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


  • 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.

     

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

     

  • 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. 

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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!

  • Communion, A Holy Sacrament

    The K-4th grade Sunday School class shared Communion with others who did not have a chance to take it during service. The class had been grocery shopping for the Community Food Pantry and did not make back in time to take Communion with the congregation May 5.  Pastor Jeff accommodates the Sunday School children when they are not able to join the congregation for Communion by serving it with an Elder after the service.  We are so grateful.

  • Sunday School Car Wash to Benefit the Community Food Pantry

    Weather a few days ago was ominous and ugly with torrential rain and wind, temperatures dropping into the low 50's.  Sunday morning, the sun shown bravely, but the wind was gusty and cold.  But, how can we not have the car wash where when all the cars are clean and shiny, the hoses take aim to drown wearied fellow car washers?  Chilled to the bone, the Sunday School children did a fantastic job and actually raised $ 273 for the Community Food Pantry.  On June 9, the money and the groceries collected over several weeks will be carried over to our sister church, who houses the pantry.

             

  • "I Believe..."

    Three teens, four Elders and the pastor, met in Pastor Jeff's office, May 26.  With their Power Point presentations projected on the wall, the teens shared their beliefs about who is God, what God's relationship is to the world and themselves, and how they should live.  The time together was both affirming and confirming.  Would that we shared our faith with one another more often!  I think all of us went away feeling empowered by the Holy Spirit.

  • Does God Have a Father?

    This question was asked in the Elementary class.  Monica, who was teaching that day, did not know quite how to answer it.  Where did she go to search for it?  Did the answer lie with one of the Church's great theologians, in a sermon, or the Bible?  Of course not.  Not in today's world!  The answer was found on Ask.com. , "No."  God is the beginning, the Alpha!  God is also the End, the Omega.  Thanks be to God!

  • Sunday School News

    Easter Sunday: All Sunday School children received new Bibles.
    May 5: The elementary class will shop for groceries to help fill the Community Food Pantry.
    May 26: The teens will make a presentation to the Elders of the congregation. They are working on "I Believe..." statements to share with the Elders .  Last week, sitting in the Pastor's office using laptops, the teens were searching for pictures on the web to help illustrate their thoughts. 
    June 2: Under the direction of the teens, the whole Sunday School will lead morning worship.  On this day we will also acknowledge the recipients of the best attendance award and show appreciation to our Sunday School teachers.

  • Children's Sermons

    Pastor Jeff is just too funny!  And there is always that which follows: "Well in the Bible, there is a story..." Listen to it here:

                     

  • "Wii Believe" is more than Wii

    The teens are now regularly eating, cooking, and playing dodge ball.
       

    Thank you to all the wonderful people who contribute food!  Thank you, Mr. Rob for being the dodge ball target!

    It was Kevon's birthday the day following Wii night, so we decided to spend time together the next day doing what Kevon wanted, ice skating.

    Afterward, Mr. Wai, challenged a few onto the 5 story balance course.  He was challenged himself!  Aiya!

  • Preparation for the Resurrection

    Making Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday

    Babysitting on Palm Sunday

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    Making Easter Wreaths

    Remembering God's Deliverance of His People from Oppression

    Assembling Jelly Bean Prayer Bags

    Cleaning Old Dutch Church for Good Friday's Service

     The Light Is Extinguished (Good Friday's Service)

    Passing the Offering Plates for Easter Service

     

    We hid the eggs for the younger children.

               

    Easter Egg Hunts

     

  • Time to Clear Out Your Closets

    On June 14 teens of the church, along with Pastor Jeff and Rob Wingate, will be making a Midnight Run into Manhattan. For "runs" to be successful, much more is needed than "runners" that night. The church is seeking donations of clothing in good condition, especially shoes and jeans. Add a package of socks or underwear, or toiletries to your shopping list. You may help by making lunches at the Clock Church on the day of the run, or by donating a few dollars to offset the cost of any of the above. For enquiries, phone the church office at (914) 631-4497.  

