Apr
22
7:30 PM19:30

Adult Studies - “You Mean That’s Not in the Bible?”

Our final Adult Studies unit for the year begins in late April:

“You Mean That’s Not in the Bible?”
Mondays: April 22 and 29; May 6 and 20
Wightman Lounge, 7:30-8:30pm

You know them - the sayings and aphorisms so many Christians and non-Christians alike swear by – ones like:
“God helps those who help themselves.”
“Everything happens for a reason.”

Many Christians and non-Christians also believe those sayings come directly from the Bible. But they, and others like them, don’t. During this four-week unit based on Adam Hamilton’s book, “Half Truths”, we will explore these and other common sayings that people of faith are often extremely invested in, but that are only partly or minimally rooted in the Bible. We will examine the elements of truth they contain, as well as the ways in which they may fail us spiritually.

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Apr
26
to Apr 27

FCC Annual Adult Retreat

FCC Annual Adult Retreat - Save the Date! The 2019 FCC Adult Retreat will take place Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, in Ocean Grove, NJ at the same place as last year, Grove Hall Retreat Center. It is open to all adults of FCC. Join us in getting away from the everyday routine for a little while to enjoy an opportunity for fellowship and the recharging of our minds, bodies and spirits. More details to come.

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Apr
29
7:30 PM19:30

Adult Studies - “You Mean That’s Not in the Bible?”

Our final Adult Studies unit for the year begins in late April:

“You Mean That’s Not in the Bible?”
Mondays: April 22 and 29; May 6 and 20
Wightman Lounge, 7:30-8:30pm

You know them - the sayings and aphorisms so many Christians and non-Christians alike swear by – ones like:
“God helps those who help themselves.”
“Everything happens for a reason.”

Many Christians and non-Christians also believe those sayings come directly from the Bible. But they, and others like them, don’t. During this four-week unit based on Adam Hamilton’s book, “Half Truths”, we will explore these and other common sayings that people of faith are often extremely invested in, but that are only partly or minimally rooted in the Bible. We will examine the elements of truth they contain, as well as the ways in which they may fail us spiritually.

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May
2
11:00 AM11:00

Readers & Riders - "The Early Mays"

Readers & Riders Spring Fellowship Outings

Thursday May 2 – “The Early Mays”

Enjoy "The Early Mays" on Thursday, May 2nd at Raritan Valley Community College with Readers and Riders. This trio, with Appalachian-inspired harmonies and a sweet, old-time sound, have captivated both regional and national audiences with songs that range from traditional to modern in style, and from contemplative to barn raising in spirit. We will be having a box lunch (half a sandwich, fruit cup, side salad, and beverage) in the lobby before the 1 pm show; reservations must be made a week in advance...April 25th. Last minute show tickets can be purchased if you are bringing your own lunch. We will carpool from Bev Heinrich's home at 2673 Crest Lane, Scotch Plains at 11:00 am. Please call her at (908) 233-8656 to sign up and place your lunch order.

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Movie "Paris to Pittsburgh" -Steps to improving the climate
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Movie "Paris to Pittsburgh" -Steps to improving the climate

In an ongoing effort to educate our community regarding climate change First Congregational church of Westfield will be having a movie night presenting National Geographic's "Paris to Pittsburgh".  We are at a critical point in the history of our plant, where the actions we take today and over the next 10 years are critical to reduce the current trajectory of climate change.  The impact of climate change to our children and our children's children and many future generations depends on the actions we take today.

The movie "Paris to Pittsburgh" is a non partisan movie and focuses on positive actions many communities and corporations are taking toward improving the climate.  It discusses ways that we can retool and reinvent our future using green technology.  Fighting climate change can make our economy stronger, create jobs, save lives by cleaning the air we breathe and so much more.

The overall goal of the movie is to inspire us to act, Think Globally, Act Locally.  The movie will be shown May 3 at 7pm.  An action table will be available for review.  Admission is free, refreshments will be served (the perfect family night), please RSVP the church office at 908-233-2494.

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May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Third Annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction

The Third Annual Fundraiser for the 2019 Summer Mission Trip to Miami! Invite your neighbors, friends, co-workers, family. Register early 30$ per person / 300$ per table/team. Delicious dinner, beverages, desserts provided. You may bring your own snacks and BYOB if you wish. Contact the church office to donate silent auction items, food, drink items and to register.

