From the Rector

The Rev. Charles H. Howell, Rector of Christ Church New Brighton.When I was in seminary, the bishop required all of the seminarians to attend diocesan convention every year. At some point he would ask the seminarians to stand and be introduced, and that was our moment in the sun. All of which means, I've been attending diocesan conventions for over twenty years.

At this year's diocesan convention, held last weekend in Tarrytown, NY, our new suffragan bishop, Allen Shin, preached the convention sermon. It was hands down the best convention sermon or address I've ever heard. Here's the link, and I hope you enjoy it, too.

Worship Schedule

7:30 AM Morning Prayer
8 AM Holy Eucharist
10 AM Choral Eucharist 

Second Sundays

11:15 AM Service for Healing & Anointing

11 AM Holy Eucharist
On the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month there is a service for healing & anointing after the 11 AM service.

Monday through Friday
7:45 AM Morning Prayer

Weekly Update

The latest news and information, updated weekly (sometimes daily) from Christ Church New Brighton.

  • All Saints' Sunday
    This Sunday: November 16th
    Pentecost XXIII

    Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    This Sunday is the Last Sunday after Pentecost.  The liturgical color is white.

    We are using Eucharistic Prayer A.

    This fall the Gloria (Glory to God in the Highest) is S275, the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) is S127, and the Fraction Anthem is S169, My Flesh is Food Indeed. Our child-frindly hymn is 645 (St. Columba) The King of Love My Shepherd Is.

    The Christ Church Community Youth Choir will sing at the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist.

    Keira Russell Hyland, daughter of Patrick & Lindsay (Kennedy) Hyland and granddaughter of Hal & Laura Kennedy will be baptized at the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist.

    Students in the Godly Play classes (age 3 - 5th grade) should received Communion with their teachers immediately after the choir receives, and then accompany their teachers to the classrooms.

    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 begins at 11:30 a.m. in the 2nd floor J2A classroom.

    Free Flu Shots in the Vestry Room.

    Serenade Concert, the East Side Quartet, at 3:00 p.m. in the church.

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

  • Server Schedule
    Server Schedule
    Altar Guild:
    Shirley Black, Jane Sharif, ELizabeth Gattullo, Bonnie Franz
    Server @ 8 a.m.:
    Hal Reiersen
    Liz Howell
    Connie Black, Bill Sherman, Sam Doe, Kathy Galvez
    Paige Gunther
    Sheila Hewitt
    Chalice Bearer:
    Lisa Rhoades
    Richard Zayzay
    Eleanor Larimer, Victoria Noel
    Paul Smith
    Kirstin Swanson-Basso, Hal Reiersen
    Coffee Hour Host:
    Dan & David Wood
    Vestry Member on Duty:
    Bonnie Franz
  • Avatar Team
    Meetings & Events
    This Week

    Christ Church Community Youth Choir rehearsal, Thursday, November 20, 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

    Finance Committee Meeting, Thursday, November 20, 7:30 p.m at Christ Church.

    Christ Church Community Youth Drummers, Friday, November 21, 6:00 p.m. at The Carter Center at the Stapleton Houses.

    Cub Scouts, Friday, November 21 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

    Serenade Concert, Sunday, November 23, 3:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

    Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Sunday, November 23, 7:00 p.m. at Faith United Methodist.

    Girl Scouts, Tuesday, November 25, 6:30 p.m. at Christ Church.

  • Parish Prayer List
    Parish Prayer List

    The following individuals have requested our prayers: Kelsey Allen, Roger Barrow, Robin Beveridge, Shirley Black, Willie Black, Jr., Gregory Brown, Patricia Brown-Prestia, Robert Burak, Fr. Steve Challman, Jessie Cinelli, Gilbert Cocks, Inez Colborne, Barbara Corrigan, Sophie Diaz, Marlene Elia, Garry Ellengold, Billy Fowler, Barbara Finnerty, Laura Glen, Tina Grosick, Leah Gunther, Michele Jaeger, Theodora Juliano, Michelle Lane, Robert Leverock, Jesse Luke, Karen Luke, Joyce Mandel, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Sunitha Massey, Peter Mazes, Andrea McIntosh, Hugo McIntosh, Sr., Anthony Mobilia, Lynne Morishita, Linda Oppenheimer, Jayme Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Meg Rowan, Sean Rowan Hanly, Ann Sohm, David Spitz, 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. For the safety of the men working on our tower.

    We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: John Szczepanik (26), Dorothy Thompson (26), Kim Davis Sorge (28). We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversary this week: Paul & Janet Schneider (24).

    We pray for the repose of the soul of Joseph Bilotti 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 Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain, The Rt. Rev. Carlos Lopez-Lozano.

    In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Katharine our Presiding Bishop, Andrew and Allen, our bishops, and San Pablo Church, Manhattan.

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

  • Stewardship Talk by Paige Gunther

    Paige GuntherWhen the Stewardship Committee was discussing potential speakers and subjects, I suggested that someone with children in the parish share their thoughts about how beneficial our Church community is for our young people and the importance of stewardship to maintain our youth programs. Everyone agreed and then looked at me expectantly. So here I am. I am a lifelong Episcopalian, and mother to a three year old. I want her to have the kind of church experience I did as a child; a warm, loving church full of kids her own age and older kids that she could look up to, and perhaps even more importantly, adults that made her feel welcome and treated her like she was an important part of her church.

