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!

 

 

 


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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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.


Thad M. McGar 1927-2013

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MCGAR THAD 4833853_4833853_AuthorPhotoThad Martin McGar died peacefully at home on December 30, 2013 at the age of 86.

A long-time resident of the Chelsea neighborhood, Thad was active in his block association and with Chelsea Community Church where he managed the Candlelight Carol Service Choir for 25 years in addition to serving as a Trustee and Chair of the Board.  He also revived and ran the Music in Chelsea concert series from 1991 to 2002. Proceeds from the series benefited the restoration fund of the host St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea.

He volunteered for many years at Brooklyn Botanical Garden, working in the Bonsai collection and serving as interim keeper of the collection when the Bonsai master died unexpectedly.  He was also active with the New York Community Chorus and the Hudson Guild writing class.

Thad self-published Florida’s Way (and other stories), a collection of short stories, in 2012.

Thad was born in 1927 in Houston, Texas to Mike Martin and Nettie Odessa (nee Hare) McGar and grew up in East Texas, England and Venezuela.  He served in the U. S. Army just after World War II and earned a BFA at the University of Texas in Austin on the GI Bill. 

He came to New York City in 1952 and trained in the then new technique of color transparency retouching under Estelle Friedman.  He became one of the top retouchers in the city and worked on the images of some of the most famous models of the ‘50’ s through ‘80’s. In the 1960’s, he introduced transparency-retouching technology first to London and then to Hamburg, Germany, creating Creative Colour companies in both cities with his associates from Creative Color in New York.  In the early 1970’s, he opened Welbeck Studio in New York with partner Shelly Clayman.  He retired in 1989.

He touched many people with his light.  He is survived by his husband, Paul Bodden, his mother-in-law and sisters-in-law, 5 nephews and 8 great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for April 5 at Chelsea Community Church at 346 West  20th Street, New York, NY 10011 at 12 noon.  Donations may be made to Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Habitat for Humanity or to Chelsea Community Church at the address above.


St. Peter’s Dedicates Historic Painting

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UnveilingofWWIIpaintingatSt crpd & rszdWWII veteran Rick Carrier, center, was invited by St. Peter’s new Interim Pastor, the Rev. Stephen Harding, right, to participate in the unveiling of this historic  painting above its side altar. The painting is entitled “Our Lord Blesses a Soldier and Sailor” and was done in 1946 by retired U.S. Army Colonel and former St. Peter’s member Theodore Witonski, who donated it to the church and whose later work was collected by major museums and galleries.  In the 1950s St. Peter’s congregation felt it was too militaristic for a church and decided that it would be covered.  The unveiling, held during St. Peter’s worship service on November 10 in honor of Veterans’ Day, drew media interest. Peter Witonski, the artist’s son, left, attended, as did several dozen members of the NYC Fire Department.  Rev. Harding also serves as the Protestant Chaplain for the first responders.

Musician Jerry Scott: Memorial Service, May 4, 2013

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SCOTT Jerry Memorial Photo 0001 crpd & rszdJerry Scott, extraordinary Manhattan entertainer whose stellar renditions over a span of 40 years encompassed every genre of music from show tunes to standards to pop to operetta to ragtime, died peacefully on April 4 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx after a valiant struggle with cancer, at age 67.  On any given night, his repertory might range from versatile interpretations of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin or Gershwin to tearing down the rafters with a raucous sing-along in an over-packed, noisy room. He had a repertoire of more than 2500 songs. Jerry considered Chelsea Community Church “his NYC church” and in addition to accompanying various Church soloists numbered many CCCers as friends.  At Jerry’s request, his memorial service was held at  Chelsea Community Church in St. Peter’s Church, on May 4.

CCC to Host Memorial Service for Neighbor John Johnson

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John Johnson at his tree pit garden on West 22nd Street (photo: Andra Gabrielle)

On March 3rd at 2 p.m. Chelsea Community Church will host a memorial service for long-time Chelsea neighbor John Johnson, who died January 19 at the age of 88. The service will be at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 346 West 20th Street. All are welcome. A retired seaman originally from New Jersey, Johnson was a decades-long resident of West 22nd Street. Read more


Merle Lister Honored by Hudson Guild

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Hudson Guild award recipient Merle Lister

CCC member and trustee Merle Lister received Hudson Guild’s Senior Service Award at the Guild’s 2012 Dr. Elliott Celebration awards dinner on December 6th. Merle, a long-time community activist, moved to New York City from Toronto in 1962 and opened a dance studio in Chelsea. The following year she began teaching dance for the Guild on the first floor of the original settlement house building. In 1987 the Guild’s senior services director hired her to share a programming position, and she became involved in teaching dance and exercise classes, worked with the ticket club, ran birthday parties and led trips for the Guild’s senior center. Her seniors dance company performed throughout the City. She also joined Jim Furlong’s Community Theater Group, performing in a number of plays — once on a Chelsea pier in   celebration of the Guild’s 100th anniversary.