Announcements for December 23, 2012

posted Dec 19, 2012, 4:59 AM by Susan Granski

PLEASE CONTINUE to bring non perishable food donations for the Westfield Food Pantry. Place your items in the bin in the Lobby.

NEW OFFERING ENVELOPES. Please pick up your offering envelopes for 2013 in the hallway outside the church office.

THE GREATER NEW JERSEY Annual Conference of United Methodists (GNJAC) is requesting blankets, scarves, hats, gloves and mittens for NJ victims of Hurricane Sandy. Everyone is encouraged to help. There will be boxes set up next to the tree in the Narthex for donations.

FAMILY CAREGIVER GROUP. A small group of persons with caregiving responsibilities continues to meet twice monthly at FUMC on Sunday afternoons from 3 to 4:30. We gather with a cup of tea to share experiences, exchange information, and to care for and encourage each other. Meeting dates through January 2013 are: December 23rd, January 6th and 20th. This group is open to the FUMC fellowship.

HEIFER PROJECT INTERNATIONAL FAIR, December 23. Can't think of ideas for Christmas presents?Everybody have everything they need? If that's the case, think about buying an animal from Heifer Project International.Share the gift of hope for hungry families across the globe.Bonny Chopey will be there to help you gift animals TODAY before and after worship in the waiting area outside the church office.

ANNUAL COOKIE WALK, December 23. Our Annual Cookie Walk will take place on Sunday, December 23rd in the Fellowship Room. Shoppers will purchase a container and have the opportunity to fill it with home-baked goodies.  This is a great way to get a variety of cookies for the holiday!  Proceeds benefit the Free Meals Program at Covenant United Methodist Church in Plainfield.

Christmas Eve Services

5 PM Children’s Service                                                                                                                                                               7 PM Candlelight Service                                                                                                                                                          11 PM Candlelight Service

IT'S TIME FOR OUR FELLOWSHIP ROOM to get a facelift. If you love to decorate, get excited when you hear the word Pantone, and most of all, would like to make the Fellowship Room a more welcoming place, please give your name to Stina Nanavati ASAP!( We will have lunch and brainstorm ideas in early January.

Looking ahead

WOMEN'S COVENANT GROUPS forming in January. Contact Su Iliff, if interested.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL planning starting in January. We are trying something new this year. If you want to help plan contact Marcee Rogers at

MADRIGAL SINGERS CONCERT, January 6, 2013 at 4 PM in the Sanctuary. $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors.

SQUARE DANCE, Saturday, January 26, 2013, 6:3 - 8:30 PM

Adult Continuing Education

"Christianity in A Non-Christian World: Where Do We Go From Here?" led by Bob Soong. A three week series will run on Sunday mornings (9 – 9:50 AM) from January 6 through January 20, 2013. Please see the full description in the December Messenger.

Financial Peace University— Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is coming to FUMC Westfield! What is Financial Peace University? We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. The program will start on January 8, 2013 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Room and will continue for nine consecutive Tuesdays ending on March 5, 2013. Come to one of our information sessions regarding the class on Sundays after church (they last about 15-20 minutes) at 11:30 a.m. on December 30 or January 5 in room 105.  Please contact Brent Beene to sign up or if you have any questions