The Tower Chimes


Union Church of Pocantico Hills

555 Bedford Road

Tarrytown, New York 10591

914.631.2069 /



The Rev. Dr. F. Paul DeHoff, Pastor


Beth Coffman, Editor                                                                                                   June 2017


…..from the Pastor’s desk



The Spring Tag Sale produced a gross revenue of $47,056.00!  This is exceptional because we had some exceptional items for sale, “Fine Furniture”.  This does not happen often.  When you deduct the Fine Furniture income the gross revenue is then $25,506.00.  We are grateful to Nancy Lockwood, who provides much of our inventory in all departments, from household sales she conducts; and, to Victoria and Matt Mattoon for their careful research and professional presentation of the Fine Furniture. The traditional departments did well; they are: Furniture, Matt Mattoon; Books, Beth Coffman; White Elephants, Joyce Skiko; Plants/Flowers, Bill Graham, Jr.; Antiques, Victoria Mattoon; Clothing, Rosalyn DeHoff & Rita Chapin; Jewelry, Janet Graham.  Thank you and all who helped.  Also, we thank those who directed parking and those who counted and deposited the receipts.

My life is like a broken bowl,

A broken bowl that cannot hold

One drop of water for my soul

Or cordial in the searching cold;

Cast in the fire the perished thing,

Melt and remold it, till it be

A royal cup for Him my King;

O Jesus, drink of me.

Christina Rosetti

Four persons will Confirm their Baptismal vows on June 4, the Day of Pentecost, at the 11 a.m. Service.  They are: Zoe Lin Banko, Nicholas Perry, Maribel Seixas, and Lily Vidra.  We support them with our presence and prayers.

The Annual Church Picnic will be held June 11 following the 11 a.m. Service.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall, or you may call the Church Office and ask for your name to be included (631-2069).  We ask that you bring a salad or a dessert.

The Harvest Fair is scheduled for Oct. 20, 21, & 22.  You are asked to donate Clothing, Furniture, Books, Household Items, Antiques, & Jewelry.  The last day for making donations is October 1.

The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Scholarship will be presented June 18 at the 11 a.m. Service.

The Choir of Union Church will be recognized and honored at the 11 a.m. Service on June 18 – thanking them for their inspired, excellent, and faithful leadership in the congregation’s Sunday worship.



June 4 “Holy Spirit: Excitement or Ethics?”

Romans 8:12-17 & John 7:37-39

June 11 “Union Church Offers A Credible Faith”

1 Peter 3:8-18 & Matthew 28:16-20

June 18 “Is Faith Hereditary?”

II Timothy 1:1-7 & Matthew 9:35-38

June 25 “Creative Christians”

Psalm 16 & John 4:1-15


June 4 The Perry Family
June 11 Church Picnic
June 18 The Sweeney Family
June 25 The Copland Family

There many Sundays this summer where we are looking for volunteers to host. If you have any questions, please ask any Deacon or the Church Office.  Thank you!!



Prayers are requested for Gary Tozzi, Larry Erdman, Joyce Skiko, Ann Von Der Misten Muller, Victoria Mattoon and Sue Shumejda



“…let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

This space is reserved for anyone who would like to share stories or experiences with us. If you are interested, please contact the church office to submit something for consideration.


Just a reminder, the Sunday School will be on break, but the nursery  will continue to be open all summer. Younger Sunday School children are welcome, in addition to infants and toddlers.


The annual summer picnic will be held on June 11 following the 11:00 service. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be provided by the dinner club.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall to indicate you are planning to attend and if you will bring a salad or dessert.  You may also contact the church office to let us know you will be coming.




On Sunday, June 18, we will have an opportunity to celebrate our wonderful choir and choir director. Let us take a few minutes to thank each of them for their talent and dedication.

