Announcements for September 14, 2014

posted Sep 12, 2014, 12:07 PM by Susan Granski

Updated Membership Directories are available on the table outside the church office. Please help yourself—one per family please!

Installation of Raritan Valley District Superintendent. Laity and clergy are invited to join Bishop John Schol and the Cabinet of the GNJAC for the Installation of Rev. Dr. Drew A. Dyson as Raritan Valley District Superintendent TODAY at 3 PM at the Bridgewater UMC, 651 Country Club Road, Bridgewater. A time of fellowship with refreshments to follow the service.

Young Adult Breakfast. We will meet at the Westfield Diner on Sunday, September 21 at 8am. Come and enjoy the fellowship with one another and catch up after the summer. Please RSVP to if you'll be able to join us.

Our Annual Church Conference is scheduled for Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All members are encouraged to attend!

Join us at our Blessing of the Animals service on Saturday, October 4th at 10:00 AM. We will gather on the Ferris Place lawn to celebrate our furred and feathered friends. Bring your pet(s), favorite photos, stuffed animals, or a remembrance of a favorite animal friend.

Humane Society needs our help. Due to the severe weather conditions in the Northeast over the past couple of years animalfell short of the worn bedding and towels donated to these shelters for warmth and comfort. Please, if you come across any old or not as nice anymore items, think of the animals that are cold and bring them with you starting on October 4th "Blessing of the Animals" thru October. A bin will located in the lobbydonations.

Church Fall Dance—October 4, 2014. Please join us on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. for a Fall Fundraising Dance. Half-hour ballroom dance lesson and music by Brandis Dance Theatre. Come out for an evening of great music and dancing! $10 donation suggested.

As we celebrate World Communion Sunday on October 5, you are encouraged to wear cultural clothing and accessories as a way toconnect with our Christian brothers and sisters around the world. All clothing and accessories are welcomed whether or not they reflect your personal cultural heritage.Other plans to make the service more globally interconnected are being finalized.If you have flags, banners, cloth material, or tablecloths from countries and cultures around the world, please contact Sarah Ashworth, Connie Palmer, Stina Nanavati, or Su Iliff.

3rd Don Eisele Ice Cream Invitational. The Eisele Family invites you to join them on Sunday October 5th following worship in the Fellowship Room for the 3rd Don Eisele Ice Cream Invitational. Come and enjoy light sandwiches and ice cream for lunch! (Non-dairy ice cream will be available.) Monetary donations given in Don’s memory will benefit our Apportionment Fund and the Free Meals program at Covenant UMC, Plainfield.

Heifer International. Come and celebrate 70 Years Ending Hunger and Poverty and Caring for the Earth! Please join us on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 1-3 PM (at the Community Room, Westfield Municipal Building, 425 E. Broad St., Westfield) as we celebrate ending hunger with a fun afternoon of games, crafts, activities, special demonstrations, and light refreshments. FREE but register to attend or e-mail ALL and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME!

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 are14 and 28. The group is facilitated by Sue Bottorff, 908-233-0337.

Adult Continuing Education

Methodism 101 – This class provides an introduction to Methodism which will provide an understanding of our denomination’s beliefs and structure. It will include some pertinent history, the mission and current issues facing the United Methodist Church. This class will gather in room 105 on September 14th and 21st. Rev. Susan Iliff will lead Methodism 101.

Also coming this fall

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Life Together (begins September 28th)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian and Lutheran pastor when Adolf Hitler rose to power in 1933. When his siblings challenged his decision to become a theologian, saying the church was "a poor, boring, petty, and bourgeois institution," Bonhoeffer replied: "In that case I shall reform it." As fate – or providence – would have it, Bonhoeffer spent much of his life seeking to reform the church that was losing its way in Nazi Germany. On April 9, 1945 Bonhoeffer was executed in a concentration camp because of his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler. This Sunday School class, led by Rev. Dr. Nancy Duff, will introduce the life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in response to his invitation in Life Together to consider the nature of Christian community. In these five weeks we will consider:

1. Sep. 28: Who Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

2. Oct. 5: Flags in Church? Nationalism Then and Now

3. Oct. 12: The Body of Christ in the World: the Church and Judaism

4. Oct. 19: Life Together and Christian Worship Today

5. Oct. 26: A Time to Speak and a Time to be Silent

For additional information about the class, contact Nancy Duff:

Psalms Bible Study (begins November 2nd)

Kevin Dresely will lead a four week Bible Study focusing on Psalms.

Human Rights, the Church, and Us (begins November 2nd)

Deborah Enix-Ross will lead a discussion forum focusing on human rights.

Union County Interfaith Coordinating Committee Council Day of Prayer – For All Faiths. 

You are invited to the Interfaith Day of Prayer on Thursday, September 18 to be held at FUMC Westfield beginning at 6 PM.

In addition to prayers and scripture readings from different faith traditions and a variety of choral music, a diverse panel will discuss how various traditions interpret "The Golden Rule." Rev. Mertz will act as host Pastor, and Rev. Iliff will offer one of the prayers.

The Union County Interfaith Coordinating Committee Council was created by Community Access Unlimited to promote inclusion and create a clearing house of faith-based, non-profit and government community services available to the public.

For questions, feel free to contact Aleyah Lacey at Community Access Unlimited at 908-354-3040, ext. 324 or