W. Kathleen (Kathy) Reid, 1940-2019

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The following obituary appeared on the www.catoredcreek.com website a few days ago. A memorial service is planned by Kathy’s long-time church, Chelsea Community Church, at its host church, St. Peter’s Chelsea (346 West 20th St., NY, NY), for Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. All who wish to honor her memory are welcome.

Kathleen “Kathy” Reid, 79, a former resident of Manhattan, NY, passed away on November 07, 2019. Born in the Town of Victory on August 24, 1940, Kathy was the daughter of the late S. Webster Reid and Loretto (Maroney) Reid.  Kathy graduated co-salutatorian from Red Creek Central Schools in 1958, and graduated cum laude from LeMoyne College in Syracuse in 1962. She received an MA in Religious Education from Catholic University of America in 1964/65. Her initial teaching career at Immaculata College for Women in Washington, D.C. was interrupted by a serious car accident in 1964. She then began to work in direct marketing, first in D.C. for the National Council of Catholic Men, then in New York City for Herder Publishers, and then for Scholastic Inc.

A seven-week federal jury case broke her corporate focus and led to Kathy starting Reid Resources, her own marketing consulting and creative direction company, which supported her comfortably until she retired in 2011.
Kathy was a volunteer for her non-denominational church, Chelsea Community Church. She also volunteered with the union of the FDNY after the attacks of 9/11/01, and for Rising Hope, where she taught in a spiritual education program in men’s prisons in Upstate New York. More recently, she had lived in her studio apartment in Manhattan, struggling with mobility and other health issues.

Kathy was predeceased by her parents, S. Webster Reid, and Loretto (Maroney) Reid; a sister, Betty Dowd; and a brother, Web Reid. She is survived by her sisters, Joyce (Tom) Beman, Margaret Blondell, Linda (Dick) Pullen, and, Melanie (Jimmy) Boyd; a special friend, Joelma Soares; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours or services. Kathy wishes were to donate her body to medical research. For those wishing to make contributions in Kathys name, they may do so to the Chelsea Community Church, 346 W 20th St., New York, NY, 10011. Arrangements were entrusted with the Becker-Keysor Funeral Home, Red Creek. www.catoredcreek.com

Rev. Joseph J. Nicholson To Be New Pastoral Counselor

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CCC is pleased to announce that the Rev Joseph J. Nicholson  will become CCC’s  new pastoral counselor beginning 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 welcome Rev. Nicholson to our church and our community!




CCC Pastoral Counselor, Part-Time Job Notice

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Finders/Seekers Booklet JOB NOTICE

SEEKING:   Part-Time Pastoral Counselor

Chelsea Community Church, a non-denominational Christian, lay-led, small congregation with a strong commitment to inclusivity, is seeking a clergy person or seminarian to serve as our pastoral counselor.  Please note that worship is primarily a function of the lay leadership.  The pastoral counselor’s focus is on pastoral care and community building.

The work involves approximately five to twelve hours per week of:

  • Attending our Sunday services and the hospitality time that follows (beginning at 12 noon, at St. Peter’s Church, 346 W. 20thStreet in Manhattan)
  • Being available for pastoral counseling
  • Visiting the sick or shut-ins as needed
  • Preaching once every six to eight weeks
  • Coming to our monthly Board of Trustees meetings (on request)
  • Attending a book discussion group before the Sunday Service (optional)

Further duties might be developed in discussion with a candidate, according to the gifts and interests of the applicant.

Our congregation now averages about 20 regular attendees, with a mailing list of over 100 and with special services drawing 75 to 450. Our website address is www.chelseachurch.org.

The stipend is $140 per week for the 46-47 weeks that we have services plus an extra $140 for the month of August when there are no services plus $140 for each occasion of preaching.

Our current Pastoral Counselor is leaving after three and a half years of service because her work in other areas has expanded substantially. Therefore, we would like to begin discussions and interviewing as soon as possible.

To learn more about the congregation or to apply, please contact and/or send a resume to Hilda Regier, chair of the Board of Trustees, at hregier@rcn.com  or leave a message at 212-886-5463.

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Rev. Beth Perry resigns as CCC pastoral counselor

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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.

Information regarding the search for a new pastoral counselor will be posted here as soon as it is available.

CCC Members & Friends Help Beautify Chelsea

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CCC is proud to boast that many of its members and friends are also involved with even more of their neighbors to help beautify Chelsea with their gardening efforts, especially on 7th, 8th, and 9th Avenues. Thank you to Chelsea Now for recognizing everyone’s efforts on the occasion of this year’s garden tour!  This season, take time to “make a pit stop” to appreciate these oases of nature and color in our midst! And thank a gardener.


