This Week @ RCB

– Thursday, September 21st, 2023 –

This Sunday is a Baptism Sunday.

There is RCB Kids/Church School.

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

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

Preaching:

Kibbie Laird

Kibbie will debut at the pulpit with a Sermon titled “Grace,” based on the Scripture from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 20, verses 1-16.

The last shall be first, the first shall be last. How is this possibly fair? Grace is like that. In God’s eyes there is only love, only grace, only forgiveness.

Liturgist:

Matt Waterstone
Mary Mackintosh Director of Missional Engagement The Reformed Church

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

HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK

A Big Birthday for our Most Tenured Employee

Joe DeBisceglie is RCB’s bookkeeper and last week, he turned 60. Joe has spent over 15 years working for the church and is officially the staff’s most tenured employee. He may fly under the radar compared to others you see, but he’s pivotal to the way this organization runs. Introduce yourself the next time you see him. If you need a conversation starter, ask him about the 80’s artist Laura Branigan. He’s a superfan!

The Organ Dedication Series Begins

Last Friday night kicked off the 2023-2024 RCB Organ Dedication series, which features a variety of well known organists including our own Director of Music, Caitlin Dowling, who will perform in November. Click video at right to hear more.

EVENTS

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

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, 19th +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.

Spiritual Awakening: Cultivating an Awareness of God

Saturday, Oct. 14, 9am – 11:30am, The Edwards Room

What this is:

This is a morning women’s retreat. Becoming more aware of the presence of the Holy in our lives, reflecting on that awareness, and deepening in our relationship with God, are crucial steps when it comes to our spiritual journeys. Women of all ages are invited to join as we refer to the resource, Incline Your Ear: Cultivating Spiritual Awakening in Congregations, by Chad Abbott and Teresa Blythe.

How You Can Engage:

Make the time for yourselves to listen, reflect and grow! Deadline for registration is October 8th and the cost to attend is $25. For more information, contact Janice Sachtjen, using the button at left.

MUSIC

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.

This listing serves as a reminder to those with tickets. The event at RCB has sold out.

MISSION – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

English Tutoring

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.

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.

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

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. 28th 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.

SERVICE TIME THIS SUNDAY

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

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