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The Rev. Dr. Matthew Waterstone Chosen New Senior Minister of The Reformed Church of Bronxville PDF Print Email

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By Sam Clover, Associate Minister, The Reformed Church of Bronxville


Oct. 24, 2018:  After a lengthy search following the retirement of The Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. Ruge in August of 2016, The Reformed Church of Bronxville has called The Rev. Dr. Matthew Waterstone to be the church’s 21st senior minister. The call was formally announced in an October 1 letter to the congregation from The Rev. Samuel T. Clover, an associate minister who had been acting as president of the consistory until the new senior minister arrived, and Bill Hertlein, vice president of the consistory.

In making the announcement, Clover and Hertlein stated, “Dr. Waterstone impressed the nominating committee with his perceptive, wise, and engaging sermons, which are scripturally based but timelessly appropriate and delivered with freshness and vigor.” In an accompanying letter, chair of the senior minister of the nominating committee, Paul Muir, stated, “His preaching is Christ-centered, biblical, compelling, inspiring, and relevant for today. . . . His deep connection and sincere pastoral care for his congregation is palpable and interwoven into his preaching, which makes his message even more genuine and personal to the listener.”

Dr. Waterstone, his wife of 11 years, Sarah, and children Willem, 7, and Bram, 4, moved to the village last week. He began preaching this Sunday, October 21, at all three Sunday services—8:30 am, 10:30 am,  and 5:00 pm—and he will be formally installed on Sunday, November 11, at 3:00 pm.

For the last ten years, Dr. Waterstone, 35, served as senior minister of the First Reformed Church in South Holland, IL, a suburb of Chicago. During his tenure, the church’s membership more than doubled, and he oversaw a staff of nine. From 2013, he also served as chaplain to the South Holland Fire Department and an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Christian College in neighboring Palos Heights, IL. He is the author of the book Dear Church: Letters to My First Church, as well as many articles, blogs, and podcasts.

Ordained in the Reformed Church in America and a native of Holland, MI, Dr. Waterstone graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hope College and holds master of divinity and doctorate of ministry degrees from Western Theological Seminary. On a denominational level, he is a member of the Commission on Race & Ethnicity and served on the search committee for the General Secretary of the RCA, who was installed this past summer. Dr. Waterstone is also an accomplished athlete, having qualified for the Boston Marathon and completed an Ironman race.

For more information, contact The Rev. Samuel T. Clover at 914-337-6776, or  CLOAKING . The church website is www.reformedchurch.org.

Pictured here: The Rev. D. Matthew Waterstone.

Photo courtesy Sam Clover, Associate Minister, The Reformed Church of Bronxville 

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

 

 
'Disagreeing Well': Workshop for Muslims and Christians Saturday, September 22 PDF Print Email

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By Phia Primps, Member, The Reformed Church of Bronxville


Sep. 12, 2018:  On Saturday, September 22, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Al Amana Centre and Rose Castle Foundation will hold a workshop at The Reformed Church of Bronxville titled Disagreeing Well.

This will be a practical workshop for Muslims and Christians to engage in dialogue across faith differences. The workshop is for active members of Muslim and Christian communities throughout New York and Westchester.

In the morning session, there will be interactive activities addressing respectful dialogue and management of conflict. Lunch will be provided at 1:00 pm.

In the afternoon, there will be an introduction to and interactive session on Scriptural Reasoning, a method of dialogue that centers on hospitality in listening and learning from one another by discussion of passages from each other's scriptures.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Annalisa.jackson@rosecastle.foundation. There is a suggested donation of $25.

Editor's note

The Al Amana Centre is an organization in Oman whose purpose is to "facilitate ... interfaith dialogue and peace-building between Christians and Muslims through interfaith tours, study-abroad programs, interfaith conferences, and more." It works in America with Reformed Churches to further its mission.

The Rose Castle Foundation is an organization in Great Britain that encourages reconciliation of those in conflict: "We create hospitable spaces where those in conflict can meet face-to-face. ... Using a practical tool-kit including active listening, reflective practices, role play and Scriptural Reasoning, participants learn the principles and practice that make better quality disagreement possible. They learn to work together without needing to agree or approve of one another’s ideology."

Scripturalreasoning.org explains: "Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a tool for inter-faith dialogue whereby people of different faiths come together to read and reflect on their scriptures. Unlike some forms of inter-faith engagement, it is not about seeking agreement but rather exploring the texts and their possible interpretations across faith boundaries, and learning to ‘disagree better.’ The result is often a deeper understanding of others' and one's own scriptures, as well as the development of strong bonds across faith communities. SR is now practised globally, including in places affected by religion-related tensions and conflict."

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

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

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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, www.westcenterchurch.org.

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

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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 www.reformedchurch.org 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

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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 

 
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