Sunday Worship Services and School FALL 2016, 10:30am
Join us every Sunday for Worship Services and Sunday School which will go back to our regular schedule of 10:30am. ALL are always welcome here. (845)338-6759 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
On Going Meetings and Activities NOVEMBER 2016
ONGOING MEETINGS & ACTIVITIES AT OLD DUTCH:
Music - Mendelssohn Club, Monday - 6:30 pm
Community Chorus, Wednesday - 1 pm;
Old Dutch Choir, Thursday - 7 pm
Fine Arts Recitals, Thursday - 12:15 pm
Support/12 Step Groups -
AA - Tuesday & Thursday - 9 am; Thursday - 7 pm; Spanish, Saturday - 6:30 pm
Al-Anon - Tuesday - 7:15 pm
Clutterers' Anonymous - 2nd & 4th Tuesday - 10 am
Debtors' Anonymous - Monday - 6:30 pm (BDA); Wednesday - 6:30 pm (DA)
GRASP (Autism Support Group) - 4th Saturday - 12 noon
Peer to Peer - Thursday - 5:30 pm
God's Word - Worship & Sunday School, Sunday - 10:30 am; Bible Study, Tuesday - 7:00 pm
Crafts on Wall Street - 1st & 3rd Saturday - 9 am
Crop Walk Fundraiser for Hunger Programs NOVEMBER 2016
CROP Hunger Walk Update – Thanks to your generosity, we were able to contribute $701 to our local CROP Walk to help end hunger both locally and
world-wide. Thank you to those who walked and to those who donated. Your support is very much appreciated.
"Jesus for President" Book Discussions November 1st & 8th 2016, 7pm
A discussion of the book, "Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals" by Shane Claiborne will take the place of Playing with the Word Bible Study for the first two Tuesdays in November. A supper will precede the discussions both evenings. Please see Pastor Renee if you would like a copy of the book.
Healing Service Wednesday, November 16th 2016, 7pm
Join us for a Healing Service this Wednesday – November 16- 7:00 p.m.
A service of Scripture, music, communal & individual prayer with laying on of hands & anointing for those who desire it. Come because you seek healing for yourself in body, mind, spirit. Come because you desire to pray for others & a world in need. Prayer shawls given.
Fundraiser for Christmas Wishes Ulster County Thursday, November 17th 2016, 6-9pm
Christmas Wishes Ulster County has partnered with the Ulster County Department of Social Services for their annual gift-giving program, taking over the applications/requests that Social Services approves. As a result, Christmas Wishes has expanded their program to between 600-700 children in needy or
working-poor families. Adam Kudlo, Chair of our Mission & Outreach Committee, has spoken to Melissa Banks of Christmas Wishes to inform her
that Old Dutch would be willing to take the names of some of the children to provide Christmas gifts for them, initially taking the same number of names as we have from Social Services the past few years. Stay tuned! We expect to have definite information by the first week in November and will share it via the weekly bulletin so that those of you who would like to participate will have an opportunity to take a name/names and do your shopping. Thank you in advance for your
support. A Lularoe Fashion Fund-Raiser to benefit Christmas Wishes will be held in the OMG Lounge at Old Dutch on Thursday, November 17 from 6 - 9 pm.
Contact Melissa Banks at 845-853-0496 for info. If you or someone you know would like to apply for help this Christmas, there are application forms available in the church office or by contacting Melissa Banks at 853-0496.
Crafts on Wall Street November 5th & 19th 2016, 10am-2pm
Crafts on Wall Street held the 1st & 3rd Farmers' Market Saturdays will conclude this month; the last for this season will be November 5th and November 19th.
Native American Thanksgiving Service Sunday, November 20th 2016, 3pm
A Native American Thanksgiving Service will be held in our Sanctuary on Sunday, November 20th at 3:00 pm. The service will be enlivened by Native American
drumming, songs of healing and blessing, a "Green Corn Ceremony" in celebration of the goodness of the Creator, and the celebration of the "Lord's Supper" in thanks for God's work of reconciling a divided humanity. Participating in the Service are members of the Association of Native Americans of the Hudson Valley and the Reformed Churches in Kingston—Church of the Comforter, Fair Street, and Old Dutch Church. Everyone in our community is widely welcome to join in this spirited, multicultural Thanksgiving Service. Following the service all are invited to a supper in Bethany Hall.
Youth Fusion Fellowship Sunday, November 20th 2016, 5-7pm
Youth Fusion meetings will resume with a Fellowship Gathering at the Port Ewen Reformed Church from 5-7 pm on Sunday, November 20th. All young people are invited to attend.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving Day 2016
A Community Thanksgiving Dinner is also being planned by the various AA groups in our area. The dinner will be held in Bethany Hall on Thanksgiving Day
and is open to anyone (not just members of AA) in need of food, fellowship, or support. This dinner will replace the Community Dinner sponsored by Old Dutch the last few years.
Caring Hands Thanksgiving Donations, Volunteers, Meal Thanksgiving Day 2016
Caring Hands at Clinton Avenue will once again be offering Thanksgiving Dinners both to folks who can come to the soup kitchen or delivered to those who are not able to get out. As in years past, donations of turkeys, Stove Top-type stuffing, canned green beans, yams, and cranberry sauce, or funds to purchase these items, are being requested. In addition, Old Dutch will be asking for donations to purchase the pies used for dessert at the sit-down meal at Caring Hands. Thanking you in advance for your generosity and wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving.
Halloween Event at Old Dutch Church Saturday, October 29, 2016, 12-4pm
Saturday, October 29 Halloween Event @ ODC with pumpkin carving, movie, food, frivolity. Pumpkins and all else supplied. Leave your pumpkin
to adorn the Cemetery or take it home. For people of all ages. 12 – 4 p.m. Bethany Hall.
Historic Cemetery Tours Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Saturdays, October 1,8,15,22,29 Historic Cemetery Tours, 7 pm. Members of Theatre on the Road acting troupe will portray some of the notable residents buried in our cemetery. For tickets @ $10 - www.theatreontheroad.com.
O+ Festival Clinic Friday, October 7-9, 2016
Friday-Sunday, October 7-9 O+ Festival & Clinic @ ODC. For details about all performances go to: www.opositivefestival.org/Kingston
Caring Hands Ministry Plate Party Friday, October 21, 2016, 5-7pm
Friday, October 21 Caring Hands Ministry "Plate Party" @ ODC. Serving supper to raise funds to help the soup kitchen go green—acquiring real plates and utensils, and funding a position for a dishwasher! Supper served 5-7 p.m. Eat-in or Take-out.
Dinner for Newcomers Friday, October 14, 2016, 6-8pm
Friday, October 14 Dinner for NewComers, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. All who have recently entered the life of the Old Dutch congregation are invited for Dinner at
the Parsonage (109 Pearl Street, Kingston). Share a meal. Share your life. Learn some names. Explore belonging. RSVP to Pat Hall: 845-338-6759 or
Paratheatrical Workshop with Dzieci Saturday, October 22, 2016, 1-5pm
Saturday, October 22 Paratheatrical Workshop with Dzieci—"A Theatre Company in Search of the Sacred" Share an immersive afternoon of presence and play using a variety modes to nourish and release the creative spirit. Together, with others, you'll create a space where real communion can occur, a
living expression of "all are one." Needless to say, no previous theater experience is required! Indoors and Outdoors @ ODC. 1-5 p.m. followed by supper.
FREE + OPEN TO ALL!
Sinterklaas Puppet Workshops Saturdays 10am-2pm
If you're crafty and would like to help make puppets for the Sinterklass Festival in December, join us every Saturday from 10am2p-m in the Church basement. Contact (845) 338-6759 for info or visit www.SinterklaasHudsonValley.com to learn about the festival itself.
Crafts on Wall Street 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the Month
Crafts on Wall Street have returned during the 1st & 3rdSaturdays of the Farmers' Market. We would like tohave the Sanctuary open for visitors from 10 - 2 on
these Saturdays. If you are interested in acting as a host to thevendors and/or greeter to visitors, please leave your name in the church office, 338-6759.
Welcome Justan Foster, Our New Organist! September 2016, 10:30am
We are delighted to announce that Justan Foster has accepted the call to become our new Organist beginning in September. At six years old Justan began playing the piano. He liked it! And before long decided to add organ paying tohis repertoire and came under the tutelage of Lonnie Kulickof the Kingston Conservatory of Music.
Justan holds the B.A. in English and History from SUNYAlbany and a Certificate in Liturgical Music from the Collegeof St. Rose. Currently serving at the First Reformed Church of Scotia, New York, Justan has also served congregations in the Methodist and Episcopal traditions. He regularlyperforms through-out the Eastern United State, both alone and accompanying other musicians, and released his firstsolo album in 2015. Shortly before joining us in the Fall, Justan will be married to Paige Convis, a minister in the RCA, serving two congregations in Rensselaer County. When not playing the piano and organ, Justan works for the DMV in Albany. We are eager to have him join us. He is a superb organist and as one of his colleagues said, "a really nice guy!" We give thanks to God for bringing Justan into our life at ODC.
You can hear Justan play by going to this website:
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Jenkins "Deo Gracias"
Fedak "Lyric Suite" (WBTN Music
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9/11 15th Anniversary Service Sunday, September 11, 3pm
There will be a community 9/11 15th Anniversary worship service at Fair Street Church on Sunday at 3pm. ALL are welcome at the free event. This is a program of the Minister's Alliance of Ulster County.
Playing With The Word Bible Study Returns! Tuesday, September 13th, 7pm
Join Pastor Renee and others in the Pastor's study at 7pm.
Sing in our Choir! ALL Skill Levels Elligible Thursday, September 8th, 7pm
Singers are always welcome to become a part of the Choir. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7 pm upstairs in the Choir Room. The Choir sings during worship on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month. Please speak to Dewi, our Minister of Music, during the Coffee Hour or contact the church office (845) 338-6759 for information.
Women, Business and Social Good Roundtable Thursday, September 15th, 5:30-8pm
A conversation for local women business leaders about supporting low-income women in our community. Sponsored by Hale Advisors (Beth Bangston from ODC) and the group Hudson Valley Women in Business.
Movies With Spirit Saturday, September 17th, 7pm
Movies With Spirit will screen the lovely animated film "Up" from Disney in the ODC Sanctuary. Free will offerings will be accepted. There will be light refreshments and a discussion.
Free Hearing Aid Tests Sunday, September 18th, 11:30am
Byron Hearing Center will offer free hearing aid tests during the coffee hour following the worship service. ODC Elder's Meeting will follow.
Fall Fine Arts Concert Series Thursdays, September 22-November 10, 12:15pm
Rummage Sale Saturday, September 24th, 10am-4pm
There will be a rummage sale here to benefit one of our own Church families in need.
