Bulletin Announcements for March 1

posted Feb 27, 2015, 11:57 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.

Lenten Meditation. Thursday nights during Lent the sanctuary will be open from 7:00- 7:30 pm for personal meditation. There will be readings available to reflect upon during the meditation time. Everyone is invited to drop in for prayer or quiet time to enhance their Lenten journey.

Please join the Women's Covenant Group inHind's Feet in High Places.The group will meet after church11:30-12:30in room 105 to discuss this new book. The book istale of Much-Afraid,who seeks God's guidanceherto 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.

Books and Beyond. You are invited to the next gathering of "Books and Beyond" on Sunday night, March 15th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM (location to be named later).The book/movie under discussion will be "The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais; film by the same name is directed by Lasse Halstrom, starring Helen Mirren.Read the book, see the movie or do both.For more information call Dan Bottorff at 908-967-9144.

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.

Ignite Conference. Join us on Saturday, March 7th from 6:00PM to 8:40PM to attend a regional youth rally hosted by our Conference. There will be music, special performances, testimony, call to action and more. The event will be held at Calvary KUMC in East Brunswick, NJ. Come to church by 5:00PM if you need a ride. Sign-up sheets are on the hallway bulletin-board.

Greater NJ Annual Conference Scholarship Opportunities for 2015 are now posted on the bulletin board outside the church office. For further information, visit www.gnjumc.org or call the Conference Office at 1-877-677-2594. Deadline is March 31, 2015.

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 plan to hold registration for the church community on Sundays through March.for our table each week in the Fellowship room (beginning March 8th).

Monthly Men’s Breakfast— All men are invited to gather at the Westfield Diner at 8 AM on the first Saturday of every month for a time of fellowship. (Our next Saturday is March 7, 2015) Contact Kevin Dresely at ddresely@comcast.net for more information. No reservations required!

Oratorio Singers Concert, March 8, 2015 at 3 PM. Join the Oratorio Singers as they present a concert of music for soloists, chorus and orchestra, featuring Bach’s Cantata 80 Ein Feste Burg and Mozart’s Requiem. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 students and seniors; they may be purchase in the church office or at the door.

Our next time to host Free Meals will be Monday, March 9, 2015. If you are interested, talk to Dick or Margaret Campbell.

The Noontimers will meet on Friday, March 20th in the Fellowship Room. Our program will be "Holocaust and Remembrance" with guest speaker Paul Beller. 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!

RISE fundraiser Resurrection Story Eggs Workshop. Looking for a great way to share the story of Easter with your family? us on Saturday, March 21 at 10 AM to prepare a keepsake kit that will prompt the telling about Jesus' last days, from entering Jerusalem under the waving of palms through the empty tomb found Easter morning.To register for the event, sign up on the sheet outside of the church office or email Marcee Rogers at mmrogers93@gmail.com.A free will offering will be collected to support the RISE team in their 2015 mission trip.

Quilt Show & Tea Room. We are looking forward to our Quilt Show and Tea on April 18, 2015! Volunteers are needed! Look for the sign-up table in the Narthex.

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.Interactive discussions will follow brief video clips.This class meets Sunday mornings from 9:00 - 9:50 AM in Room 105.Questions?? Contact Su Iliff

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 an exploration during Lent of yoga and Christian spiritual disciplines--comparing and contrasting them. This class meets 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.


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 Two – THE HANDS: Mark 8: 31-38 details a teaching time about the coming passion and criteria for those who would be Jesus’ followers. The invitation for all to take up their cross and follow is seen in the hands, indicative both of Jesus’ invitation to and the human acceptance of the cross.