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 N. Broadway, Tarrytown, N.Y. You're also welcome to just stop by the church office, located next to the sanctuary, where you can find me almost any morning.
-- Rev. Jeffrey Gargano
Rev. Doug Leonard to Speak on Religious Violence
Everyone is invited to a presentation and community conversation at the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., on the topic of "Is Religious Violence Inevitable? A Response to the Global Increase of Religious Violence." Our speaker is the Rev. Doug Leonard, director of the Al Amana Centre in the Arabian Gulf country of Oman, an academy for the study of global Christian-Muslim relations and an ecumenical center for religious diplomacy. The Rev. Leonard will give an analysis of today's increasing tension, and welcome a group discussion.
He will address the following questions, among others: Is religion the problem? In what way are current conflicts political rather than religious? Can religion be part of the solution, and a resource for peace?
The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns (the "Town Clock" Church) is located at 42 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY. Our facility is handicapped accessible. Parking is in the rear of the church, with wheelchair ramps to the rear lobby entrance. This event is sponsored by the Regional Synod of New York of the Reformed Church in America. Please RSVP to or 914-332-1311.
Teens Return from Mission Trip to D.R.
"For sure, I'd go back," says Jack Steurer, 15, one of five boys who traveled to the Dominican Republic earlier this month and saw first-hand how they could make a difference in people's lives. For a week, the mission team, comprised of Jack, Hunter Burnett, Nathan Gargano, Nicholas Wingate and Kevon Lewis, accompanied by Pastor Jeff Gargano, lived among poor mountain villagers near the city of Jarabacoa. They got to know the villagers, played with their children and joined together in worship and prayer each day. The mission goal for the week was to put new floors in two 400-sq.-ft. houses, home to a family of nine and a family of seven.
The team mixed cement and prepared the floor base; a church-hired mason poured the floors. Most village homes are constructed of branches and scrap wood and metal and often have earthen floors or floors of broken, deteriorated cement, so a concrete floor is a significant upgrade and joy for a household. This was not lost on the boys. Said Pastor Jeff, "We talked together one night about how in just two days--the time it took to take out the broken, rat-infested flooring and pour a new cement floor--they significantly improved a family's life for a generation. It was poignant."
Singalongs, playtime, board games, arts and crafts, Bible lessons, snacks: the 23 children at Vacation Bible School Aug. 18-22 did it all. And there was a new special project for VBS this year, says Sunday School Director Moira Gargano. "For every can of tuna the children brought in, they got to put a 'fish', made out of construction paper, in the 'river' affixed to the wall. We collected 84 cans of tuna for the local food pantry."
The VBS theme was "Jesus Gives Living Water," and Bible lessons examined how Jesus brings refreshing living water to our lives. Daily lessons included how God created water on the second day of creation, how Moses parted the Red Sea, how Jesus calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee, met the Samaritan woman at the well, and was baptized in the Jordan River.
As always, the Clock Church Vacation Bible School was open to children throughout the community, and attendance was free. VBS volunteers included five adults, three sixth-grade junior counselors, four high-school counselors, and two college student helpers.
Reserve a sale table now for the Tarrytown Tag Sale
Take this opportunity to sell some of your “unwante
d valuables” by participating in the Annual Village
Got some things you want to clear out of your house? The Clock Church will host a tag sale on the church grounds at 42 North Broadway, Tarrytown, on Sept. 20. To reserve your table, call Nanette at the church office, 914 631-4497. The sale will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
New in Town?
The Reformed Church has been engaged in the Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown community since 1697. The first meeting of the YMCA was held here, and the local Boy Scout Troop has had its home here for more than 60 years. Our New Beginnings Nursery School provides children with a great early educational opportunity in a loving and gentle environment. Five recovery groups meet in our building. We host concerts and recitals throughout the year, and our congregation supports the local food pantry, the Midnight Run, and several denominational ministries. We would be honored for you to join us on a journey of faith and service as we grow together.
Old Dutch Fest Is Coming!
Dates: Oct. 18-19, 25-26, 31st, Nov. 1. Sunday Nov. 2 All Souls Service at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow.
Quote of the Week
"Our salvation is not that we know, but that we are willing to be known." (William Willimon)
Reformed From What?
What can I expect when I attend a service? Do you still hold services at the Old Dutch Church? Why do you add an "s" to Tarrytown? Answers to your questions.