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


  • 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. 

     

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

     

     

  • 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."

  • One More Weekend for the Old Dutch Church Fest

    Headless Horseman at the Old Dutch FestCome on out to the Old Dutch Church Burying Ground Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, to have your picture taken with the Headless Horseman, sip a cup of Ichabod Ale or hot cider, and snack on bratwursts and hotdogs. The Old Dutch Church will be open for visits. Wander among the old headstones or take a self-guided walking tour. T-shirts, books, cards and souvenirs will be for sale. (Purchases go toward maintaining the Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground and Reformed Church missions). On Nov. 1, storyteller and musician Jim Keyes will entertain children with his version of not-too-scary tales inside the Old Dutch Church (tickets at the door or online). Visit the Old Dutch Fest 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm both days. For a full schedule, click here.

  • Reformation Day Services Set for Old Dutch Nov. 2

    On Sunday, Nov. 2, the congregation will meet for worship services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. There will be no worship service at the "Clock Church" in Tarrytown that day. Guest organist will be Professor David Hurd, one of the foremost church musicians and concert organists in the country, with a long list of awards, prizes, honors and achievements to his credit. He is Director of Chapel Music and Professor of Church Music and Organist at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. The special Reformation Day services at Old Dutch will close out the fall season at Old Dutch, including the annual Old Dutch Church Fest, which ends Saturday, Nov. 1.

     

  • Grocery Shopping at C-Town

    One of the advantages of being a small Sunday School group is the ability to mobilize easily.  On Oct. 28, the Sunday School walked two and half blocks down Broadway to our local grocery store.  There, we shopped for our community food pantry.  We were asked to buy more Cheerios, peanut butter, jelly, and beans.  When we returned to the church, we piled our bags in front of Pastor Jeff's office and ran upstairs to our recreation hall to play kickball and to play with the parachute.

  • Cain and Abel

    Why was Cain so angry at God?  God was not happy with his offering as he was with Abel's.  Didn't seem fair, so Cain blamed Abel. Do we get like that?  Blame others for our own failures? Yet, even when we sin like Cain, God finds a way to love us.  Ms. Sandra helped the children act the lesson  and guided them to think of good ways to thank God for what they have.

  • Prayer

    Every Sunday the children leave after the Children's Sermon and "race" down the hall towards the Education Wing's chapel for prayer.  I know they should not be racing, but why do they?  Is it the release from being tied to the pew?  Is it freedom from their parents?  Is it the anticipation of getting together with their peers?  Or perhaps the wonder of what will the Bible story and activities be?  Their eagerness every Sunday to gather together in their own chapel is a good thing.  It is a chance to share a small part of themselves with each other in a context that cannot be found anywhere else in their lives. As a community of growing believers we begin by praying together.   We recite John 3:16 and the Lord's Prayer each time.  We recite, we practice. Our practice of prayer becomes habit,  and the Word of God becomes imprinted on our hearts.

  • "It's Not About Me"

    The middle school and high school students have been studying the Gospel according to John with Mr. Clifton.  In Mr. Clifton's words, John tells others while baptizing them, that it's not about him, but about Jesus.  Toward Jesus must we all turn our eyes.  From Jesus, do we receive our guidance.  In and through Jesus, we are all saved.  When he says to cast our nets on the other side of the boat, though it may not make much sense to us, doing so benefits us.  Homework assignment is to read Chapter 4.

  • 2nd-4th Oct. 7 Taking Care of God's World

    Ms. Katie tempted the class with donuts and they were not sheepish about how many each ate!  I thought they were learning about caring for the garden God gave to Adam and Eve!  

  • Cheerios and Oatmeal Drive

    The children are collecting non sweetened Cheerios and Oatmeal for Tarrytown's Community Food Pantry this year as their benevolence giving.

    Oct. 7, the children made their first delivery to the food pantry.  They walked south on Broadway to Christ Church which houses the pantry.  Then they stocked the shelves themselves.

    Over the course of the  year, there will be three more cereal drives.  It is hoped that 50 containers of each cereal will be collected each time.

  • 5th-H.S. Sept. 16-30

    Do the 66 books in the Bible have any order?  Yes!  They can be divided into types of literature:  Law, History, Major and Minor Prophets, Poetry, Gospels, History, Paul's Epistles, General Epistles and Prophecy.  Can you pass the following test the teens took on the organization of the Bible?

    Bible Organization Quiz

    I.

    1. From what two languages do our English translations of the Bible derive?

    ____________________________          ______________________________

    2.  What are the two main divisions of the Bible?

    ____________________________          ______________________________

    3.  What is another way to say the two main divisions of the Bible?

    ____________________________           ______________________________

    4.  When you place your fingers half way into the Bible what book are you most likely to find?

    __________________

    5.  What is the Hebrew  word for the Books of the Law?

    _______________________

    6. For what were the Books of the Law needed?

    _______________________

    7.  What are the Gospels about?

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    8.  Who wrote more than half of the Psalms?

