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
The old steps are gone, the walkway is blocked off as work begins at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow to build a new landing, stairs and wheelchair ramp. The work is scheduled to be finished in time for the start of summer worship services in mid-June. Meanwhile, the church is closed. The Burying Ground remains open; access is via the paved road that runs alongside the Burying Ground. (Enter through the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery gate just south of the church.)
"The congregation and friends are doing a remarkable thing for the community," Waddell Stillman, president of Historic Hudson Valley, told a gathering at the Old Dutch Church on April 3. The occasion was a groundbreaking ceremony for the $350,000 Accessibility Project. "Making historic buildings accessible to the physically challenged is one of the most difficult things to do well; we can all think of ungainly examples," Stillman said. "Hats off to the architect and congregation for a sensitive solution. It's a beautiful project, brilliantly conceived." Stillman and Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray, who also spoke, noted that the congregation had kept up repairs on the building over three centuries. "The congregation's remarkable stewardship allows us to enjoy the building today," Stillman said.
Taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony were (L to R) Fred Volpacchio of Hudson Design Build Group; Rev. Jeffrey Gargano; Renee Chillemi, vice president of the Consistory at the Reformed Church; Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray; Joanne Tall of Kamen Tall Associates; and Aubrey Hawes, president of Friends of the Old Dutch Church & Burying Ground.
Work will begin immediately to install the planned new entrance with expanded landing and wheelchair ramp and paved sidewalks. Completion is projected for mid-June, when regular summer worship starts.
The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns welcomed the largest number of new members on one day in many years on Sunday, March 26, when thirteen persons confirmed Jesus Christ as their Saviour and were acccepted into membership. Photo: At far left is Aubrey Hawes, elder, with the new members, from left to right: Rire Nakpodia, Juliette Phillips, Kate Phillips, Dr. John Phillips, Kisook Suh, David Kim, George DeWild, Melissa DeWild, Rochelle Taylor, Claire Tuohey-Mote, Karen Thomas, Dr. Harry Thomas. The Sunday School children sang a welcome song to the new members. (Photo by Nathan Gargano; video by Keith Elder)
After a church service last summer in Haiti, the RCT Mission Team met a family. They distributed food and toys, played with the children, sang and prayed together. But they felt it wasn't enough. The team--teens from RCT led by Pastor Jeffrey Gargano--asked what it would take to replace the family's home of sticks, barely held together by mud and rags. About $4,000, they were told. Says Pastor Gargano, "Our plan then was to return to Haiti with the money--and elbow grease--during the school winter break. Unfortunately, after a brief outbreak of anti-American demonstrations, we felt that for the time being it would be best just to forward the money and employ some local builders and laborers." Above is the result. The picture on the left is what the team saw last August. The picture on the right is of the family at the front door of their new, solid, secure and dry home.