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

The Busy Month of May

At a Glance Children’s Formation


Adult Formation


Youth & Confirmation


Music at CCB


Parish Life


Parish Events


May Highlights


Contact us: 914.337.3544 Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Fridays 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM May 2009 VOL. LXIII, No. 7

Easter Sunday at Christ Church

Photo by Ken Richardson

Inspired by an extraordinary Holy Week and Easter Sunday, the people, the clergy and the staff here at Christ Church have envisioned many new and wonderful ways to get together and do the work God has given us to do. In the pages of this Spire you will learn about choir tours and quilts, pigs and ugly ducklings. You will find that every Sunday in May provides a gloriously different opportunity to build a relationship with God, to celebrate the ministry of others and to put faith into action. Please join us. Our time together changes us all for the better. And as we celebrate our past year together, and get ready to slip into the more quietly joyful pace of the summer, it is important to reflect on how blessed we are to have each other and to have this parish we hold in common. -Michael +

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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) May 3rd Youth Sunday May 10th The Parable of the Leaven May 17th Ascension and Pentecost May 24th Combined Class (Memorial Day Weekend) May 31st Recognition/ Youth Sunday Second Grade May 3rd Youth/Communion Sunday May 10th Confession May 17th Living the Eucharist May 24th Combined Class (Memorial Day Weekend) May 31st Recognition/ Youth Sunday Third Grade May 3rd Youth/Communion Sunday May 10th Daniel May 17th Esther and Nehemiah May 24th Combined Class (Memorial Day Weekend) May 31st Recognition/ Youth Sunday Fourth Grade May 3rd Youth/Communion Sunday May 10th Paul May 17th Paul’s Journeys May 24th Combined Class (Memorial Day Weekend) May 31st Recognition/ Youth Sunday Fifth Grade May 3rd Youth/Communion Sunday May 10th The Book of Common Prayer May 17th Issues facing the Episcopal Church today May 24th Combined Class (Memorial Day Weekend) May 31st Recognition/ Youth Sunday Sixth Grade May 3rd Youth/Communion Sunday May 10th Comparison of sacred texts, buildings & holidays May 17th Review of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and HinduismMay 24th Combined Class (Memorial Day Weekend) May 31st Recognition/ Youth Sunday For more information please contact: Barbara Potgieter Children’s Christian Formation

Children’s Christian Formation Confirmation

Sunday May 10th is Confirmation Sunday. We will welcome Bishop Carol Gallagher, Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of North Dakota, and the first Native American (Cherokee) female bishop in the Episcopal Church. Our eighth grade Confirmation class has spent the last two years preparing for this moment. Join us as we pray over them and recognize their mature commitment to life as Christians.

Pentecost is May 31st

On the Feast of Pentecost we celebrate the birthday of the Christian Church. To symbolize the presence of the Holy Spirit, you are encouraged to come to church wearing RED. Please join us in the undercroft after the 10 AM service for a festive coffee hour, including red birthday cake.

Photos by Ken Richardson

Last Day of Church School The last day is June 7th. Pre-K through 1st grade (Godly Play) will have a regular class. Second through 6th grades will be together in Taylor Hall to play Church School Jeopardy. They will work in multi-grade teams to answer questions relating to what they have learned this year.

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


Adult Christian Formation Save the Date Community Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration, Thursday, May 7th The clergy, staff and congregation of Temple Shaarei Tikvah in Scarsdale invite you to the 18th Annual Community Interfaith Holocaust and Human Rights Commemoration. This event bears witness to a remarkable confluence of religious, educational, governmental, and secular groups who seek to remember the tragic events of the past century and focus on the education of our youth who represent our future. The Commemoration will be held on Thursday May 7th at Temple Shaarei Tikvah. The Student Award Ceremony will be held at 6:45 pm with the Commemoration at 7:30 pm. A light reception will follow the service. For further information, please call (914) 472-2013.

Inquirers’ Class and Luncheon May 31st Are you new to Christ Church Bronxville? Thinking about becoming an Episcopalian after being raised in another denomination? A cradle Episcopalian who has always been curious about liturgical colors and just what the collect of the day is all about? Or just not quite sure? Wherever you are on your walk of faith, you are invited to an Orientation/ Inquirers’ Class on Sunday May 31st immediately following the 10:00 am service. Fr. Bird and Mo. Malin will give a brief overview of the Anglican Church and discuss what it means to be an Episcopalian. We’ll talk about the sacraments, about worship at Christ Church specifically and about how one goes about becoming an Episcopalian. We’ll serve a light lunch and while we eat, we’ll open the floor to any questions so that the presentation can become a conversation. Please join us! For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Rev. Kate Malin at or (914) 337-3544 ext. 112.

