Summer Worship in Patton
Our Worship celebrations will be held in air-conditioned Patton Auditorium beginning Sunday, July 1 and running through Sunday, September 2. Large-print bulletins are available. Just ask the ushers as you enter Patton.

2018 Alexander Award recipient is Michael Bonnell
The recipient of this year’s Alexander Award is Michael Bonnell. The award was presented on June 24, by Geoff Marino on behalf of the Board of Trustees. The Alexander Award is given in memory of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Alexander, members of our church for seventy years from 1917 to 1987. Mr. Alexander was a 1922 graduate of Westfield High School. He was renowned as a man of integrity, as well as a scholar. The award is given in their memory to one or more high school seniors who have made a significant contribution to the life of the church.

Mini – Mission weekend August 17-18
This summer we will once again hold our annual multi-generational Mini-Mission Weekend. This year we will meet on Friday, August 17 for a time of Bible study and a project to be determined for the Elizabeth Coalition House the Homeless. In the past we have worked with Bridges and gone on a Bridges Run on Saturday but there were no Runs available on their calendar. However, we have a long history of working with the Coalition and decided that they would be the perfect partner for this year’s program. More details will be in the Sunday morning announcements, as well as through email.

Church School Donations
Last summer, in an effort to help support our wonderful Church School teachers who  often use their own money to purchase supplies for their lessons, as well as to continue offering creative programs while helping to keep costs down, the Board of Christian Education tried a new and highly successful Church School Wish List initiative. We will again be seeking free-will donations of needed supplies, but with a slight twist:
Option #1
As this is the end of the school year, if you don’t know what to do with your children’s old,  slightly used school supplies, please think about donating them to our Church School. There will be a basket for them in Patton. Crayons, markers, pencil, and scotch tape are all needed and wanted.
Option #2
Summer is only beginning, but when you are buying supplies for next school year, please think of us!  A list of suggested items follows. This is a way to show your support for this important ministry – our Children’s Christian Education. Please donate if and as you are able.
Church School Wish List
Gift Cards for VISA, Michael’s, AC Moore, Becker’s Teacher Store (Blue Star Shopping Center), Oriental Trading – to use throughout the year as needs arise, Avery Glue Sticks (Not Staples or Elmer's), Black Sharpie Markers – Fine & Medium, Small Post-it Notes (1 3/8” x 1 7/8”), Paper clips, Large & Small, Tracing Paper, Glue Dots, Paper Mate Sharp Writer #2 Mechanical Pencils, Children’s costumes, Gallon & Quart clear Ziploc or Hefty storage bags, Snacks, Apple Juice, Water.
Monetary donations to be used to purchase needed supplies throughout the year.  You can use the attached link for ordering many of the supply items,  http://a.co/7jsRcpp.

Summer office hours begin on Thursday, July 5
The office will be open from 9am-Noon, Monday through Friday. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, September 4. The office will be closed on Thursday, July 4. and Monday, September 3.

Recognition of graduating high school seniors
On Sunday, June 24, we celebrated the graduation of three of our high school seniors. Dr. Boyea's Message that morning, based on Matthew 23:1-7, 11-12, was dedicated to the seniors. The seniors also received a “Be the Change You Want to See in the World” mug from Dr. Boyea and Rev. Mounts. We congratulate and offer our prayers and best wishes to the following graduates: Michael Bonnell, Charlotte Fountain Jardim and Marissa Lehmberg.


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.