CCC’s 46th Annual Candlelight Carol Service – albeit with a twist – this Sunday, December 13

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CCC’s 46th annual Candlelight Carol Service will be help this year – 2020 ! – online via Zoom technology!  Click here!

Sam Shull follows Jeff Cubeta as CCC Music Director

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Chelsea Community Church is pleased to welcome Sam Shull as our new music director. He begins just in time to help us meet the challenge of working with the congregation while wet meet via Zoom.

Sam is also active in the music ministry at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan as a pianist and organist. Previously he was director of music/organist at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Brooklyn and interim organist/pianist at the New Dorp Moravian Church in Staten Island. He has also been the accompanist for the Empire City Men’s Chorus and Choral Chameleon as well as the New York City Department of Education All-City Chorus. He has also served as a teaching artist/accompanist for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute and Harlem School of the Arts. He is a graduate of Carleton College and of Berklee College of Music.

His full-time occupation is as a software engineer at Sailthru in Manhattan, a position he has held since 2016.

We thank our departing music director, Jeff Cubeta, and wish him all the best in his next musical adventures and on his life’s path.


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This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday. All four gospels tell the story of the triumphal ride of Jesus to Jerusalem. The first to be written was that in Mark 11:1-10.  The other accounts are Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:29-38 and John 12:12-15. The stories are similar in all four, but–just as has happened in retellings of tales over the centuries–details change a bit. Mark reports “leafy branches” being spread before the colt on which Jesus rode. Matthew refers to them as “branches from trees.” Luke says “people kept spreading their cloaks on the road,” not mentioning any foliage being tossed before Jesus.  The only identification of palm branches is in John’s gospel, the last of the four to be written.
Do the variations matter? What is the central message of the four accounts?

Meditation for Sunday, March 29, 2020

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Hilda Regier, Chair of the CCC Board of Trustees posts the following; feel free to comment in the space provided below.

We are beginning the week before Palm Sunday. According to Scripture, what was Jesus doing then? Here’s the account recorded in John 12:1-11:

  1. Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
  2. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5. “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denaris and the money given to the poor?” 6. (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7. Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
  3. When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, 11. since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

We can’t meet, but we can read and discuss …

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As you probably know, CCC has, like most organizations, felt compelled to cancel its worship services and in-person activities for the foreseeable future in an effort to help combat the spread of Covid-19.  Nonetheless, there are things we can do together as a community.  Our speaker at this Sunday’s worship service (March 22) was to have been Rev. Valerie Holly. She had titled her sermon “An Important Conversation Then and Now.

The scriptures she had selected from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible are Genesis 16:7-13 and John 4:5-15, 24-30, and 39-42. You can find these passages at, in almost any version of the Bible you prefer. “The main scripture for my sermon,” Dr. Holly indicated, “is from the Gospel of John. Since March is Women’s History Month, I am looking at how John describes the way God uses the Samaritan woman to engage, communicate, and to demonstrate the worth of women and God’s love and welcome to all people.”  We invite you to read the scripture  passages in consideration of her theme, and to post any comments and questions you may have. Let’s see if we can use THIS forum as a way to come together and share community…  Please participate via the “leave a  comment” option in the upper right.

W. Kathleen (Kathy) Reid, 1940-2019

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The following obituary appeared on the 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.

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

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  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, another of her activities, has increased greatly. 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, 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