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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

Fax:  (716) 793-6019








Rev. Dr. Shannon N. Smythe

Administrative Assistant

Polly M. Knopp



Daniel E. Dibble


Bob Rau

Sharon Rau




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The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn't put it out.

-John 1:5 (The Message)

"We all long for someone to tell us who we are. The great struggle of the Christian life is to take God's name for us, to believe we are beloved and to believe that is enough." -Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving Leaving, and Finding the Church

A Note from Pastor Shannon


Dear friends,

While January always signals the beginning of a new year, as Christians our new year already began with Advent. For us, the new year always begins with Advent waiting and expectation for God to enter into our lives and world bringing healing, hope, and salvation. Throughout Advent we considered together, during worship, the themes of hope, love, joy, and peace, which are all fulfilled perfectly in the coming the Savior and are given to us as challenges to embody as the Spirit prompts us to sacrifice status and risk discomfort to follow after Jesus. Jesus challenged the status quo, turned empire ways on their head, and inaugurating a new kind of kingdom, one centered on restoring and establishing shalom for all of creation.

We are challenged to head into this new year embodying a life of peace (shalom) like Mary did, by protesting the powers and structures in our world that stand in the way of God’s Shalom (Advent week 4). We are challenged to seek the comfort and joy God has for us by moving out of our comfort zones into the dark places of our world, leaving the church building to join those who know suffering, thereby removing the gap between them and us (Advent week 3). We are challenged to remember and live into our baptism every day—in baptism we cast off our old clothes and put on our new life in Christ. This is a call daily to abandon our old ways of interacting with each other in this church—daily we are called to do the work of abandoning the cliques that are in operation, daily we have to tame our tongue from speaking ill of others and gossiping so that we can embody the law of love and reconciliation that Jesus brings (Advent week 2). We are challenged to live into God’s concrete and radical hope by incarnating mutual kinship, support and vulnerability (Advent week 1). There are endless ways to do this, but we are challenging each other to do it by joining community members for a meal at the Westfield Community kitchen (join me and the mission committee for lunch on Jan. 13th) or for honest sharing and listening at a Life Hurts/Open Share group hosted at St. Stephen’s in Brocton (join me at 7pm on Jan. 9th).

Now, as we are celebrating the Season of Christmas, the season of love, we remember that our Advent waiting always culminates in the mystery of the Incarnation. God has broken through into a battered and shattered world in the form of a human being. God has become incarnate, adorned in matter and fully arrayed in flesh and blood. Our hopes have been fulfilled, but not our expectations. What has become flesh and blood is different than the world expected. Jesus has surpassed expectation, and revealed to us a God of Love. The season of Christmas is one of love and loving. I pray that this Christmas season has had moments of love and loving in it for you. That beyond the gifts, the food, the gatherings, you have had time for quietness and rest—opportunities to bask in the glow of God’s unending love for you and to hear the Spirit’s promptings for how you can love those around you, particularly those who are hard to love.


January 6th marks the start of our next season in the church liturgical calendar, that of Epiphany. We will be celebrating the start of Epiphany in church on Sunday, January 5th. Worship will include a special experience for adult and children alike, and families will be sent home with a special Epiphany packet to engage with the season at home. I hope to see you in worship!


So, just what is the season of Epiphany, you ask? Just as Christmas marks the coming of God to us, so Epiphany celebrates the appearance of the Lord in the midst of humanity. The Christmas stories of the birth of Immanuel declare the divine entry; Epiphany extols the revelation of God to the world in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. In our celebrations of Christmas and Epiphany we rejoice in the dawning and the arising of Light in darkness. Epiphany not only discloses the Savior to the world but also calls the world to show forth Christ, to be witnesses to God’s true Light. The timeless mystery of the incarnation, God in flesh, leads us forth to show and tell of Christ as God’s gift of grace and salvation for all persons. Some call this ongoing epiphany the work of Christmas.

We will be seeking to live into the season of epiphany (Jan. 5th through Feb. 23rd) in our life together as a church throughout January and February in some specific ways.

1. The sermon series is focused on the “Gifts that Keep on Giving” by discovering the gifts God offers and the challenge to accept them.

2. All are invited to join Pastor Shannon’s weekly book group on Wednesdays at noon. We will be discussing Rachel Held Evans’ book Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. We will discuss Part I on Jan. 8th. If you are interested in meeting in the evening for book group via Zoom, speak to Pastor Shannon.

