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.
Worship Services, Sundays, 12 p.m.
“Faith in Action” meetings, monthly.
Candlelight vigils at St. Peter’s, weekly.
For details, see “Additional,” below.
May 28 Join us for a special Lay Service led by CCC member Paul Bodden for this Memorial Day weekend. The title of the meditation will be “Compassion, Love, Meditation, and Remembrance,” and the relevant scripture passages are Psalm 68:1-6, 32 and I John 4:7-8, 12, 20, both New Revised Standard Version. Come and discuss war and peace in honor of Memorial Day. We’ll sing a lot of hymns and meditate on the meaning of compassion.
For an overview of recent speakers, click on “Events,” above, then then on “Speakers & Special Music.”
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.
The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Rectory Chapel. On Sunday, May 28, we will discuss Chapter 2 of our new book: Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, which developed out of a TED talk and grant that Armstrong received to create the Charter of Compassion. Here is a link to the Charter for Compassion – and here is a link for her TED Talk about the Golden Rule – both will give you some background to the book. There is also an app available through CompassionGames to help us keep compassion in our minds all week long! All are welcome! If you have any questions about the book – or would like a copy of a chart with the dates we’ll be meeting, chapters we’ll be reading, and other background information – please email RevBethPerry@gmail.com.
Communion & Coffee Hour
We celebratecommunion 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 4 Rev. Elizabeth A. Perry (United Church of Christ) is Chelsea Community Church’s pastoral counselor. She is also an online church consultant and trainer, and lead faculty for the University of Phoenix. A pastor for more than 20 years, she was ordained in the United Methodist Church and currently has Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ. She earned an M.Div. degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. Special Music: Leah Jennings
June 11 Rev. Dr. Jonathan Linman (Lutheran) is assistant to the bishop for formation of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is the author of Holy Conversation: Spirituality for Worship (Augsburg Fortress, 2010). He was pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, Pa., from 1989-2001. From 2001-09, he was director of the Center for Christian Spirituality and professor of ascetical theology at General Theological Seminary in Chelsea. He earned an M.Div. degree at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and an M.A. and Ph.D. at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
June 18 Min. George Chochos (Baptist) is pursuing a Master of Sacred Theology degree at Yale Divinity School. In 2016 he earned an M.Div. degree at Yale and received the Wolcott Calkins Prize, a preaching award. He also works full-time at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission as a Genesis addiction counselor and case manager as well as overseeing a men’s supportive housing program. A licensed minister, he a candidate for the position of senior pastor at New Life Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, NY.
June 25 Rev. Dr. Marjorie Williams-Cooper (Christian) was ordained in the Pentecostal Charismatic tradition but has moved on in her religious beliefs. She is on the faculty of the University of Phoenix in Jersey City, teaching courses in world religious traditions, cultural diversity, music appreciation and visual arts in popular culture. She was involved with various ministries in Denver where she founded Women in Ministry and Clergy Women United and was the first woman elected to the Executive Council of the Greater East Denver Ministerial Alliance. She earned an M.A. in liberal studies at Regis University and a certificate in church leadership at Iliff School of Theology, both in Denver. She was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree by Aspen Christian College and Theological Seminary in Aurora, CO in 1992. Special Music: Rev. Dr. Marjorie Williams-Cooper
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.
Interested members of the congregation met following the coffee hour last Sunday to discuss Faith in Action – 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.
The Spring Newsletter (March – May) is available and the Summer Newsletter (June – August) will be out soon! If you don’t already receive our 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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