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TheSpire A Newsletter by and for the people of Christ Church Bronxville

The Joy of Singing at Christ Church Most people join choir because they love to sing. At sometime in their

At a Glance Children’s Formation


Easter Pictures




Music at CCB


Global Mission


Parish Reflections


April Highlights


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life they have found that using their voice “resonates” sympathetically within – both physically and mentally. Like any activity that stimulates both hemispheres of the brain, singing fires neurons that elicit feelings of joy, stability, and calmness much like the first response of infants to song and music. It is an immediate and easy choice for those who have experienced that to say “YES” when asked to join choir. Singing in choir, however, is not only an activity the gives back to the self but also gives to the community. The word “service” comes to mind. Our adult choristers who sing SIX times during Holy Week plus a double performance on Easter Day can attest to this – carefully balancing the work necessary to pull off extraordinary music for an entire week with a highly rewarding and satisfying musical experience. This balance is conveniently nestled into each liturgy, a word which literally means – the work for and of the people. Choristers wear vestments (robes), not for the beauty of the fine linen or the fashion forward design, but as an aid to their work - putting aside differences and concentrating on a common purpose: Praising God. While we work as individuals to follow a Christ-like path during the week, we unite on Sundays to see what we might accomplish as a community. At Christ Church, we deliberately program the choir experience with an age-appropriate balance of receiving and giving joy. The Primary Choir is infused with movement, games, and the beloved snack-break in rehearsals along with their brief musical offering six times each year. Choristers in Sing n’ Ring move forward with leading the psalms, anthems, and hymns six times per year along with major feasts; and they continue to keep snack-break sacred! Trebles in Voice for Life up the ante – singing more Sundays, joining with the other choirs for major celebrations, rehearsing a little longer, and embracing rehearsals as time for deeper learning with less play. The teenagers in Schola Cantorum sing in 4-part harmony as their voices will allow, sing at least once a month in church, and participate with our staff singers in all the major feasts as well as two fast liturgies. Our adult choristers set the bar for their own service; they are given an advance schedule of weekly rehearsals and services and are asked to participate according to their own family, work, and leisure schedules. During the Choir Recruiting Campaign this spring, consider joining choir not only as a joyful and educational activity, but also as a service to the Church and Community. -Christopher Wells

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Church School Calendar Church School begins each Sunday with Children’s Chapel at 9:45 AM in Taylor Hall Godly Play (Ages 3 to 1st grade) April 18th Youth Sunday April 25th Jesus is Risen: The Road to Emmaus May 2nd The Parable of the Sower May 9th The Good Shepherd & the Wolf May 16th The Mystery of Pentecost May 23rd Youth Sunday (No Church School) May 30th Combined Class Second Grade April 18th Youth Sunday April 25th The Confession, The Peace and The Offertory May 2nd Instructed Eucharist May 9th Communion Sunday May 16th Following the Bulletin, Using the Hymnal May 23rd Youth Sunday (No Church School) May 30th Combined Class Third Grade April 18th Youth Sunday April 25th David (Part 2) May 2nd Solomon May 9th Elijah May 16th Daniel May 23rd Youth Sunday (No Church School) May 30th No Church School Fourth Grade April 18th Youth Sunday April 25th The Ascension May 2nd The Birth of the Church May 9th The Early Church May 16th The Growth of the Church May 23rd Youth Sunday (No Church School) May 30th No Church School Fifth/Sixth Grade April 18th Youth Sunday April 25th Other world religionsSikhism, Jainism, Confucianism May 2nd How is Christianity different from other religions? May 9th World Religions Video May 16th World Religions Video May 23rd Youth Sunday (No Church School) May 30th No Church School For more information please contact: Barbara Potgieter Children’s Christian Formation

Children’s Christian Formation

Congratulations to the cast of “The Puzzling Parables”

On Sunday, March 21, following the 10:00AM Youth Sunday Eucharist, Christ Church Bronxville showcased its annual Choir Musical. This year’s production, “The Puzzling Parables,” featured the talents of CCB’s Sing N Ring and Voice for Life childrens’ choirs, accompanied by baritone Chas Eliot and with Jessica French on piano. The musical, set in a Sunday school classroom, is a modern interpretation of three parables of the Bible including the crowd-pleasing “Prodigal Son Rap.” The musical played to a packed Taylor Hall (with strong represention by parents and grandparents), and was directed by Organist and Director of Music Christopher Wells.

