Dec
18
7:30 PM19:30

“Pausing on the Road to Bethlehem” Adult Studies

It is that time of year when the whirlwind preparations for Christmas barely leave us room to consider Advent, much less slow down to ponder and reflect during this sacred season. During this four week class we will allow ourselves to do just that, even if only for an hour. We will discuss what “God With Us” - Emmanuel- really looks and feels like, as well as how that impacts our lives both during this special time and the rest of the year. With scripture, prayer, art and music as our guides, come and help yourself find a way to move through this hectic season at a more mindful pace.

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Dec
16
7:30 PM19:30

"Silent Nights" Service

This special service is a way of acknowledging that it can be difficult for some to find joy during the Christmas season due to the recent loss of loved ones and friends, job loss or loss associated with this time of year. Through prayer, music, Scripture and Reflection, the service seeks to honor and affirm those feelings, as well as provide a measure of comfort and hope to those experiencing them.

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Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

“Docs and Dialogue”

As we prepare in December to once again commemorate the birth of a child - Jesus - who would become the embodiment of God’s essence, what better time to watch the highly acclaimed 2018 documentary about the man we know as “Mister Rogers”, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”. For over thirty years, “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”, starring Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, writer and producer, spoke directly to children about some of life’s most difficult issues in a simple, direct way. But while he may be best known as a soft spoken, cardigan-wearing television character, Rogers work was a sustained attempt to promote a “radical kindness” amidst changing circumstances in the society and world around him.

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Dec
11
7:45 PM19:45

“Pausing on the Road to Bethlehem” Adult Studies

It is that time of year when the whirlwind preparations for Christmas barely leave us room to consider Advent, much less slow down to ponder and reflect during this sacred season. During this four week class we will allow ourselves to do just that, even if only for an hour. We will discuss what “God With Us” - Emmanuel- really looks and feels like, as well as how that impacts our lives both during this special time and the rest of the year. With scripture, prayer, art and music as our guides, come and help yourself find a way to move through this hectic season at a more mindful pace.

Also held on Tuesday, December 18, 7:30-8:30pm

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Dec
11
6:45 PM18:45

Prayer & Meditation

Prayer & Meditation offers an additional opportunity for members, friends and guests to learn about and share in a variety of prayer and meditative practices, as well as to provide participants an opportunity to offer their own prayer concerns.

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Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Festival Chorus Presents Handel's Messiah

On Sunday, December 9, our Festival Chorus will be presenting some of the most beloved of all Christmas music – the Christmas portion of Handel's epic oratorio, Messiah.

This famous work, popular from the day of its first performance, has become a landmark in Christian musical culture, telling the story from prophesies of the Messiah's coming through angels  and  shepherds  to  the  actual birth and rejoicing.

Our performance will feature our wonderful Festival Chorus, and four excellent soloists, soprano Elena Bird, mezzo- soprano Kathryn Krasovec, tenor Ronald Naldi, and baritone Arthur Woodley.

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Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

Advent Festival is Sunday, December 2!

Greet the Christmas season at this year’s Advent Festival! This wonderful event will be held on Sunday, December 2. Join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship at this much-loved FCC tradition.

3:00 to 5:00pm - Craft & Gift- Making

Select from a wide variety of crafts and gifts to make, to keep, to share. Bring your creativity; all other supplies provided!

• Craft Festival Admission Fee: $5 per person ($20 cap per family) and $5 for friends. Each family is asked to assist at a craft table for 1 hour.

5:00 to 5:30pm – Singing with Joe!

The children will present Special Songs they have learned in Church School.

5:30 to 6:15pm—Pasta & Pizza Dinner, Cookie Sampling Dessert

Join us for Dinner, Dessert and Caroling beginning at 5:30! Choose pasta & salad OR pizza for dinner.

•     Pasta Option – Baked Ziti, Green Salad and Garlic Bread for $6 per person

•     Pizza Option—Pre-order slices at $2.50 each

•     Prices include beverages and paper products

•     Cookie Sharing - Please bring 2 dozen homemade Christmas cookies to share for  dessert.

6:30 to 7:30pm—Caroling and Tree Trimming

Enjoy lively caroling with Joe Regan at the piano! All will join in singing traditional favorites as the Patton Christmas tree is decorated.

Advanced reservations for the Festival are greatly appreciated. Sign up in Patton during Coffee Hour on Sundays throughout November until December 2, or online at www.fccofwestfield.org/advent

Contact Denise Schifando at (908) 217-5130 for more information!

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Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

“Lifelong Westfield” is Focus of Senior Services Expo, November 16 

“Lifelong Westfield” is Focus of Senior Services Expo, November 16 

Lifelong Westfield, a new town initiative to attract and retain seniors, will be the focus of a Senior Services Expo on Friday, November 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 E. Broad Street.   The event is free and a light breakfast will be served.  Senior citizens, family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend. 