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May
6
7:30 PM19:30

Adult Studies - “You Mean That’s Not in the Bible?”

Our final Adult Studies unit for the year begins in late April:

“You Mean That’s Not in the Bible?”
Mondays: April 22 and 29; May 6 and 20
Wightman Lounge, 7:30-8:30pm

You know them - the sayings and aphorisms so many Christians and non-Christians alike swear by – ones like:
“God helps those who help themselves.”
“Everything happens for a reason.”

Many Christians and non-Christians also believe those sayings come directly from the Bible. But they, and others like them, don’t. During this four-week unit based on Adam Hamilton’s book, “Half Truths”, we will explore these and other common sayings that people of faith are often extremely invested in, but that are only partly or minimally rooted in the Bible. We will examine the elements of truth they contain, as well as the ways in which they may fail us spiritually.

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May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Adult Studies - “You Mean That’s Not in the Bible?”

Our final Adult Studies unit for the year begins in late April:

“You Mean That’s Not in the Bible?”
Mondays: April 22 and 29; May 6 and 20
Wightman Lounge, 7:30-8:30pm

You know them - the sayings and aphorisms so many Christians and non-Christians alike swear by – ones like:
“God helps those who help themselves.”
“Everything happens for a reason.”

Many Christians and non-Christians also believe those sayings come directly from the Bible. But they, and others like them, don’t. During this four-week unit based on Adam Hamilton’s book, “Half Truths”, we will explore these and other common sayings that people of faith are often extremely invested in, but that are only partly or minimally rooted in the Bible. We will examine the elements of truth they contain, as well as the ways in which they may fail us spiritually.

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Jun
6
1:00 PM13:00

Readers & Riders - Brewing Company Tour

Readers & Riders, Thursday, June 6 - Brewing Company Tour

On Thursday June 6th at 1:00 pm we are sponsoring a tour of the Two Ton Brewing Company, located in Kenilworth, for men and women of the Church. They are a family-owned and operated craft beer brewer offering a variety of seasonal and specialty beers. "Doc" Barbiere and his three sons are welcoming us for a tour and discussion of their brewing process. This will be followed by food and drink in one of their taprooms. If the weather is good, outside seating will also be available. We plan on ordering wrap sandwiches for all. Note that beer tasting is cash only. Rick Obrock has organized this unique outing to include men in our fun day. Please call him at (908) 654-7203 to sign up.

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Apr
15
7:30 PM19:30

Lenten Study – “Pausing On The Road to Jerusalem” Monday, 7:30 pm on April 15

Lenten Study – “Pausing On The Road to Jerusalem” Mondays, 7:30 pm on April 8, 15 in Wightman Lounge.

As we did with our Advent study – “Pausing On the Road To Bethlehem” - to prepare for Christmas, we will now take the time to unpack the themes of Lent to prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter. During this five-week study we will examine Lenten themes of: Temptation; Atonement; Theodicy; The Breadth of God's Grace; the Place of Wealth; and the Significance of Palm Sunday. Rather than thinking about something you want to give up for Lent, why not come and make room in your heart and mind with this study?

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Apr
13
8:00 AM08:00

Spring Cleaning at FCC

All Hands on Deck! Saturday, April 13 - Church Spring Cleaning - Indoors and Out.

The Trustees will be working on the grounds to welcome Spring, and the Deacons have a “To Do” list for indoor areas. Please arrive as early as 8:00 am and work in the area of your choice. There will be coffee, juice and bagels.

Bring your own tools for the work you want to do outside. You can let Bill Woods and/or Merry Wisler know you’ll be coming or just show up for a couple of hours of fellowship with friends and work on the church we love.

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Apr
8
7:30 PM19:30

Lenten Study – “Pausing On The Road to Jerusalem” Monday, 7:30 pm on April 8

Lenten Study – “Pausing On The Road to Jerusalem” Mondays, 7:30 pm on April 8, 15 in Wightman Lounge.