3. There will be a Youth Night Out event on Friday, January 10th. We will travel together to Erie for dinner at Five Guys and viewing the new movie Just Mercy. Adult volunteers are needed, but must be background checked through the church first. Youth must have a completed permission form turned in (email"> or contact the church office for the form).

4. All are invited to a night focused around Personal and Congregational Growth on Friday, January 24th at 7pm. Pastor Shannon will lead us in a listening exercise to grow our empathy for each other and we will learn how to create personal manifestos as well as one for our church. Contact the church office by January 10th if you need childcare to attend the event.

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A Year in Review: Looking Back on 2019 at Our Church


2019 was an important year in the life of this congregation. We went into the year without a pastor and uncertain about the future. We operated on a lean budget. Many folks stepped up to help provide care and leadership and keep things going. The Pastor Nominating Committee did its work, and brought forward Rev. Dr. Shannon Smythe as their choice for the next pastor of our church. Session and the congregation voted to approve the PNC’s recommendation. By October, Pastor Shannon and her family were with us, and it has been a full fall. We entered into the fall stewardship season, “Celebrate the Past. Inspire our Future,” and had good participation as congregants stepped forward to increase the number of pledge units and the amount pledged as well as shared their celebration of who have been and our hopes for who we will be.


We have seen an increase in worship attendance throughout the fall. There have been some new faces and some members have returned to worship regularly. Pastor Shannon offered several day and evening gatherings for congregants to get to know her and vice versa. Regular Fellowship hours have resumed, hosted by various groups and committees within the church. Presbyterian Women and the Mission Committee had another successful fundraiser with the Harvest Dinners, consistently selling out and seeing an increase in the amount of money raised. Church members braved rain and wind to reach out to the families of Westfield by offering a Trunk or Treat for the young ones. In December, adult and youth volunteers offered a fun night of games, crafts, dinner, and the Christmas story with Legos to children in the community while their parents enjoyed a night out/off. Property committee members and congregants came together for a very productive Church Work Day, focusing on our Sunday school, toddler and nursery rooms. By Christmas Eve, we had a freshly painted and thoughtfully appointed Nursery Room for the youngest among us and their caregivers.


The Deacons delivered Thanksgiving Baskets and Christmas Poinsettias to shut-ins and provided the ministry of hospitality to the family of Betty Reid as they gathered to give witness to the resurrection and remember her life. The mission committee made a new connection with the ministry of Breathe Life of Western New York and St. Stephen’s Café. Faith Formation for children resumed with Sunday school offerings, a Prayground, worship bags, and time with the children during worship. We have seen up to seven children with us on Sunday mornings. The Adult Christian Nurture, facilitated by several church members, offered regular discussion and fellowship on Sunday mornings, with a special and successful “diner meeting” on the Sunday we were without power. We tried some new things in worship, formation and fellowship, including Advent Activities, an Intergenerational Cookie Bake, Pray with Color, Hanging of the Greens worship service, and a “Come as You Are” pageant on Christmas Eve.


There is much to be grateful for, much to reflect upon, and much to build upon as we head into 2020. As you consider this past year of ministry and mission, where has God met you? How have you grown? Where have you served, and how have you been ministered to? These are not throw-away questions. These are important questions that can lead to new insights or prompt you to sing praise to God and/or stop and say thanks to those who have been the face of God to you in the past year.

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Summary of December 22nd Congregational Meeting

If you missed our December 22nd congregational meeting, here is what happened.

1. The congregation elected new slate of church officers brought forward by the nominating committee

Ruling Elders                                    Deacons

Terri MacCubben                                Dean Mead

Jane Nelson McMaster                       Barb Sanders

Pat Sciarrino                                       Linda Young 

Joe Seminatore

2.The congregation voted to approve Session’s recommended (mostly minor) changes to the by-laws, including a change to ruling elder terms from 3 years to 2 years. If you would like to see the updated and revised by-laws, please contact the church office to receive either a hardcopy or digital copy.

3.Pastor Shannon provided a follow-up conversation, on the state of the church, to November’s Frank Conversation on the Future of the Church. Below is a summary of the information she shared.


Pastor Shannon’s Approach to where we are as a church: “Doomsday Pollyanna”

  • Doomsday approach: utterly realistic about the urgency of our situation. What is at stake: the death of the church—for everybody
  • Pollyanna approach: utterly hopeful and optimistic about the gospel-centered transformation God is always in the business of. What is possible: the life of the church, for everybody who buys into the vision, as well as many more people who aren’t aware that this place and people are going to become an important part of their lives 



1. We are living during the long-term condition of the decline of the mainline church (financial trouble, falling attendance, out-dated models of church and mission)


2. Next year’s budget is looking to use up 1/3 of our remaining “endowment” funds. That means times is running out. There will be hard realities to face in just another year or two (i.e., can’t afford the pastor, may have to close the church, etc).


