Outreach and Missions

Newcomers Dessert Night April 15

If you are new to Hopewell Reformed Church, you are invited to a Newcomers Dessert Night at the home of Rev. Taylor and Cathleen Holbrook on April 15 at 5 PM. This is a great opportunity to meet other new attenders at HRC and some of the HRC leaders, as well. Please contact Pastor Holbrook, using the form below,  if you are interested in attending.

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HELO Dinner Fundraiser April 21

Please join us on Saturday April 21 from 6-9 for dinner and a silent auction. We are raising money for solar panels lost in Hurricane Matthew that help power the homes and schools at HELO. HELO is an orphanage in Haiti that houses and schools more than 60 children. Tickets are:,$15 adult, $7 children & under 5 are free. Please contact Diane Volk for tickets, using the form below:

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Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

Trip Dates: Sat., July 21 – Sat., July 28
Who: Anyone age 14 or older can attend. Children 10 years or older traveling with a
parent can also go.
What: Various ministry work that will include construction work, VBS, home visits,
crafts, baseball and more.
More Information: Flyers are on the Kiosk in the fellowship hall.
Questions: Email questions to Nelson Nieves or Sue Nieves, using the form below,  or info@sowersofthe kingdom.com

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Help Us Stop Human Trafficking

The human trafficking group is working on a project and would like the congregation’s help. We are going to put together 40 backpacks for 2 local organizations that work with trafficking victims. We will collect and fill these backpacks with supplies. Please see the list of supplies needed below.
These packs will be given to girls that have been rescued, but are not ready to stay rescued…they often run, and the packs will help them in the immediate period after they do. Sometimes it takes several false starts until they decide to accept help.
There will be sign up sheets at church or you can also call or email Heidi Bocianowski to sign up to donate something. We would like to receive items in the box that will be at church by March 25.
The supplies needed are:
undergarments (in various sizes)
feminine products
sweatpants/shirt (in various sizes)
bottled water
Email or call with any questions, or to sign up: email or call the Bocianowski’s.
Deadline for donations: March 25
Thank you very much!

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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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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Stamp Collection

HRC is collecting postage stamps for the Wycliffe Associates Stamp Ministry.  Monies collected support Bible translation around the world. We are looking for

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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 »

Community Mission Program – CMP

CMP Community Mission Program

Community MIssion Program is a local effort in Dutchess county to spread the Gospel through action and example. We seek to demonstrate the example of Christ by reaching out to our community to improve the physical living conditions of those in need while offering spiritual support. We offer free home repairs for low-income, disabled or senior residents in our area.


John Ryan and Gary Cassaro

John Ryan and Gary Cassaro- Email US!

CMP Program

c/o Hopewell Reformed Church

143 Beekman Road, Hopewell Junction NY 12533

Phone: 845-221.9542 extension 21


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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Touché January 29, 2016


Out of India

“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Cor. 3:9)

It seems like I traveled halfway around the world to get back here; well actually I did.  With a few delays and a few surprises, I have made it home.  I will be Read more »

Touché December 4, 2015


Christmas Gifts

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)

This past Tuesday a ChristCare group burned frankincense in the consistory room.  The aroma of the wise men was with us all day.  A few weeks earlier Read more »

HRC Mission Garden

The HRC Mission Garden is officially open!
Are you unable to go on a mission trip or get involved with missions outside of Dutchess County?
We have an opportunity for you to get involved with our newest local mission.
Garden VegetablesThe HRC Mission Garden is our mission of the month. Below is more information about how you can help us make in impact in our community.
Thanks to a few amazing volunteers we have fenced, tilled and planted a vegetable garden at the Croniser Dr parking lot. All the produce will be donated to the local food pantries.
We need more volunteers to help monitor the garden through the growing season. We have broken the time up into separate weeks for people to sign up and water, weed and harvest the garden during those weeks. Please consider signing up for a week from July to October 16th. You can sign up in the fellowship hall any Sunday in June or contact Susan Nieves using the form below.  Indicate which week
you would like.  Weeks run from Saturday to Friday.

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Touché November 14, 2014

Beds INC

If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?

