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First Presbyterian Church 

49 South Portage Street 

Westfield, New York  







July  August




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

JULY 2019

Elaine Parker


Mark Smith


July 2019

Betty Felton

Jill Raynor

August 2019

Elaine Parker 

Betty Wilson


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summer sun

Summer Pleasure

By:  Joanna Fuchs 


Sunshine beaming golden heat

For lots of fun outdoors;

Vacations, for a sweet retreat

To mountains, plains and shores.


Kids in constant summer motion,

Free from teacher's rule,

Head to toe in suntan lotion,

At the beach or pool.


Inflatable rafts on which to float,

Camping and fishing gear,

Rowing or sailing or waterski boat,

Tell us summer's here.


Things we can't do the rest of the year

Are summer's special treasures;

Oh summer, summer, linger long,

And give us all your pleasures!

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liturgistJULY/AUGUST Pulpit Supplies

Please join us in July and August for Family Worship at 10:00 a.m. - the pulpit supplies for July and August are:

July 7

Rev. Hope Harle-Mould

Rev. Mr. Hope Douglas Harle-Mould was born on a blizzardy Sunday while his father, a Presbyterian pastor, was preaching at one of his three churches in Michigan. He grew up in Wisconsin, graduated from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1978, and served as campus minister at UMBC (Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Visitation Minister (Rockville PC, Rockville, Maryland).


 Pastor Hope became a United Church of Christ minister in 1988 and served as Associate Pastor for Youth & CE and later as Senior Pastor in Ohio churches. Coming to West Seneca, NY, he served as Senior Pastor from 1999-2016.


Currently Pastor Hope preaches regularly as a supply at Bethel PC, Lackawanna, at Griffin’s Mills PC, West Falls, as well as many UCC churches. As a freelance writer, his devotionals have recently been published in These Days and in The Upper Room, and has written curriculum and inspirational stories for the Presbyterian Church. He is an active member of Pilgrim-St. Luke’s UCC, Buffalo, serving on their Welcoming Refugees committee.


Pastor Hope lives in Kenmore with his wife of 40 years, Rev. Linda Harle-Mould (also a UCC minister), who is a campus minister at Buffalo State College, a docent at the Buffalo Zoo, and a wildlife rehabilitator with Messinger Woods. They have three adopted children, three grandchildren, and a white dove named Gracie (who you’ll see in worship some Sunday!). He enjoys leading some hymns on guitar, as well as sharing his original songs. Hope loves stargazing, hiking in the woods, reading, going to the movies, and playing board games and Frisbee.      

July 14

Gladys Gifford

Gladys Gifford served the Presbytery of WNY as the volunteer Stewardship of Creation/Peacemaking Educator, 1996-2010.  


In that capacity, she represented the presbytery at regional environmental and economic justice meetings, and sought to raise awareness of peacemaking and environmental issues.  She represented the presbytery as a Commissioner to the 222nd General Assembly (June, 2016) in Portland, Oregon.


Ms. Gifford is the first Authorized Lay Preacher (ALP) in the Presbytery of WNY.


Ms. Gifford earned her Master of Theology degree from Christ the King Seminary in 2006, and her Master of Church Music degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1973.  She lives in Eggertsville, NY, with her husband, Alvin J. Schuster.  


Ms. Gifford is an ordained elder at University Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY.

July 21

John Daily

July 28

Rev. Hope Harle-Mould

August 4

Rev. Doug Ronsheim

In July 2016, Rev. Douglas Ronsheim, D.Min, retired as the Executive Director of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. AAPC is a national membership organization whose mission is to provide training, education and clinical/collaborative community based services to enhance the well being of individuals, families and communities. AAPC’s mission is to provide care that is intentionally integrative and inclusive of the resources of one’s spiritual/religious life. 


Prior to this he served, for 17 years, as the Executive Director of Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, licensed as a Community Based Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic by the State of Pennsylvania. From January 1976-July 1984, he served as the minister of West Avenue Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY 


Rev. Ronsheim is licensed (in active) as a Marriage and Family Therapist. He held faculty appointments in the schools of Social Work and Public Health, University of Pittsburgh; Department of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical School; and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. 


