Bulletin Announcements for March 29, 2015

posted Mar 27, 2015, 10:10 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.

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.

Midday Recital Series this Spring. Our next concerts are Wednesday, April 1, 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.

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. "Books and Beyond" will next meet on April 19 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM (location to be determined). The book/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 both.For more information call Dan Bottorff at 908-967-9144.

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 .

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 Six – THE CROWN OF THORNS: Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and reveals paradoxes of Jesus’ life. The crowd’s expectation of a conquering hero complete with a regal crown is in stark contrast to Jesus’ riding on a lowly grey donkey. The real crown will come from the thorn bush, not one of fine gold or jewels. The Lenten gifts in Mark 11: 11-19 are the triumph of humility and simplicity as well as the model of Jesus’ commitment in carrying out God’s will in whatever lies ahead, even if that is suffering.

Holy Week Schedule

Maundy Thursday Service, April 2, 7:30 PM

Good Friday Service. April 3, 7:30 PM

Easter Celebrations, April 5

Sunrise Service on Front Lawn, 6:30 AM

Easter Brunch, Fellowship Room 9:00 AM

Morning Worship, 10 AM

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 TODAY!

Name:__________________________________________________________

In honor of: ______________________________________________________

In memory of:____________________________________________________

Amount enclosed:$__________

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