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First Presbyterian Church 

49 South Portage Street 

Westfield, New York  






April 2017



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

April 2018

Trudy Gollnitz


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Easter Joy

~ by Joanna Fuchs ~ 

Jesus came to earth,
To show us how to live,
How to put others first,
How to love and how to give.


Then He set about His work,
That God sent Him to do;
He took our punishment on Himself;
He made us clean and new.


He could have saved Himself,
Calling angels from above,
But He chose to pay our price for sin;
He paid it out of love.


Our Lord died on Good Friday,
But the cross did not destroy
His resurrection on Easter morn
That fills our hearts with joy.


Now we know our earthly death,
Like His, is just a rest.
We'll be forever with Him
In heaven, where life is best.


So we live our lives for Jesus,
Think of Him in all we do.
Thank you Savior; Thank you Lord.
Help us love like you!


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“ ’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ” (Jeremiah 29:11, TNIV)


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

Last week we concluded a six-week Leadership Training session attended by eleven Session members and Deacons. Our study was based on a book by Paul Nixon called: I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church. This short book is a six-part manifesto about ministry in the mainline protestant context in the twenty-first century, written for church leaders, lay and clergy.

The premise of the book is that God intends every servant of the Resurrected Christ to be a servant of life. God has called leaders, lay and clergy together, to lead healthy, growing spiritual movements. It is the author’s belief that God invites every church in every sort of community setting to thrive! It is the author’s contention that any church can blossom and grow anywhere if it will become healthy enough spiritually and pay attention to the needs, experiences and sensibilities of those it seeks to serve.

The author, Paul Nixon, notes that most protestant denominations and congregations are preoccupied with a wide-ranging variety of holy tasks, such as issues of social witness, creating affordable housing, or just working conditions for the poor. These and the many other issues we are concerned about are holy issues, but if we are not creating more disciples to follow Jesus and serve humanity in these respects, our efforts will dry up in coming years. If we can’t reproduce disciples, we will dry up.

Nixon goes on to delineate characteristics that growing churches have in common, one of which is that most growing churches believe in evangelism – at least to the degree that they want new people in their ranks. The book presents six choices that need to be made by congregations that want to thrive, choices that can transform our congregation’s members, our church leaders, our church and the community we serve.

In the days ahead, I will share more with you, “unpacking” the information we have absorbed and some initial actions we hope to implement to help us at First Presbyterian Church of Westfield claim and live into God’s promise found in Jeremiah: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,’” (Jeremiah 29:11, TNIV).


Yours in Christ’s love and service,

Rev. Ron Sumption


P.S. It is very important that as many of our members as possible are involved in

planning for, and participating in, efforts to help our congregation thrive.

The leadership training mentioned above will be offered again in the near future.

Please prayerfully consider participating, then contact either Polly or me in the

church office.


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Thank YourThank you, every one!


WOW! Did you see all those people down stairs after the Sunday (3/25) church service? Awesome; absolutely awesome! And, when I got home, I opened a few cards, one of which really hit me. The front page, by Helen Keller, was (and still is):


The BEST and most BEAUTIFUL things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, but must be felt with the HEART – inside: My heart is thankful for you! That’s what you all said on the inside. I’m sure you don’t mind if I copy that and use it to thank you all for the most breathtaking, friendly surprise!


I’ll be thinking of you often and all that you do for those in need; for those who contribute their time to keep First Presbyterian alive; for those who also have a sense of humor and more.

As I now go to another place to add to the many churches I’ve learned from, {Westfield has been the longest- 47years} a friend told me there is a Presbyterian Church a hop, skip and jump from where I’ll be living. Guess where I’ll be Sunday mornings!!!

Although I leave with a few tears, I look forward to a new experience, a new kind of living, new everything. However, I’ll never forget all of you. May God be with you always,



P.S. Thank you so much for the beautiful painting of the church. I will treasure it forever.

