CYAN YELLOW MAGENTA BLACK
– Directory to Houses of Worship –
ALL SAINTS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH 559 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains
Reverend Thomas Laws
BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 539 Trinity Place, Westfield
Reverend Kevin Clark
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTERDAY SAINTS 1781 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains
Bishop Linden Slaugh
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
Dr. Christopher Atwood, Senior Minister 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
TEMPLE SHOLOM 815 W. Seventh Street, Plainfield
Rabbi Joel N. Abraham
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
Prov. 17:27 & James 1:19 The Gospel
He who has knowledge spares his words and a man of understanding has a cool spirit. Remember this, my dear brothers! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry.
Rev. Hetzel ‘Recycles’ Plants For the Formerly Homeless
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Reverend Kenneth G. Hetzel, Pastor of the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains, has turned his love of plants into a special ministry to brighten the apartments of formerly homeless and refugee families.
“The idea came as one of the members of our church, Ellie Kullmann, talked about moving refugees into apartments and how happy the family might be if there was a spare old plant available,” Reverend Hetzel explained.
“The same was true for formerly homeless families moving into an apartment. I love plants and plants help make an apartment home. So, I started some slips from plants I had, and when they were ready, sent them with Ellie to give away,” he continued.
The project expanded almost at once. Members of the Willow Grove congregation brought in old plants which needed trimming or “fixing up.” Several families also found heavily overgrown plants around their houses or neighborhood and brought them over to the church.
And so began a larger ministry of recycling plants. “An old spider plant became more than 20 hanging plants. Summer bedding plants, wax begonias, were potted before frost and became small houseplants,” Rever
end Hetzel revealed. “An overgrown rabbit’s foot fern became four plants. A potted snake plant from a neighbor across the street became five plants,” he added.
All this requires both new pots and potting soil. So Pastor Hetzel cruises neighborhoods during large trash recycling days, looking for usable flower pots, hanging baskets and potting soil. Sometimes he has even found additional plants worthy of recycling again into new pots — and into new homes.
Presently, the Pastor has about 20 spider plants which should be ready for distribution by Christmas. “They’re potted up, but need to get some growth on them before they look good enough to give away,” he said.
Reverend Hetzel noted that the plants require only a little bit of labor on his part and just need some water by their new owners.
The Pastor said he is always ready to receive any plant worth recycling, as well as usable potting soils. Clean decorative planters and plastic pots are also welcome. He stated that he would like to recycle some Christmas Cactus for next year.
Reverend Hetzel may be reached at the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, 1961 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, by calling (908) 232-5678, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREEN THUMB…The Reverend Kenneth G. Hetzel, Pastor of the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains, is pictured in his garden among plants he has re-potted to give to formerly homeless families who are moving into their new apartments.
St. Bartholomew’s Principal Honored by Pupils and Staff
HONORED FOR LEADERSHIP…The students, staff and parents of St. Bartholomew School in Scotch Plains honored its principal, Sister Louise Lauretti, for her leadership on November 18 as part of the nationwide celebration of the National Day of Appreciation for Catholic School Principals. Pictured, from left, are: Sister Lucy Prudesti, who was Sister Lauretti’s sixth grade teacher, and Sister Lauretti.
SCOTCH PLAINS – The students, staff and parents of St. Bartholomew School in Scotch Plains honored its principal, Sister Louise Lauretti, for her leadership on November 18.
Sister Lauretti was honored during the nationwide celebration of the National Day of Appreciation for Catholic School Principals.
This celebration, which was established by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) seven years ago, calls upon the local school community to express gratitude to its principal for the direction, dedication and drive that the administrator brings to the education of young children.
Fanwood Presbyterian To Hold Blood Drive
FANWOOD — The Fanwood Presbyterian Church will conduct its annual blood drive on Saturday, December 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Martine and LaGrande Avenues.
Walk-ins will be welcome. For an appointment, please call Jim Grover at (908) 889-6574.
Holy Trinity Students Win Scholastic Olympics Events
WESTFIELD — Dorothy Szot, Principal of Holy Trinity Interparochial School in Westfield, has announced that the school won first place at the recent Scholastic Olympics.
This event, held for the past 28 years, is an academic competition sponsored by Roselle Catholic High School. Its purpose is to stimulate educational interest and ability in youth.
The Holy Trinity team, composed of 14 eighth-grade students, competed against 22 parochial schools in the area. The subject categories included Mathematics, Science, English, Religion, Spelling, Art and Current Events.
The students representing Holy Trinity Interparochial were Kyle McPherson, Steven Fromtling, Brandon Pantano, Matthew Smith, Ryan Leonard, Andrew Clark, Colette Moryan, Viga Howell, Beth Traflet, Clare Hilliard, Caitlin Lojo, Jennie Mathew, Samantha Gregory and Deenie Quinn.
From that group, seven won separate plaques in specific areas of academic competition. Winning first place were Colette Moryan, Religion; Caitlin Lojo, MathematicsGirls’ Division; Matthew Smith, Mathematics-Boys’ Division; Clare Hilliard, Current Events and Jennie Mathew, Spelling.
The following students won third place: Beth Traflet, Religion and Brandon Pantano, Current Events.
