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First Presbyterian Church 

49 South Portage Street 

Westfield, New York  








Church Office Hours

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday


Office:  (716) 326-2643

Fax:  (716) 793-6019






Temporary Pastor

Catherine Rieley-Goddard

(716) 310-6860 

Administrative Assistant

Polly M Knopp



Brenda McCutcheon


Deacon of the Month

December 2016

Ann Wise


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December Poem

Our Holy Season

Seems it's that time...once again...

The scent of Christmas is in the air...

The shoppers are bustling all around...

And pine cones falling everywhere...

The stores are crowded and all abuzz...

With shoppers bustling to and fro...

Searching and shopping for just the right gift...

Thinking of loved ones as they go...

But is this what the season is all about...

Decorations, gifts and lights aglow...

or is it because of the Holy night...

So very long ago...

It is because of the holy night...

When Jesus our Lord was born...

In a manger in a stable...

To Virgin Mary so tired and worn...

May the blessings of the Holy season...

Fill your heart and home...

May God's blessing shower upon you...

Where ever you may roam...

May the beautiful promise of this Holy Season...

The miracle birth of that baby Boy...

Bless your heart and fill your home...

With peace, love and joy...

May your Christmas season sparkle...

With special loved ones close to you...

May your friends and family give to you...

Memories to last the whole year through...

May our Heavenly Father bless you...

With faith and hope and love...

And may you and yours be truly blessed...

With the peace of the snow white dove...

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Pastors message december

Dear Friends,  

I have been listening to a book called Reclaiming Conversation this week while driving from Buffalo. In it, the author (Sherry Turkle) reminds us that we are turning more and more to electronic devices rather than each other for interaction and connection. This is true especially for younger generations. I believe her hope in writing the book is to help those of us who are older and used to talking with each other to remind our younger family members and friends how important it is to actually talk to one another. She gave a definition that captured my imagination -- conversation is tending to one another. I love that idea of tending to one another. There is a give and take, an emotional connection, a sense of inclusion, a feeling that each participant in the conversation has value.


I think the reason I like the idea of tending to one another is because that is what we do in church. We demonstrate a capacity to care for one another, to connect emotionally, to include others and to value one another. It is not easy, especially with the distractions of what we might find on our devices. BUT, it is important.


As we move through the season of Advent with shopping and parties and family events, consider how you might tend to one another more fully. Being present without devices may be one way. Being focused on your children or on your parents or grandparents fully for a period of time may be another. In moments of conversation, or quiet sitting together, problems can be solved, sympathy exchanged, weariness released, joy expressed. As we move toward Christmas we anticipate the coming of the Good Shepherd, the one who tends us without fail, without disappointment, without rancor. Let us rejoice in this gift. Let us share this grace by tending to one another with our conversations, with our love, with our peace. 


May this season be filled with grace, joy and peace for each of you.


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Candlelight Service2


Please join us for our Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve at 7:00 p.m.  The shopping is done, presents wrapped and now it's time to stop and focus on the true reason for the season.  Jesus Christ, who came to earth as a human child to forgive mankind for its sins, is why we gather on this holiest of nights.  Join us for a special service; and light candles symbolizing Jesus as the Light of the World.  We look forward to seeing you Christmas Eve!

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Annual Reports

2016 Annual Reports

With the end of the year comes the preparation of all ANNUAL REPORTS from committees, boards and organizations.  The deadline for the reports is Tuesday, January 3, 2017.  This in preparation of the January annual meeting.  Copies of the Annual Report will be available one week prior to the meeting.


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2017 Stewardship


Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  2 Corinthians 9: 7

The 2017 Stewardship Campaign is up and running!

A letter with pledge cards was mailed Tuesday, November 29, 2016. If you didn't receive a letter and pledge card, and you would like one, please call the church office/326-2643.

Please complete your pledge card and bring it to worship on December 11 when we will receive your intentions and dedicate them to the glory of God.

You will be enriched ine very way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgivingn to God.

2 Corinthians 9: 11

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Looking for a unique Christmas gift?

The church has commemorative glass tumblers, goblets and ornaments available. The glassware has an etched picture of the church and the ornament is a reproduction of the church building on porcelain. The cost for each is as follows: ornaments - $10.00, glass tumblers - $5.00 and goblets - $6.00. To acquire a piece of history, please call the church office at (716) 326-2643. If you are not local - arrangements can be made to have items(s) mailed. Thank you for your support!







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Mission/Outreach News....