A Beautiful Day for an Easter Egg Hunt Photos by Ken Richardson

Nursery Care is always available for babies and children too young for Church School.


EASTER Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Thank you to everyone who helped make Holy Week and Easter so JOYFUL!!!

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EYC and Outreach

EYC Sunday May 2nd, 10AM Eucharist

On Sunday May 2nd the EYC will express their love of God by leading as much of the 10AM service as possible. The group will usher, acolyte, chalice, clerk, read and subdeacon. They will also share their original prayers for the people and play music. The service will be a wonderful time to hear from and support the teenagers of our community. It will also be an important opportunity to honor and bless the EYC members who are graduating from high school and moving to the next stage of their lives.

Young Adult Group Bowling and Dinner Party

EYC Mission Trip to Colorado July 31st - August 9th This summer the EYC head to Colorado for the annual Mission Trip. During our time in Colorado the EYC will help migrant farm workers with their harvest. We will develop relationships with the farmers and learn what it takes to grow food and make sure it gets to the plates of millions of people. We will also learn about the Earth and our call as Christians to care for it. Possible projects include assisting a solar power company with the installation of solar panels, visiting the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, visiting a wind farm and more. Throughout all of this time we will reflect on God’s creation and the ways we encounter God through nature. Of course there will also be plenty of time for fun. Potential recreational activities include a trip to the Sand Dunes, a Colorado Rockies game, a two-day stay at the YMCA of the Rockies (where they have swimming, rock climbing, campfires, basketball courts and mini golf ), a tour of the University of Colorado, tubing in the Boulder Creek and more. The registration form for our summer mission trip to Colorado is now available online at

On February 27th, Christ Church’s Young Adult Group had a great time out for Bowling and Dinner. The Young Adult Group is for people ages 18-30. For more information contact Krista Dias at kdias@

CCB Cleans Up!

As I write on this cold, rainy morning, it makes me smile to recall the wonderful work performed by the Outreach group from our Church together with Cub Pack 115 headed up by Cia McAlarney during last Sunday’s warm, sunny afternoon. Paxton Avenue south of Palmer Avenue along the Bronx River was transformed. I mean to say the look is magical. The Dias team, the Costas, Anne Collins, the teens, Debbie, et al. The Scouts were a lot of fun to say the least along with their moms and dads. The teens really got into it and got those bow saws humming. We look forward to the pictures by the Dias team who stayed late and are to be commended as are all the volunteers.- Jim Sutton



Friday, May 7th at 7:30PM Concert Organist Ken Cowan to Perform at Christ Church Bronxville Ken Cowan is one of North America’s finest concert organists. Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, he maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues across America, Canada and Europe. Recent and upcoming feature performances include appearances at Grace Cathedral San Francisco, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Spivey Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris, France. A native of Thorold, Ontario, Canada, Mr. Cowan received the Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Thomas Murray. Prior to attending Yale, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with John Weaver. Mr. Cowan is Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ, where he was recently awarded the 2008 Rider University Distinguished Teaching Award. Previous positions have included Associate Organist and Artist in Residence at Saint Bartholomew’s Church, New York City, Assistant Organist posts at St. James Episcopal Church, the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in New York City, and Saint Clement’s Church in Philadelphia. He has also been on the roster of Associate Organists for the famous Wanamaker Grand Court organ in Philadelphia.

Mark your calendars!