3. Churches go through life cycle stages—we are probably hovering between retirement and old age—meaning we lack a vision, people are weary, and it is unclear if the congregation is ready for the deep transition and change that would be needed to enter into a transformed state of health


4. There are many things not being done in the church—many committees are not active, session still has an opening, fundraising needs to increase, etc.


5. There are divisions and cliques in the church and many of the problems of the past are still lingering in the air, possibly making people hold back from stepping forward to contribute with their gifts




1. Ministry of Worship: Engage in intergenerational worship


2. Ministry of Faith Formation: Strengthen ministry with children, youth, and families


3. Ministry of Church Community Life: Create belonging & unity through meaningful fellowship opportunities


4. Ministry of Outreach & Mission: Cultivate community connections, partnerships, & service



1. Session commissioned a 2020 Task Force to work with Pastor Shannon and Gregg Carlson, a Senior Church Renewal Consultant

2. 2020 Task Force will meet beginning in March, 1x/month, with outside reading and/or homework (approx 5/hr month commitment)

3. Pastor Shannon will meet monthly with Gregg Carlson

4. Where do you fit in? We need everyone to get on board with our work in 2020 as we hope to move towards church renewal and a strong, new vision for our church

5. We need folks to join the Task Force and we have many volunteer openings from serving on Session, to joining a committee, to working on Fundraising, helping with liturgy, providing for Fellowship Hours, etc.

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Becoming a Safe Church


Celebrities, ministers, politicians, corporate executives. Hardly a week goes by that the headlines don’t name a prominent person who has been accused of being a sexual predator or charged with abuse. Reports have been on the rise for years as people find the strength to step forward with their stories.


The church has always been perceived as a safe place, where parents can feel their children are being cared for. But sometimes, despite the best efforts of churches, abuse does occur.


Presbyteries and sessions are responsible for doing training, prevention and having policies in place. The Book of Order requires all church councils to implement child and youth protection policies to keep church events and communities safe.


According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, one in five girls and one in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse. The center also reports that during a one-year period in the U.S., 16 percent of youth between 14 and 17 have been sexually victimized. The World Health Organization reports that one in six people 60 and older are experiencing some form of abuse.


The implementation of policies and procedures is only part of the prevention effort. Policies have to be enforced. Background checks are a snapshot in time. Churches have to have training, policies in place, escorts, glass windows in doors in case people slip through the system.


This fall, Pastor Shannon, Polly, and the Session began the process of putting a Safe Church Policy and Procedures into place. All volunteers (adult and youth) who work with children or youth in our church must undergo a background check done by the church (through our contract with Protect My Ministry. In addition, volunteers will need to watch the online training that accompanies the background check and pass the quiz that goes with the training. In January, Session will review a proposal for a full Safe Church Policy and Procedures document for our church. Upon Session approval that policy will be given to each volunteer for their review. Volunteers will be required to sign a statement saying they read and will abide by our policy and procedures. Finally, prior to church events with children and youth, volunteers will be verbally reminded of some of the most salient policies regarding prohibited behavior.

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Ten Reasons You Should Be Going to Church

(shared in worship throughout November and December in an effort to encourage conversations about the church with millennials and younger generations)


10. Coming to church doesn’t mean you have no doubts about God or faith or religion. It means you have a place you can share with people who have their own doubts.

9. Bad stuff is going to happen in your life. It just is. A church community cannot be everything to everyone in times of crisis, but when the bottom falls out of your world, it helps to have a faith community to walk with you.

8. Bad stuff is going to happen in your life, part two. The time to build a relationship with God is not when life turns ugly, and you’ve run out of all other options. Attending worship regularly helps build a relationship with God and others that will give you a solid foundation when the winds blow and the storms come.

7. Not all churches are anti-something. Most of us are for people, for acceptance, for hospitality. Really, we’re out there. We just don’t get the good press.

6. Any church worth its salt has really good food on a regular basis.

5. Churches offer paint-by-number opportunities to serve. Many people would like to help the poor, the hungry, and the homeless but they don’t know how to get involved, how to make the time to be involved, or what they can do to really make a difference. Churches offer you ways to plug in to help those who need it most.

