Weekends at the Old Dutch Church – Annual Dutch Fest – October Weekends

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Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, Sleepy Hollow, NY

The roads around Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown are packed this time of year as folks from all over make the trek to these river towns in search of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I wonder if Washington Irving knew that this place he described as “drowsy” and  “dreamy” would become the destination of choice Continue reading “Weekends at the Old Dutch Church – Annual Dutch Fest – October Weekends”

Sundays at the Old Dutch Church- August 14th, 2016

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Erin Hill and Harp at the Old Dutch

If the organ is the “King of Instruments”, I propose the harp is it’s Queen. The final performance in our series of Seven Sundays Celebrating Music in Worship was beautifully executed by Ms Erin Hill. Continue reading “Sundays at the Old Dutch Church- August 14th, 2016”

Sundays at the Old Dutch Church – August 7th, 2016

I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area during the Cold War. I remember learning how to “Duck and Cover” in the hallway of my elementary school, in case of nuclear attack. I took Russian Language, Russian Literature, and the Politics and Economics of the Soviet Union in high school. I continued this line of study into college when I decided to declare a Russian Studies major. At the end of my sophomore year I transferred to the Institute of Soviet and East European Studies at a Canadian University.  Having enough credits to complete the major, I decided to double-major in Religious Studies. I thought that if more people understood the language, history and literature of a people, we could make peace, even if our governments failed us. Continue reading “Sundays at the Old Dutch Church – August 7th, 2016”

Sundays at the Old Dutch Church – July 31st, 2016

On April 21, 1697, the first child was baptized at the Old Dutch Church. Her name was Rebecca, daughter of Jan and Maria Heyert. Thus, began the cycle of baptisms, marriages, and deaths up to this, our 331st year as a church community. Continue reading “Sundays at the Old Dutch Church – July 31st, 2016”

Saturdays at the Old Dutch Church – July 30th, 2016

old dutch frontOn Saturdays, the folks that make their way up the hill towards the Old Dutch Church do so with various intentions – or no intentions at all. Some find themselves walking through the church doors not really knowing why they came. They know nothing of Irving, The Legend, the Dutch, or the history, but they show up, as if answering a summons from On High. Continue reading “Saturdays at the Old Dutch Church – July 30th, 2016”

Saturdays at the Old Dutch Church, July 16, 2016

The 21st and 17th centuries collided today at the Old Dutch in the form of Hamilton and Pokemon Go. Yes, we had a Hamilton in the house – a descendant of that same man Lin-Manuel Miranda has immortalized in the award-winning Broadway phenomenon. My first question was, “Have you seen the show?” and he has and he likes it! Continue reading “Saturdays at the Old Dutch Church, July 16, 2016”

Sundays at the Old Dutch Church, July 10, 2016

inside ODCOne of the things that surprises folks the most when they visit the Old Dutch Church is that it’s still used for Sunday services. Not only is it still used for services, it’s still used by the community of believers that trace their beginnings back to the founding of the church in 1685 by the first Lord Frederick Philipse Continue reading “Sundays at the Old Dutch Church, July 10, 2016”