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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







Ronald L. Sumption

(319) 432-8650

Administrative Assistant

Polly M. Knopp



Brenda McCutcheon


Deacon of the Month

October 2017

Nancy Peters


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October Poem2

Flamboyant Autumn

~ By:  Joanna Fuchs ~

Autumn's picturesque arrival

Is a colorful array

Of red and gold and orange,

In flamboyant, rich display.

Autumn days are shorter;

The nights are getting cool;

Geese fly south in flocks,

As kids go back to school.

Winter still is dreaming 

Of snow and icicles,

As we put away our swimsuits,

Our boats and bicycles.


Wisps of smoke from chimneys

Tell of cozy, crackling fires;

Fall is being born,

As summer now retires.

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“Then the little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ When he placed his hands on them, he went on from there,” (Matthew 19:13-15, NIV).

Pastors message1


Dear Saints and Friends of the First Presbyterian Church        of Westfield,


This past weekend, I took a few vacation days. Judy and I camped at Letchworth State Park. On Sunday morning, we left the park and travelled to York United Presbyterian Church in York, New York to worship at the church where our daughter, Michelle, is the pastor.

On our way to the church, we passed the York Central School grounds in Greigsville, shortly before 10:00 am. There was a youth soccer tournament in progress. The parking lot was packed with cars. I would estimate there were over 200 people there.

I thought about the fact that most of the adults present at that soccer tournament were members – or at least affiliated in some way with congregations like ours.

I wondered how many of them would not be in Worship that morning. Then I thought about what we as leaders and members of this body of Christ are doing to address this Sunday morning exodus from our Worship and Sunday school classes.

That late, great “philosopher” Yogi Berra once said, “If the fans quit coming out to the stadium, you can’t stop them.”

In a recent article in Time magazine, it was noted that children’s sports activities, have become an industry that generates $1.5 billion in annual revenue, and that is projected to continue growing for the foreseeable future. That means that children’s sports activities, many of which are conducted on weekends, particularly Sunday mornings, are here to stay.

Are we going to get all those children, parents and grandparents who are at Sunday morning sports activities to suddenly stop participating in or attending such activities and come to church on Sunday mornings? I don’t think so. But I believe that if we are willing to be creative and flexible, we can at least paritally reverse the exodus of Worship attendees.

So what are we to do? Let’s begin by looking at the Bible passage above. In that passage, we see that parents had brought their children to Jesus for His blessing, but the disciples tried to discourage the parents from doing so, thinking that Jesus had better things to do than to take time to be with the children. In response to the disciples, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,” (Matthew 19:13-15, NIV).

In our own way, we may be acting like the disciples, who had good intentions, but were actually causing a hindrance to Jesus’ blessing of the children. We have our primary Worship and Sunday school times on Sunday mornings, and that is a good thing.

But, the reality is, people are going to be participating in non-church activities on Sunday mornings which conflict with our traditional times. That’s not likely to stop.

We can insist that they stop their non-church Sunday morning activities - which will fall on deaf ears.  Or we can be pro-active, and offer an alternative day and time – and perhaps even alternative type – of Worship and Sunday school, in addition to our traditional Sunday morning offerings. One possible opportunity would be to offer a more relaxed family-oriented Worship service on Monday evenings that begins with a simple meal which we would prepare, accompanied by a separate Bible-oriented activity time for younger children.

We also need to prayerfully consider ways to take church to others. One suggestion is to have a mobile classroom that could be parked near children’s sports activity sites, to offer Bible-oriented activities during the games for the young siblings of those participating in the sports activities.

Perhaps those who encourage non-church activities on Sunday mornings are acting counter to Jesus’ admonition to not hinder the children coming to him. It is not for us to judge others. Our part is to not be a hindrance ourselves through our own good intentions.

Our Bible passage above says that, “When [Jesus] placed his hands on them, he went on from there.” We are called to find ways to bring children to Jesus for his blessing, and go on from there.


