Christ Church Riverdale 
This Week
Christ Church Riverdale
November  24 - December 1, 2014  

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.

Holy Eucharist - Wednesday, November 26  at 7 p.m. in the Church.            

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



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.  

ALTERNATIVE GIFTS-  Sundays in Advent after each service

Give family members and friends presents that change the world and build peace in our "global village".
Gifts for Life Market- Pigs, job training, medicines, eye surgery, solar cookers, bicycles, micro loans, rain forest acreage, relief for orphans and shelter for the homeless are just some of the life giving gifts you can make possible.

                                                   OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON-
Saturdays & Sundays during Advent, 9a.m.-5p.m.

Christ Church Riverdale will be open for prayer, meditation and contemplation on Saturdays and Sundays during Advent.  If you need a quiet place to experience the hope of the Christmas Season and retreat from the commercialism of the Holiday Season, the Church will be open.

Friday, December 19, 6-9p.m.

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. 


Planning is underway for a vigil in NYC on Sunday, December 7.  This is a multi-faith effort to shift energy and advance the rights of people impacted by climate change.  A further purpose is to call on US political leaders to take ta lead role in crafting a global framework for the UN climate negotiations in Paris 2015.
For additional information, please contact JoAnne Kraus who is hoping to bring a group from CCR.


Pledges for 2015
(as of November 24)



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.



Black Friday and Cyber Monday are coming soon and you will probably have some shopping to do on Amazon before the season is over.  If you go to our website,, and click on Links, you will be able to access Amazon.  A percentage of your purchase through this link will be given to our church. 


We continue to pray for the repose of the souls of:
Beverly Babson, Jean & George Browne, The Rev. Dr. James Carpenter, 
The Rev. Beverly Karsten, John R. Johnson III, Rose Russell, Hattie Sagarman, Jane Smith, Ruth Smith Kraus


We remember those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries- 

November 23- 29:

Nancy Crowther, Crystal Delany, Michelle Evans, Kareitha Forde, 

Aleah Forde-Sussman, Ian Shepler, Lois Stern, Oliver Upston, 

Elizabeth Willen.

Monica Adames-Robinson & Arnold 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 30, 2014- The First Sunday of Advent 

                            8:30 a.m.                                                    

Assistant    Ryland Clarke


Usher          Rosa Walker

                             11 a.m.                                          

Assistant     Kenneth Forde, Verona Pinion

Readers       Susan Hinkson, Jean Godden

Ushers         Robert Abbott, Damaso Parets, Mario Badiali,  Kevin Jones

Acolyte        Johnnie Leuenhagen


Altar Guild- 

8:30 a.m.- James Onyango                       

11 a.m.-    Kathleen McCann 

Flowers -  Aija Sears


Scriptures for Sunday  

First Lesson: Isaiah 64: 1-9

Psalm 80: 1-7, 16-18

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9 

Gospel: Mark 13: 24-37



Week of   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