Touché January 19, 2018

Leadership on the Line


“The minister of Word and sacrament does not serve without the elder and neither without the deacon. Together they enable the whole mission of the church. Everything in the church will be done decently and in order when faithful persons are called to office, and responsibly fulfill their charge.”  (From the liturgy of ordination and installation of elders and deacons) Read more »

2018 Sweatshirt Drive through February 28

It’s time for our 2nd Annual Sweatshirt Drive. We will be collecting new and gently used sweatshirts from January 15 – Feb 28. There will be a collection box in the fellowship hall. Sweatshirts are donated to the Homeless Shelter and HOAM (Hope on a Mission). Helping the homeless in our area is one of HRC’s local missions. You can help to be a part of that with your sweatshirt donation. Contact Lisa Ruvo using the form below.

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Looking for someone to give 1-2 hours per week to replenish envelopes, prayer cards, etc. in the pews. If interested, contact Birgit Chisholm using the form below. Read more »

Volunteer opportunity – Youth Sunday School Teacher

Would you like to impact our youth? Are you interested in teaching middle school or high school Sunday school? We have classes at both services and are in need of teachers. Curriculum is provided. If this interests you please speak to Warren Jee or email him using the form below. Read more »

Boy Scout Sunday February 4

Boy Scout Sunday will be held on February 4, 2018. We would love for all Boy Scouts and leaders to attend in uniform. Please contact Lee Ann O’Connor, using the form below, if you plan to participate or if you need further information.

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Lidia’s Kids Sponsor Meeting January 28

We want to thank all the sponsors who have changed the lives of God’s children in the Dominican Republic. We will be having a Thank You meeting on January 28 in the Community Room for all the Lidia’s Kids sponsors. Learn more about where and how your child lives and meet other sponsors while having dessert and coffee. This meeting is also open for anyone who would like to find out more about the program. Any questions contact Sue Nieves using the form below.

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4th & 5th Grade Game Night January 27

Calling all 4th/5th graders!! Come join in the fun for game night on Saturday, 27 Jan from 6:30-8pm. Contact Karen for more information, using the form below. Bring a friend and a snack to share.

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Love INC January Collection

We will be collecting full and twin size blankets and linens (new and gently used) for the month of January. Please place them in the blue container marked Love INC in the fellowship hall . Contact Toni Viau using the form below..

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Giving Envelope Announcement

Please pick up your contribution envelopes for 2018 on the table by the entrance to the Fellowship Hall . If you don’t find an envelope packet in your name and you would like to have them, just sign the list at the end of the table. A packet of envelopes will be waiting for you there next week. If you have any questions, contact Cyndy Warren using the form below.

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Touché October 6, 2017

 From Stressed to Blessed

“He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:3)

Working with Rick Warren through these Fifty Days of Transformation, I recognize his genius.  He is simple, straightforward and practical.  He takes what we have heard before and gives clear application to life.  He does that this week as we talk about physical transformation applying the truths of a most beloved Psalm 23 to address our addictions to hurry, food, alcohol or any other coping mechanism taking us away from God.

John Ortberg in his book, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, tells the story of speaking with a spiritual director.  He asked, “What do I need to do to be spiritually healthy?”  After a long pause the director said, “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”  After a long pause Ortberg says he wrote that down and said, “That’s a good one.  Now what else is there?” He states, “I had many things to do, and this was a long-distance conversation, so I was anxious to cram as many units of spiritual wisdom into the least amount of time possible.”  Another long pause.  “There is nothing else,” the director said.  That conversation was transformative for him.

Transformation is a process of body, mind and spirit.  This week we focus on the body – doing those things that bring health to the body and restoration to our souls.  It aligns with the week that Steve Dambra, Mark Mast, Warren Jee and I will all be running the Hartford Marathon.  I have run Hartford one time before and, because of an injury, I had not trained well.  I thought I could do it without the work and, while I finished, at about the half way point my body crashed and I cramped and struggled through the second half.  This time I have put in the work and I am not injured.  I pray it pays off, but I know that at a certain point the will needs to carry my body.  I am asking for prayers at 11 AM next Saturday, October 14, because I anticipate that is when I will be operating on will.

Is there a place in your physical well-being that you need to think differently?  Our core verse from transformation comes from Romans 12:2, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  If we are to act differently, we need to think differently. It could be in eating habits, in exercise habits, or in habits of rest and relaxation.  Your small group will help you think about those things this week as you look at “Six Reasons Your Health Matters to God.”

I set a goal to run this marathon and I needed to think differently to allow my body to get in shape and work through the tough times of training.  What is the goal you will set this week for work with your body?

Peace, Taylor

By the way- Mark Mast (our former Pastor of Outreach) will be pushing his son Kyle and raising funds for Mitochondria concerns. (Kyle and Courtney have a Mito condition.)  He has a goal for running four Marathons (Hartford, Amsterdam, Chicago, and New York).  You can give support to them here. (


Sermon 9/24/2017

Ushers Needed

Ushers are needed for both services. Volunteers serve one Sunday a month. To volunteer, please contact Ann Bell, using the form below.

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Adult Sunday School Class begins October 1

Adult Sunday School Class, Sundays 8:45 – 9:45 AM

Exodus: Learning to Trust God

As we study the book of Exodus, we will see that Israel faced a constant struggle to trust God completely. In this story of hardship and hope, you’ll discover along with Israel that God–and God alone–is worthy of our trust. Please join us for an exciting journey into the history of God’s chosen people as they move from bondage toward the promised land.

