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 10:00 a.m. at our summer home, the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, at 430 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
You're also welcome to just stop by the church office at the Clock Church in Tarrytown, at 42 North Broadway, where you can find me almost any morning.
Harpist and singer Erin Hill sang and played the harp at the August 14 worship service. It was a wonderful finale to the Old Dutch Church annual summer series, "Seven Sundays: A Celebration of Music in Worship." Among the selections: Enya's "Only Time," "Over the Rainbow," the prayer song "Be Born in Me" and "Here Comes the Sun." She also invited the children to take a close look at the harp and gave them a few tips on how to play it (pictured).
The series featured different styles of music each week, aimed at helping all present to experience the liturgy and the Word in a new and innovative way. Previous performances this summer featured bluegrass, folk, musical theater, Uilleann pipe, classical and Russian/Ukranian balalaika.
Even though the series is over, summer worship at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow will continue for three more Sundays. Services start, at 10 a.m. On September 11 we return to the Clock Church in Tarrytown, at which time nursery care, Sunday School, Choir and Fellowship following worship will resume. Services at the Clock Church start a half-hour later, at 10:30 a.m.
The church has received town approval to go forward with the construction of an enhanced entrance to the Old Dutch Church (pictured). Work is expected to start in March and be completed by June, in time for next year's summer worship season at Old Dutch.
The renovations will greatly ease access to the church for disabled and elderly persons. Specifically, there will be a more welcoming stairway to replace the uneven stones, a new wheelchair ramp and an expanded landing at the threshold.The expanded platform will permit gatherings, which are not possible now.
The enhancements will make the church accessible to everyone, no matter what disability they may have, says the Rev. Jeffrey Gargano, adding, "Just as we have been gifted this marvelous house of worship by previous generations, we now have an opportunity to enhance it for future generations."
Our teen mission team appeared before the congregation of the Old Dutch Church on Sunday, July 31, led by Juliette Phillips and Jack Steuer, who presented a slide show and talked about their week in Haiti in July. Nine teens traveled to that poverty-stricken country to help repair the homes of poor Haitian families living in a small village. The teens challenged the congregation to raise $4,000 to build a new home for a needy Haitian family. The host ministry, Helping Hands for Haiti, was supported by many Reformed, Christian Reformed and Lutheran churches in the Midwest. Pictured in the group photo (left to right):Matt Bischof, Owen Steele, Nathan Gargano, Tesher Zafrin, Juliette Phillips, Hunter Burnett, Katie Miles, and Jack Steuer in front. Kevon Lewis is not pictured. Above left: Jack and Juliette before the congregation; above right: Juliette Phillips.
Read about and see photos of their week in Haiti.
While the adults are worshiping inside at Old Dutch Church, the younger children are getting Bible lessons and nursery care on the grounds in the churchyard. Middle School and High School children remain in the worship service. Summer services at Old Dutch continue through Sept. 4, starting each Sunday at 10 a.m.