The Smithfield Church

The Smithfield Church

  [The Presbyterian Church USA]

656 Smithfield Valley Road, Amenia, New York, 12501 

Services on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. 

Coming up and News:

Three reminders: 

Daylight  Savings Time occurs this week so plan to turn your clocks  forward one  hour Saturday night to be on time for our 10:00 service Sunday morning.

Fish "banks" will be available this Sunday for One Great Hour of Sharing - to be returned  on Palm Sunday.

Donation slips for Easter Liliy plants will be available on Sunday - also to be returned on Palm Sunday.


News from our missionaries:

Dear Ones,

Luis and I will need to return to New York in March to resolve my medical situation which was not completed when we were there in December.

I will give you an an update on my medical situation.  As you know, we were in New York in part of December and January to take care of a health issue I have.  I wanted to continue to work with the team of doctors who have known me for the many years that I lived there.  However, when I was going through the medical clearance for surgery, the cardiologist discovered an atrial fibrillation and needed to get that under control before surgery.  We had to leave to return here before that was taken care of.  He thinks it might be stress related.   A few of my doctors want to see me again in March for various reasons related to this.  It may be a blessing in the long run, and I may not need a second surgery.   We will be going back to NY in March for more attention related to my medical situation.  I wish we did not have to return so soon, but the Lord knows how to lead our paths.

I wanted to let you know and request prayer for our upcoming trip.  I am glad that the D.R. is not so far in distance from NY, and hopefully this trip will resolve my problem.  I will keep you updated.  Thank you for praying and for your support of our ministry.  We are very grateful. 

We have a Christmas/Easter letter for everyone to send out.  We have been so incredibly busy with house guests, etc., that we will wait and send them out from New York,


Luis and Julie

Luis & Julie AƱil

Dominican Republic

Web site:

The Millbrook Community Festival Chorus will present a Spring Concert of music by American composers, directed by Dan Koch, on May 6th at Lyall Memorial Federated Church. Rehearsals for this concert begin on Sunday, February 25th, 6:30-7:00 p.m. for the Children’s Choir (Grades 2-8), and 7:00-9:00 p.m. for High School and Adult singers. Singers may join this Community Chorus by attending the first rehearsal on February 25th at Lyall Church. Rehearsals will be held every Sunday evening (except Easter Sunday) until May 6th. For more information, please contact Dan Koch, or Helen Lomangino,

The Community Chorus has members from twelve or thirteen area churches, and perhaps some are from your congregation! Thank you for your help with recruiting singers from your church!

Please click on the pdf file below to view the drawing. By popular demand, a pen & ink sketch is being offered in a Limited Edition of 25 prints, professionally matted and ready for framing at $50 each. These are available for a limited time during the month of December, ONLY. A sample print, with sign-up sheet, is on display at Smithfield Church. It can also be reserved by email:

Pen and Ink Drawing Smithfield Church.pdf

Smithfield Valley Poet Laureate's Christmas Concert Poem:

Please click on the pdf file below to read the poem:

Kevin McEneaney' poem.pdf

Christmas Concert and Tea Program

Please click on the pdf file below to view the Order of the Concert:

Christmas Concert and tea.pdf

Smithfield Cook Book

Smithfield Presbyterian Church is pulling together a cookbook in celebration of our 275th anniversary. It will be a sequel to the previous cookbooks— the first published in 1915, and the second in 1976. We want to celebrate the recipes of yore while updating them for today’s home cook. We hope to have the new cookbook ready for holiday gift giving!

We hope you might have some favorite recipes to offer us. We are particularly interested if you have any recipes for the dishes below, which appeared in both cookbooks. That way we can show how food - and life - have changed during the past 100+ years. And if you have any family history with the church or remembrances and photos, we would love you to share them with us as well. 


Frenchified chicken (Chicken Bourgoise in 1915; Chicken Marengo in 1976)

Baked fish

Salmon pie

Macaroni (Macaroni with Cheese in 1915; Garden Macaroni, with tomatoes, green bell peppers, and Velveeta, in 1976)

Potato casserole

Corn pudding

Orange salad

Tomato aspic

Fruit cake

Sponge cake

Apple sauce cake

Drop sugar cookies

Ginger snaps

Sweet potato pudding

Rice pudding

Bread pudding

Rhubarb pie

Lemon meringue pie

Vassar fudge



Graham bread

Cream of tomato soup

Pickled beets

Chili sauce 

Tomato chutney/tomato marmalade 

It’s OK to scan and email me your recipe cards. If you are writing down the recipe, here are some tips:

  • List the ingredients in the order of use
  • Use exact measurements in cups, not ounces
  • Including any family background information/connection to the area and to Smithfield Presbyterian 

Recipes will be published as space permits. 

Thank you in advance for sharing your recipes and memories! Deadline for recipes is Nov. 17th.

Susan Bang



There is handicapped access to the sanctuary through the basement/meeting area and via the chairlift.

If weather or or other event necessitates the cancellation of a service the information will be posted here.

Experience an 18th-century church (1742), a 19th-century building, a 20th-century liturgy, and a 21st-century theology.

Please send items for posting on this site to James G. Marshall at (or to Cherry at 845-677-4039). Thank you.


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. 

With our historic piano and extraordinary Tracker organ, we are a center of great music.  We invite artists from many persuasions, instrumentalists of wide-ranging talents, and superb vocalists to augment our worship of God.

Recent and Upcoming events

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.




Freely you have received, freely give.  Matthew 10: 8

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