Clarkstown Reformed Church
April 2021
“You, LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.”
~ Psalm 18:28
SAYING GOODBYE TO AN OLD FRIEND
by
Pastor Rich Hasselbach
On Wednesday, May 5th, Clarkstown Reformed Church will say goodbye to a lifelong member, Art Erikson. He was born in West Nyack in 1921, the child of Erik and Marie Erikson, who were also members of CRC. Artie grew up in the church. He lived, as a child, in his family's home at 67 Demarest Avenue, within walking distance of our church. At the Reformed Church, Art developed his deep faith and the integrity that became one of the hallmarks of his life. 

CHURCH UPDATES
Renovations
We've been busy preparing for our church reopening on May 9th. This week, our historic church is being painted. The interior of the sanctuary will be painted at a later date. Updates have also been made to the Fellowship Hall, with new flooring downstairs and fresh paint in the church offices.

Donations to help with the upkeep of this landmark are greatly appreciated!
UPCOMING EVENTS
May 9 - Church Reopening
Join us for the reopening of our church! We will celebrate Mother's Day and our church reopening with special musical guests and gifts for all mothers in attendance. Service begins at 10:30am in the main sanctuary and will also be streamed online.

July 18 - Union Party
Save the Date for a day celebrating the union of the United Church of Spring Valley and Clarkstown Reformed Church. More details coming soon!
FOR THE LEAST OF THESE
by
Rev. Annie Bovian
The Clarkstown Reformed Church's dedication to the Community is serving the "least of these." (Matthew 25)

Many of those whom we serve are newly released residents from the jail and prison population. Upon their release they enter into two programs the Church supports; Providence House and Strive, both located in New York City.

The Church received a request from the aforementioned programs for toiletries which they are desperately in need of. We are asking our congregation and friends to help us supply the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The programs are asking for:
Soap
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Deodarant (for males and females)
Razors
Toiletry bags
Female socks (assorted sizes)
Male socks (assorted sizes)

The Church will begin its first in-person service since the pandemic on Mother's Day, May 9th, 2021 at our 10:30am service. Please bring your donations at that time.

All those not able to attend the in-person service are asked to kindly send or bring your donation to:

The Clarkstown Reformed Church 
107 Strawtown Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
Attn: Rev. Annie Bovian, Missions Ministry 

Peace and Blessings! 
CRC MUSIC
This month's featured song is "How Great Thou Art" performed by Susan Brown on the piano. To hear more worship music, visit our YouTube channel HERE.
RADIO SHOW & PODCAST
Love podcasts? We do, too! That's why we're so excited to bring you 3 different podcasts to inspire your week - The Pastor Rich Show, Faith Unscripted radio show, and the Weekly Message. Each podcast offers a different perspective on faith in our everyday lives: 
The Pastor Rich Show - In this podcast, Pastor Rich interviews guests and talks to them about how faith shapes their hearts and their lives.
Faith Unscripted - Faith Unscripted is a weekly radio show on WRCR. Recent guests on the show include Rabbi Paul Kurland of the Nanuet Hebrew Center and Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann. If you're located in the Rockland County area, you can tune into AM 1700 every Tuesday from 10:10-10:40AM or listen live on the WRCR website.
Weekly Message - We have now added Pastor Rich's Sunday sermons to our podcast lineup! 
To subscribe, visit your favorite podcast platform and search for "The Pastor Rich Show." With one subscription you'll have access to all 3 podcasts. You can find the podcast on the following apps: 
 
PRAYER REQUESTS
How can we pray for you?

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have prayer requests, pastoral needs, or need assistance. You can reach the church office by phone at (845) 358-4320 and Pastor Rich can be reached at RevRichH@gmail.com
SUPPORT CLARKSTOWN REFORMED CHURCH
Thank you for being part of the CRC community! Our mission to spread the Word wouldn't be possible without your support. To make a gift to CRC, you can now set up one-time and recurring donations online through Tithe.ly. You may also make a contribution or tithe to our church by mail: 

Clarkstown Reformed Church
107 Strawtown Road
West Nyack, NY 10994

Your generous gift will help us advance our ministry and better serve our congregation and community.
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