Announcements for June 1, 2014

posted May 29, 2014, 10:24 AM by Susan Granski

The Strawberry Festival is NEXT SUNDAY! Celebrate Pentecost and the coming of summer with FUMC on June 8th with a post worship luncheon capped off with a delicious strawberry dessert. event will be a fundraiser for our scholarship fund, so while there is no cost to attend, please consider a generous offering at the door. Nancy Anderson 908-233-0159 to help by providing a platter of sandwiches or a salad or a cake.

5th Sunday Worship Service. Our June 29th youth-led 5th Sunday Worship Service will focus on hospitality and mission. the service we will dedicate our RISE team and we will once again be blessed with a song by our Cherub Choir, with readings by our youth, and wonderful instrumental and vocal groups. you have not yet signed up to participate during the worship and would like to do so, please contact Patti Merkle ( or Marcee Rogers ( for the preparation schedule.

Summer help needed at the Food Pantry! Due to summer vacation schedules, we need help taking orders and bagging groceries at the Westfield Food Pantry (located at Holy Trinity Church) on the following dates: July 1, 15, 29, August 5, 19, September 2. If you can help one or more of these dates, please contact Joann Huber at . No previous experience necessary; training is available!

Blood Drive – June 23. Come and donate blood on Monday, June 23 from 2—9:00 p.m. at the NJ Blood Center, 2279 South Avenue in Scotch Plains. Sign-up in the narthex for blood donations or call Randy or Cindy Howell to schedule an appointment at 908-889-6310. Walk-ins are also welcome on the 23rd.

Flower Ministry Needs Volunteers! Our flower ministry needs two individuals who can help out on the third or fourth Sunday of each month.This ministry involves subdividing our beautiful floral arrangements following Sunday morning worship.The floral arrangements are typically divided into three or four smaller bouquets which can then be delivered to folks in our church family (shut-ins, those who are in whether at home or in hospital/rehab.We also need folks who are willing to help deliver the flowers on Sunday.To volunteer or to ask questions, contact Su Iliff (908-436-8708)

Vacation Bible School will take place July 21—24 with a Thursday evening program (July 24). If you haven’t registered your child yet, please email Marcee Rogers at or contact the church office 908-233-4211.

VBS Volunteers needed! To volunteer with the program either as part of the planning team or for the week of the program, contact Marcee Rogers ( for more information.

Can you help with Fellowship Time? Janet Poland is still heading up our Fellowship Time and would like some help with this important ministry. There are three ways to help. You can: 1. provide food (bring in food labeled "Coffee time" between Friday and Sunday at 9 a.m.), 2. set up and serve (10:30 to 11:30) or 3. clean up (11:45). See the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Room or email Stina Nanavati at to volunteer!

An Opportunity for the Women of the Church. Would you like to help the girls in the congregation grow their faith? Do you have a great faith story to share?Calling all women interested in working with the girls in the congregation on their faith journey.If you are interested in volunteering, either once or on an ongoing basis, please contact Traci Basaman (; or Marcee Rogers

Family Caregivers Group. A support group for persons who provide ongoing care for an ill, elderly or disabled family member continues to meet at FUMC about twice each month from 3:00 to 4:30 on Sunday afternoons. The coming dates are June 1 and 22. Mutual support, encouragement, and caring as well as practical information are offered to and by those present. The group is professionally led. Contact Sue Bottorff 233-0337 for more information.

Please join in honoring The Reverend Bobbie Rambach and thanking her for her ministry as our District Superintendent. Bobbie’s tenure as DS will come to an end this July 1 as she accepts a new appointment from Bishop Schol.

A Reception for Bobbie will be held at: 3:00 PM, Saturday, June 7, 2014

at the Christ United Methodist Church, 485 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854.

All clergy and laity of the district are invited to attend!

Music, Fellowship, Friendship and Refreshments.

Contributions for Bobbie’s farewell gift may be sent to: First UMC of Somerville, 48 W. High Street, Somerville, NJ 08876 (please make all checks to "First UMC" and indicate "DS Gift on the memo line.) Contact: David Lehmkul at or 908-229-9088 for more information.

Next book club meeting is June 15 at 7pm in the Fellowship Room. The book is The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett. Our discussion will be facilitated by Dan Bottorff.

Adult Continuing Education

"Reading Jesus: A Writer’s Encounter with the Gospels" is an Adult Education Class on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in room 105. Novelist Mary Gordon, in a non-fiction work called Reading Jesus: A Writer’s Encounter with the Gospels (2009), presents the text from several recurring Gospel stories and writes a brief commentary on each from her own perspective. We will talk about one or two selections each week. Each week ‘stands alone’ so come to as many classes as you are able.