Category Archives: Jazz Vespers

Upcoming Events in August

Join us Saturday, August 11th @ 5:30pm for our monthly BBQ.  The grill be hot and ready.  Please bring the items that you would like to grill for yourself and a dish to share.



Join us Sunday, August 12th @ 11:00 am for a Jazz Vespers Planning Meeting.  We would like to restart our monthly Jazz Vespers Program and need volunteers to help plan and coordinate.


Join us Sunday, August 26th for the Annual Blessing of the Backpacks during our worship service. All children (and adults) are invited to bring their backpacks.

Feel The Rhythm

One of the desires expressed in our congregational conversations was to be “more than a Sunday morning congregation.”  With that in mind, we are going to start moving in that direction by hosting two monthly gatherings.

The first is Jazz Vespers which will happen on the first Sunday of each month.  If you would like to be on the planning team to resurrect Jazz Vespers, please speak with Pastor Peter.

The second event, is a monthly BBQ Potluck which will happen on the second Saturday of the month.  The next BBQ will be Saturday, August 11th at 5:30pm.  The BBQ grill will be hot and ready for you.  The campfire will be lit and ready.  Please bring what ever meat you would like to grill for yourself and a dish to share.  BYOB.


Office hours:  Pastor Peter will be in the Church office on Monday-Thursday from  12:00 pm to 4:00 pm this week.  Feel free to call him if you’d like to set up an appointment.  He is also available outside of office hours if there is a more convenient time and place for you.  He can be reached at (616) 450-9774.

News and Announcements

••Interim Pastor Search Committee

The search committee has submitted the official interim pastor job posting to the RCA and other affiliated churches nationwide.  The search committee hopes to receive and review all interim pastor candidates by the end of May.

In order to receive more input from the congregation on choosing an interim pastor, the search committee will be conducting a survey.  The survey will be available both online and in paper format.  More information to follow soon.

••Volunteer at the St Croix Animal and Welfare Center Saturday, May 6th at 5:30pm.


••Join us for worship and communion on Saturday, May 6th at 5:30pm.  Due to road closures associated with the Ironman Triathalon, we will not be having our usual Sunday worship service on May 7th••

Advent 2009 (2)

••Join us for Jazz Vespers on Sunday, May 7th at 5:30pm

jazzvesperssmall  “From Us (adults) To Them (children”

Elvis Pedro (guitar), Keshawn Hardy (trumpet), Deon St Jules (bass), and Micah Tyson (drums)


••The intermediate Sunday school class (4th-8th grade) will be starting a new curriculum in the fall.  Anyone interested in helping teach these classes please contact Tom Calhoon.



Join us for Jazz Vespers! Sunday, April 2nd at 5:30pm


Central High School Jazz Ensemble with

guests Marsvyn David and Rivert Diaz

Join us for Jazz Vespers next Sunday, March 5th at 5:30pm as we Spring into Jazz with Mekiel Reuben


Join us for Jazz Vespers Sunday, February 5th 5:30-6:30pm


Jeff Dawson has been performing in NYC as a solo pianist & leader of aM jazz trio since graduating Berklee College of Music in 1980. He has a BA in music composition. His recorded  original music can be heard at He first came to St Croix in 2001 and has come back for several seasons to  enjoy the climate and the music of this beautiful island.

Ronni Sarrett Lederman has sung 14 operatic roles and many classical concerts in the NY metro area and has recently been performing jazz vocals with Jeff Dawson in NYC and here in St Croix. She teaches vocals in NY and has been coaching singers at the Caribbean Community Theatre. Visit her website at


Jazz Vespers this Sunday: The Jumbie That Stole Christmas

Cruzan Brass will supply our Jazz Vespers Christmas program Sunday at 5:30 The Jumbie That Stole Christmas


Jazz Vespers


Join us for Jazz Vespers:

Sunday, March 6th at 5:30pm

Elegant Jazz

Patrick Baron: Piano

Elise Catera: Flute

Join us for Jazz Vespers


Eddie Russell Quintet

Caribbean Jazz

Sunday, October 4th at 5:30pm

Join us for a new season of Jazz Vespers

Jazz Vespers at the St. Croix Reformed Church opens this season with “An evening at the Buena Vista Social Club”: authentic afro-cuban bolero, rhumba, salsa, and mambo, featuring local band Siete Son, with brass.

Sunday, September 6, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Admission is free; come for an hour of cool breezes on the hill in an intimate venue.


Amor de Lora Junatud (Rafael Ortiz)
Chan Chan (Compay Segundo)
Carretero (Guillermo Portabales)
La Negra Tomasa (Guillermo Rodriguez Fiffe)
El Cuatro de Tula (BVSC)
LaGrimas Negras (Valdes/Cigala)
El Marisero a/k/a “The Peanut Vendor” (Moises Simons)
Veinte Ano (Ibrahim Ferrer)
…and more