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Evensong Service: Sunday, October 27, 5:00 PM, at Christ Church Bronxville PDF Print Email

Oct. 23, 2013: Let your imagination run for a moment. The weekend is approaching and the calendar is dictating a nonstop series of events. There's a cocktail party on Friday night and a Saturday morning jog, followed by cheering on your favorite sports team.

Between watching the game and taking care of weekend chores, you anticipate dinner with family and friends. Familial responsibilities take over the majority of Sunday, and before you know it, the weekend is nearly over. How do we calm ourselves and refocus on the week to come? How do we reflect on what has happened, what is happening now, and how to approach the future? Come spend 40 minutes at Evensong at Christ Church Bronxville and center yourself for the week to come.

At Evensong you can expect to enter into a place of mystery where your senses experience new sounds, sights, and smells. You can expect the opportunity to pray individually and collectively at the same time. You should expect to encounter, what the psalmist wrote, "The beauty of holiness." Participation at Evensong is quite different from what one might expect. The congregation is wholeheartedly invited to participate through listening, seeing, smelling, and most of all--praying.

This Sunday, October 27, the choir will offer music by Edgar Day, Gerre Hancock, and William Harris at the 5:00 pm evensong service. All are welcome; please join us!

Vocalist Alayne Faraone to Perform Jazz Favorites at West Center Church Friday, October 25 PDF Print Email


Oct. 23, 2013: Vocalist Alayne Faraone, along with the jazz trio of Michika Fukumori on piano, Paul Francis on drums, and Aidan O’Donnell on bass, and special guest vocalist David Coss will perform in the sanctuary at West Center Congregational Church at 101 Pondfield Road West on Friday, October 25, at 7:30 pm. 

The concert, "All God's Chillun Got Swing," will feature the cool tunes of Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and more. The quartet will perform such favorites as "God Bless the Child" by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, "Day In, Day Out" by Rube Boom and Johnny Mercer, "I Got Rhythm" by George Gershwin, "In the Still of the Night" by Cole Porter, "All God's Chillun Got Swing" by Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn, and Bronislaw Kaper, and other jazz songs and standards. 

A wine and hors d'oeuvres reception will follow the concert, which is to benefit the Gomoa Akwamu District Assembly Basic School in Swedru, Ghana, and West Center Congregational Church.

Alayne Faraone has been praised in Opera News for her "powerful soprano" and has performed extensively in opera and on the concert stage. She made her debut as Musetta in La Bohème with the El Paso Opera and has also appeared with the Los Angeles Opera, the San Diego Opera Ensemble, the Pacific Repertory Opera, the Taconic Opera, and others. Faraone has been featured as a soloist with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and Chorale at Carnegie Hall as well as with the award-winning Debussy Trio and the Halcyon Trio. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, with a bachelor of music degree, Ms. Faraone also has a master of music degree from USC. She returns to her music roots in jazz with this concert and is a section leader in West Center’s chancel choir.

Michika Fukumori started playing the piano at the age of three in her native Japan and three years later was composing and performing her own music. She studied classical composition at the Aichi Prefectual University of Fine Arts and Music and has worked in a number of jazz clubs in the Tokyo area. She moved to the USA in 2000, where she received her master's degree from City College. Ms. Fukumori has played many of Manhattan’s prestigious jazz clubs, including the Blue Note, the Lenox Lounge, and the Beekman Tower Hotel. She recorded her first album, Infinite Thoughts, in 2004.  She is currently performing in Manhattan with her trio at the Garage, Cleopatra's Needle, and the Kitano.

Drummer Paul Francis has recorded and performed with some of the world's greatest musicians, including Tony Bennett, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra, and Jon Faddis. He has appeared in shows airing on HBO, ABC, and MTV and is on the soundtrack for the film Friends With Kids. He also teaches privately in his own studio and is on the faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Mr. Francis is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a master of music degree from SUNY Purchase.

Aidan O’Donnell received his degree from Birmingham Conservatoire, studying jazz bass. He has performed in his native Scotland and in the United Kingdom and has appeared on six albums as a sideman.      

The Gomoa Akwamu District Assembly Basic School was started in 1951 by the Gomoa Akwamu Youth Association and has since become a public school. It currently has 599 students enrolled in grades one through nine in a building that houses 10 classrooms with 17 teachers. 

