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West Center Church to Hold Holiday Boutique December 7 and 8 PDF Print Email

 

Dec. 4, 2013:  West Center Congregational Church will hold a holiday boutique and silent auction on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday, December 8, from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

The boutique will be held in the Bodge Lounge and Cleverdon Library and will offer a variety of things for sale, including Christmas items, seasonal decorations, jewelry, bric-a-brac, gifts old and new, baked goods, compact discs, books, toys, raffles, and more. 

The silent auction will feature fine goods such as artwork, gift certificates from restaurants and stores, and various services.

Proceeds will help support the work of the church. It's a great opportunity to shop for the holidays and greet friends from the neighborhood, and you never know what gem or bargain you might find.

There is no admission charge, and all are welcome to browse and shop. For further information, please call the church office in the morning at 914-337-3829, or email the church at CLOAKING , or go to www.westcenterchurch.org.

Pictured here:  Front doors to West Center Congregational Church.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Advent Schedules for Area Churches December 4 to December 25, 2013 PDF Print Email

Editor's note:  Advent schedules for Bronxville area churches will be posted as they arrive. Listed below in alphabetical order are those currently available.

Christ Church Bronxville

Sunday, December 8:  10:00 am -- Advent Lesson and Carols

Sunday, December 22:  After 10:00 am Service -- Christmas Party

Tuesday, December 24:  3:30 pm -- Family Christmas Eve Crèche Mass, Organ Prelude of Traditional Christmas Carols; 4:00 pm -- Crèche Service

Tuesday, December 24:  10:30 pm -- Christmas Prelude; 11:00 pm -- Solemn Midnight Mass

Sunday, December 25:  10:00 am -- Christmas Day Mass


GoldenSword International

Saturday, December 14:  Christmas Fun & Fellowship Event


The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Sunday, December 8:  4:00 pm -- Handbell Concert (admission free)

Saturday, December 14:  4:00 pm -- Messiah Sing-in (admission free)

Sunday, December 15:  4:00 pm -- White Gift Service

Tuesday, December 24:  4:30 pm -- Children and Family Service

Tuesday, December 24:  5:30 pm -- Village Christmas Pageant

Tuesday, December 24:  7:30 pm -- Candlelight Service

Tuesday, December 24:  11:00 pm -- Service of Lessons and Carols

Wednesday, December 25:  10:00 am -- Christmas Day Service


Village Lutheran Church

Wednesday, December 4:  7:00 pm -- Spoken Advent Vespers (Friendship Room)

Saturday, December 7:  5:30 pm -- Advent II Communion Service with ARK

Sunday, December 8:  9:00 am -- Sunday School Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 8:  10:45 am -- Advent II Traditional Communion Service

Monday, December 9
:  7:00 pm -- Kindergarten Christmas Program

Tuesday, December 10:  7:30 pm -- Grade 3-5 Christmas Concert (Concordia--Schoenfeld)

Wednesday, December 12:  7:00 pm -- Spoken Advent Vespers (Friendship Room)

Wednesday, December 12:  7:30 pm -- Grade 6-8 Christmas Concert (Concordia--Schoenfeld) 

Saturday, December 14:  5:30 pm -- Advent III Communion Service

Sunday, December 15:  9:00 am -- Advent III Family Service (MPR)

Sunday, December 15:  10:45 am -- Round-the-Table Carol Sing (Brass, Strings, Handbells, and Choirs)

Sunday, December 15:  12:15 pm -- VLC Christmas Feast (Siwanoy Country Club--reservations required)

Sunday, December 15:  4:00 pm -- German Christmas Service (with dessert reception)

Monday, December 16:  7:00 pm -- Grade 1-2 Christmas Concert (Concordia--Schoenfeld)

Wednesday, December 18:  7:00 pm -- Service of Lessons and Carols (Prep & Select Choirs)

Thursday, December 19:  6:00 pm -- Christmas Caroling in Bronxville

Saturday, December 21:  5:30 pm -- Pilgrimage to Bethlehem Communion Service

Sunday, December 22:  9:00 and 10:45 am -- Pilgrimage to Bethlehem Communion Service

Tuesday, December 24:  5:00 pm -- Family Christmas Eve Service

Tuesday, December 24:  8:00 pm -- Candles and Carols with Choirs

Tuesday, December 24
:  11:00 pm -- Christmas Eve Communion Service

Wednesday, December 25
:  10:00 am -- Christmas Day Communion Service

Saturday, December 28:  5:30 pm -- Communion Service

Saturday, December 28:  6:30 pm -- Prayer Service

Sunday, December 29
:  9:00 and 10:45 am -- Total Family Worship with Communion

Tuesday, December 31:  5:30 pm -- New Year's Eve Vespers

Saturday, January 4:  5:30 pm -- Epiphany Worship

Sunday, January 5:  9:00 and 10:45 am -- Epiphany Worship

Sunday, January 5: 5:00 pm -- Undecorating Pizza Party


West Center Congregational Church

Saturday, December 7:  10:00 am to 3:00 pm -- Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction

