Christ Church Riverdale
This Week
Christ Church Riverdale
November  17-24, 2014  

Holy Eucharist - Wednesday, November 19  at 7 p.m. in the Church.            

                               Sunday, November 23 at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.


May She Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory

A Memorial Service for Eladia Bing, a long time member of

Christ Church Riverdale, will be held on Saturday, November 22 at 11 a.m.


Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service- Tuesday, November 25, 7 p.m.

The Annual Thanksgiving Service is sponsored by the Interfaith Clergy Conference of Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Spuyten Duyvil & Marble Hill.  It will take place at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church at 4765 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx NY 10471, 718 796 5560.

Monday, November 17- Vestry Meeting- 7:15 p.m.



Call for Musicians

All musicians in the parish are invited to add their talents to our weekly worship.  Singers are invited to join the Adult Choir or Choristers.  String, wind or brass players who would like to perform a favorite selection should speak directly to our Director of Music, Nick Martellacci, or email him at  Keyboard players are welcome to play solo literature or help out with accompaniments.


Annual Altar Guild Bake Sale- Sunday, November 23 after both services

Pick up some baked goods for your Thanksgiving dinner or just a little something to eat during coffee hour.  All proceeds are used to support the work of the Guild. Donations of cakes and cookies will be accepted on Saturday and early Sunday.


 As has been our custom, members of our parish are asked to donate FROZEN TURKEYS (under 15 lbs.) to those in need at the Church of the Mediator, Kingsbridge.  There are an increasing number of people there who are unemployed, underemployed and/or have no benefits.  Please bring frozen turkeys to the Parish House on Sunday, November 23.  If you can also bring some canned vegetables to complete the feast, that would be greatly appreciated.

Please Note:  A car and driver will be needed to deliver the turkeys and canned goods to the Church of the Mediator after the 11 a.m. service on November 23.


Also, the Sharing Community, Yonkers is hosting its annual Thanksgiving meal for close to 300 of the neediest members of their community.  They would appreciate donations.  Please mail your checks to P.O. Box 657, Yonkers, NY 10702.  You may also volunteer to serve at the Sharing Community on Thanksgiving Eve or Day.  Call 914 963 2626 Ext 245 by Monday, November 17 to reserve a time.

The entire parish is invited to celebrate the Christmas Season with food and fellowship at the Christ Church Rectory on Friday, December 19 from 6-9 pm. Please bring a dish or beverage to share.  Dessert items are also welcome.  No need to RSVP just drop in and enjoy. 
Pledges for 2015
(as of November 17)


The Nominating Committee is soliciting names of CCR members, in good standing, who are interested in serving on the Vestry.  Elections will take place at the Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for January 25, 2015.  We will elect one warden and four vestry members.  Contact Geoff Doughlin, Chair at to nominate, or speak to one of the Committee Members:  Marcia Callender, Ryland Clarke, Michele Disco, Damaso Parets & Clotilde Stenson.


Father Andrew will be offering an Intergenerational Inquirers Class for anyone from Grade 8 through Adults.  Those interested  are invited to attend three one-hour classes following 11 a.m. worship.  Come learn, discuss, and consider.

     November 30- Our History- From Roman Catholic to Anglo Catholic

     January 4- Our Beliefs- Via Media and the Three Legged Stool

     January 18- Our Governance, Current Issues- The Big Tent!

On February 1, Bishop Stacy Sauls will preside at our 11 a.m. worship to confirm and receive new members into The Episcopal Church.


One of the highlights of the Christmas Season at Christ Church Riverdale is the Annual Christmas Pageant.  This year, it will take place during the Sunday Worship Service on December 21. 

There will be three rehearsals:  Sunday, December 7 and 14 during Sunday School and Saturday, December 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

If you would like your child to participate, please sign up with Marcia Callender or Sarah Stevenson by November 30.


We continue to pray for the repose of the souls of

Elizabeth Alers, Laura Cohn, Marie Louise French, Rosalie Kunze


We remember those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries- 

November 16 - 22:

Monica Adames-Robinson, Maureen Elliot, Hali Miller, Taj Onyango, Christine Rubic, Robert Shuman, Christopher Tortora,

Richard & Susan Baldwin, Arnold & Monica Adames-Robinson


Visits and Prayers

Please call the Rector at (718) 514-1652, if you or someone you know would like a visit or wishes to receive communion at home. If you would like to add someone to the Prayer List, please call (718) 543-1011 or email


Flower Memorials

Sponsoring altar flowers is a special way to remember a loved one who has died, celebrate a birthday, anniversary or special occasion. Please visit the Flower Calendar on the bulletin board at the entrance to the Parish Hall, sign up on the calendar for the Sunday/s of your choice, fill in the form and follow the directions.


If you are unable to serve, please call the office or email us at so that we can arrange for an alternate; Assistants are asked to arrange for their own replacements.       


November 23, 2014- The Last Sunday after Pentecost- Christ the King

                            8:30 a.m.                                                    

Assistant    James Onyango

Reader        Lisa Desamours

Usher          Derek Wolf

                             11 a.m.                                          


 Kenneth Forde, Margo Tyler

Readers       Kenneth Forde, Suzanne Klein

Ushers         Mario Badiali, Carl Badiali, Marcella Day, Kevin Jones



Altar Guild- 

8:30 a.m.-Florence Maduro                       

11 a.m.-  Judith Onyango 

Flowers -  Aija Sears



Scriptures for Sunday  

First Lesson: Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24

Psalm 95: 1-7a

Second Lesson:  Ephesians 1: 15-23 

Gospel: Mathew 25: 31-46



Week of   November 16    Florence Maduro

                  November 23    Margo Tyler

                  November 30    Aija Sears

                  December 7       Edie Monteagudo

                  December 14     Florence Maduro

                  December 21     Aija Sears

                  December 28     Margo Tyler


Our Leaders

All Members of Christ Church Riverdale, Ministers
The Rev. Andrew G. Butler III, Rector
Mr. Nick Martellacci, Director of Music and Organist
Mr. James Onyango, Verger and Sexton
Ms. Jean Godden, Office Manager
Mr. John Mueser and Dr. Geoffrey Doughlin, Wardens

Kolu Baysah, Marcia Callender, Anita Dutt, Susan Hinkson,

Gunther Kilsch, John Leuenhagen, Verona Pinion, Lauren Scott,

Gary Solomon, Sarah Stevenson, David Talbird and Katherine Valyi, Vestry Members

Suzanne M. Klein, Editor- This Week at CCR

Christ Church Riverdale
5030 Henry Hudson Parkway East
The Bronx, NY  10471
718 543 1011
fax 718 543 1012