We are glad to meet you here, but candidly, we'd much prefer to meet you in person. Consider this my invitation to join us on a Sunday morning when we worship at 10:30 a.m. at the Clock Church, 42 North Broadway,Tarrytown, N.Y.
You're also welcome to just stop by the church office, where you can find me almost any morning.
The Rev. Jeffrey Gargano
The terrible destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew to Haiti has not altered the plans for the church's teen mission group to return in February to help build a new home for a family they met there in July, says the Rev. Jeffrey Gargano. "The man of the house had fashioned together a quite remarkable instrument that he used to praise God at church," says Rev. Gargano. He, his wife, three children and grandmother lived in a house (pictured at left) that was little more than sticks and straw held together by mud, with gaping holes, says Rev. Gargano, adding, "It's a kind of poverty that is almost unspeakable for us."
The trip will fulfill the mission team's challenge to the congregation to raise $4,000 to build the house (with the help of local builders), such as the one pictured at right that the teens worked on last summer. Three teens have so far volunteered to spend their spring break mixing concrete and carrying cement blocks. The host ministry, Helping Hands for Haiti, is supported by many Reformed, Christian Reformed and Lutheran churches in the Midwest.
In his recent newsletter, the Rev. Jeff Gargano announced the sale of one building and purchase of another. The property for sale is the manse, in Philips Manor. ""This home has not been occupied by a pastor for nearly ten years," he wrote. "This is in keeping with the trend away from pastors living in church housing. As you might imagine, pastors today prefer to be in a position to live in their own homes." The church will purchase a house at 4 Dell Street, better known as the William Smith Memorial Building directly across the street from the Citgo station, just across the Pocantico River from the Old Dutch Church. "Our plan in purchasing this property is to convert it to classrooms for our children, meeting rooms, an Old Dutch Church Welcome Center, a preparation space for brides, bathrooms and a much better venue for the Old Dutch Fest," the pastor wrote. As soon as the transaction is complete, the church will begin the necessary renovations.