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

Pipe Dreams

“Let every instrument be tuned for praise Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise! And may God give us faith to sing always Alleluia!” (Hymal 1982)

At a Glance Children’s Formation


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Parish Life


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October Highlights


Contact us: 914.337.3544 Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Fridays 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM October 2009 VOL. LXIV, No. 2

There’s a great deal of excitement and anticipation around Christ Church these days as we anticipate the delivery and installation of our new pipe organ. So much prayer and deliberation, planning and craftsmanship have gone into the process of designing and building this instrument. And, very soon, we will have a magnificent product to show for it all—something tangible to see, to hear, to celebrate . . . and to tune. That’s right. Before the organ can be used to lend support to our singing and assist our worship, before it can empower the ministry of any of our fine choirs, it must first be voiced and tuned. Each and every pipe, almost 4000 of them, will be sounded and adjusted, in this particular space and in relation to one another, as a highly skilled organ tuner listens for the correct pitch and proper set of harmonics. Theologically speaking, as the bit of hymn text quoted above would suggest, our organ must first be tuned for praise: for our thanksgiving; for our expressions of gratitude for all that God has done and continues to be and do for us. Tuning an organ is not a one-shot deal, of course. Pipe organs are extremely sensitive to even modest changes in humidity and temperature, and so they easily become out of tune. That is the reason organs require ongoing care and maintenance, including being periodically (and regularly) tuned. Tending a pipe organ is a practice; a kind of discipline. Our stewardship of our new pipe organ will require no less. Let every instrument be tuned for praise . . . . The more I discover and reflect on the tuning of a pipe organ, the more I see that process as an apt metaphor for Christian life. Each of us has been lovingly created in the image of God. Each of us is a tangible “product” of God’s handiwork—God’s “craftsmanship.” Each of us has been tuned to a divine pitch within a “holy harmonics.” And, yet, being extremely sensitive to the changes and chances of this life, each of us—now and again—falls out of tune. We struggle to raise our voices is praise and thanksgiving. We lose sight of the fact that have been deeply blessed and are meant to be a blessing to others—and to one another. Our being tuned (and tuned in) to God’s “holy harmonics” is not a one-shot deal, no more than the process of tuning an organ or any instrument. Our spiritual lives require ongoing care and maintenance. Perhaps, more than anything, our stewardship of our lives means listening to God—the God who is always and already listening to us—and remaining attuned to God’s dream for us. This issue of The Spire commends many opportunities for to be “pitched” and “voiced” in relationship to one another: worship; education and service; reflection and prayer; hospitality; leadership. Indeed it is through such practices as these that God continually nurtures within us the faith to sing, always, Alleluia! Amy+

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Weekly Children’s Christian Formation Schedule

Children’s Christian Formation

Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals-October 4th

Godly Play (Pre-K-1st Grade) Oct. 4th The Story of Joseph Oct. 11th The Story of David Oct. 18th Pipe Procession! Youth Sunday - No Church School Oct. 25th The Story of Moses Second Grade Oct. 4th Forgiveness as a theme in the Eucharist Oct. 11th Caring as a theme in the Eucharist Oct. 18th Pipe Procession! Youth Sunday - No Church School Oct. 25th Belonging as a theme in the Eucharist Third Grade Oct. 4th Abram Oct. 11th Abraham Oct. 18th Pipe Procession No Church School Oct. 25th Jacob Fourth Grade Oct. 4th Jesus’s Childhood Oct. 11th Jesus’s Baptism Oct. 18th Pipe Procession! Youth Sunday - No Church School Oct. 25th Jesus Early Ministry (part 1) Fifth & Sixth Grade Oct. 4th What is Christianity? Oct. 11th Comparison of Christian Denominations Oct. 18th Pipe Procession! Youth Sunday - No Church School Oct. 25th Roman Catholics and Episcopalians-what is the difference? For more information please contact: Barbara Potgieter Children’s Christian Formation

Attention all creatures great and small (including dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles, birds, snakes and llamas)! You are cordially invited to join us on Sunday October 4th for the 5:00 P.M. service as we observe a beloved Christ Church tradition, the Feast of St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals. We will join together with our faithful companions for a lively service of blessing and thanksgiving in the church. A reception follows with treats for both people and pets. Join us for this boisterous celebration of God’s creation. This year a collection will be taken at the service for special donations to support the new Yonkers Animal Shelter. The current shelter must be replaced, and the city of Yonkers has pledged half the money with the other half to consist of private donations. The Feast of St. Francis seems a perfect day to support this important effort.


