Bulletin Announcements for Easter - April 5, 2015

posted Apr 3, 2015, 7:02 AM by Susan Granski

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

FUMC scholarships are available for persons continuing their education beyond high school. They are based on service activities and participation in FUMC worship, education, or youth programs. Applications are available in the church office. Please email office@fumcwestfield.org if you would like an application emailed to you (indicating whether you need an initial application or a re-application form). Applications must be submitted by May 3rd in person (at the church) or by email office@fumcwestfield.org. Scholarships will be presented during worship on Sunday, June 14th.

Our next time to host Free Meals will be April 13, 2015. 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.

Vacation Bible School is coming this July 20-24, 2015 and you won’t want to miss the adventure as we explore Everest – Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.We are currently in the process of signing up volunteers and holding registration for the church community. Contact Marcee Rogers at mmrogers93@gmail.com for more information.

Midday Recital Series this Spring. Our next concerts are Wednesday, April 15 and 29 at 12 noon. This series is 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.

The Noontimers will meet on Friday, April 17, 2015 in the Fellowship Room. Our program will be "Visiting Vietnam and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat" with guest presenters Kathy Zuber and Anita Carvallo. Recently returning from a tour of Vietnam with extension into Cambodia, Anita and Kathy will show photos and share their experience. 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 to attend!

Quilt Show & Tea Room. The QUILT SHOW is on for April 18th! We have over 100 quilts promised and are looking forward to having a wonderful display in our Sanctuary. There will be continuous seating in our TEA ROOM from 12 PM—3 PM during the Quilt Show. We will be serving fancy finger sandwiches, homemade scones, and scrumptious desserts! Tickets are now on sale in the church office. Quilt Show: $6. Tea Room: $12 per person. Tickets will also be available at the door. Volunteers are still needed! Look for the sign-up table in the Narthex.

Books and Beyond. You are invited to the next gathering of "Books and Beyond" on Sunday night, April 19, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Lynn Petrino’s home, 835 Harding St., Westfield. The/movie under discussion will be "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand; movie directed by Angelina Jolie, starring Jack O’Connell. Read the book, see the movie or do. For more information speak to Dan Bottorff.

Nightwatch Crossroads RetreatAn inter-spiritual retreat for youth held at St. John the Divine Cathedral in NYC on April 24th-25th. Program begins at 6PM on Friday and ends 8AM on Saturday. Registration is $85 per person. Scholarship is available for students interested in attending. Please speak with Gilim (youth@fumcwestfield.org) immediately to register, as there are limited spots left for this retreat!

Join us for Hope Circle! Please join the Hope Circle on Saturday, April 25 at Tamaques Park (1515 Lamberts Mill Road, Westfield), for a group walk around the park. We will meet at 10 AM. Any woman who is not in a circle is welcome to attend. For more information contact Yarlin at yarlin@att.net or 908-490-0303.

Adult Faith Development

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Life Together (begins April 12th)

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 he was executed because, although an avowed pacifist, he supported the 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 April 12: Who Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

2. April 19: Flags in Church? Nationalism Then and Now

3. April 26: The Body of Christ in the World: the Church and Judaism

4. May 3: Life TogetherChristian Worship Today

5. May 10: Remembering World War II: the Church, War, and Pacifism

The class will meet on Sunday mornings from 9:00 – 9:50 AM in the Fellowship Room.For additional information about the class, contact Nancy Duff:nancy.duff@ptsem.edu .