Bulletin Announcements for December 7, 2014

posted Dec 5, 2014, 5:06 AM by Susan Granski

Wanted! Two ushers for the 4th Sunday of every month. If you can help out in this way, please contact Carol Neu at 908-233-7424.

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

An Advent Devotional booklet will be available for purchase TODAY after worship. There will be a $5.00 donation and all profits will go to our apportionments.

Our Christmas Giving Tree is bursting with need!  Our gifts this year will help homeless families through St Joseph’s Church and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. Please select an ornament, purchase a gift and return it unwrapped in a gift bag with the ornament by Sunday, December 14th. Please contact Maria Vitale at maria6107060@yahoo.com, with any questions.

New Offering envelopes. Please pick up your offering envelopes for 2015 in the hallway outside the church office.

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

Advent Spiritual Walks. Please join us on December 10 & 17 for a labyrinth walk as we explore the meaning of the Advent season.The labyrinth will be available from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the church Social Hall.It takes about 20 minutes for a self-guided, meditative walk. Each week we will be exploring different aspects of the season: Wednesday, December 10th is Searching for Meaning and Wednesday, December 17th is Hope for the Future. Please drop by any time between 6:30 and 8:00 to try out this experience.

FUMC Celebrates Human Rights—The United Nations proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.In celebration, over the next 12 months FUMC will highlight our work to advocate for human rights.For additional information, please contact Deborah Enix-Ross.

Santa Claus Breakfast—December 13. Join us for our annual Santa Claus breakfast on Saturday, December 13th from 10 a.m. until 12 noon in the Fellowship Room. There will be a light breakfast, crafts, music, stories and a visit with a very special guest fit for the season!! The cost is $6.00 per person. Please sign up by December 7th outside the church office. Don't forget to bring your camera! Questions? please call Kathleen Bruns-Meyers or the church office 908-233-4211.

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.

GrooveBarbers Family-Friendly Holiday Show. 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 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sean-altman-the-groove-barbers-perform-in-westfield-nj-tickets-13714040063?aff=eorg to purchase your tickets. Tickets will be $23 (adults) and $17 (teens) at the door.

Midday Organ Recital Series. Our next concert is Wednesday, December 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.

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 at 12 PM 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.

Annual Cookie Walk—December 21. Our Annual Cookie Walk will take place on Sunday, December 21st in the Fellowship Room. 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.The group will meet on Sundays from 9:00 – 9:50 AM in Room 105 through December 21. Sessions will be led by Su Iliff, Dan Bottorff, Kirk Huber and Connie Palmer. Questions? Check with Su Iliff (908-436-8708).

Holiday Decorations

The holiday season is brighter in our church when all of us contribute to the cost of plants, garlands and wreaths. Please return this form to the church office with money, in any amount that you wish to give. Make checks payable to FUMC Flower Fund. Deadline for the names of donors in the bulletin is December 14, 2014.

Name:___________________________________________________________

In Honor of:______________________________________________________

In Memory of:____________________________________________________

Amount enclosed: $_________

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