Announcements for June 2, 2013

posted May 30, 2013, 10:39 AM by Susan Granski

The Book Group will meet TONIGHT from 7-8:30 PM in the Fellowship Room. The book for discussion is "Spilling Clarence" by Anne Ursu. Gloria Brodersen will be the discussion facilitator. All are invited to join us.

SAFE SANCTUARY TRAINING - Tuesday, June 4 - check in starts at 6:45, training at 7:00; childcare provided. If you are called to help shepherd the children - will you be ready? training is mandatory for adults who volunteer to lead or supervise or assist with supervising the children and youth of our church as part of our Safe Sanctuary policy. Questions and to RSVP Marcee Rogers,

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

Attention Graduates! We would like to honor our high school and college graduates by displaying their pictures in our display cabinet in June. Please submit your 5x7 or 8x10 photos (with or without a frame) to the church office as soon as possible! Please be sure to indicate your name and school you are graduating from, and your degree (if appropriate), or what school you will be attending, etc, on the back. Pictures will be returned at the end of June.

Strawberry Festival—June 9. Please join us on Sunday June 9th as we honor our teachers and celebrate our graduates at our annual Strawberry Festival after worship. Come and enjoy sandwiches and a strawberry dessert! Donations welcome! Proceeds will benefit the FUMC Scholarship Fund.

Our next time to host Free Meals will be June 10, 2013. We prepare meals the second Monday of each month September thru June. Although we have a faithful crew, we welcome anyone who would like to come and join us! If you are interested, talk to Dick or Margaret Campbell.

Summer Camp Brochures and Registration Forms for Aldersgate Center and Pinelands Center at Mt. Misery are now available on the GNJ Conference website at (Brochures are also available in the church office.) Scholarships are available for families in need through the conference office.

Father’s Day Brunch—sponsored by the UMW. The UMW will be hosting a Father’s Day Brunch after worship on June 16, 2013. We are planning breakfast casseroles, bagels muffins and fruit platters. Everyone is invited to attend!

Don’t forget to pick up your Pictorial Directory on Sundays or in the church office during the week. All those who had their picture taken are entitled to one copy of the directory. If you’d like a copy and DIDN’T have your picture taken the cost is $5.

Adult Continuing Education

The Adult Bible Study continues a course on the book of Isaiah through June 9th. You are invited to explore this pivotal book from the Old Testament on Sunday mornings in room 105 at 9 am.

Season of Growth

The empowering presence of God within each follower of Christ is celebrated and remembered during the season of Pentecost. Pentecost creates an environment for growth, and Jesus Christ is the cause. As a church we are called to create an environment where the Spirit of God will cause us to grow individually and as a church.

What creates an environment for growth? We do not do the growing, but perhaps we can create an environment where the Spirit can work in and through us at FUMC.

"Imagine a World" Breakfast Event

to benefit Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss

The Breakfast will be held on Thursday, June 6th, 2013 from 8 AM – 9 AM at L’Affaire in Mountainside. The theme for this year’s breakfast is "Planting Seeds of Resilience." Over 400 community and business leaders, volunteers and donors will be in attendance.

Imagine is a year-round grief support center for children age 3-18 coping with loss due to the death of a parent or sibling. The mission of Imagine is to support grieving people and foster resiliency and emotional well-being for all those who grieve. In addition to the children’s groups, support groups are provided for parents, guardians and adults of all ages. Imagine peer support groups are available free of charge to all participants for as long as needed. Over 100 children and adults are currently participating in our programs.

Imagine’s offices and support groups are held at First United Methodist Church in Westfield and serves residents of Union County and beyond. FUMC has been a proud supporter of Imagine since its inception.

Please contact Maria Vitale at,  if you would like to attend and be a guest at her table.