CYAN YELLOW MAGENTA BLACK
– 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
EVANGEL CHURCH 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains
Reverend Kevin M. Brennan
FANWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Martine Avenue & La Grande Avenue,
Fanwood (908) 8898891
Reverend Robert T. Snell
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, Scotch Plains
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
Rev. Snell to Speak Sunday On Being a Christian Today
Rev. Robert T. Snell
FANWOOD — Members of the community are invited to a special meeting this Sunday, May 16, at 8:45 a.m. at the Fanwood P r e s b y t e r i a n Church, located at Martine and LaGrande Avenues, when Pastor Robert Terrell Snell will discuss the challenges faced by Christians today.
Reverend Snell and his wife, JoAnne, have been with the church since January, when he took over from its Interim Minister, the Reverend Stephanie MillerMcLane.
At age 41, Reverend Snell entered Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, where he received numerous honors and awards for his work as a student and for his potential as a minister.
He served for five years as the Associate Pastor for Christian Education at the Brick Presbyterian
Church in New York City. Reverend Snell’s work as an interpreter of the Bible has been published in “Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology,” and one of his sermons is included in the multi-volume series “The Library of Distinctive Sermons.”
Reverend Snell gained extensive experience in management, sales, promotion, advertising, product design, development and budgeting during his 20-year work history before entering the seminary.
Reverend Snell said the perspective and experience he garnered during many years as a lay leader in a large congregation, plus two decades in secular careers, to be of “inestimable value” in his ministry as Pastor.
First Congregational Church Sponsors “Whale of a Sale”
WESTFIELD – First Congregational Church in Westfield will hold its “Whale of a Sale” this Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield.
Among the many items for sale are antiques and collectibles, furniture, household items, including a Nordic Track exercise machine and several full sets of china dishes, plus loads of children’s toys, games, clothing,
“WHALE OF A SALE”…Ryan Contos and Katharine Jaruzelski of First Congregational Church invite everyone to the church’s first annual Garage Sale on Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield. There will be plenty of bargains on children’s toys and clothing, household items, antiques and collectibles and furniture. All proceeds will benefit First Congregational Church.
books and equipment. Refreshments will also be offered for sale throughout the day.
All proceeds will benefit the First Congregational Church, which is home to Mother’s Morning Out, the Westfield Coop Nursery School and the Mid-Day Musicales free concert series.
For further information, please call (908) 233-2494.
Temple Emanu-El Honors Volunteers During Cruise
WESTFIELD — Temple EmanuEl of Westfield honored its volunteers on a recent dinner cruise around Manhattan.
Twelve individuals who collectively represent more than 300 years of volunteer service to the temple were celebrated for their dedication, aboard the Spirit of the Hudson.
More than 150 temple members, family and friends gathered to commemorate their accomplishments.
Honorees for the evening were Hy Abrams of Edison; Lisbeth Brodie, Rita Kessler, Leatrice Minzter, Stanley Nathanson, George Popper, Lois Silbergeld, Joyce Tischler, Louis Tischler and Joyce Yanowitz, all of Westfield; and Dorothy Ehrich and Robert Mansfeld of Mountainside.
A special highlight of the evening was the establishment of an endowment fund in the name of honoree, Lisbeth Brodie, which will provide summer camp scholarships for children. The fund was made possible by
the Dr. Charles Moser Family of Atlanta and San Francisco, formerly of Westfield.
‘Sim Shalom’ Service To be Held Tomorrow At Temple Emanu-El
WESTFIELD — Temple EmanuEl, 756 East Broad Street in Westfield, will present a special service entitled “Sim Shalom” tomorrow, Friday, May 14.
This service is a Shabbat healing service in soft jazz written by Rabbi Fredric Pomerantz, Rabbi of Temple Beth El in Closter.
Joining Rabbi Pomerantz will be his daughter, Rebecca Pomerantz, a fourth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College, and four other jazz musicians.
The service will begin at 8:15 p.m., followed by an oneg shabbat in their honor. The community is invited to attend.