Christma Joy Offering

Christmas Joy Offering

~ The Wondrous Gift is Given ~

"And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel."  Matthew 2: 6

The Christmas Joy Offering celebrates the coming of Jesus Christ, the "wondrous gift" of God with us.  Jesus arrived in a humble stable in small and insignificant Bethlehem, to lead and teach in truth and love, and bring about God's salvation to the world.  What a "wondrous gift" indeed!  This was a gift so profound that the only response was the bringing of more gifts; the Magi arrived with gold, frankincense and myrrh to honor the Christ child.

Devoted and caring leaders have led many of us in the way of Christ.  They have been church workers equipping us to respond to the grace we have known in Jesus Christ, and they have been God's gifts among us.  As we celebrate Christ's coming, and think of the profound impact these individuals have had on us, the Christmas Joy Offering provides a way for us to offer a gift in response.  Gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering will raise up leaders from small places that are too often overlooked by the church.  The historically Presbyterian racial ethnic schools were founded to educate emerging leaders from under-represented groups so leadership in the church would better reflect the diversity of God's people.

Half of the Christmas Joy Offering supports the continued ministry of educating and forming Christian leaders.  The other half of the Offering honors those leaders who serve and have served us well.  Through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, current and retired church workers who experience need because of tragedy, health concerns or financial hardship can receive assistance from the church they have served so well.

In gratitude to God for the wondrous gift of Jesus, please join in this celebration of God's presence with us by supporting those in need of help and hope.  

Envelopes for the Offering are available in the pew racks, or gifts can be mailed to the church office at 49 South Portage Street, Westfield, NY  14787, earmarked "Christmas Joy Offering."  Thank you for your gifts!


Angel TreeThe "Angels" were available for pick-up after the worship service on November 6 & 13.

By adopting an "Angel" you are making this season a bit brighter for many who would otherwise not have a Merry Christmas.  For those of you who adopted an "Angel" - remember we must have your gift by Sunday, December 11, for a special dedication.

Guidelines for your "Angel" gift:  Have your angels number taped securely to your gift(s).  Union Relief requests that all gifts be UNWRAPPED, gift boxes or bags are acceptable.


Operation Christmas Child - a project of Samaritan's Purse

~ The Power of  Simple Gift ~

Operation Xmas ChildA heartfelt thank you to those members and friends who filled a shoe box(es).   You have brought joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through your gift-filled shoe box(es).  A total of 14 shoe boxes was delivered to the collection center in North East, PA.  We will let you know when we are notified where our boxes were shipped.


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Harvest DinnerThe Presbyterian Women and the Mission Committee would like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time and talents to the 2016 Harvest Dinners.  The dinners would not been successful without your help!  The profit for the 2016 dinners was $4,472.92.


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cash for causes

the simple solution to community fundraising


As a church we are participating in TOPS Markets "Cash for Cuases" program.  WE have purchased TOPS "Cash for Causes" gift cards that are available to church members and friends.  You pay the cash value of the card and the church earns 5% on each card sold.  We all buy groceries!  There is no additional cost to you; you simply use the gift card.  Cards are available  in $25, $50 and $100 denominations.  Please call (326-2643) or stop in the church office to purchase a gift card. 

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The kitchen in the church is missing a large blue and white enamel roaster.  It was discovered missing after the Harvest Dinners at the end of October.  If it has been borrowed we would appreciate it being returned to the kitchen.  Thank you!

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Clerk's Pen(cil) II

 Following the call to order by Moderator Rev. Catherine Rieley-Goddard and devotions and prayer by Mike Ricketts, the Session took up the work of the church on Tuesday, November 17, 2016.


Actions taken at the meeting are summarized as follows:

~ Received the Treasurer's and Deacon Report for October

~ Removed Paul C. Odell and Prudent Putnam due to death

~ Approved the Letter of Transfer for Carol Webster to the First Presbyterian Church, Westfield

~ Accepted the Ministry Information Form with praise to the Pastor Nominating Committee for a job well done.

~ Accepted the lease agreement with Lake Shore Center for the Arts to lease three (3) rooms on the upper floor of the Christian Education Building.


Other Business...

~ Agreed to host the Presbytery of WNY branch meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.


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Celtic Vespers

Celtic Vespers service

Thursday, December 15, 2016

7:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Westfield will host a Celtic Vespers service in December.  This service is influenced by and based upon ancient Celtic worship as well as its modern survivals in worship communities much like the famous Iona Community in Scotland.  Celtic Vespers is a beautiful service of evening prayer and will feature responsorial Psalms, prayers from the Carmina Gadelica, music based on Celtic tunes and a recitation of The Lord's Prayer in Gaelic.  Please join First Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15 ~ and bring your family and friends!

