– Directory to Houses of Worship –
ALL SAINTS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH 559 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains
Reverend Robert Griffiths
BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 539 Trinity Place, Westfield
Reverend Kevin Clark
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTERDAY SAINTS 1781 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains
Bishop Kirk Bristol
COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Deer Path & Meeting House Lane,
Mountainside (908) 2329490
Reverend Christopher R. Belden
CONGREGATION ARI YEHUDA 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains
(Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church) (Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church) (Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church) (Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church) (Rear entrance of Assembly of God Church)
CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL 1920 Cliffwood Street, Scotch Plains
Rabbi George Nudell
ECHO LAKE CHURCH OF CHRIST 419 Springfield Avenue, Westfield
Dr. Ellis Long
EVANGEL CHURCH 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains
Reverend Kevin M. Brennan
FANWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Martine Avenue & La Grande Avenue,
Fanwood (908) 8898891
Reverend Stephanie MillerMcLane
THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 170 Elm Street, Westfield
Dr. Robert L. Harvey
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 257 Midway Avenue, Fanwood
(908) 3228461 FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST
422 East Broad Street, Westfield (908) 2335029
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH United Church of Christ 125 Elmer Street, Westfield
Reverend Harry Taylor Reverend Pamela Gilchrist
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1171 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains
Reverend Sam Chong
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1 East Broad Street, Westfield
Reverend David F. Harwood
GRACE ORTHODOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1100 Boulevard, Westfield (908) 2333938 or (908) 2324403
Reverend Stanford M. Sutton, Jr.
HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield
Reverend Dimitrios Antokas
HOLY TRINITY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Westfield Avenue & First Street, Westfield
Reverend Joseph Masielio
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY RC CHURCH 1571 South Martine Avenue, Westfield
Reverend John F. Kennedy
METROPOLITAN BAPTIST CHURCH 823 Jerusalem Road
Reverend Clement Griffin
MOUNTAINSIDE CHAPEL 1180 Spruce Drive, Mountainside
Reverend Dr. Gregory Hagg
OUR LADY OF LOURDES RC CHURCH 300 Central Avenue, Mountainside
Reverend Patrick J. Leonard
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN WESTFIELD 140 Mountain Avenue
Reverend Dr. William Ross Forbes
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 229 Cowperthwaite Place, Westfield
Reverend Paul E. Kritsch
ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 2032 Westfield Avenue, Scotch Plains
Reverend Michael A. Merlucci
ST. HELEN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 1600 Rahway Avenue, Westfield
Reverend Monsignor James A. Burke
ST. JOHN’S BAPTIST CHURCH 2387 Morse Avenue, Scotch Plains
Reverend Kelmo C. Porter, Jr.
ST. LUKE’S AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL ZION CHURCH 500 Downer Street, Westfield
Reverend Leon E. Randall
ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 414 East Broad Street, Westfield
Reverend Richard W. Reid
SCOTCH PLAINS BAPTIST CHURCH 333 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains
Reverend Gary Rothwell
TEMPLE BETH O’R/ BETH TORAH 111 Valley Road, Clark
Rabbi Shawn B. Zell
TEMPLE EMANUEL 756 East Broad Street, Westfield
Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff
TERRILL ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH 1340 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains
Michael C. Seaman
TERRILL ROAD BIBLE CHAPEL 535 Terrill Road, Fanwood
(908) 3224055 WILLOW GROVE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1961 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains (908) 2325678
Reverend Kenneth G. Hetzel
WOODSIDE CHAPEL 5 Morse Avenue, Fanwood
Reedeemer Lutheran Church & School Clark at Cowperthwaite Place • Westfield
(across from Roosevelt School) Weekly Services
Saturday 5:00pm • Sunday 8:30 & 11:00 • Wednesday 7:30pm Family Bible Hour – Sunday, 9:50am
The Presbyterian Church Candlelight Car Candlelight Car Candlelight Car Candlelight Car Candlelight Carol Ser ol Ser ol Ser ol Ser ol Service vice vice vice vice
Sunday, December13, 1998 7:30pm
Works by Howells, Victoria, Brahms and carols from various lands.
The Chancel Choir The Chancel Handbell Choir Soloists, Viola, Harp & Organ
All Are Welcome an Offering is Received
The Presbyterian Church 140 Mountain Avenue Westfield, NJ 07090
Good News That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Romans 10:9,10,11 The Gospel
‘Carols in the Round’ Celebrates Holiday Music
By SUSAN M. DYCKMAN
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
The youthful voices of the Westfield Chorale lend a harmony to the holiday season that unites members of many faiths in a shining moment of musical celebration called “Carols in the Round.”
Since 1987, under the direction of William R. Mathews, Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Westfield, there have been 272 members of the Westfield Chorale, which unites the talents of present members as well as graduates of area high school choirs.
Fifteen churches and synagogues from Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Plainfield and Westfield were represented in this year’s chorale.
