First United Methodist Church Westfield

FUMC Connect

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019

All FUMC Connect submissions should be emailed to communications@fumcwestfield.org

 

Winter Weather Update

We are aware of the impending weather, and a decision will be made on Saturday as to whether worship will be held this Sunday. Rev. Williams will send out an email notification if the decision is made to cancel, and posts will be made to the WebsiteFacebook, and Instagram

Even if church continues, please stay home if it is unsafe for you to attend. Praying that everyone is warm and safe this weekend!

 

Current Happenings

  1. Lord & Taylor Parking 

The parking lot adjacent to the church parking lot is no longer open to the public. Lord & Taylor has given FUMC permission to park in their customer parking lot in the section closet to the church. This permission extends to Sunday worship and special worship services that require overflow parking. Parking is also available in the town lot located on Prospect Street. Let us continue to praise God for neighborly relationships and the continued growth of our church in such a way that necessitates overflow parking. 

 

  1. Growing an Engaged Church – Installation and Blessing of Strategic Teams!  Team leaders have been identified for each one of the seven teams created for implementing our ambitious church-wide goals.  The teams have been formed from much discernment by the congregation through talks with Pastor Williams, the congregational survey and the strategic planning retreat. Each Sunday in January and February one of the teams will be installed and receive a blessing for their work during the worship service.We invite you to join us in blessing each of these ministry teams:

    Team                        Installation and Blessing Sunday

    Worship-Music-Arts   January 13, 2019

    Outreach-Mission      January 20, 2019

    Fun                           January 27, 2019

    Welcome                   February 3, 2019

    Social Justice            February 10, 2019

    Nurture                     February 17, 2019

    Kitchen-Hospitality     February 24, 2019

    Administrative            March 3, 2019

    Church Council, SPRC, Nominations, Trustees, & Finance           

    It is not too late to join a team! Throughout the season of Epiphany, commitment cards can be found on a table in the side Narthex.  Following prayerful consideration, fill out your card and turn it in during worship following the weekly installation litany.  Your information will be forwarded to the leaders of the team you select.

 

  1. Our Condolences to the Taylor Family.  Former long-time member, Katharine “Kathie” Taylor died on January 5, 2019 in Tinton Falls, NJ.  Her niece, Jan Taylor emailed to let us know of her passing.   Kathie would have been 99 years old at the end of February 2019!

The family is gathering stories about her life.  If you have any photos and/or stories to share about Kathie and her life at FUMC, please forward them to Jan Taylor, 524 North Market Street, Myerstown, PA  17067 or email her at jltalo@verizon.net

 

  1. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service.  Join us on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 1 PM at the First Congregational Church, (125 Elmer Street, Westfield) for a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service.  We will march from the MLK Monument on the South Circle to the church before the service.  Gather at the Monument at 12:15 PM.  Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Westfield Food Pantry.

 

  1. District Superintendent Rev. Drew Dyson appointed to new extension ministryDrew A. Dyson has been appointed to an extension ministry as Executive Director of the Princeton Senior Resource Center effective March 19, 2019.

 

  1. Sang Won Doh has been appointed to Raritan Valley District SuperintendentSang-Won DohSang Won Doh is senior pastor at Calvary Korean UMC. He is currently serving Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick where his grew the congregation from 500 to 950 in worship. Previously, he served Monmouth Grace UMC in Eatontown where attendance grew from 110 to 300. As a result, he became the recipient of Denman Evangelism award in 2003. Sang Won Doh served as a member of Board of Ordain Ministry from 2000-2012 and Order of Elder Co-Chair from 2004-2008. He is currently serving the Chair of the Connectional Table Chair for GNJ. He is a turnaround spiritual leader.

 

  1. Adult Faith Development 

Join us Sunday mornings in January at 9 am in the Fellowship Room where we will go deeper into practical ways of being a welcoming and hospitable congregation. Come learn how to create a more just world where everyone can thrive.   See you there.  

  • Jan. 13th – A deeper look into creating a welcoming culture 
  • Jan. 20th – Dean Pratt – Understanding Other Faiths – A look at Judaism & Islam 
  • Jan. 27th – Special guest: Rev Dr Amy Jones – Family Promise and Hospitality. Who are some of our most vulnerable neighbors and how can we show them grace and hospitality? Come hear an update on the state of homelessness in Union County and the opportunities and challenges in serving families experiencing homelessness, as well as the social justice issues confronting us as we work to find solutions to family homelessness. Family Promise is a nonprofit agency serving families experiencing homelessness. FUMC is a host congregation for Family Promise-Union County’s emergency shelter program, providing a safe place for families to sleep.

Our upcoming topic in February:  Christianity in America

 

  1. Current Sermon Series & Mission Project

January: From Expectations to Reality.