Adult Christian Formation

Working Mothers’ Fellowship

WMF resumes on Wednesday, October 7th at 7:00 pm in the Crispell Lounge. If you are a working mom with a sense of humor who sometimes feels she’s hanging by a thread, join us for a little wine, cheese and reflection on finding grace in the midst of juggling kids, job, spouse, shopping lists, carpools, parents, pets, and our ever-more-complicated schedules. All are welcome, Christ Church members and non-members alike. WMF meets on the first Wednesday evening of each month (7-9 PM). For more information, contact The Rev. Amy Lamborn at

Sunday, October 4th, 2009 Fall “Sunday Shorts” Series: The Trinity

“The Father is incomprehensible, the Son is incomprehensible, and the whole thing is incomprehensible. Something put in by the theologians to make it more difficult!” Well, at least that’s what British novelist and essayist Dorothy Sayers had to say about the Trinity. Sayers’ words—however funny—are thankfully not the “final word” on the Trinity. In our fall “Sunday Shorts” Series we will use music and art, poetry and scripture to explore the origins and history of trinitarian symbolism, as well as to consider contemporary theologies of the Trinity (divine dance, relationship, communion, etc). Join us for any or all of the following sessions: Sunday, October 4: The Trinity in Historical and Biblical Perspective Sunday, October 18: The Rise and Fall of Trinitarian Symbolism Sunday, October 25: The Renewal of Trinitarian Theology Sunday, November 1: Contemporary Trinitarian Perspectives Each session will take place in the Crispell Lounge at 11:15, following the 10:00 AM Eucharist. For more information, contact the Rev. Amy Lamborn at 914.337.3544 or


Fessenden House Dishwasher Kaput

Well-informed sources confirmed that the Fessenden House dishwasher ceased to operate. It was comforting to hear from the Homeland Security Agency that no terrorist activities were at the origin of the untimely death. The fact remains that with 12 men in the house, eating three meals a day, lots of dishes and utensils need to be washed. Not to mention the fact that the health conditions of many residents require proper sterilization. A proposal to minimize the problem by cutting meals was loudly booed by the interested parties. CCB’s outreach committee, therefore, decided to come to the rescue and jumped on its white horse. Before you could say hi ho Silver a fund raising campaign for the purchase of a new machine was approved as part of the Outreach Sunday activities. The renowned graphic artist Michael Pollack has designed a poster (already optioned to be part of the permanent MOMA’s collection) that will be exhibited in the narthex explaining the promotion. Master plumbers Michael Pollack and Christopher Wells have volunteered their time for the selection and installation of the new equipment. What is left is the easy part, raising the necessary funds. Here is where the traditional generosity of the CCB family comes to play. With your help we can dramatically improve the lives of the men at Fessenden House, so please watch for further details!

Tearing Party for quilters:

No experience necessary. All who are interested in creating beautiful quilts for a facility for homeless mothers and children, please bring three or more yards of 100% cotton fabric to the conference room beside the kitchen on Outreach Sunday, November 22 after the 10:00 AM service. Bring lovely designs or colorful solid colors. We will tear our fabric into many, many 6 and 1/2 inch blocks. Men, women and strong children are welcome. Quilters with sewing machines will take home a few blocks for making quilting strips. Anyone who is not able to attend the Outreach Sunday event but that is interested in participating, either by donating fabric or helping with the quilting, should contact Emily Simpson or Randy Frost.


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Parish Life Christ Church Gathering - Pedals, Pipes and Pizza Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 P.M. in Taylor Hall Children and Adults!

What could be better than a delicious slice of pizza and the chance to understand how a pipe organ works? Get hands on knowledge of different organ pipes - wood and metal, small and large. See and hear different organs from around the world. How do those keyboards work? Where does all of that air come from? What does it take to tune and voice a pipe? And what does that mean? The organ is being delivered October 6th, why can’t we hear it until Christmas Eve? And don’t miss the “virtual organ” at the end of the evening!

The Procession of the Pipes - Don’t Miss It Sunday, October 18 during the 10 o’clock service

Celebrate the arrival of our new pipe organ from Casavant Frere! Join us in Taylor Hall for music from 5 of our choirs. Then process with the congregation, and some of the 3729 pipes, into the church to bless the ongoing installation. It will be a grand, glorious and once in a lifetime celebration.



