Red Cross Blood Drive
Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00

Red Cross Blood Drive

We are pleased to host this monthly Red Cross blood drive. (We generally host a drive on the third Friday of each month) If you are able to give, consider incorporating the blood drive into your Lenten Journey. The Red Cross will be in the Church House from 11:30-4:45. Please call 1.800.REDCROSS or log onto redcrossblood.org to make your appointment today.

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Book Discussion: The President is Missing
Nov
20
11:00 AM11:00

Book Discussion: The President is Missing

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Led by Elder Barbara Horan, the church book group meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the pastor's office. Selections are chosen by the group and reflect our desire to understand the world in which we live. The selection for Tuesday, November 20 is The President is Missing, A Novel by James Patterson and Bill Clinton.

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Dr. Phyllis Trible Annual Lecture Series - Amos: Shepherd, Poet, Prophet
Oct
28
11:30 AM11:30

Dr. Phyllis Trible Annual Lecture Series - Amos: Shepherd, Poet, Prophet

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The community is invited to a series of lectures on the Prophet Amos, led by Dr. Phyllis Trible. Sundays October 14, 21 and 28 right after worship. We meet in the Conference Room

  • October 14: Oracles (Chapters. 1 and 2)

  • October 21: Judgements (Chapters 3 -6)

  • October 28: Visions (Chapters 7-9)

Phyllis Trible, an internationally known biblical scholar and rhetorical critic, is a professor of biblical studies at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. A past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, she began her collegiate teaching career at Wake Forest University in 1963. After leaving in 1971, she taught at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts until she went to Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1979 as a professor of Old Testament. From 1981 until her appointment to the Wake Forest School of Divinity 1998, she was the Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary.

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Book Discussion: What the Eyes Don't See
Oct
23
11:00 AM11:00

Book Discussion: What the Eyes Don't See

Led by Elder Barbara Horan, the church book group meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the pastor's office. Selections are chosen by the group and reflect our desire to understand the world in which we live. The selection for Tuesday, October 16 is What The Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an America City. by Mona Hanna-Attisha. From her website https://monahannaattisha.com/:

By the crusading pediatrician who brought the fight for justice in Flint to the national spotlight, WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE is a powerful first-hand account of the Flint water crisis, the signature environmental disaster of our time, and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy. Here is the dramatic story of how Dr. Mona used science to prove Flint kids were exposed to lead, and how she courageously went public with her research and faced a brutal backlash. With persistence and single-minded sense of mission, she spoke truth to power. The book explores the horrific reality of how misguided austerity policies and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. A medical and scientific thriller, the book grapples with our country’s history of environmental injustice while telling the inspiring personal story of Dr. Mona—an immigrant, a doctor, and a scientist—whose family roots in social justice activism helped her turn the Flint crisis around.

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Pedals, Pipes & Pizza
Oct
21
4:00 PM16:00

Pedals, Pipes & Pizza

The American Guild of Organists, Westchester Chapters, presents Pedals, Pipes & Pizza, a free introduction to the King of Instruments for all ages. RSVP to csdegener56@gmail.com. NOT JUST FOR CHURCH MEMBERS. EVERYONE IS INVITED.

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Dr. Phyllis Trible Annual Lecture Series - Amos: Shepherd, Poet, Prophet
Oct
21
11:30 AM11:30

Dr. Phyllis Trible Annual Lecture Series - Amos: Shepherd, Poet, Prophet

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The community is invited to a series of lectures on the Prophet Amos, led by Dr. Phyllis Trible. Sundays October 14, 21 and 28 right after worship. We meet in the Conference Room

  • October 14: Oracles (Chapters. 1 and 2)

  • October 21: Judgements (Chapters 3 -6)

  • October 28: Visions (Chapters 7-9)

Phyllis Trible, an internationally known biblical scholar and rhetorical critic, is a professor of biblical studies at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. A past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, she began her collegiate teaching career at Wake Forest University in 1963. After leaving in 1971, she taught at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts until she went to Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1979 as a professor of Old Testament. From 1981 until her appointment to the Wake Forest School of Divinity 1998, she was the Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary.

