Announcements for June 22, 2014

posted Jun 19, 2014, 10:23 AM by Susan Granski

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

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.

Quilts needed for display! The UMW is planning to have a quilt show this fall! We need handmade quilts to display for the event. (We’d like to show about 100 quilts!) If you have a quilt and would like to have it shown, please contact Charlotte Broadwell at

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.

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 (

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!

Family Caregivers Group. The Family Caregivers Group continues to meet twice each month on Sunday afternoons at FUMC from 3:00 to 4:30. If you are providing ongoing care for a family member or spouse, please consider joining this supportive group. Coming meeting dates are June 29 and July 13, 27. The group is facilitated by Sue Bottorff, LCSW

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 1st is the Eric Mintel Quartet (

Volunteers needed! We will be opening our doors to the public every Tuesday evening during the Jazz concerts to provide water and restroom facilities. We are looking for volunteers to greet folks and direct them to the restrooms. Please contact Bob Anderson ( to sign up to help.

Calling all youth in grades 3 to 8! Join us on Tuesday evenings in July and August for Summer Service Experience. We will gather in the social hall for activities at 5pm that focus on various ways that we can be better servants of God. Following the activity time we will eat and socialize before wrapping up at 7pm. Come one week or all weeks, bring a friend and have fun! Each week will have a stand-alone theme and activity, but all weeks will involve ways we can serve. Contact Marcee Rogers ( or Patti Merkle ( to register. While there is no set fee for this program, a donation of $5 per week of participation is suggested.

Summer Growth Opportunities

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. A new women's covenant group will begin on Sunday13th and run through August 17th. group will meet from 9:00-9:45 AM for six weeks (location TBD).The focus of discussion will be on Brene Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Contact Connie Palmer at ( if you are interested.

Sunday Post-Worship Sermon Discussion. Join Rev. Mertz at 11:15 AM on Sunday mornings during July to share your thoughts, ask questions, and discuss the morning’s sermon.  Meet in the pastor’s study. Questions? Contact Revs. Mertz or Iliff.