Children through grade 5:

CELEBRATION SUNDAY SCHOOL: for children ages 3 yrs-5th grade is in the Lower Level of the CE Building. Childcare is available in the nursery, Room 104 for infants to age two. This combined Sunday School (10am Traditional and 10am Contemporary) begins at 10:05am.

CHURCH ON WEDNESDAY (C.O.W.): All 3+ years old – 5th grade kids are welcome to join us for choir/bells, Bible Story/activity and Dinner.  We are a co-op which means everyone does a part – help teach the story, help do the craft or game, supply dinner, clean up and serve.   Wednesdays from 5 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. Cost: $5.00 per person staying for dinner with a max of $20.00.

 

PCW Youth (grades 6-12)

ALL YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL (Grades 6-12) at 9 a.m. in the Jim Cole Room. Sunday School will begin October 1, 2017. 

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP (Grades 6-12) meets Sundays at 6:30pm-8pm. January 21 & 28 regular fellowship. February 4 – 11:30am Flag Football for all middle school and high school youth | Meet on the front lawn!

CONFIRMATION CLASS: Classes start Tuesday, October 3 at 6pm in the Youth Room! 

THE AGAPE CLOTHING CLOSET has a new look!  For years The Agape Clothing Closet has been a way for PCW members to pass along unwanted clothing to our guests who could benefit from an extra sweatshirt or winter coat. We love the way PCW is always thinking about our guests in Elizabeth. We’ve been thinking a lot recently about how we can provide our guests with an even better experience with the clothing closet. We realized that what that means for Agape is only offering a few pre-selected items that we can purchase new for our guests. This gives us the control over our inventory that we’ve been lacking in our donation based approach. What this means is that we will no longer be accepting any donated items at PCW. Instead, we hope you will support the clothing closet’s new look by making a donation to The Agape Community Kitchen designated for the Clothing Closet. (Checks should be made payable to PCW, Agape CC in the Memo Line). Thank you for your many years of support to the mission of The Agape Community Kitchen.

Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser to support PCW Youth Missions. MARCH 3, 2018, 8am-10am | Breakfast at Applebee’s in Clark,  NJ | Cost – TBD | More information to follow.

Annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser: February 11, 2018 at 5pm in Assembly Hall. Participate in kicking off Youth Rebuilding Hope 2018 which supports PCW Youth Missions at our annual pasta dinner. Tickets are $10/pp and may be purchased after all worship services and in the church office M-F, 9am-5pm.

 

PCW Young Adults

PCW exists to be a Christian community that nurtures believers at all stages in their relationship with God. PCW Young Adults is a place for people searching for meaning, those desiring to know God and believers looking to share their faith stories in community. Join in College Small Groups this summer and see what it’s all about. Check the webpage out for more information. 

 

Adults:

THEOLOGY DISCUSSION GROUP: We are engaged in a discussion of Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward.  This is an engaging book by a contemporary and contemplative Franciscan Priest.  In this book, Rohr presents life as having two parts.  In the first half, we are naturally and rightly preoccupied with establishing our identity – climbing, achieving, and performing.  But those concerns will not service us as we grow older and begin to embark on a further journey, one that involves challenges, mistakes, loads of control, broader horizons, and necessary suffering that actually shocks us out of our prior comfort zone.  Eventually, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way.  Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries:  how our failing can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth? We meet on the first and third Monday’s of each month from 7:30-9 PM in the Christian Lounge.  Please consider joining in on the learning and sharing.  Contact Alan Smith (alandsmith518@gmail.com or 917-239-1667).

FLOWER MINISTRY: If you’d like to donate flower arrangements in memory of or to honor a loved one, you can!! You can even help with delivering flowers to PCW Members who are homebound. Contact one of our flower ministry volunteers and see how: Lisa-908-403-4442  or walker1200@comcast.net/Chris-908-391-8820 or christine.svoboda@yahoo.com/Lily – 908-591-6161 or lily.yucetepe@yahoo.com.

