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.
Blessing of Animals
October 15, 12 p.m. – All species welcome!
September 24 Mary Sheeran (Episcopal), an associate member of Chelsea Community Church, earned an M.Div. degree at New York Theological Seminary. A writer/editor in the medical/pharmaceutical field, she also writes on theological topics. A classically trained soprano, she has created and performed cabaret acts. She is the author of two published novels, Who Have the Power: A Legend of the West (2006) and Quest of the Sleeping Princess ( 2010) She is beginning the search for a publisher for a novel she has just completed about the Hollywood blacklist. She has also created a drama, The Gospel of Martha, with music by Robert Perretti of Chelsea Community Church. Her message will be “Certainty vs. Uncertainty: Which One Wins?” and the relevant Scripture texts are: Exodus 16:2-18 and Matthew 20:1-16. Lay Leaders: Paula Whitney Best and Hilda Regier.
For an overview of recent speakers, click on “Events,” above, then then on “Speakers & Special Music.”
Mary Sheehan right, will also provide special music for this Sunday, September 24. She will sing “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Gabriel Faure, translated into English by John Rutter.
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, and we will meet this Sunday, September 24, to discuss whether recent biological learning is compatible with religious belief. You can find the article at https://tinyurl.com/y86mnhjw. We will also discuss which book we’ll be reading next; email RevBethPerry@gmail.com to find out more.
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
October 1 The Rev. Stephen Harding (Episcopal) is the interim pastor of St. Peter’s Church, Chelsea. He also serves as a Protestant chaplain for the New York City Fire Department and as the disaster response coordinator the Episcopal Diocese of New York. He has many years of experience as a chaplain in hospice and hospital settings and was the director of pastoral care and education at the NYU Langone Medical Center for nearly five years. He received an M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1993 and a master of sacred theology from General Theological Seminary in 1995. He is currently working toward a D.Min. degree at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
October 8: 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. Special Music: Elmore James, Baritone.
October 15:Blessing of Animals Service, Otto Walberg, lay leader, and special music.
October 22: Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard (United Church of Christ) is the founder and president of the Project People Foundation, which is now distributing Bundles of Brightness to villages in Botswana, South Africa and Uganda. They contain school supplies and uniforms as well as solar lanterns that enable children to study in the evenings. In December 2014 she retired from The Riverside Church, where she was associate minister for membership, care & parish life. She holds an M.S. in education from Fordham University and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary.
October 29: Hymn Sing, an informal service devoted to singing old favorites at which those in attendance call out their requests.
November 5, Anniversary Sunday 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: Martina Bruno, Soprano.
November 12 Rasheed Hart (Christian) is certified in Ministry and Human Services by Rising Hope, Inc. and is an active member in New Covenant Church in Harlem. In 2013 he founded the Wounded Healer Society, a ministry modeled on the pay-it-forward principle. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Rising Hope, Inc.
November 19 Rev. Miriam Gross (Lutheran) is the pastor of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Paul in Chelsea. Her previous pastorates include Lutheran churches in Franconia and Munich, Germany and a Reformed church in Orkney, Scotland. She earned a master of theology degree at Univesitat Erlangen in Germany and another theological degree from the Church of Scotland. She is currently pursuing a doctor of ministry degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She teaches at the German School in White Plains one day a week and maintains a blog, “Church and Society.” Special Music: Deborah Karpel, Soprano.
November 26 Imam Faiyaz Jaffer (Muslim) is the associate chaplain of the Islamic Center at New York University, where he is also a research scholar. After graduating from SUNY Stony Brook, he earned an M.A. in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University in England and also studied at the Islamic Seminary of Karbala in Iraq. An interfaith activist, he is a popular speaker at events across the country. Due to the political and social climate, he has been making strides in the greater New York area by taking part in a number of interfaith seminars and discussions in the hope of increasing dialogue with various faith leaders. His outreach efforts have allowed him to be featured in some of the country’s most prominent media outlets.
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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