Did You Know?
Did you know about the Feast of Christ the King?
It was instituted less than 100 years ago in 1925. In the aftermath of the First World War, in the midst of the rise of Communism in Russia, and during the 16th centenary of the Council of Nicaea (325), Pope Pius XI instituted the feast in his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas, though its first celebration took place in 1926. It was first celebrated on Halloween in 1926. It was originally supposed to be the last Sunday of October, just before the Feast of All Saints – which, in 1926, just happened to be October 31st.
In 1969, Pope Paul VI revised the feast, giving it its current name and date. Pope Paul VI gave the feast its current full title (the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe) and moved it to the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Despite its recent Catholic origins, the feast is celebrated by many Protestants, Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians.
Finally, Some Anglicans refer to this Sunday as "Stir-up Sunday". This Sunday got this name for two reasons:
First, the Anglican collect for the day begins with the words, "Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people…"
Second, some old pudding recipes require the pudding to sit for several weeks before being cooked. This Sunday became a day that people would traditionally begin preparing pudding for Christians, which includes "stirring it up."
Did you know that The Taj Mahal Was Once Disguised As A Pile Of Wood??
The Taj Mahal is one of India's most beautiful buildings. During the Second World War, India wanted to keep it safe from bombing, so the majestic tomb was covered in bamboo! This disguised it as a bamboo stockpile, in the hope than enemy bombers wouldn't realise what it really was. It worked, and the Taj Mahal was left undamaged!
Did you know that Russia ran out of vodka?
Russia ran out of vodka celebrating the end of World War II! When the long war ended, street parties engulfed the Soviet Union, lasting for days—until all of the nation's vodka reserves ran out a mere 22 hours after the partying started.
Join us for a Bring-A-Dish Potluck Coffee Hour! Bring whatever dish you enjoy and would like to share, on Sunday, November 26th. Coffee Hour will take place in the Guild Room immediately following our worship.
Our next Vestry meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 28th, 2023 at 7:30pm in the Vestry Room. Vestry packets will be available for pickup on Monday, November 27th in the parish office.
Our next Knitting Club will take place on Thursday, December 7th, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. in the vestry room. Please be aware that with the coming holiday season, we will have a modified schedule.
Christmas Wreath Fundraiser
Alleida Mitchell will be selling fresh pine wreaths for the holidays (BY ORDER ONLY). The cost is $30 each. Pick up is scheduled for November 25th through December 3rd at Christ Church during office hours. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Christ Church (include "wreaths" in the memo section). Payments can also be made online at our web site, www.ccnbsi.org. or via credit card in the office, check or cash. Place your orders by calling the office at 718-727-6100 or call Alleida at 917-834-8727.
The final day for placing orders was Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023.
Weekly Noonday Prayer
Join us for Noonday prayer on Facebook live, every Thursday at noon. At this time Fr. Trevor+ will be reading the biographies of many of the saints, known and unknown. These are the ones who have laid the foundation for our Christian witness. (Facebook Live broadcasts will be posted to the Christ Church FB page at facebook.com/christchurchsi, for later viewing.)
Save the Date
Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 - A New York Opera Christmas Concert (7:30pm).
Saturday, December 9th, 2023 - St. Nick's Fair (10am - 4pm).
Sunday, December 10th, 2023 - Brunch with Santa (Noon) and Tree Lighting Ceremony (5pm).
Parish Prayer List
The following individuals have requested our prayers:
Fred Allen, Betty Bab, Elma Babb, Erma Babb, Marcella Babb, Jenny Badger, Ezekiel Bascombe, Richard Biada, Chris Broderick, Deborah Broome, Frank Cangemi, Eva Charney, David Clark, Wayne Clark, Marcia Clendenen, Sandra Cocks, Lisa Colli-Hogan, Iris Colbourne, Barbara Corregan, Laura Craig, Athelridge Cumberbatch, Gaynelle Cumberbatch, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Elizabeth Deprima, Marlene Elia, Garfield Evans, Tabitha Foxx, Sebastian Gattullo, Sandra Giambalvo, Steven Haley, Mary Hamblin, Mary Haugen, Avion Hernandez-Elcock, Emilia Jaime, Jan, Mark, Tom & Joy, Michael Kelly, Erica Korzekwinski, Chloe Lee, Willie Marcus, The McIntosh Family, Eva McClary, Mary Mcclellan, Michael & Lois Moschella, Louise Nygard, T. Rauch, Ann Reilly, Olivia Rey, Christine Riola, Leila Rollock, Joyce Rowan, Barnett Shepherd, Joyce & Eric Smith, Thomas Sox, David Lloyd Stephens, Christopher Still, Candy Tice, Fred Tucher, Rob Tucher, Deborah Vurckio, Lucille Williams, Marsha Wynter, Joan Yearwood, and the people of The Girls and Boys of Heartshare St. Vincent's Services.
Please Note: The Prayer List is intended to uphold and encourage those who need healing prayers. If persons have been fully recovered and no longer need to be lifted up in this way, please let us know so that we can make room for others. This list will be updated every three months unless otherwise notified. If you need a loved one or friend to remain on the list, please call the parish office. Thank you!
We pray for the repose of the souls of Trevor Mills, Rosalynn Carter (wife of former President Jimmy Carter), Cooper VanHook, and all the faithful departed, especially those whose death resulted from gun violence. May their souls rest in peace.
We pray for all the frontline and essential workers in our parish, and around S.I. and the world.
We pray for the hundreds of asylum seekers in New York City, and particularly on Staten Island, and ask God's Holy Spirit to help us as citizens, civic organizations and religious institutions to respond with love and compassion.
We pray for comfort to the families and communities impacted by gun violence, and for the will and determination to enact appropriate gun control legislation and promote a culture of safety.
We pray for an end to armed conflict, and lift up the people of Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, Russia and Sudan in the hopes that they can move towards peace and diplomacy.
We pray for all those negatively impacted by climate, environmental and naturally occurring disasters.
We pray for those who are suffering from the impacts of systemic racism, and for those who are committed and working towards change, unity, and equality for all peoples.
We pray for our young people and all those who have started a new academic year.
We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week. John Szczepanik (26), Dorothy Thompson (26), Elizabeth James (28), Angdrell Pious Zayzay (28), Christine Szczepanik (30), Fr. Trevor Babb+ (2).
We give thanks to God for the individuals who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries this week:
We pray for Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, The Rev. Matthew Foster Heyd and for, Bishop Andrew Dietsche who will be entering retirement.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma).
In the Episcopal Futures Prayer Cycle, we pray for all who seek God by strengthening their faith and serving their community.
In the Diocese of New York, we pray for +Michael our Presiding Bishop; +Andrew, +Allen, +Mary and +Matt, our Bishops; Trevor+ our Rector; Christ the King Episcopal Church, Stone Ridge; Holy Cross Church, Yonkers; Church of the Good Shepherd, Roosevelt Island; St. Andrew's Church, Bronx; St. Andrew's Church, Walden; the Diocesan Episcopal AIDS/HIV Committee; those who live successfully with HIV/AIDS, with gratitude for their contributions and for the advances in medical care that sustain them; and all who have died from AIDS-related causes; and St. Andrew & St. Luke Episcopal Church, Beacon.