Sunday, December 8:  12:30 pm to 3:00 pm -- Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction

Saturday, December 14:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Neighborhood Holiday Songfest (Bodge Lounge)

Sunday, December 15:  12:30 pm -- Reprise of Neighborhood Holiday Songfest from December 14

Sunday, December 22:  11:00 am -- Chancel Choir performs: "Behold a Star from Jacob Shining"

Tuesday, December 24:  8:00 pm -- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
 

Pictured here:  Stained-glass window at The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Susanne Shoemaker on Remarkable Soon-to-Be-99th Christmas Eve Village Pageant PDF Print Email

Nov. 27, 2013:  At 5:30 pm on Christmas Eve this year, the Bronxville Village Pageant will celebrate its 99th consecutive year! 

I was recently at MoMA viewing some early works by Kandinsky from 1914. It struck me that his work was created the same year the original Bronxville Village Pageant was held on the hill in front of the old Gramatan Hotel. President Woodrow Wilson was our leader and the US had not yet entered the war.   

This is the same year that Babe Ruth played his first game in the major leagues with the Red Sox. Henry Ford introduced an assembly line for Model T Fords. Charlie Chaplin made his film debut. The famous Armory Show had taken place with critic Julian Street calling Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase "an explosion in a shingle factory."

Throughout this centennial period, the pageant has remained intact. This is quite remarkable given the fast pace of our modern world. The cast of the Holy Family, kings, shepherds, angels, and live animals continues to assemble on the lawn in front of The Reformed Church on Christmas Eve. The scene is illuminated, providing a magnificent visual display of the miracle at Bethlehem. Year after year, villagers have gathered together to witness the spectacle on Christmas Eve.

We invite you to attend with your family and friends. It is a cherished and long-standing tradition, and we welcome your presence. The pageant lasts about 30 minutes. Following the pageant, children are invited to walk up the hill to pet the donkey and view the crèche.

If you would like to join the Invisible Choir, arrive a little bit early. The Invisible Choir stands at the top of the hill during the ceremony and sings "Gloria in Excelsis Deo." No experience is necessary. A choir director will be there to lead the group at the appointed time for singing. The crowd below sings traditional Christmas carols with words appearing on a screen. Our song leader will lead the caroling for all to join in, accompanied by a brass quartet.

In anticipation of our 100th anniversary, we seek written remembrances of the event. We plan to compile a collection of memories to share with you. Some individuals recall watching the pageant sitting in a tree on the lawn of the church, others recall being present with beloved parents and grandparents. Many took part in the pageant as actors. We would love to hear all of your stories.

If you have a memory to share, please send it along to us. You may send it to CLOAKING . And, if you are interested in joining our committee, please write to us. Planning includes many small jobs that may be completed well in advance of Christmas Eve. We would be happy to work with you to match you with an appropriate job to help us. 

In a season that is too commercialized, please join us for an occasion to reflect on the true meaning of the season. 

Hope to see you there! Dress warmly!

Pictured here (L to R): The three kings in the 2011 Christmas Eve Pageant: Dr. Viji George, Bob Underhill, and Tim McGrath.

Photo by M. Lee

 
Advent Schedules for Area Churches: December 1 to December 25, 2013 PDF Print Email



Editor's note
:  Advent schedules for Bronxville area churches will be posted as they arrive. Listed below in alphabetical order are those currently available.


Christ Church Bronxville

Sunday, December 8:  10:00 am -- Advent Lesson and Carols

Sunday, December 22:  After 10:00 am Service -- Christmas Party

Tuesday, December 24:  3:30 pm -- Family Christmas Eve Crèche Mass, Organ Prelude of Traditional Christmas Carols; 4:00 pm -- Crèche Service

Tuesday, December 24:  10:30 pm -- Christmas Prelude; 11:00 pm -- Solemn Midnight Mass

Sunday, December 25:  10:00 am -- Christmas Day Mass


GoldenSword International

Saturday, December 14:  Christmas Fun & Fellowship Event


The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Sunday, December 8:  4:00 pm -- Handbell Concert (admission free)

Saturday, December 14:  4:00 pm -- Messiah Sing-in (admission free)

