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 Fr. Stephen Harding
of St. Peter’s Chelsea, our host church,
on his appointment as the next rector of
Grace Church, Martha’s Vineyard.
Farewell, and thank you!
November 2018 marks the centenary of the end
of what was then known as The Great War.
This Sunday, November 18: 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 and this fall is teaching two religion courses at the College of New Rochelle.
For an overview of recent speakers, click on “Events,” above, then then on “Speakers & Special Music.”
Lucille Carr-Kaffashan, above, will provide special music this Sunday, November 18.
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. We are currently reading selections from God Stories, edited by C. Michael Curtis. November 18, we will start a new book of stories also edited by C. Michael Curtis: Faith: Stories; short fiction of the varieties and vagaries of faith. We will discuss Voyage Four: 1661 by James A. Michener and Music on the Muscatatuck by Jessamyn West. So it’s time to order the new book! Hope to see you all at the discussions or to read your comments about the stories when you cannot attend. All are welcome; join us! If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
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
November 25 Min. George Chochos (Baptist) received a master of sacred theology degree from Yale Divinity School this year. In 2016 he earned an M.Div. degree at Yale and received the Wolcott Calkins Prize, a preaching award. Earlier he earned a master of professional studies degree in urban ministry in the New York Theological Seminary program in Sing Sing Correctional Facility. Subsequently, he taught a writing class in a Rising Hope programin Woodbourne Correctional Facility. He is an associate minister at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Albany. While attending Yale, he was involved in several projects in New Haven, including coordinating the Yale President’s Public Service Fellowship Program.
December 2 Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard (United Church of Christ) served as associate minister for membership, care and parish life at The Riverside Church of New York for 14 years. She was also the minister for interfaith and ecumenical relations for the 1,200-member congregation. The founding president of the Project People Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds education and employment training programs in southern Africa and the United States, she has raised over $1.8-million for its activities. She is a clergy mentor for the Union Theological Seminary-Lilly Foundation/VISION Program and serves on the board of the Harlem Hebrew Charter School. She holds an M.S. in education from Fordham University and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary.
December 9 Rev. Stephen H. Phelps (Presbyterian) is honorably retired from ministry in his denomination. From 2011-14, he was the interim senior minister at The Riverside Church in Manhattan. He previously served in a similar capacity at first Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. Before coming to New York City, he was a Presbyterian minister in Buffalo. He received his M.Div. degree from Yale Divinity School and is currently writing a book on Job. Special Music: Mary Sheeran, soprano
December 16 Rev. Dana Fenton (American Baptist) teaches sociology at Lehman College where she is a tenured lecturer. She has just completed a two-year term as grievance counselor for full-time faculty at Lehman through its union, the Professional Faculty Conference. She earned M.Div. and M.Phil. degrees at Union Theological Seminary and has an M.Phil. in sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is a former pastor of churches in Long Beach and Queens.
December 23 Lay-Led Service
December 30 Rev. Gary Arthur (Pentecostal) is an officer in the 10thPolice Precinct, which serves the Chelsea community. He has been with the Police Department for 22 years and is also an ordained minister. He earned as master’s degree in theology at Community Bible Institute and Seminary in Brooklyn.
Wednesdays! Choir rehearsals for our annual Candlelight Carol Service have begun! It’s a volunteer choir (no auditions), and everyone is welcome. If you are interested in singing for this beautiful December evening service – now a long-standing Chelsea tradition – please let us know! SINGERS STILL WELCOME, ESPECIALLY TENORS!
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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