Wesley Hall School Names Preschool Ministries Director
WESTFIELD — Scotch Plains resident Mary Banks Henderson was named Director of Preschool Ministries at First United Methodist Church of Westfield’s Wesley Hall Nursery School.
Ms. Henderson officially begins on Sunday, August 1. She replaces Director Cindy Heinbach, who will retire this spring after 27 years with Wesley Hall.
“This is an exciting challenge,” Ms. Henderson said. “I chose Wesley Hall for my daughter because of the nurturing environment. I think it’s a wonderful preschool.”
Her daughter, Kelly, is now eight and attends Evergreen School in Scotch Plains, where she and her mother live.
Wesley Hall Nursery School Board of Directors considered dozens of candidates for the position, which involves overseeing 13 teachers and
aides and 12 classes with more than 200 students from ages 2 1/2 through 5 years.
Among the new director’s goals for Wesley Hall are offering parenting programs and increasing the sense of partnership between the church and school communities.
“I’d like to make the church more aware of the school, and the school more aware of the church,” she explained.
Ms. Henderson currently teaches kindergarten in Whippany, where she has been for two years. Prior to that, she spent three years at Wesley Hall, where she taught the two-day and three-day morning Teddy Bear classes for three year-old students.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and her master’s in Early Childhood Education from Kean College, now Kean University. She supervised student teachers at Kean and did her own student teaching in Pennsylvania.
She ran before and after-care programs at the joint Summit-Berkeley Heights “Y,” and three years ago she implemented and ran a preschool summer camp program for the Scotch Plains Recreation Department.
Ms. Henderson has taught students from preschool through college but has a special affinity for the young.
“Preschool children are so excited about learning,” she said. “They’re open and affectionate, so much fun to be around. You can see so much growth in them from the beginning of the year until the end of the year.”
She and her daughter attend St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains.
County Torah Center Slates ‘Torah Factory’ Workshop
WESTFIELD — The Union County Torah Center will present the “Torah Factory,” a new hands-on workshop program, to the public this Sunday, May 16, at 1 p.m. at 418 Central Avenue in Westfield.
This workshop will focus on the ancient art of biblical calligraphy and scroll making, featuring the basic elements of scribes’ ink, quill and parchment making.
Participants in the Torah Factory will have the opportunity to prepare raw hides to be made into parchment, and then create their own take home souvenirs.
The workshop will also include whittling a goose feather into a quill, mixing the basic ingredients to prepare the ink, and practicing the writ
ing of the ancient Hebrew letters of the Torah on the handmade parchment.
The program will additionally trace the history of writing, from cave writing through hieroglyphics, Egyptian tablets and papyrus, culminating with the development of parchment writing which has preserved the Bible since ancient times.
This program is in preparation for the holiday of Shavuot on Friday and Saturday, May 21 and 22, which is the celebration of the giving of the Torah (Ten Commandments) on Mount Sinai.
The cost for the entire program is $5 per person. Reservations are preferred but not required. For further information, please call the Torah Center at (908) 789-5252.
Marcus Lance Burstein To be Ordained as Rabbi
WESTFIELD — Marcus Lance Burstein, the oldest son of Arlene and Dr. Julian W. Burstein of Westfield, will become ordained as a Rabbi in the Reform Movement at Temple Emanu-El in New York City on Sunday, May 16.
The ordination will culminate five years of post-baccalaureate professional studies.
Rabbi Burstein, a 1993 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, served last year in Costa Rica as a student rabbi.
He has lived in Israel and Madrid, and is fluent in both Hebrew and Spanish.
For the past three summers, he has served as Chaplain Trainee at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He will begin his Rabbinic congregational career in Falls Church, Virginia, at the beginning of July.
Rabbi Burstein was honored at Shabbat services at Westfield’s Temple Emanu-El on May 5.
Catholic Singles Club To Host Spring Dance
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Young Single Catholic Adults Club, a nonprofit organization, will sponsor a Spring Dance on Saturday, May 22, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 1571 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains.
Singles between the ages of 25 and 45 are invited to attend. Admission is $10 and includes snacks and beverages.