Collecting Diapers in January (click here to read more): United Methodist churches throughout New Jersey recently partnered to collect more than 87,000 diapers (goal was 10,000) for low-income families with infants in the capital city. In New Jersey, one in three mothers struggle to provide enough diapers for her children. The diapers will be distributed at community birthday parties in 2019. The parties will celebrate one year olds and their families. Every child in diapers who attends will receive diapers. These ‘First Birthday Parties’ will be sponsored by the Maker’s Place, a new United Methodist initiative in Trenton, in partnership with the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, along with other congregations and community partners. While celebrating important milestones for children, the parties will also provide resources to reduce Trenton’s high infant mortality rate. The first party will be on March 2, 2019, at Turning Point United Methodist Church, located at 15 South Broad Street, Trenton.

Upcoming Worship Series

February: Love in Action

 

  1. Youth News.  

There is no Youth Group this week! See you on Sunday, January 27th for Escape the Maze!

For our summer mission trip, we will be serving with The Philadelphia Project June 23rd-29th! Please contact Kylie Haskins at kyliewhaskins@gmail.com if you have any questions about the trip or are interested in signing up.

 

  1. Altar Flower Chart. The 2019 Flower Chart is posted on the wall outside the church office.  You are invited to sponsor flower arrangements ($45 per week) for our worship services each Sunday morning. Please sign up, then take an envelope for your payment and to indicate what reading you’d like to appear in the bulletin. Thank you for providing these beautiful tributes for our services.   You may take the flowers home, or leave them to be delivered to our homebound members.

 

  1. Join the Puzzle Club!  In the Fellowship Room closet are puzzles for all ages.  Take one home and enjoy doing it on long winter days or nights.  After you have finished, bring it back and get another one.  Have fun!

 

  1. Volunteers needed to help local families. FUMC is responsible for the Westfield Food Pantry, located at Holy Trinity School, every Tuesday from 9:15 to 11:15 AM.  Each Tuesday, 2-3 volunteers work at the panty providing a shopping cart full of groceries to about 7 families. 

We are in need of people willing to substitute when a permanently-scheduled volunteer is not able to work. If you are free on Tuesday mornings and interested to help out at the Food Pantry on a as-needed basis, please contact Joann Huber (908-313-3360; huberkj@aol.com)

 

Mark Your Calendar

  1. Family Promise.  We shall provide shelter, food and hospitality to families served by Family Promise of Union County the week of March 31 – April 7, 2019. Many volunteer opportunities will be required as we once again serve those less fortunate than ourselves.

Click here to sign up for the week of March 31 – April 7,2019. We need volunteers to make dinner, host dinner or stay overnight:

Two volunteers will be needed each night from 5:00-9:00 p.m. to serve and share dinner with our guests and to spend time with them in the evening. Two overnight volunteers will be needed from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. 

Questions?  Contact Laura Gribbin at 908-654-8290 or Susan Gandy at 908-233-2389.

 

Members and Friends

Members & Friends is intended to communicate particular requests or needs of FUMC members or FUMC friends (e.g.  transportation needs for medical appointments, worship, etc., wheelchair available for donation, need for a live-in caregiver, etc.).  These postings should be concise and list a contact person.  Please contact the church office 908-233-4211 or email communications@fumcwestfield.org about your listing.

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FUMC Connect

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019

All FUMC Connect submissions should be emailed to communications@fumcwestfield.org

 

Get Connected

Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness (Dictionary.com).                                       

I am full of gratitude because of the level of commitment and support given by this congregation since my appointment to First United Methodist Church Westfield beginning July 1, 2018. You continue to amaze me, and I thank God for your generosity of love.

On last Sunday, FUMC’s strategic plan received 75 commitment cards with a large handful of congregants committing to multiple teams. As a church, we are committed to growing an engaged church. In your own time, please thank God for such committed sisters and brothers in Christ. There is still time to make your commitment. Click here fill out your commitment card electronically.

Also, on this past Tuesday, our finance team mailed a check to the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference for the full amount of our Shared Ministry obligation. Moreover, we did not have to use money from the endowment, but because you were faithful in your pledges and sacrificial in your above and beyond giving, we were able to fully participate in the United Methodist connectional system of mission and ministry as well as come within $2,000 of breaking even for the 2018 budget.

Lastly, our average worship attendance grew nearly 6.5% from 2018 to 2019 (109 to 116 per week). Click here to see attendance by week. Average weekly attendance is not the only barometer of growing an engaged church. To that end, continue to share stories about FUMC’s engagement. How are we journeying alongside of each other? How are we spreading the love of Jesus? How are we impacting lives?

I believe in having a healthy level of pride, and I am proud to serve as a servant-leader at FUMC.

