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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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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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
5
7:00 PM19:00

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

“Docs and Dialogue”
Tuesday, March 5
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
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
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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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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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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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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