Two performances were held Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, at First Baptist.
The sanctuary was adorned with adoring angels and the Holy Family in brilliant blue, green, red and gold, works of art specially designed for the church by Art Taylor.
Tall red candles at the ends of each pew, along with the reds and greens of the congregation’s holiday wear warmed the church as neighbors and strangers alike greeted each other in fellowship.
In his welcome, Mr. Mathews spoke of the “first Monday of October,” the traditional beginning of rehearsals for the December concert. It is his custom to “e-mail” former chorale members as that date approaches.
In their replies, they wrote of being in their dormitory rooms this year on that Monday night, thinking fondly of beginning rehearsals and concerts past.
Before taking his seat behind the grand piano, Mr. Mathews reminded the hushed congregation, “The celebration is about to begin. It happens every Christmas and it happens in our hearts.”
Interspersed among beloved carols like “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and traditional favorites such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” was a biblical recounting of the first Christmas.
Saturday readers were Dr. Robert L. Harvey, Senior Minister of First Baptist, and Judy Hartway, a member of the church’s Chancel Choir.
Dr. Darla Dee Turlington, Minister of Christian Education and Evangelism, and the Reverend Louis Ruprecht, Minster of Development at First Baptist read during Sunday’s concert.
The reading by Mr. Mathews and his 11-year old son, Tim, of a segment of Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” brought unprecedented applause mid-way through the concert. It offered a poignant reminder about the true spirit of the season.
The congregation, too, participated eagerly in the concert, joining the choir on favorites such as “Jingle Bells,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “Angels We Have Heard of High.”
While the original chorale was composed of 23 high school students, the largest group ever directed by Mr. Mathews was 62. This year, voices numbered 46, more in keeping with the director’s goal of 42-48 members.
Travis Miles Redd, an original chorale member, holds the record for
the most appearances in the concert. “He’s never missed a one,” said Mr. Mathews.
Another charter member, Rah-San Bowles, who officially retired from the chorale in 1996, continues to be recognized from his seat in the congregation as the soloist in “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
As the chorale’s reputation grew and the demand for tickets increased, Mr. Mathews expanded the program to two days in 1991, the year the concert was first recorded.
A second recording of the 1996 chorale commemorated the 10th Westfield Chorale to sing for “Carols in the Round.”
Proceeds from “Carols in the Round” have always been donated to a local charity. Since the chorale’s inception and including proceeds from this year’s concert, approximately $14,500 have been donated to needy organizations within the community.
This year, funds will be given to CONTACT We Care, a 24-hour-aday confidential telephone counseling service.
Last weekend, the shining faces of the congregation reflected the enthusiasm and enjoyment of the chorale members and of the director himself.
However, those sitting close enough to see Mr. Mathews in action were privy to a special treat. The affection, encouragement, approval and direction that flowed from his hands (and his face) to the young people before him, gave rise to a sound that must be heard to be believed.
Among the members of the 1998 Westfield Chorale are Liz Ambrosia, Katherine Ball, Stefanie Bistak, Jessica Brendler, Sara Carpenter, Marta C. Capasso, Sarah Chance, Jeremy Chilnick, Grant Cowell, Margaret Diggory, Samuel Fleder, Michael Friedman, Timothy Greenlaw, Rose Hely, Ryan Hogan, Charles Irwin, Paul Hayes, Peter J. Horn, and Gregory Jackson.
Other members include Gordon Kaslusky, Amanda Kelly, Laura Krasnor, Scott Lind, Lauren A. Mazzarese, Donald Mutz, Courtney Nemec, Carolyn Pilkington, Marina Powell, Lauren Ray, Travis Miles Redd, Jonathan Redeker, Molly Rock, Nick Rosolanko, Lyndsay Ruotolo, Katie Sargent, Alex Schwarzer-Muth, Yari Sigal, Wende Sitcer, Suzannah Skolnick-Smith, Robert Stroud, Allison Uniacke, Lisa Villalobos, Natalie Warren, Kristi Williams, Jennifer Wilson and Stephanie Woo.
Mid-Day Musicales to Host Special Ukrainian Soprano
WESTFIELD — The First Congregational Church of Westfield, 125 Elmer Street, has announced the continuation of their Mid-Day Musicales series of free, half-hour concerts on Wednesday, December 16, at noon with Ukrainian soprano Luba Schybchyk.
Pianist Pamela Gilmore will perform with Ms. Schybchyk in a program of opera arias featuring works of Verdi and Puccini.
These concerts, now in their 15th season, will be followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon available for $4.50 in the church social hall.
Ms. Schybchyk, a lyric soprano, made her American debut in the title role of the new production of Madama Butterfly, conducted by Adrian Button at the New Rochelle Opera in May.
She has performed the leading roles in “Rigoletto,” “La Traviata,” “The Impresario,” “Eugene Onegin,” Iolanta,” “Aleko, and “The Tsar’s Bride” with the opera companies of Lviv and the Ukranian capital Kyiv.
