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Christ Church Welcomes The Right Rev. Allen Shin, Bishop Suffragan of New York Diocese, to Confirm 18 Parishioners PDF Print Email

Jun. 11, 2014:  On Sunday, June 1, Christ Church welcomed the Right Rev. Allen Shin, bishop suffragan of the Diocese of New York, to perform the sacrament of confirmation. Bishop Shin confirmed fifteen students and two adults and also received one adult into the Episcopal Church.

The Sunday marked the end of a long journey for the students. At the end of the two-year curriculum for seventh and eighth graders, the students are given the opportunity to be confirmed. Confirmation is a reaffirmation of baptismal promises made by a person who wishes to commit himself or herself to the belief and practice of the Christian faith.

Seventh grade confirmation class consists of a thematic approach to Biblical teaching. This class offers a safe place where young people can explore the concept and meaning of God in our church, in Western culture, and in their own lives.

Eighth grade confirmation class includes an in-depth exploration of the Christian sacraments--baptism, Eucharist, confirmation, reconciliation, unction, marriage, and ordination. These sacraments are the foundational elements of our encounter with God. This class also investigated the choices that we make in life and how those choices affect others. How do faith and action inform each other? How do we live into and understand fully what it means to be a Christian?

As an integral part of our program, the confirmands must give service to the church and to the larger community. Confirmands are encouraged to participate in various community service activities offered by Christ Church like outreach Sundays and breakfast runs.

Congratulations to CCBNY's Confirmation Class!

Allison Suzanne Barker
Hadley Emmet Barr
Jeffrey Richard Barrett
Caroline Speyer Beit
Henry Rogers Bruce (St. John's Larchmont)
Norah Katherine Foley
Jackson Deforest Freed
Ella Kerrie Louise Hogan
Claire Laura Kraemer
Cameron Frederick McKhann
Johanna Marie Rabsey
Sally Blake Reynolds
Mark George Sears
Martha Grace Thomas
Vance Marie Wood

Adult Confirmands

Anel Martinez
Andrew Yonsong Park

Adult Received into the Episcopal Church
Christopher Matthew Sharpe

Pictured here: The Right Rev. Allen Shin, bishop suffragan of the Diocese of New York, with 18 confirmands of Christ Church.

Photo courtesy Katherine Gojkovich, Director of Development, Christ Church Bronxville

New Music Director Charles duChateau Joins Young at Arts PDF Print Email

Jun. 11, 2014:  Young at Arts (YAA) has hired Broadway veteran Charles duChateau as its new musical director.

A multi-instrumentalist, conductor, and composer, Mr. duChateau brings a very diverse musical background to Young at Arts. In addition to conducting, Mr. duChateau has played piano, cello, and accordion on Broadway for the last 15 years. 

Some of his many credits include Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark (with music by Bono and the Edge (of the rock and roll band U2)), the critically acclaimed Lincoln Center production of South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, and the national tours of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.

He also has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Martha Stewart Show, and on Conan O'Brien's show, and he was most recently was seen conducting a string section for the singer Beck on Saturday Night Live.

Mr. duChateau is thrilled to have the opportunity to share his knowledge and great love of music with the children of Young at Arts. With deep connections to Broadway and his great passion for teaching, Mr. duChateau's being on the faculty offers great new opportunities and inspiration to all at Young at Arts.  Students can look forward to visiting artist master classes and musical salons with visiting artists, as well as Young at Arts trips to Broadway.

Mr. duChateau wholeheartedly shares in Young at Arts' belief in the power of music to lift up communities and build bridges between them, thereby creating citizens of the world who possess passion, hope, and tolerance.

Young at Arts is a nonprofit performing arts organization whose mission is to provide an outstanding music and theater education to a diverse group of young people from southern Westchester County and the Bronx. YAA is an outreach program of Christ Church Bronxville. For more information, including how to audition for a choir, please visit 

Pictured here:  Charles duChateau.

Reformed Church Spring Clothing Sale Saturday, May 17 PDF Print Email

May 14, 2014:   The Reformed Church of Bronxville will hold its annual spring clothing sale on Saturday, May 17, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the church's congregational hall, which is at the corner of Midland and Kraft Avenues.

On sale will be gently used men's, women's, and children's clothing, books, jewelry, and bric-a-brac.

All proceeds will be used to help support the church's midnight run outreach mission.

The sale is made possible by volunteers who gather every Monday morning throughout the school year to sort donated clothing in the basement of the church. The endeavor is overseen by Lee Corbett. Items that are not in nearly perfect shape are donated to Big Brothers.

Three times a year, the church sponsors a big clothing sale, with more than 100 people volunteering for each sale. The word has gotten out that this is an "amazing sale," and people come from all over to purchase items at a fraction of their original cost.

