Meet the Staff

The Rev. Jeffrey Gargano, Pastor
Accepted the call of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns in 2009. Previously served as pastor of the Reformed Church, St. Thomas, Virgin islands, for 14 years.

Nanette Malera, Administrative Assistant

Mi-Won Kim and Jeremy Goldsmith, Music Co-Directors

Patti Kreamer (left), director, with the staff of New Beginnings Nursery School


  • Old Dutch Church Fest Starts This Weekend

    Ever wonder where the Headless Horseman is buried? Now you have a chance to ask him! He'll be in the churchyard between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. every day of the Old Dutch Fest, open from noon to 4:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October and Nov. 1.

    This year we're introducing new fun learning activities for children in Ichabod's School House and a Scavenger Hunt. We'll also have food and beverages, tours of the church and burying ground, and souvenirs and gifts for sale. Join the fun! We'll be there rain or shine, though the children's program may be limited. 

  • Music in Worship Series Returns to Old Dutch

  • Candleight Services Set for Old Dutch Dec. 24

    Dec. 24, 2014Everyone is invited to attend a Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. There will be four services, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a program for families with small children. This will be followed by a Festival of Carols and Lessons with adult choir and bell choir at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and a special music program with soloists at 11:00 p.m.

  • Coming Events

    Advent video and Bible study.Five-part series, "Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam," 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 29 to Dec. 21. Friendship Room, Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns.

    Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow Christmas Tree Lighting and caroling, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m. The concert by lyric tenor Marco Panuccio at 7:30 p.m. is sold out.

    "Sinterklaas, A Christmas Legend." Storyteller Jonathan Kruk, accompanied by musician Jim Keyes, performs on Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:00 p.m., with Hugh Francis as Sinterklaas riding his horse Piper. Tickets: church office or online

    Christmas Dinner, Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, Ammerman Hall, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8. Tickets at the Church office.

    Chocolate and Wine Holiday Fundraiser,benefiting the Old Dutch Church Restoration and Accessibility Project. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m., James House (just behind Phelps Hospital). Tickets at church office or available online.

    Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at the Old Dutch Church. 5:30 p.m. for families with small children; 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.

  • Seven Sundays Is Back!

  • VBS 2016 Registration Is Under Way

    "Small but Mighty" is the theme of this year's Vacation Bible School, August 1-5, 2016. Five mornings of Bible, crafts, music, recreation and snacks are planned for children in Pre-K to 5th grade. Sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The church office has registration forms. Call 914-631-4497 or 914-332-1943 or visit the office at 42 North Broadway, Tarrytown. To download the registration form click here. 

     

     

     

  • First-Sunday Brunch Sept 8

    First-Sunday Brunches resume on Sept. 8 at the Clock Church. Everyone's invited to Ammerman Hall after the worship service.

     

     

     

  • Choir Learning Page

    "Praise & Thanks (Preis und Dank)", for Easter Sunday, 2016

    Bach

    Click here to hear full version of this amazing chorus.  It begins at 38:40, so use the YouTube time slider to go to that time.
     
    I have included slow and faster rehearsal tracks here:

    Slow:

    Soprano
    Alto
    Tenor

    Bass

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    At tempo:

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  • VBS Is Coming!

    For five days each August, the sounds of children's laughter and activities ring out in the halls  of the Clock Church, as children gather for and take part in Vacation Bible School. It's a time for making new friends, singing, making crafts and learning Bible stories, and all children are welcome. VBS starts August 12-16, from 9 a.m. to noon. This year's theme is "God Always Loves Us".  Download the registration formor obtain one at the church office:  914-631-4497.

     

  • Vera Quartet Returns on Mother's Day

    Vera string quartet Special music is planned for the upcoming Mother's Day worship service May 14 at the Town Clock Church. The Vera Quartet will lead worship through music. The string quartet has been gaining acclaim in the United States and abroad since it formed in August 2015. The quartet performed a benefit concert at the church last January. In the photo at left, church members will recognize Justin Goldsmith ((far left), cellist and son of our co-choir directors Mi-Won Kim and Jeremy Goldsmith. In addition to the quartet, one of the children's choirs will sing during the service.

     

  • Get Ready for Vacation Bible School, Aug 17-21

    The theme for this year's Vacation Bible School at the Town Clock Church will be "Jesus is the center of our universe." It is a week filled with crafts, music, recreation and Bible. VBS is co-directed by Patty Kreamer and Moira Gargano, with the support of volunteers from the congregation. Joining VBS again this year to lead music is Tama McConnell of Reading, PA. VBS registration forms are at the church.

  • "Christmas Carol" Begins Nov 29

    Dickens's "Christmas Carol" performances by Jonathan Kruk will be Nov. 29-Dec. 21, Old Dutch Church. Tickets at History Hudson Valley.

  • Christ Is Risen!

    The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns celebrates the Festival of the Resurrection with a sunrise service at Old Dutch Church, followed by the Festival of the Resurrection at the Town Clock Church at 10:30 a.m. The Town Clock Church is at 42 N. Broadway (Rt 9), Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591. The 10:30 service includes adult and children's choirs and musicians. It is followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for small children.

     

  • Church Hosts 35 Children for VBS 2015

    Ammerman Hall rafters may still be ringing with the laughter of 35 children at Vacation Bible School at the Town Clock Church Aug 17-21. Church staff and many volunteers, including several teens from our congregation, pitched in to make this year's VBS a big success, ministering to children who signed up for the weeklong activities. All thanks go to co-directors Patty Kreamer and Moira Gargano and to their 22 helpers who led music training, read Bible stories, taught crafts and supervised recreation and snacks.

  • John Rose, Organist, to Perform March 10 at 5pm

    John Rose, organistThe new organ in the Clock Church sanctuary arrived February 28, and it is magnificent.  This week (today is March 5) is voicing and finishing, and the inaugural recital is Saturday, March 10 at 5pm.  Internationally acclaimed organist John Rose will grace us with a varied program that will demonstrate the new instrument's marvelous capabilities.  It is sure to be a memorable event, so come and share our joy!

  • Weather Permitting, Sunday School Is 'Al Fresco'

    While the adults are worshiping inside at Old Dutch Church, the younger children are getting Bible lessons and nursery care on the grounds in the churchyard. Middle School and High School children remain in the worship service. Summer services at Old Dutch continue through Sept. 4, starting each Sunday at 10 a.m.

