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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








Administrative Assistant

Polly M. Knopp



Daniel E. Dibble


Deacon of the Month

February 2019

Pat Sciarrino


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February 2019 Poem

A Perfect Christian

~ By Joanna Fuchs ~

You could count on a perfect Christian
To always be gentle and humble,
To be immune to sin,
And never, ever stumble.

He’d study and remember
All of God’s commands;
He’d be trustworthy, moral and honest;
You’d know just where he stands.

With others, she’d be in harmony;
She’d never lose her cool;
Forgiving and forgetting,
Following the Golden Rule.

He’d surrender his life to God,
Full of joy and peace,
Free of stress and worry…
Perfect, pure release.

She’d lift up everyone,
Full of sweet compassion,
Free of worldly wants,
Ignoring worldly fashion.

But we can’t ever be perfect,
So we always need to pray
For the strength to do our best
To love God and obey.

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February Pulpit Supply

Please join us in February for family worship - the the pulpit supplies are:

February 3

Rev. Bruce Archibald

Bruce retired from the First Presbyterian Church in Glendale, OH in 2004. Bruce and his wife, Beth, moved to Chautauqua in 2010. They have 2 children, 5 grandchildren and one spoiled dog. Beth is an Elder at the First Presbyterian in Jamestown, and Bruce has led worship services in several churches in our presbytery and served as co-transitional pastor for the Jamestown Church. He is active in the Presbyterian

Association in Chautauqua.

February 10

John Daily, Elder

February 17

John Daily, Elder

February 24

Marie Edwards, Elder

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For 2019 we will have fresh flowers on Sundays when a request is made by members and friends of the

congregation. We are returning to artificial flower

arrangements for Sundays we do not have a request.


We encourage members and friends to give fresh flower arrangements in memory of loved ones, or in honor

or appreciation for a special person throughout the year. Please call the church office/326-2643 or email at to reserve a special date.

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Mission/Outreach News....


The Mission Committee wishes to thank all who supported the Bucks and Dimes for Buckhorn project. These funds are being used to support the Nehemiah Project at Buckhorn Children’s Foundation. The focus of this three year project is the renovation of the cottages that house the children including new roofs, bathrooms and upgrades to interior walls and floors. Our contributions are greatly appreciated.


We encourage everyone to join us at SOUPER BOWL SUNDAE on February 3rd. You will be able to enjoy a delicious lunch and then hear a presentation about our next Mission project “ Train a Nurse”. Patrick Coughlin, our representative from Medical Benevolence Foundation will be present to help us kick off this mission effort.




Pennies for HungerPennies for Hunger

Our church will again receive the "Pennies for Hunger" offering the last Sunday of every month in 2019.  During the month, have a jar or basket on your kitchen or dining room table.  Each member of the family may put in two cents for each meal. Then bring all the pennies the last Sunday of the month.  If everyone does this, you will be amazed at how much we can raise to help feed the hungry.  This would amount to about $1.80 per person each month.  Multiply that by 50 and we could raise at least $90 during that time, or more than $1,000 per year.


Souper Bowl Luncheon"Souper Bowl Sundae" Luncheon 

The Mission Committee invites you to its annual "Souper Bowl Sundae" get-together after church on Sunday, February 3.  Come and join your friends for a bowl of homemade soup, salad, bread and make-your-own Ice Cream Sundae for dessert.  Coffee, tea and juice will be provided.  A suggested donation of $10.00 is requested. Proceeds will benefit the Haitian Nurse Scholarship.  In addition to your monetary donation please bring a can of soup(s) which will be given to the Westfield Food Pantry.  There will be NO charge for children and/or students.  Please call the church office if you plan to attend.

Community Kitchen2Westfield Community Kitchen 

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


Chosen International Medical Assistance 

Chosen 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!



On Sunday February 3rd, the Mission Committee will begin a campaign to raise funds for a scholarship to support the education of a nursing student in Haiti. This program is under the auspicious of the Medical Benevolence Foundation whose representative Patrick Coughlin will speak at the “Souper Bowl Sundae” luncheon after church.


All proceeds from the luncheon will go to this fund. In addition other fundraising projects will be undertaken throughout 2019. Among these will be specially marked envelopes in the pews for donations. Pill bottles will be distributed in which participants will be asked to contribute coins for designated “medical activities” and the Yard Sale proceeds during Arts & Crafts week-end will be designated for the scholarship.


The Committee thanks Session for including $1500 in the budget towards the $4500 scholarship cost. And asks for your prayers and support as the funds are generated to make this scholarship a reality.


Haitian Nursing Student 

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"Faith Really Can Move A Mountain!" 

~ Author Unknown ~

A small congregation in the foothills of the Great Smokies built a new sanctuary on a piece of land willed to them by a church member.

Ten days before the new church was to open, the local building inspector informed the pastor that the parking lot was inadequate for the size of the building. Until the church doubled the size of the parking lot, they would not be able to use the new sanctuary.


Unfortunately, the church with its undersized parking lot had used every inch of their land except for the mountain against which it had been built. In order to build more parking spaces, they would have to move the mountain out of the back yard.


Undaunted, the pastor announced the next Sunday morning that he would meet that evening with all members who had "mountain-moving faith".


They would hold a prayer session asking God to remove the mountain from the back yard and to somehow provide enough money to have it paved and painted before the scheduled opening dedication service the following week.


