This Week @ RCB

– Thursday, September 14, 2023 –

This Sunday is a Communion Sunday.

RCB Kids/Church School Begins!

Please register your child in the Narthex pre-service (new location).

It is also Mission Sunday (see below).

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

Preaching:

Matt Waterstone

Matt will be preaching a sermon titled “You Are Forgiveness,” based on the Scripture from Matthew, 18:21-35.

Forgiveness is not a tool or tactic we employ, but rather our identity in Christ. We are forgiven. We are forgiveness.

Liturgist:

Kibbie Laird

Thanks, Kibbie!

Mary Mackintosh Director of Missional Engagement The Reformed Church

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

HIGHLIGHT FROM LAST WEEK

Nada Hadizada joins RCNS

Nada is the youngest member of the Hadizadas, the family we have been helping since they fled from Afghanistan. She met her teacher, Allison Balfe, this week and couldn’t be more excited about going to school just like her four older siblings. An amazing story for a 2-year-old who was carried in her mother’s arms when the Taliban took over in August 2021, and a wonderful collaboration between RCB Mission and RCNS.

EVENTS

Coffee and Connection!

Friday (tomorrow), Sept. 15, 8:30am – 10am, The Copenhaver Room

What this is:

Calling all moms of school-age children! Stop by for coffee and an opportunity to gather and meet with current friends, and others you may not have met from RCB.

How You Can Engage:

Come anytime during this 90-minute gathering. Contact Susan Frehse if you have any questions with the button at right. We hope to see you there!

Disability Awareness and Inclusion Team
Sunday, September 17, 11:45am-1:00pm, Copenhaver Room
What this is:
You are invited to join Judi McCandless and Shea Scanlon Lomma in our inaugural meeting to consider ways we can improve access and engagement for all people in the life of our church, and to hear about some immediate plans intended to inform and inspire our church community.
How You Can Engage:
If you would like to attend, please RSVP so that we can plan for food and materials by September 12 to Judi using the button. If you can’t attend, but would like to learn more, please reach out as well!

Mission Sunday

Sunday, September 17th, Edwards Room, after Worship

Join us during coffee hour after Worship to learn more about our mission programs and how to be involved.

Community BBQ at Lilac House

**Rescheduled** Sunday, Sept. 17th, 1:00-4:00pm, Lilac House, 201 North 7th Avenue, Mount Vernon

What this is:

Lilac House provides transitional housing and support services for women returning from prison.

How You Can Engage:

Join the Lilac House community for hot dogs, hamburgers and snacks to help increase their sense of community. Families welcome! No RSVP necessary.

Sip ‘n Shop at J. McLaughlin to benefit Asylum Seekers at the Ramada Inn in Yonkers

*CHANGED DATE* Thursday October 5th, 4:00pm– 7:00pm,

J. McLaughlin Store, 75 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

Join members of the Mission Council for sips and snacks while you shop the fall collection. 15% of sales will benefit the Immigrant Relief Fund at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, working to ease the transition for asylum-seeking families living in Yonkers.

Fall Dinner and Film Series

Tuesday, October 3rd, 12th, 17th +24th. Dinner starts at 5:30pm and film to follow.

What this is:

Dinner and movie nights showing a variety of films in subject and era. October 3rd kicks off with the 1939 film Pygmalian, the inspiration for My Fair Lady.

How You Can Engage:

Send a check to Louanne Mitchell for $20 payable to Reformed Church of Bronxville “Attention: Film Night” and join for excellent camaraderie and culture. Payable week before.

MUSIC

Music Programs
Starting September 10th, RCB
RCB’s Music Department is proud to offer opportunities for anyone to be involved with music. There are six choirs ranging in age from 4 to 95, handbell choirs for 5th grade to adults. Hymns, diverse choral repertoire – from medieval to modern – and use of our fabulous Austin Organ, Op. 2804 define our worship style. Learn more by clicking button at left.

Organ Recital- Renée Anne Louprette

Friday, September 15th, 7pm, the Sanctuary

What this is:

As part of an organ dedication music series created to showcase its completion, Renee will be the first of many talented organists throughout the year.

How You Can Engage:

Make the time to hear an expert in their field show the range of one of RCB’s most treasured assets.

Emerson String Quartet- “Final Bow”
Saturday, September 23rd, 6pm, the Sanctuary. Part of the Jim Hoch Chamber Music Series
What this is:
For more than four decades, the Emerson String Quartet, named “America’s greatest quartet” by Time Magazine, has maintained its status as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles.
How You Can Engage:
Make time for music at the highest level! This is a last chance to see the Emerson’s during their Farewell Season; their closing concert at Lincoln Center on October 22 and is already sold out.

