Announcements for October 20, 2013

posted Oct 18, 2013, 12:06 PM by Susan Granski

Join us for Lunch after worship

Every Sunday in October, you and your family are invited to lunch after church in the Social Hall. Child-care will be provided for little ones, and youth are encouraged to stay (at their own table, if desired). The purpose of the first three lunches (in addition to the social opportunities they provide) will be to talk about the sermon in round-table conversations. The sermons will be based around a little book called Three Simple Questions by Bishop Reuben Job. Our fourth lunch will come at the conclusion of our Stewardship and Mission Fund campaigns on October 27.

Donations are requested to help supply our volunteers at the Sandy Relief site on November 2nd. Items requested include: toilet paper, box tissues, paper towels, large cans of Lysol spray, large trash bags, cases of bottled water, and Walmart/Target gift cards. Please donate to the church by Oct 27th

FUMC Worship Survey. We have received 52 survey responses so far and it’s not too late to let us know what you think about worship at FUMC Westfield.  We are keeping the survey open through the end of October.  To complete the survey online, please go to:

You may also pick up a paper copy of the survey outside of the church office.

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.

Come with us 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. Tickets will be on sale during Fellowship Time (11 AM). Please contact Vanessa Zimmerman for more information,

Blood Drive. Come and donate blood on Monday, October 21 from 2—9 p.m. at the NJ Blood Center, 2279 South Avenue in Scotch Plains. Sign-up in the narthex for blood donations or contact Randy Howell at to donate. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Early Response Team Training. Are you interested in serving your neighbor during the early stages of a disaster? In the past 2 years, the Greater New Jersey Conference has trained over 300 people to become Early Response Team (ERT) members. An ERT training class will be held at FUMC on Saturday, October 26th from 9 AM to 4 PM in the Social Hall. If interested please register at Contact Su Iliff with questions.

The Book Group will next meet on October 27 from 7-8:30 PM in the Fellowship Room. The book for discussion is "Defending Jacob" by William Landay. All are invited to read the book and join us.

Our Annual Church Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All members are encouraged to attend!

The Family Caregiver's Group continues to meet twice monthly at FUMC on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30. Upcoming meeting dates: October 27. Facilitator is Sue Bottorff.

Would you like to be an Acolyte? This ministry consists of young people that share in the Sunday morning worship by lighting the candles on the altar in the sanctuary. We are looking for youth grade 4 and up. Training will be provided. For more information and to get your name on the list, contact Patti Merkle

Bowling Fun and Fellowship. Come together with your FUMC friends and family on November 3 at 12:30 p.m. for bowling at Garwood Lanes (North Avenue in Garwood) Cost of the event is $11 per person and includes and hour and a half of bowling, bowling shoes and a simple snack. RSVP Marcee Rogers ( by October 20.

The Hope Circle will meet on Friday, November 8 at 7:30 PM. Vanessa Zimmerman will be hosting at her home: 334 Parkview Drive, Scotch Plains. All women are welcomed to join us. For more information, please contact Vanessa at

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.

You are invited to A Service of Hope & Remembrance,on November 2, 2013 from 9:00am-10:00am at The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ. The service will feature testimony from families who have survived the Superstorm Sandy and from volunteers who have helped rebuild homes.  All are welcome!

Adult Education Opportunity

Adult education opportunities continue this fall. A series on Human Sexuality from a Wesleyan Perspective continues through November 3rd. The class meets from 9:00 – 9:50 AM in Room 105. Suitable for adults and older teens, the sessions are designed to generate discussion about issues surrounding human sexuality and how these issues impact individuals, a church family, the institutional church, and our society. Revs. Susan Iliff and Dan Bottorff are leading this series.

A new 6-week adult education class entitled "What’s So Amazing About Grace?" begins Sunday, October 20 in Room 208 at 9AM. The class will explore the evidence of God’s grace in our lives and in the world.  Topics for discussion include: power of grace to penetrate racism, grace and forgiveness, and dispensing grace. 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 (