“Cowan was at his most dazzling in transcriptions of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture and Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1. Sounds shifted, swelled and diminished in apparently limitless variety, all while Cowan dispatched dizzying arrays of notes.” Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News “It is difficult to find enough adjectives to describe Ken Cowan’s playing. He is simply one of the best anywhere!” The Diapason Tickets at the door $25 Adults $15 Students and Seniors

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April Birthdays 1:Robert Rabsey, Steven Tighe; 2: John Clifford; 3: Brian Seirup, Nancy Shaefer; 4: Steven Ahmuty, Tacey Carroll; 6: Shane O’Neil; 9: Isabelle Beit, Alexandra Sorensen, Richard Thaler, George Cooney; 10: Willem Bender, Bailey Gilliam; 12: Andrew DelBene, William Folberth; 13: Anna Thomas, Bailey Wood; 16: Ara Atayan, Anna Foley, Lauren Harrington; 17: Winslow Griffen, Phyllis Sharp; 18: Andrea Bates, Matthew Behrens; 19: Frederic Hawkins, Phyllis Schneider; 20: Adam Srebnik; 23: Meghan Rossini; 24: Christopher Atayan, Peter Bruton, John Dean; 25: George Fowlkes, Elaine Neild, Patrick Noone; 26: Richard Ball, John Bevan; 27: Cornelia Ewy, Stephen Jones, Hanna Potgieter, Cody Watson; 28: Ashley Morse; 29: Edward Barr; 30: Stanley Clarke

May Birthdays 2: Jeffrey Wisner, Stephen Wisner; 3: Donald Carey, Katie Nichols, Katherine Moore; 5: Jessica Palfrey, Lisa Wolfgang; 6: Amber Alkins, Allison Devlin, Shawn O’Neil; 7: Russell Hogan, Coco Vonnegut; 8: Grayson Elder; 9: Coleman Kraemer, Caroline Richardson; 10: Andrew Callaway, Katherine Elder, Stephen Palfrey, Sally Reynolds, Laura Wolfgang; 11: Grace Devlin; 12: Tyler Hamerling, Janet Hoover, Caroline Hewitt Eaton; 13: Hongxin Zhao, Marianna Manganiello; 15: Kimber Yerkes; 16: Thomas Wolfgang; 17: Jane Strome; 18: Susan Brasco, Emily Simpson, Doug Vaughan; 19: Leon Potgieter; 20: Michael Conaton, Elizabeth Harrington, Charles Sorensen, Linda Zambelli; 21: Elisabeth Villani; 22: Jess Tighe, Kathryn Whitney; 24: Mary Coe, Charlotte Cooley, George Cooley, Susannah Cooley; 25: Matthew Harrington; 26: Jennifer Barr, Mary Marvin, Richard Whitney; 27: Anne Campbell, Charles Hibbler; 28: Susan Lapham, Jackson Crystal; 29: Emma Clarke, Jake Sears, James Sutton; 30: Tyler Ahmuty

International Outreach

Christ Church’s first relief effort this spring involved uniting with churches (including St. Joseph’s and the Reformed Church here in Bronxville) and businesses throughout the country in a rapid effort to collect and send relief supplies to earthquake-devastated Haiti. In early May, a donated 40-foot cargo container loaded with CCB’s and others’ relief supplies will be transported by ship, also donated, from Miami to Portau-Prince. Upon their arrival, the goods will be received by American aid organizations and distributed where they will do the most good. Answering the call for help, CCB parishioners (and pre-school classes from the Eliza Corwin Frost School) assembled over $2,000 in goods for Haiti, all within two weeks. As well as other necessities, the donations included seven 50-pound bags of rice and other dry foods, medical supplies, plastic utensils, and formula and other items for baby care, water, water purification tablets and insect repellent. CCB will receive photos and updates on the unloading and ultimate destinations of our donations, so stay tuned to the CCB website ( for reports on our progress. For more information or details contact Ken Richardson, CCB’s Executive Director, Global Mission at

Mom, Some BUNNY Loves You! In honor of the woman who’s given so much to you, give a gift that will keep on giving. For Mother’s Day, sponsor a rabbit or two (or six) for Christ Church Bronxville’s new partnership project in the African nation of Ghana. As the second part of CCB Global Mission this spring, we’re joining with the Buduram Community Refugee School just outside of Accra to begin funding a self-sustaining farm. Parishioner Betsy Harrington, who spent a semester there, introduced CCB to the school. The school serves Liberian children who escaped from the conflict in their homeland but whose return there is not an option due to lack of surviving family, abuse, starvation and rampant disease. For a small donation, you can show your mother how much you love her by helping to feed and educate children whose mothers may no longer be able to help them. Sponsorship cards will be available in the Narthex (church foyer) and at the CCB reception desk starting Sunday, April 25. For more information, contact Ken Richardson, our Executive Director, Global Mission at krichardson@ colorization courtesy of Caroline Richardson


