Sunday morning, May 17, 2015. The Christ Church Community Youth Choir.

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This Sunday, May 17: The Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day

Collect: O God, the King of glory; you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

This is the Seventh Sunday of Easter, the Sunday after Ascension Day. The liturgical color is white. The paschal candle is lit and burns at every service for the 50 days of the Easter season.

The service music for the Easter season is Gloria, a paraphrase with music by Franz Schubert. Sanctus (Holy, Holy Holy) S130 and Agnus Dei (O Lamb of God) S164 are also by Schubert.

The child friendly hymn for the Easter season is Lord, I want to be a Christian from the Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnal.

The Christ Church Community Youth Choir will be singing at the 10:00 Eucharist.

Godly Play classes (age 3-5th grace) should receive Communion with their teachers immediate after the choir receives, and then accompany their teachers to the classrooms.

At 12:10 p.m. a Godly Play teacher will ring a bell on the first floor, indicating that parents should go to the Godly Play classrooms to pick up[ their children. Parents must sign their children out of Godly Play.

Rite 13 class begins at 11:30 a.m. in the second floor J2A classroom.

Adult Education Class meets at 11:30 in the vestry room. We will discussing passages in the Daily Bible selections.

Childcare begins at 9:45 a.m. in the nursery.

Sunday Ministers

Altar Guild: Linda & Hal Reiersen, Mark Gherzo, Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
8am Server: Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Greeter: Laura Craig
Ushers: Lester Blair, Sheila Hewitt, Ed Craig, Utopia Mennoh
Lector: Hueldine Webb
Epistoler: Marshall Green
Intercessor: John Gerney
Chalice: Victor Stanwick, Lisa Rhoades
Acolytes: Calvin Morse, Marigold Green
Crucifer: Richard Zayzay
Counters: Willie Black Jr., Andrea McIntosh
Coffee Hour: Olisha James
Vestry Member on Duty:  

Meetings and Events This Week

Pastoral Care Meeting, Sunday, May 17, 12:30 a.m. at Christ Church.

Composting Workshop, Sunday, May 17, 12:00 at Christ Church.

Christ Church Community Youth Choir rehearsal, Thursday, May 14, 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Christ Church Community Youth Drummers, Friday May 15, 5:00 p.m. at the Carter Center.

Cub Scouts, Friday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Ukulele Class, Monday, May 18, 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Girl Scouts, Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. at Christ Church.

Prayer Group, Wednesday, May 20, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Christ Church Community Youth Choir rehearsal, Thursday, May 21. 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Kelsey Allen, Vivian Ancona, Robin Beveridge, Jean Bissell, Shirley Black, Willie Black, Jr., Steve Borelli, Gregory Brown, Patricia Brown-Prestia, Vincent Buffa, Joseph Buffa and family, Robert Burak, Fr. Steve Challman, Joseph Chesseman, Jessie Cinelli, Major Clement, Sandra Cocks, Inez Colborne, Barbara Corrigan, Sophie Diaz, Alfred Davies, Tanisha Edmonds, Marlene Elia, Billy Fowler, Cretta Freeman-Funbai, Alice Garner, Laura Glen, Tina Grosick, Michele Jaeger, Philip Jorgue, Theodora Juliano, Barbara Kelly, Siafa Kromah, Alice LeClair, Nany LeClair Mortimer, Robert Leverock, Angela Lillo, Jesse Luke, Karen Luke, Joyce Mandel, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Peter Mazes, Hugo McIntosh Sr., Sydney McIntosh, The McKey Family, Isaac Mennoh, Nicole Miller, Anthony Mobilia, Lynne Morishita, Fofe Nyel, John Ogdon, Zorgoloe Portue, Jayme Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Meg Rowan, Barbara Rowan Allen, Sean Rowan Hanly, Kiattisak Rungrerngvanich, Karen Smith, Ann Sohm, David Spitz, Reed Stewart, Sophia Vazquez Pazos, Robert Wandlaincourt, and Ola Williams-David.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Kelly Collins (17), David Holt (18), Richard Jackson (18), Agnes Thompson (18), Natalie Wynter (22). We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week: Kevin & Paige Gunther (22).

We pray for the repose of the soul of Nancy Beveridge in whose loving memory the Altar Flowers are presented to the glory of God.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for Episcopal Church of North Eastern Caribbean & Aruba, The Rt. Rev. Leroy Brooks.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Katharine our Presiding Bishop, Andrew and Allen, our bishops, and The Diocesan Council.

We pray for the continued growth of the Carpenter's Kids Program.

Pastoral Care Meeting

When? Sunday May 17, 2015 at 12:30pm.
Where? In the Vestry Room.
Who? For everyone involved or interested in this Ministry re: Cards, meals, phone calls, visits to the sick, bereaved, SI Care Ctr. outreach and in arranging for transportation to church.

Why? » To determine a way to include these activities into a comprehensive Monthly Report to be given at Vestry meetings. » To help us to become a more cohesive group in prayer and action in this caring ministry of love in Christ Church.

Your thoughts and ideas on how we can accomplish this are greatly needed.

Please RSVP by phone or e-mail to: Deacon Novella Lawrence, Phone 347 581-1082.

Save the Date

After School Arts Enrichment Program Spring Concert, Thursday, May 28, 7:00 p.m.

Flea Market & White Elephant Sale, Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m, to 3 p.m.

Vacation Bible School, Monday through Friday, August 17 - 21, at Christ Church.

House Tour, Saturday, June 27.

Christ Church Bus Outing, Saturday, October 3.

Christ Church Day Trip


*Bus departs from Christ Church at 8:00 a.m.