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Christmas is Coming!

poinsettiaChristmas Poinsettias - Now is the time to remember your loved one by donating to the Flower Fund.  By giving a Christmas memorial, you will make possible the lovely display of poinsettias and the beautiful live wreaths on the outside doors as a gift to us and to the entire village.

If you would like to give a poinsettia as a Christmas memorial in honor of someone, or make a financial contribution for the decorations, please make your check payable to the First Presbyterian Church, earmarked poinsettia; and mail to the church office or place in the offering plate on Sunday.  Include who the memorial

is in memory of or in honor of and by whom the gift is given.  Each poinsettia is $11.00.

After our Christmas Eve service, the Deacons will distribute the poinsettias to our shut-ins.  Should you elect to take your donation to one of our members or otherwise, PLEASE let the office know your intentions so enough poinsettias can be ordered.

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Prayer Concerns

Prayer Concerns4A special prayer that you'll be blessed with tender care and needed rest, warm thoughts of friends that mean so much and most of all, God's healing touch.



Members of Our Congregation 

Kay Hall, Gwen Farver, Ruth Stacy, Doc and Dorothy Near, Betty Reid, Enid Beadle, Bev & Les Yeaney, Norma Vanderpool, Don Strobl, Ethel Scarpine, Tammy Rothwell and

Betty Wilson.


Family and Friends of our Congregation

Darrell Colgrove, Dee Jensen, Mary Grygier (Sister of Elaine Parker), Mike Strada (Brother of Elaine Parker), Jeff Greabell, the Pandolph/Peary Families (Friends of John Daily),  Lois Lindstrom (mother other Kathy Ricketts), Lexie Friedrich and Cathy Vilardo-Strobl.


Our Servicemen.

Capt. Christopher Kittle 

Chief Petty Officer, James "JD" Watkins (Grandson of Betty Reid)

SGT2 Arnold Soto (Grandson of Darla Augur)


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Celebrations of Eternal Life...


Our deepest sympathy as a congregation is extended to the families and friends upon the death of their loved ones:


Prudence Putnam ~ Friday, November 11, 2016 

Daniel Tinney ~ Saturday, November 12, 2016

(Son-in-Law of Betty Wilson)


Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all who have lost loved ones recently. 


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Income through October 31st:  $155,423.85

(2016 Pledges Paid to Date:  $63,473.00)

Expenses through October 31st:  $148,878.82

Investment Funds used through October 31st:  $30,625.00


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December BirthdaysBIRTHDAYS

 We all join in extending Greetings

and Best Wishes for a Happy Birthday.

May this day be Richly Blessed

With Peace and Joy and

Everything that makes for Happiness




Patty Robbins



Jake Freyn



Sylvia Brown

Wendy Dyment

Victoria Patchkofsky



Ashley Rosado



Rich Schroeder



Darla Augur

Kristen Monroe



Tyler Wright



Don Eno

Sally Merwin

Betty Wilson



Chris Trump



Holly Gollnitz

Erma Lloyd



Ann Deakin

Ethel Scarpine

Jim Scarpine



Chris Barton



Christian Deakin



Jerry Kittle

Sherry Mead



Walter Brown

Phil Young



Doc Near



December anniversaries


A special Anniversary Prayer...

That God's Eternal love

Will fill your heart this day

With joy and blessings from above


Diane & Jim Scarpine


Joan & Tom Lemke


Amy & Bob North



december calendar of events

Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 4

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

Sunday School

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Monday, December 5

6:00 p.m.

Deacon Christmas Dinner

~ Webb's ~

Wednesday, December 7

9:00 a.m.

Worship & Music Meeting

11:00 a.m.

Presbyterian Women

Thursday, December 8

5:00 p.m.

Session Meeting

Sunday, December 11

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

Sunday School

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Monday, December 12

7:00 p.m.

Mission/Outreach Meeting

Thursday, December 15

7:00 p.m.

Celtic Vespers Service

Sunday, December 18

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

Sunday School

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Wednesday, December 21

9:00 a.m.

Property & Finance


Friday, December 23

~ Church Office Closed ~

Saturday, December 24

7:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Sunday, Decmeber 25

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Monday, December 26

~ Church Office Closed ~

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Christmas is forever, not for

just one day, for loving, sharing,

giving, are not to put away

like bells and lights and tinsel,

in some box upon a shelf.

The good you do for others 

is good you do yourself...

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Joy