Bulletin Announcements for March 15, 2015

posted Mar 11, 2015, 1:12 PM by Susan Granski

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

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

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.

New Member Class, March 15. Are you interested in exploring membership at FUMC Westfield? If so, you are invited to join the upcoming class that will be lead by Rev. Mertz TODAY at 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Room. New Members will be welcomed into membership on Sunday, March 22nd during worship. Even if you were unable respond ahead of time or are not sure if you want to join right now, you are still most welcome to participate.

Books and Beyond. "Books and Beyond" will meet TONIGHT (March 15) from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the home of Susan and Dan Bottorff.  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 speak to Dan Bottorff.

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.

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 on Sundays through March.Marcee Rogers at mmrogers93@gmail.com for more information.

The Noontimers will meet on Friday, March 20th from 12-2 PM 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. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Save the Date! Please join us on Friday, March 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary for a Brass Concert featuring MSU Brass Ensemble.

RISE fundraiser Resurrection Story Eggs Workshop. Join 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.Sign-up 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.

Lord and Taylor Fundraiser. Get your ticket for 25% off 2 items of your choice and a 15% savings pass to be used all day long! Wesley Hall is participating in Lord & Taylors "Shop Smart-Do Good Charity" event on March 28, 2015. Purchase a ticket for $5 (in the school office). Your discount ticket is good on regular and sale priced items! All checks should be made payable to Wesley Hall. Call the school office for more information 908-233-9570.

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: 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.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 is also a spiritual discipline with characteristics quite compatible with Christian understandings of embracing God’s Spirit.You are invited to join an exploration during Lent of yoga and Christian spiritual disciplines--comparing and contrasting them. This class meets on Sundays from 9:00 to 9:50 AM in the Social Hall with Dominique Trott, certified yoga instructor, and Rev. Dan Bottorff.Along with presentations and discussion, time for breathing exercises and gentle yoga postures will be offered.

Youth Activities

District Youth Sunday Night Live. Will be held on Sunday, March 22nd from 5:30PM to 8:15PM. Event features live music, dinner, and access to games and all facilities at the Somerville YMCA. All youth are welcome to come. Please bring $4 to cover the cost of dinner. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board.

Nightwatch Crossroads Retreat. An 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 immediately to register, as there are limited spots left for this retreat!

NEW LENTEN BANNER: GOD’S GIFTS OF LENT

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 Four – THE ANCHOR CROSS: Ephesians 2: 1-10 announces God’s special gift, "For by grace you have been saved through faith…this is the gift of God." Grace is symbolized by the anchor cross, a variation of the familiar straight-armed cross, and is a sign of saving in the sea of life.

Easter Flowers

Do you wish to honor or remember someone on Easter Day by contributing to the decoration of the church? Please return this form to the church office with money, in any amount. Make checks payable to FUMC—Flower Fund. Deadline for names of donors in the bulletin is March 29, 2015.

Name:__________________________________________________________

In honor of: ______________________________________________________

In memory of:____________________________________________________

Amount enclosed:$__________

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