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

Singing is like praying, twice. This past Sunday evening we experienced an extraordinary encounter with the holy through the music created by our organists, our choirs, our new organ and the assembled congregation. At that time I quoted Paloma, a 12 year old Parisian girl from Muriel Barbery’s book The Elegance of the Hedgehog. That quote, which I find beautifully observant and certainly inspirational, has suggested to me a Lenten discipline that we might all take on in the coming season. Perhaps you haven’t noticed that I love to peer out from the sanctuary while we’re all singing. Nothing elevates my heart more than the sight and sound of everyone singing together - whether we’re in tune or out, on rhythm or off. When we are all doing that joyful work together it can be electric.

At a Glance Children’s Formation Adult Formation

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Youth & Confirmation


So for this Lent - let’s dedicate ourselves to making an even more joyful noise to the Lord. Whether it’s the spoken service at 8, where we can proclaim our faith in one strong voice, or the services at 10 and 5 where we can join our voices through hymns and songs. You will feel the difference in your worship experience - we all will - I guarantee it.

Music at CCB


Here’s the quote from young Paloma:

Parish Life


Arts & Spirituality


February Highlights


Contact us: 914.337.3544 Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Fridays 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Feb. 2010 VOL. LXIV, No. 4

Everytime it’s a miracle. Here are all these people, full of heartache or hatred or desire, and we all have our troubles..., and there’s this life we’re struggling through full of shouting and tears and laughter and fights and break-ups and dashed hopes and unexpected luck - it all disappears, just like that, when the (music) begins. Everyday life vanishes into song, you are suddenly overcome with a feeling of brotherhood, of deep solidarity, even love, and it diffuses the ugliness of everyday life into a spirit of perfect communion. Every time, it’s the same thing...I’m no longer myself, I am just one part of a sublime whole, to which the others also belong, and I always wonder at such moments why this cannot be the rule of everyday life, instead of being an exceptional moment. In the end, I wonder if the true movement of the world might not be a voice raised in song. I look forward to a wonderful Lenten Journey together. Michael+

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School Calendar Godly Play (Pre-K-1st Grade) Feb.7th Jesus and Zaccheus Feb. 14th No Church School – Winter Break Feb. 21st Parable of the Leaven (Godly Play A+B Combined) Feb. 28th Mystery of Lent Second Grade Feb.7th The Altar Feb. 14th No Church School – Winter Break Feb. 21nd Combined classes Feb. 28th The Structure of the Liturgy (The Circle of the Eucharist) Third Grade Feb. 7th 31st Joshua (The Crossing of the Jordan, The Fall of Jericho, The Battle of Ai) Feb. 14th No Church School – Winter Break Feb. 21st No Church School – Winter Break Feb. 28th Israel in the Promised Land (Deborah, Gideon) Fourth Grade Feb. 7th Lessons on Humility Feb. 14th No Church School – Winter Break Feb. 21st No Church School – Winter Break Feb. 28th The Prodigal Son & The Raising of Lazarus Fifth & Sixth Grade Feb. 7th What is Islam? Feb. 14th No Church School - Winter Break Feb. 21st No Church School - Winter Break Feb. 28th Study of Islam For more information please contact: Barbara Potgieter at doublejoy97@

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

Lenten Possibilities

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is February 17th

Traditional Lenten Regulations:

The Christ Church service schedule for Ash Wednesday is as follows: 7:00 AM Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes 12:00 PM Imposition of Ashes 7:00 PM Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

The Book of Common Prayer indicates two days of expected fasting and abstinence from meat – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. For many Christians, Fridays in Lent have been days of special observance, generally including fasting. Traditionally, fasting has meant that one full meal per day be taken. Two smaller meals have also been allowed to maintain strength. The tradition has also been to refrain from eating meat on Fridays. Remembering Jesus’s death through some form of observance on Fridays is an important aspect of any Lenten spiritual discipline. It is our hope that these Forty Days of Lent might be well used to set our hearts, minds and souls toward “things of importance.”

Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting and penitence, is the gateway to Lent. The ashes we receive remind us of our mortality. Our coming to receive them is a sign that we will make a sincere effort to cleanse our lives of sin and to put God first. Ash Wednesday calls us to put aside pride and choose humility. It calls us to acknowledge our failings and amend our hearts in the comfort of knowing that we are loved.

Outreach to Haiti The Outreach Committee is requesting donations of infant formula and children’s clothing to be delivered directly to Haiti by a group from the Society of Haitian Professionals through St. John’s Catholic Church, Stamford, CT. We will place a box for this collection in the vestibule of the church on the next two Sundays. The group will travel to Haiti February 12, and each have been allowed by the airline to check two large duffle bags of materials for orphaned children free of charge. Each traveller family members who survived the earthquake as well as others who were lost. Please donate liquid infant formula due to the extreme shortage of water for powdered formula. Medical supplies and light weight (summer) clothing for infants and children will also be much appreciated.