     

     

  • Summer Fun at VBS

    Singalongs, playtime, board games, arts and crafts, Bible lessons, snacks: the 23 children at Vacation Bible School last Aug. 18-22 did it all.Children taking part in a singalongThe VBS theme was "Jesus Gives Living Water," and Bible lessons examined how Jesus brings refreshing living water to our lives. Daily lessons included how God created water on the second day of creation, how Moses parted the Red Sea, how Jesus calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee, met the Samaritan woman at the well, and was baptized in the Jordan River. For every can of tuna the children brought in, the children put a 'fish', made out of construction paper, in the 'river' affixed to the wall. More than 80 cans of tuna was collected for donation to the local food pantry.

    The Clock Church Vacation Bible School is open to children throughout the community, and attendance is free. In 2014, VBS volunteers included five adults, three sixth-grade junior counselors, four high-school counselors, and two college student helpers.

  • Beefsteak Dinner Dec. 11

    All-you-can-eat filet mignon dinner fundraiser is planned for Dec. 11, Clock Church. Tickets--$40 adults/$20 older children. Phone the church office for more information. (914) 631-4497.

     

     

  • ODC Groundbreaking Set for Mar. 15 Canceled

    A  groundbreaking ceremony scheduled at the historic Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow has been canceled due to exremely adverse weather. The groundbreaking for the Accessibility Project renovations will be rescheduled and an announcement made. When the project is completed, the church will be accessible to all who wish to visit. Work on the church entrance will include a wheelchair ramp and a larger landing at the door, with new steps that will be easier to climb than the existing steep, uneven stone steps. Fundraising for the project continues. Persons wishing to contribute may use this form.

     

  • Last Weekend for the Old Dutch Church Fest

     The Headless Horseman will be on hand to welcome visitors to the sixth annual Old Dutch Church Fest this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Oct. 29, 30 and 31. Fest hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. each day. On offer will be food, beverages, talks and tours, souvenirs for sale, and a scavenger hunt for the children. 

     

  • Annual Meeting Scheduled

    The annual congregational meeting will be held after brunch of Feb. 5. The meeting provides an opportunity to review the activities of 2016, and look ahead to our ministry for 2017. Reports from elders, deacons, treasurer and property will be delivered in advance to all members of the church.

     

  • Holiday Season

  • "Seven Sundays" Comes to an End, But Summer Services Continue at Old Dutch Church

    gives the children present Aug. 14 at the Old Dutch Church worship service Children get a close look at the harp, with tips on how to play it. Harpist and singer Erin Hill sang and played the harp at the August 14 worship service. It was a wonderful finale to the Old Dutch Church annual summer series, "Seven Sundays: A Celebration of Music in Worship." Among the selections: Enya's "Only Time," "Over the Rainbow," the prayer song "Be Born in Me" and "Here Comes the Sun." She also invited the children to take a close look at the harp and gave them a few tips on how to play it (pictured).
       The series featured different styles of music each week, aimed at helping all present to experience the liturgy and the Word in a new and innovative way. Previous performances this summer featured bluegrass, folk, musical theater, Uilleann pipe, classical and Russian/Ukranian balalaika.
       Even though the series is over, summer worship at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow will continue for three more Sundays. Services start, at 10 a.m. On September 11 we return to the Clock Church in Tarrytown, at which time nursery care, Sunday School, Choir and Fellowship following worship will resume. Services at the Clock Church start a half-hour later, at 10:30 a.m.

     

  • Schoolchildren Visit Old Dutch

    Teacher Katie O'Dell tells her Fourth Grade pupils about the "Mile 28" marker at the foot of the old Dutch Church walkway The class, from Putnam Valley Elementary School, was one of three to visit the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow during the last week of April. The children also learned about George Washington's visit to the church with the Continental Army on July 2, 1781, and about Washington Irving's summer in Tarrytown when he was 15 years old. Called "The Father of American Literature," Irving's most famous story was "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," which takes place in and around the church and Tarrytown. 

  • Unique Fundraiser to Benefit Dutch Church

    Join us for a "Chocolate and Wine Holiday Fundraiser on Wednesday, December 16, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the James House Mansion, located in a pictureque setting on a hill overlooking the Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow. Enjoy a wonderful evening while learning from two experts, Master Chocolatier Lisa Rogers and Wine Expert Debra Marchese. Ticket sales will benefit the Handicap Accessibility and Restoration Project for the old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. For details see "Easier Entry to Old Dutch Church Planned."Tickets are $90 and available online and at the church office; tel. (914) 631-4497.

  • Two Reformation Sunday Services to Be Held at Old Dutch Church on Oct. 30; Clock Church Closed

    Dr. David McConnellThe Rev. Jeffrey Gargano will lead two Reformation Sunday/All Saints worship services at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Clock Church will be closed that day. Dr. David McConnell (pictured) will be the guest organist at both services, performing works of traditional liturgy, Bach fugues and prayers of remembrance. The adult choir and handbell choir will sing and ring at the 11 a.m. service. Between the two worship services, the pastor and congregation will dedicate a memorial in the Burying Ground to honor Julia, Paul and John Vdareny, who were longtime members of our church and generous benefactors of the Old Dutch.
    Dr. David McConnell holds several positions in the Berks/Lehigh Counties of Pennsylvania, including minister of music at Immanuel UCC in Shillington. He teaches and conducts at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Penn State University's Berks Campus, and Alvernia University. His choirs have toured in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Latvia, as well as Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York City. In recent years he has conducted choirs in Amsterdam and Portugal. Everyone is welcome to attend these services.

  • Last Weekend for the Old Dutch Fest

    Pastor Jeff and the Headless HorsemanPastor Jeff officially opened the 5th annual Old Dutch Church Fest with the blessing of the Headless Horseman's horse. The Fest takes place in the churchyard every Saturday and Sunday in October and Nov. 1, noon to 4:30 p.m. The Headless Horseman will be on hand from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. New this year: Ichabod's School House, children's Scavenger Hunt with prizes. Tour guides will be in the church. We'll have food and beverages, souvenirs and gifts for sale.

  • Update on Church Properties

    In a recent newsletter, the Rev. Jeff Gargano announced the sale of one building and purchase of another. The property for sale is the manse, in Philips Manor. ""This home has not been occupied by a pastor for nearly ten years," he wrote. "This is in keeping with the trend away from pastors living in church housing. As you might imagine, pastors today prefer to be in a position to live in their own homes." The church will purchase a house at 4 Dell Street, better known as the William Smith Memorial Building directly across the street from the Citgo station, just across the Pocantico River from the Old Dutch Church. "Our plan in purchasing this property is to convert it to classrooms for our children, meeting rooms, an Old Dutch Church Welcome Center, a preparation space for brides, bathrooms and a much better venue for the Old Dutch Fest," the pastor wrote. As soon as the transaction is complete, the church will begin the necessary renovations.

