Christ Church New Brighton

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Welcome to Christ Church
Holy Week & Easter Services
Palm Sunday, April 13
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
10:00 am Choral Eucharist with Palm Procession
Maundy Thursday, April 17
7:30 pm Holy Eucharist, followed by Lamb Supper (sign-up sheets are in the parish hall or call the office at 718-727-6100).
after dinner Compline
11:00 pm Vigil at the Altar of Repose
Good Friday, April 18
Noon to 3 pm Three-hour service at St. Mary's, Castleton
4:00 pm Children's activity and liturgy
7:30 pm Good Friday Liturgy with Solemn Collects and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament
Easter Day, April 20
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
10:00 am Choral Festal Holy Eucharist with
Flowering the Cross
11:30 am Easter egg hunt followed by a reception in the Guild Room
Father John Walsted
The Rev. Charles H. Howell, Rector of Christ Church New BrightonAs many of you already know, Fr. John Walsted, our Rector Emeritus, recently had a MRI, which showed lesions on the brain. He underwent successful surgery Wednesday afternoon at Staten Island University Hospital, which, as planned, removed the largest mass. It is anticipated that Fr. John will be in the hospital for at least a few days and home by Easter.

I know I don't need to ask; please keep Fr. John in your prayers.

Fr. Chuck

Flowering the Cross
Every year at the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist on Easter Day the children come forward at the Peace to place fresh flowers to a bare cross.  This symbolizes, of course, the way in which an instrument of painful death becomes for us the source of life. Because Easter is so late this year, children and families are encouraged to bring flowers and branches from their own gardens on Easter morning.  Flowers will also be available at church.
Book Signing
Christ Church's Barnett Shepherd will be signing copies of his books Staten Island Scenery: Paintings, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs 1679 - 1900; Tottenville: The Town the Oyster Built; Sailors' Snug Harbor 1801 - 1979; Sandy Ground Memories at a book signing to be held on this Sunday, April 13 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D.

Peter and Norma Stanford, authors of A Dream of Tall Ships, and Christ and Nancy Benbow, authors of The ABCs of Staten Island, will also be at the book signing.

Volunteer Opportunities with City Harvest
City HarvestWANT TO VOLUNTEER FOR CITY HARVEST ON STATEN ISLAND? City Harvest is looking for you if you're enthusiastic about helping your community!

Meet Vikki Campos, VCampos [at] cityharvest [dot] org, 646.412.0931, for a New Volunteer Orientation and learn about helping run Mobile Markets and teaching residents about healthy eating and affordable food shopping.

When: Wednesday, March 19, 4-5 PM. Where: Stapleton Branch of the New York Public Library, 132 Canal St. (at Wright St.), Staten Island, NY 10304.

Scholarship Opportunity
The Staten Island Council of Churches is again offering scholarships for post-high school education at an accredited institution.  Applicants must be active members of their churches; participate in worship when they are home from school; and be an inspiration for other youth.  This year no previous scholarship recipients will be considered.

For an application and complete list of requirements, please speak to the Rector.

Applications are due May 1.

Clothes Recycling
Christ Church has entered into an arrangement with Spin Green, an American woman-owned clothes recycling company, which gives clothes a second chance.  By collecting clothes, they are kept out of landfills and either distributed to people in the US and around the world or are converted into eco-products such as home insulation.

A Spin Green collection bin is now in our parking lot and available to you and the community.

Spin Green monitors the bin and empties it when it's full, and Christ Church receives modest renumeration for having the bin on our property.

ECW Spring Meeting
The Episcopal Church Women's Spring Meeting and Luncheon will be held this year at St. Paul's Memorial Church, 225 St. Paul's Avenue, Staten Island, New York on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  It will begin with Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m.  The guest speaker will be Dianne Roberts, President Episcopal Church Women Diocese of New York.  She has much to tell us about the work of the Diocesan Board as well as the work of individual Episcopal Church Women throughout the diocese.
Flowering the Cross
Every year at the 10:00 Eucharist on Easter Day the children come forward at the peace to add fresh flowers to a bare cross.  This symbolizes, of course, the way in which an instrument of painful death becomes for us the source of life. Because Easter is so late this year, children and families are encouraged to bring flowers and branches from their own gardens on Easter morning.  Flowers will also be available at church.
Tree Pruner Course
Trees New YorkA healthy urban forest is invaluable to the health of our city.  Trees improve air and water quality, lover air temperatures, reduce energy demand, and beautify streets.

In New York City, where there is limited funding for tree maintenance but significant need, Citizen Pruners provide a tremendous benefit to our urban environment.

Upon successful completion of the final exam, students receive a license from the TreesNY and NYCParks to legally prune NYC street trees.

Staten Island classes will be held at SI Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace #120 on:

Thursday, May 15     6-8 pm
Thursday, May 22     6-8 pm
Thursday, May 29     6-8 pm
Saturday, June 14     10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 19     6-8 p.m.

The Trees New York program is offering a Citizen Pruner Tree Care Course.  There is a $100 non-refundable course fee.

For more information or to register go to

Save the Date
The Inter Parish Council (the association of the ten Episcopal Churches on Staten Island) will have its annual spring picnic on Sunday, June 1 at All Saints' Church, 2329 Victory Blvd.
Parish Prayer List
The following individuals have requested our prayers: Robin Beveridge, Shirley Black, Willie Black, Jr., Gregory Brown, Patricia Brown-Prestia, Fr. Steve Challman, Gilbert Cocks, Inez Colborne, Scott Crabbe, Laura Craig, Dolly Denaro, Anne Devlin, Michael Devlin, Ruth DiToro, Marlene Elia, Amanda Freeman Taylor, Barbara Finnerty, Christina Gialombardo, Tina Grosick, William Johnson, Michelle Lane, Stan Larsen, Lucia Luciano, Gina Luna, William Marcus, Donna Marlak, Janet Massa, Andrea McIntosh, Hugo McIntosh, Sr., Michelle McQuillen, Linda Messermer, Anthony Mobilia, Lynne Morishita, Juan Negron, Cecily Nordstrom, Tim Olsen, Linda Oppenheimer, Janice Pattison, Ryan Perrotta, Catherine Pupello, Hal Reiersen, Jayme Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Meg Rowan, Ann Sohm, David Spitz, Peter Swanson, Bishop Don Taylor, Evelyn Tuthill, Sophia Vazquez Pazos and Fr. John Walsted.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Owen Modzelewski (15), Crystal Bernard (17), Siaber Zayzay (17), Celesine Zayzay (18), Cassius Devlin (19). We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week: Carol & John Brown (12).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Anglican Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East, The Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Katharine our Presiding Bishop, Andrew, and Chilton, our bishops, Allen, our suffragan bishop-elect and The Church of the Divine Love, Montrose.

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

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