Events


Martin Luther on Trial
Jan
20
10:00 pm22:00

Martin Luther on Trial

Martin Luther On Trial

Martin Luther On Trial

Join us for a lecture on Martin Luther on January 13, 2017 at Goshen Christian Reformed Church at 7 pm and then as we attend the Max MacLean production of Luther On Trial in NYC on Friday, January 20th.

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation there will be many tributes to and studies of Martin Luther and the providential work of God through him.  In January of 2017 (specific dates to be announced) we are planning one of the more fun tributes to Luther namely traveling to NYC and attending the play, Martin Luther On Trial, produced by Max MacLean.  This is an imaginative play that considers the lasting effects of Luther's life, both positively and negatively while giving the audience a peak back at the historical moments of his life.  In the play Satan brings Luther up on trial arguing that God's initial judgement of him was in error and that in light of his influence over the centuries he should in fact be damned.  Witnesses such as Hitler, Freud, Nietzsche, Martin Luther King Jr., and Pope Francis are called to the stand and cross examined.  

Though all in our group may make their own plans, many of us will meet in advance of the play and have dinner at John's Pizza on 266 W44th St. (8th Ave.) which is an experience of its own.

The week prior to the play we will host a lecture on Martin Luther as a prelude to the show setting the context and background of Luther's life and work.  It will all be a lot of fun and a great chance to celebrate the life of the great reformer.

To register for the lecture or to attend the play please call or text Wally Nop at (845) 220-7157


Producer Max MacLean

Producer Max MacLean

The Pearl Theatre 555 W42nd St. NYC

The Pearl Theatre 555 W42nd St. NYC

The Mystery of The Gospel: Union with Christ by the Gift of The Spirit
Sep
9
7:00 pm19:00

The Mystery of The Gospel: Union with Christ by the Gift of The Spirit

Dr. Lane Tipton

Dr. Lane Tipton

In Ephesians 1 Paul tells us in a praise saturated passage, that we as Christians have been blessed by God with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.  It is a wonderful and encouraging word from the Lord, but it comes with an important qualifier, namely, that we have this fullness of blessing “in Christ,” that is, in our union with Him.  Union with Christ is the sum, substance, and center of every benefit and blessing the Christian experiences.  In his death, Resurrection, and ascension, we have received an eternal and abiding inheritance that we are already beginning to experience by the Spirit in our new birth, faith, justification and sanctification all of which flow from this union alone.

Dr. Lane Tipton is associate professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and is coming to challenge us and to direct our hearts to this Christological foundation and center of our salvation

Register here

View Dr. Tipton's bio here

The evening begins at 7pm with hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and wine followed by our featured lecture just after 8 pm.  Following the lecture there will be a  brief time of Q and A with our speaker led by Bill Spanjer.  All guests are welcomed to stay and fellowship afterwards as long as they would like to. We look forward to seeing you there.


Before The Fig Leaves: Gender and the Image of God
Apr
29
7:00 pm19:00

Before The Fig Leaves: Gender and the Image of God

Ours is an age of rapid cultural change.  Gone are the days of our grandparents in which the basic Christian understanding of truth and reality was the default perspective of the culture.  At every point it seems the former assumptions are being challenged and the epicenter of that challenge is coming on the issue of gender and sexuality.  As Christians we must wrestle with how to think clearly in this new age and especially how to minister to our neighbors. We are excited to have Rev. Steve Froehlich as our speaker at this spring's City of God lecture.  As a minister in a university town, Steve has worked long and hard to grapple with the Biblical teaching on gender and what it means to love those with whom we disagree.  

View Rev Froehlich's bio here

Register for event here.

The evening begins at 7pm with hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and wine followed by our featured lecture just after 8 pm.  Following the lecture there will be a 15 minute intermission during which time guests may grab some coffee and desserts as they reflect on the evenings topic.  We will then reconvene for a brief time of Q and A with our speaker led by Bill Spanjer.  All guests are welcomed to stay and fellowship afterwards as long as they would like to. We look forward to seeing you there.

Event Location and Cost: The evening's events will take place at the Wallkill River School of Art and Art Gallery in Montgomery, NY (click here for directions).  The cost for this event is $35 per ticket.  Save 15% on the purchase of two or more tickets.


Revelation: Developing a Kingdom Vision
Jan
15
Mar 18

Revelation: Developing a Kingdom Vision


There is no book of the Bible that has created a more polarizing effect upon Christians than the Book of Revelation.  Many avoid the book out an overwhelmed confusion, believing it to be the incomprehensible events of the "end times," while others are fascinated by the detailed imagery and seek to decode its message and find the fulfillment of its prophecies in our day.  Unfortunately, both approaches keep Christians from the rich and encouraging truth that the book is meant to give.  Please join us this Winter at Hudson Valley United Reformed Church in New Hampton, NY, as Bill Spanjer leads us through a 10 week course on the book of Revelation.  In this course we will:

       * Consider the background, genre, themes, and structure of the book

       * Consider various approaches to interpreting the book

       * Walk through the book chapter by chapter 

       * Consider the practical applications of the teaching of the book

Revelation is a wonderfully practical book in that helps shape the way we look at the church and the world it inhabits encouraging us in our calling to be faithful witnesses to Christ, the king of kings.

        * There is no cost to attend this course.  There will be an offering to support the Dwaarkill Study Center at some point during the course.

        * This 10 week course will be given at Hudson Valley URC on Friday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm starting on Friday January 15.  HVURC is located at 1043 County Rte 12, New Hampton, NY.

