A message from Susan Hanyen

With great sadness, we at New Utrecht Reformed Church report that our beloved pastor, Rev. EJ Emerson, died August 7, 2020, in hospital. Rev. EJ touched so many lives. She was a woman of great faith and we are certain that she is in the hands of the Lord now. Please pray for her family, her friends and her church community as we remember her life and her goodness.

Susan Hanyen
Vice President of Consistory


Read Rev. E.J. Emerson’s sermons online!

A Note from Pastor EJ

NURC leadership has come together, prayerfully, to talk about returning safely to in-person worship, in this time of Covid 19.  Because the situation is still fluid, there is no date set as yet for opening.  The welfare of the congregation and the community is important.  There will be procedures in place once Sunday Service resumes.  Updates will be on the website. 

Thank you for your faithfulness and may you continue to feel God’s love in your life.

With loving prayers from Consistory and Pastor

Blessings to you as you visit our website to learn more about New Utrecht Reformed, especially during this challenging time. Because we are all staying home as wisely instructed by officials, the church building is not being used for public worship until it is once again safe to gather together in person. In the prayerful hope that this will encourage and bless you, my weekly sermon will be posted on the website for all to share.

As the prophet Isaiah says, God tells each and every one of us: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Rev. E.J. Emerson’s sermons and bulletins:


All church and FHNU activities postponed until further notice

The Thrift Sale and other meetings and activities at the Church have been postponed. Both the March 28 concert and the April 1 FHNU Annual General Meeting have been postponed with reschedule dates to be announced.

FHNU Concert Series

Mar. 28, 7:30 p.m.: FHNU Concert by soprano Tonna Miller-Valles with Diana Marie Paunetto

Soprano Tonna Miller-Valles

Soprano Tonna Miller-Valles, who has performed at major American opera houses and in Broadway musicals, will give a concert on Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst. Student soprano Diana Marie Paunetto will also perform. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht and will be free to the public.

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FHNU Lecture Series

Mar. 12: FHNU Lecture Series: Henry Stewart presentation, 7:30 p.m.

Henry Stewart lecture

Author and local historian, Henry Stewart, will speak about his new book “How Bay Ridge Became Bay Ridge” in a lecture on Thursday evening, March 12, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst. The event, sponsored by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht, is free to the public.

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George Washington returns to New Utrecht

George Washington returns to the New Utrecht Reformed Church for his presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Parish House.

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Thrift Sale

Oct. 19: Fall Thrift Sale, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

The New Utrecht Reformed Church Fall Thrift Sale will take place Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parish House. The above photo will tell you more.

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