Welcome to The Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack

Join us for Worship every Sunday at 9:30 AM

Please note the coming events on your calendar and if you have any questions feel free to contact the church office at 518-851-3811

WORSHIP

Each Sunday we gather for worship at 9:30. We begin together in the sanctuary for prayer and songs of praise. After a special music selection there is a children’s message. Then the kids and their teachers go to the Fellowship Hall for Sunday School for kids ages 3-12. (For info on Sunday School, please contact Snookie Patterson, (518)828-3503 to get on the Sunday School email list)

There is a nursery for little ones in the Fellowship Hall as well. The service continues in the sanctuary with scripture readings, sermon, sharing of joys and prayer concerns, the offering of gifts, and a benediction/blessing.

We all meet up afterwards in the fellowship hall for food and conversation. (In the summer we gather on the patio). The service lasts about an hour.

We celebrate the sacrament of communion on the first Sunday of every month, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. Our Communion is open to all who believe in Jesus and have chosen to follow Him.

On the first Sunday of every month there is a food collection for the local food pantries. Other missions chosen by the Mission Committee are highlighted each month such as the CROP walk for hunger, Onesies collection for needy infants in the local hospitals, and Souper Bowl Day of Sharing. We also provide monetary support for missionaries Rev. Brad and Robin Kautz who serve the Jicarilla Reformed Church on the reservation in Dulce, New Mexico.

SPECIAL SERVICES

In September we have a special service an picnic at the Claverack Town Park to kick off the Sunday School Year.

Christmas Eve Candlelight service takes place at 7:30 pm on December 24th. It is a beautiful service of spoken word, music, and light.

Ash Wednesday there is community potluck at 6pm and a brief service at 7pm with informal communion and imposition of ashes to mark the start of of the penitential season of Lent.

Maundy Thursday we remember the Last Supper time of Jesus with his disciples before his crucifixion on Good Friday. There is a solemn service of scripture and the extinguishing of candles at 7pm.

BIBLE STUDY AND THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

On Thursdays between September and June from 9:30 -11 am the morning Bible Study Group meets to study God’s word and how it applies to our daily lives. This year we have studied the epistles of John and major world religions using a text by Adam Hamilton.

We will finish off the year with reading the book Future Faith by Wesley Granberg Michaelson, General Secretary Emeritus of the Reformed Church in America. Particularly relevant chapters to our ministry context will be studied on selected evenings at 7pm. Please join us as we see what we need to know about the future of the local and global church. For more information on Bible studies see the church newsletter The Fisherman or contact Pastor Linda 845-430-3348.

MUSIC

We have an active choir and are blessed with weekly selections of sacred music. The choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7 pm. We also have a bell choir that performs on special occasions.

To learn more about the choirs please contact music director and organist Andrea Mastrianni (518) 265-3661. For more info on the bell choir please contact Lloyd Lawrence at lloydlawr@gmailcom.

YULE BOOTH

The Women’s Group Yule Booth Committee makes crafts for the Annual Christmas Bazaar that happens on the third Saturday in November. They meet at 7 pm on Wednesday evenings. For more information contact Kim Plass 518-851-7406