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Class of 2018 

Hank Lynn

Jane McMaster

Diane Scarpine

Class of 2019

John Daily

Will Northrop

Mike Ricketts

Class of 2020

Marion Eno

Bob Rau

Jamie Scarpine



Class of 2018


Trudy Gollnitz

Sherry Mead

Barb Sanders

Class 0f 2019

Carolyn Bills

Dean Mead

Pat Sciarrino

Judy Sumption

Class of 2020

Sharon Humphrey

Elaine Parker

Mark Smith

Nancy Smith

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Mission/Outreach News....

 One Great Hour of Sharing

"You shall be called repairers of the breach"  Isaiah 58


Sharing God's love with our neighbors in-need around the world by providing relief from natural disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed.



  Jesus' ministry was among those who were most vulnerable.  He preached good news to the poor and release to the captives.  One Great Hour of Sharing helps us share this same good news to those same vulnerable people in our world today:  those who are hungry, who are suffering from disaster, who are dealing with oppression in society.

  While we trust our OGHS programs to respond to the needs of our poorest and hungriest neighbors, those programs can only do so to the extent of our generosity.  We ask you to consider giving to the OGHS offering - you'll see how giving opens your heart to God's work in your own life.  So we hope that you will join us on Easter, April 1, and that you'll join Christians all across the country in opening their heart to witness tangibly to the abundant love of God through One Great Hour of Sharing.

 Envelopes for the offering will be available in the pew racks or you can mail your gift to the church office earmarked, "2018 OGHS"  Please give generously!


Personal Care Items

Personal Care ItemsApril is our month to collect Personal Care items for the Westfield Food Pantry. Items needed:  Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, denture care products, men's shaving items, women's personal care items, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap and hand lotion.  Please try to contribute some of these needed items for those less fortunate.  Items can be placed in the shopping cart at the entrance to the church or in the church office. The pantry greatly appreciates our help!



BuckhornBuckhorn 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 existence of Buckhorn, its history and mission to provide a sanctuary of healht, 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 fundraising projects to help raise fund for Buckhorn.



"Dimes for Buckhorn."  In September 2017 we began filling three 2 liter bottles with dimes.  Each 2 liter bottle results in approximately $400.  The bottles are located at the entrances to the sanctuary or you can bring them to the church office.

 Buck(s) for Buckorn Children & Family Services:  There will be boxes  labeled "Buck(s) for Buckhorn" at the  entrances to the sanctuary.  

One dollar at a time we can help financially support at-risk children at

Buckhorn  Children & Family Services

 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 funds2org to 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 will also 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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Please prayerfully consider what is happening in our church, then address the following questions:


What one new idea would you like to see implemented in our church?

What role are you willing to take to see that new idea implemented in our church?

Also, to help improve communication, please provide your preferred email address.


Please mail or email ( your responses to the church office.  All responses will be given to Session and kept confidential.


Thank your for your help!

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save the date 2


April 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. the Presbyterian Women's Association will hold a workshop on Human Trafficking. Presented by Jessica McKeever, Chautauqua County Safe Harbor Coordinator and Community Educator from YWCA of Jamestown. Learn more about this global emergency that is reaching the lives of people in the Southern Tier.


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Thank you 2


February 2018




















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Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity:Habitat is currently renovating a home at 35 Beckman Avenue, Westfield.

To volunteer – the work sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday. No special skills are needed.If you would like to provide refreshments for the Habitat Volunteers please contact Debbie Caruso at Hurblut Church, 347-4045.  Refreshments

are needed for Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

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cash for causes 

the simple solution to community fundraising


As a church we continue to participate in TOPS Markets "Cash for Causes" program.  We have available to members and friends TOPS "Cash for Causes" gift cards.  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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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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Fresh FlowersNothing quite like REAL flowers! In 2018 we will continue the effort to have fresh flowers in Church every Sunday. The Church Sanctuary is a living place and a place to experience all that God has created. Flower donation are made directly to the church. A donation of $25.00 will cover the cost for one week. If you request “Special” flowers, i.e. Roses, you will be notified of the additional cost so a donation can be made to cover the overage. Flower request forms are available on the table where bulletins are found or you can call the church office at 326-2643. Please complete and put in the offering plate.