As we did with our Advent study – “Pausing On the Road To Bethlehem” - to prepare for Christmas, we will now take the time to unpack the themes of Lent to prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter. During this five-week study we will examine Lenten themes of: Temptation; Atonement; Theodicy; The Breadth of God's Grace; the Place of Wealth; and the Significance of Palm Sunday. Rather than thinking about something you want to give up for Lent, why not come and make room in your heart and mind with this study?

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Apr
7
11:15 AM11:15

Heifer International Cake Auction

The Annual Cake Auction is on Sunday, April 7, during Coffee Hour, to support our Church School’s Heifer Project for Heifer International. It is being sponsored by the 6th – 9th Grade class and our Senior High students. The theme this year is “In the Garden”. If that doesn’t work for you, please use your imagination for any other type of cake. Cake donations from Church School children or any members of the congregation are needed and greatly appreciated.
On April 7, please drop off your cakes in Patton Auditorium at least ten minutes before Worship begins (please label your cake with its ingredients). Then, let’s all come join the auction during Coffee Hour.
Auction tickets may be purchased for $5 a sheet. Please help us make this a great success. Any questions, please call Ellen Hollis at (908) 400-4385.

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Lenten Festival Chorus
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Lenten Festival Chorus

On Sunday morning, April 7, the Festival Chorus of the First Congregational Church of Westfield will present Théodor Dubois’ dramatic cantata "The Seven Last Words of Christ" during the 10AM worship service.

This beloved work, originally published in 1899, is a highlight of choral music from the late nineteenth century. It recounts in music the seven last “words” – that is, the seven last statements made by Christ during the crucifixion. The chorus serves as the angry mob, the sorrowing followers, and commentary on the scene. In a dramatic highlight, the earthquake at the time of Christ’s death is vividly depicted in the music.

Originally written for orchestra, chorus and soloists, the orchestra will be replaced in this performance by organ, harp, and timpani, and the work will be performed in English. The soloists are Maureen Francis, soprano, Ronald Naldi, tenor, and Stephen Bryant, baritone, and the church’s Organist and Music Director, Dr. Barbara Thomson will accompany and conduct.

All are invited to attend this dramatic and moving concert.

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Mar
25
7:30 PM19:30

Lenten Study – “Pausing On The Road to Jerusalem” Mondays, 7:30 pm on March 25; April 8, 15

Lenten Study – “Pausing On The Road to Jerusalem” Mondays, 7:30 pm on March 25; April 8, 15 in
Wightman Lounge.

As we did with our Advent study – “Pausing On the Road To Bethlehem” - to prepare for Christmas, we will now take the time to unpack the themes of Lent to prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter. During this five-week study we will examine Lenten themes of: Temptation; Atonement; Theodicy; The Breadth of God's Grace; the Place of Wealth; and the Significance of Palm Sunday. Rather than thinking about something you want to give up for Lent, why not come and make room in your heart and mind with this study?

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Mar
18
7:30 PM19:30

Lenten Study – “Pausing On The Road to Jerusalem” Mondays, 7:30 pm on March 18, 25; April 8, 15

Lenten Study – “Pausing On The Road to Jerusalem” Mondays, 7:30 pm on March 18, 25; April 8, 15 in
Wightman Lounge.

As we did with our Advent study – “Pausing On the Road To Bethlehem” - to prepare for Christmas, we will now take the time to unpack the themes of Lent to prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter. During this five-week study we will examine Lenten themes of: Temptation; Atonement; Theodicy; The Breadth of God's Grace; the Place of Wealth; and the Significance of Palm Sunday. Rather than thinking about something you want to give up for Lent, why not come and make room in your heart and mind with this study?

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Mar
12
7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Prayer and Meditation

Members, friends and guests are invited to join together in a time of prayer and meditative practice on the second Tuesday (usually) of each month in the sanctuary. These sessions will include time for participants to offer and discuss their own prayer concerns and intentions.

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Mar
11
7:30 PM19:30

Lenten Study – “Pausing On The Road to Jerusalem” Mondays, 7:30 pm on March 11, 18, 25; April 8, 15

In Wightman Lounge

As we did with our Advent study – “Pausing On the Road To Bethlehem” - to prepare for Christmas, we will now take the time to unpack the themes of Lent to prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter. During this five-week study we will examine Lenten themes of: Temptation; Atonement; Theodicy; The Breadth of God's Grace; the Place of Wealth; and the Significance of Palm Sunday. Rather than thinking about something you want to give up for Lent, why not come and make room in your heart and mind with this study?

