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                                                                        November 2017


…..from the Pastor’s desk


Do you recall Marshall McLuhan’s book “The Medium Is The Message”?  I’ve been thinking about that lately.  What was he talking about?  What am I to understand?  I am certain there is more to understand than I understand, or am capable of understanding.  What I think I understand is this:  It is important how, when, and where we speak the thoughts, ideas, and concepts that formulate in our minds.  I have been misunderstood because I expressed a thought at the wrong time, and in the wrong place, and in the wrong tone.  Hence, my thought, which may be perfectly good, is misunderstood because I, the medium, am the message and I am in the way of my message.  If this makes no sense to you it may be because I have gotten in the way of what I wanted to say.

Christianity is an incarnational faith.  Yes, Jesus is God incarnate to us, God in the flesh.  And, we incarnate the faith to one another; we incarnate the church; we incarnate hope; we incarnate love.  Such is the grace of God; thanks be to God.

HARVEST FAIR – Gross receipts from the Harvest Fair, held Oct. 20, 21 & 22, to date are: $41,016.15.  The people to acknowledge and thank are many, but we are especially thankful to the following: Matt Mattoon, Beth Coffman, Joyce Skiko, Nancy Schellhas, Victoria Mattoon, Rosalyn DeHoff, Rita Chapin, and Joan Coffman, all of whom are department heads.  In addition we thank those who worked with them, including those who directed the Parking and counted the Receipts!  THANKS!

P.S.  – I am certain you have wondered who keeps all the “stuff” we have given to us from burying us – it is PETER – yes, Peter DeHoff!  Thanks Peter!





Nov. 5 “The Expectations of the Dead”

Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 &

John 8:48-59

Nov. 12 “Which Church Do You Support?”

II Corinthians 9:1-15 &

 Mark 12:28-34

Nov. 19 “The Rhetoric of Peace”

Psalm 85 & Matthew 25:31-46

Nov. 26 The Rhythms of A Living Faith”

Psalm 74:12-17 & John 16:16-23




DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS ON NOVEMBER 5TH – Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.





Nov. 5 Barbara and Leslye Smith
Nov. 12 OPEN
Nov. 19 Victoria and Matt Mattoon
Nov. 26 Susan and Ethel Angst

Please consider hosting a Fellowship Hour.  Currently November 12th and most Sundays in December are open.  Thank you!!


MARK MORGANELLI will present a jazz concert at Union Church, as part of the Fine Arts Program,  on Sunday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m.  A reception will follow. This year’s theme is entitled “American Songbook” – Tickets are now available for $10 each through the church office (631.2069)


A Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service will be held on November 22nd.  Our choir will participate.  The sermon will be  entitled “CHANGING LIFE STYLE: And Still Thankful.”


We, here in the surrounding areas of Union Church, are blessed with such abundance that we tend sometimes to forget that there are those who “have not”.  That is why there is The Food Bank of Westchester.  This organization serves over 300 communities throughout Westchester with food pantries, soup kitchens,  child and adult care centers and shelters.  That is a tall order!!  Once again, we have a chance to make a difference in the lives of those not as fortunate as we are.  You will be receiving a Thanksgiving offering envelope soon.  Please help the Food Bank of Westchester in their mission to eradicate hunger in Westchester.  Thank you.

Carole Erdman, Chairman

Benevolence Committee


Christmas gift requests for children, distributed through the Grandparents Coalition of Westchester will be available beginning November 19.   Help to brighten  a child’s Christmas.

Be sure to attach the form to the outside  of the wrapped gift  so that all information is readable and will get to the correct agency and  child. 


A Christmas Poinsettia order form is included in this Tower Chimes and will be distributed in our Sunday service bulletins. Please complete and return your form, along with your check, no later than December 17.  All checks should be made payable to Union Church.  Remember to print legibly so your dedication will be accurate in the bulletin.  Thank you!



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 be an                                                               art museum.  Please consider the Pastoral Endowment when making memorial gifts and in your benevolence giving. and estate planning.


If you would like to request the prayers of the congregation feel free to contact the church office at 914.631.2069 or beth.ucph@ and your requests will be announced during worship services.


“…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)

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Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices,  who wondrous things hath done, in whom this world rejoices, who from our mothers’ arms, hath blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.


O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us, with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us; and  keep us in God’s grace, and guide us when perplexed, and free us from all ills in this world and the next.


All praise and thanks to God, who  reigns in highest heaven, to Father and to Son and Spirit now be given. The one eternal God, whom heaven and earth adore, the God who was, and is, and shall be evermore.



November 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday


8:00 pm  Choir

2 3 4


6 7 8

7:00 pm Study Group

8:00 pm  Choir

9 10 11

3:00 pm Mark Morganelli Concert

13 14 15

7:00 pm Study Group

8:00 pm  Choir

16 17 18



20 21

7:30 Trustees Meeting


8:00 pm  Thanksgiving Eve Service

23 24 25
26 27 28 29

7:00 pm Study Group

8:00 pm Choir




Please return this form

by Sunday, December 17th to

Union Church of Pocantico Hills,  

555 Bedford Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Checks should be made payable to

Union Church of Pocantico Hills. 

Plants are $16.00 each


Important – Please print legibly so your dedication

will be printed accurately in the bulletin.




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Given by:  _______________________________





In Memory of:   ___________________________________




In Honor of:      ___________________________________





Please address any questions to Beth Coffman in the Church Office 631.2069 /