(Proverbs 22:27)

I remember the grandmother that was going to have her first night in her own bed without her three grandchildren in a long time.  I remember the mattress that we removed from a dark and empty house. It looked like it had been pulled from a dumpster and now was headed back to a dumpster. When we Read more »

No Yoga Classes – Update

Due to a family emergency, there will be no yoga until further notice. Contact Anne Jackson

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Communication to Faith Based Organizations about Ebola

The attached letter and fact sheet are being sent to you on behalf of Dr. Kari Reiber, Commissioner, Dutchess County Department of Health.

Please review the information regarding Ebola at your earliest convenience.

Advice for Humanitarian Aid Workers Traveling to Guinea  20141016152804503

Letter and Fact sheet from Dr. Kari Reiber, Commissioner, Dutchess County Department of Health.

Thank you.

Eileen M. Duncan

Confidential Administrative Assistant

Dutchess County Department of Health

85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 106   Poughkeepsie, NY  12601

Tel.   (845) 486-3432     Fax    (845) 486-3448


Outreach and Volunteer Opportunity


HRC will  be hosting a homeless family in our Youth house for one (1) week, four (4) times a year.  We would be giving these families a meal and a warm place to stay as they back to self sufficiency.

More about this Local Outreach will follow.  Click on the logo above to learn more about Family Promise and their many outreach programs.

If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity and about HRC’s commitment to this outreach, please contact  or Pastor Taylor Holbrook

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HRC Family Service Weekend

SAVE THE DATE! HRC Family Service Weekend @ Sacandaga with Brian Roberg as our speaker, May 23-26 Memorial Day Weekend).  Call Kevin Phillips with questions at (914) 882-7729.

The Bridge – December 7, 2012

Does Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and world missions need to change as we continue to become a 167 church?

For years, HRC has used Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” has been the text that has led us in our mission programs.  As we wrestle as a congregation and as individuals around what it is to be 167 Living church and a 167 Living Christian, corporate and personal mission become central to this life style and we are called to wrestle with how we live out missions at HRC and in our lives. Read more »

In Touch – April 22, 2012

Partnering With Providence

During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” (Acts 16:9)

That Macedonian vision changed the shape of Christianity forever as the Gospel entered into Europe and moved toward the heart of the Roman Empire.  Our “Dominican Vision” seems to be changing our church in similar ways.  We will be sending Rachel Snider down to the Dominican Republic Read more »

Hopewell Happenings ~ Winter 2011 Issue

2011 Winter Hopewelll Happenings – PDF version

The Bridge November 12, 2010


I have often struggled with a balance between “my job” and “my passion.”  I often would say if 40% of my work can be “job” and 60% “passion” I was having a good balanced working life.  The problem was defining these things.  If I didn’t like what I was doing I would say I was “paying the bills” and leaving room for “ministry.”  The problem with this approach is that some of those things I was doing to “pay the bills” were very important to letting me “do ministry.”  So I thought I would get religious and start asking where Jesus would put his time and energy.  Unfortunately, Jesus had some options I don’t have living  2,000 years ago and being God.  So what does one do to keep a balanced life AND get the job done? Read more »

The Bridge October 14, 2010

The Hard Part of 167

It has been a while since I have written to you.  I wish I could blame not having the time, but the truth is I have not had the inspiration.  The last Bridge I wrote was so bad and confusing, I refused to send it and then nothing struck me as pressing in our missional movement.  Then something happened this last weekend at Odyssey.   Read more »

The Bridge: Blessings from the Street

A couple of weeks ago the Masts gathered for a few days in New York City!  My brother and his family came from Missouri, my mom from Michigan, and we headed down from good old Poughkeepsie.  It was a wonderful trip, but something strange kept happening.  Everywhere we walked,  pushing Kyle and Courtney in their wheelchairs, very rough looking people would bless them.  “Bless you my son!”  “Bless you and keep going, girl!” Read more »

The Bridge: Embrace the Grace

My newest phrase that I have been sharing with folks is to “Embrace the Grace.”  As we talk and they share their pains, their frustrations, their feelings of not measuring up to God, I encourage them to “Embrace the Grace.”  This grace comes in many forms.  Sometimes it means giving yourself a break and accepting God’s grace through Christ, and sometimes it means accepting love and support from those that Christ has put in your life to offer his grace.   This second piece is where I have trouble “Embracing the Grace.” Read more »

The Bridge – Keeping the THANKS Coming!

