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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TO READ “A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS” AT CCC’s 42nd ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE 

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, who 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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ACTOR ISIAH WHITLOCK JR. TO READ A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS AT
CHELSEA COMMUNITY CHURCH CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE
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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http://chelseanow.com/2015/11/st-peters-chelsea-is-a-magnet-for-music/

… 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.


Annual Blessing of Animals this Sunday, October 18, 12 p.m.

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Chelsea News’s advance article on the upcoming BLESSING OF ANIMALS at CCC. Hope to see all you species and your humans there!

Eric Barsness of Puppies Behind Bars will be guest speaker; Otto Walberg, tenor (a form of howling or meowing or growling human sound production)  will be lay leader and provide special music (see below), in addition to that provided by our music director, Jeff Cubeta.

http://chelseanow.com/2015/10/community-activities-week-of-oct-15-2015/

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Rev. Elizabeth A. (Beth) Perry to be new pastoral counselor

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe welcome Rev. Elizabeth Perry to be CCC’s new pastoral counselor. She joins us for our first fall service on September 13, 2015. She succeeds Rev. John Magisano, who served as CCC’s pastoral counselor from 2004-2015. Rev. Perry has more than 20 years in pastoral experience in small and mid-size congregations, including counseling and spiritual direction. More recently, she has also been an educator, writer, consultant and public speaker.

Ordained in the United Methodist Church, she now has Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ. She holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and is now a Safe Sanctuary consultant working to protect children from abuse. Ready to join us on September13, Beth says “I am glad for this opportunity to become a part of Chelsea Community Church! I’m looking forward to getting to know you all individually as well as to finding ways we can work together corporately to be the church in the community!”

 


Pastoral Counselor Job Opening

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WWII Veteran Rick Carrier shares war experiences on November 10th

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WWII Army veteran Frederick (“Rick”) Carrier, a Chelsea resident, shares his war stories on November 10 at St. Peter’s Church, Chelsea.  A dynamic and decorated storyteller, Mr. Carrier landed in the first wave of the Normandy invasion, served in five major European battles, including Gen. Patton’s last battle, and discovered Camp Buchenwald.  For his distinguished service he has been awarded the prestigious French Legion of Honor.

Where: Hosted by St. Peter’s Church, Chelsea, 346 West 20th Street, NYC  When: Monday, November 10, 6:30-8 pm, including refreshments following talk.

Suggested donations:  $20 (adults); $10 (seniors/students) and free for veterans and First Responders.  Donations will benefit the much needed restorations of historic St. Peter’s Church.