From the Rector and Wardens

Dear Friends,

As you may already have heard, Tom Sarff has resigned his position as organist and choirmaster at Christ Church.  In a letter to the choir, Tom writes

This was not a quick or easy decision, but was the result of a long assessment of my position as it has evolved, with a particular focus on what I think will best benefit everyone concerned (including myself) moving into the future.  The past seventeen years have been a long and rewarding time for me at Christ Church, and the choir has contributed to that enormously, but the best course of action now is to begin a new chapter. 

Tom has graciously agreed to continue in his position through the summer, giving us adequate time to conduct a search process.  I will appoint a committee to review a job description and to search for a new organist-choirmaster.  The wardens and I are committed to continuing the church's tradition of musical excellence, while also honoring the diversity of our parish.

It would be impossible to overstate Tom's many contributions to Christ Church and the quality of musicianship and performance he has so generously shared with us.  I am personally grateful for the nine years we have spent working together.

Please watch for communications from the church as we set a time to honor Tom and thank him for his service to Christ Church.
Faithfully yours,

Charles H. Howell, Rector
Kirstin Swanson, Churchwarden
John Gerney, Churchwarden

Worship Schedule

Christ Church

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This Sunday, June 28: The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect: Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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

The service music for the summer months of Pentecost Season is Gloria (Glory to God in the Highest) S204; Sanctus (Holy, Holy Holy) S 125; Agnus Dei (O Lamb of God), Gregorian chant.

The child friendly hymn for June is Here I Am, Lord.

Godly Play and Rite 13 classes are on summer vacation until September 20.  Sunday school registration will be held on September 6 and 13.

Adult Education Class will meet this Sunday. We will discuss selections 172 (Proverbs 25:1) - 178 (Ecclesiastes 8:17) in the NRSV Daily Bible.

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

Postcards will be available at coffee hour to write notes to the people of Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.

Sunday Ministers

Altar Guild: Jane Sharif, Liz Gattullo, Bonnie Franz, Eileen Zanelli
8am Server: Hal Reiersen
Greeter: Siaber Zayzay
Ushers: Lester Blair, Bill Sherman, John Gerney, Ed Craig
Lector: Willie Black, III
Epistoler: Linda Reiersen
Intercessor: David Nygard
Chalice: Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Acolytes: Calvin Morse, Greer Gerney
Crucifer: Bill Sherman
Verger: Paul Smith
Counters: Willie Black, Jr., John Watson
Coffee Hour: Chloe Lee

Meetings and Events This Week

Ukelele Group, Monday, June 22, 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Girl Scouts, Tuesday, June 30, 6;30 p.m. at Christ Church.

Prayer Group, Wednesday, July 1, 7:00 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, Mary Lou Caggiano, 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, Ryan Johnson, Philip Jorgue, Theodora Juliano, Barbara Kelly, Siafa Kromah, Alice LeClair, Nany LeClair Mortimer, Nancy Lettiere,  Robert Leverock, Angela Lillo, Angela Lindsay, Jesse Luke, Karen Luke, Joyce Mandel, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Peter Mazes, Hugo McIntosh Sr., Sydney McIntosh, The Mackey 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, Ann Sohm, David Spitz, Reed Stewart, Sophia Vazquez Pazos, Robert Wandlaincourt, and Ola Williams-David.  For the victims of the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and for the people of Emmanual AME Church.  

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week:  Evelise Leila Hutton (28), Gregory Brown (29), James Massa (29), Leslie Thompson (29), Togba Porte (30).

We pray for the repose of the soul of Edith Ceceroin whose loving memory the Altar Flowers are presented to the glory of God.  We pray for the repose of the soul of David Craig.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for the Episcopal Church of Osaka, Japan, The Rt. Rev. Samuel Osamu Onishi.

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

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

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.

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.

General Convention

The triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church is now meeting in Salt Lake City.

At the diocesan General Convention website, you will find:

  1. Updates from our bishops and deputies
  2. Links to General Convention Media Hub

Links to the General Convention Media Hub
#GC78 and #EDNY Twitter feeds
Resolutions, budget, and draft schedule
Embedded diocesan Facebook page

Presiding Bishop election information

Save the Date

An Insider's Tour of Snug Harbor, Saturday, June 27.

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

Christ Church Bus Outing, Saturday, October 3.

Rest In Peace

David Craig, son of Ed and Laura Craig, died tragically yesterday after being struck by a car as he was sitting on a bench in the park at Victory Blvd. and Bay Street.

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

May his soul, and the souls of the all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Service of Remembrance

There will be an interfaith service of remembrance for the victims of the  Charleston massacre today, Thursday June 25, 7:30 p.m. at Stapleton UAME church, 49 Tompkins Ave.

Other Vacation Bible Schools

In addition to the Vacation Bible School offered by Christ Church (see the banner at the top of this page), there are a couple of other options available:

Camp Discovery, July 4 - 12 offered by St. Mary's and Ascension Church.  To be held at Ascension Church, 1 Kingsley Avenue.  To register, call 718-442-1527 or 718-442-4187

St. Paul's Church, 225 St. Paul's Avenue, will host a Vacation Bible School August 24 - 28.  To register call 718-273-9572