Thank you for sharing the vision of growing an engaged church,

William

 

Current Happenings

  1. Growing an Engaged Church – Installation and Blessing of Strategic Teams!  Team leaders have been identified for each one of the seven teams created for implementing our ambitious church-wide goals.  The teams have been formed from much discernment by the congregation through talks with Pastor Williams, the congregational survey and the strategic planning retreat. Each Sunday in January and February one of the teams will be installed and receive a blessing for their work during the worship service.

We invite you to join us in blessing each of these ministry teams:

Team                        Installation and Blessing Sunday

Worship-Music-Arts   January 13, 2019

Outreach-Mission      January 20, 2019

Fun                           January 27, 2019

Welcome                   February 3, 2019

Social Justice            February 10, 2019

Nurture                     February 17, 2019

Kitchen-Hospitality     February 24, 2019

Administrative            March 3, 2019

Church Council, SPRC, Nominations, Trustees, & Finance           

It is not too late to join a team! Throughout the season of Epiphany, commitment cards can be found on a table in the side Narthex.  Following prayerful consideration, fill out your card and turn it in during worship following the weekly installation litany.  Your information will be forwarded to the leaders of the team you select.

 

  1. District Superintendent Rev. Drew Dyson appointed to new extension ministryDrew A. Dyson has been appointed to an extension ministry as Executive Director of the Princeton Senior Resource Center effective March 19, 2019.

 

  1. Sang Won Doh has been appointed to Raritan Valley District SuperintendentSang Won Doh is senior pastor at Calvary Korean UMC. He is currently serving Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick where his grew the congregation from 500 to 950 in worship. Previously, he served Monmouth Grace UMC in Eatontown where attendance grew from 110 to 300. As a result, he became the recipient of Denman Evangelism award in 2003. Sang Won Doh served as a member of Board of Ordain Ministry from 2000-2012 and Order of Elder Co-Chair from 2004-2008. He is currently serving the Chair of the Connectional Table Chair for GNJ. He is a turnaround spiritual leader.

 

  1. Adult Faith Development 

Join us Sunday mornings in January at 9 am in the Fellowship Room where we will go deeper into practical ways of being a welcoming and hospitable congregation. Come learn how to create a more just world where everyone can thrive.   See you there.  

  • Jan. 13th – A deeper look into creating a welcoming culture 
  • Jan. 20th – Dean Pratt – Understanding Other Faiths – A look at Judaism & Islam 
  • Jan. 27th – Special guest: Rev Dr Amy Jones – Family Promise and Hospitality. Who are some of our most vulnerable neighbors and how can we show them grace and hospitality? Come hear an update on the state of homelessness in Union County and the opportunities and challenges in serving families experiencing homelessness, as well as the social justice issues confronting us as we work to find solutions to family homelessness. Family Promise is a nonprofit agency serving families experiencing homelessness. FUMC is a host congregation for Family Promise-Union County’s emergency shelter program, providing a safe place for families to sleep.

 

  1. Current Sermon Series & Mission Project

January: From Expectations to Reality.

Collecting Diapers in January (click here to read more): United Methodist churches throughout New Jersey recently partnered to collect more than 87,000 diapers (goal was 10,000) for low-income families with infants in the capital city. In New Jersey, one in three mothers struggle to provide enough diapers for her children. The diapers will be distributed at community birthday parties in 2019. The parties will celebrate one year olds and their families. Every child in diapers who attends will receive diapers. These ‘First Birthday Parties’ will be sponsored by the Maker’s Place, a new United Methodist initiative in Trenton, in partnership with the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, along with other congregations and community partners. While celebrating important milestones for children, the parties will also provide resources to reduce Trenton’s high infant mortality rate. The first party will be on March 2, 2019, at Turning Point United Methodist Church, located at 15 South Broad Street, Trenton.

Upcoming Worship Series

February: Love in Action

 

  1. Youth News.  This Sunday at Youth Group we’ll be playing Grog and making desserts for the Free Meals Program! Join us in the Loft from 5:30-7:30 PM, and please bring $3 for dinner.

For our summer mission trip, we will be serving with The Philadelphia Project June 23rd-29th! Please contact Kylie Haskins at kyliewhaskins@gmail.com if you have any questions about the trip or are interested in signing up!

 

  1. FUMC trip to a NJ Devils game! Come join us on February 9th @1PM as the NJ Devils play the Minnesota Wild at the Prudential Center!  Tickets are $50 each. Contact Lauren Kolaya after services or via email/phone. lyco97@aol.com or 908-962-0186 (feel free to text!). Tickets will be on sale until January 13th. 

 

Mark Your Calendar

  1. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service.  Join us on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 1 PM at the First Congregational Church, (125 Elmer Street, Westfield) for a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service.  We will march from the MLK Monument on the South Circle to the church before the service.  Gather at the Monument at 12:15 PM.  Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Westfield Food Pantry.

 

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.

