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.
This Sunday, October 15:
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.
For an overview of recent speakers, click on “Events,” above, then then on “Speakers & Special Music.”
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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, October 22, we will continue to discusss Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong, Chapter 2, pages 53-77 (The Abbasids, The Esoteric Movements)If you have questions or would like more information, email RevBethPerry@gmail.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
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.
From St. Peter’s Church, Events to Share: Members and friends of CCC are expressly invited to participate.
My Sisters and Brothers –
I am writing to remind you that our second Adult Education Seminar, “Leadership in Public Theology”, begins tonight [October 2] at 6:00pm in the Rectory, and to invite you to help us as we develop a plan for sustainable church at St. Peter’s. The texts, objectives, and topics covered in each session are provided below. You do not have to come to every session to participate in this class.
I also want to let you know that the Diocesan Liturgy Festival, scheduled for October 7, has been cancelled. In its place, Bishop Dietsche has announced that there will be a service for the Victims of Natural Disaster in the Caribbean and Mexico, Saturday, October 7 at 12:00 Noon in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.…
All my best,
The Reverend Stephen Harding
St Peter’s Chelsea
October 15, 12 p.m. Annual Blessing of Animals
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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