The class will be a 24 week course that will cover two major themes:

Part 1: Liberating God’s People
Part 2: Teaching God’s People

Class Start: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
Class Ends: Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018

Questions? Contact Percy Gilbert using the form below. Read more »

Touché August 31, 2017

Help for Houston

“I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. “ (Psalm 69:2)

The devastating pictures from Houston are before us. Read more »

Worship & Music Census

Do You Sing? Play an Instrument? Read, Write, Act, Dance, or Decorate? If you’d like to share any of these abilities in worship, put your name down (as many times as you like!) for the Worship and Music Census. Sign up on your connection card, on the bulletin board outside the music room, or email Wesley Joseph, using the form below,  to let us know about your talents! Read more »

Touché April 21, 2017


Gen Next

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.  For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;  for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:5-6)

The two most important days in the church year will Read more »

Touché April 14, 2017 (Good Friday)


An Easter Psalm?

“Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and his anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.”  He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision.”  (Psalm 2:1-4)

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Odyssey Help

Odyssey is looking for volunteers to help with their Fun Nights held on the 2nd Monday of the month, and their Bible Study, held on the 4th Monday of the month.  Both are at the ARC Vocational Center, where the Sunday worship takes place. Please contact Steve Dambra with any questions or to verify the dates, using the form below. Read more »

Touché February 3, 2017


Winter Wednesdays @ the Well on Worship-February 8, 15, 22-7:00-9:00 PM

In October, the Consistory set up a task force to look at worship at Hopewell.  We stated a goal of Read more »

HRC Prayer Group

Our prayer group meets every Thursday evening at the church.  This dedicated group prays over prayer requests received from the green prayer cards collected during Sunday services, prayers requested via our prayer wall and prayer requests made to the group.  The Prayer Group also offers prayers for the spiritual health and guidance of our church and the church leaders.

All prayers are kept in the strictest confidence.

You are invited to join this group of pray-ers on Thursday evenings.  The meet at 7 PM in the 2nd Floor Consistory Room.  You can contact Carol O’Malley, Group Leader, using the form at the bottom of this post.

If you want to make a request for prayer you may:

  • Contact Pastor Taylor Holbrook at 845-221-9542 x23 or via email 
  • Visit our Prayer wall at
  • Complete a Green Card on Sundays during a Church service, or stop in during the week.

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Touché September 2, 2016



“God makes himself known to us more clearly by his holy and divine Word, as much as we need in this life, for God’s glory and for our salvation.”  (Belgic Confession Article 2)

her·me·neu·tics: the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.

“God said it.  I believe it.  That settles it!”  You may have seen that bumper sticker. It reflects a view of scripture that says, “The way I interpret this Read more »

CMP Volunteers

Looking for people to go out on the fourth Saturday of every month to help repair homes of those in need.  Meet at church at 7:30 AM, return by 5:00 PM.  Sign up on your Connection Card or contact John Ryan using the form below..

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Beds INC

Looking for people to deliver beds.  Contact Toni and she will provide the delivery information. Sign up on your Connection Card or contact Toni Viau, using the form below.

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Life in the Minor Key – LENT/Easter 2016

Taylor Holbrook - March 20, 2016


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Flower Chart

The flower chart is located at the kiosk. Please sign up to order flowers in memory of in honor of someone. You are required to order the flowers and have them delivered to the church before noon on Friday, or you can deliver them yourself prior to the Gatherings service (8:45) on Sunday. Contact Judy Phillips with any questions, using the form below. Read more »

Youth Bell Choir

Rehearsals are  October 4 and October 25 at 5:00 PM- 6:00 PM in the choir room.   Any students 6th grade to 12th grade are invited to join the choir and learn the basics of bell ringing.  Any questions, contact Kate Valdivia using the form below .

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Touché September 25, 2015

Money Matters

“…indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”                                     (Matthew 6:32b-33)

Finances follow faith, faith does not follow finances.  I totally believe that.  We took a step of faith to give the financial backing to Bright Beginnings at the close of last year.  We rejoiced this week as we learned at our consistory meeting Read more »

Touché September 18, 2015

Wednesdays @ the Well

“The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”


I have preached many sermons, some good, some bad, but my true hope for every sermon is for lives transformed by deeper connections with Christ.  I know that most times we sit through a message, consider it good or bad, and walk away from worship with little changing in our lives.  As we have Read more »

Food Pantry

Thank you for your continued support of the Fishkill Food Pantry. 

Our current needs include: Read more »

Mid-Hudson Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC) Ministry

Love Inc. is a local Christian organization that mobilizes volunteers who work together making a difference by helping people in need in our local communities.  Specific ministries within Love Inc. include the

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Touché May 1, 2015

Membership – Does It Matter?

“…so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”  (Ephesians 3:10)

Pretty lofty language that Paul uses for the church, we do not hear that much these days.  More accurately we hear the strains of the great hymn about the church: “Though with a scornful wonder we see her sore oppressed, by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed.”  Those inside and outside of the church are drawn to Christ, but not his church. Read more »

Online Giving

Online Giving is now available. Check out our new Giving Page to see the options available to contribute to HRC by clicking here.

In Touch – June 15, 2012

Re: What Will Be REVEALed?

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” (1 Samuel 16:1)

I preached my first sermon after I was called to Hopewell, almost fourteen years ago, on this text from 1 Samuel 16.  I preached my first sermon after I was called to Middlebush, New Jersey, almost twenty six years ago on this text as well.  It has been a key text for my life.  I want to be where God is breaking out, Read more »

We’re on Facebook and Twitter

HRC is on Facebook & Twitter! If you are on Facebook, become a fan! We will be posting events to which you can invite your friends and neighbors.  Or, you can follow us via Twitter. Read more »