Etching of Christ Church By Bill Murphy


Clergy Corner

Holy Week, the week before Easter, is the most important week of the Christian year. Participating in the services of Holy Week takes us through the emotional highs and lows that Jesus and his disciples experienced during the last week of his life.

Holy Week starts with The Sunday of the Passion or Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday takes us through the whole trajectory of Holy Week in one service. We start with joy by processing around the church with palm branches to mark Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Then we move quickly to the reading of the Passion Gospel, which ends with Jesus arrest, trial, and death.

The name Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin words mandatum novum from John 13:34, meaning, a new commandment: “I give you a new commandment,” Jesus says, “that you love one another.” The primary focus of the Maundy Thursday service is the Lord’s institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper. A second traditional feature of the Maundy Thursday service is the washing of feet. This humble act of service, again, in imitation of Christ’s actions at the Last Supper, is done in obedience to the new commandment. The final action of the Maundy Thursday service is the stripping of the altar, in which every movable item is removed from the chancel of the church and the cross is veiled in black. While the altar is being stripped Psalm 22 is chanted with the refrain “They divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.” After a lamb supper in the Guild Room, Compline is read in the chapel. The chapel is then open until midnight and the sacrament is reserved on the altar of repose. Those who would like to keep vigil in the chapel, symbolizing watching with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, may sign up in the parish hall or just come by the church.

The solemn ending of the Maundy Thursday service is a preparation for Good Friday, the day commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion. The Holy Eucharist is not celebrated on Good Friday, but we distribute Communion that was consecrated the night before at the Maundy Thursday service and reserved on the altar of repose. During the Good Friday liturgy, special prayers called the Solemn Collects are chanted and wooden cross is brought into the church and venerated. Good Friday prayers and an activity for children are offered at 4:00 p.m.

The Sunday of the Resurrection or Easter Day is the principal feast of the Church. We will celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection with two festival celebrations of the Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. The 10:00 celebration features special music, brass instruments, and the flowering of the cross by the children. After the service, there is an Easter egg hunt on the front lawn and a reception in the auditorium. Remember also that at Easter you may wish to give your pocket cross to the person you’ve been praying for during Lent, and you may wish to invite them to join you at church.

Happy Easter.

Charles H. Howell

Deacon's Corner

A Closer Walk with Jesus

Our church is a parish of service and love. Throughout the year we take care of one another, and reach out in love to serve our community. This is evident in our worship services, evangelism of reaching out to others, various activities for children, teens and young adults, Liturgical service, prayers, food distribution, soup kitchens, a shelter through Project Hospitality, church fairs, our involvement with our other nine Episcopal churches, the Building Bridges Interfaith Organization, and the Staten Island Council of Churches. With all of that we manage to have activities that provide fun and fellowship among ourselves. We are an outward serving parish and I am happy to be a part of it.

In all of this serving, the season of LENT allows us to look inward through a closer walk with Jesus. Even though it is a season of self- examination and penitence, it can actually be a time of spiritual nourishment.

I was recently looking through an old Hymn Book from 1561(15 cents a copy), that was given to me by one of my Hospice patients who was in her Church Choir in her younger years. During our visits, which actually lasted for several months, we would sing hymns together from the two copies that she had saved. This week I came across this hymn. It seemed so appropriate for Lent and for our parishioners who give so much of themselves to the service of others. These are the words:

Take time to be Holy. Speak oft to the Lord
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word
Make friends of God’s children, help those that are weak
Forgetting in nothing his Blessings to seek

Take time to be Holy, the world rushes on
Spend much time in Sacred with Jesus alone
By looking to Jesus, like Him you will be
Your friends in your conduct His likeness will see

Take time to be Holy, Let Him be your guide
And run not before Him. He’ll be at your side
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord
And looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word

Take time to be Holy, be calm in your soul
Each thought and each motive beneath His control
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains above
We then will be fitted for service of Love

Wishing you a Holy Lent
Deacon Novella

Lenten Services & Study

Fr. Chuck

Christ Church is offering multiple special opportunities to deepen our faith and grow closer to God during this holy season of Lent.

Our program on Wednesday nights in Lent offers two options. The first is the Intercessory Prayer Group begun by Deacon Novella. The group has been meeting regularly for several months, but Lent is the perfect time either to check out the group to see if it’s something you'd like to do long-term, or to commit to the group as a special practice during Lent.

The second option is Bible study. As we do on Sunday morning, we are discussing that week's selections from the NRSV Daily Bible. The readings for each week will be published in the Weekly Update so if you don't have a Daily Bible, you can still participate. If you are not currently participating in our Bible study, this will give you an opportunity to do so. If you are currently participating in our project to read the Bible in a year, this will give you another opportunity to discuss the week's selections if Sunday morning is inconvenient for you, or if you'd like extra discussion time.