    ________________________________________

    9.  Paul wrote letters to congregations in certain cities.  To what city were the letter to the Galatians written? ___________________________________

    To the Corinthians?__________________________________

    To the Romans?_____________________________________

    To the Ephesians?___________________________________

    To the Philippians? __________________________________

    17 pts.

    II. Circle the book which belongs in the following types of Biblical literature :

    History

    Deuteronomy        John    Acts       Exodus       Nahum

    Gospels

    Timothy       Joshua      Colossians      Luke     1 John

    Minor Prophets

    Micah      Isaiah     Philemon      Leviticus   Galatians

    General Epistles

    Hebrews      Ezekiel    Esther        Matthew      2Peter

    Books of Law

    Jude      Lamentations     Obadiah       Psalms     Genesis

    Prophecy

    Job       Revelations        Jonah        Colossians        Numbers   

    Major Prophets

    Mark     Ezra       Daniel     Malachi        Philippians

    Poetry

    Ecclesiastestes      Ephesians       Judges           Romans       2Kings

    Paul’s Epistles

    1Chronicles         James          Jeremiah         Ruth              1Corinthians

    9 pts.

    III.   With another student place the books of the Bible under their proper type of literature.

    66 pts

     

    Test :_________# correct  answers/92 pts Total

     

    Sept. 30 -

    Mr. Clifton read from Mark 2:1-12.  Who is God and do we have faith in God?

     

     

  • RCA Magazine Features Our Teens

    <RCA Today Magazine"Video Games Help Youth Connect" features RCT Wii Believe program for teensThe fall issue of RCA Today, the magazine of the Reformed Church of America, highlights Wii Believe, a popular weekly program for teens organized by Youth Director Moira Gargano. Wii Believe "came out of finding something for my son [now a ninth-grader] to do with other kids in the church," says Moira. At first a two-hour get-together on Friday nights to play Wii games, the program has expanded to four or more hours, to include dinner (sometimes prepared by the teens themselves, followed by clean-up). Occasionally Moira and helper Rob Wingate take the kids on day trips, such as York Lake, MA, last July, and to nearby slopes for sledding last winter. Nine teens from the church and friends regularly participate in Wii Believe. Read the story.

  • "Rip!", at the Clock Church, Oct 12 @ 7:30pm

    Rip! What?? Yes, "Rip!" a musical loosely based on the story of Rip Van Winkle is coming to the Reformed Church, 42 N. Broadway, Tarrytown, 7:30 pm, Sat. Oct 12.

    "Rip!" is about a man who likes to believe anything is possible, until he goes off to war and ends up in a magical 'Bowling Green' and finds he cannot return to his wife and home. It is a radical variation on the Washington Irving tale. It is also about people in a town in the Catskills who didn't believe the American Revolution was possible--until they found themselves carrying it out. It is about love, dreams, revolution, fish... and what is possible.

    With music and lyrics by jazz pianist Dan Furman, "Rip!" will be presented as a Narrated Concert, with 12 singers and a chamber orchestra. Admission by free will offering, suggested donation $15.

  • Children's Mission Project Is a Success

    Sunday School childrenThe Sunday School children completed their first mission project of this year on Sunday, Oct. 7, by delivering shopping bags full of breakfast cereal to the Community Food Pantry, which is located at Christ Church Episcopal. The Reformed Church also contributed $1,000 to help support the hungry in our communities. At left, the children and teachers set off on foot to deliver the food two blocks up the street to Christ Church.

  • Chamber Music Concert Oct. 12

    TGoldsmith Family Triohe music ministry of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns continues its fall/winter concert series with the Goldsmith Family Trio performing chamber music in the Clock Church in Tarrytown at 7:30 p.m. October 12. Concert proceeds will benefit the organ fund at the Clock Church. Jeremy and Mi-Won Goldsmith, music co-directors at the church, and their son, Justin, consummate professional musicians all, will perform compositions by Brahms, Beethoven, Back and Chopin on the clarinet, piano and cello.

     

     

     

  • RCT Honors George Kuntz

    Synod House RenovationPictured at left are George Kuntz and his crew of young volunteers from the church who renovated the apartment on the second floor of the Synod House (pictured below) last summer. George was recently honored by Rev. Gargano and the congregation for the professional care he takes of the church's properties. Well done!Revovating the Synod House

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

We are ...

  • Committed to God
  • Warmly Liturgical
  • Engaged with Community
  • Growing in Faith
  • Looking forward to meeting you!