Christmas Wishes Ulster County Penny Social Friday, September 30th, 3-9pm
The Christmas Wishes Ulster County group will host a Penny Social here to benefit local families.
Fundraiser for Pregnancy Support Center Thru June 19, 2016
The Pregnancy Support Center's Baby Bottle Fundraiser will run through Father's Day, June 19. If you would like to take a baby bottle to fill, they are available in Bethany Hall. Please let Adam Kudlo know if you are taking a bottle.
Children's Day and Church Picnic Sunday, June 26, 2016, 10:30am
Every Sunday is "children's day" at Old Dutch Church, but once a year we celebrate our children by celebrating one day on which our Sunday Worship service is specially designed for the children and led by the children. On Children's Sunday, we will also say "thank you" to our faithful teachers, and award a scholarship to Francis Smith who is graduating from Kingston High School and will head off to D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY, in the fall. Immediately following worship, we will have a Church Picnic with all the usual picnic food, a Photo Booth and other fun and games. This is a great day to bring friends to worship with us, share in a festive meal, and celebrate all of the ways that God nourishes us and gives us what we need to live in peace and joy! If you are able to bring buns or chips for the party, please add your name to the sign-up sheets (or call the Church Office, 845-338-6759.
Healing Service Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, 7pm
Our community Healing Service is back this Weds., April 13th at 7pm. ALL are welcome to be healed or pray for those in need of healing. Call (845)338-6759 for info or www.OldDutchChurch.org
Decorating the Church for Pentecost Friday, May 13, 2016, 6pm
Friday, May 13th,6:00p.m. Please come share a meal and lend a hand in decking the church for our celebration of the Spirit's fresh outpouring of life on the world! Everyone is needed and welcome—young and old alike! Sunday, May 15 Pentecost Sunday—Don't forget to Wear red to celebrate the outpouring of the Spirit on all people!
Thursday's, 12 Noon Spring Fine Arts Concert Series
Our Spring Concert Series starts up again this Thursday, April 14th, at 12 Noon. It's #FREE and open to the public. Please join us!
LENT & EASTER EVENTS Wednesday, March 9th-Sunday, March 27th, 2016
Become A Member! Friday, March 11th & Sunday, March 20th, 2016
The final gathering for New Members will be held at 7pm on Friday, March 11, at the Parsonage, 109 Pearl St. New members will be received on Palm Sunday, March 20th. If you are interested in becoming a "full" member of our congregation, you are invited to the gathering. Contact our office 338-6759 or click here for more info.
Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, March 20, 2016
Our Annual Congregational Meeting has been set for Sunday, March 20th following the worship service. We hope that you will keep this meeting in prayer and mark your calendar so that you can plan to be here for the meeting
School For Christian Living Course Offerings SPRING 2016
Scared Yarns Meetings Second Sunday of the Month
Sacred Yarns Prayer Shawl Ministry will move their regular meeting day to the 2nd Sunday of the month beginning on March 13th. All knitters & crocheters or "wannabes" are invited to join the group for an hour or so in the OMG Lounge following the Coffee Hour on those Sundays.
Youth Fusion Retreat March 4, 5, 6th, 2016
Youth Fusion, a collaborative teen youth group from the Reformed Churches located on the West Side of the Hudson River, will be going on a retreat March 4, 5, 6th. For more info or to arrange a ride, please speak to Sarah Riedener, Old Dutch Youth coordinator, or to Pastor Renee. More information can also be obtained by e-mailing Pastor Jen at email@example.com or Pastor Kendra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Improv Classes & Theatre Games with Denny Dillon March 5-26th, 2016, 2-4pm
Classes will be held March 5, 12, 19 and 26th from 2-4pm here at the Church. Appropriate for adults 16 years or older. Cost is $25 per class. Call (845)687-4466 for info and to reserve your spot!
Hope College Choir Concert Friday, March 18, 2016, 7pm
Hope College Chapel Choir will be in concert at the First Reformed Church in Fishkill at 7pm, Friday, March 18th. A reception will follow. The church is located at 1153 Main Street in Fishkill; call the church office at 845-896- 9836 for additional information.
Winter Kingston Farmers Market Saturdays March 12th & 26th, 10am-2pm
The March Winter Farmers' Market Days will be on the Saturdays of March 12th and March 26th from 10 - 2pm in Bethany Hall. Ann Millonig will be acting as a greeter and offering tours of the Sanctuary on Winter Market Days. Anyone interested in assisting, please speak to Seth Allen or contact the church office. For more info on the market, visit http://kingstonfarmersmarket.org/
Two Film Screenings! Saturday, March 19, 2016, 6 & 7pm
Listen to Your Heart is the story of young songwriter Danny Foster (Kent Moran) and Ariana "Sam" (Alexia Rasmussen) who lost her hearing as a child and can't hear the music she inspires Danny to write. Also starring Cybill Shepherd as Sam's controlling mother who tries to keep the couple separated, the film will be shown as part of Movies with Spirit on Saturday, March 19th at 7 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. Refreshments and a facilitated screening will follow the screening. Suggested donation of $5 for moviegoers age 12 and over.
The Martian, starring Matt Damon, will be shown at the Saturday Matinee series at the Reformed Church of the Comforter, 26 Wynkoop Place, on Saturday, March 19th at 6 pm. Free to families and youth over age 13.
55th Annual Women's White Breakfast Thursday, March 24, 2016, 9:30am
55th Annual Women's White Breakfast will be held at the Fair Street Reformed Church, 209 Fair Street, on Maundy Thursday, March 24th, beginning at 9:30 am. Following the continental breakfast, a Service of Dedication will be held in the Sanctuary. A free-will offering will be received. Babysitting will be available. Please make reservations with the Fair Street Church Office, 338-7722.
Community Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 26, 2016, 3:30pm
Christmas Wishes Ulster County will host an Easter Egg Hunt at Old Dutch on Saturday, March 26th beginning at 3:30 pm. You are invited to bring your children or grandchildren to take part in the fun! If you would like to make a donation to help fill the goodie bags, needed are small items such as pencils, erasers, etc., and individually wrapped snack items or candies, or money to purchase items. Any donations may be left in the church office.
ASH WEDNESDAY/LENT BEGINS Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 7pm
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10th. We hope that you will be able to join us for a service of Communion and distribution of ashes at 7 pm that evening.
Healing Service Wednesday, February 17, 2016
On Wednesday evening, February 17th, Pastor Renee will once again offer a Healing Service to our congregation and community. The service will begin at 7 pm and continue until everyone who wishes to have a time of personal prayer has had an opportunity to come forward. Prayer Shawls will be offered to each person who receives prayer that evening. These services, which are very moving, have been well-received and comforting to those who attend them.
93rd Annual George Washington Dinner Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 6:30-8pm
You are invited to attend Old Dutch's 93rd Annual George Washington Community Dinner!
Yes its about community - at Old Dutch Church we are all about building community. And its a big work to keep that spirit alive, its not about one person, one group, or one idea, community is the core to the health of all our well being. We recognize and try to live faithfully into our call of interdependence. And so within the idea of our collective strength being foremost, our varied gifts being vital to the lives of our neighbors, and that in grand diversity we hold all that we need for success, we invite you to join us at the table as we celebrate the work of "Family of Woodstock" and welcome it's executive director Michael Berg as our special speaker of the evening.
$30 at the door. Advanced Tickets are $20 if bought in the Church office or $22.09 if purchased online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-old-dutch-george-washington-dinner-tickets-20921705384?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing
Martin Luther King Day Service Sunday, January 17, 2016, 4pm
Living Nativity December 20th & 21st, 2015, 6:30pm
Living Nativity time again on Sunday & Monday, December 20th & 21st. performances start at 6:30 - 7:00 - 7:30pm. Arrive early to participate, plenty of costumes for all ages and sizes. Think about getting the whole family involved!
World A.I.D.S. Day Service Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 4-7:30pm
World AIDS Day Community SUPPORT AND Remembrance
Jpin us on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 World AIDS Day Services Wall Street in Uptown Kingston 4:00-7:30pm Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, 300 Wall Street (corner of Wall & John) 4:00-6:30 Free, HIV education and testing provided by Hudson Valley Community Services. No appointment necessary. Food drive for Hudson Valley Community Services*, please drop off donations of non-perishable food goods to benefit people living with HIV and AIDS. For more information: (845) 331-5300 The Old Dutch Church 272 Wall Street 7:00- 7:30 PM Candlelight Ceremony of Remembrance and Sharing of Names. Song, fellowship and refreshments. For more information: (845) 338-6759 This event is open to the public, and all are welcome. For details, contact the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center at (845) 331-5300 or via email: email@example.com *HVCS' mission is to promote prevention and wellness for all people, to encourage life-affirming decisions maximizing their quality of life, and to coordinate care for those living with complex health conditions. We envision a world where people live healthy lives and have access to the coordinated care they need. Hudson Valley Community Services, Inc. was known from 1986 until 2012 as Mid- Hudson Valley AIDS task force, Inc. d/b/a AIDS-Related Community Services (ARCS).
Community Interfaith Service Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7pm
The annual THANKSGIVING INTERFAITH SERVICE will take place at Temple Emmanuel, 243 Albany Avenue, on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 pm. You are invited to be a part of this community servic
A Native American Thanksgiving Service Sunday, November 22, 2015, 3pm
Sinterklaas Fundraiser Friday, November 20. 2015, 5:30-8:30pm
Candlelight Cemetery Tours October 10-24, 7pm
Old Dutch Church and Theatre on the Road will present Historic Cemetery Tours at 7 pm Saturdays, October 10- 24. Each tour will visit the graves of six Kingstonians, famous and infamous, who survived the Burning of Kingston on October 16, 1777, and are now buried in our cemetery. At each grave, a costumed actor will portray the now-interred person and share with the audience that person's story. Tickets are $10 (except during the Burning of Kingston weekend when they are free) Purchase tickets online and find additional info: http://www.theatreontheroad.com/cemetery-tour.html
A special performance will be offered at 7:45 pm on Friday, October 16, during the Burning of Kingston week-end. Tickets for the Saturday performances are $10 per person and may be obtained from www.theatreontheroad.com.
The performance on Friday, October 16, is free of charge as part of the Burning of Kingston commemoration.
Playing With The Word Bible Study Returns! October 7-28, 7pm
PLAYING WITH THE WORD Bible Study meets Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. The study will be held in the Pastor's Study and all are welcome to attend. Scripture readings for the weeks in October will be:
October 7 - James 5:13-15; Mark 9: 38-50
October 14 - No Study - Healing Service at 7 pm
October 21 - Mark 10: 17 - 31
October 28 - Hebrews 5: 1-10; Mark 10: 34-45
Burning of Kingston 2015 October 16-18, 2015
Community Pumpkin Carving, Sleepy Hollow Screening and Supper Saturday, October 31, 2015, 12-4pm
Join us on Saturday, October 31st for a fun-filled afternoon of pumpkin carving. The event will begin at 12 pm with pumpkin carving for children and adults. LED lights will be available to turn the pumpkins into Jack O'Lanterns that can be placed in the cemetery for an eerie and ghoulis glow after nightfall. While carving the pumpkins, you can settle in and listen as the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman unfolds in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," narrated by Glenn Close. It will be shown at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm. A simple supper of local apple cider and hot dogs will be available as well. And, after dark, be sure to take a tour of our pumpkinlighted cemetery! Everything will be provided with pumpkins donated by Wright's and Migliorelli farms. You can even enter to win a $15 farmer's market gift certificate.
