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

 


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

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BROADWAY ACTOR ARBENDER ROBINSON 
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.


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!”

 


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.


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.