This Week @ RCB

– Thursday, December 7th, 2023 –

This Sunday, RCB Kids Church School meets.

Please check in pre-service in the Narthex.

There is a nursery for children under the age of 3.

You can view the 10:30am service via livestream here.

Preaching: Matt Waterstone

Pastor Matt will be preaching is sermon titled “A Christmas Preamble,” based on the Scripture from the Book of Mark Chapter 1, Verses 1-8.

Mark’s Gospel begins with a reminder that the forgiveness of our sins begins not in a manger in Bethlehem, but in a dry and dusty wilderness.

Liturgist: Kibbie Laird

HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK

Friendsgiving for Refugees

Refugee families of all ages turned out for a “Friendsgiving” meal at RCB last Sunday. There, the kids found coloring and face painting and all found great food and fellowship.

Beautiful Bell Ringing

Last Sunday evening, the Music Department hosted a beautiful evening of bells and song. Youth Bells, the Whitechapel Ringers and the Concert Ringers all performed along with members of the Schola, making for a festive hour to put this audience truly in the mood for the holiday. Click above to watch the performance.

Lectio Divina Returns

On Friday morning, the Lectio Divina series restarted with Pastor Kibbie who, along with the two Bible study groups that meet on Wednesday and Sunday mornings, now facilities this third daytime study event. This one includes lunch! The group meets on the first Friday of every month at 10:30am and all are welcome.

Sponsoring A Christmas Poinsettia

Each year, we ask for people to buy a poinsettia in honor of a loved one, to be placed on the Chancel steps on Christmas Eve. We hope you’ll consider taking part of this beautiful tradition. To do so, click here and select the dropdown referencing poinsettias. Then mention who you are donating it for in the notes.

– EVENTS –

Holiday Celebration for Refugee Coffee and Conversation Group

Tomorrow, December 8th, 9am – 11am, Calvin Room

Enjoy special holiday treats and conversation as we celebrate the different faith traditions and cultures that honor this time of year in many ways.
Christmas Decorating at Lilac House
Saturday, December 9th, 4pm – 5:30pm, Lilac House, 201 North 7th Avenue, Mount Vernon
Help to decorate Lilac House with popcorn strings and lights for Christmas!

Carols and Cookies for Seniors

Wednesday, December 13th, 4-6pm, The Edwards Room

Children’s choirs will sing for senior citizens and parents and sit together to decorate cookies.

Tea Time

Thursday, December 14th, 3pm – 4pm, The Copenhaver Room

RCB Members and friends are invited to gather for our traditional senior tea. Tea, sandwiches, cookies, great conversation and congenial humor are all part of the fun. To RSVP, click below.

Westhab Angel Tree Party

Saturday, December 16th, 10:00-12:3pm, Edwards Room

Children from the Westhab afterschool program will celebrate Christmas and receive gifts to give to their parents. There will be crafts, games, and a hot lunch and a visit from Santa. All ages are welcome to join in the fun!

The Village Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 24th, 5:30pm, Front Lawn
After our 4pm Christmas Eve service, gather on the front lawn where a production of the Nativity story will take place, with real animals!

– MUSIC –

Advent

Throughout the month of December

The Music Department is offering many events for Advent listed below. For a printable version of all them, click here.

The Christmas Gift Service

Sunday, December 10th at 5pm, Sanctuary

Come join us for the 70th year of the Christmas Gift Service. Come see the Nativity story told by RCB’s youth and hear the Children’s Choirs sing!

Messiah Sing Along
Sunday, December 17th at 5pm, Sanctuary
Come join us to sing along, or just to listen, as we revive this old RCB tradition of hosting a Messiah Sing Along. Bring your score, or get one at the door, and join a fabulous cast of soloists, orchestra, and our very own Chancel Choir as they present the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah.

Service of the Longest Night

Thursday, December 21st at 7pm, Sanctuary

Christmas is a time of great celebration, but also of lengthening nights and shortening days. Hear our own Judi McCandless talk about the importance of this service and come worship with us on the Longest Night of the Year during a contemplative worship service featuring Kirksingers, candles, and quiet.

– VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – 

Delivering of the Angel Tree Gifts

The Edwards Room

Thank you to all who took a tag in our largest Angel Tree Ever! All gift tags have now been claimed. For those buying items, these gifts need to be delivered to the church by December 17th. For questions, reach out to Gretchen Pingel.

English Tutoring
Throughout the Week, RCB
Nazifa Hadizada will be at RCB for English tutoring while her youngest child, Nada, attends the morning 2’s class at RCNS 3 days each week from 8:45am-11:15am.

Community Conversation with Refugee Moms

Fridays, 9-10:30am, Children’s Library

Expand your world by speaking with refugee moms on topics of adjusting to the US and parenting, engaging with people you might not meet in a normal Bronxville life. Young children welcome.

Sock Drive
The First Church of Mount Vernon is looking for over 100 pairs of socks. Please drop off your donations of new socks to the front desk pf RCB or send an Amazon package to RCB (180- Pondfield Road Bronxville 10708) with Attention: SOCK DRIVE

(Bundles of Joy Founder Adrienne Harper)

Item Drive for Bundles of Joy

Bin in the Edwards Room

Bundles of Joy is a non-profit organization that gives parents and children from birth to 12 years old the essentials they need to thrive. Donation needs at this time include: hats/mittens, soap and shampoos and markers/crayons/school supplies. Please consider donating!

Dayspring Food Distribution in Partnership with Feeding Westchester

Thursday, December 14th, 9-11am, 320 Walnut Street, Yonkers

Carry food from the storage area to the gym, set up stations and deliver to the community. Check in with Suyapa Hernandez Lopez when you arrive and she will assign tasks.

Christmas Meal preparation for First Reformed Church of Mount Vernon Soup Kitchen
Sunday, December 17th, 12:00-1:00pm, Congregational Hall Kitchen
Join a team to cook a special Christmas meal for the Monday Soup Kitchen at First Reformed Church of Mount Vernon. One or two more volunteers needed.

– SMALL GROUPS –

Bibles, Books and Faith Conversations

Thursday, December 21st, 9:15-10:45am, The Copenhaver Room

Join us for this designated monthly gathering for women of all ages. The upcoming December session will be an Advent theme around “Wrestling with Mystery”. For more information, reach out to Judi McCandless.

Lectio Divina is Back!

First Friday of each month, 10:30am – 12pm, Copenhaver Room

Led by Rev. Kibbie Laird, our passages will be drawn from Women of the Bible. Contact Kibbie Laird at or Barbara Robinson for more information. All are welcome.

Contemplative Tuesdays
Tuesdays, 9-10am, Via Zoom, open to women and men.
What this is:
Conversations revolving around reflections in the devotional book, “A Guide to Prayer for all who Seek God”. Weekly themes encourage us in our own daily experiences of seeking to walk with God in ever more fruitful and faithful ways.

Yale Bible Study

Sundays, 9:30-10:15am and Wednesdays, 9-10am (Copenhaver Room).

Pastor Kibbie will lead a study with the help of Yale’s best professors who will be guides through a description of the passage. The group unpacks where the preacher takes us, and discusses the takeaway message for that sermon passage. Two time options.

Yoga
Thursdays, 9-10:15am, the Calvin Room
RCB Member Gretchen Pingel will meet you in the Calvin Room to lead you a variety of yoga poses.

Try a class! All ages and levels welcome and mats and props provided. $25 drop in fee for a single class or $200 for a 10 class card.

Working Men’s Group

Friday, Dec. 8, 15, 22, Calvin Room

This is a call to busy men to offer a time of fellowship. Before the call, dropping off the kids or hopping on the train, come for a time of fellowship and a deepening of our spiritual lives.

Our Stewardship Campaign

The 2024 Stewardship campaign has begun and we prayerfully ask that you consider making a pledge to further the programs and services we are providing for our congregation and beyond. Click the video above for a look at what’s happening. If you are inspired, click below to make your pledge.

SERVICE TIME THIS SUNDAY

8:30AM + 10:30AM (Livestream)

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