  • "Seven Sundays" Continues Through August 17

    Jerry O'Sullivan on Uillean Pipes, accompanied bymusic directors Mi-Won Kim and Jeremy GoldsmithJerry O'Sullivan played the Uillean Pipes as part of the special music program, "Seven Sundays: A Celebration of Music in Worship," August 3 at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. He was accompanied by music directors Mi-Won Kim on piano and Jeremy Goldsmith on clarinet. The music program is one of the series of special weekly performances at Old Dutch this summer designed to help all present experience the liturgy and the Word in a new and innovative way.  The schedule:
    July 6: Mark Wilson, American Spirituals
    July 13: Claudia Kanile'a Goddard, Hawaiian
    July 20: Kim & Reggie Harris, Folk/Gospel/Pop
    July 27: KJ Denhert, Jazz/Folk
    August 3:Jerry O'Sullivan, Uillean Pipes
    August 10:Chris Groenendaal & Sue Anderson, Broadway
    August 17: Hymn Sing

    The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns meets at Old Dutch at 10 a.m. each Sunday through August, then returns to its Tarrytown home, the Clock Church at 42 North Broadway, in September.

  • Summer Worship Schedule Announced

    Summer worship services will be held at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow from June 29 to Aug. 31. Services begin at 10 a.m. and everyone is welcome. The Clock Church at 42 North Broadway will be closed for this period. Old Dutch Church is located one mile north of the Clock Church, at 430 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. 

  • Summer Sunday School

    At Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns we do not say "See you in the Fall" to the children, because Sunday School continues in the summer at Old Dutch Church.  Yup!  We meet at 10 a.m.  While the parents are inside the church, we are outside sitting on cloths under a tent learning about God.

     

  • Car Wash brings in $710 for the Organ Fund

    With the help of Mrs. Riley the youth washed 27 cars and $710 was donated.  Donations go toward the purchase of our new organ.  Thank you everyone who scrubbed and who supported the Sunday School's effort!

  • Sunday School Awards and Teacher Recognition

    Which children are going to receive the attendance awards?  Only two.  BUT.....every child who comes on the last official day of Sunday School (June 3) at 42 North Broadway (Clock Church) will receive a token of appreciation for being a part of Sunday School.

  • Music in Worship Series Is Underway

    Almost Home Quartet

    Summer worship services at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow are in full swing, and the third annual "Seven Sundays, a Celebration of Music in Worship" series is underway, featuring professional musicians sharing their considerable talents with us.  Different music styles will help all present to experience the liturgy and the Word in a new and innovative way. Everyone is welcome. Nursery care for toddlers is available in a playyard under the trees. Young children are dismissed to Sunday School outdoors after the Children's Sermon.

    Schedule for Seven Sundays:
    A Celebration of Music in Worship

    July 7: Mary Courtney & Morning Star Irish Folk
    July 14: Glen Roethel, singer
    July 21: Blues Trio
    July 28: Almost Home, barbershop quartet (pictured)
    Aug. 4: New School of Music Jazz Trio
    Aug. 11: Justin Goldsmith, cellist
    Aug. 18: Cris Groenendaal & Susan Anderson, show tunes

  • Summer at Old Dutch: "Seven Sundays" Series Returns

    James Durst at the Old DutchSummer worship services have begun. Every Sunday through Labor Day, the congregation will meet for worship at 10 a.m. at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. As in recent years, a highlight of the summer will be the special music program "Seven Sundays, a Celebration of Music and Worship." Starting July 7, professional musicians will be sharing their considerable talents with us each Sunday. Different styles of music will be featured, to help all present to experience the liturgy and the Word in a new and innovative way. And children will not be left out of it. On Sundays when weather permits, they will be taken outside for different activities including Bible stories and crafts. Everyone is welcome to worship services at Old Dutch to share in a unique time of fellowship and worship.

  • Talkin' About the Car Wash

    Not all work at the car washIt wasn't all work at the car wash on May 6. Some of the crew posing for a photo ran for cover when Nathan Gargano turned on the water in a moment of good-natured fun. The Sunday School-sponsored fundraiser raised money for the church organ fund. The dozen-member crew washed more than 20 cars Sunday morning in the parking lot behind the church.

     

     

  • And Get Your Car Washed Too

    The Children and Teens of the church will hold a car wash today, May 6, to raise money for the organ fund. Just park your car in the lot behind the church, and while you're at the worship service your car will be cleaned. Suggested donation: $10.

We are ...

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