  • Renovations to Ease Access to Old Dutch for Disabled and Elderly Are Planned for Next March

    Design for the new entrance to Old DutchThe church has received town approval to go forward with the construction of an enhanced entrance to the Old Dutch Church (pictured). Work is expected to start in March and be completed by June, in time for next year's summer worship season at Old Dutch.
       The renovations will greatly ease access to the church for disabled and elderly persons. Specifically, there will be a more welcoming stairway to replace the uneven stones, a new wheelchair ramp and an expanded landing at the threshold.The expanded platform will permit gatherings, which are not possible now.
       The enhancements will make the church accessible to everyone, no matter what disability they may have, says the Rev. Jeffrey Gargano, adding, "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."

  • Teens to Return to Haiti in February

    The terrible destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew to Haiti has not altered the plans for the church's teen mission group to return in February to help build a new home for a family they met there in July, says the Rev. Jeffrey Gargano. "The man of the house had fashioned together a quite remarkable instrument that he used to praise God at church," says Rev. Gargano. He, his wife, three children and grandmother lived in a house (pictured at left) that was little more than sticks and straw held together by mud, with gaping holes, says Rev. Gargano, adding, "It's a kind of poverty that is almost unspeakable for us." 

    The trip will fulfill the mission team's challenge to the congregation to raise $4,000 to build the house (with the help of local builders), such as the one pictured at right that the teens worked on last summer. Three teens have so far volunteered to spend their spring break mixing concrete and carrying cement blocks. The host ministry, Helping Hands for Haiti, is supported by many Reformed, Christian Reformed and Lutheran churches in the Midwest.

     

  • "Sinterklaas: A Christmas Legend" on Dec. 6

    Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will perform his adaptation of this Dutch holiday celebration on December 6 at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow.Bring the children to the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy  Hollow on Sunday, December 6, for "Sinterklaas: A Christmas Legend," a performance by master storyteller Jonathan Kruk. A new legend comes to life in this adaptation of the traditional Dutch holiday celebration. It will include a visit from Sinterklaas (portrayed by Hugh Francis) on horseback, and musical accompaniment by Jim Keyes. 
    Tickets are available online or from the church office; tel. (914) 631-4497. Tickets: age 18 and under, $10; adults, $15.The Old Dutch Church is located at 430 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. After the show, there'll be hot cider and cookies for everyone!

     

  • The Christmas Pageant Is Coming!

    Sunday School children are working hard to prepare for the Christmas Pageant. Rehearsals are well under way. It's all leading up to the festive event, to be held during worship service at the Clock Church on Dec. 18. Don't miss it! Everyone is invited.
    (Photos by Jon Falconer)

    Holiday Schedule:

    Dec. 18: Pageant presened during Sunday worship
    Dec. 25: No Sunday School or Child Care
    Jan. 1: No Sunday School or Child Care

     

  • Old Dutch Church Fest Starts This Weekend

    Come say hi to the Headless Horseman at the 5th annual Old Dutch Church Fest, taking place in the churchyard every weekend in October. The fest hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 1. The Headless Horseman will be on hand from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. New this year: Ichabod's School House, and a Scavenger Hunt with prizes for the children. We'll also have food and beverages for all, free tours, and souvenirs and gifts for sale.

     

  • Mission Team Fund Update

    A big thanks to those of you whose gifts helped us raise $6,000 for our teen mission team to Haiti next month. A total of $3,000 in gifts was received, which was doubled by three people who had each pledged $1,000 in matching monies. The mission team will be spending a week in Haiti. The ten members are Matt Bischof, Katie Miles, Jack Steuer, Hunter Burnett, Pearse O'Donohue, Tesher Zafrin, Nathan Gargano, Juliette Phillips, Kevon Lewis and Owen Steele. The host ministry is called Helping Hands for Haiti, which is supported by many Reformed, Christian Reformed and Lutheran churches in the Midwest. Our team's focus will be on both housing and health care. Our job will be to cover dirt floors, which are breeding grounds for disease, with permanent concrete flooring. We welcome further donations to help us offset expenses for the trip. 

     

  • November Youth Events

    Joy Night aka Wii Believe, Fridays, Nov. 6, 13, 20, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm
    Veterans Day community service at Montrose Nov. 11,  2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Thanksgiving shopping for family in need, Nov. 21
    Sunday School each week
    Please note that we are looking for adults/mature teens to volunteer three times a year for 45 minutes.

  • "Spooktacular Sip & Sketch" Set for October 30

    Click here for flyerReservations are being accepted now for the Spooktacular Sip & Sketch, a fundraiser sponsored by the church to raise money to improve the stairs and entrance to the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. It will be a fun and memorable evening for participants. Two dates have been set, October 2 and 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Painting instructor Barbara Beckmann will guide participants step-by-step in creating the featured paintings. We'll provide all the painting supplies, light refreshments and beverages.

    For the children: From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on October 2 and 30 children ages 6-12 are invited to join in their own Spooktacular Sketch event.

    Fees are $75 per adult (21 and over), and $40 per child (ages 6-12).  Call (914) 631-4497 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot. All proceeds will benefit the Old Dutch Church Accessibility and Restoration Project. We hope you will join us in this fundraising event and help enhance the Old Dutch Church for future generations to enjoy.

  • Come to the Mother's Day Brunch This Sunday

     
    You're invited to First-Sunday Brunch on May 1 at the Clock Church.
    The brunch, an early celebration of Mother's Day, will be prepared by
    men of the church. The brunch buffet will be served in Ammerman
    Hall, immediately following the worship service. First-Sunday brunches
    have become a tradition at the Clock Church over the past several years. 

     

  • Join in the Fun at the Old Dutch Church Fest 2015

    The fifth annual Old Dutch Fest will run for five weekends in October on the grounds of the 330-year-old Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. It kicks off Oct. 3 and continues through Nov. 1. The public is invited to join in the fun, which will include music, food and beverages, the Headless  Horseman, tours of the historic church and burying ground. New this year: the Ichabod Crane School House for children 12 and under. Open hours: noon to 4:30 p.m. on October weekends. At 11:00 a.m. on each October Sunday a special worship service will be held in the legendary church, and on Nov. 1 there will be an All Saints' Day service. Click here for the brochure.

  • Midnight Run Set for April 15

    The first Midnight Run for 2016 will take place April 15. We are seeking donations of men's clothing in good condition, toiletries, etc. Please bring your donations to the church after Easter. Teenagers will hand out sandwiches and clothing, shoes and toiletries to the homeless in New York City that evening. If you'd like to volunteer to sort clothes and make sandwiches on the day of the run, please contact the church office at (914) 631-4497.

  • 330th Annual Meeting Highlights Growth

    Church members gathered after worship on Feb. 7 to review church activities of the past year and plans for 2016, elect Consistory members, and approve a budget for 2016. Pastor Jeff Gargano highlighted how the work and investment in ministry over the past few years led to a significant growth in programming in 2015. He cited the Cherub and Youth Choirs, with as many as a dozen children attending rehearsals; the Old Dutch Fest's expansion to a "Dutch village" of offerings; and hiring a minister to children and youth to build upon and develop work already underway. The church hosted a vibrant music program, including concerts by organist David McConnell and tenor Marco Panuccio, and continued support of its annual teen mission to the Dominican Republic.

    The pastor gave a special thanks to Rob Wingate, outgoing vice president of the Consistory for the past three years. "So much of what we are seeing come to fruition today is not only because of Rob's support, but because of putting his nose to the grindstone," said Jeff. "Beginning with the Property in Mission effort five years ago, ministry to our youth where Rob met every Friday night year-round along with Moira for three years, developing our budget and Stewardship program and the sale of two properties in 2015 all were accomplished because of Rob's hard work and dedication to our church family." The two properties sold were part of the Vydareny Estate, a bequest of Julia, Paul and John Vydareny.

    The 2016 budget shows a "steady commitment to growth in our community." Among questions was one about the progress of the Old Dutch Church Restoration and Accessibility Project. "Sadly, this project has been tied up in both local and state government agencies," he noted. A buffet lunch was served after the meeting.

     

  • West Indian-themed Brunch a Hit With Members!

    The First Sunday Brunch on March 5 was a meal not to be missed! About 70 members of the congregation and guests dined on West Indian themed dishes, including curry chicken, roti, rice and peas, jerk ribs, Creole soup, macaroni and cheese, beef pattie and more. Hats off to Trisha Sue and her team of volunteers who planned, cooked and served the food. First Sunday Brunch is served monthly in Ammerman Hall immediately following the worship service on the first Sunday of the month.

  • Elections to the Consistory Announced

    At the annual congregational meeting in February, the congregation unanimously approved nominations to the Consistory to fill two vacancies. Renee Chillemi vacated her Deacon position to serve as an Elder. Kevon Lewis was elected deacon to serve out the remaining two years of Renee's term. Keith Elder was elected to serve as elder. Click here to learn more.

  • "7 Sundays" Returns to Old Dutch in July & August

    Over the past five years, "Seven Sundays: A Celebration of Music in Worship" has become a highly anticipated tradition of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow and its continuing congregation, the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns. This summer, we're delighted to announce that the wonderfully varied music series will return to Old Dutch starting on June 28. Check out the schedule and read about the musicians. Everyone is welcome. Please join us in joyful worship at 10:00 a.m. on these dates: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2 and 9. 

     

  • Lent Vespers Continues March 23

    Throughout Lent, time is set aside on Wednesday evening for reflection and simple song at the Town Clock Church. Choir director Jeremy Goldsmith has adopted the "Holden Evening Prayer" for the season of Lent. This has been a gentle and special half hour…settling into the sanctuary and allowing the peace of the place, the rhythm of the service, the reading and meditation on a Psalm to fill our spirit. Everyone is welcome. The next and final Vespers before Easter will be March 23 at 6:15 p.m.

     

  • Lent Vespers Continues Two More Wednesdays

    Throughout Lent there is time set aside on Wednesday evening for reflection and simple song. Choir director Jeremy Goldsmith has adopted the "Holden Evening Prayer" for the season of Lent. This has been a gentle and special half hour…settling into the sanctuary and allowing the peace of the place, the rhythm of the service, the reading and meditation on a Psalm to fill our spirit. Vespers continues on Wednesday, March 16 and 23.

     

  • Feels Like....Spring!

    But only the colorful umbrellas were blooming as members of the congregation dropped them off in Randall Lobby to dry out during the worship service on January 10.  Outside, an inch and a half of rain fell during the day, and temperatures climbed to a very unseasonal (but very agreeable) 57 degrees. Alas, winter temperatures returned early in the week.

     

     

     

  • Christmas Eve at Old Dutch Church

    Old Dutch Church, Christmas Eve 2014The Rev. Jeffrey Gargano spoke from the pedestal pulpit during Christmas Eve services at the historic old church, the oldest in New York State. There were four worship services held at Old Dutch December 24, 2014, including one for families with young children, and a Festival of Lessons and Carols with choirs and soloists at 7, 9 and 11 p.m.

  • Youth Mission Team Needs Your Support

    On July 4, Pastor Jeff Gargano will lead a mission team to Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic to work for a week restoring homes. "Your support is deeply appreciated--your prayer support, your personal encouragement, and your financial gifts," says Pastor Jeff. The team includes Jack Steurer, Hunter Burnett, Juliette Phillips, Nathan Gargano, Tesher Zafrin, Gavin Ryan and Stephanie O'Dea. Last summer a group of our teens was able to "pour" brand new floors in two homes in Jarabacoa, and then with the congregation's support, provide the funds for the re-building of a home over and around one of those floors. Donate to the church or go online to "Go Fund Me".

     

  • Sunday School Car Wash Is a Success!

    Sunday School Car Wash Sunday May 17

    The Sunday School kids "cleaned up" at the Car Wash fundraiser on Sunday, May 17. While the grownups worshiped, the children (with some help from Director Katie McCue-Schwartz and a parent or two, washed all the cars in the church parking lot. It's become an annual event for the Sunday School children, who are raising money for one of their selected missions for the year. The Car Wash generated $385 in donations. The money will benefit an animal rescue in Brooklyn, a community-based volunteer program that rescues dogs from high-kill shelters down south, then homes them with foster families until the dogs are adopted. Well done, children!
  • Message From the Pastor

    December 9, 2015
    Dear Friends,
    Last evening over 100 members and friends of the church gathered for the Annual Christmas Dinner.  The tables were beautifully set, the meal was another smash hit thanks to Glen Allen and his great support team, there was fun music and lots of joy and revelry.  Just a week earlier, by many accounts, the best musical event in recent memory was held at the Old Dutch as Marco Pannucio and David McConnell kicked off the Advent season.  That was preceded by the lighting of the blue spruce out front along with a carol-sing.  Advent is in full flower.

    All year long we have worked at new things … from an expanded welcome during Old Dutch Church Fest which included worship each Sunday in October at the ODC, the hiring of a youth pastor, to a larger benevolence commitment we have worked at ways to make Christ known within our church family and the larger community.  It was a great day when we welcomed new members and have been delighted to experience enthusiastic worship on Sundays.  And I cannot ignore the New Beginnings Nursery School which is led by a great Director, Patti Kreamer and her dedicated team of teachers.  It all happens because we are a people being re-created by God.