Healing Services Planned October 14 and December 9, 2015, 7pm
In response to the incredibly moving and much appreciated Healing Service this past Spring, Pastor Renee has scheduled two more services before the end of the year. The first will be held on Wednesday, October 14th, with the second set for Wednesday, December 9th; both services will begin at 7 pm. As in the past, those coming forward for prayer will be offered a prayer shawl made by the members of our Sacred Yarns Prayer Shawl Ministry.
Fall Fine Arts Concert Series Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12:15pm
Antique Appraisal Event Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10am-5pm
Baby Bottle Fundraiser July 2015
Our thanks to each of you who took a baby bottle to fill for the Pregnancy Support Center's fund-raiser. The filled bottles we returned contained a total of $218.35.
Sunday Worship & Sunday School May 2015
ALL of God's children are always welcome here in our Church family. We worship every Sunday at 10:30am. Our youth start off with the congregation and then leave for class after the Children's Sermon. We are an open & affirming congregation and we hope you will join us for prayer, music, learning, healing and fellowship. For additional information please call 338-6759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks from Pastor Renee April 2015
At our Annual Congregational meeting, I expressed thanks for the many, many people who share in the leadership of the Old Dutch Church. But, I forgot to mention one person who, on a daily basis, keeps my feet on the ground, tracks the Church calendar, reminds me what I need to do, and quietly carries on the ministry of the Church. That person is Pat Hall. Every week Pat manages the nitty, gritty details of the Church office, like preparing bulletins, running payroll, and making sure that programs and publicity for special events are ready. This list of "secretarial" duty goes on and becomes extra heavy during special seasons of the church year like Christmas, Lent and Easter. I appreciate all of it. But more than anything, I am grateful to have Pat in the office every day, graciously answering the phone, providing generous pastoral care to friends and strangers, answering the door and welcoming visitors from all over the place. Pat's ministry is a ministry of responding to constant interruptions. And on those days when I feel the weight of our Church's ministry and my grief is thick, Pat receives my interruptions too, patiently listens and shares my tears. I am grateful.
SPRING FINE ARTS RECITALS, Ken's Farewell Performance! Thursdays, 12:15-12:45pm
As you are probably aware, Rev. Ken Walsh will be departing Old Dutch Church (again) at the end of May. He is relocating to Florida, closer to his son Josh and his family, and further away from another Northeast winter! As our organist for the past couple of years, we have all come to appreciate Ken on a different level. Ken will present a FAREWELL CONCERT as part of our Spring Fine Arts Series on Thursday, April 23rd, at 12:15. Performing with him will be Dewi Pangaribuan and Nancy Mastrocola, Sopranos, and Lydia Newcombe, Double Bass. We hope that you will mark your calendar and plan to attend.
Annual RCW (Reformed Church Women) Breakfast Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:30am
The Annual joint women's breakfast meeting of the Ulster RCW Fellowship and RCW of the Hudson Valley will be Saturday April 18th at the Flatbush Reformed Church. Registration begins at 9:30 AM followed by breakfast, a brief meeting, and the featured speaker, Rev. Amy Nyland, Executive Minister of the Regional Synod of New York. For reservations, call 246-4750 or 336-5914.
Mendelssohn Club Spring Concert Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8pm
The Mendelssohn Club Spring Concert will be held in our Sanctuary on Saturday, April 18th at 8 pm. Tickets are $10/$8 seniors and may be purchased from any member or at the door. Guest artists for the concert will be Wide Variety.
Youth Led Worship Service Sunday, April 19, 2015, 10:15am
For a number of years, Old Dutch Church has partnered with three other Reformed Churches—Fair Street, St. Remy, and Church of the Comforter—to have a youth group. Sarah Riedener serves as our youth leader, and for the first time in a while, we have youth who participate in the group—Francis Smith, Krystal Ludwig, and James Beermunder.
On Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 10:15 a.m., our combined youth group will lead worship at Fair Street Reformed Church. The service will include a drama they prepared and presented at the MidWinter Advance (a regional youth retreat), songs, and testimonies to their experience on the retreat.
We will hold our regular Sunday morning worship service at Old Dutch Church on April 19, with Pastor Richard preaching, but if you wish to support our youth, make your way over to Fair Street, to hear and see what God is doing in their lives.
Vocalist Elizabeth Deveau Performance Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10:30am
Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra Concert Sunday, April 26, 2015, 3pm
Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra will present a concert entitled Beyond Ellis Island, a part of their American Portrait series, in our Sanctuary on Sunday, April 26th at 3:00 p.m. Mendelssohn Club of Kingston will be the guest artists with performances by Jody Weatherstone, Soprano, and William Stevens, NDSO Principal Clarinetist. Tickets are $20/$15 seniors/$5 students and are available at www.ndsorchestra.org.
Annual Crop Walk for Hunger Sunday, May 5, 2015, 1:30pm
Did you know that one-third of all child deaths in the world are caused by malnutrition? Did you know that hundreds of people living in Ulster County depend on several local food pantries to feed themselves and their children every day? Did you know that members of the Old Dutch Church faithfully distribute food at the Caring Hands Food Pantry each week as well as pick up donations from Hannaford to be distributed or used in the soup kitchen?
On Sunday, May 3, 2015, we will walk with other churches and agencies in Kingston to fight hunger locally and globally. Every year, Church World Service supports Crop Walks throughout the world. Some of the moneys raised are used to buy farming equipment and teach local communities to grow their own food and become sustainable. Other funds are given to local food pantries so that their cupboards are not bare.
Last year the Kingston Crop walk raised over $7,000.00. Over the past ten years, the Kingston Walk has raised nearly $110,000.00. This year, the goal of the Old Dutch Church is to have at least 10 of us walk and to bring in $1,000.00.
Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wurts Street and the walk from there to uptown and back down again commences at 2:00 p.m. If you are not able to walk, please give your financial support to somebody from the Church who is walking. See Adam Kudlo during the Coffee Hour on Sundays for pledge forms or information.
Together we can make a difference!
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday, March 8, 2015, 11:30am
Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 8th. The luncheon meeting will be held in Bethany Hall after the worship service. Copies of the Annual Report are available from the church office or at the meeting.
Playing With The Word Bible Study Wednesday Evenings
Group Bible study is on hiatus until after lent! Join us every week on Wednesday evenings when we start up again. Meetings will start at 7pm and be held at 109 Pearl Street. ALL are welcome! (845)338-6759 for info
Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday, February 1, 2015, 10:30am
We will collect donations for the Annual Souper Bowl of Caring during and after the worship service Feb. 1st. This nation-wide progam raises money for those in hunger. Check for the large soup pots at the Main and Wall Street entrances if you'd like to donate or contact the office (845)33-8473. www.souperbowl.org
Ulster Chamber Music Series 2015 Sunday, February 22, 2015, 3pm
The Ulster Chamber Music Series opens its 47th season on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 3 pm in the acoustically vibrant Church of the Holy Cross, 30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston, NY. The Madison String Quartet, known for championing Latin music, will be presenting a wonderfully diverse program of Del Aquila, Haydn, Korngold and Romero. Following the concert, there will be a delicious reception to meet the artists. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Prices for adults $25., seniors $20. and under 18 are free. Paypal will be accepted. For more information, please call 845 - 340 - 9434 or go to the web at www.ulsterchambermusicseries.org.
RESCHEDULED!!!!!! Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service Sunday, February 8, 2015, 4pm
On SUNDAY, February 8th at 4:00 p.m. there will be a Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Worship Service at Pointe of Praise Church on Hurley Avenue in Kingston. The Service will include a community choir and preaching by Rev. James Childs, Jr. Memebrs of the Old Dutch Choir are planning to join in the performance as well.
One Billion Rising 2015 Friday, February 13, 2015, 7-9pm
One Billion Rising 2015 will take place here on Feb. 13th 7-9pm. Help raise awareness for local and global domestic violence and women's rights issues. Special guests, live music and more! Find additional information at www.onebillionrising.org or call our office (845)338-6759. RSVP on the Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/316447681887548/
Discerning the Word Concerning Gay & Lesbian Christians in the Church Friday, February 20, 2015, 7pm
A Classis of Mid-Hudson Educational Event - 7:00 p.m., Feb. 20th, 2015
"Discerning the Word Concerning Gay & Lesbian Christians in the Church" Rhinebeck Reformed Church
Please join us to continue the Classis conversation concerning gay and lesbian Christians in the Body of Christ, with special guest Sister Carol Perry. Sr. Perry, who spoke last October at the Mid-Hudson Room For All gathering, will follow-up that presentation with an open discussion session. Sr. Perry's presentation provides a basic approach to Biblical interpretation, and applies this approach to specific Biblical texts that are key to the church's perspective on the place of gay and lesbian Christians in the church.
In preparation for the discussion, please listen to an audio recording of Sr. Perry's talk (web link below). Our discussion on Friday, February 20, begins where this talk leaves off, so it is essential that everyone comes having heard Sr. Perry's presentation.
This is the link: http://marblechurch.org/connect/ministries/lgbt/
The audio file is located on the right side of the web page where you see Sr. Perry's picture.
92nd Annual George Washington Dinner & Dance Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6:30pm
SAVE THE DATE:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015, 6:30pm
ALL are welcome to join us for the 92nd Annual George Washington Dinner & Dance. Citizen Extrordinaire, Kevin Quilty from Ulster County Community Foundations will be the honoree. The Kingston Lions Club under the direction of Tom Keehn will provide music for the evening.
An evening of community conviviality is planned,
To start, country style appetizers will feature "the best ham biscuits you ever ate" along with assorted cheeses, fruits and vegetables.
Dinner fare will consist of beef burgundy served alongside of horseradish infused mashed potatoes and a salad of mixed spring greens and pickled beets. Dinner will be served buffet style on a continuous basis 7:00 ~ 8:30pm.
Followed by a dessert offing of, "Olde Ulster Apple Cake" with dried cherries, served with a generous amount of whipped cream.
Coffee, tea, and non alcoholic punch will be available throughout the evening. Wine, beer, and hard cider will be available for an additional donation.
$20 EARLY BIRD TICKETS IF BOUGHT IN ADVANCE ONLINE! $30 AT THE DOOR.