Back Pack Project Back packs are needed for the homeless and will be distributed through our Midnight Run group. Back Packs are necessary to carry items, like soap, toothbrushes, chapstick, socks, books, band aids, packaged food, water, and tissues. Our Outreach Committee is asking for your help to raise money for back packs to the homeless. We are asking for a small donation of $17.00. Please check at the front of the church ,Taylor Hall this weekend , for the information sheet and drop a check in the box at the office for $17.00 to Christ Church. Please note: mark on the check “Back Pack Project”. Thank you, your support means a lot.


Adult Christian Formation Offerings in Lent

Lenten Sunday Short Series The Book of Job

February 28, March 7and March 14 The book of Job is an ancient story of a person of faith—an innocent man—who suffered great loss and endured tremendous pain, all through no fault of his own. The story raises questions about the human suffering, divine presence/absence in the midst of suffering, the issue of evil, and the nature of faith in the face of it all. All of these topics are particularly pertinent in our post 9/11, post-Katrina, post-tsunami, post-economic collapse, and post Haiti earthquake world. Join The Rev. Amy Lamborn for what promises to be a bible study. . .and more: All seminars will take place in the Crispell Lounge, beginning around 11:20, following the 10 AM Holy Eucharist.

Introduction to Centering Prayer February 23, March 2, March 9 and March 16

This Lent we are pleased to offer a special group that will engage in the study and practice of Centering Prayer, a silent way of listening to God through meditation. Join the Rev. Amy Lamborn and Hondi Brosco, Director of the Center for Spiritual Life, on four successive Tuesday evenings from 8:00 to 9:00 PM: Each week we will spend about 20 minutes discussing short readings from Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation, by Martin Laird. We will then engage in about 20 minutes of silent prayer as a group, and we will conclude by sharing reflections that arise out of the prayer experience. Please register in advance for this group, no later than February 11, by emailing Amy Lamborn at alamborn@ Copies of the book may be purchased through (or another vendor of your choice). All meetings will be held in the Chapel of the Guardian Angels.

Center for Spiritual Growth: Journey to the Stars Thursday, March 4 9:30 AM (meet at Christ Church in the lobby) 2:30 PM Return home We can offer travel to the planetarium by van or car, but not cannot guarentee travel home. There are a limited number of drivers. Cost: $24.00 admission for adults/ $18.00 seniors plus the cost of lunch in the cafeteria Join us as we journey to the stars on Thursday, March 4th to the Hayden Planetarium. Intrigued by the dialogue between science and religion, the Women’s Spirituality Group is traveling to the planetarium to explore the Rose Pavilion, and see the newest feature film, Journey to the Stars which traces the big bang through 13 billion years and tracks the life and death of stars. This event is open to all parishioners. Albert Einstein once said “ The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art and science.” Sign up quickly, space is limited. Please let us know if you need transportation. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, February 23rd. Call the church at 337-3544 or Hondi Brasco 771-8870 for more information.

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February Birthdays

2 : Catherine Foster, Aaron Srebnik; 3: Amy Freed, Paige Nagle; 5:Margaret Eaton; 6: John O’Neil; 7: Carter Callaway, Brian Firth; 8: Stephen Howard; 9: Jim Beit, Hanna Buendia, Stephen Mordaunt, Victoria Mordaunt; 10: Beckett Johnson; 11: Patrick Conaton, Joshua Philips; 12: Sophie Cappello; 13: Christopher Behrens, Robert Murray; 14: Mary Territo; 15: Elizabeth Harrington; 16: Andrew Garvey; 17: Patrick Bird, Blanche Johnson; 18: Agatha Dunbar, James Rooney; 19: Rita Durniak, Daniel Normile; 20: Thomas Bender, Betsy Howard; 21: Peyton Elder; 22: William Anderson; 23: Didi Romley, Camilla Seirup, Lorenzo Seirup, R. Scott Thomas; 24: Alekzandra Thoms,Christian Welch; 25: Richard Fursland, Ella Hogan, Lucille Noone, W. Hollis Petersen; 26:Halloran Garvey, Lila Hely; 27: Cherry Lawrence, Charles McKhann, Molly O’Neil; 29: Mary Turino To submit birthdays please send to Amy Capeci at acapeci@ccbny. org or Elisabeth Campbell at

Photos Submit your photo or family picture so we can add it to our new directory which will be coming out in the New Year! Please submit all photos to acapeci@ccbny. org

EYC Pilgrimage to Taizé and Cultural Experience in London February 12th-21st On February 12th Christ Church’s EYC will set out on their annual pilgrimage to the Taizé monastery in France. Taizé is a monastery for Christians of all denominations, devoted to peace and reconciliation. While at Taizé our group will get to know several hundred teens from all over the world, spend time in prayer and deepen their relationships with God.