The schedule for Wednesday evening is:
6:00 p.m. Potluck Supper
7:00 p.m. Intercessory Prayer Group or Bible Study
8:00 p.m. Compline

Feel free to participate in all or part of the evening. Mediation guides from Episcopal Relief and Development are available at both entrances to the church.

Vestry Notes

Rita McGough

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Vestry of Christ Church New Brighton took place on Monday, February 9, 2015.

Following are highlights of important issues which were discussed at that time:


The Vestry re-elected Dorothy Thompson as Treasurer; Rita McGough is now Clerk of the Vestry, and Andrea Morse Raff was appointed as Parish Counsel

Committee Reports

Plant & Equipment
Richard Whaley reported the following:

  • The leak above the entrance to the Chapel has been repaired
  • The red runner in the main aisle of the church will be cleaned after the snow season
  • Christ Church will be participating in the NYC Composting Project

Fund Raising/Outreach Activities

  • A schedule of events for 2015 was discussed. Events for the next several months include the following: Pancake Supper (Feb. 18); Irish Brunch (March 15); and Easter Food Baskets Assembly/Delivery (March 31/April1).
  • An analysis of the Tower repair project will be conducted in a few weeks.
  • We are in need of additional teachers for our Godly Play and Rite 13 Programs. A Godly Play session will be he held in Boston in the next several weeks.

Christ Church Community Outreach

  • Holiday food baskets will be assembled on April 1.
  • Christ Church received a grant to start a child’s ukulele group meeting here on Wednesday afternoon.
  • The steel drum group has 12 participants. They only have 10 drums and are looking for grants to get 2 more.


  • Tablets have been placed in pews to welcome visitors and reacquaint us with old parishioners. In addition new brochures are being printed. March 22 has been designated “Bring A Friend Sunday.”

Construction Oversight

  • Construction is completed. Scaffolding will be coming down and the plywood will be coming off the windows

Warden’s Report

  • 2/22/15 - Heritage Masterworks Chorale will be singing with the Christ Church Choir.
  • The rectors and wardens of Staten Island’s 10 parishes met with the Bishop to discuss working collaboratively on a changing Staten Island.
  • Discussion about an overnight Vestry retreat.

Rector’s Report

  • Ashes will be distributed at the Staten Island Ferry terminal on Ash Wednesday Deacon’s Report
  • Prayer group has started and 13 people are currently attending.

Irish Brunch

Lenten Evensong

Easter Memorial Flowers

David Wood

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 29, to be listed in the Easter bulletin.

Building Bridges Interfaith Passover Seder

Thursday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.

St. Teresa’s Conran Hall, corner of Victory Boulevard & Slosson Avenue.

$28 adults; $15 children under 12

Sharing a Seder meal with Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Christians of all stripes is one of the most heartening things you can do this Lent.

Please speak with Fr. Chuck or Cathy Romano if you are interested in attending.

From the Parish Register

2-Clyve Stephen Hutton; 5 – Preston Aghailas; 6 – Betsy Kalfa, Mark Richards; Ian Basso; 12 – Gianni Colucci, Alice Wood Green: 13 – Kenneth McLean, William Keck, III; 17 – Theresa Lettiere; 18 – Troy Richards; 20 – Gene McGough; 21 – Keira Hyland, Alexandria Kalfa; 23 – Nancy Lettiere, Heather George; 28 – Julia Dwikat, Mia Wynter; 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.

Cub Scout Pack 76

Charlotte Hewitt

Christ Church’s Cub Scout Pack 76 spent most of the month of January taking a block of pinewood and creating a Pinewood Derby car. For those of you who have been involved with scouting this is a Cub Scout, parent, and Scout leader bonding experience.

Our Cub Scouts all received this block of wood for Christmas. Over the weeks that passed, with the help of their parents and Scout leaders, this block of wood is transformed. The boys cut, sand it, paint it and decorated it into a race car. I call it a race car because in the end we hold an event (a Race) on one early February Saturday and all our Cub Scouts and their families are in attendance. Our Pinewood Derby Race is full of excitement, fun, cheers, success and some disappointment. For me it is a moment of teaching and learning in the purest form. The boys learn about weight and balance, design and physics without even knowing it Most of all its fun!

