Sunday, April 22, Fourth Sunday of Easter, 10 am in the Sanctuary.

Bagels and Beliefs - Sunday, April 22 at 11:30 am in McCorison Center/Ketcham
An opportunity to learn more about the history, theology, practices and mission of First Congregational Church.  Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, Rev. Joy Mounts and Church School Superintendant Aida Woods will provide background on FCC's spiritual practices and answer questions in an informal setting.  Childcare is available.

Upcoming Adult Studies...

"Hope Is A Muscle"
Mondays: April 23 and 30; May 7 and 14 7:30-8:30pm in Chapel Lounge

Hope. It is a foundational idea in the Christian spiritual tradition. But what is hope. What Christianity and other spiritual traditions have long understood, and what more recently, psychology and neuroscience have come to grasp, is that hope is far more than just a feeling we either have or don’t. Instead, hope is a spiritual and emotional skill - a habit we can take steps to acquire and strengthen. As the title of a best-selling book a few years ago put it, “Hope Is A Muscle”. During this four-week unit, we will explore, through spiritual texts, exercises and discussion, the meaning and practice of hope as a spiritual and emotional skill, habit...muscle.

Other Important Events...

Moving Meditation, MONDAY Evening Classes - 6:30 - 7:15 pm
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 7, 14, 21, 28 in Patton - (look for signs on the doors).

Simple gentle, graceful movement. Stress Reduction based on ancient Asian Qigong wellness systems. Questions? Call Laura Berzofsky 908-232-6516. Donations welcome- raising funds for FCC’s Youth Mission Trip 2018.

Second Annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction!
Saturday, May 5,  7 pm – 10 pm in Patton Auditorium
Sign up today and Save the date!
Match your wits against other teams for prizes and bragging rights!
Hearty Appetizers, Snacks, Desserts, Soft drinks, BYOB!
(Feel free to bring your own team/table snacks, too!)

Click here to view/print the flyer.

$30/person • $300/team (up to 10 people)
On-site childcare available for an additional fee.
All money raised will benefit the First Congregational Church
Summer Youth Mission Trip 2018 to Collettsville, North Carolina.

To register, donate to the silent auction or for more details, contact:
Nancy Elkin, nancyelkin@comcast.net or 908-451-1977
Rev. Joy Mounts, uccfcc.joy@verizon.net,
FCC Church Office, uccfcc@verizon.net or call the church at 908-233-2494

Make checks out to First Congregational Church of Westfield 
• memo line: trivia – mission trip

THE OPERA IS BACK!! This year's annual outing to the Metropolitan Opera will be on Monday, April 30, with attendance at one of my all-time favorite operas, Puccini's Tosca. The all-star cast is headed by the fabulous Anna Netrebko, one of the most famous sopranos of our time. Combine her voice and star quality with Puccini's gorgeous melodies, and you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We will meet at a restaurant in New York for dinner at 5:30, then walk over to Lincoln Center for the 7:30 performance. The running time of the opera, including intermissions, is just under 3 hours, so we will be out by 10:30. As always, I suggest you buy your own tickets on the Met's website, Metopera.org., so you can pick tickets that suit your budget. I have checked and see that it is selling out quickly, so if you want to go, make a commitment now and buy the tickets ASAP before they're all gone. Let me know if you are planning to attend – Bctbct@aol.com. I can't wait to see this one!
Barbara Thomson

FCC Adult Retreat Update
The FCC Annual Adult Retreat will be at Grove Hall in Ocean Grove on April 27-28. We are thrilled that twenty-seven participants are signed up to attend. The theme this year is Christian Soup – What Do We Gather from Our Spiritual Garden, and will be lead by the planning team of Lyn Kelman, Steve and Ruth Indelicato, Laura Berzofsky, Ellen Hollis, Rick Obrock and Vivian Hsu. Pictures and reflections from the retreat will be in the May

Readers and Riders - Newark Museum Trip - May 3
Let's go for a hike in the Alps...or let's go to the Newark Museum to see the Peak Experience exhibition: "The Rockies and The Alps" with Readers and Riders on Thursday, May 3. At noon our docent will present 19th century mountain landscape paintings, prints, sketch books, travel literature, and scientific specimens. After our one hour tour, we will enjoy a catered lunch at the museum and time to explore on our own. Don't forget the gift shop. We are meeting at Ann Harris' home (220 Linden Avenue) at 10:45 am. Please call Bev Heinrich at (908) 233-8656 for more information.