4. You’ve got a gift. Probably two or ten of them. Becoming involved in the ministry of a church will help you discover and use gifts you never even knew you had.

3. Not all churches are after your money. Good churches want you to have a healthy relationship with money. Sure, churches need to pay the electric bill and the pastor and maybe even some nursery workers, but money and the church is more about you than it is about the church. It’s about your own relationship with money. World events have proven that it’s much better to put faith in God than in a bank account. Church can help you with that.

2. Taking a break from our hectic lives to come to church is accepting the gift of Sabbath. “Sabbath dissolves the artificial urgency of our days, because it liberates us from the need to be finished.” We don’t take Sabbath and come to worship because we have time and have finished up everything that needs to be done. We take Sabbath because it is time to stop, and we are designed to stop, rest and reflect. Those who don’t are destined to crash and burn.

1. Jesus is really cool. Even if you don’t know if you can believe in the whole Son-of-God thing, even if you refer to the resurrection as the Zombie Jesus event and even though those of us already in the church often do a lousy job of following him, come to church to get to know Jesus. The more you get to know him, the more you’ll understand why people call his way The Way.

Thanks to Rev. Anne Russ of Argent Presbyterian Church in North Little Rock Arkansas for this great list!


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Congregational Meeting

Annual Congregation Meeting & Winter Picnic

Sunday, January 19, 2020


The Annual Congregation meeting (and winter picnic) will be held Sunday, January 19, 2020 to approve the Annual Congregational minutes of January 27, 2019, and Special Congregational Meetings of March 3, 2019, September 1, 2019, September 15, 2019, and December 22, 2019. 

 Copies of the 2019 Annual Report will be available at the entrances to the sanctuary on Sunday, January 12, 2019.

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The 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 (USA), the Synod of the Northeast, and the Presbytery of WNY. The church pays approximately $35.00 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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Glory to God HymnalGlory to God:  The Presbyterian Hymnal

You can be a constant participant in the musical life and worship services of First Presbyterian Church by donating copies of the new Presbyterian hymnal Glory to God. The new hymnal retains our favorite hymns and expands the diversity and range of music available to our congregation.


You can easily make a donation online for $18.00 per hymnal and have the opportunity to recognize someone In Memoriam, or In Honor, by your gift. An attractive dedication page will appear at the front of the hymnal(s) you donate.


 Share the music!

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Faith Formation News . . . .

Epiphany Book Group: January 8 -- February 19

Join Pastor Shannon, for seven Wednesdays, begining January 8th (read Part I), for a book group discussion of Rachel Held Evans' book Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. We will meet at noon in the parlor (bring your lunch). If you are interested in an evening book group discussion via Zoom, speak with Pastor Shannon.

Youth Night Out: January 10, 4:30-10pm

Youth (middle and high school students) are invited to join Pastor Shannon and adult volunteers for an evening in Erie, PA. We will eat dinner at Five Guys and then go see the movie Just Mercy. Meet at the church to carpool. All youth must have a completed permission form to attend. RSVP on the church Facebook page. Contact Pastor Shannon or the church office for a permission form.

Night of Personal  & Church Growth: January 24, 7-9pm


You are invited to join with church members as Pastor Shannon will lead us in a listening exercise to grow our empathy for each other and give instructions for how to create personal manifestos as well as one for our church. Contact the church office by January 10th if you need childcare to attend the event.

Officer Training: February 1, 10am-1:00pm

Rev. Laura Norris Buisch, Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of WNY will be providing a morning of Officer Training for all current elders and deacons and anyone interested in possibly serving in these roles in the future. Lunch will be provided.

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Mission/Outreach News....


Christma Joy Offering

~ God is with us - Matthew 1: 23 ~

The Perfect Gift

The total to date for the 2019 Christmas Joy Offering, the 4th special offering of  

Presbyterian Church (USA), was  $308.00.  Half of your offering will support the assistance programs of the Board of Pensions that help faithful servants.  The other half will go to support the ministries of racial ethnic schools and colleges with students trying to discover and develop the gifts God has given them.  All of them will help to increase the joy of the family of God.  Thank you to all who supported this offering!



Thank you to each and everyone who helped support the 2019 Angel Tree Mission. The Angel Tree is also supported by other churches in our community.  Our church gave twenty (20) children in the Westfield area wonderful gifts from this program for the holidays. Thank you for your generous support to this local mission!


