Announcements for September 8, 2013

posted Sep 6, 2013, 7:23 AM by Susan Granski

Rally Day! Next Sunday, September 15, 2013

Gather in the Fellowship Room at 9 AM for Church School Kick-off!

All are invited to a Rally Day Lunch in the Fellowship Room

following worship.

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

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. Any age is welcome! Please email Valeri Sewald with your dates or questions: Available Dates: Sept 15, 22, 29; Oct. 13, 20, 27; Nov. 10, 17, 24

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!

This year’s United Methodist Homes’ Walk for All Ages takes place TODAY at 1:00 PM beginning at Francis Asbury Manor in Ocean Grove, NJ. The walk benefits the Fellowship Fund which helps The Homes to live up to its commitment that no resident is ever asked to leave because of exhausted financial resources. FUMC members Mary-Lou Jackson and Joyce Nelson are walking this year. Please see them if you are interested in sponsoring them.

Our next time to host Free Meals will be September 9, 2013. We prepare meals the 2nd Monday of each month September thru June. Although we have a faithful crew, we welcome anyone who would like to come and join us! If you are interested, talk to Dick or Margaret Campbell

Monday Evening Bible Study in September. Rev. Iliff will offer a Monday evening Bible study on the lectionary passage(s) for the following Sunday. Please join us September 9 & 16 at 6:30 PM in Room 218.

Scarf Dyeing for the Season of Green. Join us for a creative evening of scarf dyeing featuring color GREEN on Friday, September 13 from 6-9 PM at the home of Connie Palmer (1720 Cooper Road, Scotch Plains). (Pizza provided!) The scarves will be used to decorate the sanctuary from Rally Day until the beginning of Advent.  If you would like to make scarves for yourself or for gifts, you are welcome to join us.  Please contact Connie to let her know you plan to attend at

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.

Coming Soon in September... Ticket sales and information for our April 2014 bus trip to see "Moses" at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA! Lunch and transportation will be part of the package event.

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 ( 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 at

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.

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 three Sundays in September (September 8, 15, 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. Sessions will be held from 9:00 – 9:50 AM in room 105.


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 22ndand 29th for you to complete it.  All are welcome, including our youth!