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.
Rev. Beth Perry Resigns as CCC’s Pastoral Counselor (see below)
CCC Seeks New Pastoral Counselor
(see “blog” page here for further information)
This Sunday, 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. She will also provide special music for the service. Her message will be “Lifting Up Our Offerings” and the relevant scripture passages are Exodus 35: 21-29, Exodus 30: 11-16, Matthew 6: 12-15, and Mark 12: 13-17. Robert Perretti, Lay Leader.
For an overview of recent speakers, click on “Events,” above, then then on “Speakers & Special Music.”
Rabbi DeBlosi will provide special music for our service on Sunday.
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 February 17 the group began reading Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career, 2nd Edition, by James M. Kittelson and Hans H. Wiersma
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 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
March 3 Eddie Cuadrado (Roman Catholic) is the case manager of the youth program Common Unity at Exodus Transitional Community in Manhattan, which utilizes trauma-informed care. He holds a master of professional studies degree from the New York Theological Seminary program in Sing Sing Correctional Facility and a B.S. in business administration from Marist College. He was released from prison in November 2017.
March 10 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 teaches two religion courses at the College of New Rochelle.
March 17 Imam Chernor Sa’ad Jalloh (Islamic) has been the imam of the Islamic Cultural Center in New York since January 2013. He joined the Center’s staff in 2002 as an assistant imam and was appointed acting imam in 2010. Born in Sierra Leone, he studied theology in Saudi Arabia. He came to the United States in 2001 and is now a naturalized citizen.
March 24 Rev. Dr. Lauren Hunter (American Baptist) provides pulpit supply ministry at the First Baptist Church in Bronxville. She was previously assistant pastor at Union Square Restoration Temple Ministries, a nondenominational congregation, and a minister on the staff of Potter’s House Church of the Living God in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A guidance counselor at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, she earned an M.Div. degree at New York Theological Seminary and an Ed.D. at North Central University in Minnesota. She also holds master’s degrees in counseling and education administration.
March 31 Mel Lehman (Mennonite) is the executive director of Common Humanity, an organization he founded in 2009 to build better understanding about the people of the Middle East. He previously worked for 20 years at the National Council of Churches as an editor focusing on international humanitarian issues. During that time he visited the Middle East a number of times and became increasingly aware that the ordinary people he met there were very unlike the images of Middle Easterners he was seeing in the U.S. media. He earned an M.A. in theology at Union Theological Seminary and an M.A. in literature at Columbia University.
REV. BETH PERRY RESIGNS AS CCC PASTORAL COUNSELOR
Rev. Elizabeth A. Perry, our pastoral counselor, has submitted her resignation because her workload at BeADisciple.com, another of her activities, has increased greatly. BeADisciple.com offers online courses and workshops to church leaders and laity. Rev. Beth has been our pastoral counselor since September 2015. She has generously counseled many in our congregation and visited those who have been hospitalized. She was particularly attentive to Hugo Saurny in his last months and helped plan his funeral. She has also led several coffee hour discussions and energized some in the congregation to participate in a protest against an undocumented immigrant’s deportation. In addition to her work at Chelsea Community Church and BeADisciple.com, Rev. Beth teaches two religion courses at the College of New Rochelle and isa church consultant on reducing the risk of child abuse in the church. She is also on the faculty of the University of Phoenix’s Jersey City campus where she was honored as part of the “faculty of the year” last September. A wife, mother, and grandmother as well, she is a very busy person. Our best wishes go with her as she leaves us to serve the wider world.
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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