Bulletin announcements for February 10, 2013

posted Feb 7, 2013, 5:49 AM by Susan Granski

It’s been a few years since Seekers Service has gathered us as friends. Some of those regular attenders have asked that we might meet once again to catch up on our lives and to remember the experience we shared over the 12 years of Seekers Service. You are invited to come to a Seekers’ Shindig TODAY, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the Social Hall of First United Methodist. The Gribbins, Sheffields and Bottorffs are organizing refreshments. There will be time for both organized and individual conversation.

We would like to feature a collection of crosses in the display cabinet for the Easter season. If you would be willing to lend a cross for the display, please contact Sarah Ashworth at publicity@fumcwestfield.org and bring your cross to church by Sunday, March 16.

FUMC Westfield is now on Facebook. Search for FUMC Westfield, and like our page. We'll use this site to communicate events, have discussions, and keep in contact. Get the word out! Invite your friends to like our page so they can see what great things we are doing here. Any questions, please contact Sarah Ashworth at publicity@fumcwestfield.org. 

New Altar Flower Chart is up! The 2013 Flower Chart is posted on the wall outside the church office. You are invited to sponsor flower arrangements for our worship services each Sunday morning. Floral arrangements cost $40 each week to sponsor. Please sign up, then take an envelope for your payment and to indicate what reading you’d like to appear in the bulletin. Thank you for providing these beautiful tributes for our Sunday services.

Photos needed for church website. For several months, a committee has been working to redesign and update our website. Please take a look at

www.fumcwestfield.org. We would like to include more photos, and we need your help. If you have photos from church activities during the past two years that you think would be great for the website, we need them! Please send them by email to Sarah Ashworth at publicity@fumcwestfield.org. Thank you in advance for helping the website showcase the wonderful things we do at FUMC

The Family Caregiver's Group continues to meet twice monthly at FUMC on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30. We gather with a cup of tea to share experiences, exchange information and to care for and encourage each other. Meeting dates are February 17, March 3 and 24. If you have been considering attending a meeting to experience the kind of support it offers, know that you are most welcome. The group is small and stable and will be interested in hearing about your experience of caregiving. Facilitators are Sue Bottorff and Su Iliff.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will take place on February 12, 2013 from 6 to 8 PM in the Social Hall. Your free will donations will benefit the FUMC Scholarship Fund. Please join us for great food and fellowship

An Ash Wednesday Service will take place on February 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in our Sanctuary.

The Noontimers will next meet on February 15th in the Fellowship Room. Our guest speaker will be Bob Soong who will talk about "Christianity in A Non Christian World" and the Chinese New Year. 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.

The Book Group will next meet on February 17 from 7 to 8:30 PM in the Fellowship Room. The book for discussion is "A Moveable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway. All are invited to join us.  

Ladies Game Night (Sponsored by Cornerstone) March 2, 7:30 – 9:30 PM in the Fellowship Room. Join us for some fun, food and fellowship and play your favorite board games. Feel free to wear your favorite PJs or your favorite comfy clothes.

Blood Drive. Come and donate blood on Monday, March 4 from 2—8:30 p.m. at the NJ Blood Center, 2279 South Avenue in Scotch Plains. Sign up in the narthex for blood donations. Walk-ins are also welcome on the 4th.

Looking Ahead. . .

Men’s Breakfast at the Westfield Diner (no reservations required!), March 2

Free Meals, March 11 (Another group is taking our slot in February)

Oratorio Concert, March 17

Adult Continuing Education

A six week Lenten study focused on Serving from the Heart – Finding Your Gifts and Talents for Service will be offered on Sunday mornings at 9:00 – 9:50 AM and again from 11:30 AM — 12:30 PM in room 105 beginning on February 17th. This study will help participants discover their own spiritual gifts and talents and find ways to channel these gifts into an enhanced capacity to serve God and neighbor.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University began on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 and will continue for nine consecutive Tuesdays ending on March 5, 2013. Sessions begin at 7 PM in the Fellowship Room. Contact Brent Beene with questions.