    As the year comes to a close I invite your continued generosity to help us meet our commitments.  Yes, all of our ministry and activity does need your support.   So as you think about your year-end gift-giving, I hope you’ll consider a gift to your church so that we can close out our year in a strong financial position and look toward 2016 with enthusiasm and hope as we begin our 331st year of ministry. I pray God’s great blessing on each of you in this Holy season.
    Peace,
    Jeff

  • Wine & Chocolate Holiday Fundraiser

  • Advent Program at the Clock Church

    A five-part video series, "Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam," is being shown weekly on Mondays starting Nov. 23 and ending Dec. 21 at the Clock Church, 42 North Broadway, Tarrytown. Bible study and discussion follows the video, which starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Friendship Room. Everyone is invited.

  • Sign Up for April Youth Activities

    Middle- and high-school and college-age people are invited to sign up for the following activities this month:

    April 17, Friday at Sleepy Hollow High School:High School Musical.” Meet at the church @6:50 p.m. and walk over to the high school to watch and support Owen Steele and Christiana Nisco in the performance. Bring money for dessert afterwards.

    April 18, Saturday at Warner Library Book Fair. 8-10 a.m. Set up. Please sign up at Warner Library front desk.

    April 18, Saturday at Patriots Park. Village-wide Clean Up Day. 10-12 noon.Meet at the church @ 9:45 a.m. Lunch with Mr. Rob after cleaning. RSVP to Mr. Rob.

    April 19, Sunday at Marble Collegiate Church and Chinatown.   Meet at the church @9:45 a.m. Joann Nisco and Rob Wingate will drive us to Marble Collegiate on 1 West 29th Street, NYC. After service, we’ll ride the subway to Chinatown to have dim sum. Return to Tarrytown by 4 p.m.

    April 19, Sunday at Warner Library Book Fair. 4-6 p.m. Help with breaking down the event. Please sign up at Warner Library front desk.

    April 21, Tuesday 5-9 p.m. at the Neighborhood House. Servers are needed for the senior citizens’ dinner. Meet at the church @ 5 p.m.We’ll walk down.

    April 24, Friday 7-10 p.m. at the church. “The Last Supper.” Family potluck dinner!

    April 25, Saturday 10-3 p.m. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day at Patriot’s Park. People are needed to run the carnival games such as beanbag tosses.

    To participate in church-related activities, please contact Mr. Rob or Ms. Moira.

    Rob Wingate 914-391-4594 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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  • Welcome

    We're glad to meet you here, but candidly, we'd much prefer to meet you in person. Consider this my invitation to join us this Sunday, Nov. 1, when we worship at two All Saints Day services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, 430 Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. You're also welcome to just stop by the church office at 42 N Broadway, Tarrytown, where you can find me almost any morning.    -- Rev. Jeffrey Gargano

     

     

  • Organ Maestro David Hurd at Old Dutch Nov. 1

    Dr. David HurdOrgan master David Hurd is the featured musician this Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. He will play the Noack Tracker Organ at two All Saints' Day worship services, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Dr. Hurd is a much-honored performer, composer and educator. He is professor at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church and organist and music director at the Church of the Holy Apostles, Chelsea. The Old Dutch is located at 430 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY, 10591. There will be no worship service at the Clock Church in Tarrytown Nov. 1.

     

  • Upcoming Events

  • Special Guest Organist at Old Dutch This Sunday

    Dina Foster-OsbourneThe special October series of worship and music at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow continues at 11 a.m. this Sunday, Oct. 11, with guest organist Dina Foster-Osbourne. Recently retired as church organist of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church, Ms. Foster-Osbourne has performed at such well-known Manhattan venues as Madison Square Garden and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. John the Divine and Temple Emanu-El, among others. She was pianist for the United Nations Ambassadors Dinner honoring former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Inauguration at New York City Hall. Several recorded and televised performances include "Christmas with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall," the “Rejoice” Christmas Special on FOX News, and the Barbara Walter’s television special "Heaven."

  • Organist Frank Miller at Old Dutch Church Oct. 4

    Organ maestro Frank Miller will perform on the unique Noack Tracker organ at the Old Dutch Church during Sunday worship at 11 a.m. Oct. 4 and 18. His program: Prelude: "Andante" from Sonata No. 1 by A. Vivaldi; "Sing the Glad Song" by F. Ritter; "Prelude and Fugue in G Minor" by J.S. Bach; "Toccata Energico" by L. Smith; "Lobe des Herren" improvisation by F. Miller; and Postlude: "Toccata" from Suite Gothique by L. Boellmann. Mr. Miller has performed at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and for two United States Presidents.

    His appearance at the Old Dutch Church is part of a monthlong series of special Sunday worship services at the historic church to honor its 330th year. The music series in October through Nov. 1 continues with Dina Foster-Osbourne on Oct. 11; Dr. David McConnell on Oct. 25, and Dr. David Hurd at two services for All Saints Day on Nov. 1, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

  • Organ Maestro Dr. McConnell at Old Dutch Oct. 25

    Dr. David McConnell will perform on the unique Noack Tracker organ at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow during Sunday worship at 11 a.m. Oct. 25. He holds several positions in the Berks/Lehigh Counties of Pennsylvania, including minister of music at Immanuel UCC in Shillington. He teaches and conducts at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Penn State University's Berks Campus, and Alvernia University. His choirs have toured in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Latvia, as well as Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York City. In recent years he has conducted choirs in Amsterdam and Portugal. His appearance at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow is part of a month-long worship series at the historic church to honor its 330th year. It concludes on Nov. 1 with Dr. David Hurd at two All Saints Day services, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

     

  • 'Dangerous Division' Is Growing, Says Leonard

    "We often make the mistake of thinking that Muslims are our enemies," Doug Leonard, executive director of Al Amana Centre, Oman, told a group gathered in Washington, D.C., recently to share ideas about interfaith cooperation. Leonard was invited by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education to give the keynote speech at the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering. He spoke about the friendship between the Reformed Church in America and Muslims on the Arabian Peninsula. "Muslims are not our enemies," he said, adding that Muslims and the RCA have worked together well for over a century to conquer the real enemies: typhoid fever, trachoma, tuberculosis, leprosy and illiteracy.

    "Today we are working together to eradicate another kind of disease, the disease of misinformation, a misplaced anger in both of our societies, and a dangerous division in our world, that seems to be growing between Muslim-majority and Christian-majority nations. And as we do, we are being true to Jesus's calling for our lives." The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns helps support the Al Amana Centre, one of several RCA mission centers in the Arabian Gulf dating to the 1880s.