 "Yes, We CAN support Mission"

The Mission Committee extends its thanks to everyone for their donation of can deposits throughout the year.  The "CAN" fund-raising project has been VERY successful!  For 2019 we raised $344.85, and was divided between the Westfield Community Kitchen and Food Pantry.  We hope everyone will continue to donate their empty cans and plastic bottles that have a refundable deposit to help our Church continue to offer financial support to such important ministries to our Westfield friends and neighbors.


Pennies for Hunger

The "Pennies for Hunger" offering were received the last Sunday of each month during 2018.  The total contributions received for 2018 was $99.00 and was divided between Westfield Community Kitchen and Food Pantry.


Westfield Food Pantry

Thank you to all who participated in the Food Pantry's Reverse Advent Calendar collection in December. January is our month to donate shelf and table products for the Pantry.  They appreciate any and all donations.  Please help anyway you can!


Mission GivingDuring 2019 the Mission Committee supported the following mission projects from donations and fund-raisers:  Charlie Rodriguez Fire Fund, Buckhorn Nehemiah Project, Bethel Presbyterian Church Boiler Fund, Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity, Buckhorn Children’s Foundation, Heifer International, Chautauqua Jail Chaplaincy, Marion Medical Mission, Westfield Food Pantry, Westfield Community Kitchen, Renaissance House—Kid’s Escaping Drugs, Buffalo City Mission,

Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, Ronald McDonald House, Love, Inc., St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Center, Special Olympics, Mayville Food Pantry, Royal Family Kids’ Camp, U Can City Mission, Breathe Life of WNY, Medical Benevolence—Haiti Nursing Student.


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HabitatThe 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 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.   In 2019 the proceeds from the gift cards was $700.00

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Clerk's Pen(cil) II

 Following the call to order and prayer by Moderator Rev. Dr. Shannon Smythe the Session took up the work of the church on Tuesday,

December 17, 2019:


Actions taken at the meeting are summarized as follows:

  1. Session approved the use of memorial funds to purchase 60 Glory to God hymnals with the understanding that the congregation will be invited to purchase hymnals in dedication or memorial to reimburse the memorial funds. As well, a generous donor has purchased 45 hymnals.
  2. Session approved the 2020 operating budget, which will come before the congregation at the Annual Meeting on January 19th.
  3. Upon review of the church by-laws, Session came up with a few (mostly minor) revisions to them, including changing ruling elder terms from 3 years to 2 years. The congregation will vote on these proposed revisions at the congregational meeting on December 22nd
  4. Session approved a proposal for Pastor Shannon and the 2020 Task Force to work with Gregg Carlson, Senior Consultant at the Center for Progressive Renewal throughout 2020
  5. Pastor Shannon shared her Doomsday Pollyanna approach with Session and highlighted the need for more folks to step forward and serve on Session as well as in various committees of the church.

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The 2020 Work of Our Church

We encourage all members to consider serving as an Elder or Deacon, or to be on a committee/team. Below you will see opportunities – where do your talents fit in? Prayerfully consider the opportunties. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Pastor Shannon, or a Session member.

The Committees of the Church & (Some of) Their Work

  1. Mission and Justice Committee: educate the church about issues of justice on the local and global level; distribute financial gifts to local, regional, and global ministries; develop partnerships with local ministries; Harvest Dinners
  2. Faith Formation Committee: select curriculum; plan and provide a variety of opportunities for intergenerational spiritual growth and age-specific faith formation; recruit volunteers; provide volunteer training and background checks
  3. Finance & Stewardship Committee: develop a year-round stewardship program; develop stewardship themes; create a narrative budget; oversee and set the church budget; work with Polly and Pastor Shannon on church financial matters
  4. Property Committee: maintain the upkeep of church property; update the church property rental policies; address property and maintenance issues; schedule regular all-church work-days; plan for ways to update our building’s look for greater welcome to younger generations and visitors
  5. Nominating Committee: help educate congregants on leadership and service opportunities; discover the giftings of congregants; engage in prayerful discernment for leaders to serve as deacons and elders
  6. Personnel Committee: maintain absolute confidentiality in their work; create/update job descriptions for all paid staff and make sure all is in compliance with state and/or presbytery trainings; handle any issues, as they arise, with staffing or between staff; conduct yearly reviews of all paid staff
  7. Worship Committee: plan innovative worship services, particularly during Advent and Lent; develop a plan for intergenerational worship elements, including increased use of technology and diverse music; maintain Prayground
  8. Communication, Outreach & Growth Committee: create plan for developing new church website; create plan for attracting new people and reaching out/following up with visitors; plan for and advertise Trunk-or-Treat, Easter Eggscapade, and Parents’ Night Out events

2020 Committees of Session

Communications, Outreach & Growth

             Elder Chair TBD

             Need more people to join

Finance and Stewardship

            Marilynne Northrop/Chair,

            Marie Edwards/Treasurer, Pro-Tem

            Need more people to join


            Joe Seminatore/Chair,

            Mike Cluchey/Deacon,

            Pete Bills

            Gerry Rogers

            Don Eno


            Elder TBD/Co-chair

            Gloria Colgrove/Co-chair.


