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Sunday, January 7th. It was a very cold January evening outside, but warm and welcoming at the Rectory where we gathered for our Annual Twelfth Night celebration (although it was actually 14th Night!). Delicious food and laughter were plentiful while we exchanged our Christmas stories and well-wishes for 2018!
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On Christmas Eve, the youth and children of Christ Church retold the Christmas Story during the annual Christmas Pageant, with help from the treble choir, and many other volunteers.
On Sunday, December 3, St. Nicholas surprised us all and paid a special visit to the good boys and girls of Christ Church!
Sunday, October 29. It was a dark and eerie night, and the Church was lit by "pumpkin" light for our All Hallows' Eve service, followed by a fun party in Parish Hall.
Sunday, October 1-- Blessing of the Pets. In honor of St. Francis, cats, dogs, and even a guinea pig, were in Church this morning for a special blessing from Father Piret. While the congregation may have been a little more rambunctious than usual, most parishioners wore a smile watching the parade of pets leading to the Altar. Click here for more pictures!
Sunday, September 10. During Coffee Hour our parishioners gathered in Parish Hall to volunteer for the many Ministries needed to enhance our community at Christ Church.
Sunday, June 11 was a busy day at Christ Church. The date marked the consecration of the current structure by Bishop Littlejohn of LI in 1879. This year we celebrated with a Festival of Dedication during the 10:00 am service.
The Parish Picnic was held at the Rectory following the service. The weather was fine (and hot!), the food delicious and plentiful. A good time was had by all! A special thank you to all who worked so hard to make this a special event again this year.
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Interfaith Human Needs Council Awards Dinner: Monday, May 8th. This year the Renie Harer Service Award was presented to David Asher and Stephanie Augustine for their dedication to Christ Church and the wider community.
In addition, Steven LoRusso received the Youth Humanitarian Award.
The Hispanic Cultural Centre and Hood AME Zion Church were the hosts of this year's dinner, which was held for the first time in Parish Hall.
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:9)
A very special visitor addressed Christ Christ, on Sunday, April 23rd. Father Michael Lapsley lost both of his hands and an eye in a letter bomb attack in Zimbabwe in 1990. In 1998, he founded the Institute for the Healing of Memories, an organization that assists people on their journeys to healing and wholeness. Father Lapsley generously shared his incredible story with us to show how letting go of what is destructive inside of you, can take from the past that which is lifegiving.
Mardi Gras was celebrated on February 28th, with Shrove Tuesday, "Pancake Supper." Dinner was provided by the Men's Fellowship, with assistance from our Youth Group. The younger members of the parish enjoyed craft activities. All donations benefitted the Interfaith Nutrition Network.
On Sunday, January 22, we welcomed Glenn Martin, President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) to speak with us during Coffee Hour.
JLUSA challenges the assumption that formerly incarcerated people lack the skills to thoughtfully weigh in on policy reform. Mr. Martin speaks from personal experience, having spent six years incarcerated in a New York State prison in the early 1990s. Since then he has been recognized with honors such as the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the 2014 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellowship. Prior to founding JLUSA, he was the Vice President of The Fortune Society, one of the most respected reentry organizations in the country. Our Outreach Program helped support The Fortune Society’s mission in the past.
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On Friday evening, December 15, The Wardens & Vestry were able to secure the celebrated Mr. Charles Dickens for a public reading of his delightful story, A Christmas Carol. Despite the inclement weather - a crowd of at least 50 gathered in Parish Hall. All proceeds from the event benefitted the work of the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN), serving hungry and homeless Long Islanders.
Sunday, November 19. We asked for bakers & shoppers - and we received multitudes of both! The St. Hilda's Guild Annual Thanksgiving Day Bake Sale raised over $700.00 for Harmony Heights, the local therapeutic residential and day school program, serving fragile adolescent girls who have been diagnosed with emotional and behavioral problems. Thank you all for your support of this important ministry!
On Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, the 34th Annual Oyster Festival once again made the Hamlet of Oyster Bay its home. Despite the "iffy" weather on each day, our volunteers raised more than $6,000 for local community outreach. Lead by Warden, Vikki LoRusso, at least 8 volunteers worked a series of shifts to direct the parking of cars for Festival goers.
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Friday, September 15. To welcome in the "new" Church season we were invited to a "pot luck" dinner in Parish Hall this Friday evening. Tales of our summer happenings were shared, along with the delicious food that many of our parishioners prepared for the event!
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On Tuesday, August 1 Christ Church was visited by a very special guest from the Belarusian Orthodox Church. Sister Maria of the Sisterhood of St. Elizabeth Convent in Minsk joined us for "Tea and Cakes" in the Rectory to discuss the amazing charitable work of their community. She brought a variety of beautiful handcrafted objects, made in the workshops of the Convent. Proceeds from the sale of these items benefit the children and adults the sisters care for in rehab centers and hospitals in Minsk.
Acolyte Recognition. At the 10:00 am service on Sunday, June 11, Father Piret recognized the dedication of the Acolyte servers for their volunteer efforts throughout the year.
Gala Concert. On Sunday, June 4 we were treated to a special musical extravaganza, featuring our very own Choir, along with special guests and the Christ Church Festival Orchestra.
A "run-through" on Saturday. Such beautiful music wouldn't happened without rehearsals!
Soloists rehearsing with orchestra and choir.
After a full season of beautiful sacred music - the choir performed some favorites a cappella.
April 28th. Youth Sunday!We enjoyed a special service this Sunday, with many members of our youth participating in the service, as Acolytes, readers, ushers, choir, and more.
It was a beautiful Palm Sunday morning, and the 10:00 am service began outside by the Rectory. The congregation followed the Choir inside after the palms were distributed.
Annual Meeting. At the Annual Parish Meeting and Luncheon on Sunday, March 5th, we gathered in Parish Hall to elect new members to the Vestry and to review the annual reports of various guilds and committees. During the sermon today, Father Piret gave his first "State of the Parish" Rector's Report.
The St. Hilda’s Guild "Stay Warm this Winter" Soup Sale Fundraiser on Sunday, January 22nd was a great success - thanks to your support!
This Guild’s newly chosen ministry -- to sponsor a few fundraising projects each year to benefit a local need -- raised over $1,000 during breakfast and coffee hour to help the Hood African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church procure a new sign for their historic cemetery on Pine Hollow Road. The cemetery was a gift from the Weeks family, granted in 1884, as a place for many people of color to be interred. There are numerous veterans buried there, ranging from the Civil War to the present day.
Martin Luther King Sunday
On Sunday, January 15th Christ Church joined with members of the Hood African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church, to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Rev. Linda Vanager of AME Zion delivered the sermon that day, while the Church was filled with music of the combined choirs of Christ Church and AME Zion. Rev. Aldo Romo and La Iglesia performed both the Prelude and Postlude. After the service, everyone was invited to a special luncheon in Parish Hall, hosted jointly by Hood AME Zion, The Hispanic Cultural Center, Camino da Vida, and Christ Church.