cub Scout Parents at the church on Friday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. Registration will take place the following Friday, September 13, at 6:30 p.m.

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Christ Church Community Youth Choir
School is back in session – and so is the Christ Church Community Youth Choir. First rehearsal takes place in the Guild Room on Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m.
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The Parish Prayer List

It's time once again to update the prayer list. Please review the list below and call the parish office by Monday, September 23 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.

Lennart Anderson, Robin Beveridge, Jean Bissell, Shirley Black, Willie Black, Jr., Jerry Blasingame, Miaway Boeyue, Dr. Cyril Broderick, Sylvia Broderick, Gregory Brown, Patricia Brown-Prestia, William Bruce, Stephen Carlotti, Inez Colborne, Andrew Dean, Anne Devlin, Marlene Elia, Barbara Finnerty, Mary Fitzgerald, Karmo Freeman, Joseph Gannon, Tina Grosick, Alexandra Hanly, James Hanly, Philip Jorgue, Michelle Lane, Jordan Larimer, Geri Laverie, Kathleen MacDonald, Peter MacKauer, William Marcus, Donna Marlak, Andrea McIntosh, Hugo McIntosh, Sr., Alicia McPhatha, Anthony Mobilia, Maria Mobilia, Laura Napolitano, Linda Oppenheimer, Janice Pattison, Dr. Christian Peabody, Sam Pirozzolo, Zorgole Portue, Victor Rao, Joyce Rowan, Meg Rowan, Luke Smith, Ann Sohm, Peter Swanson, Tearose Tavio-Hill, Thomas Trapeneze, Elise Weiser, Tryphena Williams, Jacob Wilson, James Wilson, Martha Wright, and Richard Zito.

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September 2 Issue Features Our Own Nick Dowen

new yorker magazine cover artMany of you have had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Nick Dowen, a familiar face here at Christ Church. In addition to his many contributions – counter, reader, Clerk of the Vestry, a regular contributor to the Tower Chimes, gardener, etc., etc., he actually finds time to work a "regular" job at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on weekends, a job that he loves and a position well suited to his extensive knowledge of Staten Island and its history.

Nick was recently interviewed in an article about Snug Harbor that appeared in the September 2 issue of "The New Yorker" magazine. You'll find it on page 25 of the issue – and I'm sure if you ask him nicely – Nick will be more than happy to provide a copy of the article for you if you can't find the magazine on the newsstand.

Congratulations Nick – nicely done!

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From the Parish Register

September Birthdays
2—Evelyn Zayzay; 3- Alayne Gilbert; 4 – Ela Seeley, Catherine Barnett; 9 –Karen Smith; 11 – Madalyn Samarisi; 13 – Samara Christopher, Kimara Jean-Mary, Laura Napolitano; 15 – Linda Reiersen; 16 – Claire Kennedy; 18 – David Reiersen; 20 – Nancy Reiersen-Scromo; 21 – Mary Larimer; 22 – Matthew Devlin, Bonnie Franz; 25 - Shirley Black, Charles Forman, Maya Modzelewski, Stephanie Sipp; 27 – Willie Black IV, Luke Smock.

September Anniversaries
2– Kirstin Swanson & Brian Basso; 9 – Garry & Nancy Scromo; 17 – Susan Fowler & Victor Stanwick
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

It has been a busy summer at Christ Church filled with joy and sadness.

This summer we hosted our very first – and very successful - Vacation Bible School. A good start to what will hopefully become another tradition at Christ Church. A big "thank you" to the teachers, helpers and support staff who made it all possible.

Christ Church North?  Several Christ Church parishioners traveled north to Daniel Wood's Edgefield B&B in Sharon Springs this summer -- Marcia Clendenen & Dick Riley; Hueldine Webb and Lester Blair; Beth Johanning and Leslie Thompson; Valerie & Frank Quinlan.  All attended performances at nearby Glimmerglass Opera.

Congratulations to Brian McLean and Cora Piselli on their recent engagement. Brian is the son of Beth and Chip McLean and currently resides in Harrison, NY as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Congratulations are also in order for Charles McLean and Sarah Killian as they tie the knot on September 6. Charles is a NYC Firefighter, and the oldest son of Chip and Beth.

A new baby in our midst – congratulations to Jana Ballard and her husband, Carlos Rivera, on the birth of their son, Myles Rivera, in August.

Get well wishes go out to Marlene Elia for a speedy recovery from triple bypass surgery in

August. Marlene is currently recuperating at Eger Nursing Home and would love to hear from you. Prayers also go out to our Warden, Willie Black, Jr. as he recuperates from his most recent stay at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.

In August we lost two dear parishioners – Jay Spadaro and Oliver Simpson who will be sorely missed. Our prayers and condolences go out to their families. And wishes of love and condolence go out to Shirley Black on the passing of her brother, Herbert R. Guzman, in Florida in August.

Welcome back, one and all. It's going to be a busy year at Christ Church and we'll try to keep you updated each month on all of the "doings."

If you do have something that you'd like to include in that issue please feel free to e-mail me at nreiersen@yahoo.com or leave a note in the Tower Chimes mailbox in the Parish Office.

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