Yours in Christ’s love and service,


Rev. Ron Sumption

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The Presbytery of Western New York will conduct a service of installation for    Ronald L. Sumption, as Pastor of our church on Sunday, October 22, 2017                     at 3:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


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Congratulations to Jamie Scarpine and Tim Johnson on the birth of their son, Connor Jack Johnson, born Sunday, September 10, 2017.  The proud grandparents are Jim and Diane Scarpine, great-grandparents are Phil and Linda Young, Ethel Scarpine and Louise Young.

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Sunday School Kick-off



Sunday School Kick-off


October 1, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Bring a friend or neighbor!

Specials and crafts each week in the month of October!

Sunday School Breakfast

October 1

"Finding God's Way"

Teachers:  Mrs. Scarpine & Mrs. Corbett

Don't eat breakfast we will be making pancakes!

October 8


"Serving God"

Teachers:  Mrs. Young & Mrs. Sciarrino

~ Story about the vineyards ~

Craft ~ Grape craft activity

Make invitation for October 15

October 15th

"Come to the Party"

Teachers:  Mrs. Tenamore & Mrs. Northrop

Grape juice & grape jelly ~ Special time of sharing with the

Adult Christian Education Class.

October 22nd

"Paul Gives Thanks"

Teachers:  Mrs. Scarpine & Mrs. Corbett

Craft ~ Shining Lights

Prize BasketOctober 29th

"The Greatest Commandment"

Teachers:  Mrs. Tenamore & Mrs. Sciarrino

Awarding of the Prize Basket

Craft Activity:  making mini banners

Each Month with good attendance you will have a chance to win a prize basket!

We invite parent(s) to stay during Sunday school, and enjoy refreshipments in Fellowship Hall or if your prefer attend the Adult Education class.


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Mission/Outreach News....

Peace Offering

Proclaim the Peace of Christ

Ephesians 2: 14 - 17

"So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near."

The letter to the Ephesians tells us that Jesus came to proclaim a peace that is universal.  While the earthly ministry of Jesus was in a specific age and place, the peace he shared is limited by neither time nor geography.  As followers of Christ, our call to witness/work for peace begins in our own neighborhoods and extends to the ends of the earth.  It is a demanding call, but it is one that Presbyterians at all levels of the church are seeking to follow.

The Peace & Global Witness Offering exists to support the holistic and wide-ranging witness of the whole church.

At the national level, this witness is done in direct support of those working to heal the divisions in violent contexts like South Sudan.  It means creating educational materials that equip congregations to deal with important issues, from disagreements to bullying to gun violence.  It means bringing leaders together who have made a profound witness for peace around the world and deploying them as a resource to congregations and leaders.  And it means speaking up for the vulnerable around the world through a seat at the United Nations table.  The Offering strengthens the collaboration of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations with the reconciliation work of global partners through World Mission.

Yet the Offering is as much about our congregation living out a commitment to peacemaking, proclaiming Christ's peace.  Twenty-five (25%) percent of the Offering remains with our congregation.  The Mission Committee will determine how best to use our gifts to support local peacemaking initiatives or community-based ministries.

The Peace & Global Witness Offering sustains a witness in many forms and at every level of the Presbyterian Church (USA), but all are bound together in Christ.  Together they are a living proclamation of the peace we know in Christ, who puts an end to hostilities and speaks peace to those near and far.

Please join us on October 1 as our church celebrates World Communion Sunday, and we commit to being instruments of the peace we find in Christ.  Please come ready to give generously to the Peace & Global Witness Offering.  Offering envelopes will be available in the pews or you can mail your donation to the church office earmarked "Peace & Global Witness Offering".

Westfield Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen2For the months of October and November, we will be collecting some much-needed items for the Community Kitchen.  The "Wish List" items are as follows:  small dessert paper plates, napkins, paper towels, individual sugar packets, salad dressings, decaf and regular coffee, dry soup mixes, Jello, puddings, powdered creamer, chicken broth, biscuit mix, cake mixes, aluminum foil (wide), Sweet n' Low and bleach.  The Community Kitchen greatly appreciates your help!


