Union Church

Tel: 914-631-2069
Fax: 914-631-8923
Union Church of Pocantico Hiils
555 Bedford Road
Pocantico Hills, NY



9AM & 11AM – Where All Are Welcome To Worship God!

NURSERY PROVIDED for children under kindergarten age.

WEDDINGS: If interested in getting married at Union Church please contact Pastor Paul DeHoff

Sunday School

May 2019 Tower Chimes (click here)

Beth Coffman, Editor                                                                                                        May 2019


…..from the Pastor’s desk


See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are…Beloved, we are God’s children now…”  I John 3:1-2

“….we are God’s children now.’  You may recognize these words for you hear them at a service of baptism.  The apostle wrote this letter to churches filled with people like us about seventy to a hundred years after the first Easter Day.  For the majority of those to whom the apostle spoke their baptism was a past event.  Some elderly men and women would remember becoming Christians as adolescents and making their baptismal vows.  But many may have been baptized as infants.  From the beginning we read of whole families being baptized by Peter and other leaders of the infant church.  The apostle knew, as we do, how easy it is for those baptized as infants to forget, to ignore, or even to reject the obligation baptism imposes upon us.  “Oh yes, I was baptized.  I was immunized, too, you know.”  How often do you recall the fact that you were baptized?  Every time we are witnesses to the baptism of a child of God we ought to pray this prayer: “Holy God, Father of us all, remind us of your promises given in our own baptism.”  That is what we will be doing at our May 12 Lord’s Day Services (9 & 11 a.m.) in a service of Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant.  I am called a Christian.  And so I am.  Does it make a difference?  Martin Luther once said that when he was really up against it, he repeated over and over the phrase, “I have been baptized.”   The poet Francis Thompson once wrote in an essay on Shelley: “Know you what it is to be a child?  It is to be something very different from the person of today.  It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief: it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into lifting, and nothing into everything; for each child has its fairy godmother in its soul.”  Become what you are, a child of God living, not by your pride, but by God’s grace, humble, open, accepting, anticipating the day when “we shall see him as he is.”


May 5 “…from Death to Life”

Romans 8:31-39 &

John 5:19-24

May 12  “Growing Together”

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 &

Matthew 6:25-34

May 19 “The Healing Community”

James 5:10-16 &

Luke 9:1-2, 7-11

May 26 “Jesus and the Misfit”

II Thessalonians 1:1-5 , 11-12

& Luke 19:1-10


May 5 Mattoon
May 12 Deacons
May 19 Sweeney
May 21 Lin

Please consider hosting a Fellowship Hour one Sunday.  If you have any questions, please ask any Deacon.  Thank you!!



Please join us as Union Church honors Paul and Rosalyn DeHoff with a dinner at Crabtree’s Kittle House on Sunday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m.

If you have not already done so, please RSVP no later than May 9th via mail to the attention of Beth Coffman or in person at the church office  (hours M-F, 9-2) Be sure to include the number of people attending as well as a check for $65 per person.



Below are the remarks that Nancy Schellhas made at the April 14th Fellowship Hour after the 11:00 AM worship service.

Good morning, everyone!

I’m not sure if this is a widely known fact, but for those of you who haven’t heard, today is Peter DeHoff’s last Sunday with us here at

Union Church, as he will be leaving shortly on another cruise, to delight the passengers with his musical talents. It is fitting that that we, as his Union Church family, recognize all that he has done for us over the years.

Peter started providing organ music at the 9 a.m. service at its inception in 1993.   He continued to do so until the arrival of Tom Zachacz in 1998.

Prior to Tom’s arrival, and at the request of our previous organist, Dr. Norman Smith, Peter engineered a sound system that was used to enhance our old pipe organ which, at the time, was suffering from some undeniable deficiencies.

Peter has always been our unofficial handyman, helping to care for the church buildings and grounds, and has always been an integral part of all of our Harvest Fairs, and Spring Tag Sales.

Peter has also been there to step in as our organist and choir director, any time our full-time organists needed a day off or were unavailable for any reason. Sometimes with very little advanced  notice.

It’s hard to know all of the things that Peter has done for us and for the church, for which we owe him our gratitude, because he has always done them without fanfare or recognition. He has worked his magic in the background, with quiet grace, love, and dedication.

His warm smile, sense of humor, and friendship have all been the icing on the cake.

So, we thank you, Peter, for everything! We will miss you terribly, and wish you all the best, on land, and on sea, and wherever life takes you.




If you would like to request the prayers of the congregation feel free to contact the church office at 631-2069 or beth.ucph@optimum.net and Pastor DeHoff will announce your requests  during worship services.



May 2019
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7 PM Study Group

8 PM  Choir Rehearsal

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9 & 11 am  Baptism Renewal Sunday

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7 PM Study Group

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6:30 pm Dinner Honoring Paul and Rosalyn



7:30 pm Trustees Meeting

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