At the appointed time, 24 of the congregation's 300 members assembled for prayer. They prayed for nearly three hours. At ten o'clock the pastor said the final "Amen".


"We'll open next Sunday as scheduled," he assured everyone. "God has never let us down before, and I believe He will be faithful this time too." 


The next morning as he was working in his study there came a loud knock at his door. When he called "come in", a rough looking construction foreman appeared, removing his hard hat as he entered.

"Excuse me, Reverend. I'm from Acme Construction Company over in the next county. We're building a huge new shopping mall over there and we need some fill dirt. Would you be willing to sell us a chunk of that mountain behind the church?


We'll pay you for the dirt we remove and pave all the exposed area free of charge, if we can have it right away. We can't do anything else until we get the dirt in and allow it to settle properly."


The little church was dedicated the next Sunday as originally planned and there were far more members with "mountain-moving faith" on opening Sunday than there had been the previous week!

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Clerk's Pen(cil) II

 Following the call to order by Moderator Rev. Cynthia Wicker-Lundquist and devotions and prayer by Mike Ricketts the Session took up the work of the church on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.


Actions taken at the meeting are summarized as follows:

~ Received the treasurer's report

~ Approved to amend the $2019 Budget:  adding a line item for Mission/Haitian Nursing Student for$1,500 and to deduct $1,500 from the Pastoral Salary. This will not affect the expenses for the budget.

~ Approved the 2018 Annual Statistical Report to the General Assembly - Membership Statistics, MIscellaneous Information, Racial Ethnic & Disabilities and Financial.


Other Business...

~ The YWCA has notified the church that the Daycare/Pre-school will be closing on

June 30, 2019

~ The Personnel Committee conducted an exit interview with Rev. Ronald Sumption prior to his retirement date of December 31, 2018.


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 cash for causes

the simple solution to community fundraising


As a church we continue to participating in TOPS Markets "Cash for Causes"     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 $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 

'Donate Now' button


The church has a "Donate Now" button on our 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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Per CapitaThe PER CAPITA is an amount of money assessed each    member of the local church for the administrative costs of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church  the Synod of the Northeast, and the Presbytery of WNY.  The church pays approximately $31.00 per each active member of the congregation for the Per Capita.


Any contribution to help defray the cost of the Per Capita expense would be appreciated.  Please make your check payable

to First Presbyterian Church, earmarked "Per Capita ~ Ecclesiastical Apportionment" and mail to the church office or place in the offering plate on Sunday mornings.

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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, Dorothy Near, Betty Reid, Lillian Saunders,  Mark Robbins, Barb Lynn, Ople Gollnitz, Sharon Bane,


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), 

Dave Schutter (Brother of Carolyn Bills)


Our Servicemen

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

Lt. Victgor Gutirrez, U.S. Army Rangers (Grandson of Jack Beckman) 


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SympathyCelebrations of Eternal Life...


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


Beverly Yeaney ~ Sunday, January 27, 2019


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


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Income through December 31:  $119,797.56

(2018 Pledges Paid to Date:  $51,911.00)

Expenses through December 31:  $172,750.55

Investment Funds used through December 31:  $54,700.00


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Attitude is Everything

By Francie Baltazar-Schwartz


Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say.  When someone would ask him how he was

doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!" He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. 


The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.


Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?" 


Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood. 


I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life." 


"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested. "Yes it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations.  You choose how people will affect your mood.  You choose

 to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life." 


I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business.  We los touch, but often thought about him when I made a choice 

about life instead of reacting to it. 


Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business:  he left the back door open one morning and was held up at

gun point by three armed robbers. 


While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. 


After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body. I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?" 


I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. "The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices:  I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live." 


"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked. Jerry continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. 


I read, 'He's a dead man.' I knew I needed to take action." "What did you do?" I asked. "Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything." "Yes," I replied. 


The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, "Bullets!" 


Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead." 


Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. 


Attitude, after all, is everything.

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February birthdaysFEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

 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


Mae Machemer


Bill Bills

Ralph Bohall

Tim Truitt



Larry McGuinn

Brenda Steele



Dean Mead



Jennifer Barber-Banschback



Dean Gollnitz



Ryan Norton

Cole Tenamore

Montana Truitt



Mindi Guest

Al Hall



Carolyn Bills



Barry Wright



Peter Bills

Mary Beth Boyle

Ople Gollnitz

Erica Sanderson



Gini Gollnitz



Jeremy Riedesel


A special Anniversary Prayer...

That God's Eternal love

Will fill your heart this day

With joy and blessings from above


Cindy & Doug Norton



Bonnie & John Wysard



Trudy & Wade Gollnitz



Calendar of Events4


 Sunday, February 3

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture - Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

12:00 Noon

"Souper Bowl Sundae" Luncheon

Monday, February 4

7:00 p.m.

Mission/Outreach Meeting

Sunday, February 10

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehersal

Christian Nurture - Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Sunday, February 17

10:00 a.m. 

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture - Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Monday, February 18

Presidents' Day

Church Office Closed

7:00 p.m

Deacon Meeting

Tuesday, February 19

7:00 p.m.

Session Meeting

Thursday, February 21

7:00 p.m.

Presbyterian Women's Board & Planning Meeting

Sunday, February 24

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture - Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

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