Buckhorn Children & Family Services has had a 115-year history of providing quality programs intended to improve the lives of at-risk children, youth and their families.


Buckhorn is now facing critical financial circumstances which threaten the continued of its existence, its history and mission to provide a sanctuary of health, healing and hope for at-risk children, youth and families.  This financial crisis is due in large part to the costs of caring for the children and youth in their care.  To help their financial crisis the Mission Committee has adopted two new fundraising projects to help raise money for Buckhorn. They are as follows:




"Dimes for Buckhorn"  In September we began filling two 2-liter bottles with dimes  each with results of approximately $400.  On Sundays, the bottles will be located at the entrances to the sanctuary; during the week, please bring them to the church office.  


Buck(s) for Buckorn Children & Family ServicesBuck for buckhorn

There are boxes labeled "Buck(s) for Buckhorn" at the entrances to sanctuary.  One dollar at a time we can help financially support  at-risk children at Buckhorn Children & Family Services.


"Everyone should give whatever they have decided in their heart.  They shouldn't give with hesitation or because of pressure.  God loves a cheerful giver."  2 Corinthians 9: 7 


Operation Christmas Child ~ a project of Samaritan's Purse:

"The Power of a Simple Gift"

Operation Xmas ChildSince 1993, millions of boys and girls in more than 140 nations have experienced God's love through your shoe box gifts, enabling local churches and ministry partners to share the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ ~ God's

greatest gift.


Operation Christmas Child is a life-changing outreach that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love.


We invite all members and/or friends to fill a shoe box.  A pamphlet with            information on how to pack your shoe box and suggested gifts will be available mid-October at the entrances to the sanctuary or the church office.  Please have your shoe box(es) returned on or before November 19 for a special dedication

during the worship  service. 


Chosen International Medical Assistance

ShoesChosen International Medical Assistance needs your shoes!  Everyone has shoes they are no longer wearing and don't know what to with, right?  Chosen International Medical  Assistance partners with funds  collect your used shoes. The shoes (including sneakers, boots, sandals, etc.) will be used to create and sustain micro-enterprise opportunities for low income entrepreneurs in developing nations. They  also will stay out of landfills, AND, the more shoes collected, the more money Chosen IMA receives to continue its ministries!  It's a Win, Win, Win!  You can drop off your shoes at the church office or drop in a box located at the Portage Street  entrance. Please rubber band each pair of shoes together.  Thank you!

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HabitatHabitat Day:   Lend-a-Hand


The Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian Ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing.  They are currently working at 35 Beckman Avenue, Westfield.  There is a job for everyone; no special skills required.  The work sessions are Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

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Donate Now 



The Church has a "Donate Now" button on its Website ~  To donate to our church and ministry, simply click on the donate tab located on the right hand side of the Website.  You will be directed to a secure Pay-Pal site to complete your donation.  The Church greatly appreciates any and all contributions.

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 cash for causes

the simple solution to community fundraising


As a church, we are participating in TOPS Markets "Cash for Causes" program from which we have purchased 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 for 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.

To date, we have profited $575.00

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hayrideThe Fellowship Committee will host a hayride on Friday, 

October 6, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday,

October 7, from 10:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.  The ride will begin at the home of Marilynne Northrop on Munson Road.  Children under the age of 12 are asked to be accompanied by an adult.  Everyone is welcome, so feel free to invite friends and neighbors!


Directions:  Travel west on Route 20 (Main Street) for one mile.  Turn left on Munson Road.  Travel 1.3 miles—Northrop home on the left.


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5K Run 


Saturday, October 28


Our Halloween 5K is sure to be a fun way for people of all ages to enjoy the Halloween season.  Check-in will start at 9:00 a.m. in the Parlor and   

run/walk/jog/bike beginning at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Church in Moore Park.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to wear their Halloween costume.  There will be a prize given for the best costume and best couples costume.  Post-race fun will include treats for all!  Pre-registration is $20.00 (by October 17) and will include a 5-K  t-shirt.  On the day of the event the fee is $25.00.  To pre-register please call the church office/326-2643.