 

Members & Friends is intended to communicate particular requests or needs of FUMC members or FUMC friends (e.g.  transportation needs for medical appointments, worship, etc., wheelchair available for donation, need for a live-in caregiver, etc.).  These postings should be concise and list a contact person.  Please contact the church office 908-233-4211 or email communications@fumcwestfield.org about your listing.

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FUMC Connect

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019

All FUMC Connect submissions should be emailed to communications@fumcwestfield.org

 

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This Sunday, January 6, 2019, is Strategic Team Commitment Sunday

When examining our church and community from the scriptural idea that we are children of God, then the African proverb: it takes a village to raise a child is apropos. On Sunday, January 6, 2019. we will unite under the common themes within FUMC’s strategic plan in order to grow, spiritually, our church and community. Click here to view the team descriptions. The new strategic teams are:

  • Fun Team
  • Kitchen/Hospitality Team
  • Outreach Team
  • Nurturing Team
  • Social Justice Team
  • Welcome Team
  • Worship, Music, and Arts Team

By itself, these teams only provide a little towards the community and church’s overall spiritual growth. However, when these teams are linked, build on each other, and create entry and exit pathways for church and community members to get involved, then a beautiful mosaic of church life is developed.

The result: FUMC is a place where people want to be

These teams are just words in an e-mail without you bringing life, creativity, and faithfulness to them; growing them into vital and productive teams. Beginning 2019, please consider committing to a team.

whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV)

Please discern your role in implementing our Strategic Plan (3 options):

  1. Lead a team
  2. Serve on a team
  3. Make yourself available to help with a project when called upon by a team, but not be an official member of the team?

Click here to view the team descriptions, and click here fill out your commitment card electronically. Or pick up a green commitment card in church – placed in various locations around the church.

It will take all of us to sow generously seeds of prayers, time, witness, and finances for FUMC to reach these ambitious but achievable goals in our strategic plan.

We appreciate your dedication to our church!

~ Strategic Planning Team: Dean, Elaine, Joann, Kirk, Kylie, Marcee, Rodney, and William

 

Current Sermon Series & Mission Project

January: From Expectations to Reality.

Collecting Diapers in January: United Methodist churches throughout New Jersey recently partnered to collect more than 87,000 diapers (goal was 10,000) for low-income families with infants in the capital city. In New Jersey, one in three mothers struggle to provide enough diapers for her children. The diapers will be distributed at community birthday parties in 2019. The parties will celebrate one year olds and their families. Every child in diapers who attends will receive diapers. These ‘First Birthday Parties’ will be sponsored by the Maker’s Place, a new United Methodist initiative in Trenton, in partnership with the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, along with other congregations and community partners. While celebrating important milestones for children, the parties will also provide resources to reduce Trenton’s high infant mortality rate. The first party will be on March 2, 2019, at Turning Point United Methodist Church, located at 15 South Broad Street, Trenton.

 

Upcoming Worship Series

February: Love in Action

 

Current Happenings

  1. Adult Faith Development

Join us Sunday mornings in January at 9 am in the Fellowship Room where we will go deeper into practical ways of being a welcoming and hospitable congregation. Come learn how to create a more just world where everyone can thrive.   See you there.

  • Jan. 4th –  What is Culture?  A guided conversation regarding your personal culture and our congregational culture. 
  • Jan. 13th – A deeper look into creating a welcoming culture 
  • Jan. 20th – Dean Pratt – Understanding Other Faiths – A look at Judaism & Islam 
  • Jan. 27th – Special guest: Rev Dr Amy Jones – Family Promise.  

 

  1. Can you help this SUNDAY after worship? We would like to undecorate the Sanctuary immediately after Church THIS SUNDAY, January 6th. Volunteers are asked to stay and help take down decorations.  It should take less than an hour if we get enough folks to help.
  2. Youth News. YOUTH GROUP IS BACK! Join us in the Loft this Sunday from 5:30-7:30 PM for our New Year’s Kickoff Party! Please bring $3 for dinner.

For our summer mission trip, we will be serving with The Philadelphia Project June 23rd-29th! Click here to view the notes from our first meeting, and please contact Kylie Haskins at kyliewhaskins@gmail.com if you have any questions about the trip or are interested in signing up!

 

Mark Your Calendar

  1. FUMC trip to a NJ Devils game! Come join us on February 9th @1PM as the NJ Devils play the Minnesota Wild at the Prudential Center!  Tickets are $50 each. Contact Lauren Kolaya after services or via email/phone. lyco97@aol.com or 908-962-0186 (feel free to text!). Tickets will be on sale until January 13th. 

 

Members and Friends

 

Members & Friends is intended to communicate particular requests or needs of FUMC members or FUMC friends (e.g.  transportation needs for medical appointments, worship, etc., wheelchair available for donation, need for a live-in caregiver, etc.).  These postings should be concise and list a contact person.  Please contact the church office 908-233-4211 or email communications@fumcwestfield.org about your listing.

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