Bulletin Announcements for September 21, 2014

posted Sep 17, 2014, 12:40 PM by Susan Granski

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

Quilt Show & Tea Room. The Quilt Show and Tea Room have been postponed until Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. A new women's covenant group is forming and will begin soon. The group will meet on Sundays, beginning October 12, 2014, from 11:15am-12:15pm after church in room 105. The focus of discussion will be on Brene Brown's book Daring Greatly, which is a follow-up to her book The Gifts of Imperfection.  Connie Palmer(cqpalmer@yahoo.com) if you are interested or have any questions.

Book Club meeting. The next Book Club meeting will take place on Sunday, September 28 (postponed from Sept. 21) at 7 PM in the Fellowship Room. The book for discussion is The Round House by Louise Erdrich. All are invited to join us!

Our Annual Church Conference is scheduled for Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All members are encouraged to attend!

Join us at our Blessing of the Animals service on Saturday, October 4th at 10:00 AM. We will gather on the Ferris Place lawn to celebrate our furred and feathered friends. Bring your pet(s), favorite photos, stuffed animals, or a remembrance of a favorite animal friend.

Humane Society needs our help. Due to the severe weather conditions in the Northeast over the past couple of years animalfell short of the worn bedding and towels donated to these shelters for warmth and comfort. Please, if you come across any old or not as nice anymore items, think of the animals that are cold and bring them with you starting on October 4th "Blessing of the Animals" thru October. A bin will located in the lobbydonations.

Church Fall Dance—October 4, 2014. Please join us on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. for a Fall Fundraising Dance. Half-hour ballroom dance lesson and music by Brandis Dance Theatre. Come out for an evening of great music and dancing! $10 donation suggested.

As we celebrate World Communion Sunday on October 5, you are encouraged to wear cultural clothing and accessories as a way toconnect with our Christian brothers and sisters around the world. All clothing and accessories are welcomed whether or not they reflect your personal cultural heritage.Other plans to make the service more globally interconnected are being finalized.If you have flags, banners, cloth material, or tablecloths from countries and cultures around the world, please contact Sarah Ashworth, Connie Palmer, Stina Nanavati, or Su Iliff.

3rd Don Eisele Ice Cream Invitational. The Eisele Family invites you to join them on Sunday October 5th following worship in the Fellowship Room for the 3rd Don Eisele Ice Cream Invitational. Come and enjoy light sandwiches and ice cream for lunch! (Non-dairy ice cream will be available.) Monetary donations given in Don’s memory will benefit our Apportionment Fund and the Free Meals program at Covenant UMC, Plainfield.

Heifer International. Come and celebrate 70 Years Ending Hunger and Poverty and Caring for the Earth! Please join us on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 1-3 PM (at the Community Room, Westfield Municipal Building, 425 E. Broad St., Westfield) as we celebrate ending hunger with a fun afternoon of games, crafts, activities, special demonstrations, and light refreshments. FREE but register to attend atwww.heifer.org/communities or e-mail Valerie.Danzey@heifer.org. ALL and ALL AGES ARE WELCOME!

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. Our next meeting will be Sunday, September 28. The group is facilitated by Sue Bottorff, 908-233-0337.

FUMC T-Shirts, Polos and Hoodies. It's not too late to purchase your FUMC apparel! Tees are $15. Polos in medium blue($32) hoodies in navy both with a small left chest logo($35)will be available as well. Tees come in children's and adult sizes. Hoodies in youth (about age 6) to adult. Polos adult sizes only. All orders should be prepaid with checks or cash. See the table in the Fellowship Room after church or speak to Stina Nanavati.

Adult Continuing Education

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Life Together (begins September 28th)

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 Bonhoeffer was executed in a concentration camp because of his involvement in a 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. Sep. 28: Who Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

2. Oct. 5: Flags in Church? Nationalism Then and Now

3. Oct. 12: The Body of Christ in the World: the Church and Judaism

4. Oct. 19: Life Together and Christian Worship Today

5. Oct. 26: A Time to Speak and a Time to be Silent

For additional information about the class, contact Nancy Duff: nancy.duff@ptsem.edu.

Also coming this fall

Psalms Bible Study (begins November 2nd)

Kevin Dresely will lead a four week Bible Study focusing on Psalms.

Human Rights, the Church, and Us (begins November 2nd)

Deborah Enix-Ross will lead a discussion forum focusing on human rights.

Thank you

A heart-felt thank you to all who recently contributed to the Westfield Food Pantry.  We were able to deliver ~52 bags of groceries and make financial donations to stock the shelves, and thereby to help our neighbors in need. You helped to make my birthday so special! Thank you so much! Joann Huber

Wesley Hall Fall Fundraisers

Our fall fundraiser time is here again, and Wesley Hall is participating with two different types of companies.

We are selling an assortment of beautifully gift-boxed gourmet Bundt cakes and kettle corn (which is Non-GMO, gluten free and contains no trans fats),


We are also selling Yankee Candles! This was successful for us last year and we decided to bring it back.

The money raised from these fundraisers benefit our Wesley Hall children and our school in many ways. Your participation is greatly appreciated and welcomed.

Thank you in advance!

Please see the fundraiser booklets on the table outside the church office! Orders are due in the Wesley Hall Office on Monday, September 22.