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Red Cross Blood Drive
Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Red Cross Blood Drive

We are pleased to host this monthly Red Cross blood drive. (We generally host a drive on the third Friday of each month) If you are able to give, consider incorporating the blood drive into your Lenten Journey. The Red Cross will be in the Church House from 11:30-4:45. Please call 1.800.REDCROSS or log onto redcrossblood.org to make your appointment today.

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Dr. Phyllis Trible Annual Lecture Series - Amos: Shepherd, Poet, Prophet
Oct
14
11:30 AM11:30

Dr. Phyllis Trible Annual Lecture Series - Amos: Shepherd, Poet, Prophet

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The community is invited to a series of lectures on the Prophet Amos, led by Dr. Phyllis Trible. Sundays October 14, 21 and 28 right after worship. We meet in the Conference Room

  • October 14: Oracles (Chapters. 1 and 2)

  • October 21: Judgements (Chapters 3 -6)

  • October 28: Visions (Chapters 7-9)

Phyllis Trible, an internationally known biblical scholar and rhetorical critic, is a professor of biblical studies at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. A past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, she began her collegiate teaching career at Wake Forest University in 1963. After leaving in 1971, she taught at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts until she went to Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1979 as a professor of Old Testament. From 1981 until her appointment to the Wake Forest School of Divinity 1998, she was the Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary.

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Fall Tag Sale - Day 2
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Tag Sale - Day 2

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Heirs of a long tradition of women's associations in the Presbyterian Church, a group of dedicated volunteers twice weekly fellowship during which time they receive, sort, and repair items donated to the church. They hold semi-annual tag sales which raise money for the ministry and mission of the congregation. Final Day: Come shop for treasures from 9:00 Am to 3:00 PM.

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Fall Tag Sale - Day 1
Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Tag Sale - Day 1

Heirs of a long tradition of women's associations in the Presbyterian Church, a group of dedicated volunteers twice weekly fellowship during which time they receive, sort, and repair items donated to the church. They hold semi-annual tag sales which raise money for the ministry and mission of the congregation. Come shop for treasures from 9:00 Am to 3:00 PM. And then come back tomorrow…

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Family Field Trip and Picnic at Bruce Museum Playground
Oct
8
11:00 AM11:00

Family Field Trip and Picnic at Bruce Museum Playground

Our Christian Education team will join families at the Bruce Park (across from the Bruce Museum in Greenwich Ct) on October 8 (Indigenous People’s Day / Columbus day) from 11:00-1:00 to explore the playground and have a picnic. For more information about the park you can read this review, and for informationabout the Museum visit www.brucemuseum.org. Please RSVP or direct questions to Church School Superintendent Melanie Millard at millardfamily@me.com.

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New Members Class
Sep
23
11:15 AM11:15

New Members Class

The church is not a membership organization. It is a mission. The church is God’s mission, in a broken and fearful world. The church does not have a mission, it is a mission. The church is a movement of God’s people on our way to reconciliation.

If you have ever wondered what it means to be a member, come join us after worship September 9, 16 and 23 for three conversations about Christ's call to live lives in community, of conscience, and with caring. Those who wish to make these commitments and become  active members of the congregation will be invited to meet with the church council on Tuesday, September 25 and be presented to the congregation on October 14.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Pastor Jeff at 914.761.8585 or at pastorgeary@optonline.net.

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First of Fall Pot-Luck Lunch
Sep
23
11:00 AM11:00

First of Fall Pot-Luck Lunch

Sunday, September 23 is the First Sunday of Fall. To celebrate, following worship on September 23 we will move to the Fellowship Hall for the amazing food that is always a part of WPPC pot-luck luncheons.  Remember this is a WPPC family event.  You are part of the family and we look forward to your participation.  If you have not had a chance to indicate that you plan to come to the luncheon or to sign-up to bring a dish and/or to help setup, serve during or clean up after the meal, please contact the church office, email the pastors, or leave a comment on Facebook

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Book Discussion: Citizens of London
Sep
18
11:00 AM11:00

Book Discussion: Citizens of London

Led by Elder Barbara Horan, the church book group meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the pastor's office. Selection are chosen by the group and reflect our desire to understand the world in which we live. The selection for Tuesday, September 18, is Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood By Britain in it Darkest, Finest Hour, by Lynne Olsen.

