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Ketubah Group Plans Visit to Smithville
AREA – The B’nai B’rith Ketubah Married Couples Unit will meet in Smithville for a walking tour and dinner on Sunday, June 25, at 2 p. m.
Historic Smithville, located about 12 miles from Atlantic City, has over 40 shops, a winery, plus the Quail Hill Inn, which is an antique center.
Prospective members are welcome to attend. To respond and for directions, please call Irwin at (732) 5666842 by Friday, June 23.
By RABBI RENEE GOLDBERG
Several weeks ago, I watched my close friend’s twoandahalfyearold daughter at play. She was aware that the adults were around her, and every so often would interject a sentence into our conversation.
When I casually mentioned someone from college, the child looked up and asked who that was and if they shared well. Through this experience, I was made more aware of just how much children absorb from the world around them.
Our children look up to us, the adults around them, as their role models. What we do, they do. What we say, they say. Therefore, we need to be aware of our actions and what messages we are sending to our youth.
As a Rabbi, a teacher, a counselor, I often get to know children in relation to their families, and the Jewish adage, “What a child says in the street is his parent’s words,” is certainly true. As well, I have seen that there is a direct correlation between a child’s intellectual and emotional development and the amount of time the family unit spends together.
Children who feel loved project love. Human development is an invisible unfolding of energies and feelings that cannot be charted or boxed or reduced to formulas. We need to look at how we are going to work with our own families, our children and our children’s children, to spread love and peace and feelings of self worth.
Our actions and words possess
A Biweekly Column From Members of the
Westfield Ministerial Association
Lessons We Share With Our Youth Keeps Life’s Boat Afloat for Us All
widespreading ripples. We may think that what we do does not affect others — but it most certainly does.
A story from Leviticus Rabba, a Rabbinic commentary on the book of Leviticus, illustrates this point perfectly: Some people were sitting in a boat, when one of them took a drill and began boring a hole under his seat. The other passengers protested to him, “what do you think you are doing?”
He replied, “What does this have to do with you? Am I not boring the hole under my own seat?” They retorted, “but the water will come and drown us all.”
Water is coming in, and if we don’t stop its flow, we will surely be drowned. We are responsible for keeping the boat afloat through our actions and our words. And if we teach our children through example to take responsibility for their words and their actions, they, too, can assure that we will float to safety.
Now is the time. This is the place. Today is the day to be aware. As we model what we wish our children to become, the world will become a more tolerant, respectful, loving place.
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Renee Goldberg is Associate Rabbi at Temple EmanuEl, located at 756 East Broad Street in Westfield.
United Methodist to Hold Fundraiser for Bolivia Trip
All Saints’ to Change Schedule for Summer
SCOTCH PLAINS — Beginning Sunday, July 2, through Sunday, September 3, All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Scotch Plains will present one full service at 9 a. m., instead of two regular services, with music, a sermon and Holy Eucharist.
All Saints’, located at 559 Park Avenue, is air conditioned. Visitors are welcome. The Reverend Jane Rockman is Rector of the church.
Willow Grove to Commence Annual Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School Set at Evangel Church
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Evangel Church, located at 1251 Terrill Road in Scotch Plains, will conduct its Vacation Bible School from Monday through Friday, June 26 to 30.
“In the Race with Jesus” will feature classes for twoyearolds to sixth graders. An adult Bible Study, with interpretation for the deaf and hearingimpaired, will also be offered each night.
There will be an early picnic supper at 5: 30 p. m. on the lawn of the church each evening, followed by classes from 6 to 9 p. m. Youngsters will have an opportunity to meet “Otto the Talking Auto.”
There is no charge for registration, but a free will offering will be taken. Participants are asked to bring their Bible and a canned or nonperishable food item for the church’s Missions Project.
To register early or for more information, please call (908) 3229300.