        Register Here to be included on our course email list for updates and reminders.

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C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters"
Jan
6
6:30 pm18:30

C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters"

In His wonderfully insightful book, The Screwtape Letters, C.S.Lewis provides us with a multitude of opportunities to examine our souls in the pursuit of holiness.  With the use of a fictional dialogue between two devils seeking to derail the faith of a young Christian, Lewis exposes the "wiles" of the Devil and of our own sinful hearts while at the same time affording us the opportunity to strategize and raise the shield of faith that can extinguish his "flaming darts".  Join us at...

The Great Divorce
Nov
12
6:30 pm18:30

The Great Divorce


In his imaginative and challenging book The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis confronts us with a provocative vision of Heaven and Hell and forces us to examine our hearts as we reckon with our own eternal destiny.  Join us this November as we consider this great work in a lecture given by Bill Spanjer jr. and then as we head down to NYC and enjoy a production of the book by Max McLean

* The Cost for the lecture and the show will be $60 per person. 

* The lecture will be held on Thursday, November 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Location TBA.  By registering you will be placed on an email list for the event and kept up to date on all information

* We are purchasing tickets at a group rate for the evening of Friday, November 20 at 8 pm at the Pearl Theatre, 555 W42nd St, New York, NY.  There will be a group planning on taking the train.  If you are interested in that please let us know as we will be trying to get a group rate for that ticket also.

* Please note that seating for the PLAY is limited. If you choose to pay by check, we will not be able to secure your seat for the play until payment is received.

 


Max McLean as Screwtape in the production of C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters

Max McLean as Screwtape in the production of C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters

The Pearl Theatre 555 W42nd St. NY, NY

The Pearl Theatre 555 W42nd St. NY, NY


Behold The Lamb: Seeing Christ in the law and the Prophets
Sep
25
Nov 20

Behold The Lamb: Seeing Christ in the law and the Prophets

As John baptized repentant Israel in the Jordan River warning them of the judgement that was at hand, he raised his eyes and saw his cousin Jesus approaching.  He stopped his fire and brimstone preaching, pointed to Jesus and declared, "Behold the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world."  For, John perceived in Jesus, the long awaited fulfillment of all the Old Testament images of redemption and reconciliation with God.  As John partially understood, Jesus did not begin his ministry in a vacuum, but as one intentionally bringing to final climax the shadowy promises of the law and the prophets.  Therefore, if we are to understand and appreciate the richness of the ministry of Jesus Christ, we must understand it within that context.  In this class we will explore the Old Testament images and themes that prepare the way for Christ and that find their intended resolution in Him.  We will consider images and themes such as:

     * The initial promise of the gospel in Genesis 3

     * The ark and the work of Noah

     * Moses and The Exodus

     * The theme of substitutionary sacrifice

     * The anointed roles of prophet, priest, and king

     * The themes of exile and sabbath rest

This 8-week class, taught by Bill Spanjer Jr., will be held at Chapel Field Elementary School Friday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Cost: Single ticket $30.00 / Package of 2 tickets $50.00

It is our desire that no one be kept from attending our classes due to cost.  Therefore if you are unable to pay the listed price, please feel free to attend the class and make a donation of any amount at the door.

Click here to register for the class.

The Isenheim Alterpiece, painted by Matthias Grünewald c.1516 depicting the crucifixion of Christ with John the Baptist appearing to console the grieving women and the apostle, with the Scriptures open, pointing to the cross as if to declare, "Behold, the Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world." And with a self conscious and humble recognition the inscription in front of John has him saying, "He must increase and I must decrease."

Head And Heart: The Role of Reason and Emotion in the Gift of Faith
Sep
11
7:00 pm19:00

Head And Heart: The Role of Reason and Emotion in the Gift of Faith

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There has long been a debate over whether the intellect has a priority over the emotions or vice versa when it comes to one's faith.   Becoming a Christian involves at least some change of mind, but arguably demands a whole lot more, including a change of heart. Is faith in Christ a rational decision? Is it then only a rational decision? What role do arguments and reasons play in coming to faith and persisting in it, and what is the place of emotions in the Christian life? This lecture will explore the relationship between mind and heart for the Christian: love? hate? or "it's complicated?"

Veiw Guillaume's full bio here

The evening's events will take place at the Wallkill River School of Art and Art Gallery in Montgomery, NY (click here for directions) and the charge is $35 per person or $60 per couple.  The evening begins at 7pm with hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and wine followed by our featured lecture and concludes with coffee and dessert. Folks are welcomed to stay and fellowship afterwards as long as they would like to. We look forward to seeing you there.


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Rediscovering Postmodernism
May
8
May 29

Rediscovering Postmodernism

  • Chapel Field Elementary School

A 4 week class seeking to unveil the benefits of Postmodern philosophy for the Christian Church

The Dawn's Early Light: Rethinking our Eschatology
Mar
28
7:00 pm19:00

The Dawn's Early Light: Rethinking our Eschatology

The Dawn's Early Light: Rethinking our Eschatology

with Kevin Chiarot

At the home of Ron and Karin Bonagura

19 Cooks Ln., Gardiner, NY 

On Friday, March 28, 2014

7-10PM. 

The evening will include wine and hors d'oeuvres, a lecture, followed by coffee and dessert.

Cost for this evening lecture is $35 (couples $60)

Dress is upscale casual.

Space is limited so please RSVP by March 21, 2014