Christ Church New Brighton

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Staten Island, New York 10301
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Welcome to Christ Church
From the Rector
The football players Ray Rice and Adrain Peterson have been in the news lately, not, unfortunately, for their play on the field but for incidents of domestic violence.  Rice knocked his then-fiance (now wife) unconscious with a left hook in a hotel elevator, and Peterson disciplined his four-year-old son so severely with a switch that the child was left with welts and open wounds on his thighs and buttocks.

Recently Bishop Dietsche initiated a campaign against domestic violence in the Diocese of New York.  As a first step, you may have noticed laminated signs, which were placed in the first floor bathrooms of the parish house.  They contain information about domestic violence and a help line phone number.  More resources can be found here at the diocesan website.

Parents sometimes ask me about disciplining children, and I'll tell you what I tell them.  I believe that it is never appropriate to hit a child. We've all seen children rolling around on the floor of the grocery store while a parent says, "Now Johnny, you're making a bad choice." That's not a particularly effective way of disciplining a child, but there other effective, non-violent ways of controlling a child's behavior. And, as every parent knows, sometimes a child just has a temper tantrum and there's not much you can do about it.  I firmly believe, and many studies back me up, that using violence on children only teaches them to be violent.  Actions speak louder than words, we often say.

Fr. Chuck

Save the Dates
Jazz Dinner, Saturday, September 27 featuring Anne Sweeney, vocals, Vinny Ruggieri, keyboard, Pat Lynch, bass.

Family Boo Bash, Friday, October 31, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Youth Group Picnic
The Rite 13 class will have a picnic this Sunday, September 14, 3:00 p.m. at the home of Amy Stambaugh.
Adult Education
Learning about our faith is a life-long process. This fall we are offering a five week class, beginning September 21, The Episcopal Tradition.  Each session of this video series includes an introduction, a presentation by Frank Wade, a respected priest and teacher, and discussion questions.  The class will be led by the rector.
Pastoral Care Meeting
There will be a meeting on Sunday, September 28 at 12:30 pm in the Chapel.  If you are interested in visiting the sick, making a phone call, preparing food or just sending a card to a parishioner / friend of the parish who may be in any kind of distress, please consider joining us to learn more about this ministry.  The meeting will take place after Coffee Hour.  

In His Love,
Deacon Novella

Acolyte Training
There will be an one-hour acolyte training on Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. at church.  This training is for all current acolytes and those who are interested in becoming an acolyte.
Weekend Guests
A group of about twenty students from the University of Pennsylvania environmental group will be staying at Christ Church Saturday night. They are in town to participate in Sunday's Peoples's Climate Change March.  They had arranged housing, which fell through, and fortunately Christ Church is able to accommodate them.

For more information about the People's Climate Change March

Christ Church Community Youth Choir
The Christ Church Community Youth Choir is about to start its fifth season.  After four years of inspirational leadership, Beth Johanning, founding director, has decided to step down.

Our new director is Jana Ballard, a parishioner and the vocal music teacher at LaGuardia High School.  The assistant director is Kristin Reiersen Parrish, well known to all of us as a daughter of Christ Church and a section leader and soloist in the adult choir.

The Christ Church Community Youth Choir and the Christ Church Community Youth Drummers comprise our after school arts enrichment program.  The Choir and Drummers are open for free to Staten Island children.  The program is funded by the Staten Island Foundation, Episcopal Charities, and private donations.

Ushers Recognized

Left to right: Sheila Hewitt, Bill Sherman, Charlotte Hewitt, Judy Davis, Ed Craig, Lester Blair Dan Wood, Hueldine Webb, Fr. Chuck, Connie Black (Head Usher), Roxanne Ingoe, David Wood, Kevin Larimer.

Not pictured: Samuel Doe, Kathy Galvez, Arnold Galvez, John Gerney, Henry Kennedy, Deborah Lindsay, Massa Porte, and Ned Rogers.

We would especially like to recognize and thank Marlene Elia for her years of service as Head Usher.

If you are interested in becoming an usher, or if you have a child or grandchild who would like to be a junior usher, please contact Connie Black.

Coffee Mugs
The Evangelism Committee now has coffee mugs to give to visitors to Christ Church.  Each mug will contain information about our church and will be a lasting reminder of their visit.

Mugs are available to parishioners for purchase for only $5.00.

Parish Prayer List
The following individuals have requested our prayers: Kelsey Allen, Robin Beveridge, Shirley Black, Willie Black, Jr., Gregory Brown, Patricia Brown-Prestia, Robert Burak, Fr. Steve Challman, Jessie Cinelli, Gilbert Cocks, Inez Colborne, Marlene Elia, Garry Ellengold, Billy Fowler, Barbara Finnerty, Tina Grosick,  Michelle Lane, Robert Leverock, Jesse Luke, Karen Luke, Joyce Mandel, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Sunitha Massey, Andrea McIntosh, Hugo McIntosh, Sr., Anthony Mobilia, Lynne Morishita, Linda Oppenheimer, Jayme Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Meg Rowan, Ann Sohm, David Spitz, Sophia Vazquez Pazos, Robert Wandlaincourt, Laura Wyss.  For the people of Liberia and West Africa that they may be relieved and protected during the Ebola epidemic.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Mary Larimer (21), Matthew Devlin (22), Bonnie Franz (22), Shirley Black (25), Maya Modzelewski (25), Stephanie Sipp (25), Willie Black IV (27), Luke Smock (27).

We pray for the repose of the souls of Robert & Mary Gilman and Martin C. Leagra in whose memory the Altar Flowers are presented to the glory of God. 

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Church of  the Province of Uganda, The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Katharine our Presiding Bishop, Andrew and Allen, our bishops, and on the feast day for Saint Matthew we pray for increased courage in sharing our faith with other.

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

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