  • Join the Fun

  • RCT Team Serves Up Food, Fellowship in Brooklyn

    About a dozen RCT adults and teens cooked and served dinner on Wednesday, July 29, to about 65 people, many of Polish descent, in a Brooklyn neighborhood served by Greenpoint Reformed Church. That church offers free dinners every Wednesday evening prepared by volunteers, and operates a food pantry on Thursdays. Teams such as RCT's support Greenpoint's food mission by taking over the food planning, preparation and service about once a month in the summer. For example, recently, a youth group from Hope Reformed Church, Holland, MI, arrived to cook and serve, a trip they make annually to participate in the Brooklyn church's mission. For more photos, scroll down to "A Day of Food and Friendship in Brooklyn."

  • Old Dutch Church 330th Anniversary Spooky Sip & Sketch Fundraiser

    Join us on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. for an unforgettable evening of "sketching" while sipping on a glass of wine as local artist Barbara Beckmann guides you step-by-step through the featured painting of the Old Dutch Church. We provide the wine and all the painting supplies, so just bring yourselves and invite a couple of friends. All proceeds will benefit the Old Dutch Church Accessibility and Restoration Project to provide handicap accessibility and to restore pathways along the historic grounds. Buy your tickets here  or call our office for more information. We hope you will join us in this fundraising event and help enhance the Old Dutch Church for future generations to enjoy. 

     

  • Children's Choirs

    Thank you, Mrs. McDonald for teaching children of the community to sing for God!  On Wednesdays, Mrs. McDonald teaches two different choirs, the Cherub and Children's Choir.  The Children's sang and played bells on December 22, for Sunday worship at the Clock church.  The Cherub choir sang and played bells on Christmas Eve at Old Dutch Church!

  • RCT Receives 10 New Members

    7 of 10 new membersThe congregation extended a warm welcome to ten new members on June 14. Among them are (pictured left to right): Bill Phelps and Lauren McBride, Gladys Ross, James and Joann Nisco. Elizabeth and Elena Swan. (Not pictured: Rachel Arnsdorf, Tim Leonard and Juliana Aloia)

     

  • Communion during Advent

    Communion is a very important sacrament for the children of the Sunday School.  During the Sundays of pageant preparations, the Sunday School class had not enough time to attend Communion during worship.  So, Pastor Jeff came into the classroom, a mess of paints and papers, to share Christ's body and blood with the children and their parents.

  • Christmas Pageant 2013

    The Sunday School elementary class along with their parents began their preparations for the Christmas Pageant at the end of November.  The class created their own play and their own set.  The set was designed by Oliver, a fourth grader, and the execution of the set was the collaboration of students and their parents.  The play was a result of the children putting their heads together and Helena, a fifth grader, keeping everyone on task.  The cooperation displayed in the classroom was beautiful to watch.  I wished other congregants had seen it.  The pageant, presented to the congregation with the help of the Bell Choir on December 15, was very short and sweet...an appropriate Advent play as it showed the main character's need to repent from his selfish thoughts and ways.

  • June at the Clock Church & Old Dutch

    Old Dutch Church windowJune is the month we return to our summer home, the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. Starting June 21, the congregation will gather at 10:00 a.m. in the historic church for Sunday worship services. Built in 1685, the house of worship, the first and only one in the area for many years, is where our congregation began in 1697.

    Following our tradition of the past six years, this summer we'll present a special music series, "Seven Sundays: A Celebration of Music in Worship," during worship starting Sunday, June 28. Our lineup of musicians will include jazz, Colombian, Native American Flute, Folk, and the return once again of Cris Groenendaal and Susan Anderson. A schedule will be announced later this month.

    June Calendar

    June 7: First-Sunday Brunch Picnic, immediately following the church service in Ammerman Hall, in the Town Clock Church in Tarrytown. Everyone is invited; please bring a picnic side dish to share. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.
    June 21:Summer worship begins at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. 10:00 a.m. Nursery care and Sunday School will be provided under a tent in the Burying Ground, weather permitting.
    June 28: "Seven Sundays: A Celebration of Music in Worship" begins at the Old Dutch Church, 10:00 a.m.

  • Deacons Will Match Donations for Nepal

    The Reformed Church in America (RCA) is sending emergency monies and supplies to assist in the immediate recovery efforts and long-term rebuilding needed, following the major earthquake there following recent earthquakes that have killed thousands and left many more injured or homeless. The deacons at our church will be using Benevolence resources to match any gifts of the congregation for Nepal relief. In short, your gift of $10 will result in $20 being sent through the RCA directly to services on the ground, your gift of $100 becomes $200, etc. Please bring or mail your donations to: Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, ATTN: Nepal Relief, 42 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591. 

     

  • Sous Chefs for Brunches

    Some of the teens are regular sous chefs for some of the chefs in our congregation.  CIT here they come!

  • Old Dutch Open House May 16-17

    Old Dutch Church of Sleepy HollowThe Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow will participate in the fifth annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend May 16-17. More than 100 celebrated houses of worship throughout the State will open their doors to New Yorkers and visitors alike to explore their extraordinary art and architecture. Sacred Sites Open House Weekend is organized by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, which aims to inspire non-members to visit New York's celebrated houses of worship. "New Yorkers tour religious sites around the world but may overlook those in their own back yard," says a spokesman. Open hours at the Old Dutch will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. On Sunday at 4 p.m., there will be a concert by Sing We Enchanted with the Rockland String Quartet, "Lovers & Laments: Monteverdi & Friends." (Suggested donation for the concert: $20, or $15 students and seniors). For a list of churches taking part in the Sacred Sites Open House weekend, visit www.nylandmarks.org.

     

  • Serving Thanksgiving Dinner at the YMCA

     
    The teens in Wii Believe were asked to help serve Thanksgiving Dinner at the local YMCA on November 24.  Serving behind a buffet table is something many of them are accustomed to as they serve this way at the church's monthly Sunday brunches.  It was nice to have some of the Wii members who do not attend the church participate in this service.

  • Spring Rummage Sale Set for May 30

    Clear out your closets and make some money! Rent a table at the church yard sale on May 30. The daylong sale will be held on the lawn in front of Randall Lobby. Sign up for a table by phoning the church office at 914-631-4497 (ask for Nanette or Jane). Table rentals are $25.

  • Helping to Maintain Old Dutch Burying Grounds

    On November 18 and 20, after school, a group of teens raked the burying grounds blanketed with leaves. Of course, by the expressions on Malcolm and Kevon's faces (left photo), once the piles were made, some had to be made deep enough for jumping into!

  • Thanksgiving Run, November 17

    Every year, the church is given a family or two for whom to provide Thanksgiving dinner items and other staples.  Teens are asked to shop, and to spend as close to the budgeted amount established by the church leadership as possible.  Two teams of three competed, one to buy Thanksgiving dinner, and the other, staples.  The winning team came under their budgeted amount by 14 cents!  Perhaps, they could qualify for the game show,  "The Price is Right?"

