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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







Administrative Assistant

Polly M. Knopp



Daniel E. Dibble


Deacon of the Month

APRIL 2019

Dean Mead

April Greeters
Sharon Humphrey

Bob Rau


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Easter is God's promise,

which His Son came to fulfill,

A promise of eternal life

for all who seek His will --

Season of the budding trees,

the lily in its glory,

The greening hills, the daffodils,

the holy Easter story.

Easter is the joy of spring,

God's gift and triumph, too,

Reminding us of Jesus' love

in which we're born anew.


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April Pulpit Supplies

Please join us in April for Family Worship at 11:00 a.m. - the pulpit supplies are:


April 7

John Daily, Elder


April 14

James Sanford - Layperson

Jim is a Certified Lay Preacher. He believes that worship is a time not so much for learning, but a sacred moment dedicated to joyful sharing: the sharing of God’s love for us as expressed in His Son our Lord; a time for sharing and showing

 our love and respect for each other, in action and prayer; it is the sharing of one brief hour in a week to praise and thank our Lord and King for all His blessings. When a congregation invites him to preach, they give him the privilege of sharing his ever maturing faith in an unchanging God of love and grace. Jim is retired from Sears Roebuck where he worked for about forty years; he is an active member Brighton Volunteer Fire Co. and is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan having been a season ticket holder for over fifty years. He loves golf and plays three times a week in good weather but his scores never seem to improve. His home church is Faith United Presbyterian Church in Kenmore.


April 21

Elder John Daily—Preaching

Rev. Dr. Arthur Webster—Communion


April 28

Patricia Townsend - Layperson

Pat is a lay preacher trained in the Presbytery’s Lay Academy. She served as pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church for three and a half years and as Executive Director of Journey’s End Refugee Services in Buffalo for four years, but most of her career has been spent doing research, writing, and teaching as a medical and environmental anthropologist in Papua New Guinea and the United States. Her University of Michigan doctorate is in cultural anthropology.  She and her husband Bill, a civil

engineer, in their retirement, are active volunteers with a coloition working

on nuclear issues at the West Valley Demonstration Project and with their

congregation, North Presbyterian in Williamsville. They have one daughter, Alison, and a 13-year-old granddaughter, Elizabeth.


As a high school student, Pat read the book of Revelation straight through at one sitting and was blown away by its vision of the majesty of God. She is looking forward to revisiting that experience with us, these many decades, later in a stretch of time when Revelation appears in the Revised Common Lectionary

during Eastertide.

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Way of the CrossGood Friday Gathering

Friday, April 19, 2019


The Westfield Ministerial Association again will sponsor a gathering at Noon on Good Friday,

April 19, 2019.  The annual gathering has been a common way of participating in the passion and suffering of Jesus Christ as  a Good Friday service of remembrance. A walking journey with various stops reminds participants of different moments of Christ's passion journey and encourages reflection and contemplation. 


The gathering will begin at 12:00 Noon on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.  People are asked to gather at the Moore Park Gazebo for opening devotions and the First Station and then to St. Peter's Episcopal Church for the Third Station.  There will be two options at St. Peter's.  Those who have difficulty walking may choose to remain at St. Peter's for the remainder of the Stations.  Those who are able may choose to continue

the walk.


People are free to join the gathering and leave at any point.  In the case of inclement weather, the entire gather will be held at St. Peters' Episcopal Church.  The churches of Westfield invite and welcome all interested people to journey the Way of the Cross with them.


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LiliesEaster Lilies

The Worship & Music Committee of the Session of the church is now accepting donations given as Easter memorials of your loved ones.  The contributions make possible the palms on Palm Sunday and the beautiful display of Easter lilies which so enhance

our worship service on Easter.  As we rejoice at the news of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it is a most fitting tribute that we remember those whom we  love who have gone to share in his great Kingdom.  The price per lily this year is   $11.00.  If you would like to give an Easter Lily as an Easter Memorial or Honorarium please call the church office/326-2643.  After the Easter service the lilies are distributed by the Deacons to the ill and shut-ins.  Should you elect to take your donation to one of our members or otherwise, it is important to let us know your intentions so enough  lilies can be ordered.


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Income through February 28, 2019: $17,199.67

(2018 Pledges Paid to Date:  $10,512.00)

Expenses through February 28, 2019:  $18,696.12

Investment Funds used through February 28, 2019:  $0.00

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EggscapadeGreat Easter Egg-scapade

Saturday, April 13, 2019

10:00 a.m.


Calling all kids (moms, dads and grandparents, too!) ~ don’t miss all the fun at the Easter Egg-scapade.  All kids, ages "walking twos" through 5th grade be sure to join us at First Presbyterian Church at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, for a super time!  We'll be having the Great Easter Egg Hunt (don't worry, moms and dads, our hunts are done by age groups so that everyone has a chance to find eggs) followed by egg dying and decorating and an age-appropriate craft.  Lots of fun and laughter guaranteed!


We hope that you and your child(ren) will be able to join us for this most enjoyable   morning!  If so, please call the church office by Monday, April 8.  This helps us plan for craft supplies.  If you have any questions, please call the church  office/326-2643.


Volunteers to “lend a hand” with egg dying, the craft area and/or Easter egg hunt are needed. To volunteer or to register for the event please call the church office/326-2643. DONATIONS of wrapped Easter candy and small toys (bubbles, stuffed animals, games, chocolate bunnies, etc.) are also needed and can be dropped off at the church office.

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Mission/Outreach News... 

One Great Hour of Sharing

You shall be called repairers of the breach

Isaiah 58


Around the world, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing—Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People—all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance and hope.


One Great Hour of Sharing will be received on Easter, April 21, each gift helps to improve the lives of people in these challenging situations. The Offering provides us a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need.


One Great Hour of Sharing, makes a difference in the world.


Presbyterian Disaster Assistant (PDA) — works alongside communities as they recover and find hope after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters, and support for refugees. PDA receives 32% of funds raised.


Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) — takes action to alleviate hunger, care for

creation, and the systemic causes of poverty so all may be fed. PHP received 36% of funds raised.


Self-Development of People (SDOP) — invests in communities responding to their

experiences of oppression, poverty and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these issues. SDOP receives 32% of funds raise.


We hope that you will join us on Easter, April 21, 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, "2019 OGHS"  Please give generously!


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Medical BenevolenceMedical Benevolence - Haiti Nursing Student

The Mission Committee has begun a campaign to raise funds for a scholarship to    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 pariticpants are asked to contribute coins for desingated "Medical Activities".  If you haven 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!

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ShoesSoles 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 o 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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Personal Care ItemsPersonal Care Items


April 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!


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Providing the means to strengthen the connections of our work, and build lasting relationships to help all Presbyterians share God’s love through mission and ministry



The PER CAPITA is a fundamental way in which all of the nearly 10,000 congregations and mid councils of the Presbyterian Church (USA) connect,

participate and share in the work of the wider church. Per capital is the primary

source of funding for the Office of the General Assembly, and is how Presbyterians mutually and equitably share the costs of coming together to discern the Spirit's leading the future.


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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Church World Service


As we are all aware the past few years have been disastrous in terms of earthquakes, hurricanes, wild fires and flooding, both nationally as well as internationally. In order to respond immediately to these emergencies Church World Service supplies much needed recovery items such as Hygiene Kits. These kits are filled with basic supplies to help victims stay clean and healthy.


As part of the Mission giving of the Women’s Association we are asking for help in filling Hygiene Kits to be sent to Church World Service. Items listed below can be brought to church and placed in the specially marked box outside the office before April 7th.


            -Hand towels (no fingertip, bath, or dish towels, no microfiber)

            -Wash clothes

            -Wide tooth combs

            -Fingernail or toenail clippers

            -Bath size bar of soap in original package

            -Toothbrushes in original packages

            -Standard size Band-Aids


Once assembled the kits will be taken to the Fredonia Presbyterian Church which is a drop-off depot. The Women’s Association will assume payment of the $2.00 /kit processing fee.


Thank you for any help you are able to give to make this project successful in helping victims of natural disasters.

hygiene kits

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easter basket

A Basketful of Easter Inspiration

by Harry Hills


“Excuse me,” said the young man, standing awkwardly at the open church door. “I’m here to pick up an Easter basket for my daughter. Am I in the right place?”


“Well, we have baskets, but they’re not Easter baskets for kids; they’re food baskets,” I explained.

That morning I had arrived early at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church here in Carmichael, California, to help distribute the baskets to needy families for Easter. To make sure everyone was taken care of, we had handed out numbers to the recipients that matched the basket they were supposed dto receive.  Each one containted a full Easter dinner—a whole ham, potatoes, bread, vegetables and a pie—plus enough staples to help feed a family for a week.


“Why don’t you come in?” I offered the man.


