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Posted by on Nov 12, 2018

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FUMC’s newest Lay Servant

Elaine Pratt recently completed her Lay Servant courses. With my blessing, she is now FUMC’s newest Lay Servant. What is a Lay Servant? Click here For more information. After reading, if you too are interested in helping lead FUMC as a Lay Servant, please e-mail me.


Growing an Engaged Church

This month we will hear stories that inspire us to reflect or will give us reason to pause or still yet will prompt us to move. Either way, I believe in all these ways, the stories we hear will encourage us to learn, grow, and become better people because we will find ourselves in many of these stories.

FUMC member Greg Wilson will deliver the sermon this Veteran’s Day Sunday. In our worship of God and in the utilization of Luke 9: 23 – 25, Brother Wilson will unfold the stories of our FUMC members who died during World War I:

  • Nelson S. Archbold
  • George E. Brown
  • Ernest F. Dunham
  • Edward Hyslip

As you prepare for worship in the reading of the above scripture, I invite you to consider the fullness of Luke chapter 9.

Jesus calls the Twelve disciples together, gives them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and sends them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. (vs. 1-7)

When the apostles return, Jesus says to them, “You give them something to eat, and they answer, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—and with their gifts, Jesus fed over five thousand people. (vs. 10 – 16)

After this miracle feeding, we read of the transfiguration of Christ on the mountaintop, about a little boy who was healed, and the cost of discipleship (vs. 28-62)

The Gospel writer’s story moves us from the witnessing the granting of privilege to the reality that is summed up in the phrase, to whom much is given, much will be required. And, even if we believe what we have is very little (five loaves and two fish), we are reminded that in the right hands, our little can change the lives of many.  

As we remember the Veterans of war and what they gave, let us also remember the simplicity of who we are: dust and bones (Genesis 2), but through the breath of the Divine and the power and authority given to us to be stewards of life (Genesis 1:28), we, as dust and bones, have the privilege to do more than we can imagine.

I invite you to worship this Sunday as we hear stories that inspire the essence of our lives. As always, the house of the Lord is open if you need rest and rejuvenation in the journey. See you soon.

~ Rev. Williams


Current Sermon Series

November: Stories that make us better people

Upcoming Sermon Series

Advent: Greater Expectations with Holy Communion each Sunday


Current Happenings

  1. Memorial Service for Judy Corrello. There will be a Memorial Service for Judy Corrello on Sunday, November 18th at 2:30 PM. 


  1. Christmas in Westfield

Self-disclosure: According to David Kolb’s learning style model, I am one who try’s something out by actively experimenting with a new approach; thus making my learning style trial-and-error.

To that end, I invite you to prayerfully discern this article called, 11 STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU LEVERAGE CHRISTMAS TO REACH THE UNCHURCHED 

Our church staff and nearly half a dozen committed laity have begun developing plans to implement several of these ideas, include ideas 8 – 10. Let me know your thoughts. Are you willing to be part of the team that actively experiments with a new approach? Join us.


  1. Adult Faith Development

How do you open doors?  How do we strengthen our asset of being a welcoming congregation? What does being a diverse congregation really mean? 

Join us in the Fellowship room Sundays in November at 9 am for this 4 part Adult Faith Development series to share and learn how each other’s stories make us better people.  Come to be a part of the discussion and planning of truly making FUMC an open and diverse place. We will use videos and other interactive materials to spark stories and conversation.  

  • Nov. 11 – Recognizing (We will meet in Room 105 this week.)
  • Nov. 18 – Questioning 
  • Nov. 25 – Transforming 

Reach out with questions to Rodney Ross, Dale Flowers or Traci Basaman (tbasaman@gmail.com).  


  1. Youth News. There is no Youth Group this week! See you Sunday, November 18th for our Stick Horse Rodeo!


5. Social Media

  • We’re looking to get to 200 likes on the church Facebook page! Share our posts or events  within the Facebook groups that you are part of. We’re gearing up for Advent/Christmas and want to reach as many people as possible! 
  • What Facebook groups or pages do you think the church should be a part of? Send your suggestions to communications@fumcwestfield.org!


  1. Group Picture. Thank you for taking part in the group picture. We are working on ways to display and promote the picture. For now, look at it by clicking here. What a great time.


  1. Annual United Methodist Women Fund-Raiser Pie Sale. It’s once again time to order your delicious Thanksgiving pie from the UMW!!  We are taking orders for the pies on Sundays at our table in the Narthex after church. 

The following 9-inch pies will be available at a cost of $15 each:

Apple Crumb, Cranberry Crumb, Kentucky Derby, Pecan, Pumpkin and a No Sugar Added Apple pie. 

