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Page 10 Thursday, April 22, 1999 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION


First Congregational Plans Fundraiser Clothing Drive

WESTFIELD — Donations are currently being sought for the First Congregational Church’s “Whale of a Sale” Garage Sale on Saturday, May 15.

Acceptable items include children’s toys, books, clothing and equipment; small appliances and electronics (no computers); household items; antiques, collectibles and bric-a-brac; and furniture.

Receiving dates will be Saturdays, April 24, May 1, and May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Due to lack of storage, furniture can be accepted only on Friday, May 14, from 3 to 8 p.m.

Items can be brought to the back entrance of the church at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield. A tax letter will be provided upon request.

All proceeds will benefit the First Congregational Church, which offers such community programs as Mother’s Morning Out and the Mid-Day Musicales free concert series, as well as outreach ministries to the Aspen Riverpark housing project in Newark

and Heifer Project International to fight world hunger.

For further information, please call (908) 233-2494.

BIKES, BASKETS AND BABY BOUNCERS…Vicky Wicks and Betsy Chance of the First Congregational Church in Westfield display just a few of the items to be offered at the church’s first annual “Whale of a Sale” garage sale on Saturday, May 15. Donations of household goods, children’s toys and other items will be accepted on Saturdays, April 24, May 1 and May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the church at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield. For further information, please call (908) 233-2494.

Rosarians’ Retreat Is Planned for May 6

WESTFIELD — The Rosary Altar Society of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church and St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield will hold its annual retreat on Thursday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at the Villa Pauline in Mendham.

Cars will leave at 9 a.m. from 525 First Street in Westfield. The Retreat Master will be the Reverend Patrick DeGeorge.

Individuals wishing to attend are asked to make out a check for $15 and send it to: Eleanor Pfaff, 525 First Street, Westfield, 07090 as soon as possible.

Those who are able to provide transportation are asked to call (908) 2323341.

Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea Plans Concert May 1 at Church

WESTFIELD — The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, conducted by the Reverend Alphonse Stephenson, will perform in Westfield on Saturday, May 1, at 8 p.m. to benefit the Youth and Family Counseling Service (YFCS).

The agency is now in its 81st year of service to residents of Westfield and seven other area communities.

The concert will be held in St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church, located at Rahway Avenue and Lamberts Mill Road in Westfield. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Previous concerts by the symphony orchestra, beginning in 1991, have added over $116,000 to the YFCS’s operating funds. YFCS is an independent, nonprofit, mental health agency with a policy of sliding scale fees based on ability to pay. This

annual concert enables the agency to continue this policy.

In addition to orchestral pieces, the diverse program will feature two vocalists performing selections from popular Broadway shows as well as opera. Reverend Stephenson’s humorous anecdotes and asides lend a lighthearted touch to the classical music format.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for general admission; $22 for senior citizens and $50 for Patron seating.

Local ticket outlets include Country Squire Men’s Wear in Clark, the Enchanted Garden in Cranford, Encore Books in Garwood, Richard Roberts Ltd. in Scotch Plains and Lancaster Hallmark Ltd. in Westfield.

Tickets also may be ordered by calling (908) 233-2042 or the YFCS headquarters at 233 Prospect Street in Westfield.

UPCOMING CONCERT…Youth and Family Counseling Service Executive Director Milt Faith, left, and Concert Chairman Bill Shafer look over sign that has since been placed outside St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield, site of the Saturday, May 1 concert of The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea.

Temple Emanu-El Prepares Annual ‘Mitzvah Day’ Event

WESTFIELD — Temple EmanuEl, located at 756 East Broad Street in Westfield, is preparing for its fourth annual “Mitzvah Day” on Sunday, April 25. The occasion was recognized with a recent proclamation issued by Mayor Thomas C. Jardim of Westfield.

“Mitzvah” has been taken to mean a “good deed,” although the Hebrew word means “commandment.” Literally translated, a Mitzvah is a growth-motivated act that an individual does out of obligation to self, fellow man and God.

Over 600 volunteers are expected to take part in more than 35 projects designed to promote self-growth and social betterment in the community.

These projects, which are non-sectarian in nature, will include the cleaning and painting of many local agencies; outdoor activities such as spring clean-up programs at local parks, and visitation with elderly residents at local nursing homes and assisted care facilities.

The day will begin at the temple at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and bagels, along with a brief service.

At St. Joseph’s Social Service Center in Elizabeth, volunteers will help organize the kitchen, sort clothing for distribution and help clean the building.

Similar activities are planned for the Westfield Day Care Center, the Association for Rehabilitation with Kindness in Westfield, and the Westfield Neighborhood Council.

At the Jewish Community Center, volunteers will be needed for work involving the ball field and playground used by the day care center and the summer camp, including spreading new wood chips and raking the grounds.

Landscaping activities will be held throughout the area, including new planting at the Interfaith Council for the Homeless in Plainfield and indoor and outdoor work at the Adult Retarded Citizens Center in Scotch Plains.

Children will have an opportunity to visit elderly and handicapped residents at numerous agencies and hos

pitals throughout the area. They will also be able to participate in a project making gifts for the homeless and residents of battered women’s shelters.

Mitzvah Day volunteers are encouraged to donate time year-round at participating agencies. Individuals from the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, CONTACT We Care, and the Union County Literacy Program will be on hand to answer questions and discuss year-round volunteer opportunities.

Donations are also being sought of nonperishable food items, both Kosher and non-Kosher, toiletries, school supplies, old musical instruments, toys for children and babies, diapers and other infant care products, linens and kitchen starter sets.