We had prizes for most beautiful and creative as well as fastest - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. I have to tell you I was most impressed with some of the designs our boys came up with like a one-way sign with a penguin as the driver or a Crayola crayon. In the end it was the race that everyone wanted to be in, so here without any more delay are our 1st place winners.
Tigers- Michael Edwards
Wolf- Charlie Nygard
Bear- Romain Cocks
WEBLOS-Ethan Farrell

I would like to say here a resounding WELL DONE! to all of our Cub Scouts!

For the second year in a row Charlie Nygard won over the whole Pack. Well done, Charlie. Charlie and his father, David, have some Pinewood Derby building secrets that have aided in their success. Charlie is more than glad to share them.

I would like to thank my dear friend Andre Cofield who donated the Pinewood Derby track to us at the end of the race last year. This kind of donation is what aids our boys TO DO THEIR BEST!

On February 28th our Cub Scout Pack 76 had their Blue and Gold awards dinner. This is a celebration of the achievements our Cubs have achieved.

Save the Date

Bring a Friend to Church
Sunday, March 22, 10:00 a.m.
at Christ Church
Stop and Swap, Saturday, March 28,
Noon to 3:00 p.m. at Christ Church.
Wine Tasting, April 17, 6:00 p.m.
At the Christ Church Rectory.
Soup Coffee Hour, Sunday, April 19
11:30 a.m. at Christ Church.
Battle of the Rock Bands
Saturday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.
at Christ Church
Scholarship Tea Sunday, May 31 at Christ Church

Wine Tasting

Thoughtfully selected wines from Old & New World plus Cheeses, Fruit & Sweets

Hosted by Rev. Charles & Liz Howell

Christ Church Rectory
96 Franklin Avenue
Friday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by Lorie Honor of Honor Wines
36 Bay Street, St. George
• (718) 954.0452 •

$50 per person, benefiting Christ Church outreach
R.S.V.P. by April 13
For information, call David or Daniel Wood 718.816.5831

Easter Coffee Hour

Sheila Hewitt

On Easter Sunday (April 5) we’ll be hosting our traditional Easter Reception in the auditorium, immediately following the 10 a.m. service.

We are asking for donations of sandwiches, salads and desserts. If you’d like to contribute please contact Sheila Hewitt, Connie Black, Debbie Lindsay or Olisha James to let us know what you’ll be bringing.

Thank you in advance.

Sheila Hewitt
Coffee Hour Coordinator

Serenade Presents: Bass Baritone Dashon Burton

Valerie Quinlan

It is Serenade’s great fortune to be able to present bass soloist Dashon Burton, who will perform at Christ Church on Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m. Dashon is one of the most in-demand concert artists in the world today. He has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall and in concert halls throughout the United States. He has sung in numerous European venues, performing the music of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Faure and Janacek. He appears frequently with the Trinity Church Wall Street choir, and the Back-at-One series at St. Paul’s Chapel, Manhattan.

The Wall Street Journal wrote of Dashon: “Then came the biggest surprise: the young bass Dashon Burton outshining the trumpet in ‘The Trumpet Shall Sound.’ His enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable of doing what he was singing about, that is, raising the dead.” The New York Times wrote: “The bass Dashon Burton sang with nobility and rich tone.”

Mr. Burton will sing in the Christ Church sanctuary and will be accompanied by Joseph Kubera, Staten Island’s extraordinarily gifted pianist.

As always, admission is free though contributions are accepted. All are welcome, including children. There will be a post-concert Meet-the-Artists reception following the performance.

Volunteer Call

Many hands make light work – and the call is going out for parishioners who would like to participate in several important ministries here at Christ Church.

Volunteers are need to increase the ranks of our Sunday School Teachers, Ushers Guild, Counters, and Coffee Hour hosts and we’re hoping that you will hear the call and lend your aid.

Mary Larimer and Lisa Rhoades (Teachers); Connie Black (Ushers); Willie Black, Jr. (Counters); and Sheila Hewitt (Coffee Hour) would be overjoyed to hear from you!

Looking for Sponsors

Alleida Mitchell

We are currently in the planning stages for distribution of Easter Food Baskets for needy families, which will take place in April.

Although we do receive some funding for this project the number of recipients has increased each year and funding does not always cover all of the expenses.

If you’d like to consider sponsoring a food basket for $25 please speak to Alleida Mitchell.

Volunteers are needed for Wednesday, April 1st at 7:30 p.m. to pack Easter dinners and on Thursday, April 2nd at 9:00 a.m. to distribute the packages.

Thank you!

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, March 29. Holy Eucharist with Procession of Palms at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 2. Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar, 7:30 p.m., followed by a Lamb Supper, Compline, and Vigil at the Altar of Repose

Good Friday, April 3. Liturgy for Children and Families, 4:00 p.m. The children will be making an Easter Garden craft after the service. Good Friday Liturgy and Holy Communion from Reserved Sacrament, 7:30 p.m.