For more information, please call 914-337-6776.

Photo by A. Warner

Jr. League's Trails to Treasures Shopping Event this Friday, May 9: Learn Local Sponsors PDF Print Email

May 7, 2014:  The Junior League of Bronxville is gearing up for its annual spring fundraiser, Trails to Treasures, this coming Friday, May 9. The proceeds from Trails help to fund the league's mission and outreach, which focus on alleviating hunger and improving nutrition in Southern Westchester.

Trails to Treasures has been a great event for the community since it began in 2002. It would not be possible without support from local vendors and merchants. The unique vendors always include two to three not-for-profit vendors. This allows the JLB to connect with other organizations making a difference.

This year's not-for-profit vendors will include Reverse the Course, which will be selling hair accessories to benefit young girls who can't afford to go to school in countries such as Uganda; Zaanha, which will be selling clothes, accessories, and home décor and gives a portion of its proceeds to Afghan school children; and Nomi Network, which sells clothes and accessories to help create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.

The JLB's former president, Jonalie Korengold, has a personal connection to Nomi Network. "While in college," she explained, "I spent my junior year in Southeast Asia. For part of that time, I volunteered for an organization that helped girls who had been sold to brothels and witnessed the horrors of trafficking firsthand. Several years ago the Nomi Network had a booth at Trails. This was my chance to do something to help women in India and Cambodia. Women who are survivors or are vulnerable to being sold into the trade make everything they sell. When you buy something from the Nomi Network, you are working against slavery and empowering women. I will be at their booth all day. Please come visit me to make a difference for women worldwide."

This year the Junior League is pleased to announce the financial support for the Trails event from Pepe Auto Group, Houlihan Lawrence, People's United Bank, Mrs. Morgan's Flower Shop, and Julia B. Fee/Sotheby's International Realty. "It's wonderful to know that these organizations share the same values for improving the local community through volunteer-based programs," said Amy Korb, president of the JLB.

The financial support from these local vendors assists in the league's mission to provide great outreach programs within the service areas of Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Eastchester, Yonkers, and Mount Vernon. The Junior League of Bronxville's newest outreach program, the Kraft Mobile Food Pantry, is a partnership with the Food Bank of Westchester. Currently, the Kraft Mobile Food Pantry makes monthly distributions of nutritious food, including low-fat dairy items, healthy grains, and a variety of fruits and vegetables, at various locations throughout Southern Westchester.

The Trails to Treasures shopping event this Friday begins with a champagne brunch at the Bronxville Field Club before attendees are told the location of the six estate homes where the shopping will take place.

Tickets for Trails to Treasures are available at or at the Bronxville Field Club on the morning of the event. The cost per ticket is $50 for an individual ($60 at the door).

The JLB has been an active and vocal women's volunteer organization in Southern Westchester since 1948. JLB members donate over 17,000 hours of community service annually and work with hosts of community programs and agencies. 

Pictured here: (L to R):  Allison Coyne (finance vice president), Margaret Wang (placement vice president), and Cammie Cannella (sustainer representative).

Photo by Natalia Radik


Harpsichord Concert by Candlelight to Be Performed at The Reformed Church on Saturday, May 10 PDF Print Email

Apr. 30, 2014:  On Saturday, May 10, at 8:00 pm, Dr. Sándor Szabó, minister of music and organist of The Reformed Church of Bronxville, will present a free concert featuring works for harpsichord written in the 16th through the 20th centuries.

The program will include works by the most prominent harpsichord composers, including J. S. Bach's "Italian Concerto," Sonata in D by Haydn, Suite No. 18 by Couperin, a toccata by Frescobaldi, and an echo-fantasy by Sweelinck, as well as three sonatas by Scarlatti.

Experience these masterworks as they were originally intended--in a magical candlelight setting. The pieces will be performed on an instrument designed by top American craftsman Frank Hubbard. A double-manual harpsichord, it is based on the historic instruments of Pascal Taskin, the 18th-century builder from France.

Dr. Sándor Szabó has been called "the busiest musician in New Jersey" (Classical New Jersey Society Journal) and "one of the leading organists in the state." Actively engaged as a conductor, harpsichordist, organist, and pianist throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States, Dr. Szabó has performed in major concert halls and cathedrals throughout Europe and North America. Currently, he is the minister of music/organist at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, music director/organist at The Church of Point O'Woods on Fire Island, and music director/conductor of The Oratorio Society of New Jersey.

For more information, please call 914-337-6776 or visit

Pictured here:  Dr. Sándor Szabó playing the harpsichord.

Photo courtesy Samuel Clover, Director of Communications and Ministry Assistant, The Reformed Church of Bronxville


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