Good News

Dear Friends,

Do you have good news?

Whether you believe you have good news or not, your church is brimming with good news. Simply put, we exist as a church to BE the good news and to share it with others. After all, that’s what the word “gospel” means—good news.

What’s obvious is that we offer good news through our programs and our philanthropies in and beyond our community. And the good news goes deeper than the inspiring events like worship and study and support group meetings. The good news goes deeper than the many needy children and families embraced by your generous support. The good news includes people in our community, like you, whose lives have been touched and made better through this church’s love. That’s good news.

How do you make good news even better, because that’s what we are committed to do? We are planning new programs and new events for the coming months:

This Sunday, right after our service of worship, we invite (encourage) parents and interested adults to join us in a meeting with our Sunday School teachers to talk about changes that herald more good news for our childrens’ educational experience.

Our first-ever All Church Retreat is scheduled for November 8th right here at church. Rob and Carter and I are planning it so that you could fit it into your schedule—from breakfast through lunch on Saturday.

Our Fall Bible Study is a big deal. We saw that there is a strong desire for an introduction to reading the Bible. That’s what we are doing. It’s open to every one of you and will give you tools and perspectives for opening that daunting tome. Give it a try beginning September 22 at 7:30.

As you know, I’m a nut for poetry, always have been. We’re going to do a Poetry Salon at the parsonage on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 each week. I will select a poem (or more) to read together, take in, and enjoy along with steaming cups of tea. Let’s see where it goes. Some of you may have poems to share with the rest of us—bring them on.

And this may be the best good news: We are mobilizing to offer prayer and support for individuals and families going through difficult or challenging situations. Many of these challenges are not easily fixed or resolved.  But no one needs to face them alone.  The ties that bind us at Talmadge Hill Community Church are strengthened by our shared concern for one another and our commitment to prayer and service to one another. If you would like to speak with someone at the church or want the church to be praying on your behalf, PLEASE call or email Carter ( or 914-610-8492).

Oh! There’s more good news. We believe that we have something deeply valuable here at Talmadge Hill Church. We naturally want to share that with others. And we are better for every new person and family that joins our community. BRING A FRIEND TO CHURCH on Sunday, October 5th to introduce them to the joy of worship in our community. There will be special music and a welcoming message for all.

But, in the end, it’s not programs that make Good News. Good News is woven into the fabric of our active life together as a church. We exist to serve the spiritual needs of our community and beyond. Simply by taking an active part, we give good news to others and then receive it back tenfold.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.



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