He looked disappointed. He shook his head, and peered over his shoulder. “I can’t…my daughter is waiting for me in the car,” he said. He gave her a little wave and turned back toward me. “I’m grateful for the food, but when I heard you were giving away baskets for Easter...well, I thought they would be Easter baskets for children,"

he continued.  "I promised my daughter one."  He glanced over his shoulder again

“I left her in the car because I wanted to surprise her.”


I felt bad, but there was nothing we could do. Our volunteers had put together food baskets, not Easter ones. We didn’t have the means to make up anything else. The man handed me his number, and I walked over to where the baskets were waiting for pick up.


A bulge in one of the baskets caught my eye. What is that? I wondered. Leaning in and looking more closely, I could see, unmistakably, an Easter basket—filled with an

assortment of candy and Easter eggs—wrapped with ribbons and tucked inside with the food.


One of the volunteers must have added it by mistake! I thought. Then I looked at the man’s number in my hand. Well, I'll be...

“Happy Easter,” I said to the man, handing him the only food basket with an Easter basket inside—the very same basket with his number on it. “Someone knew just what you needed.”


Someone sure did.

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Clerks Pen(cil) II


Following the call to order, devotions and prayer by the Moderator, Cynthia Wicker-Lundquist the session took up the work of the church on Tuesday, March 19.


Actions taken at the meeting are summarized as follows:

~ Received the treasurer and deacon reports.

~ Approve the use of Fellowship Hall by the Westfield School 7th Graders for a 

pancake breakfast on Monday, May 27.

~ Approved the use of Memorial Funds to pay four (4) additional SUNY Fredonia

students on Palm Sunday.

~ Approved the Property & Finance Committee to negotiate with Lake Shore

Center for the Art to have use of the entire upper floor.


Other Business:

~ Plans are underway for the annual Easter Egg-scapde scheduled for

Saturday, April 13.

~ The following individuals were approved to serve in leadership positions :

Nominating—Gloria Colgrove, Mission/Outreach - Marjory Fritz

Property & Finance - Mike Ricketts, Treasurer - Bob Rau, 

Fellowship/Membership—Marilynne Northrop.


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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 contribution. 

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prayer concerns

Prayer 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 Sciarrino and 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), 

Jim Eversole.

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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april 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



Anneliza Barney



Bethany Ellis



Steve Stratton



Arielle Corbett



Sam McMaster



Brian Fochtman

Lisa Fochtman

Derek Gregory

Steve Morse



Rachael Coon

Erin Guest



Corry Robbins



Jani Barney

Jenell Long



John Daily

Bonnie Wysard

Josephine Machemer



Barb Sanders



Leslie McTavish



Martha Bills

Bill Bills

Gail Locke



Laura Bohall

Nancy Smith



Judy Sumption



Gregory Wilson



Jonathan Wilson



Betty Felton

Regan Helman




A special Anniversary Prayer...

That God's Eternal love

Will fill your heart this day

With joy and blessings from above



David & Jodi Wilson



Mark & Patty Robbins


Calendar of Events3


Monday, April 1

7:00 p.m. Mission/Outreach Meeting


Sunday, April 7

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship


Saturday, April 13

10:00 a.m.

Great Easter Egg-scapade


Sunday, April 14

~ Palm Sunday ~

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship


Monday, April 15

7:00 p.m.

Deacon Meeting


Tuesday, April 16

7:00 p.m.

Session Meeting


Wednesday, April 17

9:00 a.m

Property & Finance


Good Friday, April 19

12:00 Noon

Stations of the Cross

~ Moore Park ~


Easter, April 21

10:00 a.m. 

Choir Rehearsal

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship

~ Communion ~


Sunday, April 28

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Eductiaon

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship


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Jelly beans

Jelly Bean Prayer

~ Author Unknown ~

Little jelly beans 

Tell a story true.

A tale of Father's love just for me and you.

GREEN is for the waving palms. 

YELLOW is for the sun above.

BROWN is for the soft earth where

People sat hearing of HIS love.

A SPECKLED bean for fish and sand.

RED for precious wine and 

BLACK is for the sin HE washed

From your soul and mine.

PURPLE's for the sadness of HIS family and friends, and

WHITE is for the glory of the

Day HE rose again.

Now that you've heard the story 

You know what each color means.

The story of our Father's love

Told by some jelly beans.

So every morning take a bean 

They're really very yummy.

Somthing for the soul, you see 

And something for the tummy.