The Senior Services Expo will promote local non-profit organizations and businesses that cater to the senior market, including transportation, health, counseling and more.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about Lifelong Westfield and to participate in a survey aimed at determining the needs of the senior community.

Lifelong Westfield is a new initiative of the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Council, a volunteer group that includes representatives of the Westfield Town Council, Westfield United Fund, Westfield Senior Citizens Housing, a geriatric physician, and other volunteers.  The organization aims to help residents “age in place” by serving as a centralized clearinghouse for activities and services that help seniors and their caregivers.  

For additional information, please contact westfieldnjseniors@gmail.com  For an online version of the survey, please visit www.westfieldnj.gov/lifelongsurvey.

Click here to view Senior Services Expo flyer.

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Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Docs and Dialogue "Dark Money"

Tuesdays beginning October 30 at 7 pm. In October, we introduce a new regular documentary and discussion series, “Docs and Dialogue”. Several times during the year, FCC members, friends and guests are invited to gather in Patton Auditorium to view  and then have a conversation about a documentary from recent years, with a focus on not just the central issue addressed by the film, but also the spiritual, Biblical and theological concerns the subject and film raise. Documentaries will be previewed followed by discussion. Just in time for the upcoming elections, we will feature the critically acclaimed film “Dark Money”. “Dark Money” examines the effects of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The Sundance Film Festival award winning documentary follows a Montana journalist’s efforts to uncover the true ramifications of the Supreme Court’s “Citizen’s United” decision on elections in both his home state and nationwide.

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Oct
29
7:30 PM19:30

Adult Studies, Week #5, “In the Beginning: Genesis, Then and Now”

The first eleven chapters of Genesis contain several of the most well-known and foundational stories of the Bible, such as the Creation stories, Cain and Abel, and Noah’s Ark. These chapters are referred to by many scholars as the “Pre History” texts, in that they reflect both an awareness of and attempt to understand some of the fundamental human questions:

How did we get here?
Why are we here?
Why are there suffering and violence?
Where is God in all this?

Over the course of this five-week unit, we will explore some of these renowned stories, emphasizing the larger questions they point to, as well as how they might help us answer those questions for ourselves in our time.

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Oct
28
11:30 AM11:30

Bagels and Beliefs

Come share your beliefs and learn about ours! The Board of Christian Invitation invites you to join us for Bagels & Beliefs, an opportunity to learn more about the history and mission of First Congregational Church, Sunday, October 28, 11:30 am in Wightman Chapel Lounge.
Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, Rev. Joy Mounts and Church School Superintendent Alida Woods will provide background on FCC’s faith practices and answer questions in an informal setting. Childcare is available. Please RSVP by October 20 to the church office —  (908) 233-2494 or uccfcc@verizon.net.

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Oct
22
7:30 PM19:30

Adult Studies, Week #4, “In the Beginning: Genesis, Then and Now”

The first eleven chapters of Genesis contain several of the most well-known and foundational stories of the Bible, such as the Creation stories, Cain and Abel, and Noah’s Ark. These chapters are referred to by many scholars as the “Pre History” texts, in that they reflect both an awareness of and attempt to understand some of the fundamental human questions:

How did we get here?
Why are we here?
Why are there suffering and violence?
Where is God in all this?

Over the course of this five-week unit, we will explore some of these renowned stories, emphasizing the larger questions they point to, as well as how they might help us answer those questions for ourselves in our time.

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Oct
15
7:30 PM19:30

Adult Studies, Week #3, “In the Beginning: Genesis, Then and Now”

The first eleven chapters of Genesis contain several of the most well-known and foundational stories of the Bible, such as the Creation stories, Cain and Abel, and Noah’s Ark. These chapters are referred to by many scholars as the “Pre History” texts, in that they reflect both an awareness of and attempt to understand some of the fundamental human questions:

How did we get here?
Why are we here?
Why are there suffering and violence?
Where is God in all this?

Over the course of this five-week unit, we will explore some of these renowned stories, emphasizing the larger questions they point to, as well as how they might help us answer those questions for ourselves in our time.

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Oct
8
7:30 PM19:30

Adult Studies, Week #2 “In the Beginning: Genesis, Then and Now”

The first eleven chapters of Genesis contain several of the most well-known and foundational stories of the Bible, such as the Creation stories, Cain and Abel, and Noah’s Ark. These chapters are referred to by many scholars as the “Pre History” texts, in that they reflect both an awareness of and attempt to understand some of the fundamental human questions:

How did we get here?
Why are we here?
Why are there suffering and violence?
Where is God in all this?

Over the course of this five-week unit, we will explore some of these renowned stories, emphasizing the larger questions they point to, as well as how they might help us answer those questions for ourselves in our time.

