Pastor, Paul DeHoff

Beth Coffman, Editor                                                                                                            May 2018


…..from the Pastor’s desk


Jesus once said to his disciples, “I will not leave you comfortless”.  The Greek word, that has been translated for us as “comfortless” means “orphans”.  He left us a church, a community of hope which can be for you and me, and for scores around us who know little about it, an oasis where hope is constantly revived.  It is not a group of those who, as the saying goes, were once upon a time “born again”, but those who, having glimpsed the light of Christ helped one another to be born again and again and again.  We are restored in spirit for the word of God, by our praying together and by the continuous nourishment of the Sacraments.  I like the translation that gives us these words of Jesus.  “Come to me and I will refresh you.”  He will refresh us whether we are nine or ninety-nine.  I have often shared Holy Communion with one confirmed to home or hospital.  As I leave I often think, “…what a gospel we have that makes this friend so radiant, so hopeful, so expectant!”

This is a belief we back by our response to the church, to Union Church, our oasis of hope.  We give, first, of ourselves, then we can but give of our time and our material wealth; for this church stands, in faith and action, for a message of hope for the world, our neighbors, and our own hearts.  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace by your faith in him, until, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you overflow with hope.”


May 11 & 12 (Friday & Saturday)

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those who are working the Tag Sale are asked to make room for our customers by parking along the Carriage Road running along behind the church, which you access from Highland Ave. (which is between our parking lot and the Fire House).  It will be marked with a parking sign.  Those for whom parking along the Carriage Road is not advised may park behind the Education building.  Please note the signs for Furniture Pick Up and do not block that route in and out.  Thanks.

We not only can use your help – we need your help!  HELP!  Departments for the Tag Sale are: Furniture, Matt Mattoon; Books, Beth Coffman; White Elephant, Joyce Skiko;; Antiques, Victoria Mattoon; Clothing, Rosalyn DeHoff & Rita Chapin; Parking, Plants/Flowers, Dinner Club. You may volunteer directly to any one of the department leaders, or through the Church Office.


Help is especially needed Saturday immediately after the sale at 4:00 to pack up the unsold White Elephants.  They will be passed on to another worthy organization.  A lot of work goes into the preparation and the sales, but the work is not done at 4:00 on Saturday.  Thank you for your consideration!!


May 6 “The Devil’s Divisions”

I Corinthians 1:1-10 &

Mark 1:14-20

May 13  “Hope – Faith’s Gift”

Romans 8:18-30 & John 15:9-17

May 20 “The Go-Between God”

Joel 2:28-32 & John 16:5-15

May 27  “Holy, Holy, Holy! –The Touch of the Transcendent”

Isaiah 6:1-8 & John 3:1-17



It is with sorrow to tell you of the death of Jeffrey Shumedja, husband of Sue Shumedja.



The renewal of baptismal vows will be a part of our Lord’s Day Service on Sunday, May 13th at 11:00 a.m.

Baptism is our initiation into the church; our fortification to meet life with all its joy, disappointment, suffering and death “as more than conquerors” through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Theologians call it the “prevenient” grace of God; grace that existed before us; is not not dependent upon us.  We are renewing our acceptance of that grace.


May 7 Week before Tag Sale
May 14 Day after Tag Sale
May 21 The Seixas Family
May 28 Yvette Lin & Zoe Banko

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



(Help Needed)

We need as many helpers as we can get for this event.  Sign-up sheets are in the Parish Hall.  You won’t want to miss the fellowship and the satisfaction of making a meaningful contribution to the financial wellbeing of Union Church!  Where will you help: Men’s Clothing?  Women’s Clothing?  Parking? Furniture? Books? White Elephants? Antiques?


We will begin accepting donations for the Harvest Fair on Monday, June 4 (no rest for the weary).




The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications from all all qualified members of the congregation.  To qualify for the scholarship award, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. All applicants must be an active member of Union Church of Pocantico Hills.
  2. All applicants must have completed a high school education and been accepted to attend the 2017-2018 academic year at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  3. Applicants must be able to document that they have played an active role in the services and mission of Union church.
  4. Applicants must have shown good character, leadership ability and general good conduct in church, school and community activities.

All applications must be completed and received by the Scholarship Selection Committee no later than Sunday, May 14th.


The following gifts to the Pastoral Endowment were received in loving memory of William “Bill” Scazzero.

David and Peggy Bartholomew

Beth Coffman

Joan Coffman

Paul and Rosalyn DeHoff

The James Farrell Family

Evelyn Hadad

Mary T. Johnson

Allen Scazzero

The following gifts were received in loving memory of Charles “Charlie” Carlson.

David and Peggy Bartholomew

Evelyn Hadad

A gift was received by Ed Corrigan in memory of Roger Carilli.

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


The following gifs to the Music Endowment were received in loving memory of Charles “Charlie” Carlson.

Beth Coffman

Roberta Wetherbee


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9-4 Spring Tag Sale

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