Our New Pipe Organ: A Timeline

October 6

Special Delivery!

On Tuesday, October 6th, our new organ will be delivered. Straight from St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, an 18 wheeler will be parked outside the church for a day while the entire organ in unloaded and brought into the church. The [literally] thousands of parts will be spread out on the church floor before being lifted one by one into the newly renovated chambers. October 13

Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza

The “King of Instruments” is also the most complex of instruments. Did you know that the amount of wiring in the organ is measured in miles? Did you know the amount of pipes in our new organ is measured in the thousands? And what about those foot pedals? The Christ Church Gathering on October 13th will involve a presentation about the organ – its history, how it works, and information specific to our new instrument. October 18

Pipe Procession

On Sunday October 18th, following a modified worship service in Taylor Hall, the entire congregation will process a symbolic sampling of pipes into the church. Each person in the congregation will carry one pipe to celebrate the installation of our new instrument. November/December - Voicing One of the most important processes of building a beautiful organ is called voicing. During this process, each pipe is tweaked and adjusted to sound exactly right in its new acoustical environment. We are contractually obligated not to play the instrument in public until the voicing process is complete. December 24

Christmas Eve – the organ plays for the first time!

Hark! The new organ sounds. Trumpets blast the introduction to “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and shimmering subtle sounds gently sing “Silent Night” at the Crèche Service and Midnight Mass. January 31, 2010

Organ Dedication Day

Mark your calendars! Save the date! The morning service will be geared for children with a special homily about “Rex, The King of Instruments”. Bishop Sisk will join us at 5:00PM for a Special Evensong and official dedication.

“To Sing is to Pray Twice” It’s never too late to register for choir! Contact Christopher Wells for details.

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October Birthdays 1: Nancy Clifford; 3: Nikolaus Bender, Gordon O’Brien, Barbara O’Donoghue, Robert Singleton, Samuel Gilliam; 4: Velma Dougherty, Meg Gourd; 5: Claire Kraemer; 6: Alison Hoover, William Neild, Frederick Romley, Nicolette Romley; 7: James Murphy; 9: Charles Campbell; 11: The Rev. Michael A. Bird, Linda Blakely, Helen Noone; 12: Thomas Brasco; Jaimie Carroll, Diana Horne; James Garvey, Michael Hoover, Peter Johnson; 18: Richard Bower; 19: Barbara Deller, Michael Pollack; 21: William Murphy, Izaak Thoms; 23: Brigid Buendia, Timothy Cushman; 25: Patricia Garvey, Betsy Goodell; 26: Jeffrey Barrett; 29: Jason Hornick; 31: Phil Hamlin, Thomas O’ Donoghue, Centes Williams.


EYC Beach The EYC kicked off the year by spending September 26th and 27th on the Jersey Shore. The teens put their Christianity into practice by letting go of life’s stresses and getting to know each other better. While in New Jersey the EYC walked on the beach, went bowling, watched movies had a pizza party with our host church’s youth group (St. Mary’s Point Pleasant Beach) and played lots of games. It was the perfect start to a great year.

To submit birthdays please send to or Elisabeth Campbell at

Save the Date! Mark your calendars! Christ Church’s fourth annual Outreach Sunday will be held after an abbreviated 10 AM service on November 22. This year’s activities will include things such as a construction projects in the CCB apartments, vine cutting with the Bronx River Conservancy, preparing a meal for the residents of Fessenden House, decorating stockings for nursing home residents, quilting projects, a coat, book and food drive, and much, much more. There will be something for all ages and all skill levels! Watch for details in the weekly emails and upcoming Spires. If you are interested in helping organize any of the events, please contact Dorothy Thomas @ 667-1625 or any other member of the outreach committee.

EYC Events

October EYC Events 11th – EYC at Fessenden House 30th - Midnight Run


Parish Events Christ Church Welcome Back Tailgate Party – Chili Cookoff!

