Announcements for September 15, 2013

posted Sep 13, 2013, 11:26 AM by Susan Granski

Join us for a Rally Day Lunch after worship today in the Fellowship Room!

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

Church wide worship survey. Throughout the month of September you will have an opportunity to share your views and desires about worship at FUMC. The Worship, Music and Arts committee is conducting a survey to learn how we can make worship more meaningful to you. All are encouraged to participate.You may complete it online:   Paper forms will be available outside of the church office, or we will have computers available in the Fellowship Room after worship on September 22nd and 29th for you to complete.  All are welcome, including our youth.

The UMW will be selling 8" mums again this year. The cost will be $7.00 each and the colors are - white, lavender, yellow, bronze and red.  We will be taking orders this Sunday and they will be ready for pick up on Sunday, Sept. 22.  We will have extra mums for anyone who does not have a chance to order them.

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. Ticket sales begin TODAY. See our table during Rally Day lunch for more information!

We are looking for volunteers to share a brief lesson (3-4 minutes) with our children during a "Time for Children" on Sundays during service.A choice of lessons is provided or you can focus on your own material. The following dates are available.Any age is welcome! Please email Valeri Sewald with your dates or questions:

Craft/Social Group, Wednesdays in September. Please join us in the Fellowship Room on Wednesdays in September 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!

Monday Evening Bible Study with Rev. Iliff , September 16 at 6:30 PM in Room 218. Please join us!

The Noontimers will meet on September 20 in the Fellowship Room. Our guest speaker will be Rick Stone, Director of Senior Service of Union County. 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 and we hope to see you there.

Young Adult Gathering. Join other young adults (19 – 30ish) on Sunday, September 22nd from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM for lunch and conversation about how FUMC can better help young adults address theological, spiritual, and social concerns. Singles, couples, and families are welcomed.  Lunch will be provided. care will be available upon request.  Revs. Mertz and Iliff will facilitate this brainstorming session. RSVP to Su Iliff ( or 908-436-8708) by Sept 15th for purposes of menu and childcare planning.

Join us to GET LOST, in a corn maze, that is! On Saturday, September 28, meet at the church at 2pm to go to Stony Hill Farms in Chester to their 10-acre corn maze. They also have apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, a kid's playground, apple cider and apple cider donuts! Prices are: ages 10+: $12.99, ages 3-9: $10.98, and 2 years and under: free. For more information, visit their website at: Any questions, please contact Sarah Ashworth:

New Member Class: Are you interested in exploring membership at FUMC Westfield, or, if already a member, in brushing up on your Methodism? If so, you are invited to join the upcoming class that will be lead by Rev. Mertz. We will meet together Sunday, October 6 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Fellowship Room. All are welcome.... even if you weren’t able to respond ahead of time or are not sure if you want to join right now, you are still most welcome to participate.

Bishop’s Day on the District, Thursday, October 3 from 7 – 8:30 PM at Martinsville UMC, 1949 Washington Valley Road, Martinsville, NJ 08836 (732) 356-1326. All laity are invited to attend. We look forward to this time of worship and fellowship with Bishop Schol.

Wanted by the UMW. The Elisabeth Circle wants your "attic treasures" - forgotten or just no longer wanted or needed, new and used items like paintings, old Barbies, Hot Wheels, Beanie Babies, furniture, antique dishes, collectables, etc. We have established an e-bay account and will be listing your donated treasures as a fund raising event for the Church.  If you have items to donate to either the e-bay fund raising project or for the upcoming yard sale please contact Janet at We can arrange pick up and/or storage for items that you would like to donate.

Mark your calendars! UMW Craft and Rummage Sale—Saturday, October 19th from 10 AM—2 PM in the Fellowship Room and Social Hall. Lunch and Bake Sale items will also be available!

Our Annual Church Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All members are encouraged to attend! Committee/Ministry leaders are asked to submit their committee’s annual report to the church office by Tuesday, October 1st.

The Family Caregiver's Group continues to meet twice monthly at FUMC on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30. We gather to share experiences, exchange information and to care for and encourage each other. Upcoming meeting dates: September 22, October 6 and 27. Facilitator is Sue Bottorff.

Adult Education Opportunity

Basics of Biblical Scholarship - Have you ever been frustrated when Bible studies seem "too heady" and disconnected from your life of faith? If you would like to learn more from a Bible scholar about what Bible scholars have come to understand, and learn to read the Bible in its own context (and ours!), join Rev. Amy Jones on Sunday, September 22 to discuss some of the questions and concerns scholarly interpreters of the Bible raise, how these may differ from issues of spirituality, and how the two intersect. The class will meet from 9:00 – 9:50 AM in room 105.