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Advent Calendars for Local Churches: December 13 to December 25, 2017 PDF Print Email

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By Staff

 

Dec. 13, 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 17

After 10:00 pm service:  Christ Church Christmas Party

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

Sunday, December 17

4:00 pm:  Christmas Handbell Concert

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)

Saturday, 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

Sunday, December 25

10:00 am:  Merry Christmas Service

 

West Center Congregational Church
101 Pondfield Road West at Chatfield Road

Sunday, December 17, Third Sunday of Advent

New Toys for Tots Collection Ends

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 

 
Annual Bronxville Christmas Pageant on December 24 at 5:30 PM PDF Print Email

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


Dec. 6, 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.

After twenty years at the helm, Susanne Shoemaker is passing the organizing baton to Sara Normand and Ruth Walter, who are co-chairs. 

For more than a century, the Bronxville community has gathered on Christmas Eve for the Bronxville Christmas pageant. Originally staged in 1914 to raise funds for displaced Belgian refugees, the pageant brings together clergy and parishioners from our seven local churches and features readings by local clergy, carols, a brass quartet, tower bells, and an "invisible" choir as Mary, Joseph, the manger angel, shepherds, wise men, angels on high, and live animals reenact the nativity.

The pageant is truly a community effort. Local residents and church members come together to plan and organize the many elements of the pageant, sending out solicitation letters (as the pageant is funded entirely by donations), organizing the sound, lighting, music, and animals, setting up the crèche and Christmas trees, and taking part in the pageant itself. 

During the pageant, “children can watch Mary ride 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.

Solicitation letters will arrive in mailboxes this week, and we are counting once again on the community's generous support. Donations can also be made online at www.reformedchurch.org under the Giving 365 tab.


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Finally, we wish to recognize the extraordinary contributions of Betty Hewitt, a devoted friend of the pageant who passed away this year. Betty served as treasurer of the pageant for many years, supervising the mailing of solicitations and carefully logging donations. She also made sure that participants were greeted with hot chocolate and cookies after the pageant. Betty was a source of goodness and light for all of us, and we will hold her in our hearts this Christmas Eve as we come together again.

Pictured here (from top):  Pageant angels from the 2016 pageant (photo by Margaret Conaton) and Betty Hewitt (photo by Adair Wingfield), who served as treasurer of the pageant for many years.

Photos courtesy Sarah Normand




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Advent Calendars for Local Churches: December 10 to 25, 2017 PDF Print Email

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By Staff


Dec. 6, 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 17

After 10:00 pm service:  Christ Church Christmas Party

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

 

The Reformed Church of Bronxville
180 Pondfield Road

Sunday, December 17

4:00 pm:  Christmas Handbell Concert

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

Sunday, December 10

10:45 am:  Round-the-Table Carol Sing at the 10:45 service; worship led by the Village Lutheran Church Choirs with Brass, Strings, and Handbells

Wednesday, December 20

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

Saturday, 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

Sunday, December 25

10:00 am:  Merry Christmas Service

 

West Center Congregational Church
101 Pondfield Road West at Chatfield Road

Sunday, December 17, Third Sunday of Advent

New Toys for Tots Collection Ends

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 

 
A Thanksgiving Day Feast at The Reformed Church PDF Print Email

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By Judi McCandless


Nov. 29, 2017:  Thanksgiving Day was a busy day at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, where the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner was held in its congregational hall. Approximately 80 guests enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal prepared by about 50 volunteers.



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This event took many weeks of planning under the leadership of church deacon Paul Muir. Guests were treated to music, a casual cheese-and-crackers reception, and a complete Thanksgiving dinner where guests and volunteers mingled and enjoyed the feasting and the fellowship.


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This traditional dinner is hosted every year at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, and all are welcome to attend.     

Pictured here:  This year's Community Thanksgiving Dinner at The Reformed Church of Bronxville. Deacon Paul Muir, who led the planning of the event, is second from the left in front in the last photo.

Photos by Lisa Sorensen

 





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Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Reformed Church on November 23, Thanksgiving Day PDF Print Email

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By Louanne Mitchell, The Reformed Church of Bronxville


Nov. 15, 2017:  The Reformed Church of Bronxville will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the church beginning at 11:30 am on Thanksgiving Day. 

The dinner will be held in the Congregational Hall (entrance on Midland and Kraft Avenues). 

The suggested donation is $15.   

Please RSVP by November 17 to  CLOAKING  or 914-337-6776, ext. 153. 

Pictured here:  The Reformed Church of Bronxville.


 
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