Local Outreach

Holy Week Reflections

Breakfast Run

Keeping Watch

The adult run is scheduled for Sunday, May 2 (cooking party Friday, April 31). About Breakfast Run - generally two to three times a semester, part of Christ Church Outreach Program. Open to all, but focus is on 7th and 8th grade Confirmation candidates. All participants share equally in the preparation and cost of the food by bringing required and pre-assigned groceries and casseroles to the run. Participants meet scheduled Sunday mornings, in the Church kitchen at 6:45 AM to prepare bag lunches, assemble breakfast food and bag toiletries. We depart for Manhattan in cars driven by Christ Church parent leaders at 7:30am and arrive at a Manhattan street corner at 8:00am. Locations are assigned to us the day before based on homeless demand - (we subscribe to the “Midnight Run” organization that organizes all NY-metro breakfast and midnight runs see Our volunteers serve 2550 homeless adults a warm breakfast casserole, bagels and cream cheese, English muffins and jelly, orange juice, hot coffee and send guests away with a bag lunch (containing a turkey and cheese sandwich, hard boiled egg, chips, and dessert) and a bag of toiletries (containing toothbrush and paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, razor & cream). We depart Manhattan approx. 9:00am and return to Christ Church approx. 9:30am in time for 10:00am service. Leaders try to make the trip fun but meaningful, and facilitate morning preparation, transportation, set-up and distribution, and are mindful of safety. Our friendly guests on the street receive a nutritious meal and are very appreciative. The kids and other volunteers enjoy visiting and come away with more compassion for those less fortunate and a greater appreciation for their own well-being.

Sharing silent prayer with others is always moving. On Maundy Thursday, in groups or in pairs, we kept vigil in the Lady Chapel, attempting to do what the disciples had not been able to do, keep watch with Jesus during his anguished prayer in the chapel. I was moved by this silent communion in front of the altar. Candles flickered around the reserved sacrament. Parishioners knelt and prayed. The words of the Taize chant echoed in my head … Stay here with me, remain here with me, watch and pray. I was aware of the profound humanity of Jesus, how much he needed companionship as he faced his final hour, and how much our showing up and waiting with others in their suffering matters. I also know that like the disciples, we are not always able to watch and pray with those we love despite our desire to do so. I do not know what other prayers were offered on Maundy Thursday. I thought of my own father whom I saw for the last time five years ago on a Maundy Thursday, and who died suddenly of a heart attack in the early hours of Good Friday. I was not with him at the hour of his death. But I am consoled that there was one who stayed with him, who is always with us-- Jesus who has been down that road, so that we will never be alone. -Hondi Brasco Without expectations, an early rising to spend an hour in the Lady Chapel became a gift for the rest of the day. The church was quiet save an occasional noisy radiator, cough or creaky chair. Time alone, with others. Wrapped in a fleece shawl, meeting God -- reading, praying, singing within; studying the Chapel and its tiny altar; replaying the previous night’s service; pondering, and enjoying the solitude -- 5 a.m. arrived much too soon. Armed and energized as a new day beckoned, I chose to stay up rather than slip back into bed. And the day rolled on with ease. -Debbie Cook

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April/May Highlights Wednesday, April 28th 7:30 PM Vestry Meeting

6:45 AM Adult Breakfast Run

Friday, May 7th

7:30 PM Ken Cowan Organ Dedication Concert Reception to Follow

Sunday, May 9th

10:00 AM Communion Sunday/ Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 16th

Confirmation Sunday/Visit by Bishop Donovan

Sunday, May 23rd

Recognition Sunday/Pentecost

Tuesday, May 25th

7:00 PM RSCM Dinner

Monday, May 31st

Memorial Day, Church Office Closed

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EYC Sunday

Christ Church Bronxville 17 Sagamore Road Bronxville, NY 10708-1599

Sunday, May 2nd

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A Newsletter by and for the people of Christ Church Bronxville