Christ Church Transitions

The August issue of the Tower Chimes included an article on the search for an Interim and the process of selecting a Rector.  As indicated in that article, the responsibility of selecting an Interim Rector is the responsibility of the Wardens and Vestry.  Wardens review resumes and forward candidates to the Vestry for consideration, and then the Vestry approves the final candidate.

Members of the congregation have approached Vestry members and Wardens wondering who is going to be on the search committee for a permanent Rector and when that process will start.  If you feel a strong call to serve on the search committee, please feel free to send a letter of intention, to the attention of the Wardens, indicating your interest.  We cannot promise that those who write will be selected for participation, but we welcome such interest.

Finally, we ask that you all, as a congregation, continue to support the ministry of Christ Church, even in this uncertain time.  Many of us are here now because we were inspired by Fr. Chuck's vision for this congregation, and for our community.  And many of us made that vision our own.  We can, and will, continue to be what our mission statement says: a community of worship, love, and service.

Worship Schedule

Christ Church

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7:30 AM Morning Prayer Staten Island, NY 10301
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This Sunday, October 4:
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Sunday is the The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The liturgical color is green.

The service music for the fall months of Pentecost Season is Gloria (Glory to God in the Highest) S278; Sanctus (Holy, Holy Holy) S 127; Agnus Dei (O Lamb of God), S-169.

The Rev. Simeon Johnson will be our guest celebrant and preacher this week.

Godly Play classes (age 3-5th grades) should receive Communion with their teachers immediately 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 will meet each Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in the Vestry Room.  Please continue to read the NRSV Daily Bible.  All are welcome to attend.

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

Sunday Ministers

Altar Guild:

Nick Dowen, Laura Kennedy, David Wood, Agens Thompson

8am Server: Paul SMith
Ushers: Dan Wood, David Wood, Kevin Larimer
Lector: Lisa Rhoades
Epistoler: Charlotte Hewitt
Intercessor: Roxanne Ingoe
Chalice: Victor Stanwick
Acolytes: Angela Lindsay
Crucifer: Edwin Ziama
Verger: Paul Smith
Counters: Sheila Swigert
Coffee Hour: Chili Cookoff to benefit Cancer Walk
Vestry Member on Duty:  

Christ Church Community Choir, Thursday, October 1, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Cub Scouts, Friday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.

Ukulele lesson, Monday, October 5, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Prayer Group, Wednesday, October 7, 7:15 p.m. in the Vestry Room.

Christ Church Community Choir, Thursday, October 8, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Midweek Services

Holy Eucharist, Thursday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church.

Christ Church New Brighton is Seeking a New Choir Director/Organist

Christ Church is seeking an interim music director/organist beginning January 2016 of one year with the possibility of a long term contract once a permanent rector is in place. The Choir Director/Organist will provide musical leadership and coordinate the music at our regular 10 AM Sunday services of the Parish and additional services that are a part of the Parish’s liturgical calendar and custom. The candidate must be comfortable on an aging pipe organ and a Steinway grand piano. This position historically requires about eight to twelve hours per week. Salary will be commensurate with experience and AGO Guidelines and a full benefit package is offered.

For more information or to apply for this position please call the church office at 718-727-6100 during regular business hours.

Save the Date

Christ Church Bus Outing, Saturday, October 3.

Chili Cook-Off, Sunday, October 4 at coffee hour.

Boo Bash, Friday, October 30.

Belle Nuit (A Night of Famous Opera Arias & Duets), Saturday, November 7.

St. Nick's Fair, Saturday, December 5.

Holly Ball, Saturday, December 12.

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, Robert Burak, Mary Lou Caggiano, Fr. Steve Challman, Joseph Chesseman, Jessie Cinelli, Major Clement, Sandra Cocks, Inez Colborne, Barbara Corrigan, Gytha Darconte, Sophie Diaz, Alfred Davies, Tanisha Edmonds, Anne Lynne EisenfelderMarlene Elia, Mary Ferguson, Nancy Forgang, Billy Fowler, Cretta Freeman-Funbai, Alice Garner, Laura Glen, Tina Grosick, Michele Jaeger, Ryan Johnson, Philip Jorgue, Theodora Juliano, Barbara Kelly, Siafa Kromah, Alice LeClair, Nancy LeClair Mortimer,   Richard LeClair, Robert Leverock, Angela Lillo, Jane Logan, Jesse Luke, Karen Luke, Joyce Mandel, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Peter Mazes, Hugo McIntosh Sr., Sydney McIntosh, The Mackey Family, Marilyn Keshecki, Isaac Mennoh, Nicole Miller, Anthony Mobilia, Lynne Morishita, Solomon Moris, Philip Nipson, Fofe Nyel, John Ogdon, Zorgoloe Portue, Timothy Quinlan, Joyce Rowan, Meg Rowan, Barbara Rowan Allen, Sean Rowan Hanly, Kiattisak Rungrerngvanich, David Spitz, Reed Stewart, Dorothy Thompson, Sophia Vazquez Pazos, and Robert Wandlaincourt.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Ronald Massey (5), William Sherman (5), Susan Fowler (6), Andrea McIntosh (8), Jeremiah Zayzay (8), Christina Noel (9), Brandon Thompson (9), Ines Colbourne (10).