For more information, please call Anne at (732) 827-0093 or Jim at (732) 382-2754.
Choral Church Concert Slated At Holy Trinity
WESTFIELD – The Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity in Westfield will hold its final program
in its “Sacred Music at Holy Trinity” series on Saturday, May 22, at 8 p.m.
“Songs of Mary: A Choral Concert: will include soloists and an instrumental ensembles honoring Mary, the Mother of God.
The program will include “Ava Maria,” by Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, a setting of the Annunciation story by Heinrich Schutz, the Magnificat by Vivaldi, the Marienlieder by Brahms, the
Litaniae de Beata Virgine by Mozart, and “Song of Mary: Magnificat” by Schulz-Widmar.
Rives Cassel, Director of Music/ Organist of the church will conduct the program. The public is invited to attend this free concert.
PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN: (Never known to fail). Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine splendor of heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh, Star of the Sea, help me show me herein, you are my Mother. Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth! I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me this necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. Oh, show me herein you are my mother. Oh, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3x). Holy Mother, I place this cause in your hands (3X). Holy Spirit, you who solve all problems, light all roads so that I can attain my goal. You who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and for all things as you confirm once again that I never want to be separated from you in Eternal Glory. Thank you for your mercy toward me and mine. The person must say this prayer 3 consecutive days. After 3 days, the request will be granted. This prayer must be published after the favor is granted.
Musical Groups Set Religious Concerts
SCOTCH PLAINS — Eastern College, a Christian College of Arts and Sciences located in St. David’s, Pennsylvania will present its College Choir and ensemble, “Turning Point” in concert on Sunday, May 16, at the Scotch Plains Baptist Church at 7 p.m.
These ensembles are among many of Eastern College’s Music Department. The choir provides opportunities to study and perform traditional Choral works in a variety of styles, while “Turning Point” ministers as a smaller group through music ranging from the classic through contemporary popular styles.
The Choir’s repertoire will include traditional selections by Mozart and Faure, traditional-style anthems by 20th century composers, and arrangements of spirituals.
The program is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, please call the church at (908) 322-5487.
Fanwood Flea Market Rescheduled For Sat.
FANWOOD — Because of rain, the Flea Market at the Fanwood Train Station sponsored by the Metropolitan Baptist church of Scotch Plains has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 15. Vendors will sell an assortment of merchandise.
Refreshments will be on sale by the host organization.
For vendor information, please call (908) 654-9190.
– Obituaries –
Joseph O’Har, 85
Joseph O’Har, 85, of Mountainside died on Saturday, May 8, in the Manor Care Health Services in Mountainside.
Born in Cliffside Park, he had lived in Maplewood before moving to Mountainside seven years ago.
Mr. O’Har was a 1970 graduate of the Newark College of Engineering. He had been an engineer with the J. Harry McNally Mason Corporation in New York City before retiring 17 years ago.
Surviving is a daughter, Vicki Beth O’Har.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 10, in the BernheimApter-Goldsticker Suburban Funeral Chapel in Maplewood.
May 13, 1999
Dorothy Moran Meeker, 91; Former Owner of Meeker’s Garden Center
Dorothy E. Moran Meeker, 91, of Westfield, died on Tuesday, May 11, at Ashbrook Nursing Home in Scotch Plains.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, she had lived in Westfield since 1924.
Mrs. Meeker was the owner of Meeker’s Garden Center in Westfield for 40 years, before retiring in 1990.
She had been the First President of the Mother’s Guild Holy Trinity School in Westfield.
She had graduated in 1939 from the St. Joseph’s College for Women in Brooklyn where she earned a degree in English.
She was predeceased by her husband, John K. Meeker, Sr.
Surviving are three sons, John K. Meeker, Jr. of Scotch Plains, David J. Meeker of Dublin, California and T. Philip Meeker of Richardson, Texas; 10 grandchildren, and seven greatgrandchildren.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be offered tomorrow, Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in
Scotch Plains. Visitation will be held today, Thursday, May 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Avenue, Westfield. Interment will be at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery in Colonia.
May 13, 1999