The Tower Chimes  
Union Church of Pocantico Hills
555 Bedford Road Tarrytown, New York 10591
914.631.2069 /
Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo,
Interim Pastor


Beth Coffman, Editor                                                                                            September 2019

…..from the Interim Pastor’s desk

I am writing this word to you at my desk in the manse next door to Union Church. Sarah, the dogs and I arrived two mornings ago and we are still knee-deep in unpacked boxes. The house looks beautiful, having been masterfully spruced up by Carter Dorzbacher and the trustees. They could not have been more thoughtful of our comfort. Our sincere thanks for all they have done.

Sarah and I are excited to be here, although fairly exhausted from the physical and emotional demands of the move. Bailey and Abby, our 14- and 12-year old Schnauzer-Poodles (“Schnoodles”), are watching us like hawks, concerned that they not be forgotten in all the commotion of these days. Happily, they have taken readily to the wooded trail behind the manse, so replete with intriguing new sights and smells. We humans, too, are enjoying our first forays into the communities surrounding Pocantico Hills, amazed by the beauty of Westchester County.

Change is not always easy, but by its very nature it creates new possibilities for exploration and delight. That’s true for churches as well as individuals and Schnoodles. I so enjoyed meeting many of you last Sunday on my first outing in the Union Church pulpit. You could not have been more gracious in welcoming me, and what a delicious feast the DeLandri-Volpacchio family provided! It was invigorating to hear of your love for the church and hopes for its future. I look forward to getting to know you and to working together to prepare for Union Church’s next chapter.

See you in church!


Sept. 1 “Putting Up the Sails”, Ephesians 3: 14-21 & John 6:1-21

Sept. 8 “Choosing Sides”, Deuteronomy 30:15-20 & Luke 14:25-33

Sept. 15 “Why Church? Community”, Luke 15: 1-32

Sept. 22 “Why Church? Real People”, Amos 8:4-7 & Luke 16:1-13

Sept. 29 “Why Church? Money Matters”, Psalm 91: 1-6, 14-16 & I Timothy 6::6-19



Sept. 1 – Carla De Landri and Beth Coffman

Sept. 8 – The Perry Family

Sept. 15 – OPEN

Sept. 22 – OPEN

Sept. 29 – OPEN


Prayers are requested for Pheobe Luciano who is in rehabilitation after a serious car accident.

If you wish to request the prayers of the congregation, please contact the church office at or 914-631-2069. 


We were saddened to learn of the deaths of long time members Joan Coffey and Dorothy Jones.  Our thoughts and prayers are with their families. 


As of this writing, Interim Minister Rev. Lindley DeGarmo and his wife Sarah Finlayson and their furry family have moved into the Manse. That could not have happened as well or as quickly without the tireless and thoughtful effort of Trustee Carter Dorzbacher with an assist from his wife Sharon. Carter organized and supervised an army of electricians, painters, plumbers and cleaners to update the Manse. I am sure you share my gratitude to Carter and please let them both know when you can. 

I look forward to the energy of Fall, a Harvest Fair and a new chapter for Union Church.

Carla De Landri, President


It’s Happening! Harvest Fair 2019, October 18-19.

 If you aren’t already on board, please save the date and join in the fun by volunteering your time to this highly-anticipated community event. Preparations are in full swing and volunteers are urgently needed in every department! A signup sheet is available in the fellowship hall or call Ruth DiLorenzo (914)524-7102 to find out how you can help.  Donations of Clothing (men’s, women’s, and children’s), Antiques and Collectibles, Jewelry, Books (and CDs and DVDs), and White Elephant items (in usable condition, please 😊) are being readily accepted. Spread the word!

Ruth DiLorenzo


Throughout scripture we are invited and urged to sing to the Lord. There is even a “Song of Solomon” book in the Bible, and the Book of Psalms is really a hymnal, with constant exhortations to sing, including and especially, “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.”  Singing is very important in worship, and Union Church treasures its robust hymn-singing and its choir who provide support to that hymn-singing. In addition, the choir presents its own weekly choral offerings in worship. 

Here is a call to one and all, both members and friends of Union Church, to consider being a part of this well-spirted and talented ensemble, even if just as a “trial run.” We meet on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service as well as the music for several weeks ahead.

 If you would like more information about the choir, look me up following worship or write me at or call 860-670-1366, and we’ll get together for a conversation.  The choir resumes its musical mission in September. I look forward to hearing from lots of you!

Richard Coffey, Organist and Choir Director



We were pleased to witness Bobby Schellhas being awarded the John D. Rockefeller Scholarship  on June 9th.  The scholarship was created and funded by the congregation to pay tribute to the great man and great works of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.  Bobby has just begun his first semester at Marist College.  Congratulations Bobby! 


Donations to the Rev. Paul DeHoff Pastoral Endowment were made by:

Deborah Spencer in honor of her father, Rev. Dr. Paul DeHoff

Paula Cousino and Mark Reed in honor of their daughter Evelyn Reed who was baptized at Union Church on June 23rd.

Caroline Rochon and Shawn Jacobaccio in honor of their daughter Abigal who was baptized at Union Church on June 22nd

The Rev. Paul DeHoff 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 Endowment when making memorial gifts and in your benevolence giving.


“…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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