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 North Broadway,Tarrytown, N.Y.
You're also welcome to just stop by the church office, where you can find me almost any morning.
The Rev. Jeffrey Gargano
A ceremony to break ground for the Accessibility Project at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow has been set for Monday, April 3, at 11 a.m., rescheduled from March 15 (due to the blizzard). The work to be done will truly open up this National Historic Landmark to everyone to enjoy. "Thanks to the ongoing generous support of so many from across the country, visitors will soon be able to enter the church without the challenge of a single step," said Aubrey Hawes, president of the Friends of Old Dutch. The work on the church entrance includes the addition of a wheelchair ramp and a larger landing at the door, as well as new steps that will be easier to use than the steep, uneven stone steps they replace.
Fundraising efforts will continue until the $350,000 goal for the project is reached. To date nearly $250,000 has been raised from more than 200 donors from 35 states. Persons wishing to donate may use this form.
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.
The 'Clock Church's" Rev. John Knox Allen Memorial Window is featured in "The Irvington-Hudson River Tiffany Trail" now online. It is one of 13 sites in the Lower Hudson Valley where one may see stained glass windows created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, America's most famous and popular artist in glass. The online listing is sponsored by the official Irvington, New York, website. Click on the image at left to view the sites.