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Mar
10
11:30 AM11:30

"Souper Sunday" Explores Our Environment

On Sunday, March 10, First Congregational Church of Westfield will offer its annual “Souper Sunday” event to its congregation and the public, following the morning’s worship service.
We are all aware that our environment and climate change are major issues globally. Many of us understand that we can “think globally and act locally,” yet we may not know what to do or or how to do it. As a result, FCC of Westfield will sponsor a presentation by Marian Glenn, PhD, President of Rahway River Watershed Association, where she will discuss the overall mission of Rahway River Watershed, its history and the recreational and educational activities available there, specific environmental challenges such as pollution and flooding, the impact of lawn chemicals that wash into the river during storms, the positive impact of planting native trees and shrubs, and more. The purpose of Rahway River Watershed Association is to protect and restore Rahway River and its ecosystem. The RRWA fulfills its purpose by promoting cooperation between public and private entities to preserve and enhance the River’s ecological functions and benefits. Working with communities and other organizations, the Association provides educational programs, monitors water quality, and works to raise awareness of what it means to reside in a watershed. “Souper Sunday” will begin at approximately 11:30am in Patton Auditorium at First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street, Westfield. This event is free, and soup and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the Church Office at 908-233-2494 or email uccfcc@verizon.net. For more information on all upcoming events and programs, visit www.fccofwestfield.org.

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Mar
6
7:30 PM19:30

Ash Wednesday

We begin the most sacred season of the Christian year - Lent - the weeks when we place special focus on the life and teachings of Jesus before commemorating his last days and then his resurrection during Holy Week and Easter - with a special time of Scripture, hymns, Reflection, and the distribution of ashes at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary.

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Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

“Docs and Dialogue” "Double feature" on the current opioid crisis in the United States.

“Docs and Dialogue” 7:00pm in Patton Auditorium

The next “Docs and Dialogue”, FCC’s new series of documentary film viewing and discussion, will take place on Tuesday, March 5 at 7pm in Patton Auditorium. On that night, we will see a “double feature” on the current opioid crisis in the United States.

First up will be “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic”, a 60-minute PBS production which traces the overlapping causes that have culminated in the explosive growth of opioid addiction and deaths throughout the country over the past two decades. Then, we will view the 40-minute Academy and Emmy Award nominated “Heroin(e)”, a stark portrayal of three women - one a fire chief, one the founder of a non-profit, and the third a judge - working on the front lines of the epidemic in Huntington, West Virginia, where the overdose rate is ten times the national average.

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Mar
4
7:30 PM19:30

"Great Decisions" Adult Studies Continues

Monday, March 4
7:30-9:00pm
Patton Auditorium

"Great Decisions" is a video and discussion-based series offered by the Foreign Policy Association. For six weeks, we will explore a variety of current topics of deep importance both nationally and internationally, with commentary from notable political, academic and media figures.

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Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Spaghetti Dinner and Talent Show

It’s coming soon! An evening of good food, great entertainment and wonderful fellowship. The Annual FCC Spaghetti Dinner and Talent Show fundraiser for the Summer Mission Trip is on Saturday, March 2. The dinner is at 6pm and the Talent Show starts at 7:30pm. The entire event will be held in Patton Auditorium. The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 12, and $5 for children ages 4 to 5. Children age 3 and under are free. All proceeds go to help support the Mission Trip to work with the DOOR Agency in Miami this July.

In order to help keep the costs of the dinner down, we are seeking donations of #8 spaghetti, marinara spaghetti sauce and beverages. Please leave all donations at the Church Office between 9am and 2pm or with Rev. Mounts. Thanks!

If you want to perform or to help with the dinner, please see Rev. Mounts or Joe Regan. Hope to see you at this joyful annual event.

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Feb
25
7:30 PM19:30

"Great Decisions" Adult Studies Continues

Mondays: February 25; March 4
7:30-9:00pm
Patton Auditorium

"Great Decisions" is a video and discussion-based series offered by the Foreign Policy Association. For six weeks, we will explore a variety of current topics of deep importance both nationally and internationally, with commentary from notable political, academic and media figures.