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Oct
4
10:15 AM10:15

Readers and Riders to Visual Arts Center of NJ in Summit

Experience one of New Jersey's best destinations for contemporary art! Join Readers and Riders on Thursday, October 4th at the nearby Visual Arts Center of NJ in Summit, where our docent led tour of the current exhibition will "inspire, amaze, and enrich" us.

Check out their website for more information about the artists and their works. After our tour, we are having lunch downtown at Winberie's. We are carpooling from Ann Harris' home at 220 Linden Avenue, Westfield at 10:15 am. Please call Bev Heinrich at (908) 233-8656 by Tuesday, October 2nd to sign up for this trip.

Save the date: Thursday, November 1st trip to Washington Headquarters Museum and the Ford Mansion in Morristown.

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Sep
30
11:30 AM11:30

New Tax Changes: What You Need to Know Now

2017 vs. 2018: What Has Changed

•    Tax Rates
•    Deductions
•    AMT
•    Business Taxation
•    Estate Tax
•    529 Plans

Strategies for Charitable Giving

•    Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRAs
•    Bunching Gifts in One Year
•    Use of Donor Advised Funds
•    Lifetime Gifts vs. Bequests
•    Charitable Trusts

Other Personal Tax Planning Ideas to Consider

Speakers:
Lesley Draper, CFP®, CTFA Wealth Advisor and Co-chair of the RegentAtlantic Neighborhood Non-Profits Group

Matt Masterson, CFP®, CPWA® Wealth Advisor and Co-chair of RegentAtlantic’s Financial
Planning Committee

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Sep
23
5:00 PM17:00

Youth Fellowship Kickoff Meeting!

Youth Fellowship will kick off their new semester on Sunday, September 23 with a pizza party for all FCC youth in Grades 7-12 and their parents. The upcoming meetings and events schedule will be discussed. Some of what’s ahead this YF year are: a trip to Yestercades in downtown Westfield; an escape room; ice skating; two Bridges Runs; a possible canoe trip; a lock-in; helping at the Elizabeth Coalition; seeing Can-struction; deciding on next summer’s mission trip; and of course, regular meetings. The theme of seeing God in our daily lives begun last year will continue as well as starting each meeting with a devotion or short scripture discussion. YF Leaders will be contacted by email to set up the schedule of organizing meetings. If you have any suggestions for YF activities, fun or outreach – please see Rev. Mounts. Looking forward to another great YF year!

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Welcome Back Sunday
Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

Welcome Back Sunday

Sunday, September 9 is our annual "Welcome Back Sunday", when we share in the presentation of Bibles to our third grade and other new students, commission our Church School staff as they begin another year of this vital ministry, celebrate the return of our esteemed Chancel Choir after a summer off, and join together in the Sacrament of Communion.

As a way of emphasizing the priority Jesus placed on feeding people both physically and spiritually, we ask you to help commemorate Communion in a special way this day by bringing one or more non-perishable food items for the benefit of the  many who come to  our Food Pantry for assistance.  Then, immediately following Worship, we invite you to complete this special morning by gathering for our annual "Welcome Back Brunch" in Patton Auditorium. 

Once again we will be whipping up scrambled eggs. Bagels, cereal, juice, and other beverages will be provided as well. In order to enhance the spirit of community this event is intended to foster though, we ask you to also bring a favorite breakfast/brunch food item to share with others.

So please plan on heading to Patton Auditorium after Worship on September 9 to enjoy a fine meal and reconnect with friends you may not have seen for a bit. If possible though, for planning purposes, we would greatly appreciate it if you would contact the Church Office by Thursday, September 6 to let us know if you will be attending, as well as what food items you plan to bring.

See you on the 9th!

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Church School Musical Presentation
Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Church School Musical Presentation

Church School Musical Presentation – The children, 3 years old through Middle High, will be singing a special spiritual song written and directed by Joe Regan. Come and hear this special performance during the Worship celebration on June 10. It will truly be a treat! The children will be practicing each week during Church School and a final rehearsal for this special musical presentation will be held in Patton Auditorium on June 10 at 9:30 am sharp!

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All Church Patton-Potluck Picnic
Jun
10
11:30 AM11:30

All Church Patton-Potluck Picnic

All-Church Picnic – Sunday June 10 Immediately following Worship, in the Backyard of First Congregational Church

Where back of the church (parking lot) (map)

Please join your church family on June 10, immediately following service, in Patton auditorium for the Annual Church Picnic.

This year, we will be doing things slightly differently.  Admission will be $5 per person or $15 per family, for hotdogs, hamburgers, games, fellowship and fun!  We are also asking all who attend to bring one of the following

Families A-I:  Bring a side dish or salad

Families J-R:  Bring a dessert

Families S-Z:  Bring a beverage 

Please sign up during coffee hour, or RSVP to the church office.  This will help us greatly with planning! 

For any questions – please contact Bridget Andersen  bridget.p.andersen@gmail.com or        917-670-0951.

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