We would appreciate cash or checks when you order your pie.  Thanks in advance for your order!  The pies will be available for pick-up on Sunday, November 18, right after church.


  1. Veterans Day – Services marking the celebration of Veterans Day will take place at 11 AM on Monday, November 12th, on the plaza across from the church. For decades, the Town of Westfield in cooperation with the local American Legion post, have joined to honor the heroes and war dead from the various wars and conflicts which have become imbedded in the fabric of our national, local and church history. On this special day, we urge you to make some time to stand or sit on our grassy hill. During the ceremony there will be special music, words from the Mayor of Westfield, presentation of wreaths and testimony from survivors who witnessed conflict on foreign soil. At the end, the church bell will slowly toll eleven times-in commemoration of those service men and women who have given their lives for freedom, for us and for our country.

At the conclusion of the worship service on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11th, there will be a brief period where the tower bell will be tolled 11 times in honor of those who have given their lives for us and for their country. Please plan to remain in place in an attitude of prayer during this solemn time.


  1. UMCOR Flood Buckets. New Dover UMC in Edison is now the approved UMCOR Central New Jersey Hub for Hurricane Flood Bucket collection. Completed buckets or supplies can be dropped off at the church mornings, Monday through Friday. Please call the church office at 732-381-9478, or Rev. Chuck Coblentz at 609-937-4565, to ensure someone is available to receive the buckets/supplies, or to schedule a drop-off during off-hours. Click here


  1. Men’s Prayer Group. Our Men’s Prayer Group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9 pm in room 218 at the church and also virtual via web conferencing so you can participate wherever you are!  Come ready to share, help each other and make new friends!  This group will be led initially by Dean Pratt and Brian Mulvey.  


  1. Free Meals Program Request. The Free Meals Program has been busy serving meals to our guests at Covenant United Methodist Church in Plainfield.  However, we have discovered that we do not have enough forks to provide to each of our guests.  How can you eat a meal of Meatloaf and Scalloped Potatoes without a fork????  Not easy!  We are hoping to replenish the supply of dinner forks by asking the members of FUMC for donations of any stainless forks you may not need (or would like to purchase) so that our hungry neighbors can enjoy eating a meal with the proper utensil.  There will be a box in the Lobby where you can place your items, but please note that we need only forks and only stainless.  Silver or silver plate doesn’t survive the dishwasher which we are required by law to use.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.  If you have any questions, please call Pat Curtis at 908-232-3139.


Mark Your Calendar

  1. Noontimers – November 16. On Friday, November 16th, from noon till 2:00 PM, Connie Palmer will share how Imagine, a Center for Coping with Loss, will be offering grief support groups in Newark in early 2019.  Joining her will be Malik Latimore, a Newark Community Street Team member, and Elizabeth Ruebman, Vice President of Amplify, Inc. who works with the NCST.

To prepare for the presentation watch:  https://youtu.be/1i6zjbAPR0A

Imagine is also a part of “Promise Neighborhood Grant” a federal grant for the South Ward of Newark.

Come learn about:

  • the impact of grief and trauma on the youth of Newark;
  • the connection between grief, violence and incarceration;
  • the impact of grief support on attendance, improved
  • grades and graduation from high school.

Bring your lunch. Coffee, tea, and dessert are provided.


  1. Church Conference – November 17, 9 AM – 12 PM at Aldersgate United Methodist Church (East Brunswick)  Thank you to everyone for getting your reports in on time.


  1. Books and Beyond. Please join us for FUMC’s monthly book/plus discussion group, “Books and Beyond” on November 18, 2018 at 7 PM in room 105.  Karen Livingston will be leading our discussion of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.   An upcoming TV mini-series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington has yet to be released.


  1. Church Council. The next church council meeting will be on Monday, November 26th at 7:30 in the Fellowship Room.


  1. Christmas Concert. Save the Date!!! Saturday, December 15, 4 pm. Program planning and song selections are currently underway. If you would like to participate in the concert, please send an email to Carolyn Milhiser at culhaneboys@outlook.com. We need choir singers, bell ringers, instrumentalists, small group performers, program designers, cookie bakers, ushers, etc. There is something for everyone. Also, please reach out to family and friends who would like to participate in the choirs.


Members and Friends

  1. Support the Meixner Family. Jeannie Dillon Meixner passed away on September 28, 2018 after a long, hard fight with cancer. A GoFundMe page has been set up in her honor, so please  consider giving in support of the Meixner family. You can click here to go to the page.