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First Presbyterian Church 

49 South Portage Street 

Westfield, New York  





 June Animated-Calendar



Church Office Hours

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Monday through Friday


Office:  (716) 326-2643

Fax:  (716) 793-6019







Administrative Assistant

Polly M. Knopp



Daniel E. Dibble


Deacon of the Month

JUNE 2019

Trudy Gollnitz

Greeters for June

Mike & Kathy Ricketts


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Fathers day

Fathers are wonderful people

Too little to understand,

And we do not sing their praises

As often as we should...

But Fathers are just wonderful

In a million different ways,

And they merit loving compliments

And accolades of praise,

For  the only reason Dad aspires

To fortune and success

Is to make the family proud of him

And to bring them happiness...

And like our Heavenly Father,

He's a guardian and a guide,

Someone that we can count on 

To be always on our side.


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liturgistJUNE Pulpit Supplies

Please join us in June for family worship at 10:00 a.m. - the pulpit supplies are:  

June 2

Leon Weinsheimer

Leon served as an Elder and Clerk of Session at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Buffalo. He is a member of Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, Niagara Falls, where he is Chairman of the Presbyterian Men's group.  Over the years he has preached at many Presbyterian Churches.  He was the pulpit supply at Colonial Village Presbyterian Church, Sanborn  for 1-1/2 years.  Recently, he frequently has been serving at First Presbyterian Church, Niagara Falls.   He lives in Kenmore, NY with his wife, Sue.

June 9 - Pentecost

Rev. Dr. 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.

June 16

Leon Weinsheimer

June 23

Leon Weinsheimer

June 30

Leon Weinsheimer

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 summer worship3

The session voted to begin our summer family worship schedule on June 2 at 10:00 a.m. and continue through Sunday, September 1.  The summer church office hours will begin on June 3, and will extend through Monday, September 2.  The office will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon during this period.



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Chicken BBQ2


The 2018 Chicken Barbecue ~ it's not too early to be thinking about the Chicken Barbecue.  This year's BBQ is July 26 and 27.  VOLUNTEERS for this event are NECESSARY for it to be successful!


The following are areas of opportunities for you to volunteer:   kitchen, servers, corn huskers or cookers, chicken cookers, runners, parking lot or ticket sales.  To have a convenient choice of the day or time you prefer, volunteering soon will  guarantee the day and time of your choosing.  DON'T DELAY! You can volunteer by calling Mike Ricketts 753-7831 or the church office/326-2643.

Chicken BBQ

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"Summertime and the living is easy."   We are all beginning to plan vacations, reunions, picnics, cottage trips and so on...what a delightful time!  We pray for that your vacation and time with family will be safe and a source of many happy memories.  We know we'll all be dashing in and out of town, but while you make your plans, we're asking that you all take a few moments to remember your stewardship for the church.  Even when we are not in town, our church activities continue, as do the expenses. 

Donate NowPlease consider online giving.  It is a convenient and secure way to make a one-time or recurring donation. When you choose to give online, your donation will be directed to a secure Pay-Pal site to complete your donation. To give to our church and ministry simply visit our website at Then click on the donate tab located on the right hand side of the website.  It is simple! It's safe!  And it keeps God at the top of your giving list even when you are away!


The church greatly appreciates any and all contributions.

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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 will begin working at 127 Union Street, Westfield on June 1.   There is a job for everyone; no special skills required.  The work session are Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


If you would like to provide refreshments for the Habitat Volunteers please contact Mike Ricketts at 338-8864.  Refreshments are needed for Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m.


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Flag Day2

You may have noticed on your calendar that June 14 is officially Flag Day.  Though Flag Day may not be quite as well-known or widely celebrated as the Fourth of July or other patriotic holidays, it does mark an important day in history.  It is the celebration of the birthday of the Stars and Stripes, which was adopted as the official flag of the United States on this day in 1777.  To honor the occasion, below are some of the best patriotic Flag Day quotes about our country, and the flag that has come to symbolize our nation.  After all, what better way to pay homage to our nations symbol, the American flag, than to reflect on its history with some truly inspiring statements from the country's leaders?  These quotes will have you feeling patriotic in no time -- perfect for celebrating all things red, white, and blue.  So take a few minutes out of your day to browse, and remember what we are commemorating on Flag Day.  Happy Flag Day!

"We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty , our family, our friends, our home...But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all your rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties.  Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done." 

~ Calvin Coolidge.

"The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people.  Everything that it stands for was written by their lives.  The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history."   ~ Woodrow Wilson

"A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the government, the principles, the turths, the history which belongs to the nation that set it forth." - Henry Ward Beecher

" I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink.  It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom."  - John Thune

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Mission/Outreach News....


yard sale2The Mission Committee will host a yard sale at the home of Marjory Fritz on the weekend of July 26 and 27 to raise funds for on-going mission causes throughout the year.  All members and friends are asked to donate one or two nice items for the sale.  If you need assistance in getting your item(s) to the church, please contact Marjory Fritz at 326-2643.  We also ask that no clothing be donated for this particular sale.  (If you have clothing you wish to donate, please consider using the St. Pauly clothing drop-off shed located at the Lakeshore Assembly of God Church on East Main Street.)  Items for the yard sale will be accepted beginning in June.  VOLUNTEERS are needed for the following times each day of the sale: 10a.m. - 12 Noon, 12 Noon  - 2 p.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.   If you would like to volunteer please contact Marjory Fritz/326-4277 or the church office/326-2643.


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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."


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!

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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".   MISSION IS THE HEART OF THE CHURCH SO LET’S KEEP THE HEART HEALTHY!

