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.
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.
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.
St. Nicholas Visits Christ Church!
During a surprise visit at Coffee Hour on Sunday, December 4th, St. Nicholas took a break from his busy schedule to visit with the children of Christ Church. The Holy Man spoke of his origins and reminded the children to do good works - especially during the Advent Season!
All Hallows' Eve was celebrated on Sunday, October 30th, with a service in the Church, followed by a party in the Parish Hall.
On October 15-16, the Hamlet of Oyster Bay hosted the 33rd Annual Oyster Festival. Christ Church once again opened our parking lot to festival goers, and raised close to $7,000 in two days for Outreach programs! A great time was had by all -- and a great thank you to all who volunteered to make this such a successful weekend.
On Sunday, August 7th, TERRY WAITE, CBE, author, speaker, humanitarian, and former hostage, met with the Christ Church family during Coffee Hour after the 10:00 am service to discuss the theme, ‘Hostage Taking Today’.
As the Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy, Terry became famous for his skills in negotiating the release of hostages in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. He subsequently negotiated the release of hostages taken in Libya. In January 1987, on a similar mission to Beirut, he was himself captured by a Jihadist group and was held hostage for 1763 days - nearly five years - most of it in solitary confinement. He was released in November 1991.
CONFIRMATION 2016. On May 7th, six people were confirmed and four received into the Episcopal Church by The Right Reverend Lawrence Provenzano at the Cathedral in Garden City.
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.
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.
St. Hilda's Guild kicked off their fund raising efforts with a pre-Thanksgiving Day Bake Sale on Sunday, November 20th. Over $800.00 was raised to help the Hood AME Zion Church procure a new sign for their cemetery on Pine Hollow Road. A special thank you to all who participated!
2016 marks the 30th birthday of our fine Helmuth Wolff organ, built during the tenure of Father Hollett, who died in May. A special anniversary recital was given by Daniel Hyde, Director of Music of St ThomasChurch Fifth Avenue, New York on Saturday, October 22nd.
Blessing of the Pets. In honor of St. Francis, parish members were invited to bring their pets to the 10:00 am service on Sunday, October 2nd, for special blessing.
Celebration of a New Ministry. On September 24, 2016, Father Michael Piret was formally installed at the 27th Rector of Christ Church.
Bishop Lawrence Provenzano presided, and Father Charlie Colwell preached the sermon.
The Church was filled with beautiful music from both the Adult and Treble Choirs. After the Institution, the congregation enjoyed a reception in Parish Hall.
PARISH PICNIC. On June 19th, Father Michael and Sian shared their beautiful and renovated Rectory with the Parish for our annual Parish Picnic.
We had great weather and an overflowing crowd to enjoy the rectory grounds and savor the bountiful food and barbequed dogs and hamburgers. Thanks to the many parishioners and the Hospitality Crew who contributed foods and helped with the organization of this event.