Clymer Community Church Celebrates 175 Years | New

CLYMER, NY – “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”

This Bible verse, Psalm 126:3, is the theme verse for an upcoming celebration at Clymer Hill Reformed Church, 8441 Ravlin Hill Road, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 16.

Community members are invited to a 10 a.m. worship service at which a reunion choir will sing and former pastors have been invited to share with the congregation, according to event organizers. Retired pastor Gordon Damsteegt is currently called to speak.

A chicken BBQ dinner will follow the service, and those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to [email protected] by Saturday, October 2.

Reverend Bill Greenwald, who has been acting pastor since the spring of 2020, said the day will focus on celebrating God’s faithfulness through the years. In his opinion, the church is special for the people who go there, and in turn, these people have an impact on others around them.

“It’s a place where God continues to be worshiped after 175 years,” Greenwald said. “It’s a place where God changes people’s lives, where tradition is honored and where new ideas are embraced. It is a place where people who seek God will find him. It’s a place that serves the local community and is connected with people across the United States and beyond.

Greenwald said the coordinated efforts of longtime church member and pianist Rosemarie Hill and lifelong participant and member of 59 years Pat Carpenter were instrumental in planning the celebration of the anniversary.

“It’s going to be a great celebration, and we just wanted to invite the community to come and share it with us,” Hill said.

Carpenter’s connection to the church goes back generations, as his great-great-grandfather, Garrett TenHaken, and his great-grandfather, also named Garrett, were involved in its formation.

“It’s hard to understand the generational connection I have with this particular church,” Carpenter said. “We’ve been going there forever.”

Growing up in this church, Carpenter remembers singing Sunday school songs like “Jesus Loves Me” and “Jesus Loves the Little Children” as a child, then as a teenager he started leading the little ones. children in their singing. Since then, she has been a VBS volunteer, Sunday school teacher, choir member and has been a choir director for the past 30 years.

Carpenter has been attending church for 70 years. She was baptized there and regrets that it is not big enough for her wedding. Her husband is also a member of the church, and has been for over 40 years.

“It’s kind of my village,” Carpenter said. ” It’s my house. Through all of this, the challenges we’ve had, we’re still strong. The Lord has truly blessed us.

Like Greenwald, Carpenter believes the church is a beacon of faith in the community.

“We hope we are an example of God’s love,” she said. “We all take our roles seriously. Everyone is willing to help if they can, and that’s the wonderful thing about being part of a small church.

Clymer Hill Reformed Church was originally organized on June 29, 1847 as a Congregational Church by Dutch settlers under the leadership of the Reverend Adolphe Hesselink. The land for the church was purchased in 1852. The building was completed in 1853 and opened in 1854.

The church was officially established as the Reformed Church of Clymer Hill on April 19, 1853, after joining the Dutch Reformed Church, which later became known as the Reformed Church of America. For more details on the history of the church, visit

Norma P. Rex