This Week at Christ Church Riverdale

Mon., Sept. 29, 2014 - Mon. Oct. 6, 2014


Holy Eucharist - Weds., Oct. 1, 7 p.m. in the Church.


Celebration of the life of Saint Francis of Assisi- Sun., Oct. 5
We commemorate this beloved saint with the Blessing of the Animals at
10:45 a.m.
Friends and family are warmly invited to bring their pets and pictures of their pets for a blessing.


Welcoming Our New Director of Music- Nick Martellacci- Sun., Oct. 5

On Sun., we will welcome Nick Martellacci, as our new Director of Music.

Nick is a graduate of West Chester State College (now University) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a major in Organ and a Minor in Vocal/choral.  He has 42 years of professional experience in a variety of church settings and we look forward to working with him as we continue using our musical gifts for the Glory of God.


Choir Retreat- Oct. 4, 10 a.m.

All current and prospective choir members are invited to help kick off the new choir season with an extended rehearsal.  The main goal is to read through several of the anthems that will be performed between October and the end of the year.  The secondary goal is to get acquainted and enjoy each other’s company.  Choir members are asked to bring a bag lung.  Dessert will be provided.  Contact Nick at if you have any questions or would like more information.


Celebration of a New Ministry – Sun., Oct. 26, 2014, 4 p.m.     
You are cordially invited to participate in this special service at 4:00 p.m. as we officially welcome our new Rector, Fr. Andrew G. Butler III.  Our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche will preside at this service of Holy Eucharist.  There will be an 8:30 a.m. service that morning but no 11:00 a.m. service so that we can all come together to affirm the calling of Fr. Andrew and our ministry together.  A festive reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

Volunteers Needed

1-      Children’s Ministry—Please consider helping to form the next generation of disciples by becoming a Sunday School Teacher at Christ Church.  We have a dedicated group of volunteers who need your help to continue to grow our program.  Pray about how God is calling you to share your faith with our children.  Contact Marcia Callender at or Sarah Stevenson at to find out more.

2-      Coffee Hour Coordinator-  Are you good at communicating the importance of hospitality here at Christ Church and willing to remind us of the importance of our after-service food and fellowship?  Can you carry a clipboard around during coffee hour and ask people to sign up to host the coffee hour after one of our morning services?  Please contact Father Andrew at for more information.

3-      Altar Guild-  The current members of the Altar Guild are inviting Christ Church men and women to find out about their ministry and perhaps become a member of this important group.  If you are interested or just a bit curious, about what they do to prepare the altar and sanctuary for each service, please speak to Florence Maduro.

Visits to the Homebound

Please call the Rector at 718-514-1652, if you know of anyone who would like a visit or who wishes to receive communion at home.

Our Prayer List Begins Anew

Each Fall, we begin our Prayer List anew at the end of September.  If you would like someone to remain on the Prayer List or you would like to add someone to the Prayer List, please call the office 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. 


Feeding the Hungry

When you go grocery shopping this week, pick up canned or boxed food for the Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Marble Hill Food Bank.  There are a number of very needy families in these neighboring communities who are dependent on this Food Bank to feed their families.  There are boxes for collection in the Parish Hall and at the entrance to the church.  Monetary Donations may also be made.  People with cars are also needed to deliver the groceries to the Church of the Mediator.  See Anita Dutt for additional information.


Serving this week:

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.)                                  


October 5, 2014, The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

                            8:30 a.m.                                                    

Assistant    Kolu Baysah

Reader        Gina Miller

Usher          Derek Wolf

                             11 a.m.                                          

Assistants   Damaso Parets, Linda Smith

Readers       David Glass, Alice Leuenhagen

Ushers         Marcia Callender, Michele Disco, Sunday School, Kevin Jones

Acolyte        Johnnie Leuenhagen, Eddie Leuenhagen, Morgan Solomon


Altar Guild- 8:30 a.m.- Florence Maduro

                       11 a.m.- Kathleen McCann

                       Flowers – Aija Sears


Scriptures for Sunday  

First Lesson: Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20

Psalm 19

Second Lesson:  Philippians 3: 4b-14

Gospel: Mathew 21: 33-46



Week of Sept. 28   Aija Sears

    Oct. 5       Edie Monteagudo

    Oct. 12     Florence Maduro, Aija Sears

    Oct. 19     Margo Tyler

    Oct. 26     Edie Monteagudo


Birthdays Sept. 28 – Oct. 4

William Briggs, Justin Davies, Allen Dennison, Charles Dennison, Clay Jenkins,

Keira Jenkins, Robin Newman, Stephanie Roussel, Karen Selsey, Marlene Smith,

Margo Tyler.


Christopher & Elizabeth Mahoney, Anthony & Aija Sears

Faithful Departed

Wesley Babson, Enid Godden, Winfield Hinds, Antonio Prieto, Rudolf Reyman



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The Rev. Andrew G. Butler III, Rector

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

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Christ Church Riverdale

5030 Henry Hudson Parkway

The Bronx, New York  10471

Telephone 718 543 1011

Fax 718 543 1012