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Advent Schedules for Local Churches PDF Print Email

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By Staff


Dec. 5, 2018:  Below are the Advent schedules of the Bronxville-area churches.

Christ Church Bronxville
17 Sagamore Road

Sunday, December 9
10:00 am: The Second Sunday of Advent. Holy Eucharist featuring the Christ Church Choir.

Sunday, December 16
10:00 am: The Third Sunday of Advent: Holy Eucharist
11:15 am: Christmas Party

Sunday, December 23
10:00 am: The Fourth Sunday of Advent: Holy Eucharist with Hymns

Monday, December 24
4:00 pm: Family Christmas Crèche Mass: Favorite Hymns and our Children’s Pageant
10:30 pm: Christmas Lessons and Carols and Solemn Midnight Mass

Sunday, December 25
10:00 am: Christmas Mass: The Hymns of Christmas
11:00 pm: Solemn Midnight Mass

Monday, December 25
10:00 am: Christmas Day Mass 


Church of St. Joseph
14 Cedar Street 

Monday, December 24, Masses
4:00 pm: Church
4:00 pm: Parish Center
6:30 pm: Family Mass - Parish Center
10:00 pm: Church
Midnight Mass: Church

Tuesday, December 25, Masses: All in the Church
8:00 am, 9:30 am, 10:45 am, Noon, 1:15 pm

 

The Reformed Church of Bronxville
180 Pondfield Road

Sunday, December 9
4:00 pm: White Gift Service

Saturday, December 15
4:00 pm: Community Messiah Sing

Sunday, December 16
4:00 pm: Christmas Handbell Concert

Friday, December 21
7:00 pm: Blue Christmas/Longest Night Service

Monday, December 24
4:30 pm: Christmas Children’s Service
7:30 pm: Christmas Candlelight Service
11:00 pm: Christmas Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 25
10:30 am: Christmas Day Service

 

Village Lutheran Church
172 White Plains Road

Saturday, December 8
5:30 pm: Advent Communion

Sunday, December 9
9:00 am: Advent Communion
10:45 am: Round-the-Table Carol Sing

Saturday, December 15
5:30 pm: Advent Communion

Sunday, December 16
9:00 am: Sunday School Christmas Pageant
10:45 am: Advent Communion

Wednesday, December 19
7:00 pm: Lessons & Carols (led by Chapel School choirs)

Saturday, December 22
5:30 pm: German Christmas Service (with dessert reception)

Sunday, December 23
10:00 am: Pilgrimage to Bethlehem with Communion

Monday, December 24
5:00 pm: Family Christmas Eve Service
8:00 pm: Candles and Carols and Choirs
11:00 pm: Carols and Communion

Tuesday, December 25
10:00 am: Christmas Day Communion

 

West Center Congregational Church
101 Pondfield Road West at Chatfield Road

Sunday, December 9
Toys for Tots Collection

Saturday, December 15
7:00 pm: Community Sing

Sunday, December 16
2:00 pm: Christmas Concert by the West Center Quartet

Monday, December 24
8:00 pm: Christmas Eve Service


Photo by A. Warner 

 
Harvest Moon Festival Has Strong Turnout PDF Print Email

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By Eleyna Whittingham


Nov. 28, 2018:  The Reformed Church Nursery School’s Annual Harvest Moon Festival was held on Saturday, October 27, and was an incredible success. With a strong turnout, families from both RCNS and the Bronxville community came together for a fun-filled day to celebrate the fall season.

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Because of the weather, all activities were moved indoors and included raffles, games, crafts, food, a silent auction, and a petting zoo. The amazing efforts and talents of the RCNS parents made the Harvest Moon Festival possible, and all of the funds raised support the activities of the nursery school.

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The Harvest Moon Festival was also a success in large part because of our community sponsors: Augustyn Renovations, Houlihan Lawrence, Main Street Pediatric Dentistry, Nature’s Cradle, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, Pete’s Park Place Tavern, Park Place Bagels, and Value Drugs Eastchester.

Photos courtesy Eleyna Wittingham


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.




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Thanksgiving Events at Two Local Churches PDF Print Email

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Nov. 7, 2018: The following information was supplied by the local churches.

The Reformed Church of Bronxville

The Reformed Church of Bronxville will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the church beginning at 11:30 am on Thanksgiving Day. The community is invited to attend. The dinner will be held in the Congregational Hall (entrance on Midland and Kraft Avenues). The suggested donation is $15. Please RSVP by November 16 by sending an email to CLOAKING or by calling 914-337-6776, ext. 153.

West Center Congregational Church

All Welcome: The 45th Annual Bronxville Thanksgiving Community Service will be held on the Monday evening of Thanksgiving Week (Monday, November 19, 2018) at 7:30 pm at West Center Congregational Church, 101 Pondfield Road West. All are welcome to join us in giving thanks at this very special service with a long tradition in our Bronxville community.