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The Grocery List

~ Author Unknown ~ 

Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food. John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. Visualizing the family needs, she said: Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can." John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store.


Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, "Do you have a grocery list?" Louise replied, "Yes sir" "O.K." he said, "put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries." Louise, hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.


The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down. The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, "I can't believe it." The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more. The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement.


It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer which said: "Dear Lord, you know my Needs and I am leaving this in your hands". The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence. Louise thanked him and left the store. The customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said, "It was worth every penny of it."


Only God Knows how much a prayer weighs.


So many of us do not take advantage of the power God has given us. A prayer!


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Prayer Concerns

prayer concernsA 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, Doc and Dorothy Near, Betty Reid, Enid Beadle, Bev & Les Yeaney, Norma Vanderpool, Gloria Wakeley, Lillian Saunders,  Mark Robbins Barb Lynn, 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, Abigail Jopek, Walter Brown, Cody Crandall & Cindy Harper.


Our Servicemen

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:

Ruth C. Stacy ~ Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ethel J. Scarpine ~ Monday, February 19, 2018

Tammy L. Rothwell ~ Saturday, March 17, 2018


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


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Income through February 28:  $22,952.366

(2018 Pledges Paid to Date:  $14,942.00 )

Expenses through February 28:  $26,844.41

Investment Funds used through February 28:  $2,500.00


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April BirthaysBIRTHDAYS

 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

April 1

Anneliza Barney

April 2

Linda Bennett

Bethany Ellis

April 3

Steve Stratton

Gloria Wakley

April 5

Kay Hall

April 6

Sam McMaster

April 7

Walter Parker

April 8

Brian Fochtman

Lisa Fochtman

Derek Gregory

Steve Morse

April 9

Catherine Barton


April 10

Rachael Coon

Erin Guest

April 10

Corry Robbins

April 15

Jani Barney

Jenell Long

April 16

Jeff Guest

April 18

Amanda Esperson

April 19

John Daily

Bonnie Wysard

April 21

Barb Sanders

April 22

Leslie McTavish

April 23

Martha Bills

Bill Bills

Gail Locke

April 24

Laura Bohall

Nancy Smith

April 26

Judy Sumption

April 27

Gregory Wilson

April 28

Jonathan Wilson

April 30

Betty Felton

Regan Helman

Peter Kunow



April anniversariesANNIVERSARIES

A special Anniversary Prayer...

That God's Eternal love

Will fill your heart this day

With joy and blessings from above

April 5

Les & Beverly Yeaney

April 8

David & Jodi Wilson

April 15

Jeff & Mindi Guest

April 20

Mark & Patty Robbins

April 28

Bryan & Stella Kelley



Calendar of Events3

Sunday, April 1

~ Easter ~

10:00 a.m.

Sunday School

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

Choir Rehearsal

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

~ Baptism ~

12:00 Noon

Special Coffee

Monday, April 2

7:00 p.m.

Mission/Outreach Meeting

Tuesday, April 3

5:30 p.m.

Worship & Music Meeting

Sunday, April 8

10:00 a.m.

Sunday School

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

Choir Rehearsal

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Sunday, April 15

10:00 a.m.

Sunday School

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

Choir Rehearsal

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Monday, April 16

5:00 pm.

Session Meeting

7:00 p.m.

Deacon Meeting

Wednesday, April 18

9:00 a.m.

Property & Finance Meeting

Thursday, April 19

7:00 p.m.

Presbyterian Women's Meeting

Sunday, April 22

10:00 a.m.

Sunday School

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

Choir Reherasal

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Sunday, April 29

10:00 a.m.

Sunday School

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

Choir Rehearsal

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

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The Jelly Bean Prayer for Easter


Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright.
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made.
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for His hour of sorrow.
Pink is for a new tomorrow.


A handful of jelly beans,
Colourful and sweet,
Is a prayer, a promise,
A loved one's treat!
Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Jelly beans