Old First Reformed Church

Vera Nieuwenhuis’ Photos Help Bring Awareness To Endangered Turtles

Vera Nieuwenhuis’ Photos Help Bring Awareness To Endangered Turtles

River terrapins are considered a critically endangered freshwater turtle species, mostly due to human consumption and habitat destruction. The Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that is working hard to reverse and/or eliminate this unfortunate trend. Our Vera Nieuwenhuis’ impactful images are helping TCS to spread the “word.” Each year, Photographers Without Borders (PWB) connects volunteer photographers like Vera to […]

December 9 at Old First: All Eyes on the Accord Treble Choir

December 9 at Old First: All Eyes on the Accord Treble Choir

The word “vision” can have many meanings and stir many emotions. At Old First on Saturday, December 9, we’ll get to see — and hear — a choral interpretation of what may be our most mystical sense. The Accord Treble Choir presents Oculi as its winter concert, the latest of its performance tradition at Old First. The work is an attempt to explore the mystery […]

Baroquelyn Concert Debuts To a Packed Upper Hall

Baroquelyn Concert Debuts To a Packed Upper Hall

We’ve heard of Brokelyn and Crooklyn, but this is the first we’re hearing of Baroquelyn. And it’s truly something to hear. The baroque-themed concert — complete with violins as well as an oboe, trumpet, cello, bassoon, recorder, and even a countertenor — is the brainchild of our music director, Aleeza Meir; the project’s first concert, on Sunday, November 12, was performed in the Upper Hall […]

Sunday School Kick Off and 2017-18 Schedule

Sunday School Kick Off and 2017-18 Schedule

Our 2017-18 Sunday School season kicks off today!  We have classes for children and adults and all are welcome to join. Contact us to register your child or if you have questions. Recesses are on most public school holiday weekends. The following classes from 10:00 a.m. to 10:55 a.m on Sunday mornings: Godly Play for Pre-K and Kindergarten is led by Jessica Stockton Bagnulo and Roxanna Velandria and […]

Jabe’s Ziino’s Inspiring Spiritual Search

Jabe’s Ziino’s Inspiring Spiritual Search

“There is a rich tradition in the Bible of really questioning God,” says our seminarian intern Jabe Ziino. “I find a lot of value there, knowing that it’s okay to not know everything. I think that’s where our experience in faith can really be very powerful for us.” Jabe recently completed his first year at Princeton Seminary (with two more years to go). He’s heading […]

Catch up on the sermons of Seminarian Jabe Ziino

Catch up on the sermons of Seminarian Jabe Ziino

“The history of God’s chosen people is a history of movement, of saying goodbye to your beloved home at a time of pain and broken hopes, of entering an unknown and dangerous new land, of longing for the true home that God has promised to you.” Seminarian Jabe Ziino, July 24. This Summer, as Pastor Daniel Meeter has been away for his vacation and reading […]

This 100-Year-Old Plaque Lists Old First Members Serving in World War I

This 100-Year-Old Plaque Lists Old First Members Serving in World War I

From Pastor Meeter, regarding an amazing historical Old First document which was signed on June 8, 1917 — 100 years ago this month:  Count the names! It was a huge and defining moment in American history, our first big overseas war. We now call it World War I (because of World War II!) but back then it was simply The Great War: the war to […]

Time to Sign Up! 2017 Summer Respite Shelter

Time to Sign Up! 2017 Summer Respite Shelter

The Old First Respite Shelter is entering its sixth summer of service and hospitality and we invite everyone to sign up as cooks, evening coordinators, and overnight hosts. This year’s shelter will run 9 weeks from July 3 to September 4. For more information on what’s involved and how to sign up, please visit the 2017 Old First Respite Shelter Sign-Up Genius page. Since 2011, Old First and […]

Old First Sells Plots Back To Green-Wood Cemetery

Old First Sells Plots Back To Green-Wood Cemetery

One of the keys to a successful real estate investment is “location, location, location,” but Old First has that beat. Since 1654, Old First has been located at six different spots. Its first locale was under a tree, then a barn (you have to start somewhere). By 1666, a physical church structure was built in what is now known as Fulton Street. One hundred years later, the original church was […]

Why I Volunteer: Michael Bagnulo

Why I Volunteer: Michael Bagnulo

I have been asked to speak about why I volunteer at Old First, keeping in mind the theme of Volunteer Sunday: “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?” Let me start by describing what I do as a volunteer. I am one of the many volunteers that support our summer shelter program. For several years now, Old First has served […]