Photo by N. Bower


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
The Rev. Dr. Matthew Waterstone Chosen New Senior Minister of The Reformed Church of Bronxville PDF Print Email

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By Sam Clover, Associate Minister, The Reformed Church of Bronxville


Oct. 24, 2018:  After a lengthy search following the retirement of The Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. Ruge in August of 2016, The Reformed Church of Bronxville has called The Rev. Dr. Matthew Waterstone to be the church’s 21st senior minister. The call was formally announced in an October 1 letter to the congregation from The Rev. Samuel T. Clover, an associate minister who had been acting as president of the consistory until the new senior minister arrived, and Bill Hertlein, vice president of the consistory.

In making the announcement, Clover and Hertlein stated, “Dr. Waterstone impressed the nominating committee with his perceptive, wise, and engaging sermons, which are scripturally based but timelessly appropriate and delivered with freshness and vigor.” In an accompanying letter, chair of the senior minister of the nominating committee, Paul Muir, stated, “His preaching is Christ-centered, biblical, compelling, inspiring, and relevant for today. . . . His deep connection and sincere pastoral care for his congregation is palpable and interwoven into his preaching, which makes his message even more genuine and personal to the listener.”

Dr. Waterstone, his wife of 11 years, Sarah, and children Willem, 7, and Bram, 4, moved to the village last week. He began preaching this Sunday, October 21, at all three Sunday services—8:30 am, 10:30 am,  and 5:00 pm—and he will be formally installed on Sunday, November 11, at 3:00 pm.

For the last ten years, Dr. Waterstone, 35, served as senior minister of the First Reformed Church in South Holland, IL, a suburb of Chicago. During his tenure, the church’s membership more than doubled, and he oversaw a staff of nine. From 2013, he also served as chaplain to the South Holland Fire Department and an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Christian College in neighboring Palos Heights, IL. He is the author of the book Dear Church: Letters to My First Church, as well as many articles, blogs, and podcasts.

Ordained in the Reformed Church in America and a native of Holland, MI, Dr. Waterstone graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hope College and holds master of divinity and doctorate of ministry degrees from Western Theological Seminary. On a denominational level, he is a member of the Commission on Race & Ethnicity and served on the search committee for the General Secretary of the RCA, who was installed this past summer. Dr. Waterstone is also an accomplished athlete, having qualified for the Boston Marathon and completed an Ironman race.

For more information, contact The Rev. Samuel T. Clover at 914-337-6776, or  CLOAKING . The church website is www.reformedchurch.org.

Pictured here: The Rev. D. Matthew Waterstone.

Photo courtesy Sam Clover, Associate Minister, The Reformed Church of Bronxville 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 
'Disagreeing Well': Workshop for Muslims and Christians Saturday, September 22 PDF Print Email

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By Phia Primps, Member, The Reformed Church of Bronxville


Sep. 12, 2018:  On Saturday, September 22, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Al Amana Centre and Rose Castle Foundation will hold a workshop at The Reformed Church of Bronxville titled Disagreeing Well.

This will be a practical workshop for Muslims and Christians to engage in dialogue across faith differences. The workshop is for active members of Muslim and Christian communities throughout New York and Westchester.

In the morning session, there will be interactive activities addressing respectful dialogue and management of conflict. Lunch will be provided at 1:00 pm.

In the afternoon, there will be an introduction to and interactive session on Scriptural Reasoning, a method of dialogue that centers on hospitality in listening and learning from one another by discussion of passages from each other's scriptures.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Annalisa.jackson@rosecastle.foundation. There is a suggested donation of $25.

Editor's note

The Al Amana Centre is an organization in Oman whose purpose is to "facilitate ... interfaith dialogue and peace-building between Christians and Muslims through interfaith tours, study-abroad programs, interfaith conferences, and more." It works in America with Reformed Churches to further its mission.

The Rose Castle Foundation is an organization in Great Britain that encourages reconciliation of those in conflict: "We create hospitable spaces where those in conflict can meet face-to-face. ... Using a practical tool-kit including active listening, reflective practices, role play and Scriptural Reasoning, participants learn the principles and practice that make better quality disagreement possible. They learn to work together without needing to agree or approve of one another’s ideology."

Scripturalreasoning.org explains: "Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a tool for inter-faith dialogue whereby people of different faiths come together to read and reflect on their scriptures. Unlike some forms of inter-faith engagement, it is not about seeking agreement but rather exploring the texts and their possible interpretations across faith boundaries, and learning to ‘disagree better.’ The result is often a deeper understanding of others' and one's own scriptures, as well as the development of strong bonds across faith communities. SR is now practised globally, including in places affected by religion-related tensions and conflict."

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
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