Anyone interested in participating may call Dr. Drew Harris at (908) 233-6016 or Madeleine Shrank at (908) 272-4539 to discuss specific programs. A wrap-up dinner and chat will be held in the Greifer Sacks Hall of the temple at the conclusion of the day’s activities.

Westfield Hadassah Schedules Next Meeting

WESTFIELD — The next meeting of the Westfield Chapter of Hadassah will be held on Monday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield.

President Carol Thau will conduct a brief business meeting. Nominating Chair, Gail Star, will present the slate of officers for 1999-2000. Voting will take place.

The guest speaker, Al Beckerman, is a noted artist and graphic designer. His topic, “Jewish Identity in the Visual Arts,” will examine the imbalance of the presence of Jews in the visual arts versus the written word.

Mr. Beckerman, whose work has been shown throughout the Northeast, has received over 100 awards. He has taught and lectured at colleges in New Jersey and New York. The public is invited to attend.




Youth & Family Counseling Service

9 th Annual Benefit Concert Saturday, May 1 • 8 p.m.

Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea

Tickets: $50, $25, $22

Info: YFCS office (908) 233-2042

St. Helen’s Church

Corner of Rahway Avenue & Lamberts Mill Road


The Rev. Alphonse Stephenson, Conductor

CLASSIC WORKS…Friends of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield will present the church’s adult choirs, including the Parish Choir and the Chamber Choir, pictured above, in concert at the church on Sunday, May 2, at 7 p.m. The ensembles, who will perform the works of Felix Mendelssohn and Ludwig van Beethoven, will be joined by soloists and members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Charles M. Banks. The church is located at 414 East Broad Street. For further information, please call Mr. Banks at (908) 232-8506, Extension No. 17. Admission is free.

(908) 2771547 • CECSummit@ aol. com 31 Woodland Avenue • Summit


Funding 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.

APRIL 25: CALVARY QUARTET – Soprano Andi Campbell, mezzo Sharon Morrison, tenor Russell Weinberg, and bass Jason Iannuzzi in a diverse concert of opera, lieder, Broadway, and more.

MAY 23: HAYDN MASS IN TIME OF WAR – The season concludes with the Chorale's performance of Haydn's powerful and moving Mass.

First Congregational Church Sets Class For New Members

WESTFIELD — The First Congregational Church of Westfield will offer an Inquirer’s Class for prospective members on Sunday, April 25, at 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel Lounge.

Visitors are invited to attend the 10 a.m. worship service and stay for the program immediately afterward. The class is designed for anyone who has recently moved to the area or who is seeking a new church community.

First Congregational Church is an inclusive fellowship of people who, in diversity of faith, agree to walk together faithfully in God’s ways. It’s current membership comprises a blend of life-long Congregationalists and former Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics, Lutherans, Quakers and Unitarians.

The Congregational church is a branch of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a denomination of about 1.5 million members nationwide.

The Reverend Dr. Harry Taylor, interim pastor, will explore the origins and beliefs of the UCC as a denomination, as well as of the First Congregational Church in specific.

Visitors will have an opportunity to meet with lay leaders of the church and learn about key programs such as Christian education, fellowship and

outreach ministries. Child care is available for families with young children. New members will be received on Sunday, May 2. First Congregational Church is located at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield.

For further information, please contact the church office at (908) 233-2494 or visit the web site at

Parkinson Group Slates Upcoming Meeting

WESTFIELD — The Parkinson Support Group in Westfield will meet next at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 10, at the Parish House of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

The topic of discussion will be Nutrition for Parkinson People. Karen M. Ensle of the Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County will give this presentation. She will provide information furnished by the American Parkinson Disease Association.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information or directions, please call the church office at (908) 233-0301.

Temple Religious School Schedules Open House

SPRINGFIELD — Temple Sha’arey Shalom Religious School, located at 78 South Springfield Avenue in Springfield, will hold an Open House on Saturday, April 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. for families with children ages 4 to 7 years old.

The primary grade religious school program is held once a week on Saturday mornings and includes a family Shabbat worship service at 9 a.m. Children will then visit the classrooms and participate in school activities. The principal and school committee representatives will be available to speak to parents about the school and the synagogue.

For more information about Temple Sha’arey Shalom’s religious school program, or to respond for the Open House, please call Cantor Amy Daniels, Director Of Education, or Sharon Moesch at (973) 379-6646.

Temple Sha’arey Shalom is a Reform Jewish congregation affiliated

with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Its membership includes residents of Westfield, Cranford, Millburn, Springfield, Union and other area communities.

The temple offers various activities and services, including an outreach program, active Sisterhood and Brotherhood, and a strong social action program.

Rosary Altar Society Plans Next Meeting

SCOTCH PLAINS — The monthly meeting of St. Bartholomew’s Rosary Altar Society will be held on Monday, May 3, following the 7:30 p.m. Mass and the Crowning of The Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains.

This is also the night of the Rosary Birthday Party. Union Catholic to Hold

Auditions for Musical

SCOTCH PLAINS – Auditions for an original musical comedy, Merrie Olde New England, written by Scotch Plains residents Skip and Manya Ungar, will be held at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains on Tuesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Although some students will participate in the production, several male and female adult actors are needed to fill many of the leading roles.

The musical will be presented on Friday and Saturday evenings, June 18 and 19, and on the afternoon of Sunday, June 20.

The plot is about two small neighboring New England towns and their

attempt to lure business away from each other. The daughter of the mayor of one of the towns discovers that there was a Revolutionary War battle fought there, and that a genuine hero led the Colonials to victory over the Redcoats. The other town tries to steal him away, and a new battle ensues.

For further information, please call (908) 889-6326.

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