Removal of A/C Window Units October 29

On Sunday, October 29, immediately after the 2nd service, we will need the help of a few individuals with strong arms and backs to remove and store ten window A/C units.  These units are presently installed in various rooms on both floors of the main building and will be brought down to the basement for winter storage.  Please consider sharing one hour of service time to help us out.   Sign up on your Connection Card. For more information, contact Nelson Nieves using the form below.

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Church Work Day November 11

On Saturday, November 11 at 10:00 AM, we will be looking for volunteers to help out with grounds and outside building maintenance issues.  The Church will be renting a scissor lift unit to clean out gutters of the main building, install electrical heating wires to prevent icicles at the patio entrance, and reface/paint areas in need.  We also look to use ladders to clean the gutters of the youth house and clear the grounds of fallen leaves. Rubber gloves and some tarps will be provided, but we ask that you bring your rakes. Please look at your schedules and prayerfully consider helping us out. Sign up on your Connection Card. For more information, contact Nelson Nieves using the form below.

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Taylor Holbrook - October 15, 2017

Change your life by Changing your mind

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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. (


Turkey Supper Ticket Info November 4


Time:   4:30 pm – 7:00 pm  Continuous Servings

Tickets:    Adults  $13
Seniors $11
Children under 8  $6

You may purchase or make reservations for your tickets today, in the Fellowship Hall, after each service.  For tickets you may also contact Leslie MacConnell using the form below.

Only 400 tickets will be sold so please make your reservations early!

MENU:  Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, peas, apple or pumpkin pie, cider, lemonade, tea, coffee. Read more »

Turkey Supper Help Needed November 4

Our annual Turkey Supper will be on Saturday, November 4. This is a fundraiser that pays for many church events and all kitchen supplies. Please consider helping with this event. It is a great way to meet people in our community. Signups will be in the fellowship hall, sign up on your Connection Card or contact Beth Thompson to help with this event using the form below.

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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)

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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 »

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. 

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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 »