Announcements for July 28, 2013

posted Jul 25, 2013, 6:32 AM by Susan Granski

Summer Caroling TODAY!

Why should caroling be restricted to the Christmas season when there are joyous songs to share all year long? It shouldn’t! Join us TODAY in visiting homebound congregants for a bit of summer caroling. The songs will be familiar hymns and church camp pieces, including those from VBS of this year and the past. We will gather at 1:30 PM in the church parking lot. Contact Marcee Rogers if you are interested in singing or wish to be visited.

Monday Evening Bible Study in July. Rev. Mertz will offer a Monday evening Bible study on the passage(s) he will preach on the following Sunday. Please join us July 29 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Room.

Craft/Social Group, Wednesdays in July and August. Please join us in the Fellowship Room on Wednesdays in July and August from 1—3 PM. Bring your knitting, sewing and crafts or just join us for social time! We also have some fun projects that you can work on. Hope to see you whenever you can make it!

Enjoy Summer Jazz from FUMC’s front lawn! Relax and enjoy the music of the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival each Tuesday in July and August from 7-9 PM. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and your picnic dinner. Playing July 30th is Stringbean and the Stalkers (

Please join us for a night of Mini Golfing on Friday, August 2 at 7 p.m. at Hyatt Hills Golf Complex, 1300 Raritan Road, Clark. $8 for adults, $6 for children 16 and under. For more information, contact Sarah Ashworth at

Ready for an Outdoor Adventure? Meet us at the church at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 10 to go hiking at the Delaware Water Gap. We are also going canoeing! Meet at the Cranford Canoe Club, 250 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, on Saturday, August 17 at 10 a.m. Prices are $25-$35 per canoe or kayak for 2 hours. For more information, contact Kyle Ashworth at

Wanted by the UMW. The Elisabeth Circle wants your "attic treasures" - forgotten or just no longer wanted or needed, new and used items like paintings, old Barbies, Hot Wheels, Beanie Babies, furniture, antique dishes, collectables, etc. We have established an e-bay account and will be listing your donated treasures as a fund raising event for the have items to donate to either the e-bayraisingproject or for the upcoming yard sale please contact Janet at We can arrange pick up and/or storage for items that you would like to donate.

The Family Caregiver's Group continues to meet twice monthly at FUMC on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30. We gather to share experiences, exchange information and to care for and encourage each other. Upcoming meeting dates: August 4 and 18. Facilitator is Sue Bottorff.

This year’s United Methodist Homes’ Walk for All Ages takes place on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM beginning at Francis Asbury Manor in Ocean Grove, NJ. The walk benefits the Fellowship Fund which helps The Homes to live up to its commitment that no resident is ever asked to leave because of exhausted financial resources. FUMC members, Mary-Lou Jackson and Joyce Nelson are walking this year. Please see them if you are interested in joining the walk or if you’d like to be a sponsor.

One Adult Sweatshirt, Size Small. One zipped white sweatshirt with the First United Methodist logo is left from our sale (in size adult small)! It is available in the church office for $40. 908-233-4211.

Planning for next year is upon us! the Fellowship Room are idea charts for various congregational and small group activities. you want to plant a seed and watch it grow? your idea up and run with it or sign on to help with a listed activity which inspires you. dates and confirmation of activities will take place in late August in order to prepare an Activity Calendar for the next cycle.

Non-perishable food donations are needed for the Westfield Food Pantry. Place your items in the bin in the Lobby.

A Future with Hope Mission Needs

A Future with Hope is the organization created to oversee the efforts of the Greater NJ Annual Conference to repair, rebuild and renew homes and communities damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. 100% of the money donated to the conference’s Sandy Relief Fund goes directly to relief and recovery efforts.

Volunteer work crews are being formed to assist with repairing up to 500 homes of the low income, elderly and is forming one such team to serve the week of August 18-24.

Between now and then we will be collecting items to support this work.Over the next six weeks when you come to worship, please bring an item from the list below and place it in the collection bin.The items collected will be delivered to the program distribution site the week of August 18 to provide hands-on assistance to our brothers and sisters in need.

Items requested are:

    Paper Products (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, napkins)

    Cloth dish towels/HandiWipes

    Scouring Pads/SOS Pads/Brillo

    Dish Soap/Pump Style Hand Soap & refills

    Bleach/Pine Sol/Soft Scrub

    Trash Bags (kitchen and large lawn sized)

    Gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot