Minister's Message



From the Pastor's Desk . . .


September is just days away, and for many people it is one of the busiest times of the year. For families with school-aged children, there is lots to do: preparing for new grades, teachers, classrooms, and sometimes new schools, looking for new clothes and school supplies, getting doctors’ appointments taken care of, sports schedules lined up and family calendars filled up.

In September, our church calendar picks up speed, as well. Many activities that have been "at rest" over the summer will come back to life with new energy. Other activities will be starting for the first time.

Here are some of our activities that will be starting up again:

  • Rally Day—September 10
  • Free Meals—September 11
  • Noontimers—September 15
  • Sanctuary Choir
  • Youth Bell Choir
  • Ukulele Choir
  • Young Disciples
  • Jr. Youth Fellowship
  • Prayer Shawl
  • Sunday School classes
  • Wesley Hall
  • Adult Faith Formation classes

Starting for the first time:

Wednesday evening worship: We have scheduled four Wednesday evening services throughout the year. These will begin at 6:30 in the Fellowship Room, and are especially geared for people who find it difficult to get to Sunday morning services. If these services meet a need, we will expand their number. For now, the dates are 9/20, 12/20, 3/21, 6/20.



















    Family Promise: We are now a Host Congregation for Family Promise. Sue Gandy and Laura Gribbin have stepped forward to be our coordinators, but there will be many way you might be involved. A training session will take place soon. Our first week to host up to five families who are homeless or at-risk of homeless for a week begins on November 5. Talk to Laura or Sue to offer help, or to ask questions.

    Identity Statement, with Testimonials: Throughout the fall, various people will share what a particular aspect of our new ID Statement means to them. We will look to this ID Statement to help shape our ministry as we move forward. Look for people to share their thoughts on this over the next months:

    FUMC Westfield is an open and diverse community striving to follow Jesus. Journeying together, we seek to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God by:

    Worshipping faithfully

    Growing spiritually

    Caring deeply

    Welcoming freely

    Serving generously

    Christmas Concert: December 16, 4:00 PM. We haven’t had a Christmas Concert in years, and people will be involved in all kinds of ways. There’s a way for you to help.

    Music & Mission Sunday: See article on p. 6 of the September Messenger.

    In this newsletter, you will find numerous opportunities to lead, to serve, to be inspired, and to grow. If something interests you but is not available, talk to me or other members of the staff and we’ll see how we can make it happen.

    I look forward to serving and learning with you.