He and his spouse, Maureen Emerling, moved to Mayville, NY in the summer of 2016. They have life time connections to Western New York. Doug and Maureen have two grandchildren, Madeline 5 and Matthew 2-1/2. They, and their parents, Eileen and Aaron, (and a chocolate lab, Millie) live in Winston Salem, NC.

August 11

John Daily

August 18

Rev. Stacy Otto

Rev. Stacy Otto, MDiv, BCC will be joining us for worship on August 18.  Pastor Stacy comes from a military aviation background, serving 15 years in the Air Force and Coast Guard.  Following a life-changing mission trip to the British West Indies, she left the military to dedicate the remainder of her working years in ministry, serving various churches in Western New York as well as numerous health care facilities as a board certified chaplain.

August 25

Gladys Gifford

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 CHicken Barbecue



The 2019 Arts and Crafts Festival will take place on Friday, July 26, and Saturday,

July 27, when our church will hold its annual chicken barbecue.  Chicken dinners will be served on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (or until the chicken is gone) and Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the chicken is gone).  This is the most profitable fundraiser the church has for the year.  VOLUNTEERS for this event are NECESSARY for it to be successful.  You can volunteer by calling Mike Ricketts/753-7831 or the church office/326-2643.


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!


DELIVERIES ~ if you would like a chicken BBQ dinner and it is difficult for you to pick up your dinner, the church will offer delivery.  Please call the church office/326-2643 by Wednesday, July 24, to place your order.

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. 


Please 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!

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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 are currently working at 127 Union Street,

Westfield.  There is a job for everyone; no special skills required.  The work sessions 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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 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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 ice cream

Ice Cream


Last week I took my children to a restaurant.  My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said,  "God is good. God is great.  Thank you for the food,  and I would even thank you more if  Mom gets us ice cream for dessert.  And Liberty and justice for all!  Amen!"


Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby I heard a woman remark,  "That's what's wrong with this country.  Kids today don't even know how to pray.  Asking God for ice-cream! Why, I never!"

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me,  "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?"

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and  God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.  He winked at my son and said,

"I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."
 "Really?" my son asked.
 "Cross my heart," the man replied.


Then in a theatrical whisper he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream.  A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."
 Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal.  My son stared at his for a moment and then did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her,  "Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes;  and my soul is good already."


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Mission/Outreach News....

 Pentecost Offering

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

Pentecost Offering ~ Thank you to everyone who gave to the 2019 Pentecost Offering.  To date, the total collected is $202.00.  The Offering provides direct ways for congregations to support specific causes that help those in need.  Sixty percent (60%) has been forwarded to the Presbytery for distribution to General Assembly to divide among ministries with youth and young adults,  young adult volunteers and child advocacy ministries.  The remaining forty percent (40%) the Mission Committee will designate. 

Food Pantry6Westfield Food Pantry ~ The month of JULY is the month for the First Presbyterian Church to collect food for the Westfield Food Pantry ~ paper goods, canned goods, soups, pasta, etc.  Donations can be placed in the shopping cart located outside the sanctuary at the Portage Street entrance.  The Pantry appreciates any and all donations!


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 parishioners 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 the church office/326-2643.  We are asking that no clothing, large appliances or electronic items 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.)  Volunteers are needed for the following times each day of the sale:  10 a.m. - 12 Noon, 12Nooon - 2:00 p.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m..  If you would like to volunteer please contact Majory Fritz/326-4277 or the church office/326-2643.


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!


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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Clerk's Pen(cil) II

 Following the call to order, devotions and prayer by Moderator Rev. Cynthia Wicker-Lundquist the Session took up the work of the church on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.


Actions taken at the meeting are summarized as follows:

~ Received the Treasurer and Deacon reports.

~ Approved the use of the sanctuary on Saturday, September 14 for the wedding of Sharon Humphrey and Bob Rau.

~ Approved the use of the sanctuary on Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5 for the production of "Harvest Moon" by the Lake Shore Center for the Arts.

~ Received, with regret, the resignation of Bob Rau as Treasurer effective October 1, 2019.

~Approved the use of the Fellowship Hall and Kitchen by the Westfield Hospital Auxiliary on Monday, November 4, 2019 for a community dinner.

~ Approved Universal Builder's to proceed with repairs received from the hail storm on April 14 - damage is covered by insurance.  

~ Approved the use of Fellowship Hall by the Cheer Straz on Monday, July 22, 2019


Other Business...

