This Week @ RCB

– Thursday, September 28th, 2023 –

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday.

It is a We Worship Together Sunday.

There is no RCB Kids/Church School.

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

Preaching: Matt Waterstone

Matt will be preaching his sermon titled “Following Through,” based on the Scripture from the Book of Matthew, chapter 21, verses 23-32.

When it comes to our interior lives, we can so easily say all the right things, but do our actions align? Do we follow through?

Liturgist: Kibbie Laird

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

HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK

RCB Sells Out a Final Bow

Last Saturday night, the Emerson String Quartet played one of their final shows after 40 years of achieving enormous success as an ensemble. The Sanctuary was filled and the show lasted for 2 and a half hours! We continue to appreciate our partnership with the Concordia Conservatory. More to come!

RCB Youth Start Strong

In the choirs, youth groups and RCB Kids, children showed up to take part in the life of the church- a lot of them. If you have kids who are not yet involved, please reach out to Christian (youth/RCB Kids) or Caitlin (music) to discover ways to participate. All ages welcome!

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.

Tea Time

Thursday, October 12th, 3pm – 4pm, Calvin Room

What this is:

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.

How You Can Engage:

RSVP clicking the button at right.

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.

Disability Awareness Sunday

Sunday, Oct. 15, 11:30am, The Edwards Room

What this is:

This is an event with activities that are meant to simulate in a simple way what it might be like to live with a challenge with vision, attention, reading, etc. It’s always a memorable experience for those who participate.

How You Can Engage:

After worship, join us during coffee hour for some interactive experiences designed for youth and adults. If you participate in all the stations, you’ll earn a free wrist band!

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.

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

Sundays, 9:30-10:15am and Wednesdays, 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

*TODAY* 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.
Being Catholic and the Reformed Church

Over the past few months, our staff has repeatedly interacted with local community members who want to bring church back into their lives, but who have a Catholic background. For some, this brings mixed feelings and confusion on what to do next.

As a response to the continual question, we produced a video (above). In it, Pastor Matt and Youth Director Christian Verwys discuss the similarities and differences of Catholicism and the Reformed Church, but ultimately, make it clear that no matter what your faith background is, you are welcome here.

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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