“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.
Big Things are Happening at FCC’s Church School!
At FCC, Christian education is one of our cornerstones and our children an integral part of this spiritual community. Therefore, we are excited to announce that we have revised our entire Church School program. Over the late spring and summer, a Faith Formation and Curriculum Committee was formed to provide assistance in this endeavor under the direction of Mark, Joy and Alida.
Beginning in September, we launched our new story-based sequential curriculum that runs from Genesis through the New Testament. We offer a broad view of the entire Bible sequentially in a three year cycle. It is felt that by offering a chronological story-based curriculum, the children will be more engaged and they will come to better understand how the stories of the Bible relate to one another. We also feel that a story-based curriculum will help kids better remember the major themes and examples of the Bible. Our curriculum will continue to emphasize learning and loving God, and caring for each other, their family and friends, and God’s world.
Each Sunday will look roughly like this:
After the “Word For Children,” all of the children and teachers will meet in Patton to hear the Bible story of the day. Sometimes the teachers will read the story and sometimes we will have a Mystery Guest Reader! Then, the kids will go to their classrooms to do an age related activity which reinforces the story. We have three age groups: 3 years – Grade 2, Grades 3-6 and Grades 7-9.
How can you be a part of this new program? Volunteer to be a Mystery Reader! This will only take 10-15 minutes, which will allow you to return to the Sanctuary for the rest of the Worship service. Please let Alida, Mark or Joy know if you would like to be a Mystery Guest Reader.
We would like to thank the members of our Faith Formation and Curriculum Committee for their diligent and continued support: Alicia Adams, Renee Bischoff, Michel Chartrain, Denise Schifando, Mark Boyea, Joy Mounts and Alida Woods. We look forward to an exciting year of learning and growing together.
Moving Meditation - Monday Evening Classes
November 5, 12, 19, 26: 6:30-7:15 pm in Patton Auditorium.
Simple gentle stress reduction based on ancient Asian Qigong wellness systems. Questions? Call Laura Berzofsky 908-232-6516. Donations welcome- raising funds for Roots and Wings.
2015 NEW LOOP SYSTEM INSTALLED IN THE SANCTUARY
Anyone with a tele coil compatible hearing aid can enjoy Sunday morning sermons without the use of additional equipment. People sitting in the congregation can simply switch their existing hearing aid to the "tele coil" position and they are wired directly into the sound system. Intelligibility is greatly increased because the distance between the speaker and the listener is bridged. Background or environmental noise is almost eliminated; there is no echo or distortion produced by the room and sound system. If you do not have a t-coil hearing aid or need help with sound amplification, you are welcome to use one of the three “Loop Listeners” we also purchased. These are small devices worn around the neck that come with headphones. Please ask the ushers if you would like to try one.