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 N. Broadway, Tarrytown, N.Y. You're also welcome to just stop by the church office, located next to the sanctuary, where you can find me almost any morning.
-- Rev. Jeffrey Gargano
The Old Dutch Fest Is Off to a Great Start!
The Headless Horseman rides again this October in the Old Dutch Burying Ground. The Old Dutch Church Fest, held on the grounds of the little church made famous by "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," started October 18-19 and continues Oct. 25-26, and Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Bratwursts and hotdogs, "Ichabod ale," hot cider, softdrinks, cookies and other treats will be on offer, as will T-shirts, books, souvenirs and more. (Purchases help us maintain the Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground). Master storyteller and actress April Armstrong will entertain children with her not-too-scary tales in the legendary church, with music accompaniment (tickets at the door or online). Visits by the Headless Horseman and live music will add to the festivities. Join in the festivities from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. For a full schedule and a selection of photos from the opening weekend, click here.
Teens Return from Mission Trip to D.R.
"For sure, I'd go back," says Jack Steurer, 15, one of five boys who traveled to the Dominican Republic earlier this month and saw first-hand how they could make a difference in people's lives. For a week, the mission team, comprised of Jack, Hunter Burnett, Nathan Gargano, Nicholas Wingate and Kevon Lewis, accompanied by Pastor Jeff Gargano, lived among poor mountain villagers near the city of Jarabacoa. They got to know the villagers, played with their children and joined together in worship and prayer each day. The mission goal for the week was to put new floors in two 400-sq.-ft. houses, home to a family of nine and a family of seven.
The team mixed cement and prepared the floor base; a church-hired mason poured the floors. Most village homes are constructed of branches and scrap wood and metal and often have earthen floors or floors of broken, deteriorated cement, so a concrete floor is a significant upgrade and joy for a household. This was not lost on the boys. Said Pastor Jeff, "We talked together one night about how in just two days--the time it took to take out the broken, rat-infested flooring and pour a new cement floor--they significantly improved a family's life for a generation. It was poignant."
Singalongs, playtime, board games, arts and crafts, Bible lessons, snacks: the 23 children at Vacation Bible School Aug. 18-22 did it all. And there was a new special project for VBS this year, says Sunday School Director Moira Gargano. "For every can of tuna the children brought in, they got to put a 'fish', made out of construction paper, in the 'river' affixed to the wall. We collected 84 cans of tuna for the local food pantry."
The 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.
As always, the Clock Church Vacation Bible School was open to children throughout the community, and attendance was free. VBS volunteers included five adults, three sixth-grade junior counselors, four high-school counselors, and two college student helpers.
New in Town?
The Reformed Church has been engaged in the Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown community since 1697. The first meeting of the YMCA was held here, and the local Boy Scout Troop has had its home here for more than 60 years. Our New Beginnings Nursery School provides children with a great early educational opportunity in a loving and gentle environment. Five recovery groups meet in our building. We host concerts and recitals throughout the year, and our congregation supports the local food pantry, the Midnight Run, and several denominational ministries. We would be honored for you to join us on a journey of faith and service as we grow together.
Church youth, tots to teens
Katie & SS kids
Brunch kitchen duty
Brunch BBQ crew
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Mark, Michelle, Chris
Tricia & Tia
Sept brunch crew
BBQ for brunch
Church tag sale
Mi-won (left) and Jeannie
Jeannie's farewell party
Oct 5 fellowship
Quote of the Week
Christ has many admirers but few followers. - Soren Kierkegaard
Reformed From What?
What can I expect when I attend a service? Do you still hold services at the Old Dutch Church? Why do you add an "s" to Tarrytown? Answers to your questions.