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A New Year


free-religious-happy-new-year-wishes-1January marks new beginnings and new hope.  Rhinebeck Reformed Church enters into its 284th calendar year with the same mission of providing a Christian community of love and hope to all.  Happy New Year.




Join us for Sunday Worship at 9:45!

Sunday, January 4th:  Guest Officiant

Sunday, January 11th:  Pastor Luis Perez back in the pulpit


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


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You are invited to join your friends and community at Rhinebeck Reformed Church this Christmas Eve for our inspirational Candlelight Service of worship, carol-singing, fellowship and joy.

Wednesday, December 24

7:30 pm

All are welcome!

A Holiday Season of Festivities at Rhinebeck Reformed Church!


christmas-starRhinebeck Reformed Church has a full schedule of activities to celebrate the occasion of Christ’s birth.

Saturday, December 6:

11am – 2pm:  A Family Friendly Lunch during Sinterklass and Grace Smith House Benefit.  During our annual luncheon in Cordes Hall, our Sunday School students will be selling and/or helping children make secular and religious crafts and penny candy to raise money to buy toiletry items for the women at Grace Smith House.

4pm – 8pm:   Sinterklass Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in cooperation with the Good Shepherd Catholic Church.  Father Brogan Center, 3 Mulberry Street, Rhinebeck

5pm:  Rhinebeck Reformed Church Living Nativity; Cookie Celebration follows in Cordes Hall

Saturday, December 13

9am – 1pm:  Rhinebeck Reformed Church Annual Cookie Walk and Sale.  Home made holiday cookies by the cooks of the congregation.  SNOW DATE:  SUNDAY, DEC 14 AT 11:30

Sunday, December 21

9:45:  Special Holiday worship service with special Children and Youth Christmas Presentation

Christmas Eve, Wednesday December 24

7:30:  Christmas Eve Service at historic Rhinebeck Reformed Church

Jim Leyritz, former New York Yankee, to speak at Rhinebeck Reformed Church!


Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 7.44.56 AMOn Sunday, November 9th, former New York Yankee, author, and inspirational speaker Jim Leyritz will speak from the pulpit for our Sunday worship service.

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Throughout his successful career with the New York Yankees (1990-1996, 1999-2000), Jim  had the reputation for significantly changing  the momentum of several series’ by hitting clutch postseason home runs.  Nicknamed ‘The King,” Leyritz is best known for his three-run home run off of Mark Wohlers, in the 8th inning of the 1996 World Series.  As well as his 1999 ,  when Leyritz hit another home run in 8th inning of Game 4 of the World Series, against the Atlanta Braves.

His biography, Catching Heat:  The Jim Leyritz Story, was published in 2011.

Since his baseball days, Jim has worked as an inspirational speaker and is involved with many charities.

Date:  Sunday, November 9th

Time:  9:45 AM

Healing Service Sunday – October 19


Rhinebeck Reformed Church invites both parishioners and the community to join us on Sunday, October 19th for a special worship service centered on Healing of mind, body and spirit.  Please join us for this very special service.

When:  Sunday, October 19 at 9:45

Where:  Rhinebeck Reformed Church, South Street and Route 9, Rhinebeck

Summer Speakers Series: Dr. Carlos Eire


Date:  Sunday, August 10

Time:  Sunday Service in the Sanctuary, 9:45

Dr. Carlos Eire

Dr. Carlos Eire

On Sunday, August 10th, we welcome back Dr. Carlos Eire, who will present a discussion on themes in the Reformation movement.

 Dr. Carlos Eire, who received his PhD from Yale in 1979, specializes in the social, intellectual, religious, and cultural history of late medieval and early modern Europe, with a strong focus on both the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the history of popular piety; and the history of death. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1996, he taught at St. John’s University in Minnesota and the University of Virginia, and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for two years.

He has also ventured into the twentieth century and the Cuban Revolution in the memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana (2003), which won the National Book Award in Nonfiction in the United States (2003) and has been translated into more than a dozen languages – but is banned in Cuba.  His latest memoir, Learning to Die in Miami (2010), explores the exile experience.  He is also the author of War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship From Erasmus to Calvin (1986); From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth Century Spain (1995); A Very Brief History of Eternity (2010); and co-author of Jews, Christians, Muslims: An Introduction to Monotheistic Religions (1997).

 A past president of the Society for Reformation Research, Carlos Eire is currently on the editorial board of the journal Church History and the publications committee of Yale University Press. He is now writing a survey history of the Reformation era and researching attitudes toward miracles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His courses range widely in subject, but tend to focus on early modern Europe, and on religious history.

Summer Speakers Series: Reverend Robert Chase


Date:  Sunday, August 3

Time:  Sunday Service in the Sanctuary, 9:45

The Reverend Robert Chase, founder and president of Intersections International, will present a sermon titled “Unapologetically Christian; Unabashedly Multifaith.”

Rev. Chase does extensive work in Christian and Muslim dialogue in Pakistan, and will speak about the importance “affirming the sacredness in other people” in our multi-valent world.

Special music will be performed by soloist Leighanne Saltsman

About Reverend Chase and Intersections International:

In September 2007, the Rev. Robert Chase was called to be the Founding Director of Intersections International, a new global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York, the oldest corporation in North America, dating back to 1628. Intersections is dedicated to building respectful relationships across lines of difference. In an effort to build innovative solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems, Intersections creates safe space and brings diverse (and sometimes unexpected) voices around a common table for the sharing of stories and the exchange of ideas and perspectives.  Rev. Chase is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He earned a Master of Divinity Magna cum Laude from New Brunswick (N.J.) Theological Seminary, and a B.A. with honors in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lent and Easter Season at Rhinebeck Reformed Church


Join us during Easter at one or more of our congregation’s events:

Join us in Cordes Hall for a brief inspirational service, Cantor Bob Cohen and a delicious meal. Sign up sheet in Cordes Hall.


April 20th at 9:45 AM: EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE

Easter Egg hunt follows worship

Rhinebeck Reformed Church Welcomes New Visitors and Members



The fellowship of our church continues to grow with the addition of new members.  Our Sunday services are enriched by newcomers.

Rhinebeck Reformed Church welcomes inquiries about membership from prospective new members.  Please call the Church Office at 845-876-3727 for more information.



Rhinebeck Reformed Church Food Pantry Needs


Rhinebeck Reformed Church’s food pantry has been blessed by the community’s generous gifts, which help support many families who depend upon the pantry to get through each month.

Currently, the pantry is in need of donations of:

Canned meat (no tuna)


Spaghetti sauce and dry pasta

Dry macaroni

Canned soup

Coffee, tea

Eggs, cheese

Peanut butter

Canned milk

Laundry detergent

Toilet paper


Thanks in advance to those of you who are moved to help out.  Donations may be dropped off weekdays from 9 – noon, and at Sunday service.