Announcements for November 17

posted Nov 18, 2013, 5:39 AM by Susan Granski

Christmas Pageant—Sunday, December 22. If your child/children are interested in participating in the Christmas Pageant, please contact Patti Merkle at

Calling all writers! A writing group is in the planning stages and is looking for members. All genres and levels of ability are welcome. If you are interested, please contact Mark Sutton ( Meeting day and time will be set based on everyone’s schedules.

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

Get your Thanksgiving pies! The United Methodist Women will again be selling pies for Thanksgiving. Orders will be taken through TODAY, November 17th.The pies will be baked on Saturday, November 23rd and be available on Sunday, November 24th.The cost is $15.00.We have pecan, pumpkin, Kentucky Derby, apple crisp and crustless cranberry.

The Oratorio Singers present an evening of Irish Traditional & Celtic-American folk and classical music on Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. in our sanctuary. General admission $20, $15 seniors and $10 students (16 and under) For information and tickets call 908-656-7418.

Ladies Game Night—Saturday, November 23rd at 7 PM in the Fellowship Room. Join us for fun, food and fellowship and play your favorite board games. Feel free to wear your favorite PJs or your favorite comfy clothes.

What happens when you listen to the sermon? A few weeks ago, Rev Mertz talked about Christian sympathy cards that he wished he could send.... And I felt God calling me, tugging at me. What if we made those cards that represented our Christian values as a mission project? If you are interested in art, photography, writing, quietly sharing your faith and the Bible this ministry is for you. Please contact Stina Nanavati at

Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service. All are welcome to the Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 5 PM at Temple Emanu-El, 756 East Broad Street, Westfield. Please bring a canned food item to donate to the Westfield Food Pantry.

Evening Prayer Shawl will not meet from Wednesday, November 27th thru Wednesday, January 1, 2014. They will resume meeting on Wednesday, January 8 at 7:30 PM.

There are still a few spots left to see "Moses" at the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Lunch and transportation will be part of the package event. Please contact Vanessa Zimmerman for more information,

The Book Group will next meet on December 1 from 7-8:30 PM in the Fellowship Room. The book for discussion is "The Things They Carried" by Tim O’Brien. Dan Bottorff will be the discussion facilitator. All are invited to join us.

We need your help! FUMC is hosting a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7 from 1-4 pm in the Fellowship Room. We encourage you to attend as this is a great outreach to the community but it's also a time to relax and fellowship with one another. Entertainment will also be provided for the kids. We will be in need of bakers to bring holiday goodies and treats to share. To sign up or for more information, please contact Sarah Ashworth at or Mark Sutton at, or see us after church in the Narthex.

Adult Education Opportunities

An adult education class entitled "What’s So Amazing About Grace?" meets on Sundays in Room 208 at 9AM. The class is exploring the evidence of God’s grace in our lives and in the world. Please join us for as many weeks as you are able. Each class topic is self-contained. For further information please contact Joann Huber or Kevin Dresely.

A special devotional study during Advent will begin on the first Sunday of Advent, December 1st during the 9:00 AM church school hour. Sunday gatherings will feature selections from Let Every Heart Prepare: Meditations for Advent and Christmas which are paired with a hymn. The Sunday gatherings can be supplemented by daily devotional readings. More information will be forthcoming as we approach Advent.

GrooveBarbers Holiday Show to benefit Greater NJ Sandy Relief Fund

Join us on Sunday afternoon, December 15th at 3 PM for a special family-friendly, Holiday Music Extravaganza featuring the zany a cappella group, the Groove Barbers, led by the king of a capella, Sean Altman himself! The concert will take place in our Sanctuary and proceeds will benefit the GNJ Sandy Relief Fund. Online admission prices are $16 for adults, $11 for teens (ages 13-19) and children age 12 and under are free. Go to for more information or to purchase your tickets. Tickets will be $23 (adults) and $15 (teens) at the door.