Working Mothers’ Fellowship Year-End Schedule

This Little Piggy went to Malawi for Mother’s Day...and made TWO moms very happy! Pigtales, our newest Malawi Mission Partnership, is a women’s community piggery run by the Mothers’ Union of St. Paul’s Parish in Blantyre. Though similar to our other successful parish-to-parish projects “Goats for Malawi” and “Green Christmas,” Pigtales is special because it is a Bronxville-wide interfaith effort. St. Joseph’s Church School, the Village Lutheran Church, The Reformed Church Sunday School and Eliza Corwin Frost Child Center are all working together with Christ Church to raise funds for the self-sustaining St. Paul’s Piggery. This is an exciting new chapter in our mission partnerships and a meaningful way to introduce the children of Bronxville to the idea that they can make a difference in our world. If you would like to send your mom (or another special mom) a Mother’s Day card to honor her and also help a mom in Malawi, please visit and click on “Pigtales.” If you’d just like to join this great partnership effort, send a check made out to “Christ Church Bronxville” with “Pigtales” in the memo line. Mo. Malin, Ken Richardson and Dawn Ravella, Minister of Mission Outreach at The Reformed Church, will be traveling to Malawi in July to meet the pigs and the community of St. Paul’s while also checking in with the Parish Garden in Lilongwe and our goats in Chikwawa!

Join us on Wednesday May 6th and Wednesday June 3rd for our last two Working Mothers’ Fellowship meetings of this program year. We meet in the Chapel of the Guardian Angels at 7:00 pm for quiet prayer and reflection before moving up to the Crispell Lounge at 7:15. If you are a mom who works outside the home, please join us for wine, cheese and continuing conversation about how we can feed our own souls while rising to the many challenges of life as a working mom. For more information, contact the Rev. Kate Malin at

Save the Date! The next Festive Tea is Saturday, June 6th, 2009 in the Crispell Lounge at 3:00 PM honoring Rocky and Jan Gray.

Photos by Ken Richardson

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EYC Sunday and Youth Group Graduation EYC Sunday is May 17th at the 10AM Service On Sunday May 17th the teens of the EYC will lead much of the 10AM church service. Come support our teens as they share their original prayers for the people, preach and play music. We will also take time to honor graduating seniors, and welcome upcoming 9th graders into youth group. The Last Monday Night Youth Group Meeting is Monday May 18th

EYC Day in New York City Saturday May 30th On Saturday May 30th the teens in the EYC are invited to spend a day volunteering and exploring New York City. We’ll take part in a service project then walk the city and share a meal at one of its many restaurants together. It will be a wonderful time to put our Christianity into action and explore the great city right in our backyard.

Upcoming EYC Events June 5th – Midnight Run 12th – End of the Year Lock-in 17th – EYC Sponsors Middle School Confirmation August 8th to 16th-Mission Trip to Georgia hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia

Photos by Ken Richardson

Sunday May 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st. “Come Holy Spirit”

Life-giving spring or blazing fire? Gentle dove or wild honking goose? What’s your favorite image for the Holy Spirit… and why so many images to begin with? The Holy Spirit is the most elusive reality in all of Christian belief and experience; yet for many he (she?) is also the most powerful. As we prepare for and celebrate Pentecost, our final adult education series will explore the person and work of the Holy Spirit as it is depicted in Scripture, understood through the ages and experienced today. Fr. Cody Underseher will lead this last Sunday Short Series immediately following the 10:00 am service. Please join us in the Crispell Lounge for any or all of the presentations.