MORNING CRAFTSMEN: This group of talented volunteers brings their carpentry, painting, plumbing and other skills to the church on THURSDAY mornings to tackle small to medium–sized projects around the campus.  The group is recruiting new members, and invites you to consider joining this worthwhile effort.   We gather at 9am on THURSDAYS in the George Plenty Room to plan out the morning.  It may be small repairs of pews, painting of doors, replacing an electrical outlet, etc.  Each project that is completed in-house is a cost saver to the church. Interested?  Have questions?  Come by on a Wednesday morning to see what we do, or contact Warren Hanscom (908-789-8961; wkhanscom@gmail.com) or Gary Hunsinger (908-654-4155; jghunsinger@msn.com).

SENIOR NETWORK’S MOVIE: January 24, join the Senior Network in the Christian Lounge to view “The Shack” at 1pm. Everyone is welcome!

FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY begins at 9:30am with coffee followed by study at 10am. Join the group in the George Plenty Room. This Bible Study is BACK as of September 29! Join us!

ADULT EDUCATION: Questers Bible Study meets Sunday at 9am in the George Plenty Room and uses the Present Word curriculum. Everyone is welcome. Serendipity Small Group Bible Study meets Sundays at 11:00am in Westminster Hall. Please feel free to join in.

Everyone:

FISH Hospitality: Start 2018 off volunteering for FISH! Our guests will be with us January 27- February 4 and there are many opportunities to help. We need set up help, dinner hosts, overnight hosts and folks to supply meals. The guests always like staying at PCW because of the warm and inviting volunteers; sign up to be one!!! Please contact Margo Seaman margonova@comcast.net or Carole Cook chcook22@yahoo.com.

PCW CAMPUS RENOVATIONS UPDATE: After several months of analysis and review, the PCW Office and Property Commission has recently hired Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects of Cranford for campus renovation design services.  Failing physical structures, drainage issues and better adherence to ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) requirements were the catalysts for seeking out design services. Included in the construction plans are ADA upgrades to the: main entrance of Westminster Hall, main entrance of the Sanctuary, and Memorial Gardens . We will also be addressing drainage design issues, including those in the Breezeway Courtyard. Construction will take place in three phases: Phase 1 – Memorial Gardens and the Breezeway Courtyard, Phase 2 – Westminster Hall, Phase 3 – Sanctuary.  Renderings will be available for congregation viewing. The goal is to have renovations complete before Christmas 2018.

FIRST ANNUAL BOX CITY – SAVE THE DATE: April 21, 2018: Box City is an overnight camp event that will take place on the front lawn of PCW.  Participants will bring and design cardboard boxes to sleep in, stand in line for a soup dinner, and brave the elements to experience a small part of what homeless families endure every night.  This mission experience offers an opportunity for ALL members of the PCW congregation, young and old, to join together to help raise awareness and important funds to support homeless families in our own community.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Carole Cook (chcook22@yahoo.com) or Margo Seaman (margonova@comcast.net).

MISSION STUDY TASK FORCE REPORT is now available to download and read. The report contains a short summary, a section with analysis of the input collected at the Mission Study Task sessions and an appendix with background information used for the Mission Study. Please take some time to read the report and if you have any questions or concerns, you may reach out to the Co-Moderators of the MSTF at alandsmith518@gmail.com or marthaqk@gmail.com (Alan Smith & Martha Kieczykowski).

SPIRE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER: Read our monthly newsletter online or pick up a hard copy throughout the church complex (Sanctuary Narthex, Westminster Hall, Parish House). If you’d like to receive the Spire monthly by email you can subscribe! If you’d like the Spire mailed to your home, please email spire@westfieldpc.org with your home address or call the church office at 908-233-0301.

CLERK’S REPORTS: Don’t forget you can read the minutes from every Session Meeting from PCW. Read Session Minutes Here.

PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Out of chaos, hope! Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events.There are years of recovery ahead for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma & currently Hurricane Maria, as well as everyone devastated by the earthquakes in Mexico and fires in the Northwest U.S. Will you help extend the hands of Christ by standing in the GAP? –Give. Act. Pray. Find out how you can help through PDA’s website at https://pda.pcusa.org/.