The Chronicle




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First Presbyterian Church 

49 South Portage Street 

Westfield, New York  





 March 2019




Church Office Hours

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

Monday through Friday


Office:  (716) 326-2643

Fax:  (716) 793-6019







Administrative Assistant

Polly M. Knopp



Daniel E. Dibble


Deacon of the Month

March 2019

Nancy Smith

March Greeters

Trudy Gollnitz

Laura Shearer


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A Prayer for Lenten Grace

Loving God,

During the sacred season of Lent, bring me closer to you.

Prepare a place in my home and heart for silence and

solitude, so that I may re-discover the grace of a

prayer-full life.

Help me to fast from those things that threaten the 

well-being of body and soul and remind me of the

grace of simplicity.

Enlarge my heart so that I give to those in need and, in

so doing, re-discover the grace of gratitude and 


May this season be a grace-filled time to 

rekindle my love for and faith in you.


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liturgistMarch Pulpit Supplies

Please join us in March for family worship at 11:00 a.m. - the pulpit supplies are:

March 3

Rev. Wendy Heinz

Wendy graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1986 and was called by The First Presbyterian Church of Westfield New York as Stated Supply Pastor and then Interim Pastor for 16 months. The Westfield Church congregation was very understanding and forgiving of the first steps of a brand new pastor and she very much appreciated it! Wendy then became the Interim Pastor at The First Presbyterian Church in Edinboro, PA for 18 months. She was called as the Installed Pastor to The First Presbyterian Church in Dunkirk, NY and served for 15 years until retirement. She was called out of retirement to serve as transitional Head of Staff and one of a team of three transitional pastors at The First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown. She and her husband Charlie are now both retired much to the delight of their Goldendoodle, Pogo, who is even more spoiled than Bruce and Beth Archibald’s dog, Baxter! Charlie and Wendy also have two children and three grandchildren, who live in Reston, Virginia and Stockholm, Sweden.

March 10

Rev. Mary Lee Talbot

Mary Lee Talbot is a Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of Western New York. She is the moderator of the Wright Memorial Presbyterian Church on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation. She works for a non-profit, People Helping People International, that makes micro-loans in Rwanda. She is the vice-president of the Chautauqua Lake School Board. She lives in Chautauqua Institution and writes for The Chautauquan Daily covering the morning worship services.

March 17

Rev. Wendy Heinz

March 24

Rev. Mary Lee Talbot

March 31

Rev. Wendy Heinz

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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 the             

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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Daylight Saving time begins on March 10, 2019

Remember to spring ahead!  Set your clock ahead one hour

before retiring on Saturday, March 9, 2018. We don't want

you to be late for Church!

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Lake Shore Ctr for the Arts

Proudly brings you the Westfield performance of

Chautauqua Chamber Singers

"Centuries of Love Songs"

Rebecca Ryan, Director

Charles F. Johnson, Accompanist

With special guests to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Sue Tillotson and "The Bonnie Loch Fiddlers"

Saturday, March 16, 2019

First Presbyterian Church

~ sanctuary ~

Westfield, NY

4:00 p.m.

No Admission - Freewill Offering

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 Steinway piano

The Hands of the Master

~ Author Unknown ~

Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted an old friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked "NO ADMITTANCE." When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.


Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, "Don't quit." Keep playing." Then, leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child, and he added a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn't recall what else the great master played. Only the classic, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."


Perhaps that's the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren't always graceful flowing music. However, with the hand of the Master, our life's work can truly be beautiful. The next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You may hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, "Don't quit." "Keep playing." May you feel His arms around you and know that His hands are there, helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces. Remember, God doesn't seem to call the equipped, rather, He equips the 'called.' Life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than by the things you acquire.


“...equip you with every good thing to do his will, by developing in us what pleases him through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory forever and always. Amen. Hebrews 13: 21


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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


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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Mission/Outreach News....