                        Pat Hayes

                        Ramona Luder

                        Linda Young

                        Tina Neal

Worship & Music

            Elder TBD/chair

            Nancy Smith/Deacon

            Need more people to join


            Marjory Fritz/Chair

            Hank Lynn

            Ramona Luder

            Sharon Rau/Deacon

            Barb Sanders  

            Marilynne Northrop

            Jane McMaster


            Elder TBD/chair

            Need more people to join

Christian Education

           Pat Sciarrino/chair

           Mark Smith/Deacon

           Need more people to joim


2020 Task Force – works with Pastor Shannon and Gregg Carlson – Church Renewal Consultant

            Marie Edwards

            Majory Fritz

            Need more people to join

Children's Sunday School

            Linda Young,

            Terri MacCubbin,

            Suzie Wilder,

            Pat Sciarrino,

            Kevin Subers,

            Diane Scarpine

            Nicole Corbett


Session – 1 Member

Need Committee Members for


         Communications, Outreach & Growth


         Christian Education

Sunday Liturgists


Fellowship Hour Contributors

Fundraising Team

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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

Sharon Bane, Mark Robbins, Dorothy Near, Ople Gollnitz, Elaine Hall, Barb Lynn, Pat Hayes, Pat Sciarrino and Amy Gregory.


Family and Friends of our Congregation

Abigail Jopek, Crystal Lee, Darrell Colgrove, 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 November 30, 2019: $93,208.42

(Pledges Paid to Date: $51,104.00

100% pledges paid to date as of month end)

Expenses through November 30, 2019: $107,666.44

Investment Funds used through November 30 , 2019: $13,385.38


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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


Steve Meleen


Marie Edwards

Kelly Knopp

Lorraine Heald


Mark Meleen


Warren Colgrove

Kai Diehl


Laurie Diehl


Brittany Edwards


Joan Allen


Richard Barney


Jill Raynor


Justin Ellis


Cortland Knopp


Alisha Ellis

Mike Ricketts


Charles Machemer


Skip Lynn


Jennifer Barton


David Bills

Ricki Schofield



Calendar of Events - January

Sunday, January 5

10:00 a.m. Choir Rehearsal

Adult Christian Nurture & Fellowship

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship & Children's Ministry

12:00 Noon

Fellowship Hour

Monday, January 6

7:00 p.m.

Mission/Outreach Meeting

Wednesday, January 8

10:00 a.m.

Pastor Support Group

12:00 Noon

Book Group

Thursday, January 9

7 - 8:00 p.m.

Open Share/Life Hurts Group

at St. Stephen's Cafe in Brocton

Friday, January 10

4:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Youth Night Out

Dinner & Movie in Erie, PA

Sunday, January 12

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Adult Christian Nurture & Fellowship

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship & Children's Ministry

12:00 Noon

Fellowship Hour

Monday, January 13

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch with Pastor Shannon & Mission Committee

at Westfield Community Kitchen

Tuesday, January 14

7:00 p.m.

Westfield Women's Organization Meeting

Wednesday, January 15

12:00 Noon

Book Group

Sunday, January 19

10:00 a.m

Choir Rehearsal

Adult Christian Nurture & Fellowship

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship & Children's Ministry

12:00 Noon

Fellowship Hour

Monday, January 20

Church Office Closed

7:00 p.m.

Deacon Meeting

Tuesday, January 21

7:00 p.m.

Session Meeting

Wednesday, January 22

12:00 Noon

Book Group

Friday, January 24

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Personal & Church Growth Night

Sunday, January 26

10:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal

Adult Christian Nurture & Fellowship

11:00 a.m.

Family Worship & Children's Ministry

12:00 Noon

Fellowship Hour

Wednesday, January 29

12:00 Noon

Book Group

Thursday, January 30

7:00 p.m

Lake Shore Center for the Arts

Musical Program

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