Young Adult Group Winter Retreat February 26th-28th Christ Church’s new Young Adult Group for people between eighteen and thirty years-old will go on their first retreat in February. The group will spend time reflecting on faith, getting to know each other better and taking a break from the stress of life. For more information on the Young Adult Retreat contact Krista Dias at

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Annual Meeting!



Pipe Organ Dedication The Dedication of our New Pipe Organ on Sunday, January 31st at both the 10AM Youth Sunday and the 5PM Evensong. We are so grateful to all of the people who helped make these occasions so special. Our Casavant Freres, Opus 3878, will be a blessing for generations.


The Spire Friday, May 7th at 7:30 PM-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!


Parish Life

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Tuesday, February 9th at 5:30 PM (This year we will celebrate a week early) Taylor Hall $6 per person over the age of 12, $3 for those 12 and under

Congratulations and thanks to: New Vestry Members Carol Costa Arthur Taylor New Wardens James Redpath (Senior Warden) Sarah Kraemer (Junior Warden)

The Feast before the Fast is Courtesy of the Men of Christ Church Bronxville

Global Perspectives: Customs and Traditions of Luos of Kenya Sunday, February 7th, 14th and 21st at 11:15 AM in the Crispell Lounge

Did you know that Africa is the fastest growing part of the Anglican Communion? Come Join our very own Ambassador Bob Jalang’o in a series of three lectures about the customs and traditions of the Luos of Kenya. The Ambassador will focus especially on effects of modernization, religion and traditions being at a crossroads. Discover the origins, history and rich cultures of the famous Luo tribe of Kenya, (ethnic group of President Obama’s father) living around the shores of Lake Victoria of western Kenya. We will discuss the prominent role the community played in Kenya’s independence and the Luos’ integral part in government and higher learning. Ambassador Jalang’o will give insight on the rich cultures and traditions of the Luos; challenges facing rural people and will conclude with the effects of modernization on their customs.

Progressive Dinner

Watch your Mailboxes! The Progressive Dinner invitations have been mailed and will be coming to a mailbox near you soon!! Join us on March 6th for cocktails, then dinner, then dessert -- all around town! Please RSVP no later than February 24th. Those attending will be notified of their house assignment the week of the event. Donations should be made out to Christ Church.

Prayer and Breakfast during Lent

Wednesday Mornings during Lent, after the 7:00 AM Holy Eucharist (which lasts about 25 minutes), please join us for a Lenten Breakfast of oatmeal and coffeecake in the Undercroft.

Core Class

Are you looking for a GREAT exercise class? Try Gregg's Core Class! Gregg Cook has agreed to come up from the City to teach his Core Class!! Tuesdays at 12:30 in the Crispell Lounge, $30 a class Please email or call Laura Villani at lrlrvillani@ if you are interested or talk to Tammy Cushman, Shelby Goodrum, or Sarah Kraemer for more information.

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Highlights 5:30 PM “Shrove Tuesday” Pancake Supper (One week before the actual Shrove Tuesday)

Monday Feb.15th

President’s Day (Church Office Closed)

Palm Sunday, March 28th 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist 9:45 AM Procession with Palms and Holy Eucharist 5:00 PM Informal Eucharist

Wednesday Feb. 17th 7:00 AM Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes 12:00 PM Imposition of Ashes 7:00 PM Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

Monday, March 29th 7:00 AM Holy Eucharist

Sunday Feb. 21th

Lent I 2:30 PM Counseling Center Concert

Sunday Feb. 28th

6:45 AM Breakfast Run

Wednesday, March 31st 7:00 AM Holy Eucharist 7:00 PM Tenebrae

Tuesday, March 30th 7:00 AM Holy Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, April 1st 7:00 PM Maundy Thrusday Service 8:30 PM All Night Vigil Good Friday, April 2nd 12:00 PM Liturgy of Good Friday Holy Saturday, April 3rd 7:00 PM The Great Vigil of Easter and Baptisms Easter Sunday, April 4th 9:00 AM Easter Festive Eucharist 10:30 AM Easter Egg Hunt 11:15 AM Easter Festive Eucharist

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

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The Spire-February 2010  

A Newsletter by and for the people of Christ Church Bronxville

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