Call the Church office for details (845)338-6759 or visit the website to purchase tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/92nd-annual-george-washington-dinner-dance-tickets-15603286851?aff=efbevent
Follow us on Twitter as well @OldDutchChurch, www.twitter.com/olddutchchurch
Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, March 8, 2015, 11:30pm
Our Annual Congregational Meeting has been set for Sunday, March 8th. Following the worship service, we will have lunch together in Bethany Hall and proceed directly into the meeting. Consistory Committee Chairs - your reports for the Annual Report should be in the church office by Sunday, February 22 so that we can have the printed reports ready by March 1st.
Clinton Avenue Warming Center Opens January 2015, 7pm
If you or someone you know is out in the cold with no where to go, please know that you do not have to freeze! THE WARMING CENTER at Clinton Avenue Methodist Church, 122 Clinton Ave., has re-opened for the season. For more information, please call -331-7188.
Caring Hands Evening Food Pantry January 2015, 4:30-6:30pm
The Caring Hands Soup Kitchen at 122 Clinton Avenue in Kingston is offering an evening food pantry for those in need. It will be open 4:30-6:30pm every Tuesday, Wednesday. and Thursday. Volunteers and donations are needed. Contact (845)331-7188 for info.
Solidarity March Saturday, January 17, 2014, 4pm
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 4:00 p.m. is the "Solidarity March," organized by Kingston churches of all races for the larger community on the theme "Black Lives Matter—All Lives Matter." The march will begin at the Old Dutch Church, proceed past the Court House to the Andy Murphy Municipal Auditorium (across from Monkey Joe Roasting Company on Broadway). Pastor Renee will be one of several people speaking on the theme of the March.
Sacred Shawls Knitting Group Meets Sunday, November 15, 2015, 11:30am
KNITTERS, CROCHETERS & OTHER HANDI-WORKERS are planning to meet with Elder Bette Maxson and Pastor Renee the third Sunday of every month after worship. Nov. 15th is next! ALL are welcome to join us! Supplies will be provided and lessons will be offered to newbys. Stories of faith and personal triumphs will be discussed. Plans are to meet monthly. Share in spreading God's light in the New Year. Contact us for more info (845)338-6759.
65th Annual Living Nativity Saturday, December 20th & Sunday, December 21st, 2014 6:30pm
The 65th Annual Living Nativity is scheduled for Saturday December 20th and Sunday, December 21st, 2014. Performances are 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 pm. ALL are welcome to participate, help out and watch from the corner of Wall & Main Streets in Uptown, Kingston, NY! Click here for additional information.
Dzieci Theatre Presents "Fools Mass" Sunday, December 14, 2014, 12:30pm
Brooklyn's Dzieci Theatre acting troupe are joining us again for a very special musical! Last time the group performed "Fools Mass" we really enjoyed it. A group of medieval village idiots must takeover the Church service after the minister suddenly dies! What will happen? Watch and see! There is a reception and Q&A with the cast after the show. ALL are welcome to join us on Sunday, Dec. 14th at 12:30pm. The event is FREE! www.dziecitheatre.org
World Aids Day Service Monday, December 1, 2014
World AIDS Day Commemoration, Monday, December 1, 3 - 7 pm
The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display during this event. Fight AIDS. Be part of Uptown Kingston's day of support and remembrance in recognition of World AIDS Day. Join us at the Center for free HIV testing services from 3 - 5 pm. At 5:30 at the Center, view panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt and hear stories from Hudson Valley residents affected by HIV/AIDS. At 6:15 pm, join us in a Candlelight Walk from the Center to the Old Dutch Church (272 Wall St.) for a Sharing of the Names of loved ones lost, with music and a reception.
Hosted by the Center & Old Dutch Church with partners Angel Food East, Hudson Valley Community Services, Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Albany Medical Center, Kingston & Mid-Hudson Care Center.
Caroling at the Uptown Snowflake Festival Friday, December 5, 2014, 5pm
A group of singers from the Church will gather to sing Christmas carols around the neighborhood during the KUBA Snowflake Festival this Friday, Dec. 5th at 5pm. ALL are welcome to join us!
LGBTQ Community Workshop Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:30am
Sinterklaas Kingston Fundraiser Friday, November 21, 2014, 6pm
Spirituality Workshop with Author Carol M. Perry, SU Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:45am
NO TIME FOR GOD? As we all dash through the demands of each day, God sometimes gets forgotten. Let's take time to rest our souls by spending a morning exploring ways to keep God in focus. Through listening to Jesus and sharing some practical hints, we can find new ways to energize our souls. Sister Carol Perry will be here to lead us on this quest on Saturday morning, November 22nd. Carol M. Perry, SU, Resident Bible Scholar at Marble Collegiate Church, NYC,and a Kingston native, is no stranger to the Old Dutch community. She is the author of the recently published, Waiting for Our Souls to Catch Up. This workshop will draw on some of the insights from that book on a practical spirituality for the technological world of the 21st century. The workshop will begin at 9:45 a.m.
Annual Thanksgiving Union Service Sunday, November 23, 2014, 10:30am
THE ANNUAL THANKSGIVING UNION SERVICE will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 23rd in the Old Dutch Sanctuary. In addition to the Pastors, congregations, musicians & singers from Fair Street and Comforter Reformed Churches, members of the Native American Association will join us once again for a service similar to last year. A luncheon will be served in Bethany Hall following the service. We hope that you will be able to be here and will invite your friends and neighbors.
Caring Hands Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, November 27, 2014
Caring Hands Soup Kitchen is preparing to feed Thanksgiving Dinner to hundreds of people this year. Please help by donating turkeys
(15-20 pounds, preferably) or turkey breasts. They may be dropped off at the soup kitchen located at:
The Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church
122 Clinton Ave. - (845)-331-7188
or at the Armadillo Restaurant
97 Abeel St. - (845)-339-1550
We are also in need of the following items to help with the feast:
‚ Canned Yams and Canned Green Beans (Large cans preferred)
‚ Cranberry Sauce (Large cans preferred)
‚ Stuffing (Stove Top type)
‚ Cash Donations to Old Dutch for Pies (@ $3)
‚ Volunteers (especially Meal Packers & Servers)
Call the office at the Clinton Avenue Church - 331-7188 - to request meal delivery on Thanksgiving Day; meals will be delivered by noon. Dinner will also be served
in-house beginning at noon.
Center for Creative Education 25th Anniversary Dinner & Dance! Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10:30am
THE CENTER FOR CREATIVE EDUCATION will hold their 25th Anniversary Dinner & Celebration at Old Dutch on Saturday evening, November 15. POOK, the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston,will perform after dinner. Contact Trish at the Center for information and tickets, 338-7664.
Stewardship Sunday Sunday, November 16, 2014, 10:30am
STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY is set for November 16th. Pledge cards were mailed at the end of October; please prayerfully consider what your commitment to the work of Christ in this place will be for the coming year and bring your card to place in the offering that Sunday. If you would like a pledge card but didn't receive one, please contact Pat in the church office - 338-6759. Pledge cards will also be available on Stewardship Sunday.
Community Pumpkin Carving & Screening of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Saturday, October 25, 2014, 2pm
Join us for pumpkin carving fellowship at 2pm on Saturday, Oct. 25th! When the pumpkins are finished, you can settle in and listen as the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman unfolds in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". A simple supper will be available beginning at 4:30 pm. And, after dark, be sure to take a tour of our pumpkin-lighted cemetery! Everything will be provided. ALL are welcome! (845)338-6759 or click here.
Upcoming Mid-Week Christian Living Courses October 11th. 9:30-11:30am & Tuesdays. November 4th&11th, 2014, 7-9pm
Planning Your Own Celebration of Life Service (General Interest)
Instructor: Beverly Kipp, Preaching Elder, Lay Chaplain, nurse & writer
Date: Saturday, October 11, 9:30-11:30 AM Please register by October 4
Location: Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot St., New Paltz, NY 12561
This course offers the pragmatic and poignant aspects of preparing for your own or your loved one's funeral or memorial service. Your affairs may be in order, but how do you want others to celebrate you? We will have a frank discussion about the many decisions to be made- by you or someone else- and the way to make your final good-bye unique to you. Resources will be handed out; sharing is encouraged.
Key Biblical Words in Hebrew & Greek (Preaching Elder & Commissioned Pastor Candidates & General Interest)
Instructor: The Rev. Jay Vogelaar
Dates: Tuesdays, November 4 &11, 7-9 PM Please register by October 28
Location: Wallkill Reformed Church, 45 Bridge St., Wallkill, NY 12589
Tuition: $25, plus books and materials
This course is a beginner's introduction to the Hebrew and Greek alphabets, and how to find our way around word translations. Students will develop a practical care for and appreciation of word meanings and nuances that are often lost in English translation. (We will not go into vocabulary drills or grammar studies.)
For additional information, click here.
Fine Arts at Old Dutch Fall 2014 Thursdays 12:15-12:45pm
THE FALL FINE ARTS RECITALS will start again on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 12:15-12:45pm. Vocalist Brooke Campbell will perform! The series will run every Thursday afternoon thru November 20th.
Dzieci Theatre Troupe Presents "Makbet" Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7pm
THEY'RE COMING BACK!! Dzieci, the wonderful acting troupe who brought us the Fool's Mass last winter, will be here for a performance of Makbet on Saturday, October 18th. Performance time will be at 7 pm. We hope that you'll mark your calendars and join us!
For additional information, visit the group's website: http://dziecitheatre.org/
Mid-Hudson Room for All Meet & Greet Friday, October 17, 2014, 7pm
Playing with the Word Bible Study Resumes! Wednesday September 10, 2014, 7pm
PLAYING WITH THE WORD Bible Study is back! ALL are welcome to join Pastor Renee and others at the parsonage, 109 Pearl Street, for lively discussion and fellowship! Please check the Sunday bulletins for each week's Bible passages.
For additional information, please contact our office 338-6759 or click here.
City Hall Lunette in Honor of Ed Ford Dedicated! Saturday, September 6, 2014, 1pm
YOU ARE INVITED to attend the dedication of the Lunette, Peace with the Indians and Presentation of the Wampum Belt - 1665" at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, September 6th. You may remember that Ed Ford was instrumental in raising the funds to enable the restoration of the lunette to take place and that the proceeds from this year's Washington Day Dinner were donated to the lunette fund in honor of Ed's 96th birthday. The dedication will be held in the Common Council Chamber at Kingston City Hall.
Fall Choir Rehearsals Resume! Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7pm
CHOIR REHEARSALS RESUME at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 4th and you're invited to be a part of the group! Choir is open to everyone in the congregation from young adults to seniors. If you've never sung in a group before, please speak to Dewi prior to your first rehearsal.