Holy Trinity Interparochial has won first place several times over the years. The first place trophy will reside at the school, located on First Street, for the next year.
Women for Women Schedules Workshop on Step-parenting
children of families of divorce and self-esteem programs, among others.
To register for the workshop or for more information and directions, please call (908) 232-5787. A donation of $5 is suggested. All are invited to attend.
Westfield Girl Scouts Seek Aid With Mitten Tree Project
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Girl Scout community is seeking support from the community in aiding New Jersey’s needy children and adults by contributing new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and socks to its Mitten Tree Project.
Collection boxes will be available during the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored arrival of Santa on Sunday, November 28, at 5 p.m. at the North Avenue train station.
In addition, collection boxes will be available in all Westfield elementary and intermediate schools through Friday, December 10.
In its eighth year, the Westfield Girl Scouts initiated the Mitten Tree project in 1992, seeking at that time to assist New Jersey’s needy children. At the request of recipient agencies, the project was soon expanded to include adults.
Each year, primarily through the efforts of Girl Scout collections in the schools, approximately 500 new
mittens, gloves, scarves, hats and socks are distributed to St. Joseph’s Social Service Center and the Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless, both in Elizabeth, St. Clare’s Home for Children in Elizabeth, Jersey City and Neptune and Madonna House in Neptune.
In 1998, the number of articles collected substantially increased, largely as a result of collections being expanded to the annual October Westfield Girl Scout Hayride, and the response from Westfield residents during the collection at Santa’s Westfield arrival.
Seeking this year to assist even greater numbers of needy and to procure greater involvement of the Westfield community, the Westfield Girl Scouts are again appealing to all families attending Santa’s arrival on November 28 to encourage the spirit of giving in their young children by having them deposit their donation in the Mitten Tree collection boxes.
WESTFIELD – Women for Women of Union County will present “Stepparenting: A Guide to Blended Families,” on Tuesday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street.
Maryann Higgins, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Scotch Plains, will facilitate the workshop. She is CoPresident of Women for Women.
The workshop will focus on responsibility for discipline; couple strength, rituals in step-parenting and how to handle prior spouses.
Headquartered in Garwood, Women for Women is a non-profit organization serving the needs of women in the Union County area. It offers one-on-one counseling, support groups for women experiencing separation and divorce, groups for
Soroptimists International Prepares Annual Auction
WESTFIELD — Soroptimist International of the Greater Westfield Area (SIGWA) will hold its annual Holiday Auction, Wednesday, December 8, from 6-9 p.m. at L’Affaire in Mountainside.
Each person is asked to bring a gift for the auction. The cost of the dinner is $25.
For reservations, please contact Lucy Wilson at (908) 232-2800. Nonmembers are welcomed to attend.
The proceeds from the auction will fund the two annual monetary awards, which will be presented at its May 2000 Awards Dinner.
The first award is the Youth Citizenship Award that recognizes a 2000 college-bound high school graduate for special contributions made to his/ her family, school, community or to society at-large.
The contributions may take the form of activities that the applicant has initiated or is involved in that benefits others.
The applicant must demonstrate a significant level of involvement. Applications are available in the guidance offices of local high schools, at Brand Travel in Westfield, or by calling Susan Brand, Chairwoman at (908) 232-6694.
The second award is open to mature women entering or returning to the work force. Known as the Women’s Opportunity Award, it is intended to assist a woman head-ofhousehold to obtain additional job skills through education or training.
Applicants may be self-nominated or their names can be submitted by appropriate third parties such as teachers, counselors, clerics or community leaders. Applications and further information are available at Brand Travel or by calling Ms. Brand.
Applications must be submitted no later than January 15, 2000. Both scholarships were established by Soroptimist International of the Americas and are administrated locally under that organizations principles and guidelines.
The program is funded by the Soroptimist Foundation Soroptimist International of the Greater Westfield Area. Founded in 1982, the group is a volunteer service organization for business and professional women.
Almost 100,000 Soroptimists in 119 countries contribute time and financial support to communitybased projects benefiting women.
Support Group Formed By La Leche League
For Parents of Tots
WESTFIELD — The La Leche League of Westfield has formed a support group for parents of toddlers.
Discussion topics will rotate among the following areas: “Nighttime Parenting,” “Whole Foods for the Whole Family,” “Discipline/ Loving Guidance,” “Playful Learning,” “Supportive Husband/Nurturing Dad” and “Parenting Two or More.”
Meetings are held downstairs at the Scotch Plains Public Library, 1927 Bartle Avenue, on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:15 a.m. The next meeting is on December 1.
For more information, please call Sharon London at (908) 889-0010 or Chrissy Alba at (908) 653-1598.
BLESSING THE ANIMALS…St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Westfield recently marked the Feast of St. Francis. Father Larry Fama, Parochial Vicar, at the church blessed the animals for the parishioners of the church.
Foothill Club Luncheon Slated for December 3
With Holiday Theme
WESTFIELD – The Foothill Club of Mountainside will hold its monthly luncheon meeting on Friday, December 3, at noon at B.G. Fields Restaurant in Westfield.
A Christmas boutique fundraiser will feature new and nearly new items. Guests are welcome.
For reservations, please call (908) 232-3626.
Covering Fanwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield, Union County, New Jersey (NJ)