Union Church

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

 

SUNDAY SERVICES

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 PREACHING SCHEDULE
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 FELLOWSHIP HOUR VOLUNTEERS
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!!

 

THANK YOU PAUL AND ROSALYN!!

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.

 

THANK YOU PETER DEHOFF!!

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.

Cheers!

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

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
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
      1

7 PM Study Group

8 PM  Choir Rehearsal

2 3 4
5

 

 

6 7 8

7 PM Study Group

8 PM  Choir Rehearsal

9 10

 

11
12

9 & 11 am  Baptism Renewal Sunday

13 14 15

7 PM Study Group

8 PM  Choir Rehearsal

 

16

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17 18
19

 

6:30 pm Dinner Honoring Paul and Rosalyn

20

 

7:30 pm Trustees Meeting

21 22

7 PM Study Group

8 PM  Choir Rehearsal

23 24 25
26 27 28 29

7 PM Study Group

8 PM  Choir Rehearsal

30 31  
             

 

 

 

September 2019 Tower Chimes (Click Here)

 

The Tower Chimes

 

Union Church of Pocantico Hills

555 Bedford Road

Tarrytown, New York 10591

914.631.2069 / beth.ucph@optonline.net

____________________

 

The Rev. Dr. Lindley 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!

 

SEPTEMBER PREACHING SCHEDULE
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

 

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

SEPTEMBER VOLUNTEERS

Sept. 2 Carla De Landri and Beth Coffman
Sept. 9 The Perry Family
Sept. 16 Open
Sept. 23 Open
Sept. 30 Open

There many Sundays this Fall where we are looking for volunteers to host.  If you have any questions, please ask any Deacon or the Church Office.  The sign-up sheet is on the door in the coffee serving window.  Thank you!!

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

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 beth.ucph@optimum.net or 914-631-2069.

 

NEWS FROM THE PEWS

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.

FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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

HARVEST FAIR

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

MUSIC AT UNION CHURCH

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 richardcoffey10801@gmail.com 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

JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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!

PASTORAL ENDOWMENT

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.

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.

TOWER CHIMES

If you are not already receiving the Tower Chimes by email and wish to do so,  please contact the Church Office at beth.ucph@optonline.net or 914-631-2069.  .

The Tower Chimes

 

Union Church of Pocantico Hills

555 Bedford Road

Tarrytown, New York 10591

914.631.2069 / beth.ucph@optonline.net

____________________

 

The Rev. Dr. Lindley 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!

 

 

SEPTEMBER PREACHING SCHEDULE
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

 

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

SEPTEMBER VOLUNTEERS

Sept. 2 Carla De Landri and Beth Coffman
Sept. 9 The Perry Family
Sept. 16 Open
Sept. 23 Open
Sept. 30 Open

There many Sundays this Fall where we are looking for volunteers to host.  If you have any questions, please ask any Deacon or the Church Office.  The sign-up sheet is on the door in the coffee serving window.  Thank you!!

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

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 beth.ucph@optimum.net or 914-631-2069.

 

NEWS FROM THE PEWS

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.

 

FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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

HARVEST FAIR

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

 

MUSIC AT UNION CHURCH

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 richardcoffey10801@gmail.com 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

 

JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER JR.

MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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!

 

PASTORAL ENDOWMENT

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.

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.

TOWER CHIMES

If you are not already receiving the Tower Chimes by email and wish to do so,  please contact the Church Office at beth.ucph@optonline.net or 914-631-2069.  .