Sunday School Resumes! September 14, 2014, 10:30am
Sunday School at Old Dutch Church is on Summer break. Sunday School will start again in the Fall. Classes are every Sunday at 10:30am starting again on Sunday, September 14th! ALL youth of the community from pre-K thru High School age are welcome to attend! There are no enrollments costs. We have a new curriculum called "Holy Moly!" It is contemporary, high-energy and interactive and it is sure to be a success! For additional information, please visit the Christian Education section of our website by following this link: click here. Contact the Church office for info as well 338-6759, email@example.com!
Movies with Spirit Screening of Nebraska Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7pm
MOVIES WITH SPIRIT will present "Nebraska", starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach, on Saturday, October 18th at St. John's Episcopal Church, 207 Albany Ave. All screenings begin at 7 pm and are followed by refreshments and a facilitated discussion. A donation of $5 for moviegoers age 12 and older is requested.
Movies with Spirit is a faith-based, enriching program for the community. Each screening begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by refreshments and a facilitated discussion. Evenings end around 10 p.m. A $5 contribution is suggested for moviegoers over age 12.
The series is organized by Gerry Harrington and has no religious affiliation. Screenings vary by date and locations rotate as well between different houses of worship. Visit the website http://www.movieswithspirit.com for the schedule. For more information, contact Gerry Harrington at (845) 389-9201 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Details are also available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoviesWithSpirit.
Kingston Festival of the Arts Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:30pm
The fabulous Kingston Festival of the Arts kicks-off here on Thursday, August 21st at 7:30pm! There will be many more performances here throughout the Festval.
Opera Theater of Kingston presents: Join opera singer and founder of Kingston Festival of the Arts and Opera Theater of Kingston, Kerry Henderson for a glittering evening of opera and song to launch Kingston Festival of the Arts, 2014! Kerry Henderson- baritone, Alison Davy- soprano, Monte Stone- tenor, Eugenia Zukerman- flute, Louis Menendez- piano. The pianist Peggy Reich will also perform.
Tickets for this performance are $20.00 and can be purchased on the event website: www.kingstonfestival.org
Handbell Choir Performance! Sunday, August 17, 2014, 10:00am
Our Handbell Choir will give a Summer performance on Sunday, August 17th at 10:00am. What a treat!
Mission in Bahrain Sunday, August 10, 2014, 10:00am
Missionaries Jim & Beth Harrison will be with us for the worship service on Sunday, August 10th at 10:00am to present their work from Bahrain. There will be an informal luncheon following the service and we hope that you will be there with us!
Combined Summer Worship & Picnic Sunday, August 3, 2014, 10:00am
Our first joint Summer service with the Fair Street congregation will be Sunday, August 3rd at Hasbrouck Park beginning at 10:00am. Everyone will need to bring their own chair and we are also invited to bring a side-dish or dessert to share. All other food & beverages will be provided. If you need a chair or a ride to the park, please put your name on the sheet posted on the bulletin board in the hallway by the kitchen. You can also lease a message by phone (845)338-6759 or email email@example.com.
Church Directory Updates July 2014
We would like to have most recent contact information for members and friends of Old Dutch Church. We will be putting together a new directory for the Fall. If you need to update your info or are new to the Church and need to submit contact info, please call (845)338-6759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Historic Kingston Walking Tour of Old Dutch Churchyard Sunday, July 13th, 2014, 2pm
Sundays at the Cemetery is a series of guidied tours of Kingston's graveyards presented by The Friends of Historic Kingston. Nancy Chando will be the guide for the tour of the Old Dutch Churchyard on Sunday, July 13th at 2pm. Visit the group's website for RSVP and additional information about remaing tours in the series, www.fohk.org
Vacation Bible School! July 21-25th, 2014 9am-12pm
This year, we will be participating with Fair Street Church for Vacation Bible School! The session will be held from
9am-12pm, the week of July 21-25th, 2014. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact 338-7722, email@example.com. Registration forms for children are available in the Old Dutch Church office.
Viva Concert Fundraiser Raises over $2000! Friday, May 16th, 2014, 8pm
ON FRIDAY, MAY 16th, there was a concert, Viva, which was a fundraiser for the children's center,
Corazon de Dahlia, in Peru. Performers included the Old Dutch Choir, Pastor Ken,
Dewi, Nancy Mastrocola, Danielle Woerner, and more! Tickets are available online or at the
door. The concert was a great success and over $2000 was raised! Thank you to everyone who planned and attended the event! Find info about the center by clicking here.
Annual Crop Walk for Hunger Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2:00pm
The Annual CROP WALK for Hunger has been scheduled for Sunday afternoon, May 4th, 2014. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the walk will start at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 22 Livingston St., and continue up Broadway to Academy Green Park and back. Betty Williams will have pledge forms for anyone wishing to obtain sponsors for their walk.
VENDORS NEEDED for Crafts on Wall Street! Saturday, July 5th, 2014, 9am-2pm
Craft Vendors will be occupying Bethany Hall during the Summer Farmers' Market, the first & third Saturdays of the month, beginning in June and thru to November. If you're interested in being a vendor, contact the church office for an application. Two tables for $30. The market runs thru the fall, but vendors only need to pay for days they are here. If you're interested in manning a table on behalf of the church, please call the office and leave your name. (845) 338-6759
Responding to God's Call April 2014
As an adolescent growing up in the Methodist Church, Rob Sweeney felt called to be a minister. But because he is gay and the Church has refused to ordain persons who will not hide who they are, Rob has found other ways to offer his gifts and ministry in service to God and neighbor. As an Elder at Old Dutch, Rob has worked passionately to help shape and realize the Church's vision of stewarding our past while opening ourselves to the larger community, and, to the future that God is calling us into. This has been deeply satisfying for Rob and immensely helpful to our Church.
But, Rob's earlier sense of call to be a minister has not waned. The Spirit has not let him off this hook! Recognizing Rob's sense of call and gifts for ministry, the Consistory of Old Dutch Church recommended to the Classis of Mid-Hudson (our regional assembly of churches) that Rob be received as a candidate to become a Commissioned Pastor. Commissioned Pastors are Elders who have completed a course of Biblical, theological, and pastoral studies and are approved to serve as pastors within a ministry of Classis. Commissioned Pastors may be appointed to serve as the sole pastor of a congregation, or to serve in some more focused form of ministry, such as pastoral care, evangelism, or outreach.
Two weeks ago the Classis of Mid-Hudson received Rob into its Commissioned Pastor track, making him the first openly gay person to be welcomed into a formal Classis process of preparation for pastoral ministry. Although a few opposed Rob's reception because he is gay, this is a huge step for our Classis and for Rob, and a cause for celebration. We expect that there will be bumps on the road ahead as Rob continues his studies, is examined by Classis, and awaits his commissioning. Please pray for Elder Rob and the Classis as this journey continues to unfold.
Old Dutch Church Food Pantry Sunday, April 6, 2014
It has become clear that having a small food pantry on site would be a great help to our community. On the first Sunday of each month—days that we celebrate the Lord's Supper and give thanks for all of the ways that God feeds us—all who are able are asked to make a special offering of moneys or any of the following dry/canned goods: tuna, chicken, vegetables, fruits (in own juice), whole wheat pasta, pasta sauces, rice, healthy cereal, powdered milk, and soups. Gifts of money will be used to purchase food from a regional Food Bank where $1.00 buys 4x more than if spent at the grocery store. We will begin this ministry on April 6, 2014.
Night Pantry at Caring Hands, Clinton Ave. Methodist Church Tuesdays/Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm
Looking for a way to serve God and your neighbors? Our Church has agreed to staff a new Caring Hands "Night Pantry" on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., beginning on April 8, 2014. Currently, most area food pantries are open during daytime hours. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the working poor rate jumped from about 5 percent of the U.S. population to over 7 percent in the past five years. This rate is in addition to the 15 percent of the population who are classified as living in poverty – adults and children who are not in the workforce. The hours of this food pantry are designed to accommodate these low-income workers who are in need of food. At the end of June, 2014, we will assess the need and decide on the future of this ministry. In the meantime, if you want to serve on a regular basis, or for just a few evenings, please see Steve Hansell at coffee hour on April 6 or speak to Pastor Renee to sign up or click here.
THE FOOD PANTRY at Caring Hands @ Clinton Avenue is in dire need of diapers, all sizes. Packages of diapers may be left at the church- 122 Clinton Avenue.
Kingston's Buried Treasures Event at The Senate House Friday, April 11, 2014, 5:30pm
"The Old Dutch- The Church that Sculpted Kingston" by Historian and Old Dutch Church Elder Rob Sweeney.
The event takes place Friday, April 11th at 5:30 p.m. in the Vanderlyn Gallery of the Senate House Museum located at 296 Fair Street in Kingston. The Old Dutch Church, officially known as the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston, was established in 1659 and remains today one of the oldest congregations in the United States. The bedrock of our community since its inception, the Old Dutch began on the corner of Main & Wall Streets in 1679, relocating across the street to the present St. Joseph's Church in 1832 and finally settling in its present bluestone abode in 1852. Through those years the Old Dutch has seen both feast and famine, bloodless coups and violent overthrow, all the while shining like a beacon over its flock and, at times, hiding in silent complicity with our darkest shame. Yet today, much as in 1659, the Old Dutch serves as a keystone of our community, forging a pathway from ancient wilderness to industrial evolution. Come join us as we relive the history of one of Kingston's most dynamic historic sites. The presentation is free and all are welcome.
For additional information about our history, please visit our Museum section: click here.
Easter Lilies Sunday, April 13, 2014
EASTER is just around the corner. If you would like to help decorate the Sanctuary with an Easter Lily in memory of a loved one, please give your donation and information for the memorial list to Pat Hall by Palm Sunday, April 13. Cost of the plants is $15 this year.
We are ordering lilies for our shut-ins. If you are available and willing to help deliver some of the plants to our homebound members and nursing home residents before Easter, please speak to Pat in the church office or click here. We expect to have the plants here by the Wednesday of Holy Week.
Native American Association of the Hudson Valley Supper Friday, April 18, 2014, 6:00pm
THE ONGOING CONVERSATION OF RECONCILIATION with the Native American Association of the Hudson Valley will continue on Good Friday evening in Bethany Hall. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a Potluck Supper and will include drumming and singing in addition to conversation. All are welcome to attend. Please contact the church office, 338-6759, if you are coming so that we can have enough seating for everyone.
Spoon Dinner Benefit for Caring Hands Soup Kitchen & Pantry Saturday, April 26, 2014, 3:00-6:00pm
Spoons are a common utensil used to eat soup, stews and breakfast cereal. Milk and sugar is stirred into coffee with spoons. Ice cream is licked clean off of spoons. And who hasn't eaten a glob of peanut butter off of a spoon? Spoons are everywhere and used every day. But there are some people in our community who don't use spoons as much as others because they don't have enough to eat. It is with this in mind that the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church Caring Hands Soup Kitchen and Warming Center presents its annual fundraiser dinner from 3 – 6 pm at Old Dutch Church on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The "Spoon Dinner" will feature several soups for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. There will be fresh bread too with wine and beer to wash it all down as well as dessert, tea and coffee.