From amazon.com:

"The acclaimed author of Troublesome Young Men reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR’s Lend-Lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the shy, idealistic U.S. ambassador to Britain. Each man formed close ties with Winston Churchill—so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister’s family. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Lynne Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and reluctant American public to back the British at a critical time. Deeply human, brilliantly researched, and beautifully written, Citizens of London is a new triumph from an author swiftly becoming one of the finest in her field."

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Second New Members Class
Sep
16
11:15 AM11:15

Second New Members Class

The church is not a membership organization. It is a mission. The church is God’s mission, in a broken and fearful world. The church does not have a mission, it is a mission. The church is a movement of God’s people on our way to reconciliation.

If you have ever wondered what it means to be a member, come join us after worship September 9, 16 and 23 for three conversations about Christ's call to live lives in community, of conscience, and with caring. Those who wish to make these commitments and become  active members of the congregation will be invited to meet with the church council on Tuesday, September 25 and be presented to the congregation on October 14.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Pastor Jeff at 914.761.8585 or at pastorgeary@optonline.net.

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New Members Class
Sep
9
11:15 AM11:15

New Members Class

The church is not a membership organization. It is a mission. The church is God’s mission, in a broken and fearful world. The church does not have a mission, it is a mission. The church is a movement of God’s people on our way to reconciliation.

If you have ever wondered what it means to be a member, come join us after worship September 9, 16 and 23 for three conversations about Christ's call to live lives in community, of conscience, and with caring. Those who wish to make these commitments and become  active members of the congregation will be invited to meet with the church council on Tuesday, September 25 and be presented to the congregation on October 14.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Pastor Jeff at 914.761.8585 or at pastorgeary@optonline.net.

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Commissioning of Young Adult Volunteers
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Commissioning of Young Adult Volunteers

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On Sunday morning, we will hear from four Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) who will be spending a year in service to the church and deployed around the world. These young people will introduce themselves, say where they'll be serving and the work they'll be doing, Commissioning Sunday is a reminder to both the volunteers and our Church that we 'do not go alone' in God's mission. 

The 2018-19 YAV class will gather at Stony Point Conference Center from August 20-27 before embarking on their year of service for a week of orientation.

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Adult Education: Pictures from Palestine
Jun
24
11:15 AM11:15

Adult Education: Pictures from Palestine

After worship on Sunday, June 24, Pastor Jeff will show pictures from his recent trip in Israel and Palestine. Remembering that it is one thing to walk where Jesus walked, and another to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, he will focus primarily on his eight days cycling in the West Bank and his four days hiking in Galilee. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us in the conference room for about an hour.

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A Conversation with Churches for Middle East Peace
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

A Conversation with Churches for Middle East Peace

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Join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) in a conversation

about peace-building in Palestine and Israel.

 

Formed in 1984, CMEP is a coalition of 27 national church denominations and organizations working to encourage U.S. policies that promote just, lasting and comprehensive resolutions to conflicts in the Middle East. We invite you to join us in this discussion of how we can work together to understand the realities affecting both Israelis and Palestinians and how people of faith can play a positive role in pursuing peace.

Rev. Jeffrey Geary, pastor of White Plains Presbyterian Church, will moderate. He recently returned from a trip to Palestine and Israel for a gathering organized by the Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and participated in a tour of the West Bank with the Siraj Center, a Palestinian Christian organization.

Kyle Cristofalo is CMEP’s Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, has extensive experience coordinating lobbying on Middle East policy and training grassroots advocates. He will describe current conditions in Gaza, including the Great Return March, and discuss CMEP’s advocacy for UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for the welfare of Palestinian refugees.

Georgette Hazboun Rabadi hails from Beit Sahour in the West Bank, where she is principle of the Evangelical Lutheran School. She will speak about her school and its goals and about life in her community and the West Bank more generally. She will also tell the story of Beit Sahour’s creative nonviolent resistance to the Occupation depicted in the animated documentary The Wanted 18 when military authorities decreed that eighteen cows were a threat to Israeli national security.

This event is free and open to the public.
Parking is available in the lots behind the church and on adjacent streets.

Hosted by White Plains Presbyterian Church and co-sponsored by The Church in the Highland, White Plains; St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley; and St. Bartholomew’s Church, White Plains.

