From the Rector

Now that Lent, Holy Week, and Easter are over we return to our regular schedule. Adult education class did not meet on Palm Sunday and Easter Day but resumed last week. I know that due to the holidays some, myself included, fell behind on their daily Bible reading -- I think I missed both 1 & 2 Chronicles. But, as I've said before, don't let this discourage you or make you stop coming to class. It's great if you can catch up, but if you can't just begin reading where we are now. This Sunday we'll be discussing selections 102- 108, 2 Chronicles 21:1 - Ezra 10:44. My advice: 1 & 2 Chronicles is mostly a rehash of 1 & 2 Kings, so start with selection 106, the beginning of Ezra.

I'd also like to remind you that the Intercessory Prayer Group meets at church every Wednesday evening at 7:00. While there is a core group, new people are always welcome. The Evangelism Committee has decided to have their next meeting in conjunction with the prayer group, which I think is a great idea and a wonderful reminder to approach all our work with a prayerful attitude.

Fr. Chuck

Hallelujah Chorus

The choir and congregation sing the Hallelujah Chorus.

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This Sunday, April 19: Third Sunday of Easter

Collect: O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Sprit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This This is the Third Sunday of Easter. The liturgical color is white. The paschal candle is lit and burns at every service for the 50 days of the Easter season.

The Gloria for Easter Day is a paraphrase with music by Franz Schubert. The Sanctus (Holy, Holy Holy) S130 and the 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 sing at the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist.

Godly Play classes (age 3-5th grace) will remain in church this week until the end of the service.

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 102 through 108, 2 Chronicles 21:1 - Ezra 10:44.

Today is our first Soup Off. Taste a variety of soups at coffee hour made by Christ Church parishioners and vote on your favorite one. The winner takes home a valuable trophy.

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

Sunday Ministers

Altar Guild: Linda & Hal Reiersen, Nancy Reiersen-Scromo, Mark Gherzo
8am Server: Nancy Reiersen-Scromo
Greeter: Utopia Mennoh
Ushers: Connie Black, Ed Craig, Utopia Mennow
Lector: Richard Zayzay
Epistoler: Sheila Hewitt
Intercessor: Marshall Green
Chalice: Bill Sherman
Acolytes: Eleanor Larimer, Angela Lindsay
Crucifer: Victor Stanwick
Verger: Paul Smith
Counters: Willie Black III, Andrea McIntosh
Coffee Hour: Soup Sunday
Vestry Member on Duty: Stephen Gross

Meetings and Events This Week

Christ Church Community Youth Drummers, Friday April 17, 5:00 p.m. at the Carter Center.

Wine Tasting, Friday, April 17, 6:00 p.m. at the Christ Church Rectory.

Cub Scouts, Friday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Island-Wide Youth Rally, Saturday, April 18, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Church.

Soup Off, Sunday, April 19, 11:30 a.m. at Christ Church.

Girl Scouts, Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m. at Christ Church.

Prayer Group, Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Knitting Group, Thursday, April 23, 3:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Christ Church Community Youth Choir, Thursday, April 23, 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, Sandra Cocks, Inez Colborne, Barbara Corrigan, Sophie Diaz, Tanisha Edmonds, Marlene Elia, Billy Fowler, Barbara Finnerty, Alice Garner, Laura Glen, Tina Grosick, Michele Jaeger, Philip Jorgue, Theodora Juliano, Siafa Kromah, Alice LeClair, Nancy LeClair Mortimer, Robert Leverock, Angela Lillo, Jesse Luke, Karen Luke, Joyce Mandel, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Sunitha Massey, Peter Mazes, Hugo McIntosh Sr., Sydney McIntosh, 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.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays: Cassius Devlin, Kevin Gunther, Daniel Trapp, Jermain Trapp, Jaeln Hazelwood, David Seeley, Julia Dwikat, Alexandraia Hodnik, David Wood, Daniel Wood. We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversary Laura and Henry Kennedy.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Thomas Amatruda in whose loving memory the Altar Flowers are presented to the glory of God. We pray also for the repose of the soul of Barwain Kesselly Zayzay and Debra Van Dusky.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for the Diocese of Nebbi in Uganda and their bishop, the Rt. Rev. Alphonse Watho-kudi.

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

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

Scholarship Opportunity

The Staten Island Council of Churches is again offering post-secondary education scholarships. The applicant must be active in his/her church and must submit:

  • A transcript
  • A letter of acceptance
  • Completed application forms
  • A letter from a teacher or professor
  • A letter from the rector

The deadline is May 1.

For complete information, please speak to Fr. Chuck.

Save the Date

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.

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

Cub Scouts

Last Sunday our Cub Scout troop sold homemade bread, which they had made the day before, to aid the victims of the East Village fire. Thanks to your generosity, and some delicious bread, the Scouts raised $179.

Fr. Stephen Harding, an Episcopal priest and FDNY chaplain, suggested that the proceeds be given to Middle Collegiate Church, which is across the street from the site of the fire and has been active is assisting the victims.

Ukuleles Come to Christ Church

Our after school arts enrichment program is expanding to include a ukulele group for children ages 7 - 12. The group will rehearse on Monday evenings 6 - 7, beginning May 4. Participation is free and no experience is necessary. For more information, call the church office, 718-727-6100.

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

Cub Scouts making bread.

First Communion Class

On Saturday, May 2 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.

Taize in New York

On December 11, 2009, 16 Palestinian Christian clergy from various denominations sent out a plea to churches all over the world entitled Kairos Palestine -- A Moment of Truth: A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering.

The Greek word Kairos refers to a moment in time, a moment when God is present in opportunity, when the world's axis is the Word of God, it affirms that the moment to speak the truth in now!

The Kairos Palestine document recalls a powerful statement form South African Christians in the apartheid era, the Kairos South Africat Document: A Challeng to the Church, issued in 1985 which called on churches to side with the oppressed.

A commemoration of Kairos Palestine's 5th Anniversary will be held on Thursday, April 30 7:00 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church 93rd & Broadway Manhattan. The Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem will be in attendance.

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.

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!

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.

Imam Ibrahim SayarInterfaith Talk

Imam Ibrahim Sayar director of interfaith affairs at Peace Islands Institute and president of the North East Islamic Community Center, will be speaking on Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Church on the topic A Muslim Perspective on Religious Extremism & Terrorism.

You may register at tccsieventbrite.com. Admission is free.