Christ Church kicked off the fall season with a festive tailgate party and chili cookoff at the home of Paige and Art Nagle. 14 congregational cooks went deep into their spice racks to mix up a variety of chili. They were crowd pleasers, with names such as “The Devil Made Me Do It,” “Purple Haze,” “Serena’s Over the Line,” and “Yearning for Zion…Many Wives Make it Spicy.” Conversations centered around the school colors people wore. “You went to Dennison? Did you know the Harringtons met at Dennison?” Andrea Bates and Paige Nagle festooned the yard with college flags. Of course the Nagle’s giant bobble head of Joe Paterno watched over the party from his perch on the porch. And Andrea made sure there was plenty of Carolina blue to go around. An informal poll showed the strongest alum support in numbers was from Williams, and Jim Rooney had an award winning blazing hot chili called Purple Haze. College fight songs played as guests sampled the variety of chilis and voted for favorites. Fr. Bird gave thanks, including a shout out to the makers of Rolaids and Tums. The Bird family also captured a winner’s prize for their “The Devil Made Me Do It” chili. Thanks to the Nagles for hosting a wonderful party. Also thanks to Andrea Bates, and to the voice of radio CCB, Ken Richardson. -Sarah Kraemer

Winning Recipes Venetia vegatarian chili from Letizia Alvisi 1 lb black beans (or three lb canned beans) 5 ancho chiles 4 tsp cumin seeds 4 t. lsp paprika 2/3 Tbs corn oil or olive oil 3 yellow onions, chopped 5 cloves of garlic 1 bay leaf 1/2 - tsp salt 1-2 Tbs vinegar 2-3 Tbs roasted green chilies 1/2 cup chopped cilantro Soak the beans overnight and cook them, simmer for about 1 to three hours , add water if necessary and cook until the beans are tender. Toast the cumin seeds in a skillet, add the oregano, paprika, the ancho chilies and puree in a food processor. Heat the oil in a large saute pan, saute the onions, garlic with a bay leaf until they begin to color. Stir in the chili puree and green chills. Add the beans, with their liquid, and simmer the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, until it has the consistency you like. Stir in the half cup chopped cilantro leaves. Serve hot with sour cream,and/or shredded cheese, accompanied by corn bread, tamales or any other bread or rice. Serves 8-10 generously (“Black Bean Chili” from The New Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas) Cousins Michael Conaton and Chris Behrens strategizing for the next phase of powerwashing.

Serena’s Over-the-Line Chili from Amy Freed 2 1/2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1 inch cubes (which takes...forever) 2 1/2 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 1 inch cubes (see above) 1 tablespoon kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup olive oil 2 large Spanish onions 10 large cloves garlic 1/3 cup red chili powder 2 tablespoons hot chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 teaspoons dried oregano 6 cups chicken broth Two 15 1/2-ounce cans pinto beans One 15 ounce can diced tomatoes Season meat with the salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook in small batches until well browned, adding more oil to the pan if needed. This takes.....forever. Transfer meat to a bowl. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the oil from the pan. Saute the onions over medium heat for 10 minutes, scraping up the browned bits with a wooden spoon from the bottom of the pan. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes more. Stir in the chili powders, cumin, and oregano and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in 5 cups of the stock. Add the meat and any accumulated juices to the pot. Bring to a gentle simmer. Season the chili with salt and pepper to taste, and stew the meat with a cover slightly ajar until almost tender, about 3 hours. In a food processor or blender puree half of the beans with the remaining stock. Add the bean mixture to the chili along with the whole beans. Simmer for 1 hour more or until the meat is tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (From the Food Network - How to Boil Water).

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Sunday, Oct. 4th

11:15 AM Sunday Short Series 5:00 PM Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, Oct. 11th

11:00 AM EYC @ Fessenden House

Tuesday, Oct. 13th Sunday, Oct. 18th Friday, Oct. 30th

6:00 PM Pedals, pipes and pizza 10:00 AM Procession of the Pipes 11:15 AM Sunday Short Series

Midnight Run Next Midnight run Friday October 30th – meet at 7:45 PM in the Christ Church kitchen. Volunteers and donations are needed. In particular we have need of jeans, sweaters, sneakers, ski jackets, and backpacks. For information contact PG Costa at or Krista Dias at

7:45 PM Midnight Run

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

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Parish Life 4 Music at CCB 5 Parish Events 7 A Newsletter by and for the people of Christ Church Bronxville 914.337.3544 Monday-Thursday 9:0...


Parish Life 4 Music at CCB 5 Parish Events 7 A Newsletter by and for the people of Christ Church Bronxville 914.337.3544 Monday-Thursday 9:0...