Ms. Schybchyk has won competitions as a pianist and has been honored in the Ukraine for her musical accomplishments and contributions to the community.
She has served as a vocal therapist in the otolaryngology department of the National Research Institute in Kyiv. Her studies have been published in medical journals.
Funding for the Mid-Day Musicales concerts has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
Chancel Choir Slates ‘Sacred Cantata’
The Chancel Choir of the Presbyterian Church in New Providence will present “Bach’s Sacred Cantata No. 140” on Sunday, December 13, at 7 p.m. in the church’s main sanctuary at 1307 Springfield Avenue.
Sandor Szabo, the church’s Music Director, will conduct the choir and chamber orchestra. He was the recipient of the Currin Scholarship at Westminster Choir College where he is pursuing post-graduate studies in organ.
The Chancel Choir will also perform other Christmas selections.
There is no admission fee, however, a free-will offering will be taken.
Presbyterian Church to Host Candlelight Carol Service
WESTFIELD — The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, located at 140 Mountain Avenue, will present its annual Candlelight Carol Service on Sunday, December 13, in the sanctuary of the church.
A Prelude by the Chancel Handbell Choir will begin at 7:20 p.m., preceding the Candlelight Procession at 7:30 p.m.
The Chancel Choir will perform carols from various countries. Traditional carols, with audience partici
pation, will also be sung. The Handbell Choir will ring other pieces as well. Soloists from the Chancel Choir and organ, harp and viola will be featured.
The service will conclude with “The Sleep of the Infant Jesus” by Henri Busser for viola, harp and organ.
The Director of Music will be James Simms and the Organist will be Annette White.
The public is invited to attend. An offering will be accepted.
Jared Daugherty Appointed Choir Director at Area Church
SCOTCH PLAINS – Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains recently welcomed Jared Daugherty as the new Choir Director of the church.
Mr. Daugherty will work part-time at the church while pursuing a master’s degree in Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College in Princeton.
The son of a minister and a teacher, Mr. Daugherty grew up in
Fayetteville, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Georgia Southern University and served for three years as a part-time Minister of Music at Reidsville United Methodist Church in Reidsville, Georgia.
Mr. Daugherty also served as an orchestra conductor, church pianist and private voice coach. He has also received honors and scholarships in music education and choral direction.
The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Mr. Daugherty will sing at the 10:30 a.m. worship services held every Sunday morning at Willow Grove Church, located at 1961 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains.
First Baptist Church Schedules Reading of Dickens’ Classic
WESTFIELD – The First Baptist Church, located at 170 Elm Street in Westfield, will present a free reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Tuesday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church.
Peter Horn, an English teacher at Westfield High School, will narrate the Dickens’ classic.
The Westfield Chorale, a mixed choir of high school students and graduates, will be directed by First Baptist’s Minister of Music, Bill Mathews.
The Chorale will sing between readings of an abridged version of A Christmas Carol.
The performance is free and is open to the public.
Faith Lutheran Church Plans Advent Luncheon
Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street, New Providence, will hold an Advent Luncheon on Wednesday, December 16, at 12:45 p.m., immediately following the 12:15 p.m. spoken Eucharist.
The church has planned to include a ham dinner in the luncheon.
There will be no charge for the luncheon. Reservations are required so that an appropriate quantity of food can be prepared.
To make reservations, please call the church office at (908) 464-5177 before Monday, December 14, at noon.
Saengerbund Concert On Tap for Saturday
WESTFIELD – The Schwaebischer Saengerbund, a 75-member German mixed chorus, will present its 11th annual Christmas Concert this Saturday, December 12, at 7 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140 Mountain Avenue in Westfield.
Directed by Manfred Knoop, the chorus will sing a variety of German and English Christmas music.
Mary Jean Kettler, soprano, as well as Luicina Quarleri, Andrea Viola and Kate Walsh, a children’s trio, will be the featured soloists for the evening.
The chorus will be accompanied by Carol Capor, organist, and Betsy Maxwell, pianist, as well as a 10member orchestra.
Tickets are available from all chorus members, as well as at the Deutscher Club of Clark, Clark Travel, Clark and Whitehouse offices, and Fritz’s Pork Store of Union. Advance tickets are $12, and tickets at the door are $14.
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Pastoral Associate Dr. Barbara Thomson Organist & Music Director
Sunda y, December 13 – 10 a. m. Vivaldi’s Gloria performed by the Festival Choir
Wednesda y, December 16 – Noon to 12: 30 p. m. Midday Musicales presents Luba Schybchyk, soprano
Thur sda y, December 24 – Christmas Eve Ser vices 4: 00 p. m. – Spontaneous Children’s Pageant 6: 00 p. m. – Reenactment of the Christmas Story
11 p. m. -Service of Lessons and Carols