  • Join Us for Sunday Brunch May 3

    Ladies are in for a treat next Sunday at the Town Clock Church, when several men of the church will prepare and serve the First-Sunday Brunch immediately following Sunday worship. Join in the fun and enjoyment of good food on May 3 in Ammerman Hall.

  • Veteran's Day Outings

      

    In the morning, Sunday School's elementary class climbed walls at The Cliffs, an indoor wall climbing facility.  Temper bouldered (no harness), while Carly, Helena, and Oliver climbed 20 ft. walls with a belay.

    In the afternoon, the teens went across the Hudson River to Bounce, an indoor trampoline facility, where they spent most of their hour playing one of their favorite games, DODGE BALL!
  • Church Starts New Teen Program

    The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns has a new program to serve middle school, high school and college age youth. It replaces “Wii Believe,” a weekly teen get-together at the church. The new program will consist of at least two scheduled events or activities per month, including onsite video games, movies, cooking and meals, as well as trips to New York City museums, parks, cultural events and theaters, visits to places of worship, seasonal sports, go-cart racing, and serving Christ in work projects, some with other youth groups. All activities will give participants the opportunity to explore, articulate and share their faith journey. Parents are invited to share suggestions for activities, to encourage their children to participate in the youth program, and to volunteer when help is solicited. 

  • Sunday School Kids Go to Chinatown

    Sunday School's Elementary School children and some parents enjoyed Dim Sum in one of Chinatown's popular halls.  Afterwards, they ate ice cream at Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. 

  • Join With Us This Holy Week

    We will gather at the Town Clock Church and Old Dutch Church on this, the holiest week on the Christian calendar, as follows:

    March 29
    Festival of the Palms, 10:30 a.m., Town Clock Church. Commemorates Jesus's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem. In the days following, many welcomers turned against Him.

    April 2  Seder, 7:00 p.m., Ammerman Hall, Town Clock Church. We gather on Maundy Thursday, the name given to the day Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples, known as the Last Supper. We use traditional elements of the Jewish Seder and incorporate the Christian Sacrament of the Eucharist.

    April 3 Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7:00 p.m., Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. Also known as the Service of Shadows, commemorates the day Jesus was crucified. The service is conducted by candlelight only, and includes readings of Christ's words from the cross. It ends in darkness, in silence and reflection.

    April 5  Sunrise Service, 6:34 a.m., Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. We begin our celebration of the Resurrection at first light, in the stillness and early morning mist of the Old Dutch Burying Ground.

    Then, at 10:30 a.m., we gather at the Town Clock Church for the Easter Festival of the Resurrection, a joyous service featuring music from Handel's Messiah, with the Chancel Choir and orchestral accompaniment, on the church's new digital/air pipe organ; and a message by Rev. Jeff Gargano. It is followed by an Easter egg hunt for small children. Nursery care is available.

    The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns (the "Town Clock Church"), is located in the center of Tarrytown, NY, at 42 North Broadway (Route 9). The "Town Clock Church" is handicapped accessible. Ramps enter from the rear parking lot.

    Visiting the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow--which is located one mile north of the Town Clock Church, and is the oldest standing church building in New York State, built in 1685--requires ascending a long, steep hill; traversing uneven, steep stone stairs; and entering through narrow doorways and into narrow seating. Dress warmly; the church has no heating source other than a wood stove. We are sorry; there is no wheelchair access to the Old Dutch Church.

     

  • Wii Got Fun

    Wii night, August 23, 2013.  We never seem to just want to quit and go home...even at 11:30 p.m.  So, we hang around and do crazy fun things like wrestle, roll around, and build pyramids.  We just couldn't get Tia to lift her head up to smile and me to take the picture at the right time!

  • Register for Vacation Bible School

    Vacation Bible School is held each August for a week. Children join singalongs, make crafts, learn Bible stories and play together. The half-day program, held each morning for five days, is open to all the community and free for all who take part. Registration opens each June. Contact the church office (tel:  914-631-4497) for more information.

    Vacation Bible School Brochure

     

     

  • Seeking Donations for Midnight Run

    On Nov. 27 we will carry out our second "Midnight Run" of 2015. This is a ministry that brings food, clothing and human contact to those who live on the streets of Manhattan. To prepare for it, the church welcomes donations of warm clothing, mostly for men, in good condition, especially jackets, jeans, sweaters, hoodies, boots, sneakers, socks, long underwear, gloves and toiletries. In mid-November, please bring your donations to the church so they can be sorted for distribution. We'll also be packing lunches to hand out during the run on Nov. 27. Volunteers to help sort or pack lunches are welcome.

  • Nursery Care for the Summer

    Tia with Whitney Jon with Whitney and Peregrine in the play yard.

    We are so happy to provide nursery care during the summer.  Nursery care is not a simple matter at Old Dutch Church. Our space, as is the space for Summer Sunday School, is the cemetery.  Play yard fencing is established every Sunday morning among the grave stones by Jon.  The yard is "furnished" with yard toys such as rakes, grabbers, a wheelbarrow, balls and bubbles. Thank you, Tia for providing nursery care through June. Thank you, Jon for providing it for the remainder of the summer.

     
  • Join Us for Sunday Brunch Feb. 1

    Everyone is invited to attend the monthly Sunday brunch on Feb. 1 in Ammerman Hall following the worship service. For the past two years, the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns has held a brunch on the first Sunday of each month to give members and visitors from the community a chance to get together over a delicious hot meal and make new friends. Says Jeff Gargano, pastor, "Our aim is to build community in the church and to welcome in the larger community." The brunches have proven popular with all, and there's always plenty of food. Bring a friend, or make one there!

  • Wii Believe Goes to York Lake July 13, 2013

    Wii Believe participants voted to continue meeting every Friday night during the summer!  The meeting times have been getting longer and longer.....well, too often, I'm bringing the teens home between 11:30-12 midnight.  So, on July 12, we decided not to go home and sleep comfortably in our own beds.   Wii, pizza, more wii, and a movie or two,..then lights out at 2 a.m.  We all "slept" in the Friendship Room.  Thank goodness for AC.  We needed some sleep before our trip to York Lake the next day.

    5:30 a.m., time for Kevon and me to go on a donut run to Dunkin' Donuts.  Thank you to his uncle, who works there, for preparing our order!  6:00 a.m. was time for breakfast and brush teeth.  We loaded up the two minivans and piled in, 5 in one, 7 in the other.  Everyone was supposed to leave electronics in Pastor Jeff's office.  Well, the car with 7 obeyed. (And that car had a DVD player. What a temptation!)  I heard Mark was the DJ, and lots of laughing could be heard.  Rob was at the wheel.