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Pentecost Offering


"God, from my youth you have taught me."  Psalm 71:17

The Pentecost Offering helps our youth begin life with a strong start -- a solid foundation of faith formed in the first third of life, from childhood through young adulthood.

Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church.  The Holy Spirit remains with us still, connecting us with the church of the past, continuing to inspire the church of today, and pointing us to the church of the future.  Each year, this celebration is marked by receiving the Pentecost Offering which nurtures the faith of those who are the church to come - children, youth, and young adults.  

Psalm 71 testifies that a foundation of faith established during childhood helps ensure lifelong faith and service.  The patterns and lessons established during these formative years continue to bear fruit throughout a person's life.  By giving to the Pentecost Offering, our congregation participates in helping our children, youth, and young adults grow up to proclaim witht he Psalmist, "O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds."  

Since the Pentecost Offering gsatrted in 1998, Presbyterians have raised more than $15 million for ministries that benefit younger members of God's family.  We believe we are called to do even more - to support and care for young people as they build a strong foundation of faith.   Won’t you join us on the Day of Pentecost, June 9, 2019? If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.

Let us thank God for giving us the opportunity to share our gifts generously.  Envelopes will be available in the pew or you can send it to the church earmarked "Pentecost Offering".


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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 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. Since January 2019, the profit from the gifts cards is $250.00.


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Summer poem

In The Now

By Joseph J. Mazzella


When I was a boy I dreamed of my future. I was going to be a cowboy. I loved all the old westerns on television. Then I dreamed of being a sailor and a soldier and fighting epic battles. After that I dreamed of being a fire fighter and rescuing people from burning buildings. I just couldn't wait to grow up and be an adult. Then I went to college and those dreams changed. I thought I would be a psychologist, then I switched to being a teacher, and I also wanted to be a best selling author. When I married and had children my dreams of the future changed again. Now it wasn't so much a certain career that I dreamed of but a time when I could be settled and secure and my family and I would finally be problem free.

That dream, of course, didn't happen. In fact, none of those dreams ever came to life. It took me many years as well to realize that living in a dream future was living in an illusion and that each moment I spent there was taking a moment away from the precious Now. I saw that there could be no perfect, problem free future because problems are a part of life. And I realized that I was wasting my days wishing for some dream to come true when I could be fully living and loving each day God gives me.

It is only in the Now that we can truly live. It is only in the Now that we can truly love. Our dreams for the future are just that: dreams. Whether they come true or not isn't as important as how we live each day God gives us here. A hug shared today can never be replaced. An act of kindness not given now is lost forever. A moment of love missed can never be made up again. Each second of the Now is precious and priceless. Don't waste a one of them.

Embrace them. Live them. Love them all. Always live in the Now with a heart full of love, a soul full of joy, and a life full of kindness.

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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, May 21, 2019.


Actions taken at the meeting are summarized as follows:

~ Approved the 10:00 a.m. summer worship schedule to begin on Sunday, June 2, 2019 and continue through Sunday, September 1.

~ Received the Treasurer and Deacon reports.

~ Approved the transfer of investments funds from Anderson-Cuddihy to New Covenant Funds of the Presbyterian Foundation.  This will save our church a management fee currently being charged.


Other Business...

~ Nominating Committee to seek a Clerk of Session - the clerk does not have to be an Elder currently serving.


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Prayer Concerns4Prayer 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, Elaine Hall, Jim Eversole and Hank Lynn.


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), Louise Young (Mother of Diane Scarpine), Jon Belcher, 


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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Income through April 30:  $33,552.16

(2019 Pledges Paid to Date: $19,102.00 )

Expenses through April 30:  $37,593.75

Investment Funds used through April 30:  $2,000.00


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PW Picnic

Presbyterian Women's Picnic

All women of the church are invited to a picnic on Thursday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. at Marilyunne Nrothrop's home - 6722 Munson Road, Westfield.  Please bring a dish-to-pass and a lawn chair.  The main entree, beverage and table service will be provided. 

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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


Patty Benton

Courtney Diehl

Matt Robbins

Cassie Rogers

Joe Seminatore


Sharon Bane


Alexander Deakin


Elaine Morse


Rob Sanders


David Carr

Sarah Fritz


David Gross


Lauren Bills


Mitchell Mead

Linda Horton


Kathy Ricketts


Dominic Crumb


Tom Gross


Gloria Colgrove


Libbey Locke


Ralph Wilson

Tesla Wright


Kari Knopp

Brittany Mead


Gregory Schroeder


Colby Bills

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A special Anniversary Prayer...

That God's Eternal love

Will fill your heart this day

With joy and blessings from above


Daryn & Rachel Coon


Joe & Erin Seminatore


Steve & Elaine Morse


Harry & Connie Barton


Art & Carol Webster


Don & Candy Hamilton


Tom & Sue Gross


Can & Wendy Tenamore



Calendar of Events3

Sunday, June 2

9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Monday, June 3

7:00 p.m.

Mission/Outreach Meeting

Sunday, June 9


9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship

~ Communion ~

Sunday, June 16

9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Monday June 17

7:00 p.m.

Deacon Meeting

Tuesday, June 18

7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, June 19

9:00 a.m.

Property & Finance Meeting

Thursday, June 20

6:00 p.m.

Presbyterian Women's Picnic


Sunday, June 23

9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship

Sunday, June 30

9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship

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More Like Jesus

By Joanna Fuchs

Let us be more like Jesus
In everything we do;
Let’s live a life of service,
A life that’s fresh and new.

Let’s relinquish worldly things,
And not be slaves to fashion;
Let’s fill our hearts with love,
Forgiveness and compassion.

Yes, let’s be more like Jesus,
Being always in God’s will,
For if Jesus’ light shines through us,
Our earthly purpose we’ll fulfill.

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