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West Center Church to Hold Spring Tag Sale Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and May 6 PDF Print Email


By Susan Reisinger, Moderator, Church Council, West Center Congregational Church

May 2, 2018:  West Center Congregational Church, 101 Pondfield Road West at Chatfield Road, Bronxville, will hold a spring tag sale on Saturday, May 5, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday, May 6, from 12:30 to 3:00 pm.

The sale, to be held in Bodge Lounge, will offer a variety of items for sale, including household goods, plants, baked goods, jewelry, bric-a-brac, gifts, CDs, books, seasonal decorations, and more. 

There will be a “Tiffany Table” featuring special gifts, vintage china, and glassware and another area with gently used/vintage clothing and accessories. With the weather finally becoming springlike, it’s the perfect time to come out to shop for some nice bargains and greet friends and neighbors. Proceeds from the tag sale will help support the work of the church. 

West Center Church first began over 100 years ago when a Sunday school was organized and celebrated the 90th anniversary of its incorporation last year. 

There is no admission charge and all are welcome to browse and shop. Bodge Lounge is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and there is free parking on the street. For more information, please call the church office at 914-337-3829, email the church at  CLOAKING , or go to West Center’s website,

Pictured here:  Stained-glass window at West Center Congregational Church.

Photo courtesy Susan Reisinger, Moderator, Church Council, West Center Congregational Church

Editor's note:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes press releases, statements, and articles from local institutions, officeholders, candidates, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Reformed Church to Hold 66th Annual Choir Festival Sunday, April 22 PDF Print Email


By Staff, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Apr. 4, 2018:  The Reformed Church of Bronxville will hold its 66th Annual Choir Festival in the main sanctuary at 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 22. The community is invited.

A highlight of the church year, the annual choir festival features vocal and bell choirs of all ages.

The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Sándor Szabó, will be joined by Chancel Choir soloists and a brass ensemble.

The Kirksingers, Kirk Ringers, Chapel Choir, Cathedral Choir, and Carol Choirs will also be featured. The director of bell choirs, Lee Corbett, and the directors of children’s choirs, Jenny Ribeiro and Helga Bartus, will assist.

Please join us for this afternoon worship service in song with Bronxville’s very own musicians. For more information, go to or call 914-337-6776.

Pictured here: The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Photo by A. Warner

Editor's note:  As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes press releases, statements, and articles from local institutions, legislators, and candidates. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Schedule of Easter Week Services for Bronxville-Area Churches PDF Print Email


By Staff

Mar. 28, 2018:  Below is a list of Easter week services for Bronxville-area churches, listed in alphabetical order. 

Christ Church Bronxville

Maundy Thursday, March 29 
7:00 pm: Choral Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar, followed by an all-night vigil at the Altar of Repose

Good Friday, March 30 
Noon: Good Friday Liturgy and veneration of the Cross. Children's service in the undercroft.  

Holy Saturday, March 31 
7:00 pm: The Great Vigil of Easter with ancient "Exsultet" chant and new fire. The first Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Sunday, April 1
9:00 am:  Festive Holy Eucharist with Children’s Choir and Brass Ensemble
10:00 am:  Easter Egg Hunt
11:15 am: Festive Holy Eucharist with Choirs and Brass Ensemble

Church of St. Joseph

Holy Thursday, March 29
8:30 am: Weekday Mass
10:00 am: Tenebrae (Morning Prayer)  
7:30 pm: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Adoration in Church until 11:00 pm 

Good Friday, March 30
10:00 am: Tenebrae (Morning Prayer) 
2:00 pm: Stations of the Cross 
3:00 pm: Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 
7:30 pm: Living Stations  

Holy Saturday, March 31
10:00 am: Tenebrae (Morning Prayer) 
8:00 pm: The Great Vigil of Easter 

Easter Sunday, April 1
8:00 am: Mass in Church
9:30 am: Mass in Church
9:45 am: Family Mass in Parish Center
10:45 am: Mass in Church
11:00 am: Mass in Parish Center
Noon: Mass in Church
1:15 PM: Mass in Church
There is no 5:00 pm Mass

First Baptist Church

Maundy Thursday, March 29 
7:00 pm: Maundy Thursday service.

Easter Sunday, April 1 
7:00 am: Resurrection Sunday Sunrise Service
11:00 am: Resurrection Sunday Service; Holy Communion celebrated

GoldenSword International Fellowship

Easter Sunday, April 1
10:00 am: Resurrection Service
1:30 pm: Resurrection Service

The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Maundy Thursday
, March 29
7:15 pm: Foot-washing service, Edwards Room
8:00 pm: Dramatic reading of the Passion in diminishing light, with Communion

Good Friday, March 30 
Noon: Family Worship

Easter Sunday
, April 1
Sunrise (6:30 am): Prayer service in the columbarium with elders and deacons
9:00 am: Service with choirs, strings, and brass
11:00 am: Service with choirs, strings, and brass
5:00 pm: The Gathering

Village Lutheran Church

Maundy Thursday, March 29 
7:30 pm: Symbolic Foot-Washing and Lord’s Supper

Good Friday, March 30
Noon: Tenebrae Service
7:30 pm: Tenebrae Service

Holy Saturday, March 31
5:30 pm: Easter Vigil Mass; Lighting of the New Flame; Remembrance of Baptism

Easter Sunday, April 1
8:30 am to 12:30 pm: Continental Breakfast
9:00 am: Festival Worship Service 
10:45 am: Festival Worship Service

West Center Congregational Church

Maundy Thursday, March 29 
7:00 pm: Service

Good Friday, March 30  
11:00 am to 2:00 pm: Sanctuary open for meditation.