Catholic Golden Age to Meet; Upcoming Trips Announced
MAKING A DIFFERENCE… Religious education students at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield recently raised $800 by collecting pennies throughout the school year for their parish Christian Aid Fund. This is an emergency aid fund set aside for parishioners. As a community service project, the students learned about caring for others. Pictured are Sister Kathleen Burton and students from the religious education program. Terrill Road Bible Chapel
To Offer Week of Activities
FANWOOD – The Terrill Road Bible Chapel, located at 535 Terrill Road, will hold its annual Bible School from Sunday through Friday, July 9 to 14.
Morning sessions will begin on Monday, July 10, for boys and girls ages 4 up through those entering the fifth grade, as well as for women.
Sessions will be held between 9: 30 and 11: 45 a. m. The women’s class will discuss the Book of Ruth. Coffee, singing and a craft will be included and nursery care will be provided for children of mothers in attendance.
An evening program will be held between 7 and 9 p. m. for both students
and adults, beginning on July 9. Youngsters entering grades 6 through 12 will meet informally with teacher Don Dunkerton, while adults will study the Book of Daniel.
The weeklong series of activities will include Bible stories, singing, sports, crafts, games and prizes.
All families are invited to attend the closing program on Friday, July 14, following the 11: 30 a. m. dismissal. A light lunch provided by the Chapel will be available.
For more information and registration, please call (908) 5618162 or (908) 3221929.
Woodside Chapel in Fanwood Plans Vacation Bible School
WESTFIELD — The First United Methodist Church of Westfield will present a special program/ fundraiser this Sunday, June 25, at 11: 15 a. m.
Featured will be music and a brief presentation about Bolivia and the work of the Methodist Church in that country.
The fundraiser will help the church send Trent Johnson and April Sweet
to Bolivia with a Volunteer in Missions work team from Hickory, N. C. They will be in Montero, Bolivia, July 14 to 29, with their visit sponsored by the Outreach Committee of the church.
Contributions may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, Education Ministry, 1 East Broad Street, Westfield, 07090. Individuals are asked to designate “Bolivia Mission Trip” on their contribution.
For further information, please call the church office at (908) 2334211.
FANWOOD — Woodside Chapel, located at 5 Morse Avenue in Fanwood, will hold its Vacation Bible School from Monday through Friday, June 26 to 30.
This year’s theme will be “Celebrate Life! From Beginning to Eternity.” All children from kindergarten
through high school are invited to attend. There is no enrollment fee and all are welcome.
Session times are 9: 30 a. m. to noon for children in kindergarten through grade 7, and 7 to 9: 15 p. m. for grades 8 through 12 (June 25 to June 29)
A staff of 42 responsible Christian adults, professionals, college and high school students and helpers will conduct the program.
For additional information or to preregister, please call (908) 2325705.
Faith Lutheran Plans Summer Youth Events
NEW PROVIDENCE – Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence has announced its summer programs for children. All area youngsters are invited to participate.
Vacation Bible School, for children ages 4 through second grade, will be held Wednesday through Friday, July 5 to 7, from 9 a. m. to noon each day.
The theme for this year’s program is “Noah’s Ark.” Children will watch videos on this topic, hear Bible stories and do related crafts. A snack will also be served. The registration fee is $15 per child.
The second program, entitled F. I. S. H. (Faith In the Summer Heat), for children having completed third to sixth grades, will be held on the same dates, from 6: 30 to 8 p. m. each day.
This program will emphasize Christian community for youngsters who must “swim against the stream” to follow their faith. It will include advanced crafts, as well as snacks. Registration for F. I. S. H. is free.
Interested individuals are asked to register their child by Friday, June 30, by calling (908) 4645177.
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Chapter of Catholic Golden Age will meet this Sunday, June 25, at 1: 30 p. m. at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church’s Nelligan Hall on Westfield Avenue in Scotch Plains.
Visitors are asked to enter on the Rectory side of the building.
A program entitled “Wine Tasting” will be sponsored by Peterson’s Wines Unlimited of Westfield.
Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. Attendees are asked to bring a donation for the food pantry to help the needy.
Planned trips include the Showboat in Atlantic City on Wednesday, July 19; Sights of Newark on Wednesday, September 20; Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on Thursday, October 19; Catholic Golden Age Christmas Party on Sunday, December 10, and another trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on Tuesday, December 19.
There will be no meetings in July and August. For further information, please call John McTigue at (908) 3221804.
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Willow Grove Presbyterian Church of Scotch Plains will hold its annual Vacation Bible School from 9 to 11: 30 a. m. during the week of July 10 to 14.
All area children, ages four through second grade, are invited to participate in the program, which will be held at the church. Willow Grove is located at 1961 Raritan Road.
Featured will be characters from the Biblebased Veggie Tales videos, along with songs, crafts, stories,
games and other activities. Children will learn how they can apply God’s message to their lives at home, school, work and play.
Family Night will take place on Thursday, July 13, at 7 p. m., when the children will participate in a special program followed by refreshments.
To enroll children in the Willow Grove Vacation Bible School, please call (908) 2325678. Registration, at $6 per child, will close June on Friday, June 30.
Checks should be made payable to the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, attention Vacation Bible School.
First Baptist Reveals Dates For Vacation Bible School
WESTFIELD – The First Baptist Church of Westfield, located at 170 Elm Street, has set its Vacation Bible School for Monday through Friday, July 10 to 14.
Held between 6 and 8: 30 p. m., the program will be open to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. It will feature the theme “Treasure Hunt Bible Adventure.”
Animal Wonders will present live animals in a special program on
Wednesday, July 12. On Friday, July 14, parents will be invited to participate in the church program along with their children.
Youngsters will have a chance to take part in an outreach program as well. The program will be offered free of charge but children must be preregistered. For more information, please call (908) 2332278.
CULTURAL EXPERIENCE… Kindergartners at St. Paul’s Day School in Westfield celebrate their first year of Spanish classes with their Spanish teacher, Jean Henehan. St. Paul’s offers a diverse program of academic and creative activities. Maxine Bradie Is Recipient
Of Award From Hadassah Maxine Bradie
WESTFIELD — Maxine Bradie, a Mountainside resident and charter member of the Westfield Chapter of Hadassah, has been named a recipient of the 14th Annual Hadassah National Leadership Award.
The award honors members whose leadership accomplishments within Hadassah and other civic, education and cultural organizations reflect Hadassah’s dedication to the principles of the volunteer ethic.
Ms. Bradie has cochaired Hadassh’s Annual Arts and Crafts Show and has served on the Gallery Selection Committee of that show for almost 40 years. She was VicePresident of Fundraising and also cochaired the Hadassah Thrift Shop for many years. The organization’s first Godparents Dinner was held in her home.
The honoree is a member of Temple EmanuEl in Westfield and its Sisterhood. She also devotes time to the Newark Museum Gift Shop on a weekly basis.
Blood Drive Set for June 27 At Atlas Pythagoras Lodge
WESTFIELD — The Blood Center of New Jersey has announced that a blood drive will be held on Tuesday, June 27, at Masonic Atlas Pythagoras Lodge, located at 1011 Central Avenue in Westfield, from 6 to 9 p. m.
Donors must be at least 18 years old. Seventeenyearolds may donate with parental permission. There is no upper age limit for donors, provided they meet health requirements.
All individuals donating blood between Sunday, June 18, and Sunday, September 17, will receive a complimentary sports bottle.
Donors should know their social security number and bring a signed or picture form of identification. People with a fever or sore throat should wait 72 hours after symptoms disappear before donating, and there is a 24hour deferral for teeth cleanings and fillings.
Individuals who have traveled outside of the United States recently are asked to call the Blood Center for eligibility criteria.
For more information or to sign up for a blood drive, please call the Blood Center at (800) BLOOD NJ.
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