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Feb
18
7:30 PM19:30

"Great Decisions" Adult Studies Continues

Mondays: February 18 and 25; March 4
7:30-9:00pm
Patton Auditorium

"Great Decisions" is a video and discussion-based series offered by the Foreign Policy Association. For six weeks, we will explore a variety of current topics of deep importance both nationally and internationally, with commentary from notable political, academic and media figures.
February 18 topic: Mexico and the U.S.

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Feb
11
7:30 PM19:30

"Great Decisions" Monday's topic: Nuclear Negotiations

Mondays: February 11, 18 and 25; March 4
7:30-9:00pm Patton Auditorium

"Great Decisions" is a video and discussion based educational series offered by the Foreign Policy Association. For six weeks, we will explore a variety of current topics of deep importance both nationally and internationally, with commentary from notable political, academic and media figures.

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Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Trip to see "A Man For All Seasons"

A Man For All Seasons

The Fellowship of Performing Arts is currently presenting the Robert Bolt play - A Man for All Seasons. From the FPA website: "As Sir Thomas More refuses to recognize Henry VIII’s divorce and ascendancy as Supreme Head of the new Church of England, A Man for All Seasons reveals the risk of speaking truth to power and the clash that follows when fierce political will collides with deep moral conviction."

We hope to take a group from FCC on Sunday, February 10. The performance is at 3pm. We will take a bus from the church after Worship. The fee for the bus is separate. There is a discounted price for groups at the moment - $47.25 for most adults and $32.25 for students (age 30 and under). Please call the Church Office or let Rev. Mounts know immediately if you are interested in attending. We want to be able to take advantage of this special price. The regular ticket price is $75.

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Feb
7
12:30 PM12:30

Readers and Riders Women’s Fellowship

On Thursday, February 7, Readers and Riders returns to our roots as a book review group when we meet at 12:30 pm in Patton Auditorium for our annual book exchange. Bring a book or two that you would recommend (or just the title and name of the author) and would like to briefly review. Even if you don't have a book to share, join us for fellowship and refreshments. Please call Laura Berzofsky at (908) 232-6516 for more information or a ride.

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Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

Docs and Dialogue - "13th" by Ava DuVernay

The next “Docs and Dialog”, FCC’s new series of documentary film viewing and follow up discussion, will take place on Tuesday, January 22 at 7pm in Patton Auditorium. On that night, we will see the Peabody and Critic’s Choice award-winning, as well as Academy Award nominated documentary, “13th”.

The title of director Ava DuVernay’s film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which DuVernay uses as the basis for an exploration of the current state of mass incarceration in America, the explosion of our nation’s prison system in recent times, and the particular effects of those two on African Americans.

“13th” is particularly relevant in this month when we remember the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in this time when a significant number of law enforcement officials and elected leaders from every part of the political spectrum are calling for reforms in our prison and criminal justice systems.

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Jan
5
10:00 AM10:00

Saturday Morning Fun Club For Refugee Families

The Saturday Morning Fun Club For Refugee Families provides a safe place for local refugee families to learn, play and grow. This program is in its third year and still growing. Volunteers of all ages are needed.

Volunteers can sign up for as many or as few dates as desired.

The club meets approximately 3 times a month from 10:00am – Noon at Temple Emanu-El on East Broad Street in Westfield. Volunteers offer adult refugees tutoring in English, math and life skills. Activities for the children include homework help, arts & crafts, games, and more. Volunteers also provide coffee, juice, & snacks. Especially needed are volunteers who can drive the families to and from the club.

Interested in volunteering? Have questions? Feel free to contact Janet Boyd at 908-456-3336.

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Jan
3
12:30 PM12:30

Readers and Riders – Women’s Fellowship Soup & a Movie

Make a resolution to start the New Year with fun and fellowship by joining Readers and Riders at

12:30pm on Thursday, January 3 in Patton Auditorium. The soup pot will be simmering. - just bring your own sandwich. After lunch we will enjoy watching a movie.

Please call Bev Heinrich at (908) 233-8656 to sign up or for more information.

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