April News

Church Family Retreat– due to scheduling conflicts the retreat has been postponed until Fall.

Mission-Learning Trip: next meeting! April 15th, 12:30 pm-ish. Come to hear about our tentative plans and help iron out details to. We are looking that the week of July 15th, number of days to be determined. see the developing plan online.


  • April 1st,Easter
    • Community Easter sunrise Service, 6:30 am
    • Worship, 11 am.  (No PreK-8th Christian Education)
  • April 8th, No Christian Education, worship 11 am. Easter worship with scripture & songs.
  • April 15th: 1 John 4:7-12; What Happened on the Cross? 
  • April 22nd: 1 John 5:1-12, Real Spirituality

Billy Brown Camp Scholarship
The scholarship was established in memory of Billy and supports kids to go to any Christians camp. Forms are available in the foyer and can be returned to Pastor Jeff or Ron Barnes. (if you are considering Camp Fowler, please see Pastor Jeff)

NET Dinner
Plan to join your church  family and our neighbors for dinner and fellowship on Wednesday, May 2.  Dinner is  served from 5:00 until 6:30.  See the sign-up sheet in the foyer for opportunities to serve in making this event a blessing in our community.

Save the Date
We are continuing our practice of recognizing folks who serve and enrich our community.  The fellowship committee is planning an Appreciation Dinner for June 1 at 6:00.  This year’s honorees will be the Middleburgh Library and Dr. Best House staffs and volunteers.  To help the fellowship committee with their planning, we are asking you to indicate by April 29 how many in your family plan to attend.  Please look for the reservation sheet in the foyer.

 Save the Date!
Ladies, save the date of Saturday, April 14 for the 3rd Annual Women’s Assembly at the Glen Reformed Church.  You will be blessed by a day of worship, fellowship, and learning!  This year’s theme is: God is my Engine, but where are my keys?


 Operation Christmas Child Updates
There have been some changes in our area team for OCC.  For some time, the New York Greater Capital District Area Team had been limping along without an area coordinator.  In January, Darleen Albertine accepted God’s call to fill that role.  Here at home, Allison Coons expressed her desire to take on the role of drop-off site team leader.  Since 2008, Mary Lou had been filling that role and serving as a church relations volunteer.  Mary Lou has moved into the position of church relations coordinator for our six-county team.  We ask for your prayers as we transition into our new positions and our area team grows.  Our purpose is to join in God’s work of spreading the Gospel among our neighbors here and abroad.  To God be the Glory!

We have been gathering items for our 2018 packing party.  Our focus will be bars of soap for April and combs for May.  Thank you to everyone who has already purchased toothbrushes and washcloths.  We will continue to collect those items as well as those mentioned for April and May.  There is a box in the foyer where you may leave your contributions.

The foundation of OCC is prayer.  A group meets monthly for fellowship and prayer centered on the project.  The next prayer group meeting will be Monday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at the Ryan’s.  Join us for a cup of coffee, great conversation, and prayer!


from the Property Committee
Our very talented and dedicated property caretaker, Doug Kingsbury, has submitted his resignation from that position as of April 30. We can not thank him enough for his years of hard work here at the Middleburgh Reformed Church. The Property Committee is beginning the process of finding a way to clean and maintain the property.

Meanwhile, there are still many opportunities for everyone to join in caring for our church property.  Once the snow is gone, there will be yard work to do before the mowing season begins.  A list of tasks will be posted.

Spring Yard Work

Get lawn ready for mowing:

  • move tree branches and large sticks from the lawn to a pile by the dumpster.
  • Rake stones off lawns and back onto driveways

Get gardens ready for flowers:

  • Island garden–lay cardboard to keep weeds down and cover with mulch.
  • Other gardens–spring maintenance and planting.

Group workdays are set for Saturdays in April (if the snow is gone)

April 7 and April 14  from 9 AM to 11 AM–bring rakes and gloves, though we have some.

But if that time doesn’t work you are welcome to come anytime you choose.  Welcome Spring!

Helping Out

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to do some voluntary cleaning in some areas of our church buildings.  Sharing this responsibility has multiple benefits.  We are still looking for a “team” of volunteers to take on the nursery. This is a very special room for our children and needs to be in good condition all year long. Members of this “team” can decide how they will divide the work to be done.  Sign-up sheets and guidelines are on the table in the foyer.  Please see Leslie Hooper if you have questions or suggestions.  The next meeting of the Property Committee is Thursday  March 8 at 4:30 PM.

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