Holy Week Worship Schedule

Palm Sunday
8 AM Palm Procession & Holy Eucharist
10 AM Palm Procession & Choral Eucharist
Maundy Thursday
7:30 PM Holy Eucharist followed by lamb supper, Compline, & Vigil at the Altar of Repose
Good Friday
4 PM Children's Service Holy Eucharist
7:30 PM Good Friday Liturgy, solemn collects, veneration of the cross, Communion from the Reserved Sacrament
Easter Day
8 AM Holy Eucharist
10 AM Festival Choral Holy Eucharist

From the Rector

This past Sunday, Bring A Friend Sunday, I talked about some of the ways we see Jesus when we worship in an Episcopal church -- just to review: Word, Sacrament, and community. Later in the week I came across this article by Rachel Held Evans which covers some of the same points. Rachel Held Evans is a young, well-known author from the evangelical tradition who now worships in an Episcopal church. Her reflections on why she chose the Episcopal Church are worth reading. Click here to read Rachel's blog posts.

Please note our Holy Week schedule (to the left of this column).

Fr. Chuck

Worship Schedule

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This Sunday, March 29: Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Collect: Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Sunday, March 29, is Palm Sunday. The liturgical color is red. The crosses are veiled in red and palm fronds adorn the altar.

Both services begin with the reading of the Palm Sunday Gospel and the distribution of blessed palms. At 10:00 a.m. there is also a palm procession.

On Palm Sunday the Kyrie (Lord Have Mercy) is not sung. For the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) we will use S125 by Richard Proulx, and for the Agnus Dei (O Lamb of God) we will use S 161 by David Hurd.

Godly Play and Rite 13 will not meet this Sunday or on Ester Sunday.

Adult Education class will not be held this Sunday.

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

Sunday Ministers March 29

Altar Guild: Nick Dowen, Kaura Kennedy, David Wood, Agnes Thompson, Paige Gunther
8 a.m. Server: Hal Reiersen
Greeter: Lester Blair
Ushers: Connie Black, Andrea McIntosh, Sheila Hewitt, Ed Craig, Oneka Johns
Lector: Marshall Green
Epistoler: Andrea Morse-Raff
Intercessor: Liz Howell
Chalice: Victor Stanwick
Crucifer: Bill Sherman, CJ Brown
Acolytes: Greer Gerney, Victoria Noel
Verger: Paul Smith
Counters: Willie Black, III, Kirstin Swanson-Basso, Sheila Swigert
Coffee Hour: Friends & Family of Nancy Beveridge
Passion Gospel:
Narrator Paul Smith
Jesus Charles Howell
Chief Priests Choir
Disciples Rite 13
Peter Andrea Morse-Raff
Judas Marshall Green
Soldiers & Accusers John Gerney, Kevin Larimer
High Priest Willie Black, III
Servant Girl Natalie Wynter
Bystanders Nancy Reiersen-Scromo, Richard Zayzay, Kirstin Swanson-Basso
Crowd Congregation & Choir
Pilate Willie Black, Jr.
Centurion Peter Raff

Meetings and Events This Week

Knitting Group, Thursday, March 26, 3:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Christ Church Community Youth Choir, Thursday, March 26, 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Cub Scouts, Friday March 27, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Stop & Swap, Saturday, Mary 28, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Girl Scouts, Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. at Christ Church.

Intercessory Prayer Group will not meet on April 1.

Assemble Easter Baskets, Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Distribute Easter Baskets, Thursday, April 2, 9:00 a.m. - Noon at Christ Church.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Kelsey Allen, 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, Sandra Cocks, Inez Colborne, Barbara Corrigan, Sophie Diaz, Tanisha Edmonds, Marlene Elia, Billy Fowler, Barbara Finnerty, Laura Glen, Tina Grosick, Michele Jaeger, Philip Jorgue, Theodora Juliano, Siafa Kromah, Alice LeClair, Robert Leverock, Angela Lillo, Jesse Luke, Karen Luke, Joyce Mandel, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Sunitha Massey, Peter Mazes, Andrea McIntosh, Hugo McIntosh, Sr., 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, and Robert Wandlaincourt,. For the people of Liberia and West Africa and all who are suffering from the Ebola vius that they may be relieved and protected.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Noah Modzelewski (29), Daniel Lettiere (30), Angela Lindsay (30), Tom Sarff (30), Nicholas Kalfa (31), Matthew Ambroggi (1), Greer Gerney (1), Kiattisak Rungrenguanich (1), Lily Mackta (3).

