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Concordia College and Village Lutheran Church to Hold Reformation Concert Sunday, October 29 PDF Print Email


By Staff, Village Lutheran Church

Oct. 11, 2017:  Concordia College and Village Lutheran Church will hold a concert on Sunday, October 29, at 4:00 pm in the church in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The concert will feature music by Lutheran composers.

The performers will be soloists and small groups from the Bronxville community, plus the Concordia Chancel Choir and Chapel School Select Choir, culminating in a performance of the Bach cantata "Nun danket alle Gott," BWV 192.

Admission is free and a reception will follow. A collection will also be taken for hurricane relief.

"Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world." ~ Martin Luther.

Pictured here: Taken at the exhibition at OSilas Gallery on the campus of Concordia College titled Martin Luther & the Reformation: The Man, the Message, the Machinery.

Photo courtesy Village Lutheran Church

Blessing of Animals to Be Held at The Reformed Church of Bronxville Sunday, October 8 PDF Print Email


By Staff, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Oct. 4, 2017:  The Reformed Church of Bronxville will be holding its annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 8, from noon to 1:00 pm in the grassy cloister area on Pondfield Road.

The Blessing of The Animals gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the life and contributions of St. Francis of Assisi--his service to the poor, his tender care of all creation, and his respect for nature. 

This gathering will also allow us to honor and celebrate all of God's creatures and the special relationship we have with them.

We encourage you to bring your special animal companion and have them blessed by our clergy. 

We ask, for everyone's safety, that dogs be on leashes and cats in carriers. 

If your companion does not travel well or is deceased, you can bring his or her photo to be blessed.

Pictured here:  The Reformed Church of Bronxville, where the Blessing of the Animals will take place.

Photo by A. Warner

Singers of All Levels Invited to Take Part in Fauré's Requiem at The Reformed Church on November 19 PDF Print Email


By Dr. Sándor Szabó, Minister of Music and Organist, The Reformed Church of Bronxville

Oct. 4, 2017:  Singers of all levels are invited to take part in singing Fauré's sublime Requiem on Sunday, November 19, at 3:00 pm at The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

The program also will include the harp concerto by Handel with Diane Michaels as soloist. It is expected that the concert will have over one hundred performers.

Choir rehearsals will commence on Thursday, October 19, and will be held every Thursday thereafter from 7:30 to 8:30 pm until the performance.

The Chancel Choir of The Reformed Church will be enlarged by numerous guest choristers from the surrounding communities under the leadership of Dr. Sándor Szabó, organist and director of music at The Reformed Church. The concert is free and all are welcome.

For more information, please call 914-337-6776 or e-mail CLOAKING .

Pictured here:  The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Photo by N. Bower

Christ Church to Celebrate Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 1 PDF Print Email


By Katie Gojkovich, Executive Director, Christ Church Bronxville

Sep. 27, 2017:  Christ Church celebrates the 11th anniversary of its Blessing of the Animals this year on Sunday, October 1, at 5:00 pm in the church. 

This beloved Christ Church tradition is held each year on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis was renowned for his connection to nature, even preaching to the animals he encountered.

The church will be filled with the jubilant and raucous sounds of our special guests greeting each other and joining in the songs and prayers. The lively service culminates with the procession of the animals up to the front of the church to receive an individual blessing from the clergy.

Fr. Michael Bird, rector of Christ Church, said, "We are thrilled to open our doors to our animal friends and their companions for the tenth year. I can guarantee that we will make a joyful and unique noise to the Lord at this service. All of God's creatures, great and small, are welcome!"

Pictured here:  Detail from a manuscript leaf with scenes from the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, ca. 1320-42, made in Bologna (for Hungarian use), Italy, in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Photo from the online public domain collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art under Creative Commons License 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0):

Fourteen Receive Rite of Confirmation at Village Lutheran Church PDF Print Email


By Staff at Village Lutheran Church

Jul. 5, 2017:  Village Lutheran Church in Bronxville recently celebrated The Rite of Confirmation for children in their congregation.

After attending two years of instruction on the Holy Bible and the Lutheran Small Catechism, led by the minister of children, youth, and families, Kate Marino, and the pastors of the church, the eighth-grade students affirmed their faith at the special service.

According to Pastor Hartwell, the senior pastor, "Confirmation is important, as the students learn the key parts of their faith and also put faith into action through community service and reflection on the worship life of the congregation."

The Confirmation program is called the "Lifer" program because it seeks to create a lifelong commitment to faith and service. The program also offers opportunities for fellowship and a yearly winter retreat each January at Koinonia Camp at Highland Lake, NY.

Receiving their Confirmation (with blessing, special Bible Promise, and anointing with holy oil) at the service were 14 young people, including students from Bronxville, Mount Vernon, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Pelham, Scarsdale, and the Bronx.

List of Confirmands: Confirmed in Christ: Katherine Albano, Lily Bennett, Lydia Burkee, Alexa Forliano, Justin Gerber, Amy Guerrero, Lorelei Heath, Brendan Ortiz, Nicholas Pinto, Marco Renzo, Abigail Rockhill, Jordan Romano, Julianna Romano, and Lyndsie Schultz.

God Bless our Confirmands. Special thanks to Linda Wong and the Confirmation year 1 parents who helped coordinate the reception following the service. 

Pictured here:  The Village Lutheran Church.

Photo by A. Warner

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