[The Presbyterian Church USA]
Jerry Kemmerer, who has been one of the organists at Smithfield for a number of years, has announced that he will be retiring from the post in May. He submitted his resignation to Denise and part of his letter is excerpted below;
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The Smithfield Church occupies a Greek revival edifice, typical of its period and an especially good example of this architectural style. The building has changed little since it was completed in 1843. Electricity was added early in the 20th century, but otherwise it stands exactly as it was built--a Greek temple on a hill overlooking Smithfield Valley. We have an 1866 Steinway piano, 1866 being the first year that "Steinweg" called itself "Steinway", and we have an 1897 Tracker organ which you can read about by clicking on the Music Program icon. In addition to worshiping God on every Sunday morning, we are also a center for music and the arts. We nestle in one of the most beautiful parts of the Harlem Valley, and indeed that valley is among the most beautiful in the world.
Our congregation is small, but growing, and we offer radical hospitality to all who might be interested in worshipping with us or joining our church family. Under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Douglas Grandgeorge the church is experiencing a revival.
The Smithfield Church was founded in 1742. The church is a member in good standing of the Presbytery of Hudson River, the Synod of the Northeast, and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Strictly Calvinist when it was founded, the church is now modern in its outlook and theology, while remaining faithful to the contemporary perspective of the founder of presbyterianism. At Smithfield Church, you will find sermons of cutting-edge modernity, while emphasizing continuity with the Christian Church of antiquity.
We are, and understand ourselves to be, a unique Christian community in a setting of unparalleled beauty.