The last time I wrote I invited folks to respond with “Thank Yous” of their own.  The first person I heard from was Doris Johansen.

Hi Mark you said keep the THANKS coming, so here goes.  I thank everyone at HRC for the wonderful celebration they gave me at the two coffee hours on the 18th April, and a special thanks to Jackie, her husband, Randy, and their son Richie for supplying the wonderful sheet cakes, the largest I have ever seen, and all the decorations, balloons etc.  It is a birthday I will never forget,but after that one, I am not celebrating anymore!!   Thanks and God bless you all.

And then I heard from Pam Hansen. Read more »

The Bridge — THANKS!!!!

I know when pastors start thanking people we often miss folks.  There have been, however, a few things I need to lift up and thank people for even though I know I will miss others!!!

ONE:  I had made a request for money to buy beds for Bed INC…Got it all and more (even from Michigan and Ohio)!  Thank you for all who have given (and offered me dinner for those meals I skip).  Now the Mast’s just need to turn in their check (so don’t feel bad if you have not done it YET)! Read more »

The Bridge: Comforts of Home

I spent this past weekend in Iowa for my nephew’s graduation.  Whenever I travel, the first thing I say at night as I crawl into MY bed is, “I sure love MY bed!”  I take it for granted the rest of the time.  It is only when I don’t use it that I realize how nice and comfortable and cozy it is.  Bed INC, our ministry of giving beds to people without beds, is a constant reminder to me how important the little things are.  I was so impressed with the out-pouring of support for Bed INC last November and was amazed how quickly we gave away over 35 beds to people in need.  To deliver these beds and see where many children sleep with grandma on a bed we would not allow in our home.  To see a couch where a disabled person had been sleeping FOR YEARS because beds are not covered by any government agency and since it is against the law to donate a bed, there are no beds at The Barn or Salvation Army.  Who would have thought something taken so for granted by you and me would be such a need for so many people! 

Now the ask!  Read more »

The Bridge-Dancing in the Street

I was stopped at a light trying to figure out what to write for today’s Bridge when I saw a man dancing down the side walk.  Yes, he was dancing!   He was wearing dress pants, yellow shirt, tie and sneakers.  Obviouslyhe was taking a lunch break walk/dance.  He was smiling, twirling and doing a bunch of dance steps I can’t name.  I was jealous!  I get so caught up in the details of life, meetings, writing sermons, coming up with Bridge articles, having serious conversations about evangelism, the missional church, theology . . ., I long for just enjoying the sun and dancing down the street. Read more »

The Bridge-New Shoes

Last Wednesday at the evangelism seminar, I made a bold statement.  Not necessarily bold for the church, but bold for my own life.  I said that the problem with spiritual gift tests is that it gives us an excuse not to do what we are not gifted in.  Evangelism is not one of my top 3 spiritual gifts.  For years I have said I would leave evangelism to those who are gifted and I would teach the basics (remember, those who can’t, teach)!  The true understanding of Spiritual Gifts is that those are the places where things come naturally for an individual.   They are not the places we get a “get out of jail free card.” Read more »

The Bridge – Another Conversion Story

As HRC explores conversion stories of the Bible and delves into the theological and practical aspects of evangelism, I thought I would take this opportunity to share my conversion story . . .

