Minister's Message


July/August 

2017

From the Pastor's Desk . . .

 
 
In the United Methodist Church, July 1 is the day that marks new appointments. Joshua Gribbin begins his new appointment at Pattenburg and Everittstown UM churches, and our prayers are with him as he does. Both Rev. Iliff and I have been reappointed to FUMC, and we are both deeply grateful to continue to serve with you in ministry. Su began as a seminary student in 2008, stayed on in various capacities since then, and was appointed Associate Pastor in 2012. I am very grateful to begin my 7th year in ministry with you at FUMC.

Over those years, this church has navigated many changes and challenges, but through it all, God’s love has remained steadfast. God has continued to shower us with blessings, with hope and joy each morning, and with increasing opportunities to serve.

In looking ahead, we continue to be enthusiastic about God’s work among us. Here are a few of the ways we see God at work:

  • Website development: Through Kylie’s good work we just received word that we have received a grant through UM Communications for the development of a new website. Although no money is involved, we will receive training, support, and a new web platform. This is a critical way to strengthen (1) our outreach to the broader community and (2) our internal and external communication.


  • A New Identity Statement: The Church Council has approved the following ID Statement that we will increasingly use to shape our life and ministry together. 

          FUMC Westfield is an open and diverse community striving to                     follow Jesus 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

 



























 

 

 

 











































 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Strengthening our Worship: We have been trying some new things in worship lately, especially with the diversity of music. We have just purchased a new portable PA system (that is in transit even as I write this) that we hope to use in new ways. Conversations are beginning about ways to bring more diversity to our worship, so your input is especially valued.
    • Family Promise: At its recent meeting, the Council voted to become a Host Congregation for Family Promise. This will be a ministry very similar to the one we had with HomeFirst some years back. Much more information will follow about the many ways you might be involved, but note that our first week to host up to five families who are homeless or at-risk of homeless for a week begins on November 5.
    • Community Involvement: We plan to continue our community involvement through the Free Meals program, the Westfield Food Pantry, the Westfield/Mountainside Clergy Association, the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council and others. For example, we will be hosting an outdoor Interfaith Prayer Service on our front lawn the evening of July 20.

    We welcome your participation, feedback, support and prayers as we begin this new appointment year. Please talk to any of the staff for more information on any of these areas. Also, we ask you to pray about ways you might be called to participate in the life of this church community. With you, we continue to give God thanks for the movement of the Spirit in our midst and in our lives.

    With all hope and joy in believing,

    David