Volunteers are needed for the 5K run/walk/job/bike  to  help with registration, waivers, encouragers, setting up, taking down.  To volunteer please call the church office/326-2643.


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Trunk or Treat


Trunk-or-Treat is a Halloween event sponsored by the cCurch where members and friends are invited to decorate their vehicle trunks for Halloween.  The best way to plan for decorating your trunk is to pick a theme, and perhaps you can dress up to match the theme as well.  The decorated cars will fill the parking lot Tuesday,  October 31, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. as the community kids enjoy trick-or-treating  before heading over to the parade.

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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, Lillian Saunders, Tammy Rothwell, Mark Robbins, Ann Wise.


Family and Friends of our Congregation

Darrell Colgrove,  Mary Grygier (Sister of Elaine Parker), Mike Strada (Brother of Elaine Parker) Abigail Jopek, The Pandolph/Peary Families (Friends of John Daily), Cathy Vilardo-Strobl, Shawn Canfield (Son-in-Law of Mike & Kathy Ricketts), Cindy Harper


Our Servicemen.

Capt. Christopher Kittle 

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


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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:



Lois Lindstrom ~ Friday, September 1, 2017

                               (Mother of Kathy Ricketts) 

Russell Poletto ~ Wednesday, September 13, 2017

(Brother of Kathy Ricketts)


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


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Income through August 31:    $69,404.25

(2017 Pledges Paid to Date:  $36,150.00 ~ 83%  of pledges paid)

Expenses through August 31:  $101,304.40

Investment Funds used through August 31st:  $29,700

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 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


Bev Carr

Irene Maxwell

Joanna Seminatore


Earl Saunders


Zachary Johnson

Madison Schroeder


Amy North


Janice Wilson


Jason Ellis


Rick McCutcheon


Bryan Kelley


Dona Hayes

Gerry Rogers

Evan Rudewicz


Paul Cleveland


Emma Bishop


Janet Reid


Diane Scarpine


Chester Machemer


Nate McCutcheon


Brooke Helman


Jay Northrop


Daryn Coon

Cheryl Ann Perkins


David Luder


A special Anniversary Prayer...

That God's Eternal love

Will fill your heart this day

With joy and blessings from above


Richard & Anneliza Barney


Bob & Wendy Dyment

Jim & Alberta Parker


Tracy & Linda Bennett


Doc & Dorothy Near


Warren & Gloria Colgrove



Calendar of Events4

Sunday, October 1

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Sunday School

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

~ Communion ~

Monday, October 2

7:00 p.m.

Mission/Outreach Meeting

Wednesday, October 4

9:00 a.m

Worship & Music Meeting

Friday, October 6

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.


5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Roast Turkey Harvest Dinner

Saturday, October 7

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Sunday, October 8

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Sunday School

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Educaiton

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Monday, October 9

Columbus Day

~ Church Office Closed ~

Friday, October 13

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Roast Pork Harvest Dinner

Sunday, October 15

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Sunday School

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Monday, October 16

5:00 p.m.

Session Meeting

7:00 p.m.

Deacon Meeting

Wednesday, October 18

9:00 a.m.

Property & Finance Meeting

Friday, October 20

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Baked Ham Harvest Dinner

Sunday, October 22

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Sunday School

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Famly Worship

12:00 Noon

Coffee Hour

~ Hosted by Deacon's ~

3:00 p.m.

Installation of Rev. Ronald L. Sumption

Friday, October 27

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Chicken & Biscuit Harvest Dinner

Saturday, October 28

10:00 a.m.

5K Walk-Run-Jog-Bike

Sunday, October 29

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Sunday School

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Educaiton

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Tuesday, October 31

4:30 - 6:00

Trunk or Treat

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"I love autumn

the one season

of the year

that God seemed to

have put there just

for the beauty of it."