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Book Discussion: Red Notice
Jun
19
11:00 AM11:00

Book Discussion: Red Notice

Led by Elder Barbara Horan, the church book group meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the pastor's office. Selection are chosen by the group and reflect our desire to understand the world in which we live. The selection for Tuesday, June 19, is Red Notice, a true story of a high finance murder and one man's fight for justice.

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Juneteenth Parade
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Juneteenth Parade

Juneteenth (celebrated annually on June 19th) is African Americans’ Independence Day, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day. It celebrates the end of slavery in Texas – a symbol of the South. When Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, it had little immediate effect on most slaves, particularly in the Confederate States. Most African Americans remained slaves until the end of the Civil War in 1865. But in Galveston, Texas, slaves did not even get the word that slavery had ended until June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln had freed them with the Emancipation Proclamation. Texas resisted to the very end. On June 18th General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with 2,000 federal troops to enforce the emancipation of slaves. On June 19th, from the balcony of the Ashton Villa, he declared, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves.” The streets filled with jubilant celebrations, and Juneteenth began to be celebrated the following year. Today it is officially observed in 42 states, including New York, and here in White Plains. Our annual Juneteenth Parade has become a joyful celebration of freedoms achieved and source of energy for the struggles before us. 

Pastor Jeff will lead our procession with our Pentecost flag created by Rev. Dunn. Several of us will carry the church banner. Please be in touch via this email if you would like to participate but do no think you can walk the whole way. It's gonna be a great day for freedom. The parade begins at 11:00 and is a comfortable walk up Mamaroneck Avenue and then down Main Street to City Hall. From beginning to end it is less than a mile. Wear comfortable shoes, your PC(USA) shirt, and consider bringing a water bottle.

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The Watershed Disciples join the Amazing Bronx River Flotilla - Rain Date
May
26
9:00 AM09:00

The Watershed Disciples join the Amazing Bronx River Flotilla - Rain Date

Picture the excitement of a child on their first canoe experience. We're going to help the Bronx River Alliance provide opportunities for over 1,000 youth and their families to connect with nature on canoes this season! On May 19th, the Alliance will celebrate the beginning of the paddling season with the Amazing Bronx River Flotilla: 5-mile Paddle for the River. Would you consider helping us reach our fundraising goal of $65,000 by donating for a great cause today? Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.

Did you know that the Bronx River is the only freshwater in NYC? And it’s making headlines for a river coming back to life. Each year, the Alliance’s programs helps thousands of New Yorkers explore the river on canoes, bikes and on foot. With your help, more youth will be able to discover the Bronx River and learn how they can protect this precious resource.

You can also join this event by cheering the participants at the finish line in Hunts Point Riverside Park and participating in the public celebration starting at noon. There will be free and fun-filled activities for the entire family including free community paddles, music, and much more! For the latest details, visit www.bronxriver.org/flotilla.

Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too. With your help, we can help make this exciting event a huge success!

Thank you!

 

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Mourning Palestinian Lives Lost in the Great March of Return
May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Mourning Palestinian Lives Lost in the Great March of Return

We gather on Sunday evening, May 20, at 7:30 for a time of mourning for Palestinian lives lost in the Great March of Return. Pastor Dr. Gawain de Leeuw is kindly opening up the doors of his church for those of us who would like to take the time to grieve collectively. He will lead us in evening prayers and ancient hymns in his tradition, and we will light candles, read the names and ages of the Palestinians who have lost their lives and share what we know of their lived experience and families. For those who are observing fasting this month of Ramadan, we invite folks to bring a dish to share afterwards for a community iftar (breaking of the fast). St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church is located at 82 Prospect Street, White Plains, NY 10606 (street parking only). Please RSVP to Nada at wespacfoundation@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

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Blood Drive
May
18
12:00 PM12:00

Blood Drive

We are pleased to host the next Red Cross blood drive on Friday, April 20. (We generally host a drive on the third Friday of each month) If you are able to give, consider incorporating the blood drive into your Lenten Journey. The Red Cross will be in the Church House on Friday, May 18, from 11:30-4:45. Please call 1.800.REDCROSS or log onto redcrossblood.org to make your appointment today.

