FUMC Westfield

An Inclusive Community of Faith

Updates from FUMC Team Leaders

Get to Know Pastor Alison!
Click here to sign up for a Zoom small group meeting with Pastor Alison! The Zoom meeting information will be emailed to you prior to the meeting.

6/15/20 – Update from Trustees
Click here to view the most recent update from the Trustees about completed and ongoing projects at the church.

6/15/20 – From the Staff Parish Relations Committee – Thank You Gift for Rev. Williams
Greetings! Similar to how many of you are feeling, the last several weeks have brought on numerous emotions surrounding the departure of Rev. Williams. While I am very excited for him and the opportunity that lies before him to make a greater impact, the impression he made and is leaving behind on our church community, as well as the larger Westfield area, will not be forgotten any time soon. 

We are taking up a special collection that will be given Rev. Williams and his family. If you would like to contribute, please be sure to notate that your gift is for Rev. Williams. You can give electronically through Vanco or Venmo (@FUMCWestfield), or by mailing a check to the church. 

We will be mailing the photo album and financial gift to Rev. Williams in July. Thank you for your consideration in participating. The Williams family is a truly remarkable group, and the Greater New Jersey Conference – and all of its member churches – will benefit by having him serve as a District Superintendent.

Peace and Blessings,
Ben Lohmann, SPRC Chair

5/17/20 – From the Staff Parish Relations Committee:

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Even though our world is still in this unusual time, our church is still set to see a pastor transition next month, and I wanted to provide you with some information related to the transition timeline.

Rev. Williams’ last Sunday with us will be June 14. He will preside over our last Holy Communion together as a community on June 7th following the worship service (11:00am). Look for Zoom login credentials closer to the date.

Pastor Alison will begin her tenure on July 1, and her first Sunday leading worship with be July 5.

If you need pastoral care between June 15 and June 30, please contact the church office at office@fumcwestfiled.org.

Plans are underway to celebrate and thank Rev. Williams and his family, and to also welcome Pastor Alison and her family. Be on the lookout for more information as plans are finalized!

Stay safe!
Ben Lohmann, SPRC Chair

5/5/20 – From the Finance Committee:
We have great news to share with the members and friends of FUMC.  As we continue to take it one day at a time during these unprecedented times, the Finance Committee would like to inform you that we applied for financial assistance under the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was part of the $2.3 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020.  FUMC, along with Wesley Hall, completed the PPP application with PNC Bank on Sunday, April 5th and received approval on our application on April 14th, right before the initial $350 billion related to the PPP program ran out.  On Thursday, April 24th, a Special Church Conference meeting was held and approved FUMC in accepting these funds under the PPP program. 

FUMC received the funds on May 5th, which will cover 8-weeks of payroll costs and a portion of the utilities for FUMC and Wesley Hall.  Based on spending these funds on payroll costs, utilities and other qualified costs and maintaining our staff levels from February 15, 2020 through June 30, 2020, this loan will be forgiven.  This will help both organizations during this time of financial uncertainty.

I would like to recognize Joann Huber, Sue Doliber, Melissa Romelli and Anne Auda for going above and beyond the call of duty in researching this program, gathering the required information for both FUMC and Wesley Hall and completing the PPP application.  A core group of Church leaders also assisted and weighed in on the merits of the PPP application which were Rev. Williams, Rodney Ross, Dale Flowers, Rick Ellsworth, Kirk Huber, Connie Palmer, Traci Basaman and Ben Lohmann.  Thank you to all for your time and talents.

Jeff Kalata, Finance Chair

4/15/20 From the Finance Committee:
Thank you to all that have signed up for VANCO or are mailing your checks to the Church’s office during our Stay-at-Home times. Another week has past, and we continue to stay connected with our on-line worship services and Zoom meetings. As we continue to worship on-line, we have noticed new individuals joining our Church services and would like to provide an opportunity for them to support our Church. Therefore, we are going to include additional ways individuals can contribute to the Church via the mobile payment app Venmo (@FUMCWestfield).

Although we continue to encourage our members and friends of FUMC to contribute through VANCO or by mailing checks in order to capture their annual givings, this will be another way for others to contribute. Since Venmo cannot capture all of the key information for us to track individuals on their contributions, this will be accounted for as “plate offerings” for the Church.

3/20/20 From the Finance Committee: Don’t Forget About Our Church
As we all enter these uncertain times and begin to participate online in our weekly Church services, we encourage everyone not to forget about supporting our Church and its ministries.  Because we are not collecting our weekly offerings during our normal Church services, we need to look at other ways to continue honoring our annual pledges.  Unfortunately, our on-going expenses of the Church continue and we are experiencing a downturn in some of our tenant and boxcar parking rent, which are placing strains on the Church’s cash flows.  Therefore, we encourage everyone to mail your contributions to the Church’s office or to take advantage of our Online Giving Portal (see the Church’s website).  As many of us are working from home, this may be a good time to check this off your to-do list and sign up for online giving.  If you are sending your checks to the Church’s office, here is the address for you:

First United Methodist Church
1 East Broad St. Westfield, NJ 07090

Additionally, for those who established a Charitable Trust that funds your charitable gifts, we encourage you to consider accelerating your annual contributions to the Church by requesting larger grants/gifts to the Church in the upcoming months.   

We are also actively looking for new ways to interact with each other and continue some sort of “normalcy” in our life, while practicing our new skills at social distancing.  Please stay healthy and safe in the upcoming weeks.