    When I first came to Christ Church last year, searching for a parish that could offer my daughter these things, I knew almost immediately that I had made the right choice for us, and started pledging after my second Sunday here.

    The benefits of raising children with church as a strong part of their lives are numerous. Church provides them with a positive influence and helps counteract the many negative influences they receive in school, from the news of the world, and sometimes even at home. Church gives them special memories and helps them make lifelong friends. It helps them to make sense out of their lives. It teaches them to love and be kind to others. Most importantly, participation in church teaches them how to be effective leaders in the church as they grow older, and lays the foundation for an active adult life in the church. Of course, there are downsides to all of this participation. You have not felt judgment from others until your child is singing “Let us drink wine together on our knees” as you food shop.

    Christ Church has been expanding its children’s offerings, and its outreach to the community, hoping to both serve the families we already have here and encourage more to join our congregation.

    This summer we had over 30 kids at Vacation Bible School. There were over 100 kids at our Halloween party, many of whom were from the neighborhood. Our Godly Play classes are full each week, and the children are excited to learn new stories from the Bible and lessons from their teachers.

    But of course these activities don’t fund themselves.

    If you pledge already, a small increase over the course of a year can help purchase new art supplies for the Godly Play classrooms, or fund a Vacation Bible School scholarship for a child who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend.

    If you’re on the fence about pledging, and have children in the church who take part in our activities, I encourage you to reflect on everything that they receive from the church. Talk to them about what they did in Godly Play. Ask them what they think about during the liturgy. The answers may be surprisingly in depth and insightful. And then, ask yourself if you can make the commitment to be a pledging member of the church that is giving your child so much.

    For those who don’t have children in the parish, please remember that your pledge isn’t just about art supplies and parties. The rate of people who identify as Episcopalians is declining in this country. Churches that once boasted robust congregations have dwindled significantly in numbers, and some have been forced to close. Each church will undoubtedly face hard financial times at some point in its existence, but with a strong congregation they can often persevere.

    What we are doing now with the children of our parish is shaping the future of our church. We must continue to engage them, from the time they are small right up through their teenage and young adult years. It is crucial for our church to continue to thrive.

    From spending time with them over the summer and from interacting with them in church each week, I can say we really have a great group of kids here. They’re kind and considerate, and most importantly, they love being here and being a part of our church community.

    Some of them will hopefully remain parishioners and raise their families here. They will remember the unwavering support they had from the adults here, and will be the next generation of leaders for Christ Church, continuing to support the community and this parish, modeling their behavior our own.

    As you prepare to make your pledges this stewardship season, please keep these thoughts in mind. An investment in our church now will reap great dividends in the future.

    Stewardship Talk by Marshall Green

    Marshall GreenWell it’s been over two years since our family moved to New Jersey and this will be our third pledge to Christ Church since moving away. You know over the last fifty years I’ve seen allot of families move off Staten Island and leave the Parish. And it is an extra burden to get up early on Sunday and spend more time in the car in order to be here, but you know, this is where we want to be on Sunday. Here with all of you our Christ Church family and community. So I am truly happy to pledge again for another year of contributing to this wonderful home, away from home.

    Now this year when I was asked to speak on stewardship, I was specifically asked to keep it short. I am not sure how much this aspect of the request is because today is a very full schedule and we have to keep things moving along and how much is a reaction to the eloquence of my previous stewardship talks. Nonetheless I will endeavor to be brief.

    The theme this year is Cheerful Giving. So, I wasn’t sure what to talk about and wanted some inspiration so I googled what the Bible has to say about giving. Let me tell you; There is plenty.

    Here’s a good one:

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. From the book of John.

    So we should give because God has given us everything and everything we have, we have because God has given it to us.

    In Matthew:

    So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth; they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. This sounds like instructions on “how to give” but I think it really speaks to the motivation for giving. We should not be motivated to give for the rewards of this life but for the supreme reward that God gives which is Love.

    Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

    So there are lots of reasons to give and there are rewards for giving but you know the best part about giving is really just how good it makes you feel. It is terrific!

    The other day, Alice asked me what my favorite holiday is. Without hesitation I told her it is Christmas. Why? Sure there’s the bit about Jesus being born and all, but the real reason I love Christmas so much is all the presents. But I’m talking about all the presents I get to give. It is so great. It is the one time of year I get to really focus on giving to the people I love. I love it. In fact, Giving is so wonderful that I think there may be only one thing better in this life and that is Loving. And Loving and Giving go together so well.

    So here at Christ Church we have a community based on love and supported by giving. So to all of you I pledge my love and ask and encourage you to please make your pledge and give as much as you can to support this growing loving community. Oh and do it cheerfully, because it feels so good.

    Stewardship Talk by Andrea Morse-Raff

    Cheerful Giving

    Andrea Morse-RaffI’m told that last year I gave a pretty good stewardship speech, so don’t laugh, I was rewarded by being made Chair of the Stewardship committee. I am an incurable optimist, so I do mean I was rewarded. It is a joy for me to talk about Stewardship.

