Children through grade 5:

CELEBRATION SUNDAY SCHOOL: for children ages 3 yrs-5th grade is in the Lower Level of the CE Building. Childcare is available in the nursery, Room 104 for infants to age two. This combined Sunday School (10am Traditional and 10am Contemporary) begins at 10:05am.

CHURCH ON WEDNESDAY (C.O.W.): Begins September 27, 5pm-6:30pm in the Robinson Room & Assembly Hall.  3 year olds – 1st grade children begin in choir in the Robinson Room, while the 2nd grade-5th grade have Bible Story/Activity in Assembly Hall. The groups switch places after half an hour. 6pm is when dinner is served. This is a parent co-op where parents sign up to help either with dinner or Bible Story. Please contact the Director of Faith Formation for more information or to volunteer at ctreger@westfieldpc.org or 908-233-0301 ext. 38.

 

PCW Youth (grades 6-12)

Download & Print the 2017/2018 PCW Youth Calendar

PCW YOUTH FALL RETREATS 2017: Registrations are now open. Cost is $140/pp. Deadline to register with a non-refundable deposit of $70/pp is due by October 27. High School students’ retreat is November 17-19 and Middle School students’ retreat is December 1-3, both at Camp Johnsonburg. Contact Linnette in the church office to register or for more information at lmercado@westfieldpc.org

ALL YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL (Grades 6-12) at 9 a.m. in the Jim Cole Room. Sunday School will begin October 1, 2017. 

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP (Grades 6-12) meets Sundays at 6:30pm. Fellowship will begin October 1, 2017. Middle School students meet in Westminster Hall and High School students meet in the Youth Room (3rd floor Parish House).

CONFIRMATION CLASS: Classes start Tuesday, October 3 at 6pm in the Youth Room! More information can be found on the Confirmation Class Webpage.

SUPPORT THE AGAPE COMMUNITY KITCHEN: Purchase an Agape T-Shirt today! Shirts are available for pick up from Rev. Amanda or Linnette in the church office and range from $20-$22 depending on size. A limited quantity is available, so get yours TODAY and support Agape. We thank you in advance! Use this google form to submit your order.

 

PCW Young Adults

PCW exists to be a Christian community that nurtures believers at all stages in their relationship with God. PCW Young Adults is a place for people searching for meaning, those desiring to know God and believers looking to share their faith stories in community. Join in College Small Groups this summer and see what it’s all about. Check the webpage out for more information. 

 

Adults:

THEOLOGY DISCUSSION GROUP: We are engaged in a discussion of Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward.  This is an engaging book by a contemporary and contemplative Franciscan Priest.  In this book, Rohr presents life as having two parts.  In the first half, we are naturally and rightly preoccupied with establishing our identity – climbing, achieving, and performing.  But those concerns will not service us as we grow older and begin to embark on a further journey, one that involves challenges, mistakes, loads of control, broader horizons, and necessary suffering that actually shocks us out of our prior comfort zone.  Eventually, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way.  Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries:  how our failing can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth? We meet on the first and third Monday’s of each month from 7:30-9 PM in the Christian Lounge.  Please consider joining in on the learning and sharing.  Contact Alan Smith (alandsmith518@gmail.com or 917-239-1667).

FLOWER MINISTRY: If you’d like to donate flower arrangements in memory of or to honor a loved one, you can!! You can even help with delivering flowers to PCW Members who are homebound. Contact one of our flower ministry volunteers and see how: Lisa-908-403-4442  or walker1200@comcast.net/Chris-908-391-8820 or christine.svoboda@yahoo.com/Lily – 908-591-6161 or lily.yucetepe@yahoo.com.

MORNING CRAFTSMEN: This group of talented volunteers brings their carpentry, painting, plumbing and other skills to the church on THURSDAY mornings to tackle small to medium–sized projects around the campus.  The group is recruiting new members, and invites you to consider joining this worthwhile effort.   We gather at 9am on THURSDAYS in the George Plenty Room to plan out the morning.  It may be small repairs of pews, painting of doors, replacing an electrical outlet, etc.  Each project that is completed in-house is a cost saver to the church. Interested?  Have questions?  Come by on a Wednesday morning to see what we do, or contact Warren Hanscom (908-789-8961; wkhanscom@gmail.com) or Gary Hunsinger (908-654-4155; jghunsinger@msn.com).

SAVE the DATE of Tuesday, December 5! Volunteers needed for Presbyterian Women’s annual “Shopping Spree” for the residents at AristaCare at Norwood Terrace in Plainfield. Leave at 8:30am, return at  11:30am.  New or nearly new items are needed  for the residents to give to their family members. The wish list includes items for men – packaged socks, undershirts, cologne. Drop off donations to the mail room in the Parish House. Contact Susan Dougherty at crusadersue@hotmail.com, 732-382-5362 for details.

SENIOR NETWORK’S LUNCH AND A MOVIE UPDATE: For the past few years, The Senior Network has been providing a lunch and a movie once each month except during the summer. Beginning in November, these will become separate events. 

  • On Wednesday, November 29, 1:00pm in the Christian Lounge, the group will show a movie that aims to help get you into the Christmas spirit. The film, “Angels Sing,” stars Harry Connick Jr. and includes Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Connick plays Michael Walker, whose brother died on Christmas Day decades ago in a tragic accident that Michael still blames on himself. After buying a house in a Yule-mad neighborhood, however, Michael begins to see beyond his own sadness.
  • Then, the Senior Network invites senior citizens to join members for lunch at Charlie Brown’s restaurant in Scotch Plains on Wednesday, December 6, at 12:30 pm. Each person will pay for his/her own meal. In order to reserve enough space for the group, the Senior Network asks that you RSVP to the church office, 908-233-0301 by December 3.

