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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, March 2, 2000 Page 11

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Fanwood Presbyterian Announces Service For Ash Wednesday

FANWOOD —TheFanwoodPres byterian Church has announced that it will hold its Communion Service for Ash Wednesday on March 8 at 7: 30 p. m. to mark the beginning of Lent.

The church is located at the corner of Martine and LaGrande Avenues. Child care will be provided and the church is wheelchair accessible. All are invited to attend.

For furtherinformation,pleasecall the church office at (908) 8898891.

Redeemer Lutheran to Honor Pastor Kritsch This Sunday

MISSION FAIR 2000 – The Redeemer Lutheran Church recently held a mission fair in which the Sunday School classes from kindergarten through sixth grade

Various social ministry organizations displayed information about their groups at booths during the event. Each Sunday school class selected a country where the Lutheran church has missionaries and learned about the culture, food, songs, people and sports of that nation. The children then displayed their information in Luther Hall. Some of the third-, fourthand grade students who took part, pictured left to right, are: first row, Katie

Abruzzo, Nicole Aloupis, Nicholas Barba and Emma Ilaria, and second row, Kim Schielke, Anna Morton, Elizabeth Fredas, Elizabeth Minski and their

Julie Cleaves. Marc Wesley Hardy Award

are Sought Rev. Paul E. Kritsch

WESTFIELD — The Redeemer Lutheran Church and School in Westfield will honor their pastor of more than 11 years, the Reverend

E. Kritsch during the parish’s morning worship services this Sun day, March 5. The community is invited to attend.

Worship services are held at 8: 30 11 a. m., with fellowship and Family Bible Hour held for an hour between the services.

The morning’s activities will also include a celebration of Lutheran Schools Week, March 3 through 10. Redeemer School’s140studentshave been invited to be a part of this service.

A special hymn written by parish ioner and musician Susan Nelson will be introduced and sung by the choir. Based on passages from Ephesians, the sixstanza celebratory piecewas inspiredbyPastorKritsch’s recent decision to remain as Redeemer’s head pastor after ing an offer to become head pastor of

a church and school in Florida. On Sunday, April 2, the Reverend Dr. Donald Sandmann, who will reparticipated. this summer as President of the New Jersey DistrictLutheran

Missouri Synod, will preach his farewell sermon to the Westfield congregation. On Wednesday, April 19, Redeemer will celebrate 75 years of providing Lutheran worship serteacher, vices in Westfield.

For more information about the church or school, which offers a

education program from through sixth grade, please call (908) 2321517.

WESTFIELD – The First Congre gational Church of Westfield’s Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award Committee for 2000 is seeking nomi nations of candidates for this year’s award.

Candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 22 who participate in a Westfieldbased organization and have distinguished themselves in the area of human rights.

Nominees should be individuals whohave shownopennessandfriend liness to persons of all races, creeds and nationalities; involvement and leadership in organizations and ac tivities committed to improving hu man relations; unusual personal dig nity; the willingness to risk for what he or she believes is right; unqualified acceptance of others; respect for diversity; personal integrity; caring and willingness to listen and the ability to lead by example.

Nominations should be typewrit ten and no more than two pages in length. Submittals should indicate not only those organizations with which the candidate has been affili ated and the responsibilities he or she has assumed, but also stories or examples illustrating how the indi vidual meets the award criteria.

They should be mailed to Com mittee CoChairwomen Ann Harris and Barbara Hollister, First Congre gational Church, 125 Elmer Street,

Westfield, 07090, no later than Sun day, April 30.

Submittals should include the names, addressesandtelephonenum bers of two references whom the committee can contact.

Presentation of the award, which consists of a certificate and a mon etary award, will be made in the spring.In addition,thewinner’sname will be placed on a plaque in the foyer of the First Congregational Church.

All nominees will be publicly ac knowledged in appropriate ways, ac cording to church spokeswoman Leslie Kopf.

By DR. WILLIAM ROSS FORBES

I’ve served most of my ministry in three major metropolitan areas in the United States. I’m a product of the NewYork/ New Jersey urban sprawl. After living away from this area for almost 15 years, I had some ments” to make when we returned

here to live 11 years ago. declinThe intensity that permeates most every interaction and ence of the day takes its toll on all of

us. Virtually all of the major faith traditions teach that reflection, tation, and finding one’s spiritual

center are an important part of gious maturity and wisdom. This can fifthcertainly be a challenge in this ticular part of the universe!

I have learned from my experi ences as a pastor that few people (in fact, none in my 30 years of ministry) ever, at the end of life, share with me that they wish they had spent more time at the job or running after the next promotion. No. When I have had the privilege of reflecting with people near the end of their lives, they have said they wished they had spent more time with spouses and children; more time laughing and relaxing, rather than hurrying to the next “stop”onthenevermill some think is the pathway to

success. People have told me they wished they had looked at more sunsets than balance sheets, given more smiles than sobering assessments, offered more encouragement than criticism… The list easily goes on, but I suspect you catch my drift.

I often have to chuckle when I think about the multitude of simple chance encounters we all have each day… Drivingslowly toturnintoyour driveway when someone just about runs into your bumper and waves a notsofriendly gesture in your A Weekly Column On Issues of Our Community

Slow Down and Take a Moment To Savor Life’s Important Things

rection as they speed past you bePaul cause you weren’t moving fast enough!