The Choir Tour to Montreal was a great success! Trip to Canada Photos by The Rev. Kate Malin

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May Birthdays 2: Jeffrey Wisner, Stephen Wisner; 3: Donald Carey; 5: Jessica Palfrey, Lisa Wolfgang; 6: Amber Alkins, Allison Devlin; 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: David Carpenter, Tyler Hamerling, Janet Hoover; 13: Hongxin Zhao, Marianna Manganiello; 15: Kimber Yerkes; 16: Thomas Wolfgang; 17: Bruce Smith, 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, Katheryn Whitney; 23: Jennifer Ware; 24: Mary Coe; 25: Matthew Harrington; 26: Jennifer Barr, Mary Marvin, Richard Whitney; 27: Anne Campbell, Charles Hibbler; 28: Susan Laphan; 29: Mary Carey, Emma Clarke, Jake Sears, James Sutton; 30:Tyler Ahmuty

Upcoming Breakfast Runs Sunday, May 17th

(Middle School)

& Sunday, June 7th (Adults Only)

6:45 AM

Come out and experience what the kids have been doing for the homeless for so many years at Christ Church. Please note those who sign up will be required to bring food items and participate in the morning preparation and, of course the run itself.

Parish Events

YAA Presents Honk Sharyn Pirtle, Founder and Co-Artistic Director Samantha Sutton, Co-Artistic Director

Thursday, June 25 at 4:00 PM Friday, June 26 at 7:30 PM TAYLOR HALL – CHRIST CHURCH BRONXVILLE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS - $10

Young at Arts in collaboration with ASTEP presents a Pre-Season Performing Arts Camp DATES: August 17th – 28th, 2009 Monday-Friday PLACE: Christ Church Bronxville TIME: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM AGE GROUPS: - Students going into 1st grade – 3rd grade - Students going into 4th grade – 6th grade - Students going into 7th grade – 11th grade (Students bring a sack lunch. Snack and drink provided.) FEE: $450 - Registration begins Monday, May 4th This special pre-season camp has been built to offer its participants a safe environment where the arts are used as a vehicle of self-exploration and expression and where young people build their self-esteem and their respect for others. This two-week period also serves as a preparatory period for the exciting Young at Arts school year ahead. Students are exposed to dance, drama, music, poetry, playwriting, film and visual art. The camp culminates in a final performance of original works created by students and teachers. This innovative program, brought to you by the outstanding artists from the rosters of ASTEP, has introduced students around the world to Shakespeare and Martha Graham, The Beatles and Chopin, improvisation and mural-making, film-making and photography, Augusto Boal and Martin Luther King Jr. and many more. To find out more about ASTEP, the people it serves and its inspiring founder, Drama Desk Award Winning Broadway Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, please visit their website


Delivery of the Quilts!

Successful Egg Hunt! Thank you to Deborah Ross for the egg hunt, and Joseph Philips for the soup kitchen.

Delivery of the quilts at Fessenden House. The men were a bit overwhelmed by such a wonderful gift. As you may guess, most of the men in this house have rarely in their lives been treated with much human dignity, let alone respect. One man, a guy with PTSD from the Afghanistan War actually started to tear up when I gave him his quilt. -Br. Randy

Photos by Ken Richardson

First Communion

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 The 2nd Grade At the 10:00AM service we were joined with the second grade class for their Communion Sunday. The entire curriculum of second grade church school is structured around the sacrament of Holy Communion. On Communion Sunday, our second grade class sat together, received communion as a class and led the congregation in reciting the post-communion prayer. There was a special coffee hour following the service to honor their work during the year.

Photos by Ken Richardson

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Save the Date! Parish Picnic Sunday, June 7th at 5:30 PM

Sunday, May 3rd

Youth and Communion Sunday

Sunday, May 10th

Confirmation Sunday with Bishop Carol Gallagher Reception in Columbarium after 10 AM service

Sunday, May 17th

EYC Sunday 6:45 AM Breakfast Run

Thursday, May 21st

7:00 PM RSCM Recognition Dinner (Taylor Hall)

summer, we will conduct a summer food drive

Sunday, May 31st

Pentecost/Recognition/Youth Sunday

stay well stocked. More details will follow as

Friday, June 5th

Midnight Run

we get closer to the summer, but as a first step,

Sunday, June 7th

Last Church School 5:30 PM Parish Picnic

Food Drive at End of Year Picnic. As many of us prepare to head our various vacations and summer destinations, the food banks in our area are working diligently to make sure the hungry in our area still have food. This to help the Interfaith Food Bank in Scarsdale

please consider bringing a donation of one can of food (or other non-perishable item) for every member in your family to the End of the Year Picnic. There will be a collection box at the picnic.

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

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