Easter Sunday, April 1  
11:00 am: Service with a potluck lunch following worship

Photo by N. Bower 

Christmas Pageant to Be Held December 24 at 5:30 PM at Reformed Church Hillside; See Cast Members PDF Print Email


By Sarah Normand, Co-Chair, Bronxville Christmas Pageant Committee

Dec. 20, 2017:  The annual Bronxville Christmas Pageant, first performed 103 years ago in 1914, will be held on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, at 5:30 pm on the hillside of The Reformed Church of Bronxville on Pondfield Road.

The pageant has been delighting villagers of all ages for generations. The organizers of the pageant are co-chairs Sarah Normand and Ruth Walter. “We have been so impressed with the ecumenical nature of the pageant and with the commitment and enthusiasm of all the volunteers who make this such a great community tradition in Bronxville,” said Sarah Normand.

 “If you are new to the village or a longtime resident, please come in rain, snow, or dry weather to see live animals, the Nativity scene re-enacted, angels on high, and lots of shepherds,” Sarah added.

Parishioners from all seven Bronxville churches participate on a rotating basis to make up the cast of the living Nativity. The audience sings carols, and members of the clergy from the seven churches perform readings.

“Children can watch Mary ride in on a live donkey and settle in the manger surrounded by live sheep. Last year we had the added excitement of a camel for one of the kings to lead, which really was a wonder,” said Ruth Walter.

Cast members of the Pageant

Mary:  Lauren Mitchell

Joseph:  Mac Crawford

Manger Angel:  Eloise Liggitt


1. Grace Randall
2. Lucy Rizzo
3. Lily Monahan
4. Sally Reynolds
5. Kiki Shinsato
6. Caroline Spitz
7. Lily Vorbach
8. Katherine Moynihan
9. Norah Foley
10. Maggie O’Hare
11. Caroline Palermo
12. Olivia Conniff
13. Laura Walter-McNeill

Kings:  Tim McGrath, Paul Shoemaker, and Dan Johnson

Shepherd Boys:  Brendan McGrath and Walker Liggitt

Shepherds led by Dave Ruby

Carols led by Dale Walker, accompanied by a brass ensemble

Tower Bells by Cindy Tether

Invisible Choir led by Maryann Palermo

This Bronxville tradition is funded entirely by donations.  Donations may be sent to Bronxville Christmas Pageant, P.O. Box 397, Bronxville, NY 10708, or made online at under the Giving 365 tab. 

Pictured here:  The Nativity scene in a previous year. 

Photo by a pageant committee member

Advent Calendars for Local Churches: December 20 to December 25, 2017 PDF Print Email


By Staff

Dec. 20, 2017: Editor's note:  Advent schedules for Bronxville-area churches will be posted as they arrive. Listed below in alphabetical order are those we have received.

Christ Church Bronxville
17 Sagamore Road

Sunday, December 24 

3:30 pm:  Organ Prelude, Christmas Carols

4:00 pm:  Family Christmas Eve Crèche Mass

10:30 pm:  Christmas Prelude 

11:00 pm:  Solemn Midnight Mass

Monday, December 25

10:00 am:  Christmas Day Mass


Church of St. Joseph
14 Cedar Street

Sunday, December 24

4:00 pm: Mass in Church

4:00 pm: Mass in Parish Center

6:30 pm:  Family Mass in Parish Center

10:00 pm:  Mass in Church

Midnight:  Mass in Church

Monday, December 25

8:00 am:  Mass in Church

9:30 am:  Mass in Church

10:45 am:  Mass in Church

Noon:  Mass in Church

1:15 pm:  Mass in Church


The Reformed Church of Bronxville
180 Pondfield Road

Thursday, December 21

7:00 pm:  Blue Christmas Service to lift up feelings of those grieving

Sunday, December 24

4:00 pm:  Family Christmas Eve Service

5:30 pm:  Bronxville Village Christmas Pageant

7:00 pm:  Candlelight Service with Chamber Choir

11:00 pm:  Service of Lessons and Carols

Monday, December 25

10:30 am:  Christmas Day Service


Village Lutheran Church
172 White Plains Road

Wednesday, December 20

7:00 pm:  Advent Midweek Service: a service of Lessons & Carols (led by The Chapel School Choirs)

Sunday, December 24

10:00 am:  Advent Service; Christmas Eve Daylight Service with Communion

5:00 pm:  Christmas Eve Children's Service

8:00 pm:  Candles and Carols and Choirs Service

Monday, December 25

10:00 am:  Merry Christmas Service


West Center Congregational Church
101 Pondfield Road West at Chatfield Road

Sunday, December 24 Fourth Sunday of Advent

11:00 am:  Morning Worship at 11:00 am, as usual

8:00 pm:  Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols

Photo by A. Warner 

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