Bulletin announcements for November 9, 2014

posted Nov 5, 2014, 11:37 AM by Susan Granski

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

Needed:  Devotions, reflections, stories, artwork, reflections on Christmas scriptures or hymns, memories of Christmas past for the FUMC Advent Devotional. One page or 300 words or less, due by November 15 to Connie Palmer at cqpalmer@yahoo.com or Teresa Dresely at kevindresely@comcast.net. and children of all ages are welcome to share the meaning of Christmas.The devotional will be on sale for $5 on the 1st Sunday of Advent: November 30th.

Our next time to host Free Meals will be Monday, November 10, 2014. If you are interested, talk to Dick or Margaret Campbell.

Midday Organ Recital Series. Join us on select Wednesdays at 12:00 NOON in the Sanctuary for a half-hour of eclectic music for the organ and/or chamber musicians. Proceeds from the free-will offering will go to restore our Aeolian-Skinner organ back to it’s full potential. Our next concert is November 19th! (Mark your calendars for all of our upcoming dates: December 3, 17.) This series was designed to be a musical lunch break for church goers and non-church goers alike, so please bring lunch and a friend!

The Noontimers will meet on Friday, November 21 in the Fellowship Room. Our guest will be pianist Jennifer Herring. Jennifer will share the history of the piano and discuss a few of the composers and performers who have had an impact on its development. 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!

Mark your calendars! Organ Recital. There will be a full recital given by local organist, Shea Velloso, on Friday, November 21st at 7:30 pm. This concert will include works by Bossi, Karg-Elert, Whitlock, and others.

The Krafty Ladies will hold a boutique on November 16 from 11 AM-4 PM in the Fellowship Room. Many items were made by the craft group which met during the summer months. There will be a variety of items offered including a baked goods table, a "nearly new" table, a Christmas table, Doll Clothes by Katie and more! For more information contact Charlotte Broadwell.

Family Caregivers Group. The Family Caregivers Group continues to meet twice each month on Sunday afternoons at FUMC from 3:00 to 4:30. If you are providing ongoing care for a family member or friend, please consider joining this supportive group. Coming meeting dates are9, 23; December 7, 28. The group is facilitated by Sue Bottorff.

Youth Fall Festival. On November 23rd, there will be a Youth Fall Festival at FUMC in Scotch Plains from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Co-hosted by our church, FUMC Scotch Plains and Trinity UMC Rahway, the Youth Fall Festival will be a night where youth from various churches in our area will gather to fellowship, share a meal, and worship. There will be fun activities planned for that night, so please consider coming. Friends are more than welcome to join. The event is free. Please RSVP by contacting Gilim Jung at youth@fumcwestfield.org by November 15th.

RISE 2015: RISE, our annual youth service project in upstate New York, has started accepting applications for students in 9th grade up and adult volunteers for Summer 2015. Committing to attending RISE next year requires us to send registration information by the end of November. If you are interested in attending and/or volunteering, please contact Gilim Jung at youth@fumcwestfield.org by November 30th.

Coming in December. . .

The Youth are sponsoring a Heifer International Pledge-a-thon and Luncheon on Sunday, December 7th at 11:15 AM. Please join us and help our youth FILL THEIR ARK!

Our annual Cookie Walk will take place on Sunday, December 21st. We need some bakers! Please contact Sue Gandyor Mary-Lou Jackson, if you can make some goodies for our shoppers! Proceeds from this year’s cookie walk will go to benefit the Shared Ministry.

Education Opportunity for Adults/Older Youth

Psalms Bible Study

A four week study of Psalms will run through Nov 23. The study will begin with an exploration of the nature of a Psalm and of the various types of Psalms and then explore specific Psalms as a way to understand the nature of God and what it means to be human. Kevin Dresely will lead this group which will meet in Rm 105 Sundays at 9 AM.

Human Rights, the Church, and Us

Deborah Enix-Ross will lead a discussion forum focusing on human rights. Discussion topics will include: what are human rights – from a legal, Biblical, and the United Nations’ perspective, what is the business community’s involvement, and how can we, as individuals and as institutions, make a difference. This interactive discussion group will meet through Nov 23 in the Fellowship Room, Sundays at 9 AM.


Thank you all for the donations. Plenty of blankets and sheets to warm crates. Hand towels and pillow cases for comfort after spaying. Lots of towels to wash and dry some of the dogs. All to get ready for possible adoption.

Thanks again,

Vanessa Zimmerman