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.
— Best wishes to all for the New Year! —
This Sunday, January 20: Mary Sheeran (Episcopal) is the author of three novels. The latest, Banished from Memory, set in 1960 Hollywood, concerns the effects of the blacklist on two families; it will be released this spring.Her previous novels are Quest of the Sleeping Princess (2012), a fictional tour of the mythic underpinnings of George Balanchine’s ballets, and Who Have the Power (2006), a historical novel about the effects of 1860s silver mining on Native tribes in Nevada. A classically trained soprano, she has sung leads in operas in New York City and the Midwest and performed in solo recitals and cabaret shows in Manhattan.She received an M.Div. degree from New York Theological Seminary.
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. On November 18 we started a new book of stories also edited by C. Michael Curtis: Faith Stories; Short Fiction on the Varieties and Vagaries of Faith. On Sunday, January 20, we will discuss Sister Imelda by Edna O’Brien and Full Day by Reynolds Price.
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
January 27 Rev. Robert Brashear (Presbyterian), now retired from active ministry, performs as a singer and guitaristin various venues and community gatherings. He was the pastor of West Park Presbyterian Church for 15 years. During that time he also served as chairman of the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing. Special Music: Aaron Lee Butler, tenor/baritone.
February 3 Martine Bruno (United Church of Christ) is working toward dual masters degrees: an M.S.W. degree at the University of Connecticut and an M.Div. at Yale Divinity School. She previously received an M.A. degree in pastoral care from New York Theological Seminary. During her studies there she was a resident chaplain with Lutheran Services and also with NYU. A soprano, she has been a soloist at Chelsea Community Church numerous times and has sung at venues that range from subway platforms to Carnegie Hall as well as on European tours. A graduate of SUNY Purchase, she has studied at the Conservatorio Di Mantova in Italy. She will also provide special music for this service.
February 10 To Be Announced
February 17 Lay Service
February 24 Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi (Reformed Jewish) is the manager of religious life at New York University’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student life. She also teaches an all-denominational conversational course, “Sex, Love and Romance.” She earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in performance studies at NYU and an M.A. in Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Institute of Religion at Hebrew Union College. Special Music: Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi, soprano.
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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