Green Thumbs and Elbow Grease: Chelsea Garden Club Highlights Its Pit Work


Rick Carrier’s Conservationist Legacy Honored in June Ceremony

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Musical Celebration Recalls Rick Carrier’s Conservation Legacy


42nd Candlelight Carol Service, Sunday Dec. 18th, 6 p.m.

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The nondenominational Chelsea Community Church’s 42nd Annual Candlelight Carol Service, comprising Scripture lessons, a choir and congregational singing, will take place on Sunday, December 18, at 6 p.m. at its host church, the historic St. Peter’s Chelsea (346 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).  The event is free; an offering will be accepted.

The choir, under the direction of Larry J. Long (see below), will present choral music from the ancient plainsong chant “Hodie Christus natus est” (Today, Christ is born) to John Rutter’s contemporary “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” (UK). Other music includes Stephen Paulus’ “Halelu” (US), the early 17th century British composer Thomas Weelkes’ “Magnificat,” “Lo, how a rose e’er blooming” by Michael Praetorius (Germany), the opening movement of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria in excelsis” (Italy) plus Jacques Berthier’s Taizé chant “Gloria in excelsis” (France). The choir will be accompanied by internationally recognized organist Christopher Houlihan (see below), along with harp and flute/piccolo.

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Veteran Broadway singer/actor Arbender Robinson (right) will read Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”  St. Peter’s Church stands on land that was part of Moore’s estate. Mr. Robinson has appeared on Broadway in Hairspray, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Hair, Ragtime, The Book of Mormon, Beautiful, and Shuffle Along. He is also a teaching artist working with many organizations across the country, and is a huge advocate for autism awareness and research.

Rick Carrier, 1925-2016

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Longtime CCC member and Chelsea neighbor Rick Carrier died quietly on December 12. He was 91. Rick was a World War II veteran; he-9 landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day and later was among those who discovered and liberated Buchenwald. He was a recipient of the prestigious French Legion of Honor Award. In 1959 he wrote and produced a feature motion picture entitled Strangers in the City, which has been shown on Turner Classic Movies several times. He wrote four successful how-to books and founded a non-profit organization to raise awareness for the then endangered bald eagle. With help from Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso, Rick persuaded President Reagan to declare June 20th Bald Eagle Day, still recognized by over 47 states.

The lay-led service on Sunday, January 1, at Chelsea Community Church, will include a dedication to the memory of Rick Carrier, with special music by Pam Palmieri, Charles Ramsey, and Leslie Barth.

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CCC’s 41st Annual Candlelight Carol Service, December 6, 6 p.m.

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featuring music from the 15th to the 21st centuries

Chelsea Community Church’s 41st Annual Candlelight Carol Service, comprising Scripture lessons, a choir and congregational singing, will take place on Sunday, December 13, at 6 p.m. at its host church, the historic St. Peter’s Chelsea (346 West 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).  The event is free; an offering will be accepted.

The choir, under the direction of Larry J. Long, will present choral music ranging from the 15th century French carol “Saw you never, in the twilight” arranged by Robert J. Powell to Mr. Long’s own “Annunciation Carol,” premiered at the 2014 service. Other music includes J.S. Bach’s “Break forth, O beauteous, heavenly light”; Hans Leo Hassler’s “Dixit Maria”;  early American composer William Billings’ “Methinks I see an heavenly host”; Carl Schalk’s “Before the Marvel of This Night”, and a wonderfully fun arrangement of “Ding! Dong! Merrily on high” by Swedish composer Anders Öhrwall. The choir will be accompanied for the third year by internationally recognized organist Christopher Houlihan and a string quartet.

Film, stage and TV actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. will read Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”  St. Peter’s Church stands on land that was part of Moore’s estate. Mr. Whitlock has amassed a wide variety of powerful roles, from his portrayal of Senator Clay Davis on HBO’s popular series The Wire to playing a sympathetic doctor in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and his captivating portrayal of Joe in Christopher Shinn’s renowned Off-Broadway play Four, for which he was nominated for a Lucille Lortelle Award as Outstanding Featured Actor.  He has had memorable guest appearances on Law and Order, along with noteworthy characters developed in Spike Lee’s 25th Hour and Peter Hedges’ film Pieces of April. (Mr. Whitlock’s photo by Leslie Hassler)

Chelsea Now features St. Peter’s as “Music Magnet” for the Chelsea Community

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… including a nod to Music in Chelsea founder and CCC member Thad McGar.

Thank you, Scott Stiffler and Chelsea Now, for covering these fine community and NYC resources!

St. Peter’s is the gracious host to many organizations and events, including AA and Girl Scout meetings, as well as to  Pictorial Photographers of America, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016.