Six teenagers, all members of the church's Dominican Republic Mission Team, traveled together to that country July 4-10 to help restore homes in Jarabacoa. They will make a presentation to the congregation during the worship service on Sunday, July 12. The team, pictured, from left to right: Gavin Ryan, Nathan Gargano, Tesher Zafrin, Hunter Burnett, Juliette Phillips, Jack Steurer. The team was accompanied by chaperones Stephanie O'Dea and Pastor Jeff Gargano. Sunday worship service begins at 10 a.m. at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow.
A tired but satisfied crew of church teens takes a break after clearing trash from around the Tarrytown Lakes' Skating House on Earth Day, April 18. Shown above from left to right are Mark Fry of the Tarrytowns Lakes Committee, and church youth co-leader Robert Wingate. Seated are Kevon Lewis, Jeffrey Assante, Nathan Gargano and Nicholas Wingate. (The man in the cap was not identified.)
Earth Day Cleanup was just one of the community services these and other church teens (Christiana Nisco, Scotty Weaver and Owen Steele) rendered during April, such as helping set up the Warner Library book fair, and assisting with the Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day and the Neighborhood House annual fund-raising dinner for seniors.
Says Rob, "They were entirely indispensable on the many projects where they served. We are really proud of them for the impact they have made, for the way they have made friends for themselves and on behalf of the church; and for what they have learned." Rob and youth co-leader Moira Gargano were assisted by Joann Nisco and Rachael Gargano. "We as leaders are humbled to have seen them do these things, and model for others in our community what it means to serve as Christians seeing His face in that of all those around us."
Katie McCue-Schwartz is surrounded by Sunday School children on Easter Sunday. They are about to take part in the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Clock Church. Says Katie, "We combined the age groups and it was a lot of fun! What was sweet about it was that the bigger kids helped the little kids find a majority of the eggs, and shared their own eggs with them as well."
Left: Sunday School children and visitors joined their parents and other adults after the worship service Feb. 22 to make Chinese dumplings, a traditional snack enjoyed on Chinese New Year. Right: They also got to taste the results of their labors. Stephanie gives a lesson in how to hold chopsticks.
The 5:00 PM Christmas Eve family service at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow included children's choirs and bell-ringing.
A happy group of RCT youth and adults traveled to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT, Nov. 14 to watch the Harlem Globetrotters face the Washington (D.C.) Generals in a preview of the teams's 2015 tour.
An exhibition basketball team, Globetrotters are renowned for family-style entertainment that combines comedy with ball-handling skill. The game was taped for an ESPN special that will air in December.The RCT trip was made possible by Keith Elder, who contacted Sara Elder's brother, Shane Beardsley, who oversees events at the Webster Bank Arena.
When our mission team reported back to the congregation after its week in the Dominican Republic, the team issued a challenge: to help a family replace its very dilapidated home. The team had put in a new floor, but it was obvious that far more was needed. The congregation was challenged to raise $2,000, enough for local carpenters to build new walls and cover the home with a real roof. The congregation's response was immediate. In fact, along with a wonderful anonymous gift, more than enough was raised so that future projects can be met. The photographs show the state of the home and what the congregation's additional support made possible. To learn more about the 2014 mission team, see "Our Teens Make a Difference in the DR."
Five years ago our church sponsored its first teen mission to the Dominican Republic. In July 2016, a team of nine teens traveled to a small village in Haiti for a week to create a new cement floor in a house with a dirt floor, a significant improvement in the lives of the family members who live there. In addition to the manual labor involved, the team worshipped together each morning and also got to know the people of the village.
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Dominican Republic Teen Mission Trip 2014