~ Plans are underway for the annual Mission Yard Sale on July 26 & 27.

~ Session will not meet in July, monthly meetings will resume in August.

Copies of the Session minutes for January through May are NOW available on the bulletin board outside the church office.  There is only one copy of each month - so please read and leave for others.  If you wish your own copy or are interested in other minutes from previous months please contact the church office.


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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, Pat Sciarrino and Jim Eversole.


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, Marsha Holland, June Beers.


Our Servicemen

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

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


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Income through May 31:  $41,863.83

(2019 Pledges Paid to Date:  $24,669.00 )

Expenses through May 31:  $43,353.77

Investment Funds used through May 31:  $2,000.00


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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

July 1

Jackie Crandall

Hannah Tenamore

July 2

Mark Smith

July 5

Cameron Corbett

July 6

Elaine Parker

July 10

Richard Barney

July 11

Wendy Tenamore

July 12

Linda McGuinn

July 13

Sara Fochtman

July 14

Giana Klein

July 16

Luke Smith

July 17

Hank Lynn

Kathy Machemer

July 20

Josh Helman

July 22

Mark Gollnitz

Cathy Wright

July 24

Melanie Klein

July 25

Eric Edwards

Pat Hayes

John Machemer

July 26

Rebecca Barton

Hoyt Prince

July 27

Laura Shearer

July 28

Katie Guest

July 30

Can Tenamore

July 31

Amy Gregory

August 1

Nancy Peters

August 2

Erin Seminatore

August 4

Andrew Deakin

Elaine Hall

Jean McCausland

August 5

Jamie Scarpine

Jill Scarpine

August 8

Mike Cluchey

Don Hamilton

August 9

Linda Barber

August 20

Sara Johnson

Cathi Wright

August 12

Betty Reid

August 13

Shelly Freyn

Trudy Gollnitz

Ramona Luder

August 14

Connie Barton

August 15

Derek Edwards

August 16

Kaylee Wilson

August 17

Wade Gollnitz

Hannah Schultz

Payton Truitt

August 18

Cindy Norton

August 19

Alec Freyn

Emelie Nixon-Beckman

August 22

Barb Kittle

Bill Locke

August 24

Robert Rau

August 25

Joe McMaster

Kathy Monroe

August 26

Domenic Cusimano



A special Anniversary Prayer...

That God's Eternal love

Will fill your heart this day

With joy and blessings from above

July 10

Bill & Gail Locke

July 12

Rob & Ricki Schofield

July 16

Mark & Gini Gollnitz

July 19

Gregg & Jenell Long

July 21

Walter & Elaine Parker

July 29

Pete & Carolyn Bills

August 1

David & Beverly Carr

August 11

Dean & Sherry Mead

August 13

Matt & Karen Swank

August 16

Andy & Ann Deakin

August 18

Brian & Lisa Fochtman

August 20

Jim & Penny Deakin

August 22

John & Kathy Machemer

August 23

Jim & Mary Beth Boyle

Linda & Larry McGuinn

August 27

Mike & Beth Cluchey

August 28

Mike & Kathy Ricketts

August 29

Bill & Martha Bills




Monday, July 1

7:00 p.m.

Mission/Outreach Meeting


Thursday, July 4

Independence Day

~ Church Office Closed ~


Friday, July 5

~ Church Office Closed ~


Sunday, July 7

9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education 

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship

~ Communion ~


Sunday, July 14

9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education 

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship


Wednesday, July 17

9:00 a.m.

Property & Finance Meeting


Sunday, July 21

9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education Class

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship


Friday, July 26

10:00 a.m.

Mission Yard Sale

11:00 a.m. to sold out

Chicken Barbecue


Saturday, July 27

11:00 a.m.

Chicken Barbecue


Sunday, July 28

9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship


August 4

9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship


Sunday, August 11

9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship


Sunday, August 18

9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship


Monday, August 19

7:00 p.m.

Deacon Meeting


Tuesday, August 20

7:00 p.m.

Session Meeting


Thursday, August 22

7:00 p.m.

Presbyterian Women's Meeting


Sunday, August 25

9:00 a.m.

Christian Nurture ~ Adult Education

10:00 a.m.

Family Worship