This will be a fun filled day for everyone as we attend the Epic Production of"Joseph." Experience the Spectacular Sight and Sound Theatre with it's surround stage, amazing special effects, live animals, action, adventure and song.

In addition to the show you have the option of: Shopping at numerous Brand Name Outlets, Shopping at Amish Food and Craft stores, Meeting some of the Amish People who live there Choice of several Restaurants and Fast Food Chains are available in the area.

*Bus Departs Lancaster Pennsylvania 6:00 p.m.

Price: $104 per Adult
$61 per Child (12 years and under).

Price Includes: Round Trip Coach Fare.

Sight & Sound Theatre & Kettle Village - (An Amish Marketplace)

To Reserve call the Church Office 718 727-6100 Non-Refundable Deposit due May 30 $21 per Adult $12 per Child.

Installment Payments Accepted 1st Installment due July 15 $41 per Adult $24 per Child 2nd Installment due August 15 $42 per Adult $25 per Child.

You may also pay in full. Reserve early as seats are sold out months in advance. For Info: Mrs. Alleida Mitchell 917 514-2407 Dcn. Novella Lawrence 347 581-1082.

Sacred Sites Open House

Again this year Christ Church has been asked to participate in The New York Landmarks Conservancy's Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. Our church will be open on Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for anyone who would like to stop in to see our historic church. We will have available literature about the stained glass windows and parish programs and activities.

Christ Church received a $30,000 grant from Landmarks Conservancy for our Tower Restoration project.

We need people to act as docents during the day. If you are able to help, please speak to the rector.

Usher's Meeting & Training

All Ushers, please try and make one of the 2 dates below for an Ushers' Meeting & Training session.

Sunday, May 31 at 11:45 a.m.
Sunday, June 7 at 11:45 a.m.

New ushers are always welcome to join. Please come if you are interested in learning more about this important ministry.

Composting Workshop

3-Bin Burn: Keeping Compost Hot
Sunday, May 17, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Ave.

Join us at the Christ Church Community Compost site for a hands-on compost maintenance event. Learn how to maintain an active compost pile and sift finished material.

Episcopal Charities

May 10 is Mother's Day and it is also Episcopal Charities Sunday. Episcopal Charities is the outreach arm of the diocese, and Christ Church receives grants for both its holiday basket program and its after school arts enrichment program.

Below is a letter from Bishop Dietsche about Episcopal Charities Sunday.

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Although it may seem hard to believe, just over a million people residing within the footprint of the Diocese live in poverty. With so many struggling mightily to make ends meet, hunger is a constant in communities large and small. Together, we can provide very real help and show our love for those in need... and we can do so through Episcopal Charities.

During 2015, Episcopal Charities is providing funding and operational support to 50 parish-sponsored feeding programs. These include 20 community kitchens, 27 food pantries, 2 brown-bag lunch programs and 1 that provides meals to housebound neighbors and those with HIV/Aids. Every program is reporting increased demand for its service. In short, the need is great and we are called upon to act.

On Episcopal Charities Sunday in your parish, please remember our fellow New Yorkers who live with hunger. I urge you to give generously to Episcopal Charities so that all those who turn to us can find the sustenance and hope they so desperately need.

Thank you, very much, for doing all that you can help.


The Rt. Reverend Andrew M.L. Dietche Bishop of New York

An Insider's Tour of Snug Harbor

Join us on Saturday, June 27 from 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sailors' Snug Harbor, created as haven for "aged, decrepit and worn-out sailors" from the merchant marine and US Navy, I today the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, a vibrant arts and museum complex. The 80-acre park is a rare survival of an early 20th-cetry landscape. Its 31 buildings, raging in date from 1831 to 1917, present an inventory of American historic architecture.

Barnett Shepherd, architectural historian, gardener, and author of Sailors' Snug Harbor, 1801-1976, will lead our tour.

We begin at the famous Neptune Fountain in front of the Music Hall and proceed to the Main Hall, the earliest building, with its 1880s Eastlake interior of exotic woods, stained glass and spectacular painted ceiling. The "Front Five" buildings are in the Greek Revival and Italianate styles. The five identical "cottages" were built in the Second Empire style for chief Snug Harbor employees like the farmer and the baker. We will see the perennial flower gardens surrounding the greenhouse and visit the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, built in 2000. The recently created Tuscan Garden replicates the formal garden at the Villa Gamberaia outside Florence, Italy.

At the end of the tour we will assemble at the Gazebo for cocktails. Dinner at Christ Church New Brighton in the garden will follow.

Spring Concert

The Christ Church Community Youth Choir and the Christ Church Community Drummers will have a season-ending concert on Thursday, May 28, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church with a reception to follow.

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear beautiful music and to support the children of our community.

The after school arts enrichment program is funded by generous grants from The Staten Island Foundation and Episcopal Charities.

IPC Picnic

The Staten Island IPC (Inter Parish Council) is hosting its annual picnic on Sunday, June 7, at noon at All Saints' Church, 2329 Victory Blvd.

Christ Church is responsible for organizing the game. If you are interested in helping with this, please speak to Fr. Chuck.

The IPC picnic grows in number and enthusiasm every year and is a great way to get to know Episcopalians from across the Island.

Flea Market & White Elephant Sale

Join us on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a Flea Market and White Elephant Sale. A delicious lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs will be available.

Donations for the white elephant sale are needed. Please bring your donations on Sundays or from Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Congratulations to Sophia Mekhail and Claire James who were inducted into the National Honor Society at the Michael J. Petrdies School.

Congratulations to Georgia Howell who earned the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.

girl scouts
Georgia Howell

Georgia Howell, kneeling front row far right.