I always tell folks I was not “Born Again” but “Born Into” (I know the theological issues here!).  What I mean is that I have never NOT known the grace of Jesus Christ.  Like Paul, I was born into the church family, raised in a wonderful Christian family, and educated well from before I could read in the ways of Jesus Christ.  As a child of the church, I was surrounded by people who took seriously their Baptismal promises to help me in my to become a faithful (and radical-my addition) follower of Jesus Christ.  To this day, there is a group of women that pray for me regularly and one phone call would bring in an overwhelming army carrying out their Baptismal promise! Read more »

The Bridge: Incarnational Evangelism

Incarnational Evangelism Launching Point

Every time I talk about “evangelism,” most people get a look in their eyes like I have asked them to walk a tight rope across Niagara Falls.  I am always told they know they need to and they know people who need the grace of Christ, but they need to learn how.  NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! Read more »

The Bridge: 3 SHORTS

ONE:  It is cold and dark and Jill, Kyle and I are leaving the hospital after his last surgery.  We cross over the Sprain Brook Parkway and come to a long line of cars.  This never happens this late at night.  Horns start blaring.  Cars start swerving into the on coming lane.  It is our turn.  I pull around the lady sitting in her Audi frantically trying to start it.  My son just had major surgery and we needed to get home.  Jill hits me on the arm and tells me to turn around.  Long story short, I take up another lane as I move in beside the Audi, hook up to her battery and get enough juice for her to get out of the middle of the road so she can wait for her friend.  Even with hoods up, flashers blinking and me standing outside with a flashlight, cars blare their horns and give us dirty looks (Too dark to see any other jesters!).  Thirty minutes and we are on our way. Read more »

The Bridge: Did You Know? February 12, 2010

Tidbits of Mission at HRC

Matthew 5 reads:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 

Multiple ChristCare groups and other Bible Study groups are asking a simple question, “How can we be Christ in this world through our missional life and service.  Can you imagine 35 ChristCare groups doing missional service regularly?  The community would not know what hit them!

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Did you know that Loving Stitches made 25 sweaters for Guidepost’s third world project.  13 prayer shawls were prayed and stitched for people in need.  153 hats, mittens and scarfs were made for the Homeless Shelter.  15 baby blankets were delivered to Care Net.  20 lap blankets were made for local nursing homes.  Countless squares were made from “leftover yarn” for Warm Up America.  All this by only 13 gifted knitters and those who graciously donated yarn! Read more »

The Bridge: 10 Sightings of Jesus at Christmas

10 Sightings of Jesus at Christmas

(It’s long, but I have not written in a while!)

1.  Kyle clinging to my neck as I carried him into the house at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Day after TOO long in the hospital.

2.  The incredible response of love, prayer and way too much food during our kidney ordeal!

3.  The right people in the right place helping us get home (you know who you are. . .THANK YOU!) Read more »

The Bridge: IT IS URGENT!

Part of our HRC family needs your help!  Yesterday we had some 70 Odyssey (our new worship community WITH people with special needs) friends praising God and learning to Love God with everything we’ve got and others as ourselves.  Read more »

The Bridge – September 16, 2009

Common Ground:  From the Inside Out

Many have asked about Common Ground.  They wonder about its purpose, its mission and its direction.  I know there are some out there that do not value it or its ministry.  Although this is a group that is following the Spirit into some new places and functions a bit different than what the established church is used to, I found the following e-mail (I was “CC”‘d) – a wonderful glimpse into Common Ground from the eyes of a Vassar student who is on the “inside” looking out. Read more »

The Bridge – August 14, 2009

“All Around”

I saw Jesus this week.  Beth, an Odyssey friend who lost her mother this year, was wrapped in a prayer shawl being loved by fellow followers of Jesus Christ.  I saw Jesus this week.  Went to the city to meet with a woman who is starting a church of diverse people in her diverse community in Queens.  They are almost all homeless.  I saw Jesus this week.  VBS!!!!!!   I saw Jesus this week.  My daughter ran up and gave me a big hug when I came home from work. Read more »

The Bridge – August 13, 2009

“All Around”

I saw Jesus this week.  Beth, an Odyssey friend who lost her mother this year, was wrapped in a prayer shawl being loved by fellow followers of Jesus Christ.  I saw Jesus this week.  Went to the city to meet with a woman who is starting a church of diverse people in her diverse community in Queens.  They are almost all homeless.  I saw Jesus this week.  VBS!!!!!!   I saw Jesus this week.  My daughter ran up and gave me a big hug when I came home from work. Read more »