People frowning and sighing at the checkout counter in the local superand market when the checker isn’t going “adjustfast enough, or the person in front of

you has nine items in the eight item lane, are regular events for us! alWe are hurrying our children into

experithe competitive world too fast. Some

parents are prepping their kids for preschool, for goodness sakes! mediHurry, hurry, hurry… Compete, comtire

pete, compete! That is the message reliof our culture. It’s an unhealthy mesChurch

sage, too. Stress is about to do us in! parAbout 35 years ago, Simon and

Garfunkle sang, “Slow down, you move too fast.” What would they be singing today?

A couple of years ago, a popular phrase started to catch on that we shouldpractice “randomactsofkindChristian ness.” It just might make a differnursery ence.

The next time you are tempted to hurry, slow down, reflect on how incredible this gift of life is. Think about those folks who have touched your life with an unexpected (or pected) act of kindness and encourNominations

endingtreadagement. Countyourblessings.Smile

more and frown less. Write a note to an old teacher who encouraged you. Pick up the phone and call your lonely aunt. Before you know it, you just might begin to slow down and see the roses, as well as having a moment to smell them!

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Dr.William RossForbeshasserved as the Senior Pastor of The Presbyte rian Church in Westfield for the past 11 years.

Plains Baptist Announces Dinner On Ash Wednesday

SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Baptist Church, located at 333 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains, will host a Lenten,Ash Wednesday, Soup and Bread Dinner on March 8, from 6 to 8 p. m.

dinner will feature a simple meal of soup and bread followed by a short Lenten devotional by Pastor

F. Rothwell and a special video presentation featuring the passion

resurrection segments of the siOverlook lent version of Cecil B. DeMille’s

King of Kings.

Narration for the video will be provided by Pastor Chaz Hutchison, Minister of Christian Education and Youth.

The dinner is free and reservations may be made by calling the church at (908) 3225487. During the dinner, a special offering will be taken for the StarFish Food Pantry in Plainfield.

Congregation Beth Israel To Hold Caregiver Series

St. Bart’s Rosarians To Meet on March 6

SCOTCH PLAINS — St. Bartholomew’s Rosary Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 6, following the 7: 30 p. m. Mass.

Due to the cancellation of the last meeting, the annual “Game Night” will be held that night. Participants are asked to bring a small gift. All the women of the parish are invited to attend, and guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Redeemer Lutheran Church Slates Program on Palestine

SCOTCH PLAINS –“ Caring for Family Members,” a three part caregiver education series, will be sponsored by the Social Action Committee of Congregation Beth Israel, 1920 Cliffwood Street (Sha lom Way) in Scotch Plains.

Theserieswillbe heldatthetemple on three consecutive Thursdays, March 9, 16 and 23, at 7: 30 p. m. The program is open to the community and free of charge with advanced registration. Participants may attend one or all of the programs.

“Family Dynamics and the Mitzvah of Caregiving” will be pre sented on March 9. Rabbi George Nudell, the spiritual leader of ConScotch gregation Beth Israel, and Andrea Greenberg ofJewishFamilyServices will discuss the responsibilities and obligations of caregiving and the impact on the family.

Phyllis Apperman of Visiting Health Services of Union County, Inc. will speak about health issues associated with aging.

“Careful Planning CanAvert a CriThe sis,” to be presented on March 16, will focus on the legal and financial concernsof eldercare.LindaErshowGary Levenberg, an elder law attorney and partner with Fink, Rosner, Ershowand Levenberg of Clark, and Marc Gauvall, a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch of Short Hills, will lead these discussions.

“Making Choices About Care and Living Arrangements,” to take place on March 23, will include a panel discussion on residential options and resources in the community.

Scheduled to speak are Judy Bartlett, Adult Day Care Director, andSusan Karcher,DirectorofHome

Care, both from Muhlenberg ReAging gional Medical Center in Plainfield.

Other speakers will include Marjorie Deas, Director of Commu nity Relations for The Chelsea at Fanwood; Sally Ali, Director of So cial Services at the Central New Jer sey Home for the Aged, and Pam Bonning, a registered nurse with Haven Hospice, JFK Medical Center in Edison.

Aquestionandanswerperiodwill follow all the presentations. To re serve a spot, please call the temple office at (908) 8891830 by Tuesday, March 7.

WESTFIELD — The Central New Jersey Chapter of the Valparaiso Uni versity Guild will present “Witness to History: Facts ‘Below the Ground’and

exFacts ‘on the Ground’” on Sunday, March 5, at 3 p. m. at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Westfield.

Lois Glock of Madison, an alumna of the university, will discuss how she and her late husband, Dr. Albert E. Glock, experienced several decades of the unfolding history of the Palestinian people in the West Bank.

Besides their careers in archeology, Mrs. Glock will recall factors which led to the Intifada (uprising), the Gulf War and its aftermath and the begin ning of the lengthy peace process.

During her talk, she will describe the role of Birzeit University in the Pales tinian Arab community and present observations from two decades of life

in the occupied West Bank. The church is located at Clark Street and Cowperthwaite Place. All are in vited to attend. The program will in clude refreshments with a Middle East ern theme. For further information, please call Edi Meier, Chapter Presi dent, at (908) 8891941.

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