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Blood Drive
Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Blood Drive

We are pleased to host the next Red Cross blood drive on Friday, April 20. (We generally host a drive on the third Friday of each month) If you are able to give, consider incorporating the blood drive into your Lenten Journey. The Red Cross will be in the Church House on Friday, April 20, from 11:30-4:45. Please call 1.800.REDCROSS or log onto redcrossblood.org to make your appointment today.

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Book Discussion: Mornings in Jenin
Apr
17
11:00 AM11:00

Book Discussion: Mornings in Jenin

Led by Elder Barbara Horan, the church book group meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the pastor's office. Selection are chosen by the group and reflect our desire to understand the world in which we live. The selection for Tuesday, April 17, is Mornings in Jenin: A Novel by Susan Abulhawa.

from Goodreads:

A heart-wrenching, powerfully written novel that could do for Palestine what The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan.

Forcibly removed from the ancient village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejas are moved into the Jenin refugee camp. There, exiled from his beloved olive groves, the family patriarch languishes of a broken heart, his eldest son fathers a family and falls victim to an Israeli bullet, and his grandchildren struggle against tragedy toward freedom, peace, and home. This is the Palestinian story, told as never before, through four generations of a single family.

The very precariousness of existence in the camps quickens life itself. Amal, the patriarch's bright granddaughter, feels this with certainty when she discovers the joys of young friendship and first love and especially when she loses her adored father, who read to her daily as a young girl in the quiet of the early dawn. Through Amal we get the stories of her twin brothers, one who is kidnapped by an Israeli soldier and raised Jewish; the other who sacrifices everything for the Palestinian cause. Amal’s own dramatic story threads between the major Palestinian-Israeli clashes of three decades; it is one of love and loss, of childhood, marriage, and parenthood, and finally of the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has.

Previously published in a hardcover edition with a limited run under the title The Scar of David, this powerful novel is now available in a fully revised, newly titled paperback edition. The deep and moving humanity of Mornings in Jenin forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining political conflicts of our lifetimes.

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Easter Festival Service
Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Festival Service

Join us for worship on Easter Sunday. Our Festival Service begins at 10:00 A.M. As worship begins, the shroud will fall from the cross and we greet one another with "Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!" We have a children's activity table at the front of the sanctuary. The congregation will be invited to sing Handel's Halleluiah Chorus after the benediction. 

Our Special Easter Offering will support the vital services of Lifting Up Westchester in White Plains, the  U.N World Food Program with targeted services for Syrian refugees, and the many ministries of The Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Holmes, NY. This offering is in addition o our regular gifts and tithes for the mission and ministry of the congregation. Learn more by following any of the links.

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Easter Sunrise Service
Apr
1
6:30 AM06:30

Easter Sunrise Service

Our first service on Easter Sunday will be our Sunrise Service at 6:30 A.M., followed by breakfast. Come gather outdoors in the memorial garden on the North side of the sanctuary, hear the good news proclaimed, fling wide the doors of the sanctuary, and greet the new day. We will share the sacrament of the table, and then enjoy breakfast together. 

Our Special Easter Offering will support the vital services of Lifting Up Westchester in White Plains, the  U.N World Food Program with targeted services for Syrian refugees, and the many ministries of The Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Holmes, NY. This offering is in addition o our regular gifts and tithes for the mission and ministry of the congregation. Learn more by following any of the links.

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Maundy Thursday Tenebrae
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Maundy Thursday Tenebrae

THE SERVICE OF TENEBRAE focuses on Christ’s trial, crucifixion, and burial. As the Scriptures are read, the lights in the sanctuary are gradually dimmed, symbolizing the manner in which all of those surrounding Christ deserted him, until the only remaining light is the Christ candle. Following the last reading, the Christ candle is carried from the sanctuary, a door is slammed symbolizing the stone that was rolled against the opening of the tomb in which Jesus was buried, and the sanctuary is left in total darkness. This utter darkness is a metaphor for what the world would be like without God. The church bell is rung thirty-three times (one for each year of Jesus’ life). The Christ candle will next be seen at our Easter services. The sanctuary is left open for the evening and you may stay if you wish. When you leave, please be mindful of those who remain.

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