We hope to see you at both of these events. So come and bring a friend.

  

LUNCH AND A BOOK: We will meet on Friday, November 3rd from 12- 1:00 p.m. to discuss  “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D.Vance.  As always, we will be in the Church Library.  One reviewer writes, “From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside.”  All are welcome!  Any questions, please contact Lisa Black, lmb.blacklaw@gmail.com.

FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY begins at 9:30am with coffee followed by study at 10am. Join the group in the George Plenty Room. This Bible Study is BACK as of September 29! Join us!

ADULT EDUCATION: Questers Bible Study meets Sunday at 9am in the George Plenty Room and uses the Present Word curriculum. Everyone is welcome. Triangle Class is on summer break. Serendipity Small Group Bible Study meets Sundays at 11:00am in Westminster Hall. Please feel free to join in.

 

Everyone:

BE A BLESSING MACHINE in 2018. Stewardship season is upon us with Commitment Sunday being November 19. Read Stewardship’s First Letter about how you can be a Blessing Machine. You can use our printed pledge cards; found in the pews or in the church office, or pledge online.

NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE: Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss will be holding its’ annual Iremember memorial service on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.  The non-denominational service is open to the community and will provide an opportunity to remember the people in our lives who have died, and participate in an evening of hospitality, healing and hope. This is an event for all ages adults and children. The evening includes a community art project and memorial service followed by light snacks and refreshments. There is no cost to attend iRemember. While registration is not required, for planning purposes, it is appreciated. To RSVP for the evening of hospitality, healing and hope, email mandi@imaginenj.org. More information on Imagine can be found at www.imaginenj.org.

ALL SAINTS OBSERVANCES: NOVEMBER 1 & 5: On Sunday, November 5, we will continue the PCW practice of remembering those in our congregation who have died in the past year by speaking their names in worship and offering prayer and response. Because we also know that we remember for all time those who have touched our lives, on Wednesday, November 1 (All Saints Day) at 12 noon, in our cemetery across Mountain Ave, you are invited to gather for an informal time of reflection and remembrance.  We’ll sing together, pray together, read together and listen for God together. Please join us.

AGAPE COMMUNITY KITCHEN FUNDRAISER-  A Night Out for All on December 9

  • Where: Crossroads (78 North Ave, Garwood, NJ 07027 )
  • Time: 4pm-6pm
  • Music by Bill Cook & Steve McCall
  • Cost: $10/pp for 6th graders and older;
  • 5th graders and younger are free.  
  • All ages are welcome.

Food may be purchased at Crossroads. $100 additional donation buys you a song request, which you may sing with us if you like. $1000 donation buys you having us come to your house and playing for a party.

MISSION STUDY TASK FORCE REPORT is now available to download and read. The report contains a short summary, a section with analysis of the input collected at the Mission Study Task sessions and an appendix with background information used for the Mission Study. Please take some time to read the report and if you have any questions or concerns, you may reach out to the Co-Moderators of the MSTF at alandsmith518@gmail.com or marthaqk@gmail.com (Alan Smith & Martha Kieczykowski).

SPIRE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER: Read our monthly newsletter online or pick up a hard copy throughout the church complex (Sanctuary Narthex, Westminster Hall, Parish House). If you’d like to receive the Spire monthly by email you can subscribe! If you’d like the Spire mailed to your home, please email spire@westfieldpc.org with your home address or call the church office at 908-233-0301.

CLERK’S REPORTS: Don’t forget you can read the minutes from every Session Meeting from PCW. Read Session Minutes Here.

PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Out of chaos, hope! Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events.There are years of recovery ahead for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma & currently Hurricane Maria, as well as everyone devastated by the earthquakes in Mexico and fires in the Northwest U.S. Will you help extend the hands of Christ by standing in the GAP? –Give. Act. Pray. Find out how you can help through PDA’s website at https://pda.pcusa.org/.

COMMUNITY DAY 2017 PICTURES can be found on Flickr! Thanks Jeffrey Yang for your photographic skills! Check them out! 

Hygiene Kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA): As Christ’s followers, we are called to action.  Presbyterian Women is collecting items for hygiene kits, which will be shared by PDA with communities affected by recent natural disasters. Items will be collected until November 10, and can be dropped off in labeled bins throughout the church.  ONLY the following donations are needed for the kits:

  • Hand towels (approx. 16″ x 28″) 
  • Washcloths 
  • Wide-tooth combs 
  • Nail clippers 
  • Bars of soap (wrapped in individual packages)
  • Toothbrushes (single individually wrapped packages) 
  • Band Aids

Annual Turkey Drive for Elizabethport: The Mission Commission will once again be holding a Turkey Drive in November. Please consider donating a frozen turkey and/or nonperishable side items (e.g., stuffing mix, canned vegetables). Donations will be distributed in Elizabeth on Thanksgiving week by the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center. All donations must be received by November 15. Frozen turkeys can be delivered to the walk-in freezer in the Assembly Hall kitchen. Other food donations can be placed in one of the collection boxes on the first or second floor of the Parish House, or in Westminster Hall. Thank you for your support!

Thanksgiving Pie & Cake Sale: October 29-November 12Pre-paid orders accepted through November 12. Cash, Check or Credit Card accepted. Pick up orders on November 19 from 8:45am-12pm in Assembly Hall.

Ways to order or make donation:

  • After Worship Services
  • In the Church Office
  • CLICK HERE to purchase pies & cakes online with a credit card.

Your purchase or donation only, helps support our Zambia Partnership. We’d love to reach $3000 to help our Zambian partners build an addition to their church building which includes a vestry and pastor’s office. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!