The students are eager to learn but have many challenges. Most don't have lunch during the day, and the building is in need of expansion and major repairs, including replacing a leaky roof and building toilet facilities. In spite of this, the students have performed well in academics, sports, and games. The school receives money from government grants and welcomes contributions that would go toward improving academic standings and repairing and renovating the building.

There is a suggested donation of $15 to benefit the school and church. The sanctuary is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and there is parking available on the street. 

For further information, please call the church office in the morning at 914-337-3829, send an email to CLOAKING , or go to its website,         

Pictured here: West Center Congregational Church on West Pondfield Road.

Photo by A. Warner 

Annual Harvest Moon Festival for Kids Saturday, October 26, at Reformed Church Nursery School PDF Print Email

Oct. 16, 2013:  Join the Reformed Church Nursery School community for a wonderful fall family festival featuring indoor and outdoor activities on Saturday, October 26, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at 6 Kraft Avenue in Bronxville.

Children can enjoy face painting, festival games, fun crafts, raffles (with great prizes for kids and adults), and delicious food from local establishments. 

Children can also visit the on-site petting zoo, take a ride on a kiddie carousel, and enjoy all this autumnal fair has to offer!

This annual fundraiser has become an important community tradition, catering to children ages 2 to 6. The Harvest Moon Festival is held rain or shine. Bring the kids for a great day of family fun!

Tickets are $25 per child in advance and $30 per child at the door.  Adults accompanied by a child, and children under 12 months, are free.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, please email  CLOAKING

Pictured here:  Logo for Harvest Moon Festival.

Photo courtesy Tara Saridakis, Classroom Communications Chair, Reformed Church Nursery School

Staying in Touch with Your Competent, Confident Self Is Subject of Career Network Meeting October 23 PDF Print Email


Oct. 9, 2013:   Staying confident and maintaining a high sense of self-esteem is crucial to any successful job search or major life transition.

Life purpose and career coach Judy Garfinkel will teach ways for job seekers and career changers to maintain both at the next meeting of the Bronxville Career Network on Wednesday, October 23, at 7:30 pm at The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Key discussion points:

  • Understand what confidence is and isn’t
  • Get a picture of your personal "trampoline"--the skills and strengths that bounce you back to confident
  • Learn powerful listening skills that have a bigger impact on confidence and self-esteem than you might think

According to Garfinkel, we can be seriously affected by adult life changes such as job loss, elder caregiving, a new job, retirement, health issues, an empty nest, or just plain craving for self-reinvention.

In these moments of risk (planned or otherwise), it's natural to feel doubt and lapses of confidence. Just when we need access to our stores of confidence most, we struggle and wonder where our confidence went--maybe we never had it?

We may wonder what confidence is, anyway. Garfinkel is a former ballet dancer and an educator. She knows what it is to give it all to a career and what it is to care for others to the point of resentment, frustration, and isolation. She herself has made difficult transitions more than once.

Garfinkel is a board certified life purpose and career coach and holds a master's degree in holistic thinking. Learn more at or contact her at CLOAKING .

Founded four years ago, the 300-member Bronxville Career Network is a volunteer-operated group offering networking, career and job search information, and support to job seekers, career changers, and employed people interested in sharing career information or expertise. Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm in the Edwards Room of The Reformed Church of Bronxville. A facilitated Daytimers' Group also meets the first Monday of each month at 9:30 pm in the Copenhaver Room.

Pictured here:  Career coach Judy Garfinkel.

Photo courtesy Di Morgan, Publicity Chair, Bronxville Career Network

Interfaith Council of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe Sets Dates for Interfaith Services and Commemorations PDF Print Email



Oct. 9, 2013:  The Interfaith Council of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe has set the dates for its interfaith services and commemorations for the coming year. They are as follows:

Thanksgiving Day Service

First Baptist Church, Bronxville
Thursday, November 28, at 10:00 am

Christmas Eve

The Reformed Church of Bronxville
Tuesday, December 24, at 5:30 pm
914-337-6776 or CLOAKING

Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

January 20, 2014
Contact: Don Brown, ECAP Director
CLOAKING , 914-337-7768

The 23rd Annual 2014 Interfaith Community Holocaust and Human Rights Commemoration

Thursday, May 1, at 7:30 pm
Temple Shaarei Tikvah
46 Fox Meadow Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583

Daniel Schweber, Chair
914-472-2013, CLOAKING

For more information, contact co-chairs Rev. Dr. Robert Hartwell at 914-337-0207, ext. 1022, or Rabbi Morris W. Barzilai at 914-664-1727. The email address is CLOAKING .

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