Sunday, December 15:  4:00 pm -- White Gift Service

Tuesday, December 24:  4:30 pm -- Children and Family Service

Tuesday, December 24:  5:30 pm -- Village Christmas Pageant

Tuesday, December 24:  7:30 pm -- Candlelight Service

Tuesday, December 24:  11:00 pm -- Service of Lessons and Carols

Wednesday, December 25:  10:00 am -- Christmas Day Service


Village Lutheran Church

Saturday, November 30
:  5:30 pm -- Advent I Communion Service

Saturday, November 30:  6:30 pm -- Prayer Service

Sunday, December 1:  9:00 and 10:45 am -- Advent I Worship with FaithWalk

Sunday, December 1:  5:00 pm -- Holiday Decorating Party

Wednesday, December 4
:  7:00 pm -- Spoken Advent Vespers (Friendship Room)

Saturday, December 7:  5:30 pm -- Advent II Communion Service with ARK

Sunday, December 8:  9:00 am -- Sunday School Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 8:  10:45 am -- Advent II Traditional Communion Service

Monday, December 9
:  7:00 pm -- Kindergarten Christmas Program

Tuesday, December 10:  7:30 pm -- Grade 3-5 Christmas Concert (Concordia--Schoenfeld)

Wednesday, December 12:  7:00 pm -- Spoken Advent Vespers (Friendship Room)

Wednesday, December 12:  7:30 pm -- Grade 6-8 Christmas Concert (Concordia--Schoenfeld) 

Saturday, December 14:  5:30 pm -- Advent III Communion Service

Sunday, December 15:  9:00 am -- Advent III Family Service (MPR)

Sunday, December 15:  10:45 am -- Round-the-Table Carol Sing (Brass, Strings, Handbells, and Choirs)

Sunday, December 15:  12:15 pm -- VLC Christmas Feast (Siwanoy Country Club--reservations required)

Sunday, December 15:  4:00 pm -- German Christmas Service (with dessert reception)

Monday, December 16:  7:00 pm -- Grade 1-2 Christmas Concert (Concordia--Schoenfeld)

Wednesday, December 18:  7:00 pm -- Service of Lessons and Carols (Prep & Select Choirs)

Thursday, December 19:  6:00 pm -- Christmas Caroling in Bronxville

Saturday, December 21:  5:30 pm -- Pilgrimage to Bethlehem Communion Service

Sunday, December 22:  9:00 and 10:45 am -- Pilgrimage to Bethlehem Communion Service

Tuesday, December 24:  5:00 pm -- Family Christmas Eve Service

Tuesday, December 24:  8:00 pm -- Candles and Carols with Choirs

Tuesday, December 24
:  11:00 pm -- Christmas Eve Communion Service

Wednesday, December 25
:  10:00 am -- Christmas Day Communion Service

Saturday, December 28:  5:30 pm -- Communion Service

Saturday, December 28:  6:30 pm -- Prayer Service

Sunday, December 29
:  9:00 and 10:45 am -- Total Family Worship with Communion

Tuesday, December 31:  5:30 pm -- New Year's Eve Vespers

Saturday, January 4:  5:30 pm -- Epiphany Worship

Sunday, January 5:  9:00 and 10:45 am -- Epiphany Worship

Sunday, January 5: 5:00 pm -- Undecorating Pizza Party


West Center Congregational Church

Sunday, December 1:  11:00 am -- Worship Sermon:  Be Ready, Rev. John M. Barrett, preaching; Chancel Choir performs: "E'en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come"

Saturday, December 7:  10:00 am to 3:00 pm -- Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction

Sunday, December 8:  12:30 pm to 3:00 pm -- Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction

Saturday, December 14:  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Neighborhood Holiday Songfest (Bodge Lounge)

Sunday, December 15:  12:30 pm -- Reprise of Neighborhood Holiday Songfest from December 14

Sunday, December 22:  11:00 am -- Chancel Choir performs: "Behold a Star from Jacob Shining"

Tuesday, December 24:  8:00 pm -- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Pictured here:  Stained-glass window at The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Community Thanksgiving Dinner to Be Served at Reformed Church Thursday, November 28 PDF Print Email

Nov. 27, 2013: On Thanksgiving Day (tomorrow) The Reformed Church of Bronxville invites, once again, friends old and new to a fun and festive Thanksgiving meal, open to all for a suggested donation of $14.

Seating in Congregational Hall, at the corner of Midland and Kraft, begins at 11:30 am.

The meal is far more than talking (and eating) turkey. Each year, between 75 and 100 guests savor not only the delectably cooked main course (and an abundance of sides and desserts), but also the gifts of friendship, family, and faith.

Organized entirely by church volunteers, it's a meal to be thankful for!

To reserve your space or for more information, e-mail CLOAKING or call the church at 914-337-6776.

Pictured here:  Reformed Church volunteers lined up to serve Thanksgiving Day meals.

Photo courtesy Sam Clover

 
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