We pray for the repose of the souls of Georgia Bale Howell and Lorraine Scromo 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 the Episcopal Church of Jersualem, The Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawni.

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

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

Easter Day Reception

The McIntosh Family is coordinating our Easter Day Reception. Donations of sandwiches, salads and desserts would be greatly apperciated.

Save the Date

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.

Staten Island Youth Rally, April 18, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

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.

First Communion Class

On Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, May 9 we will be offering a First Communion class. Both classes will begin at 2:00 p.m. and last for an hour.

In the Episcopal Church, baptized children are eligible to receive Communion without any instruction. The 1979 Book of Common Prayer teaches that baptism is full initiation into the Christianfaith and that no other rites are required before receiving Communion. In fact, many children receive Communion, a drop of wine on their tongues, on the day they are baptized. Some parents, however, prefer that their children receive some instruction before receiving Communion for the first time, and other parents, whose children are already receiving, would also like their children to receive some instruction. These classes will be appropriate both for children who have never received and for those who are currently receiving.

In order to plan the class, we'd like to get an idea of the number and the ages of children who will be attending. If you have a child(ren) who is interested in these two classes, please speak to the Rector or Paige Gunther.

News from Rite 13

Rite 13 celebrated Bring a Friend to Church Sunday by continuing our study of prayer, and even tried our hand at writing our own. Collective prayer is a powerful aspect of our tradition, and part of our exercise was to try and better understand the structure of prayers we say together each week. With a greater understanding of our tradition, we seek to deepen our experience of God's divine presence in our shared life. Our classroom Mural also grows more and more reflective of our joy and praise. We hope to have it finished in time to show it to our guests when we host the Staten Island Youth Rally on April 18.

We offer our prayer to you in the hopes that it will help you prepare for the Holy Week and Easter with glad and open hearts. "Loving God, compassionate, loyal and selfless Creator, help us follow your path and be more worthy so that there will be peace and understanding with us all through love."

Youth Conference

Christ Church will host the Staten Island Episcopal Church's Youth Conference on Saturday, April 18th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conference will explore the Episcopal Church and will also include a fashion show. The event is free and open to all 6th through 12th graders. Registration and information will follow soon.

Counter Training

A training session for new and veteran counters will be held on Sunday, April 26 following the 10:00 a.m. service.

Counters count and record the money from the Sunday collection, during the week, and from special events, and deposit it in the bank. It is a big job but an important job. The work of the counters is done behind the scenes and is absolutely essential for the smooth operation of the church. With enough counters, the work won't be burdensome for anyone.

If you are interested in becoming a counter, please speak to the Head Counter, Willie (Papa) Black.

Easter Memorial Flowers

Flower Fund Envelopes will be found in the pews until Palm Sunday. 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.

We Give Thanks

We give thanks for the birth of LillyAnna Dawn-Elizabeth Noel, daughter of Martin and Christina Noel and the new sister of Victoria, Gabriel, and Annalise.

We give thanks for the birth of Charles Kenneth McLean, son of Charlie and Sarah McLean and grandson of Chip and Beth McLean and great-grandson of Bill Beveridge.

Soup Coffee Hour

When: Sunday, April 19 during coffee hour

Do you make an awesome soup? Want to win a trophy and bragging rights? Bring a batch of your favorite soup to coffee hour! All guests will sample them 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 your calendar!


Congratulations to Adrienne Abate who received the Ruby Award from Soroptimist International of Staten Island.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

Thank You!

The Evangelism Committee would like to thank everyone for their help with last week's "Bring a Friend Sunday." The event was a great success, and we had dozens of new faces in the pews and at our special coffee hour. Hopefully, we will see a good number of these visitors again, and if you brought a friend, we urge you to talk with them about their time here and encourage them to come back. We plan on making this event an annual or semi-annual tradition, and we ask that if you have any suggestions for additions or enhancements to the next "Bring a Friend Sunday," you speak with Fr. Chuck or Catherine Barnett, Chair of the Evangelism Committee. Also, please remember that any Sunday can be "Bring a Friend Sunday" for you, and visitors are welcome each week. Your simple act of reaching out to invite a friend to join you can make a great positive impact on Christ Church as visitors become a part of our church family and help Christ Church to grow and serve the community.

Richard & Alidel hand out brochures and coffee mugs

Richard & Alidel hand out brochures and coffee mugs

Deacon Novella with family and friends

Deacon Novella with family and friends

Photos by Nancy Reiersen-Scromo