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, July 21: Pastor K. Todd Stout (Seventh Day Adventist) is the senior pastor of Church of the Advent Hope in Manhattan. He moved into this role in 2010, after being an associate pastor at the church. Before coming to New York, he was in a pastorate in Indianapolis for five years. He holds an M.Div. degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. His message will be “That Which Inhibits Personal Growth”, and the relevant scripture is Matthew 12: 9-14. Lay Leader: Wayne Kammerer
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 Whelan Room of the Rectory. We recently began discussion The People on Second Street by Jenny Moore. The wife of Paul Moore, who later became the Episcopal bishop of New York, recalls their eight years in a Jersey City slum parish.
We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
July 28 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: Anthony Santelmo Jr
There will be no services in August. The next service will be September 8.
REV. JOSEPH J. NICHOLSON IS CCC’s NEW PASTORAL COUNSELOR
The Rev. Joseph J. Nicholson will become the pastoral counselor for Chelsea Community Church the first week of April. He succeeds Rev. Elizabeth A. Perry, who has been in the part-time position since September 2015. She submitted her resignation due to an increased workload with BeADisciple.com, where she teaches on-line courses.
Rev. Nicholson is a chaplain with the EMS division of the New York City Fire Department. He began this work in 2014 in an internship during his studies at Union Theological Seminary. His supervisor in the internship was Rev. Stephen Harding, who was then the rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Chelsea. After completion of the internship, Rev. Nicholson stayed on as a chaplain in the EMS division. “This kind of chaplaincy differs from hospital or hospice chaplaincy, the type most people are familiar with, in that my primary role is ‘ministry by presence,’” Rev. Nicholson explains. “I often describe it to the people I work with as ‘I am here to represent God, whatever God you may believe in, on scene and to provide moral and spiritual support in any way that I am able.” He received his master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 2016 and is currently enrolled in the master of sacred theology program there. He expects to receive that degree in 2020.
Ordained by the American Fellowship Church, a nondenominational Protestant church in 2017, Rev. Nicholson remains active in the Episcopal church. He is a licensed lay Eucharistic minister in the Episcopal diocese of New York and has been a lay service leader at St. Peter’s since 2014. He has been the officiant at a Sunday evening service at St. Peter’s that has been temporarily suspended. Prior to beginning his seminary studies, Rev. Nicholson was an entrepreneur. He developed several financial services enterprises and created an apparel company that sold the products it designed and manufactured via the Internet.
We hope to see you soon to help us welcome Rev. Nicholson to our church and community.
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