We pray for the repose of the souls of  Harold J. Edwards, Mary and David Thompson, Regina and Joseph Edwards, William A. Cobb, Jr., Barbara Jean McNulty in whose loving memory the Altar Flowers are presented to the glory of God.  

Please pray for Miriam, Alayne and Amy as they prepare for the celebration of their Rite-13 on October 25th.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for the Episcopal Church of Sunyani, Ghana, West Africa, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Festus Yeboah-Asuamah.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Katharine our Presiding Bishop, Andrew and Allen, our bishops, and on the feast day for Francis of Assisi we pray for all who work on behalf of the poor.

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

Christ Church Day Trip

The Bus Trip to Lancaster Pa. is completely sold out.  There will be two buses leaving from Christ Church.  You may check with Alleida Mitchell or Deacon Novella Lawrence for last minute cancellations if you are still interested in this trip.

Grief Support

There are many in the Parish who are still actively grieving the loss of Fr. Chuck.  Some are grieving the loss of other family members or friends.  Support is available for adults at several Bereavement Groups on Staten Island. And for children at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Richmondtown or at Emma's Place at 276 Watchogue Road.  There is no charge for any of these services.  For more information call:  Deacon Novella Lawrence 347 581-1082.

Rite 13

During the 10 am Eucharist on October 25, we will have a chance to say some important things to some of our 8
th Graders. We will celebrate an important rite of passage with them called "Rite-13" or "The Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood."

This ceremony gives us a 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, and some things just can't be said often enough.

Please keep Mariame Aghailas, Alayne Gilbert, and Amy Stambaugh in your prayers as they prepare for this significant event.

Boo Bash

Once again we will have a Boo Bash on Friday, October 30th for children 14 years old and younger.  Decorations and individually wrapped candy are needed.  Please see Andrea McIntosh on Sunday or call the office 718-727-6100 for more information.

Chili Cookoff

Sunday, October 4 in place of Coffee Hour we will hold a chili cook-off.  Admission is $3 per person, $2 per person with a non-perishable food item for the pantry.  Children 8 and younger are free.

Cash proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer.  Non-perishable donations will go to the Christ Church pantry.

All competitors must register by September 27. To compete please contact:

Olisha James - 347-244-6145 or, Sheila Hewitt - 718-447-8049, or Connie Black 917-453-2196.

Ukulele Classes

Ukulele lessons will begin on Monday, October 5 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Space is limited for this popular class.  To register, please see Loria Raiola Trapp on Sunday after the 10 a.m. service.

Celebration and Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 3rd at 1:00 PM.

Our animal friends - our cats and dogs, rodents and reptiles, birds and fish - grace our homes and are among those for whom we care so deeply. Please bring animal friends of any kind and join ud for a brief Service of Celebration and Blessing of Animals on Saturday, October 3rd at 1:00 PM on the lawn at Ascension Church, One Kingsley Avenue in West Brighton.

We celebrate our animal friends each year in honor and memory of Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals.

For more information please call the church at 718-442-4187.

Wisdom Book

Christ Church's Book of Wisdom for our 13 year olds

In the spirit of books like "Life's Little Instruction Book", we are compiling advice from parishioners. Please send in a bit of advice (a few sentences, perhaps) to our teenagers who will be celebrating an important rite of passage, their "Rite 13", on Sunday, October 25.  

Your advice can be something practical, like "Don't go to bed with gum in your mouth." Or something more profound like "Be content to be who you really are." Both are important to know.

Please identify yourself by your first name and age or stage in life (For example, Lisa, mother of two, etc.)

Please put your completed form (which will be inserted in the Sunday bulletin) in the offering plate, email it to or return it to Cathy Romano in the church office by Monday, October 19th.

Belle Nuit

Belle Nuit at Historic Christ Church: A Night of Famous Opera Arias and Duets Saturday, November 7th 2015 7:00 pm.

As a wonderful addition to the Staten Island local arts scene, two critically acclaimed opera singers (and Staten Island locals) soprano Melody Alesi, and mezzo Joan Callaghan, offer an evening of many famous and beloved arias and duets from the Soprano and Mezzo Operatic repertoire.

Please also join us for a pre-concert lecture and a post-concert Meet the Artist soiree where you will have a chance to speak with the artists, savor hors d'oeuvres, sip wine and be surrounded by other opera lovers like yourself!

Critics have had this to say about American Soprano, Melody Alesi: "Alesi takes the stage with style and intelligence and possesses a distinctive, hauntingly beautiful voice and the charisma of a world class opera star" (The Desert Sun, February 18, 2014)

"Mezzo Joan Callaghan's voice is always a pleasure to hear. Her portrayal of Carmen meets all of ones expectations - she is right on target". (The Brooklyn Paper Monday Oct. 27th 2014)

Apple Picking

This Sunday, October 4th the Youth Group will be going apple picking following the 10 a.m. Eucharist.  $15 will cover the hayride and Maze.  Apples picked are paid for by the pound.  Questions? Offers to chaperone?  Contact Lisa Rhoades at 718-420-0363 (home) or 347-886-0039 (cell).

Steel Drum Lessons

Christ Church Community Steel Drummers will commence lessons on Friday evening, October 16th at Christ Church. 

We have a limit of 12 students due to the number of instruments we have available.  Please let me know your child is interested in registering so we can prepare for the first day of class.