MISSION – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Tutoring Opportunity

Throughout the Week, RCB

What this is:
Nazifa Hadizada and her family fled Afghanistan in 2021. She will be at RCB for English tutoring while her youngest child, Nada, attends the morning 2’s class at RCNS three days each week from 8:45am-11:15am.
How You Can Help:

Join our tutoring team and get to know this brave mother of 5. Click at left to volunteer.

Community Conversation with Refugee Moms

Fridays beginning Sept. 15th, 9-10:30am, Children’s Library

What this is:

Expand your world by speaking with refugee moms on topics of adjusting to the US and parenting.

How You Can Help:

Sign up to engage with people you might not meet in a normal Bronxville life. Young children welcome.

First Reformed Church of Mount Vernon Soup Kitchen
Monday, September 18th/October 23rd 1:00-2:00 pm, RCB Lower Kitchen (to prep) +3:00-5:00pm (to serve) meals at 135 South 6th Avenue, Yonkers
What this is:
This is one of our deepest mission efforts. This nearby church serves over 100 meals a week to people in need.
How You Can Help:
Sign up to prep a meal or travel to the church to organize and serve the meals yourself. A great family activity.

Broadway Manor Homeless Shelter

Wednesday, September 27th/October 25th 12:00-1:00 pm, 101 South Broadway, Yonkers

What this is:

A chance to sit with and serve homeless men to make their day better.

How You Can Help:

Serve pizza, fruit and cookies and create a sense of fellowship.

Westhab Children’s Playgroup

Saturday, Sept. 30th, 10:00am-1:00pm, Congregational Hall

What this is:
Join High School youth in games, crafts and a hot lunch with elementary-age children from the Westhab Dayspring after-school program.
How You Can Help:
Bring your family to participate. You are welcome to drop in at any point during the morning.

Donating Supplies to Migrant Families

Ongoing

What this is:

The migrant families have an ongoing need for diapers, formula, and baby wipes for children from birth to four. Adult bicycles for men are also requested, as are Stop & Shop gift cards that allow them to purchase food to supplement the daily packaged meals.

How You Can Help:

Click at right to contribute.

SMALL GROUPS

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.
How You Can Help:
For more info contact Judi at left.

Yale Bible Study

Starting September 13th and 17th: Sundays 9:35-10:15am (Library) and Wednesday 9-10am (Copenhaver Room)

What this is:

A chance to dig deeper into the sermon text. Rev. Kibbie Laird 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.

How You Can Engage:

Dive into understanding the lessons of the Bible in a whole new way. Designed for beginners to intermediate Bible scholars.

Yoga
Thursdays, 9-10:15am, the Calvin Room
What this is:
RCB Member Gretchen Pingel will meet you in the Calvin Room to lead you a variety of yoga poses.
How You Can Help:
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. Reach out to Gretchen using the button at left for questions or to register.

Working Men’s Group

Starting Fridays, September 15th, 7am – 7:45am, Calvin Room

What this is:

This is a call to busy men to offer a time of fellowship.

How You Can Engage:

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
*Change of Dates* Sept. 28th and Oct. 26th, 9:15-10:45am, Copenhaver Room (“Doors open” at 9)
What this is:
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. Our Sept. 27th meeting will include a discussion of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters.
How You Can Engage:
For more information, contact Judi at left.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donations for the Clothing Closet

We are gearing up for our November sale and are actively accepting donations in preparation (no books or CDs please). Please contact Melissa Shinsato to receive a tax receipt for donations.

Sponsoring Chancel Flowers

What this is:

Give flowers in memory of a loved one, to honor a wedding or special event, or just to help bring praise and glory to God through the beauty of flowers.

How You Can Help:

Sign up to give using the button at right.

FINALLY…

Crossing Thresholds Chess Champs!
A year and a half ago, a board member from our mission partner Crossing Thresholds, decided to start an online chess program, to teach kids how to play chess after school. Within 18 months, 17 of these children qualified for the National Chess Championships outside of Nairobi. Out of that group, 6 qualified for the Pan-African Chess tournament in Cairo. For the first time, these boarded a plane, and visited the Pyramids! Two of them have started the tournament and they both won their first round; all because of an idea from a generous spirit combined with hard work.For more information on Crossing Thresholds, visit their website.
SERVICE TIME THIS SUNDAY

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

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