The cost per person is tiered and diners will get to keep their spoons as a token of appreciation as well as a reminder of people who are in need. The donation levels are:
· $5 for plastic and/or compostable spoon
· $10 for a stainless steel kitchen utility spoon
· $15 for a decorative stainless steel spoon
· $25 for an ornamental spoon of wood, glass or metal
· $100 for antique or silverware
In addition to eating some good, hearty soup, participants will get to see a live performance of the "Parable of the Long Spoons" and the "Stone Soup" story by kids and youth from the community. Live music will also accompany the dinner. To reserve a seat at the dinner, call Rev. Darlene L. Kelley at (845) 331-7188.
To help support this event, the Caring Hands Soup Kitchen needs spoon donations. We're looking for a variety of spoons – so this is a chance to clean out the mismatched spoons from your kitchen drawers. Please drop them off at the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, which is located at 122 Clinton Avenue in Kingston, NY.
New Members Received! Sunday, March 2, 2014 10:30am
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!
Our worship service on Sunday, March 2nd was a busy and joyful one! During the service we celebrated the Lord's Supper, a Baptism, and the Reception of New Members. Joining us that morning by Transfer of Letter from another congregation were: Lois Every, Dewi Pangaribuan, Rev. Dr. Richard Ruch, and Nancy Sweeney. Joining by Profession of Faith were: Sharon Jorgen, Nancy Mastrocola, Deirdre Ourso, and Thomas and Kayla Scalisi. Children being received through their baptism were Deirdre's son, Aaron, and Tom & Kayla's daughter, Natalie, and son Thomas Joseph Scalisi, Jr., who was baptized that morning.
If you are interested in becoming a member of Old Dutch Church, you can find additional information by clicking here. Please feel free to call the office 338.6759 or email us to schedule an appointment with Pastor Renée or strike up a conversation with her or fellow members after a service any Sunday! Welcome to our Church family!
Pastor Renee's One Year Anniversary at Old Dutch! Thursday, March 6, 2014
A WORD OF THANKS FROM PASTOR RENEE:
Thankful is the word that best describes my feelings at the end of my first year as minister of the Old Dutch Church. I have publicly thanked the Consistory, congregation and some members of the staff. But I have not publicly thanked Pat Hall (I meant to do so at the Congregational Meeting). Words cannot express my gratitude for all of the ways that Pat has kept me on track this year and gotten everything done well and on time. I am grateful for her compassion and care for the congregation and community, and for her grace to me when I needed to sit in her chair and let my tears flow. To God be the glory for this precious servant of the Old Dutch Church.
Presentation by Author Jeff Chu Sunday, March 16, 2014, 1pm
OON SUNDAY MARCH 16, at 1:00 p.m., Jeff Chu will be with us to discuss his book, Does Jesus Really Love Me?: One Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. Jeff is a journalist and member of the Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. The book documents his year-long journey of interviewing many and diverse Christians on the subject of the church's inclusion of gay and lesbian persons. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. A free lunch will be served before the presentation. Come join Jeff to hear and discuss what he has learned and is learning as he travels around the U.S. to talk about his book.
Ars Choralis Concert Saturday, March 22, 2014
ARS CHORALIS will present a concert, J.S. Bach Plus, an all-Baroque music concert with Ars Choralis, soloists and a small instrumental ensemble, in our Sanctuary at 7 pm on Saturday, March 22nd. Tickets are $20 at the door but may be obtained for $15 through March 16 from Dewi, our Choir Director. For info, contact the Church 338.6759 or click here.
Fundraiser for World Peace and Prayer Day Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7pm
A FUND-RAISER FOR WORLD PEACE AND PRAYER DAY will be held on Wednesday, March 26th, in our Sanctuary. Irish musician Liam O'Maonlai of Hothouse Flowers fame, Amy Helm and Daniel Littleton of Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers will be featured artists, along with special guests at this benefit show. The show includes some of the most masterful talent from our local region and from distant shores. The fundraiser is to benefit World Peace and Prayer Day/ Honoring Sacred Sites Day, a 19-year global project led by Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse and the Wodakota Foundation. The 2014 World Peace and Prayer event will run from June 19th through the 22nd, 2014 at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, NY. All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. For more information on WPPD 2014, please go to
The performance begins at 7pm. Tickets at the door, $20.
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91st Annual George Washington Dinner & Dance Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 6:30-10pm
OH, WHAT A NIGHT!
Food, music, dancing, and a chance to honor Ed Ford -all at the 91st Annual Washington Day Dinner. More than 100 folks turned out for the event and we were able to donate $1500 to the Lunette Restoration Project in Ed's name. Thank you to all who came out and also to those of you who couldn't be here but sent a donation. And a huge thank-you also goes to the cooks, organizers and participants.
FROM ED FORD:
"I would like to thank everyone at Old Dutch, especially the Consistory and Rob Sweeney, for the incredible honor accorded me at this year's Washington Day Dinner. Never in a million years did I expect to be the guest of honor rather than George Washington! But it was very gratifying! Thank you, too, to everyone who attended and also for the generous donation to the Lunette Project. It was a wonderful time."
One Billion Rising 2014 Film Screening & Panel Discussion Friday, February 28, 2014
NATALIE MERCHANT premiered the documentary Shelter: A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence in honor of One Billion Rising 2014. The film was shown in the Bethany Hall on Feb.28th. A panel discussion on the positive changes that have occurred as a result of the efforts of last year's One Billion Rising Ulster County followed. Here is a link to the film: http://youtu.be/e6CXRpZ29Mo For info contact Beth at Hale Advisor's (845) 383-1361 or visit the group's Facebook page: One Billion Rising 2014
Old Dutch Church Choir Rehearsals RESUME! Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 7pm
Happy New Year, Choir Members!
REGULAR REHEARSALS are EVERY THURSDAY at 7PM, at the Church, 272 Wall St in Uptown, Kingston
There have been changes in our Music Ministry, both in staff and focus. Over the summer, Dewi Pangaribuan and Rev. Kenneth L. Walsh were contracted to serve as Choir Director and Organist, respectively. It is not too late to join! ALL interested singers are invited!
HANDBELL rehearsals are in hiatus until further notice. Thank you to everyone who participated in 2013.
Click here for a link to a our Facebook page and a video of the Choir performance!
Please speak to Dewi if you are interested in joining any choir or contact us!
Congregational Budget & Pledge Info Sunday, January 12th, 2014
TO DATE, we are blessed to have received 23 pledges totaling $43,462 toward our budget for 2014. If you haven't yet made your pledge, please prayerfully consider what your commitment to the work of Christ in this place will be for next year and return your pledge card to the office or place it in the offering one Sunday. If you are unable to give a monetary offering, giving yourself in service to Christ, our Church and those in need from the local community helps advance our mission as well! Thanks to everyone for all of the continued support!
OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2014 are available on the cart in Bethany Hall. If you were expecting envelopes and they aren't there, please contact the church office 338-6759 or click here.
Advent and Christmas Services & Special Events December 2013
LOOKING AHEAD TO ADVENT: We hope you'll mark your calendars and plan to join us for our series of Advent Luncheons following the worship services on December 1, 8, 15, & 22. The luncheons are free of charge and will be catered by Queen's Galley. On Sunday, Dec. 15, the theatre troupe Dzeiei will be here to present the play, "Fool's Mass" after the luncheon at 1:30 pm. Also during Advent, you are invited to join us for Advent Candlelight Services from 6:00 - 6:30 pm on the Wednesday evenings of December 11, & 18. The services will feature Sacred Story, Lord's Supper and Song. Details will be in the December issue of Steeple Chimes as well as the Sunday bulletins.
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 at 8pm! Organ, Harp & Trumpet prelude with ensemble Choir will begin at 7:30pm.
Holiday Mail for Heroes December 2013
A holiday drive has been started to provide Christmas cards for military personnel. If you're planning to send Christmas cards this year and would like to participate, a card or cards can be sent to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Christmas Memorials Sunday, December 15, 2013
To help us keep our various decorations looking fresh and beautiful, as well as purchasing the live plants that will add the final touch for Christmas Eve, we will accept Christmas Memorials through Sunday, December 15th. The suggested donation (per listing, not individual name), is $12.50. Please give your information and donation to Pat Hall in the Church office if you would like to remember a loved one in our program.
Welcome Rob and Derick, Our New Sextons! December 15th, 2013
Please join us in welcoming Derick Chapman to our church staff. Derick, who lives in Ulster Park, is joining Rob Nussbaumer. Both are part-time sextons. Rob started as an interim employee, but became permanent in the Fall.
Mendelssohn Club Christmas Concert Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14, 2013, 8pm
The Mendelssohn Club will present their annual Christmas Concert with special guests the Kingston High School Choir and Brass Ensemble on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at 8pm. For tickets ($10 Adults, $8 students) and additional info, please click here.
World A.I.D.S. Day Candlelight Walk & Service of Remembrance Wednesday, December 4, 2013 6:15pm
WORLD AIDS DAY will be observed on Wednesday, December 4th. The observance will begin with a candlelight march at 6:15 pm from the LGBTQ Center, 300 Wall St., to Old Dutch for a service of remembrance. The public is invited to attend. Click here for additional information and a full schedule of the day's events.
K.U.B.A. Snowflake Festival Friday, December 6th, 2013 5-8pm
On Friday, December 6th from 5-8pm, the Kingston Uptown Business Association (KUBA) presents The Snowflake Festival: A Season Celebrating Community Giving. Uptown businesses will be open late for Holiday shopping, there will be entertainment, a parade, tree lighting, treats and tours of Old Dutch Church and much more! For further info, click on this Facebook link or visit www.kingstonuptown.org or email KUBAinfo@kingstonuptown.org.
Help those in need this Thanksgiving November 2013
CARING HANDS at Clinton Avenue, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, will be serving a Community Thanksgiving Dinner at 12:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Day 2013. We are in need of the following items to help with the feast:
Canned Yams and Canned Green Beans (Large cans preferred)
Turkeys (15-20 lbs.) / Turkey Breasts(by 11/22)
Cranberry Sauce (Large cans preferred)
Stuffing (Stove Top type)
Cash Donations for Pies (@ $3)
Volunteers (especially Meal Packers & Servers) We expect to provide several hundred meals - 100-200 dine-in and 400+ delivered. For meal delivery or to drop off food items at Caring Hands, please call 331-7188. Volunteers are also urged to call. Thank you, & Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!
VOCAL VISIONARIES will present a concert to benefit the Queen's Galley on Sunday afternoon, November 17th, at 3:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary. The public is invited to attend. For additional information about Old Dutch Church Mission & Outreach, please contact the office or click here.
