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Comic Opera to Be Staged at The Reformed Church January 28 PDF Print Email

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


Jan. 18, 2017:  On Saturday, January 28, at 7:00 pm, The Reformed Church of Bronxville will present a fully staged comic opera, with chamber orchestra and soloists, La Cambiale di Matrimonio by Rossini.

This outstanding achievement was Rossini's first opera and was performed when he was just 18 years old; within three years, his name was virtually synonymous with Italian comic opera, both at home and abroad. Rossini's music is enduringly popular nearly two centuries after his death; it continues to lift up our spirits in laughter and fun. Perhaps it is the ear-to-ear grin created by each musical phrase, and, whether an aria, a march, or a dance, each of Rossini's works glows with a giggling light-heartedness that is rarely heard elsewhere.

The wonderful cast for this exciting performance features Jimi James, baritone, Jennifer Ribeiro, soprano, David Kellett, tenor, David Morrow, bass-baritone, Justin Beck, bass-baritone, Julie Diniz, mezzo-soprano, and conductor/director Dr. Sándor Szabó.

Come and warm up your winter blues with this fun-filled opera. The performance will be held in the church's Edwards Hall. Please arrive early, as seating is limited; admission is free. For more information, call 914-337-6776 or go to www.reformedchurch.org.

Pictured here:  Jimi James and Jennifer Ribeiro.

Photo courtesy Dr. Sándor Szabó, Minister of Music, The Reformed Church of Bronxville


 
Community Turns Out for Annual Bronxville Christmas Eve Pageant PDF Print Email

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By Sarah Normand and Staff


Jan. 4, 2017:  Just as villagers have done for over a century, many members of the Bronxville community gathered at the corner of Pondfield Road and Midland Avenue on Christmas Eve to see the annual Bronxville Christmas pageant, first performed 102 years ago in 1914, a reenactment of the nativity scene on the hillside of The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

The pageant featured readings by local clergy from seven Bronxville churches and carols led by Bronxville native Dale Walker accompanied by a brass quartet. Tower bells played, and an "invisible choir" of angels sang from the church rooftop. This year's angels were Sabina Richter, Emily Spitz, Grace Stephens, Emily Conway, Lauren Mitchell, Grace Randall, Eva Cagliostro, Lucy Rizzo, Caroline Spitz, Lily Vorbach, and Charlotte Cagliostro.  


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Villagers of all ages were delighted to see Mary (played by Sara Conway) ride on a live donkey to the manger surrounded by live sheep and accompanied by Joseph and the Manger Angel (played by fourth-grader Finley Hood)

There were shepherds, wise men, and even a majestic camel! After the last bars were sung of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," children were invited to run up the hill to meet the Holy Family and pet the animals.

Pictured here:  The nativity scene on the front lawn of The Reformed Church of Bronxville on Christmas Eve, 2016.  

Photos by N. Bower

 
Reformed Church Nursery School Children Learn Importance of Giving Back PDF Print Email

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By Daisy Newmark, Member, Board of Directors, The Reformed Church Nursery School


Jan. 4, 2017:  Throughout the holiday season, The Reformed Church Nursery School (RCNS) has been focused on teaching its students to give back to others and their community. By creating opportunities for the children to participate in charitable services and donation drives, RCNS hopes its students will learn kindness and compassion for all those around them.

In November, Meghan Allen, a board and church member, organized and led a Thanksgiving food basket drive for the Family Services of Westchester. The children took part in this project by shopping with their parents and bringing food items to the school's chapel service. Between money raised and food donated, RCNS was able to provide 73 families with a festive meal for the holiday. Helping to select the food items and prepare the boxes for each family allowed the children to be aware that there are many families less fortunate than their families are.

In the weeks leading up to the Christmas break, RCNS organized other donation drives in which the nursery school children brought in gifts wrapped in white paper as well as pairs of mittens for less fortunate children to receive for Christmas. The donation table and the mitten garland basket, located by the entrance of the school, are constant reminders to all to give back to those in need during the holiday season. The beautiful white gifts, distributed by the Mission Council of The Reformed Church, will go to various local organizations for children in need. The warm mittens will be donated to nearby organizations in need.

In the midst of the busy holiday season and social commitments, the RCNS community hopes that even the youngest of school children are able to experience the importance of giving.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Advent Calendar: Times of Church Services on December 24 and 25 PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Christ Church Bronxville
17 Sagamore Road

Saturday, December 24

4:00 pm:   Family Christmas Eve Crèche Mass

3:30 pm:   Organ Prelude of Traditional Christmas Carols

10:30 pm:  Christmas Prelude

11:00 pm:  Solemn Midnight Mass

Sunday, December 25

10:00 am:  Mass
 

The Reformed Church of Bronxville
180 Pondfield Road 

Saturday, December 24

4:30 pm:  Children and Family Worship

5:30 pm:  Bronxville Village Chrismas Pageant on front lawn

7:30 pm:  Candlelight Service with Chamber Choirs

11:00 pm:  Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 25

10:00 am:  The Nativity of Christ with communion


Village Lutheran Church
172 White Plains Road

Saturday, December 24

5:00 pm:  Family Christmas Eve Service 

8:00 pm:  Candles and Carols with Choirs

11:00 pm:  Christmas Eve Communion Service

Saturday, December 25

10:00 am: Christmas Day Communion Service

West Center Congregational Church
101 Pondfield Road West at Chatfield Road                                                                                   

Saturday, December 24

8:00 pm:  Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Sunday, December 25

11:00 am:  Christmas Day Service

Photo by A. Warner

 
West Center Church to Hold Holiday Boutique this Weekend, November 12 and 13 PDF Print Email

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By Susan Reisinger, Moderator, Church Council, West Center Congregational Church


Nov. 9, 2016:  West Center Congregational Church Bronxville is having a holiday boutique and silent auction on Saturday, November 12, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday, November 13, from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. The church is at 101 Pondfield Road West at Chatfield Road. 

The event, to be held in Bodge Lounge, will have an endless bounty of goods for sale, including jewelry, Christmas and Thanksgiving items, seasonal decorations, bric-a-brac, baked goods, compact discs, records, books, vintage magazines, household goods and appliances, toys, raffles, and more.  

There also will be a "Tiffany table" featuring special gifts and vintage china and glassware and another area with gently used/vintage clothing and accessories.  

The mini silent auction will offer gift certificates from restaurants, stores, various services, and more. It's a great time to get a head start on holiday shopping, and you never know what gem or bargain you might find.  

Proceeds from the boutique and silent auction will help support the work of the church.  

There is no admission charge and all are welcome to browse and shop. Bodge Lounge is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and there is parking on the street.  

For further information, please call the church office at 914-337-3829, send an email to  CLOAKING , or go to West Center's website at www.westcenterchurch.org.

John M. Barrett, Senior Minister

Arnold Ostlund, Jr., Organist/Music Director

R. Allan Ross, Pastor Emeritus

Pictured here:  Stained-glass windows at the West Center Congregational Church.

Photo courtesy Susan Reisinger, Moderator, Church Council, West Center Congregational Church

 
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