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                                                                                                         February   2018


…..from the Pastor’s desk

The following is my report to the congregation, as presented at the January 21st Annual Meeting of the Congregation.


It has been Rosalyn’s and my privilege to live and serve Union Church in our pastoral role since 1992.  We are, and have always been, pleased to be here.  How time flies when you are having fun!  There have been days when time was not flying, but they can be forgotten.

Sometimes leadership can be a lonely position.  But more often than not we have found ourselves in the position of strong, compassionate, and caring support.  We have sought to serve openly, caringly, and consultatively.

As has been announced we shall be retiring.  When?  That is yet to be determined.  The information I have shared with the Board of Trustees is that it may happen sometime between June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019.  Appropriate/adequate notice will be given.  In the last four months I have been working with the Church Council, Deacons and Trustees, to make preparations for a transition in pastoral leadership.  A Pastoral Transition Committee, made up of three Deacons and three Trustees has been formed and is functioning.

Beth Coffman is working with me, learning the in’s and out’s of the nitty gritty of the administration of the day-by-day life and function of Union Church.

The best way forward is for all members and officers of Union Church to maintain the course we are on with our faithfulness to the mission of the church, which is, “….to provide a home where all are welcome to worship God, to learn and grow as Christians, and to share our love, friendship and support with all those whose lives we touch”.

The task of any church is to be the church.  What does that mean?  It means that as we face the future that we dare to prayerfully ask the question, trust the Lord to answer, and have the grace and courage to follow.



Feb. 4 “Jesus and the Religious Robbers”

Psalm 147:1-11 & John 10:1-10

Feb. 11 “Belonging to God”

Psalm 8 & John 1:1-5, 10-13

Feb. 14

Ash Wed.

“Lifting the Sails of Faith”

Psalm 51:1-17 & John 3:1-17

8:00 PM

Feb. 18 “The Cross of Moses”

Exodus 32:15-24, 30-33 &

Mark 14:32-36

Feb. 25 “The Moral Minority of Jesus”

Isaiah 28:14-22 & Luke 13:22-30


Feb. 4 DeLandri/Volpacchio
Feb. 11 Perry
Feb. 18
Feb. 25


There are many Sundays where we are looking for volunteers to host.  If you have any questions, please ask any Deacon.  Thank you!!



We will begin our observation of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Service of Holy Communion on February 14th at 8:00 p.m.  The Sermon Title is “Lifting the Sails of Faith.”



This year’s Ash Wednesday/Lenten Offering will go, in its entirety, to Heifer International.  May our 40 Days of Lent be 40 Days of combating hunger through our support of Heifer International.  You will be receiving an offering envelope next week and envelopes  will  be available at the church during Lent.



We are saddened by the death of Ann von der Misten on January 25th.



At the Annual Meeting the following Officers were elected:

Deacons:  Sharon Dorzbacher, Yvette Lin (2nd term), Greg Perry (2nd term) , Joyce Skiko

Trustees: Jim Harrison, Evelyn Hadad (2nd term), Joe Imperato (2nd term), Victoria Mattoon

Clerk of the Congregation:  David Bartholomew



The Officers/Staff Planning Conference will be held on Saturday, February 3, at the church beginning at 9:00 a.m.



If you did not receive a copy of  the 2017 Annual Report, copies are available.  Attached is a corrected page of the Deacons Report.



Deborah Domanski, a mezzo-soprano will be giving a recital on Sunday, April 15th at 3:00 at Union Church.  Her career includes leading roles with the Santa Fe Opera and a recital series at Carnegie Hall.  More information can be found at  Tickets are available in the church office for $10.00 each.    Reservations can be made by calling 914.631.2069 or emailing



It is not too late to submit a pledge card one.  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 let us know by submitting a pledge card.  Please let Beth Coffman know if you would like another card ( 914-631-2069).  Thank you.



There are still some 2018 contribution envelopes in the Parish Hall waiting to be picked up.  Please check to see if there is a box with your name on it.  If you have not received a box and would like one, please put your name on the list or email Beth Coffman at