CHRIST CHURCH CELEBRATES PALM SUNDAY
Christ Church noted Jesus’s triumphant entry to Jerusalem with its Palm Sunday procession from the parish house to the church. Palms were distributed to the congregation. The service featured the reading of the Passion according to St. Matthew and the use of our 1708 silver Communion Service from Queen Anne.
Christ Church Receives County Grant
On February 26th Christ Church was presented with a grant from the Monmouth County Historical Commission. This grant, in the amount of $5200, was awarded for the rebuilding of two of the chimneys on the 1824 Rectory that resides within the Four Corners Historic District. Robert M. Kelly, Jr. accepted this grant on behalf of the Church. Here he is shown with Maureen Leach, a Commissioner on his right and Lillian Burry, a County Freeholder on his left.
COMMISSIONING OF THE JUNIOR WARDEN AND VESTRY AND DEPUTY TO THE DIOCESAN CONVENTION
During the February 11th 10 am service, the new junior warden, new vestry members, and Delegates to the Diocesan Convention were commissioned.
O Eternal God, the foundation of all wisdom and the fount of all courage: Enlighten with your grace the Wardens and Vestry of this Congregation, and so rule their minds, and guide their counsels, that in all things they may seek your glory and promote the mission of your Church.
Eternal Lord God, who by the Holy Spirit presided at the council of the Apostles to guide them in all knowledge and truth: Be present with the Delegates of this Parish. In the passions of debate give them a quiet spirit, in the complexities of the issues give them clear minds, and in the moments of decision give them courageous hearts. Guide them in all things to seek only your glory and the good of your Church.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
CHRISTMAS EVE 2017
Christ Church held its annual Christmas Eve midnight service preceded by Lessons and Carols. Music was provided by St Gregory’s choir accompanied by harpist Marissa Cusick.
GERARD MARENGO WALKWAY DEDICATION
On Sunday November 19th the new brick walkway named for our beloved parishioner and treasurer was dedicated. The funding for this came from donations to the memorial fund in Gerry’s name. The parishioners and visitors gathered at each side of the walkway starting at the arbor entrance.
The walkway was created by Ryser’s Landscape Supply firm.
ENHANCED GRAVEYARD LANDSCAPING
In October, the churchyard was embellished with some new plantings. This new landscape element consists of an L-shaped row of 22 5-gallon boxwoods that form a hedge at the southwest intersection of the graveyard and the parking lot. This boxwood hedge will grow to no more than 2-3 feet in height and does not interfere with the full view of the graveyard from the parking lot. However, the hedge forms an attractive natural boundary, separating the parking lot from the graveyard.
The genesis of this project came from the desire of Maggie Condon to enhance the grave plot that holds the remains of her parents and her Aunt and Uncle. Her parents are Eddie and Phyllis Condon and her Aunt and Uncle are Agnes and Samuel Stelle Smith. After discussing this with the Church Graveyard Commission, she expanded her vision to the hedge that has been installed that not only improves the grave plot but adds value to the graveyard in general. It is her vision that has been implemented. Maggie is also a landscape architect by profession, ensuring that this project would be of high quality. She was present for all major steps of the project and provided all funding, including that for those elements that extended beyond her grave plot.
Maggie commented, “Bringing my parents back to the Jersey Shore where we spent many years as a family is an indescribable feeling. Christ Church is such a treasure; it makes me so happy to be able to contribute to this beautiful garden.”
The boxwoods were from L F Statile of Colt’s Neck, the excavation was by Ryser’s, and Chris Brondi did the planting.
The installation of the boxwoods freed up a small plot of land that had been a part of the parking lot and there is a plan to plant a small tree there in the spring.
We thank Maggie for the wonderful partnership with Christ Church and her generosity.