We are glad to meet you here, but candidly, we'd much prefer to meet you in person. Consider this my invitation to join us on a Sunday morning when we worship at 10:30 a.m. at the Clock Church, 42 North Broadway,Tarrytown, N.Y.
You're also welcome to just stop by the church office, where you can find me almost any morning.
The Rev. Jeffrey Gargano
A ceremony to break ground for the Accessibility Project at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow has been scheduled for Monday, April 3, at 11 a.m. "Thanks to the ongoing generous support of so many from across the country, visitors will soon be able to enter the church without the challenge of a single step," said Aubrey Hawes, president of the Friends of Old Dutch. (See "Old Dutch Church Access Project Seeks Donations," below) Fundraising efforts will continue until the $350,000 goal for the project is reached. To date nearly $250,000 has been raised from more than 200 donors from 35 states. Persons wishing to donate may use this form.
It's been said of the piano duo Sonnet, which plays one piano, four hands, that they are so in-synch with each other, it sounds like one player who miraculously grew another set of hands. Pianists Mi-Won Kim, co-music director of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, and Bari Mort, a music teacher at Sarah Lawrence College, each of whom received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in Manhattan, will perform a special benefit concert in Tarrytown April 8. The concert will include "something for everyone," says Kim. Mozart, Brahms, Goldsmith, Chester Biscardi and Gerschwin are on the program. This special event will be held at the Reformed Church on Saturday, April 8, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for a donation ($20 suggested), with proceeds to go to the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow Accessibility Project.
After a church service last summer in Haiti, the RCT Mission Team met a family. They distributed food and toys, played with the children, sang and prayed together. But they felt it wasn't enough. The team--teens from RCT led by Pastor Jeffrey Gargano--asked what it would take to replace the family's home of sticks, barely held together by mud and rags. About $4,000, they were told. Says Pastor Gargano, "Our plan then was to return to Haiti with the money--and elbow grease--during the school winter break. Unfortunately, after a brief outbreak of anti-American demonstrations, we felt that for the time being it would be best just to forward the money and employ some local builders and laborers." Above is the result. The picture on the left is what the team saw last August. The picture on the right is of the family at the front door of their new, solid, secure and dry home.
The photograph above shows how the church entrance will look when the Old Dutch Church Accessibility Project is completed in mid-2017. A more welcoming stairway will replace the uneven stones, and there will be a new wheelchair ramp and an expanded landing at the threshold. The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns launched a crowdfunding site on gofundme.com last December. Online donations are now being accepted. The enhancements will make the church accessible to everyone, says the Rev. Jeffrey Gargano. He is pastor of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, which is the continuing congregation of the Old Dutch Church, established in 1697. "Just as we have been gifted this marvelous house of worship by previous generations, we now have an opportunity to enhance it for future generations."