Announcements for November 23, 2014

posted Nov 21, 2014, 11:28 AM by Susan Granski   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 11:28 AM ]

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

Hanging of the Greens Comes Early This Year! All are invited on Saturday, November 29 at 9:30 AM to help decorate the Sanctuary and other areas of FUMC in preparation for the Advent Season. What a great way to usher in this festive time of year! We need you! (especially men). So plan ahead to donate about one hour of your time. It would be helpful to let Gloria Brodersen know if you are able to help out.

Midday Organ Recital Series. Our next concerts are Wednesday, December 3 and 17! This series was designed to be a musical lunch break for church goers and non-church goers alike, so please bring lunch and a friend! Proceeds from the free-will offering will go to the organ restoration fund.

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 friend, please consider joining this supportive group. Coming meeting dates are November 23; December 7, 28. The group is facilitated by Sue Bottorff.

Youth Fall Festival. On November 23rd, there will be a Youth Fall Festival at FUMC in Scotch Plains from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Co-hosted by our church, FUMC Scotch Plains and Trinity UMC Rahway, the Youth Fall Festival will be a night where youth from various churches in our area will gather to fellowship, share a meal, and worship. There will be fun activities planned for that night, so please consider coming. Friends are more than welcome to join. The event is free. Please RSVP by contacting Gilim Jung at

RISE 2015: RISE, our annual youth service project in upstate New York, has started accepting applications for students in 9th grade up and adult volunteers for Summer 2015. Committing to attending RISE next year requires us to send registration information by the end of November. If you are interested in attending and/or volunteering, please contact Gilim Jung at youth@fumcwestfield.orgNovember 30th.

The Children and Youth are sponsoring a Heifer International Pledge-a-thon and Luncheon on Sunday, December 7th at 11:15 AM. Please join us and help our youth FILL THEIR ARK!

Monthly Men’s Breakfast— All men are invited to gather at the Westfield Diner on Saturday, December 6 at 8 AM or a time of fellowship. Contact Kevin Dresely at for more information. No reservations required!

Our next time to host Free Meals will be Monday, December 8, 2014. If you are interested, talk to Dick or Margaret Campbell.

Christmas with our soldiers: Let’s all make a difference by writing a message on a Christmas card for our soldiers in the Middle East. A table will be setup in the narthex with plenty of cards, yours for the taking. You may return your signed cards to the narthex in the box that says "Ready for Shipping." Please address envelope to "Any Soldier." Boxes filled with cards will be shipped after December 14th.

Everyone is invited to Wesley Hall’s First Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. We hope you can join us!

The Noontimers will meet on Friday, December 19 in the Fellowship Room. We will be celebrating Christmas with a "White Elephant Gift" exchange. We ask that you bring a sandwich and we provide coffee and tea and ice water. The meetings run from 12 PM till 2 PM. Everyone is welcome!

Annual Cookie Walk—December 21. Our Annual Cookie Walk will take place on Sunday, December 21st in the Fellowship Room. Shoppers will purchase a container and have the opportunity to fill it with home-baked goodies. This is a great way to get a variety of cookies for the holiday! If you would like to donate cookies, contact Sue Gandy or Mary-Lou Jackson. Proceeds will benefit the Shared Ministry.

Advent - Adult Education Study

"The Messiah: An Advent Adult Study"Written by world-renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, this four-session adult study takes a critical look at the four royal titles used in Isaiah 9:2-7: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.We will explore how the people understood those titles during Jesus' time and discuss how Jesus did or did not fulfill the titles. We will also reflect on how Christians interpret Jesus as representing that title.

The 4 week study will begin on November 30th and run through December 21st. The group will meet on Sundays from 9:00 – 9:50 AM in Room 105. Sessions will be led by Su Iliff, Dan Bottorff, and Connie Palmer.Questions? Check with Su Iliff.

GrooveBarbers Family-Friendly Holiday Show

December 14, 2014

Join us on Sunday afternoon, December 14th at 3 PM in the Social Hall for a special family-friendly, Holiday Music Extravaganza featuring the zany a cappella group, the GrooveBarbers, led by the king of a capella, Sean Altman himself! Online admission prices are $18 for adults, $12 for teens (ages 13-19) and children age 12 and under are free. Go to to purchase your tickets. Tickets will be $23 (adults) and $17 (teens) at the door.