Easter Day, April 5. Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. Choral Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.

Around the Parish

Nancy Reiersen-Scromo

Congratulations! We’ve made it through the “deep freeze” and the weatherman has told us that warmer weather is right around the corner. While we wait, here’s a little update on what’s been going on at Christ Church.

February was a busy month at Christ Church. Diversity Sunday started the festivities and this year provided a wonderful variety of ethnic foods and a variety of entertainment as well from our old and new and younger and older parishioners. Thanks to the Black Family – Willie, Jr., Buster, Shirley, Connie and Eva-Marie – for all of their hard work in coordinating the many details that go into this event.

Our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper once again brought in the crowds of hungry and grateful customers. Thanks to John Gerney, Steve Gross, Victor Stanwick and the crew of servers and helpers.

On Sunday, February 22 we welcomed members of the Heritage Masterworks Chorale from Britain who joined members of our choir in fellowship and song. We also got to spend time with them afterwards during the Sunday coffee hour. Thanks to Tom Sarff, and their director, Tim Knight, for coordinating this wonderful event.

Server's Schedule

Service Participants for Sunday, March 15

Altar Guild: Linda & Hal Reiersen, Mark Gherzo, 
Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Server at 8:00 a.m.:   Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Greeter:   Laura Craig
Ushers:    Lester Blair, William Sherman, Ed Craig,
Utopia Mennoh
Lector:    Willie Black III
Epistoler:  Sheila Hewitt
Intercessor: Roxanne Ingoe
Acolytes:  Bonnie Nygard & Greer Gerney
Chalice Administrant:  Hueldine Webb &
Victor Stanwick
Counters:  Barnett Shepherd & Sheila Swigert
Coffee Hour:  Irish Brunch
Vestry Member on Duty: Mark Gherzo

Service Participants for Sunday, March 22

Altar Guild:  Jane Sharif, Elizabeth Gattullo,
Bonnie Franz
Server at 8:00 a.m.:  Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Greeter:  Dan Wood
Ushers :  Hueldine Webb, John Gerney, Kathy Galvez,
Deborah Lindsay
Lector:    Elizabeth Howell
Epistoler:  Charlotte Hewitt
Intercessor:  Rita McGough
ChaliceAdministrant:  William Sherman
Crucifer & Verger:  Paul Smith
Acolytes:   Calvin Morse & Amy Stambaugh
Counters:   Willie Black, Jr. & Lester Blair
Coffee Hour:  David & Dan Wood

Service Participants for Sunday, March 29

Altar Guild: Nick Dowen, Laura Kennedy,
David Wood, Agnes Thompson,         
Paige Gunther
Server at 8:00 a.m.:  Hal Reiersen
Greeter:   Lester Blair
Ushers:   Connie Black, Andrea McIntosh,
Sheila Hewitt,  Ed Craig
Lector:    Marshall Green
Epistoler:  Andrea Morse Raff
Intercessor:  Elizabeth Howell
ChaliceAdministrant:Victor Stanwick
Acolytes:   Greer Gerney & Victoria Noel
Marigold Green & Eleanor Larimer
Crucifers:  William Sherman & CJ Brown
Verger:  Paul Smith
Counters:  Willie Black, III &
Kirstin Swanson-Basso
Coffee Hour:   Friends of Nancy Beveridge
(Hot Cross Buns)

Service Participants for Sunday, April 5

Altar Guild:  Nick Dowen, Laura Kennedy,
David Wood, Agnes Thompson,                          
Paige Gunther
Ushers:   David Wood, Dan Wood, Henry Kennedy,
Kevin Larimer
Greeter:  Nick Dowen
Lector:   Nick Dowen                                                      
Epistoler:  Andrea Morse Raff
Intercessor:  Paul Smith
ChaliceAdministrant:   Hueldine Webb
Acolytes:  Chloe Lee & Georgia Howell
Brandon Thompson & Edwin Ziama
Crucifer:  William Sherman & Willie Black IV
Verger:     Paul Smith
Coffee Hour:  Bring your favorite  dish

Soup Coffee Hour

Sunday April 19 during coffee hour Do you make awesome soup? Want to win a trophy and bragging rights? Bring a big batch of your favorite soup to coffee hour! All guests will sample and vote for the winner. We will provide bowls, etc. - you provide the soup in a crockpot (we have a limited number of crockpots available- let us know if you need one!)

No need to sign up- just bring your favorite soup!

Please mark on your calendar!