Welcome to Chelsea Community Church
We are an inclusive, independent, lay-led and non-denominational Christian community;we invite you to read our brief mission statement . We also invite you to visit our meditation space here. Our congregation meets weekly, Sundays at 12 p.m., except for the month of August through Labor Day, at 346 West 20th St., New York, between 8th and 9th Avenues, where we are fortunate to be able to share the beautiful space of historic St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Congratulations to St. Peter’s Chelsea, our host church,
on receiving a $25,000 grant
from the New York Historic Landmarks Commission.
June 17 Rev. Elizabeth A. Perry (United Church of Christ) is Chelsea Community Church’s pastoral counselor. A pastor for more than 20 years, she is now a church consultant on reducing the risk of child abuse in the church (www.bethperry.net) and an online trainer with www.BeADisciple.com.She is also on the faculty of the University of Phoenix’s Jersey City campus. Her message will be “Growing a Kindom Tree” and the relevant scripture passages are Ezekiel 17:22-24; Mark 4:26-34. Join us as we celebrate with her the 20th anniversary of her ordination. Paul Bodden, lay leader.
For an overview of recent speakers, click on “Events,” above, then then on “Speakers & Special Music.”
Special music will be provided this Sunday by Otto Walberg, above.
Since our founding we have been blessed with a number of extraordinary music directors. Approximately twice monthly we also enjoy the work of gifted musicians in our program of special music, now funded by a legacy from former music director John Eggleston. We are pleased to have the weekly services of Jeff Cubeta as our CCC music director. He holds a B.S. in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is also a songwriter and works as a pianist/musical director in the concert/cabaret world.
The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Rectory Chapel. This Sunday we will begin discussing the first short story (James Baldwin’s Exodus) in God Stories, edited by C. Michael Curtis. All are welcome; join us! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communion & Coffee Hour
We celebrate communion each Sunday for all who wish to participate, immediately following the worship service. We use juice rather than wine. We have a coffee hour each Sunday in the rectory, also immediately following the service. The garden is welcoming us for the warmer seasons; we particularly enjoy the coffee hours we can spend both inside and out.
COMING UP ON SUNDAYS AT CCC
June 24 Rev. Gloria-Jean Skeete (National Association of Congregational Christian Churches) is the pastor at the New York Congregational Nursing Center in Brooklyn. She graduated from New York Theological Seminary in 2012 with an M.Div. degree. Her seminary education included internships at Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Brooklyn and Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Before going to seminary she worked in the fashion industry.
July 1 Rev. F. Romali Smalls (Baptist) is associate minister for social justice at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon. He is also a senior affiliate chaplain at New York University working with the Student Christian Movement and with Judson Memorial Church. He is co-chair of LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent. In addition he is a contributing writer for Religion News Service. He received his M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary.
July 8 Jazmin Shelton (Baptist) is the receptionist at a facility for developmentally disabled adults, Unique People Services in the Bronx. She is also a student at the Metropolitan College of New York. She was released from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in 2012. During her incarceration there she worked in a variety of jobs, including the asbestos abatement program. Before taking her current position, she did vehicle maintenance for a car rental service and housekeeping for a hotel.
July 15 Rev. Vincent Corso (Roman Catholic) is a married priest who officiates at weddings and is a member of CITI Ministries, an organization that enables clergy to serve those who feel rejected or neglected by the traditional church. From 1998 to 2016, he was manager of spiritual care and bereavement services for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice and Palliative Care Program. In that role, he provided clinical supervision to chaplains, bereavement staff and volunteers. He founded Compassion Identity in 2013 to provide counseling, psychotherapy and consultation to individuals, corporations and communities coping with death, loss and other forms of transition. As a speaker at universities, hospice associations and faith communities throughout the country, he has shared insights about grief, loss, spirituality and self-care. He has an M.Div. degree from St. Anthony on Hudson and an M.S.W. from Syracuse University. Special Music: Westley Holiday, baritone
July 22 Rabbi Jill Hausman (Jewish) is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ezrath Israel, also known as the Actors Temple. Before coming to the 47thStreet shul in 2006, she was with the Boro Park Progressive Synagogue in Brooklyn, first as a cantor and then as assistant rabbi. She was ordained at the Rabbinical Seminary International in Manhattan. Special Music:Rabbi Jill Hausman, soprano
July 29 Pamela Patton (Unitarian-Universalist & Tibetan Buddhist) is director of pastoral ministries at All Souls Unitarian Church where she is responsible for coordinating all pastoral matters, leads bereavement groups, caregivers groups and oversees the lay pastoral associates team. An M.Div candidate at Union Theological Seminary, she also studies Tibetan Buddhism. She is pursuing certification in hospital/hospice chaplaincy and has completed clinical units at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and St. Luke’s Hospital. She has also trained at Jewish Theological Seminary and the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, where she is currently on the Zencare team. Prior to starting her career in ministry, she worked in technology for 15 years. She holds an M.A. in Education and Computing from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Thursday evenings until further notice: Our host church, St. Peter’s, will be conducing candlelight vigils, praying for our country, our leaders, and all those affected by our leaders’ decisions, every Thursday from 6:30-7:00 p.m., until further notice.
Faith in Action – a group comprised of all interested which meets to discuss how to deal with and/or express Christian commitment in the current political climate. The group decided to meet monthly to continue discussions. Watch this page for further details as they are announced. Call for details.
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There will be no regular summer newsletter (July-August). Please watch this space for details of June-July services. For the month of August through Labor Day, there are no services. We resume Sunday worship services on Sunday, September 9. If you don’t already receive our (otherwise) quarterly newsletter via e-mail or postal mail, please let us know if you would like to be on the list for either form of distribution.
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