    Sandra drove the other minivan.  It was nice and quiet!

    Samantha (left) and Sandra, who drove

    Samantha and Sandra, in the quiet van.
    Mark and Chris try their luck at fishing.

     We drove through heavy showers, wondering if York Lake was going to be worth the 2.5 hour drive.  When we arrived, some of us threw on sweatshirts and jackets as we stepped out of the car.  Brrrr.  However, the fishing poles were quickly fished out of the vans, and with tackle and bait in hand, the group plodded over to the bridge.
    Not being experienced fishermen, the boys took advice from Samantha, and continued to fumble with their lines.  At the end of the day many fish had been caught and set free.  Unfortunately, several died while in captivity.  Other teens did not take to fishing with hooks, but chose the plastic grocery bag and bucket method.  Surprisingly, and with much boasting afterwards, several had been caught!

    Nathan, catching fish in a bag.
    Deaglan and Nick try out the kayaks.

    Nathan wins the prize for being the first in the cold water.  He came out only to eat!  As the air warmed up, others went in and even challenged one another to chicken fights.

    Rob helped us set out on kayaks.  We paddled through water lilies and passed what seemed to be a beaver dam.
    Some of us found kayaking so peaceful that we slept beyond our time limit.  Wait, how does one paddle and sleep?

    Scott and Rob played soccer.

     
     The boys have fun in the water.
    Scott and Rob on the soccer "field"

    Lunch and dinner.....Mmmm good.  Sandra was the master chef!

    After dinner, the sun was beginning to set, flies, like little bombers, began to descend on us.  It was time to pack up and say "Goodbye" to York Lake and Mr. Wingate, Rob's dad, who shared his fishing gear and York Lake's history.

    Chef Sandra dishes up dinner.
    Happy, if tired, group at day's end

    We were all exhausted, but we had to have one last picture of us altogether (well, minus the photographer).

    On the way home, we stopped for a creamy Dairy Queen.

    Thank you, Rob for organizing and being everywhere for everyone.  Thank you, Mr. Wingate, for hosting us.  Thank you, Sandra, for cooking.  Thank you, Rob and Sandra, for driving.  Thank you, Samantha, for "lifeguarding."

  • Nice Day for Skaters

    Early morning icing that coated sidewalks and streets created treacherous conditions for the Sunday morning trip to Church on Jan. 18. Pastor Jeff gathered the small flock of brave souls who arrived for worship and held a brief service and hymn sing, followed by an intimate communion service around the altar table.
      All thanks to Moira and Nathan for sanding and sanding sidewalks, and then sanding some more.... At left, a view through a Sanctuary window shows ice on the red maple outside Randall Lobby.

     

  • Marco Panuccio in Concert, Jan. 4

    Marco Panuccio
    Marco Panuccio

    The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns will host a celebration of our Lord's Epiphany, Sunday, January 4, at 6:00 p.m. The liturgy will feature special music by Emmy-nominated lyric tenor Marco Panuccio, joined by violist Kathleen Stevens and Dr. David McConnell on piano. The trio will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Four Hymns," one of the composers lesser-known works. Mr. Panuccio has performed with some of the most important orchestras and opera companies throughout the world and earned international acclaim from both audiences and critics. Dr. McConnell teaches music at Penn State Berks, and is Choral Director at Lehigh Carbon Community College. Ms. Stevens is a cofounder of the Berks Sinfonietta, a chamber orchestra based in Reading, PA.

     

  • Summer Sunday School, a Bible Lesson

    Sunday School learns about ZacchaeusOne Sunday, the lesson was Zacchaeus's story of meeting Jesus.  In this picture, the Sunday School children were asked to climb the dogwood tree and look for the "parade" to see Jesus.  Then, I called them down saying, "Zacchaeus, come down from that tree, for I am coming to your home to have dinner with you."  And that is the Jesus I know.  He continues to want a relationship with us, no matter how awful we are.

  • Three Women Honored

    Three women honored(L to R) Nanette Malera, Renee Chillemi and Jane Kuntz were recently honored for their tireless service to the church. At the Dec. 12 Beefsteak Dinner, the Rev. Jeff Gargano praised Nanette, church secretary, Renee, a deacon, and Jane, secretary in the Synod Office, for their key roles in developing, organizing and promoting church programs, including community outreach, such as the Old Dutch Church Fest, the Tarrytown Halloween parade float, and Sinterklaas's visit to the church on Dec. 5.

     

  • Sunday School Leads Worship June 2, 2013

    "Liturgy", the work of the people, was prayerfully designed for June 2nd's morning worship by the Sunday School.  The teens learned some of the theology behind the three sections of our church's order of worship.  For example, why is the Prayer for the Confession of Sins at the beginning of the service and why is the Offering at the end after the Sermon? 

    The whole Sunday School participated in the service:  Carly poured water into the font for the Sacrament of Baptism, Temper held the elements for Holy Communion.

    Oliver, Jon, and Helena read scripture, Mark and Chris greeted and passed the Offering plates, and Nathan, Jack, Scott, and Kevon enacted the Scripture for the Sermon.

     

    Teachers and students were recognized and thanked.  Congratulations to both Nathan and Temper for winning the Attendance Award.  Thank you to Clifton, Katie, Monica, and Jane for being wonderful and devoted teachers.  Thank you Hailee for the nursery care you provided Peregrin and Whitney.

    Wai recognized the three teens who confessed their faith before the Elders of the church the week before.

    Rob recognized the participants of the "Wii Believe" youth group which meets every Friday night.

    Finally, congratulations to the Elder family for the baptism of Charlie.  Welcome to the family, Charlie!

  • Festive Evening at the Town Clock Church

    Sinterklaas arriving at the Town Clock ChurchSinterklaas, the Dutch giver of gifts at Christmastime, arrived on horseback at the Reformed Church on the cool and wet evening of Dec. 5, but the weather did not deter dozens of families from coming out to see the holy man, who rode on horseback up Main Street to North Broadway and on to the Reformed Church. Helping to make it a merry evening at the church were a choir and brass musicians. Hot beverages warmed hands, while carols warmed hearts. The porch decorations, featuring a seasonal Holland theme, were lighted.  Later in the evening, inside the toasty-warm sanctuary, Sinterklaas told the story of the ancient Greek bishop, also known as St. Nicholas, who gave anonymous gifts and showed many kindnesses to children. He called the children to come forward to receive gold-wrapped chocolate coins and wrapped gifts. On the way out of the sanctuary, there were plenty of traditional mandarin oranges to pick up and take home.

     

  • Confirmation Sunday, June 9 2013