Community Kitchen2Westfield Community Kitchen 

For the month of March we will be collecting some much-needed items for the Community Kitchen.  Their "Wish List" is as follows:  Coffee - Regular and Decaf, Tea, Powdered Coffee Creamer, Sugar, Napkins, Paper Towels, Paper Plates (dessert size), Paper Bowls (8 oz.), Foil (wide), Gallon Size Freezer Bags, Bleach, Dish Soap, Non-stick spray, White Vinegar, Salad dressings - Italian, Ranch, etc., Mayonnaise, Ketch-up, Relish, Garlic Salt, Onion Salt, Celery Salt, Dry Onion Soup, Beef and Chicken Broth, Parmesan Cheese, Cream of Mushroom soup, Cream of Celery soup, Jello -- need 6 boxes of each flavor, Sweet Potatoes, Diced Tomatoes and Fresh Potatoes.   The Community Kitchen greatly appreciates our help!

Medical BenevolenceMedical Benevolence - Haiti Nursing Student

The Mission Committee has begun 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.


Fundraising projects will be undertaken throughout 2019 in support of the nursing student. There are specially marked envelopes in the pews for donations or you can send your donation to the church earmarked "Haiti Nursing Student". Also Pill bottles have been distributed in which participants are asked to contribute coins for designated “medical activities”.  If you haven't picked up a pill bottle please contact the church or Marjory Fritz/326-4277.  MISSION IS THE HEART OF THE CHURCH SO LET’S KEEP THE HEART HEALTHY!


Soles Healing Souls ~ Chosen International Medical Assistance


"A Christ ministry dedicated to improving the quality of life to all God's people

for His glory."

I know that many of you reading this article like to go barefoot when possible,

but can you imagine that being your only option?  In many places, that is the reality.  Chosen IMA continues to partner with Funds2orgs to make shoes available

to people in areas that have never had this perceived necessity.  Chosen IMA

collects the shoes, and Funds2orgs processes and distributes them to entrepreneurs around the world who have received training on how to run a business.  All shoes collected are used or re-purposed, and stay out of landfills.  Did you know that it is estimated that 300 million pairs of shoes end up in landfills each year? Chosen IMA

also receives 40 cents per pound of shoes, and they are able to invest that back into the ministry and make a greater impact in Erie, PA and around the world.   Our church will continue to collect used shoes, boots, sandals, etc. for Chosen IMA.

The container to deposit your shoes, is located at the Portage Street entrance to the church.

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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 Marie Edwards  the Session took up the work of the church on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.


Actions taken at the meeting are summarized as follows:

~ Received the Treasurer and Deacon Reports

~ Approved the use of the sanctuary by Lake Shore Center for the Arts for a community concert on Saturday, March 16 at 4 p.m.

~  Approved the use of the Sanctuary and Parlor for the wedding of Katie O'Neal and Mike Stratton on July 6, 2019

~ Approved the use of Fellowship Hall and the Kitchen by the Westfield Hospital Auxiliary for Monday, March 11 for  community dinner.


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prayer concernsPrayer Concerns

A 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 

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


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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Celebrations of Eternal Life...

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

Paul H. Farver ~ Sunday, January 20, 2019

Kay N. Hall ~ Sunday, February 17, 2019

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

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The Cookies

Imagine you are at an Airport. While you’re waiting for your flight, you notice a kiosk selling cookies. You buy a box, put them in your traveling bag and then you patiently search for an available seat so you can sit down and enjoy your cookies. Finally, you find a seat next to a gentleman.


You reach down into your traveling bag and pull out your box of cookies.As you do so, you notice that the gentleman starts watching you intensely. He stares as you open the box and his eyes follow your hand as you pick up the cookie and bring it to your mouth. Just then he reaches over and takes one of your cookies from the box, and eats it! You’re more than a little surprised at this. Actually, you‘re at a loss for words. Not only does he take one cookie, but also he alternates with you. For every one cookie you take, he takes one.


