The Tower Chimes

Union Church of Pocantico Hills

555 Bedford Road

Tarrytown, New York 10591

914.631.2069 / beth.ucph@optonline.net

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The Rev. Dr. F. Paul DeHoff, Pastor

                                             

Beth Coffman, Editor                                                                            January 2018

 

…..from the Pastor’s desk

I am writing this January 1, 2018 – incredible that 2017 has come and gone.  So much happened last year in this world of God’s creation – all of it covered by God’s grace.  St. Paul said, “…the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do”.  He wrote this to the church in Rome.  It is an insightful summary of human nature.  I don’t know about you, but I am grateful that what I do is covered by the grace of God.  I do not use God’s grace as an excuse for faulty behavior; we do not sin all the more that “grace may abound”.  And so it is that we go forward into 2018 assured of God’s grace.  No, that is not meaningless!  No, it is not an insurance policy covering bad thinking, bad opinions, and bad action!  Yes, it is strengthening and enabling.  God’s grace strengthens me to act; God’s grace enables me to act even in the midst of insecurity and uncertainty.  Thanks be to God!

Our Advent/Christmas celebrations were uplifting to many.  All who were able to attend the Dec. 24th Services know you shared them with people from near and far.  Christmas and Easter celebrate the two great mysteries of the Christian faith – the Incarnation and the Resurrection.  It is wonderful that Union Church can open its doors to let whomever will come – come!  It is a mission!

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held January 21.  As in the past it will be determinative of the nature and strength of Union Church’s mission in the near and not-so-near future.  Will you prayerfully participate?

Last Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 I spoke with those who attended our Lord’s Day Service about “Greeting the Unexpected”.  In part I said that we cannot know the future.  What we can know is that God in Christ goes with us into the future to strengthen us for whatever comes – in Christ we can take it!  Again, Paul said to the church at Rome:  “In Christ we are more than conquerors” – may it be so for each of us!

 

            JANUARY PREACHING SCHEDULE
Jan. 7 “You Have Been Baptized – Now What?”

I Corinthians 12:12-27 &

Matthew 3:13-17

Jan. 14 “Hiding From the Holy”

Genesis 28:10-22 & Luke 5:1-11

Jan. 21 “What To Remember – What To Forget”

Isaiah 43:18, Isaiah 46:9 &

John 1:43-51

Jan. 28 “What Is Temptation?”

Hebrews 2:14-18 &

Matthew 4:1-11

 

JANUARY FELLOWSHIP HOUR HOSTS
Jan. 7 Graham
Jan. 14 Open
Jan. 21 Annual Meeting
Jan. 28 Open

Please consider hosting a Fellowship Hour.  Currently December 24th and December 31st as well as all Sundays next year are open.  Thank you!!

ANNUAL MEETING

The Church Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, January 21st.  There will be a luncheon immediately following the 11:00 service with the meeting held after the lunch.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall.  Please sign up if you are attending the meeting and can bring a cold salad or dessert.

PLEDGE CARDS

Our pledge cards for 2018 have been coming in slowly.  We are asking that you consider what you are able to contribute during the coming year to help support the mission of Union Church and make a pledge.

If you did not receive a commitment card or need a replacement, please call the church office at 914.631.2069 or email beth.ucph@optimum.net.  We thank you for your continued support!

CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES

Our 2018 contribution envelopes are in the Parish  Hall waiting to be picked up.  If there is not a set of envelopes for you and you would like a set, please call the church office, 631.2069, email beth.ucph@optimum.net or place your name on the list provided next to the envelopes.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR KIDS

Many thanks to everyone who generously provided Christmas gifts for children this year though the Grandparents Coalition.  We were able to provide gifts to 70 children this year!  The social workers who collect the gifts are always very grateful.

We are sure there were many smiles on the faces of the children (and grandparents) who received your gifts.

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA

We thank all our members and friends who provided the spectacular poinsettias that adorned our Sanctuary so beautifully during the Christmas season.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

On Sunday, December 17th, the youth of the church treated us to a presentation of the Christmas story.  We thank Kim Perry, who coordinated the program, her helpers and especially the kids who did a great job!

ANNUAL REPORTS

Persons who are asked to prepare reports for the Annual Report have been notified.  Reports are due on or before, Sunday, January 7, 2018.  We appreciate your adherence to this deadline so that we will have the time necessary to complete the reports.  Thank you!

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS

Persons elected to office at the Annual Meeting will be installed at the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, January 28.

OFFICERS/STAFF PLANNING CONFERENCE

The officers/staff Planning Conference will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at the church starting at 9:00 a.m..

The Planning Conference is an opportunity to evaluate our programs and procedures, set up our committees and discuss plans for the coming  year.  It is our hope that all Trustees, Deacons and staff will be available to attend.

 PASTORAL ENDOWMENT

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.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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@ optimum.net and your requests will be announced during worship services.

LAMPSTAND

“…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.

EMAIL ADDRESSES

If you are not currently receiving emails from Union Church, please consider providing us with your email address.  We do not send an excessive amount of emails but we do   communicate some things by email that we do not send out in print.  It would be up to you if you wish to receive the Tower Chimes in print or only by email.    Please send to the church office at beth.ucph@optimum.net.

 

 

January 2018
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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8:00 pm  Choir

 

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8 9

7:30 p.m. Trustees Meeting

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7:00 pm Study Group

8:00 pm  Choir

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14 15 16 17

7:00 pm Study Group

8:00 pm  Choir

18 19 20
21

12:00 Luncheon & Annual Meeting

22 23 24

7:00 pm Study Group

8:00 pm  Choir

25 26 27
28

Installation of Officers during 11:00 a.m. Service

29 30 31

7:00 pm Study Group

8:00 pm  Choir