Bulletin Announcements for February 22, 2015

posted Feb 20, 2015, 5:38 AM by Susan Granski

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

Altar Flowers. The 2015 Flower Chart is posted on the wall outside the church office You are invited to sponsor flower arrangements ($40 per week) for our worship services each Sunday morning. Please sign up, then take an envelope for your payment and to indicate what reading you’d like to appear in the bulletin.

Please join the Women's Covenant Group in, Hind's Feet in High Places. The group will meet after church11:30-12:30discuss this new book beginning TODAY (February 22nd). The book istale of Much-Afraid,seeks God's guidancein herto let go of her fear as she is led by the Good Shepherd to the high places.This book and the covenant group's discussion are a great opportunity to deepen your Lenten experience.Contact Connie Palmer at cqpalmer@yahoo.com for more information.

Books and Beyond. Movies and the books from which they originated will generate the conversation at "Books and Beyond," the reconstituted FUMC book discussion group.For February, we consider Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn; movie starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and Carrie Coon. Read the book, see the movie, or both.Discussion starts at 7:00 PM ends at 8:30 PM, Sunday Feb. 22, 2015, meeting at Sue and Dan Bottorff’s home--514 Grove St., Westfield.

Gardening Workshop. Enhance your enjoyment of your garden this summer by learning basic elements of a beautiful flower (or vegetable) garden .Subjects will include:garden design, plant selection, seed starting, considerations of soils, sun or shade, fertilizer, watering etc.Hands-on activity of starting seeds, both annual and perennial, will necessitate wearing casual clothes. The Workshop runs from 9:00 AM till noon, Saturday, February 28.A fee of $5 is requested for materials and seeds.Dan Bottorff leads the workshop.Call the church office 908-233-4211 to register or get more information.

The Square Dance has been rescheduled for February 28th! Join us for a Square Dance on February 28, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Social Hall. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Bring the entire family out for an evening of fun & fellowship! No admission charge, but a free will offering will be accepted at the door. We will have a live caller—FUMC’s own Dale Flowers! Each child age 4-8 should bring a grown-up to dance with.

Blood Drive. Come and donate blood on Monday, March 2nd from 2—9:00 p.m. at the NJ Blood Center, 2279 South Avenue in Scotch Plains. Sign-up in the narthex for blood donations or call Randy or Cindy Howell to schedule an appointment.  Walk-ins are also welcome on the 2nd.

RISE, our annual youth service project in upstate New York, will be held on July 5th to July 11th this year. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Gilim at youth@fumcwestfield.org

Wesley Hall OPEN HOUSE! Wesley Hall School for Early Childhood will hold an OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday February 25, 2015 from 6-8 PM. Teachers will be available in their classrooms to answer questions and describe the school day. A Question & Answer Session will be held in the Fellowship Room with Director, Melissa Romelli. Registration forms will be available. Children ages 2 1/2 to Full Day Kindergarten are eligible for enrollment. There are 2 day, 3 day and 4 and 5 day choices depending on the child’s age. Members of First United Methodist Church receive 10% off of tuition. Call the school office 908-233-9570 for more information or go to www.wesleyhall.org.

Adult Faith Development During Lent

Renegade Gospel
Jesus didn’t come to start a religion. The rebel Jesus came with a renegade gospel to start a revolution.Join others in exploring how pastor and author of Renegade Gospel the Rebel Jesus Mike Slaughter presents Jesus and his challenging message to inspire us during Lent, Easter, and through the year.Read the red letters and discover Jesus all over again.The interactive discussions will follow brief video clips.This class will meet during Lent on Sunday mornings from 9:00 - 9:50 AM in Room 105.The first class will begin on Sunday, February 22nd.Questions?? Contact Su Iliff (908-436-8708)

Yoga as a Spiritual Practice

Most of us think of yoga as done by physically flexible people unlike ourselves who can hold postures impossible for us.However yoga offers much more than the physicality it is noted for.

Yoga is also a spiritual discipline with characteristics quite compatible with Christian understandings of embracing God’s Spirit.It also offers a healing component for our bodies which has been almost forgotten by western Christianity.

You are invited to join a six-week exploration during Lent of yoga and Christian spiritual disciplines--comparing and contrasting them.

Beginning Sunday Feb. 22nd from 9:00 to 9:50 AM in the Social Hall, Dominique Trott, certified yoga instructor, and Rev. Dan Bottorff will lead an exploration of yoga and Christian spiritual disciplines.Along with presentations and discussion, time for breathing exercises and gentle yoga postures will be offered.

Some persons may wish only to discuss and observe. Others may come in casual clothes and experience the integration of mind, body, and spirit while practicing yoga.Bring a yoga mat, if you have one.Some extras will be available.Casual dress for yoga is quite acceptable at worship which follows at 10:00 AM.There is no charge.Donations accepted.


The forty days of Lent are gifts for the people of God. They offer possibilities of a journey toward deeper relationships with God, human beings and other living creatures. The scriptures, Sunday sermon and visual signs and symbols point toward gifts available to each person. Our new Lenten banner features some of these symbols. They may not be familiar to everyone, so there will be a short explanation of each symbol in the Bulletin each Sunday of Lent.

Week One - THE SHELL: The Mark 1: 9-15 passage recalls Jesus’ baptism. The scallop shell traditionally holds the water used to affirm and launch Jesus’ ministry. The three drops of water represent the presence of the Trinity, a reminder that God, in all forms, is present with us always.