    The theme of this year’s stewardship campaign is “Cheerful Giving”, which comes from St. Paul’s Second letter to the Corinthians 9:7. “Each of you should give what you have decided on in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under any compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

    Every year at Christmas I look forward to two movies. The first is “It’s A Wonderful Life.” George Bailey realizes, after a lot of heartache, that it is a wonderful life and that he is showered with so many blessings and has everything to live for.

    But my favorite is “A Christmas Carol.” I love all the versions of it, the old black and white and all the new ones. I even like the Mister Magoo version. The best part of “A Christmas Carol” is where Ebenezer wakes up after the visit of the Ghost of Christmas Future and realizes that he’s still alive. He is ecstatic. He gives Mrs. Dilber a raise, he buys the prize turkey and gives an enormous tip to the intelligent boy, the remarkable boy, and when he runs into the men who had asked him for a donation for the poor at which he had previously sneered “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?”

    Ebenezer is delighted to pledge and he says “Will you come and see me? Will you come and see me?” Of course he gives Bob Cratchit a raise and saves Tiny Tim and reconciles with nephew Fred. But for all the people he ends up helping, the happiest one of all is Ebenezer. Ebenezer becomes a happy, loving, generous man.

    We here are so blessed and we have so much to be joyful and cheerful about, you and I, we live in America, in New York, in Staten Island, I love Staten Island! and especially we are so blessed to all be part of the Christ Church family and come here and hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    You will receive a packet in the mail with the pledge card and other information. Whether or not you pledge and the amount you pledge is confidential.

    We need to know the amount of the pledges as early as possible so we can start the budget. The pledges provide the bulk of our income, and pay for Father Chuck, the lights, the heat (such as it is!), the cleaning. All of you who previously pledged, please continue. Father Chuck said I should ask you to prayerfully consider increasing your pledge. With all due respect I am telling you to increase your pledge. If you currently pledge $200, increasing your pledge to $220 won’t mean a hill of beans of difference in your own life, but it shows your commitment to Jesus Christ and to Christ Church. I personally have increased my own pledge by ten percent.

    For those of you who haven’t pledged yet, I ask you to start this year, even if for a very small amount. I understand perfectly well the anxiety, what if I lose my job and can’t fulfill the pledge? What if my business drops? If that kind of worry is preventing you from pledging, then just make it a small amount that you know you can meet. I myself only started pledging a few years ago. You don’t run a marathon the first time you go running, you run around the block.

    You can leave the pledge card in the collection plate, you can mail it in, hand it to Beth or to Father Chuck or leave it in the office.

    Over the next few weeks, we will hear from other members about their stewardship journey. November 9 the stewardship committee is sponsoring coffee hour and I say, come hungry, because on that day we are going to really feed you abundantly, joyfully and cheerfully!

  • Serenade Concert

    Serenade's newest concert will be performed on Sunday, November 23 at 3 p.m. It will take place at Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Avenue.

    The program will feature the East End Quartet performing works by Bach, Nagao, Pierne, Piazzola, and other composers. The quartet is made up of four saxophones, featuring Jonathan Wintringham, soprano sax; Myles Boothroyd, alto sax; Matthew Amedio, tenor sax; and Timothy Harris, baritone sax.

    The East End Quartet is famous for its exciting and innovative arrangements of well- known works.

    Admission to the concert is free and the church is handicapped-accessible. A Meet The Artists reception will follow the concert in the church Parish Hall. For additional information please call 718-273-3668 or visit our website at

  • Twitter

    You can follow Christ Church on Twitter, @ChristChurchSI and receive reminders of meetings and events at Christ Church and in the diocese and community.

  • Flu Shots

    Duane Reed will be offering free flu shots on Sunday, November 23 in the vestry room, following the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist.

  • Nominating Committee

    The Nominating Committee is soliciting names of people who might be interested in serving on the vestry.  If you would like to suggest a name to the nominating committee, forms may be found by both entrances to the church, or you may speak to Beth McLean, Senior Warden and Nominating Committee Chairperson.

  • Finance Committee

    There will be a meeting of the Finance Committee on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. to prepare the budget for 2015.

  • Thanksgiving Dinner

    The Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation of Staten Island is hosting a full Thanksgiving Dinner for 150 people on Thanksgiving Day in Eccleston Hall at St. John's Church, 1333 Bay Street. The meal is completely catered, so no cooking required, but volunteers are needed to help serve, greet the families and people attending, and clean up afterwards. The Foundation is working with schools and other organizations, including our churches to identify individuals and families that would go without Thanksgiving if it were not for this dinner. Please consider volunteering for all or part of the day.

    Please call Sharon Curry at the Atlas Foundation for more information about volunteering or suggesting families from your parish that could be invited. Her number is 718-980-7037.

  • Do A Good Deed!

    Don't Recycle Your Magazines

    Anne Devlin will be collecting current magazines for the SI Care Center. This will be an on-going collection. You can leave donations in the parish office for pick up or contact Anne directly.