Sam Chapin

Susan Angst

Lisa Bogart

Charles Carlson

Rosalyn DeHoff

Ruth DiLorenzo

Jim Harrison

Matt Mattoon

Victoria Mattoon

Catherine Pollock

Nancy Schellhas

Lily Vidra

Anita Wilson


Items for the Harvest Fair (October 20, 21, and 22) are now being accepted – fall and winter clothing (classroom next to the library), antiques, books, records, cds, dvds (first table on lower level) white elephants (tables on lower level), antiques (tables on

lower level), jewelry (church office) furniture, (last room on lower level).  books,   Please do not bring summer clothing yet.  THANK YOU!    .



Some of our unsold items from the Spring Tag Sale have been donated to the following organizations: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, – a youth mentoring program, The Cherry Door Thrift Shop which benefits Phelps Memorial Hospital and Hudson Link – an organization assisting prisoners and former prisoners with education and re-entry into society.



Gifts to the Pastoral Endowment were received in memory of Beatrice Silvera and from Gary and Linda Sledge, as well as their children, in honor of Linda and Gary’s 50th wedding anniversary.

The Union Church Pastoral Endowment was created to ensure that Union Church always remains a living church with a pastor and congregation, and not just an art museum.  Please consider the Pastoral Endowment in your benevolence giving and estate planning.  Thank you.


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Pat and Tom Frutig gave Union Church a framed copy of a Saturday Evening Post cover, which hangs in the Parish Hall. Pat has provided the following information.

Golden Rule. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, April 1, 1961. Norman Rockwell

In the summer of 1960, inspired by the idea that the Golden Rule was a universal principle threading through all religions, Rockwell decided to capture the concept on canvas.

I’d been reading up on comparative religion. The thing is that all major religions have the Golden Rule in common. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Not always the same words but the same meaning. – Norman Rockwell, The Norman Rockwell Album.

From photographs he’d taken on his 1955 round-the-world Pam Am trip, Rockwell referenced native costumes and accessories and how they were worn. He picked up a few costumes and devised some from ordinary objects in his studio, such as using a lampshade as a fez. Many of Rockwell’s models were local exchange students and visitors. In a 1961 interview, indicating the man wearing a wide brimmed hat in the upper right corner, Rockwell said, “He’s part Brazilian, part Hungarian, I think. Then there is Choi, a Korean. He’s a student at Ohio State University. Here is a Japanese student at Bennington College and here is a Jewish student. He was taking summer school courses at the Indian Hill Museum School.” Pointing to the rabbi, he continued, “He’s the retired postmaster of Stockbridge. He made a pretty good rabbi, in real life, a devout Catholic. I got all my Middle East faces from Abdalla who runs the Elm Street market, just one block from my house.” Some of the models were from Rockwell’s earlier painting United Nations. Though it was never finished, it was going to be a “a mass of people,” he said, “representing the people of the world, waiting for the delegates to straighten out the world, so that they might live in peace and without fear.”

As a testament to the power of the image, a mosaic based on the painting was installed at the United Nations Headquarters in 1985, a gift from Nancy Reagan on behalf of the United States. It was rededicated following its restoration in 2014.

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, in 2014, said: “It reflects humanity – the wondrous mix of nationalities, creeds and colours. “But it also reflects the very essence of our mission as set out in our Charter,” he added. “At its core, the work is about narrowing the gap between the world as it is and the world as we want it to be,” he said.

Noting that the ethic described by the Golden Rule is common to numerous traditions, he cited a number of maxims, from the biblical “Love thy neighbour as thyself,” to the Yoruba “One taking a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.”

There is a look of inner peace on each face figuring that when you focus on how to contribute to the lives of others it shuts down the destructive negative emotions and brain circuits, as we now know it does. Love casts out hatred, fear, and rumination. He placed a white circle in the middle (begin from the old man’s white beard) because he felt that if we could love all humanity without exception we would connect with some wave of higher [positive] energy…. This is all about human nature at its best.” Synopsis of Stephen G. Post comments.



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