This Week @ RCB

– Thursday, November 30th, 2023 –

This Sunday is a We Worship Together Sunday.

Communion will be served.

RCB Kids Church School will not meet

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 “Apocalyptic Advent,” based on the Scripture from the Book of Mark Chapter 13, Verses 24-37.

If the church cannot proclaim and look forward to the second advent of Christ, then in all honesty, there is precious little sense in making much ado about his first advent in Bethlehem.

Liturgist: Kibbie Laird

HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK

Thanksgiving Meal Dropoff

Last Wednesday morning, over 50 meals were distributed to people in the Village and in nearby towns who were happy to receive a Thanksgiving meal by congregants.

Volunteers, thank you for your service!

Kibbie Gets Installed

Last Sunday, Pastor Kibbie was formally installed as one of our ministers. The evening brought a bagpiper, members of Consistory, congregants who wore red and friends of Kibbie in ministry, some shown here, who spoke so beautifully about her skills, the present and the future of our new Associate Minister at RCB.

Year in Review Video Launches

To kick off our 2024 Stewardship campaign, we produced a video giving a look at this church and its progress as we continue to grow. We hope you’ll watch and consider giving to our annual campaign here. Please be sure to select the 2024 campaign from the dropdown menu.

– EVENTS –

Friendsgiving Luncheon for Families and Volunteers of Hearts & Homes for Refugees

Sunday, December 3rd, 1pm – 3pm, The Edwards Room

Refugee families from around the world and volunteers working with them will gather to share in gratitude and fellowship for lunch and discussion.

Jansen Hospice Celebration of Lights Service

Tuesday, December 5th, 6:30pm, Congregational Hall

This is not a formal RCB event, but it’s a beautiful service, it takes place on our campus and offers a chance to give a name of someone you love to honor in a lighting ceremony. Click below to RSVP and to submit a name.

Holiday Celebration for Refugee Coffee and Conversation Group

Friday, 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, 4:30pm, 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.

Christmas Handbell Concert

Sunday, December 3rd at 5pm, Sanctuary

Join our handbell choirs for their Christmas concert featuring Matin Ringers, Concert Ringers, White Chapel Ringers, and Kirkringers. Come and support the thriving bell program here at RCB!

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. Come worship with us on the Longest Night of the Year during a contemplative worship service featuring Kirksingers, candles, and quiet.

– VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – 

Donating to the Angel Tree

The Edwards Room

In less than two weeks, the “Angel Tree” will be in the Edwards Room. To donate, take a tag from the tree, purchase the item listed, wrap it in festive paper and (don’t forget to) write the child’s name clearly on the gift. Gifts are for teens and children from Westhab’s DaySpring Center in Yonkers. Contact Gretchen Pingel with any questions.

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
Westhab Mobile Food Pantry

*TODAY* Thursday, November 30th, 11:30am – 1pm, Dayspring Community Center, 320 Walnut Street, Yonkers

Work to unload pallets of food from Feeding Westchester and distribute to families who are food insecure in the Yonkers community.

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 –

Lectio Divina is Back!

Friday, Dec. 1, 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. 1, 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.

Bibles, Books and Faith Conversations
Thursday, November 30th, 9:15-10:45am, The Copenhaver Room (Doors open at 9).
A designated monthly gathering for women of all ages. Our focus and content will vary and might include book discussions, explorations of Bible texts, and mutual sharing about our faith journeys.

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 button below and select the dropdown menu line referencing poinsettias. Then mention who you are donating it for in the notes.

SERVICE TIME THIS SUNDAY

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

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