VIDEO: Thanksgiving Unity Worship Service Sunday, November 24th, 10:30am
At the Thanksgiving Unity Worship Service at Old Dutch Church On Sunday, November 24, 10:30 a.m., we came together to worship with the Fair Street, Church of the Comforter, and St. Remy congregations. This service was led by the Rev. Nick Miles and the Rev. Dr. Renee House. Rev. Miles is a member of the Powhatan Nation, and he, along with members of the Association of Native Americans of the Hudson Valley, enriched our worship with traditional Native American music and ceremonies. The Red Feather Singers and Cloudbreaker Society performed as well. At the service, the Old Dutch Church publicly received a Condolence Pipe, to mark the brokenness and grief of our past relations with Native Americans, and as a sign of our commitment to be reconciled, healed, and to live and work toward unity. In addition we were blessed by the musical gifts of a combined choir, we celebrated the Lord's Supper together. It was a very rich worship service. We had a collection of donations for local food pantries and a fellowship lunch followed. Contact the office for additional information 338-6759 or click here.
Click here to read two articles and see a video from the event.
Welcome Brandon Roman, Our New Tenant at 52 Main Street! Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Skytop Mental Health Counseling, PLLC is a private counseling practice located in Kingston, NY run by Brandon Roman, LMHC CASAC. Brandon is a mental health and substance abuse counselor, specializing in the treatment of teens, families, and young-adults. Brandon provides individual, group, and family therapy, and also offers workshops and consulting on various mental/behavioral health topics.
Please visit Brandon's website, www.skytopmhc.com for complete details of services or Like "Skytop Mental Health Counseling" on Facebook!
Mr. Brandon Roman, LMHC CASAC
Skytop Mental Health Counseling
52 Main Street, 2B, Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 863-4588, Roman@SkytopMHC.com
Give yourself and serve Christ and our community with Stewardship Sunday, November 17th, 2013, 10:30am
STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY is set for November 17th at 10:30am. Pledge cards were mailed recently; please prayerfully consider what your commitment to the work of Christ in this place will be for the coming year and bring your card to place in the offering that Sunday. If you would like a pledge card but didn't receive one, please contact Pat in the church office - 338-6759. Pledge cards will also be available on Stewardship Sunday. Whether you give yourself in service to the Church or community or whether you choose to give a material donation, it will be greatly appreciated and will advance the Old Dutch Church Mission. Please contact us for additional info!
Mission & Community Outreach Christmas Toy Drive Sunday, December 8th, 2013
THE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS has begun! We will once again partner with UC Department of Children's Services to provide Christmas gifts for needy children. We were able to donate so many gifts for needy children as part of our "Love Angels" program! Please speak to Betty Myers, 331-4032, if you have any questions or contact the office 338-6759. And, as always, thank you for your generosity.
Wreaths, Sweets and Dutch Treats Sinterklaas Festival 2013 Fundraiser Thursday, November 21st, 2013, 6-9:00pm
WREATHS, SWEETS and DUTCH TREATS, a benefit for the Sinterklaas Festival, will be held in Bethany Hall on Thursday, Nov. 21st from 6 - 9 p.m. Featuring signature Dutch cocktails, wine & beer, Dutch appetizers and sweets and a silent auction of wreaths, tree tops, gift baskets and more, the cost is $20 per person. Reservation forms are available from the church office. Contact the office for info 338-6759 or click here.
Sinterklaas!, the Festival, an old Dutch tradition, will take place in Kingston on Saturday, November 30th, from 9 am - 1 pm. Taking place at Old Dutch Church will be a Crowns & Branches workshop (for the parade), a morning opera by Kerry Henderson, and Pastor Renée reading a story in both Dutch and English. Shortly after 1 o'clock, the Starlight Parade of children will lead Sinterklaas and his horse from uptown to midtown and ultimately to the waterfront downtown (Holland) to send them off to Spain (Rhinebeck)! You're invited to join the fun and help kick-off the Christmas season! Sinterklaas (also known as St. Nicholas) will also be at Old Dutch on Friday evening, December 6th for the Snowflake Festival, Kingston Uptown Business Association's Christmas Open House. The evening will begin at 5 pm with a children's Snowflake Parade. You can then pick up a Christmas stocking at a designated location and travel through uptown to the participating businesses to collect your gifts. St. Nicholas will be offering treats and an opportunity to visit our lovely Sanctuary for a respite and some Christmas music.
New Members Received! Sunday, October 27th, 2013 10:30am
WE WANT TO WELCOME our newest members: James & Peggy Gordon, Rob Nussbaumer and Anna Marie O'Brien, who formally joined our congregation on October 27th.
RECEIVING BAPTISM on October 20th was Demetri Lee-Isaac Shaw, son of Alberta Perez and Christopher Shaw; Demetri is also the grandson of Suzanne Halwick.
CONGRATULATIONS and blessings to Donald (Fritz) and Carmela Viviani Genther on their wedding in our Sanctuary on October 19th! The Genthers and their children, Nico and Fritz, have been attending Old Dutch and will be joining our church family following their return from their honeymoon.
It is such a joy to watch our Church family grow! If you are interested in joining the Church, please speak to Pastor Renée or leave a message for her in the church office - 338- 6759 or click here.
2013 O+ Festival of Art, Music, and Wellness Friday, October 11-13th, 2013
The 2013 O+ Festival of Art, Music and Wellness came to Uptown, Kingston the weekend of October 11-13th! Old Dutch Church was proud to be a venue again this year! Everyone who was involved with the planning of the event did a tremendous job! Here is a list of events that were at the Church:
Friday, Oct. 11th:
6:30pm, Organ Recital, Rev. Kenneth L. Walsh, Old Dutch Church Interim Organist
7:30pm, Concert, Small Houses
8:30pm, Concert, Simon Felice
9:30pm, Concert, Simi Stone
Saturday, Oct. 12th:
4:00pm, Concert, Jay Unger & Molly Mason
5:30pm, Cpncert, Alexander Turnquist
7:30pm, Concert, Snowflake
9:00pm, Concert, Buke & Gase
Sunday, Oct. 13th:
9:30pm, Concert, Spiritualized
For additional information on the O+ Festival, please visit their website: http://kingston.opositivefestival.org/about-o/o-festival-2013/schedule
World-Wide Communion Sunday Sunday, October 6th, 2013, 10:30am
Old Dutch Church took part in the observance of World-Wide Communion Sunday on October 6th. During the worship service we accepted a special offering for Bread for the World, a mission to help alleviate hunger, both at home and across the globe. To learn more about this important organization, visit their website: www.bread.org
Burning of Kingston 2013 Friday, October 4-Sunday, October 6th, 2013
The Burning of Kingston 2013 was a huge success! You will find a complete listing of events and detailed info for the Reenactment weekend October 4-6, 2013 in the flyers above or in the Church office. Old Dutch Church participated and Rob Sweeney and Pastor Renee were very involved in the planning. Events that took place at the Church were:
Friday, Oct. 4th:
(Following the Opening Presentation & Committee of Safety Meeting at the Hoffman House at 7:00pm)
7:30pm, Lantern Tour of the cemetery in the Old Dutch Church Revolutionary Graveyard
7:45pm, Revolutionary War-era Chamber Music in the Sanctuary of the Church
8:15-8:45pm, Organ Recital, "A Tribute to the Patriots," by Jimrae Lenser
Saturday, Oct. 5th:
10:00am-4:00pm, Old Dutch Church National Historic Landmark burial grounds, museum and Sanctuary open to the public for tours
2:00pm, Battle reenactment on Main Street in front of Church. Dominae House (in period costume) flees Church and resuce Bible
7:00-10:00pm, Grand Colonial Ball at the Kingston City Hall, 420 Broadway for reenactors and the general public alike. Old Dutch Church Fellowship is providing the refreshments!
Sunday, Oct. 6th:
10:30am, Colonial inspired Worship Service with period guests!
For additional information on the Church related activities and to get involved, contact our office 338-6759 or click here.
For more detailed event information, visit the City of Kingston website by clicking here.
New Hymals Dedicated! Sunday, September 29th, 2013, 10:30am
Our New Hymnals were dedicated during the service on Sunday, September 29th. It was the first time the Choirs sang for the season and they gave a great performance! It was a joyous day and a true celebration of the rich music minsitry program of our Church and the talents within our walls. The Hymnals are entitled "Life Up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs" and they were donated to the Congregation by the Ruch Family Foundation and members of the Church were able to dedicate books to loved ones.
If you would like to learn more about our music ministry, please click here. If you would like to donate towards the purchase of additional hymnals in memory of a loved one, please contact the Church office 338-6759 or click here.
Farewell Coffee Hour Sunday, August 25, 2013 10:30am
ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 25th, at a special Coffee Hour following the worship service, the assembled congregation had the opportunity to say good-bye to Jean Hattersley, Organist, and Pat Johnson, Director of Choirs, as they each concluded their music ministry at Old Dutch Church. Pastor Renée, Pastor Walsh and Senior Elder Pat Allen, each spoke and thanked Jean and Pat for their years of dedication and their contributions to our music program and each of them was presented with a gift from the Consistory and congregation.
New Staff at Old Dutch Church Thursday, September 12, 2013
A WORD ON MINISTRY STAFFING FROM THE CONSISTORY
In a letter sent to members and friends this summer, we let you know about changes that have taken place in the ministry staff of Old Dutch. Presently, we have an interim Organist who is well known to you! Rev. Ken Walsh will be with us through October. Dewi Pangaribuan is serving as interim Minister of Music through December. And Rob Nussbaumer is our interim Sexton. We are grateful to find wonderfully qualified persons to fill all of these positions while we do the careful work of finding and calling those who will share our ministry into the future. We are advertising nationally to fill the open positions in our music ministry, and locally to find a permanent Sexton. Search Committees are being formed to review applications and interview promising candidates. The Consistory will keep you informed as these search processes unfold. We believe that God is at work ahead of us, calling those who will become our partners in the ministry of Old Dutch. We invite you to pray with us for clarity and grace as we discern God's leading. ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, at a special Coffee Hour following the worship service, the assembled congregation had the opportunity to say good-bye to Jean Hattersley and Pat Johnson as they each concluded their music ministry at Old Dutch. Pastor Renée, Pastor Walsh and Senior Elder Pat Allen, each spoke and thanked Jean and Pat for their years of dedication and their contributions to our music program and each of them was presented with a gift from the Consistory and congregation
Wall Street Jazz Festival Friday & Saturday, August 30th & 31st, 2013 7-9pm
This year the Wall Street Jazz Festival is adding a new location. Our Bethany Hall will be a venue for the event which promises great, live Jazz music and fun for the whole family! The two-day event takes place here at the Church on Friday, August 30th at 8pm with "The Art of the Duo: Dual Pianos", featuring Dena Derose, Francesca Tanksley, Nina Sheldon, and Peggy Stern. Tickets are $15.00. Saturday, August 31st the free outdoor concerts run from 6-10pm on Wall street between John and N. Front Streets. Email email@example.com for additional info or contact us 338.6759.