Now, what’s your immediate impression of this guy? Crazy? Greedy? He’s got some nerve? Can you imagine the words you might use to describe this man to your associates back at the office? Meanwhile, you both continue eating the cookies until there’s just one left. To your surprise, the man reaches
over and takes it. But then he does something unexpected. He breaks it in half, and gives half to you. After he’s finished with his half he gets up, and without a word, he leaves.


You think to yourself, “Did this really happen?” You’re left sitting there dumbfounded and still hungry. So you go back to the kiosk and buy another box of cookies. You then return to your seat and begin opening your new box of cookies when you glance down into your traveling bag.


Sitting there in your bag is your original box of cookies – still unopened. Only then do you realize that when you reached for your own cookies earlier, you had reached into the other man’s bag, and grabbed his box of cookies by mistake. Now what do you think of that man? Generous? Tolerant?


You’ve just experienced a profound paradigm shift. You’re seeing things from a new point of view. Is it time to change your point of view?


Many a times, we are clouded by our own instincts and predispositions.
These hamper our relationship with our peers, subordinates and superiors.
It helps to be non-judgmental and look beyond the obvious.

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Income through January 31:  $9,712.59

(2019 Pledges Paid to Date:  $6,167.00)

Expenses through January 31:  $9,305.82

Investment Funds used through January 31:  $0.00


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take time

TAKE TIME TO THINK:   It is a source of power.


TAKE TIME TO PLAY:   It is the secret of perpetual youth.


TAKE TIME TO READ:   It is the fountain of wisdom.


TAKE TIME TO PRAY:   It is the greatest power on earth.


TAKE TIME TO BE LOVED & TO LOVE:   It is a God-given privilege.


TAKE TIME TO BE FRIENDLY:   It is the road to happiness.


TAKE TIME TO LAUGH:   It is the music of the soul.


TAKE TIME TO GIVE:   It is too short a day to be selfish.


TAKE TIME TO WORK:   It is the price of success.


TAKE TIME TO DO CHARITY:   It is the key to Heaven.


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birthdays of the monthBIRTHDAYS

 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

March 12

Andy Fochtman

Drew Norton

March 15

Ashlin Helman

Camden Rogers

March 16

Ann Weidman

March 17

Daxon Perkins

March 19

Bobby Udell

March 20

Scott Rogers

March 21

Jim Deakin

Linda Kelley

Felicia Lawson

March 22

Harry Barton

Lynnell Ellis

Bob Wilmarth

March 25

Carol Webster

Lisa Young

March 27

Marilynne Northrop

March 28

Mary Jo Gollnitz

March 30

Giana Long

Jaime Long


Calendar of Events4

March 3

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nuruture - Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

~ Communion ~

12:00 Noon

Special Congregational Meeting

March 9

2:00 p.m.

The Family of Bev Yeaney will recieve friends in the Parlor

3:00 p.m.

Memorial Service for Beverly Yeaney

Sunday, March 10

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Monday, March 11

5:00 p.m. ~ 6:00 p.m.

Westfield Hospital Auxiliary Dinner

Saturday, March 16

Lake Shore Center of the Arts Community Concert

"Chautauqua Chamber Singers"

~ in the Sanctuary ~

Sunday, March 17

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

~ Ordination/Installation of Church Officers ~

Monday, March 18

7:00 p.m.

Deacon Meetings

Tuesday, March 19

Session Meeting

Wednesday, March 20

9:00 a.m.

Property & Finance Meeting

Thursday, March 21

Presbyterian Women's Board Meeting

~ Church Parlor ~

Sunday, March 21

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

12:00 Noon

Coffee Hour

~ Hosted by the Deacon's ~

Sunday, March 31

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

11:00 a.m. 

Family Worship

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makes you believe

everything has to happen 

right now.


reassures you that everything will happen

in God's timing.