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.

Congratulations to St. Peter’s Chelsea, our host church,

on receiving a $25,000 grant

from the New York Historic Landmarks Commission.

http://www.chelseanewsny.com/local-news/20180123/saving-the-sacrosanct/1

 

Speaker 

This Sunday, September 23: Robert D. Arnau (United Church of Christ) is a 2018 graduate of New York Theological Seminary where he earned an M.Div. degree. Now a candidate for ordination in the United Church of Christ, he was previously affiliated with Metropolitan Community Churches and continues to be active in the music ministry of its Manhattan congregation. He originated the podcast Queer Bible Study of God. His topic is “Your Identity Is Connected to a Loving God.” The Scripture will be John 17:1-11. He will also provide special music for the service.

For an overview of recent speakers, click on “Events,” above, then then on “Speakers & Special Music.”

Special Music 

Robert D. Arnau, baritone, will provide special music for our worship service this Sunday, September 23rd. He is also our speaker that day.

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, above, 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.

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Reading Group at Chelsea Community Church

Reading Group

The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Rectory Chapel.  Our meetings will resume this Sunday, as we continue to read selections from God Stories edited by C. Michael Curtis. This week’s selection is “Grace” by James Joyce.All are welcome; join us! If you have any questions, please email revbethperry@gmail.com.

Communion & Coffee Hour at Chelsea Community Church

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

September 30 Rev. Lisa Hill (Presbyterian) is director of quality care for the West Side Federation for Senior & Supportive Housing. She was previously the director of the Frederic Fleming House in Chelsea, which is operated by the same agency. She holds an M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary.

October 7  Philip White (Nondenominational) is the retention specialist at Exodus Transitional Community, working with clients who have gained employment. He was released from prison in 2010 after being incarcerated for 26 years. While at Woodbourne Correctional Facility, he earned a certificate in pastoral care and community counseling and another in ministries and human services. After his release he worked at several facilities in the Bronx. These included Claremont Neighborhood Center as a case manager, Episcopal Social Services as a youth specialist and Good Shepherd Services as a youth counselor for children in foster care.

 October 14 Blessing of Animals Service   Special Music: Otto Walberg, tenor

 October 21 Rev. Shari Brink (Reformed Church in America) is president of the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center. She was the minister for strategic advancement at Marble Collegiate Church from 2010 to 2015 and also a pastoral advisor to its GIFTS:LGBT Fellowship. Earlier she was director of development at Auburn Seminary and director of strategic planning for the Reformed Church in America. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, she has served as a minister in Los Angeles and Colts Neck, NJ.

October 28 Rev. Vincent Corso (Roman Catholic) was the manager of bereavement services and community education at Hospice Care of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York until his retirement in 2017. A member of Celibacy Is the Issue, a consortium of married Roman Catholic clergy, he received an M.Div. degree from St. Anthony-on-Hudson and an M.S.W. from Syracuse University. Special Music:Kelley Kelley, baritone

Additional

Sunday, September 9, Potluck Brunch following the 12 p.m. worship service.

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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