Antique Fire Engine Show on Fair Street! Saturday, August 24, 2013 10am-3pm
The Antigue Fire Engine Show is always a really fun event! People of all ages who love history and fire fighter nostalgia will enjoy the variety of trucks and equipment that are on display. You can even tour the Volunteer Firemen's Hall Museum! For additional info, visit the group's Facebook Page or call 331-0866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kingston Festival of the Arts at Old Dutch Church! Saturday, August 24, 2013 11am & 3:30pm
"How Fine It Is to Live": Music of Lee Hoiby, Lori Laitman, Francis Poulenc and more!
August 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | $10
"How Fine it is to Live" is a musical journey through life's highs and lows, its strengths and frailties, its joys and sorrows. Ranging in styles from French Impressionist to neo-Classical and Romantic spanning the latter half of the 20th-Century, this program juxtaposes the music of Francis Poulenc and Elliot Carter, Lee Hoiby with Lori Laitman, and more.
Soprano Alison Davy, saxophonist Javier Oviedo,and pianist Gene Rohrer are a dynamic trio devoted to bringing interesting music to interested audiences. Their combined resumé lists some of the nation's most prestigious concert venues including The White House, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center as well as locations throughout Europe and Asia.
After a remarkable success at New York's DiMenna Center for Classical Music in April 2013, the trio decided to continue performing this program elsewhere creating a unique atmosphere for listeners with their engaging personalities and musical textures.
"100 Years of Spring"
August 24 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | $10
Unity Ride at Hudson River Maritime Museum Thursday, August 1, 2013
The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign is an education and advocacy initiative to mark the 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum Treaty, the first agreement between the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Europeans. The statewide campaign will include educational and cultural events, internet and social media information and feature a symbolic enactment of the Two Row with Native people paddling side-by-side with non-Native allies down the Hudson River from Albany to New York City. On Thursday, August 1st, 2013, the paddle stopped in Kingston at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Pastor Renee participated in a presentation of a condolence pipe on behalf of the Church. There was a lunch served and the day was a great success! The other stops for the Unity Ride will coninue down the River. For additional information, visit www.theunityride.com or contact us!
Penny Social Fundraiser A Success! Saturday, July 20th
THE PENNY SOCIAL was a really good time! A lot of people attended and the event was very successful, with around $300 was raised! Thanks Dee and all of the helpers who worked so hard!
Hudson Rising Scavenger Hunt for Kids Saturday, July 20th
The scavenger hunt was a great success! 100's of people came out and a lot of people toured the Church and learned about our rich history! A lot of young families and children participated as well! Thanks Pastor Renee and Seth for helping!
Rhinebeck-Rhinebach Exchange Concert A Hit! Sunday, July 21st
The Rhinebeck-Rhinebach Exchange Program presented a concert here at the Church on Sunday, July 21st, 2013 at 4pm as part of their Summer Concert Series. The event was free and open to the public and there was a great turnout! For additional information, visit the group's website You can also see pictures and a video of the concert on www.Facebook.com/OldDutchChurch
More New Members Received at Old Dutch Church! Sunday, June 9, 2013 10:30am
CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME to our newest members! Joining our church family in the past month were Dan Gorham, Melissa Hoffmann, Paul Homkow, Julia Ramsay, Francis Smith, and Stephen Warren. All were received on Confession of Faith. Together our Church family shares in the journey of love of God, neighbor, self and the earth. If you would like additional information, please click here or email PastorRenee@olddutchchurch.org or call the office 338.6759.
Congratulations to Old Dutch Church's College Graduates! Sunday, May 26, 2013
Congratulations to our college graduates: Benjamin Hall, Elizabeth Hansell and James Werner! Part of our Church family since they were babies, it is exciting and a blessing to share in the next chapter of your lives! It is a joy to celebrate the youth, who are the future of our congregation! Good Luck!!!
Elizabeth Hansell graduated from the College of Saint Rose on May 11th with a Masters of Science degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders. She is currently interviewing for positions in the area as a Clinical Fellow in Speech Language Pathology. She praises God for all her success throughout these many years of education and to her parents for their unwavering support. Also, she'd like to thank her "Old Dutch Family" for all their support and prayers over the years.
Benjamin Hall graduated from the College at Brockport, State University of New York, on May 18th with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences, concentrating in Healthcare Administration. Following graduation, he will begin a 6 week internship with the CEO of Mobile Life Support Services in order to receive his certification in Healthcare Administration. He is hoping to attend Marist this Fall for work on a Master of Public Administration degree. He is thankful to God for His guidance and care throughout his life and also to his family, at home and at Old Dutch, for their love and support.
James P Werner graduated May 11, 2013 with his Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Like Elizabeth and Ben, James has grown up at Old Dutch and has been involved in choirs, youth group, Sunday School, and worship services.
Mission & Outreach Fundraiser
Pregnancy Support Center of Ulster County announced that The Baby Bottle Campaign, which ran from May 12 - June 16, 2013, was a HUGE SUCCESS!!! Thanks for all of the spare change, products, cash and checks that were donated to help change the lives of local women and their unborn babies. Fill the Bottle ... Change a Life! Thank you Betty Williams for all of your help organizing this fundraiser. We were able to donate $220.00 plus a large pack of disposable diapers!!! Thank you to everyone who donated for your generosity!!
Nursery Open during Worship Services Sunday, May 12, 2013
NURSERY NEWS: Noting that we have more little ones in church recently, Dee Milczarzyk has offered to make nursery service available during the worship services. The Nursery is now located in the upstairs hallway, across from the (Chambers) Choir Room and parents are invited to make use of it at any time. Volunteer sitters are also needed. If you can lend a hand, please speak to Dee or leave a message in the church office. P.S. Our rocking chair broke and we could use a replacement. If you have one you would like to donate, please contact the church office. at 338-6759 or click here.
Playing with the Word Tuesday, May 7, 2013 7:00pm
"PLAYING WITH THE WORD" Bible Study with Pastor Renee is on Summer Hiatus. The program was a hit and will continue in the Fall.
Children's Day Service Highlights Sunday, June 9, 2013
CHILDREN'S DAY, JUNE 9th, was a wonderfully uplifting and fun worship service! Our Children's Choir, directed by Pat Johnson, presented several anthems from "God Called Moses"(the Law of God), to "Peter & James & John in a Sailboat" to the "Butterfly Song"; Rick & Julie Leon did wonderful duets of two popular Gospel songs - "The Family Bible" and "I Saw the Light", and the congregational hymns included "Jesus Loves Me" and "Go, My Children, with My Blessing". The Word was presented in the drama, "Looking for Your Heart?", based on Matthew 6: 19 - 21, narrated by Pastor Renée and re-enacted by Elizabeth Hansell, John Kern, Ricky Leon, and Adam Kudlo, with accompaniment by Jean Hattersley. Jean's granddaughter, Jessica O'Dell, did a marvelous job as the organist for the Prelude and Postlude. Receiving certificates for Sunday School participation were Alexandra Halwick, Ricky Leon, Ben Leon, and Jaden Smith; Godffrey Lucas was the recipient of the Old Dutch Scholarship. AND, Nolan Richard Homkow, son of Melissa Hoffmann & Paul Homkow, was Baptized! It was a great day and we hope that you were able to be here!
New Church Directories Available Wednesday, May 8, 2013
UPDATED COPIES of our Church Directory are available on the table in Bethany Hall. Please contact Pat in the Church Office, 338-6759, with any corrections, additions, omissions, etc. or click here.
Old Dutch Church is Now on Twitter!!! Saturday, April 20, 2013
Old Dutch Church is expanding our social media presence and our online community is growing! We now have an account on Twitter! Please follow us at the handle @OldDutchChurch to share in the conversation and help spread the word about Old Dutch and our programs and special events. Our Facebook page has grown to over 300 fans as well!! You can find our Fan Page at www.Facebook.com/OldDutchChurch.
Welcome Reverend Dr. Renee House!
AT A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING following the worship service on Sunday, February 10, the members in attendance gave a resounding vote of approval to the call of Rev. Dr. Reneé House as our next minister. Pastor Reneé and her husband, Rev. Richard Ruch, plan to relocate to Kingston in mid-March and she will begin her pastorate here the week of March 18th with her first Sunday in the pulpit on Palm Sunday, March 24th.
CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE- In preparation for Pastor Reneé's arrival, we'd like to update our Church Directory. If you have any changes - name, address, phone, e-mail - please contact the church office, (845) 338-6759.
WELCOMING STATEMENT June
AT THEIR REGULAR MEETING in June, the Consistory adopted the following Welcoming Statement:
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE! As a community of faith called together by God, we welcome you. The congregation of Old Dutch Church seeks to greet you as a child of God made in God’s own image. As a family created by God, and made one through the blood of Jesus Christ, we choose to recognize our universal need for our Savior, above all else. As a Reformed congregation we strive to embrace all of God’s people regardless of age, race, color, history, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical abilities, or social-economic status. We believe God’s plan to be so vast as to exclude no person. If you seek comfort, we offer support. If you seek love, we offer our hearts. If you seek peace in Christ’s message, we journey with you. You are a child of God and you are welcomed to this place.
HOT OFF THE PRESS!!
"STOCKADE HISTORIC ASSETS" By Ted Dietz
A wonderful picture book of Kingston - only $20.00
All proceeds to benefit the Old Dutch Restoration Fund
Old Dutch Church Awarded $25,000.00 Matching Grant
Thanks to the New York Landmarks Conservancy for the generous $25,000.00 matching grant! This means that any donation made to the restoration fund will count for twice as much! For additional information on the Old Dutch Church restoration and to make a donation, please click here.
STEEPLE CHIMES E-NEWSLETTER
The Steeple Chimes, the monthly newsletter for members and friends of Old Dutch Church, is now available via email. If you would like to join our list, please email email@example.com. You can also view the newsletter by clicking here.
$500 Mission & Outreach Grant from Stewart's Shops
Stewart's Shops has awarded the Old Dutch Church Mission & Outreach committee a $500.00 grant to be used toward the successful Clothes for Kids program. ODC Mission & Outreach works with the local school district in providing necessary clothing for needy school children. The committee is currently collecting canned and non-perishable foods for the food pantry at Clinton Avenue UMC.
$1,000 Grant from Key Bank
Thanks to the generosity of Key Bank, the Old Dutch Church Heritage Museum is printing a new guide of the Church and grounds. Visitors will be able to make the most of their trip and use the brochure as a self-guided walking tour. The Old Dutch Church and Museum is open to the public for tours every Sunday and by appointment. For more information and to request a self-guided walking tour of the Church, please click here.