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Victoria Ney Joins Ministry At Presbyterian Church NEW MINISTER TAKES OFFICE…Victoria ‘Vicky’ M. Ney is presented with
a book of worship by the Reverend Dr. William Ross Forbes, senior pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. The presentation was made after Mrs. Ney was ordained as a minister of the Word and Sacrament and then installed as Associate Pastor for Parish Life at the church.
WESTFIELD — Victoria “Vicky” M. Ney was ordained as a minister of the Word and Sacrament, and installed as Associate Pastor for Parish Life at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.
Choral music and a solo by Mrs. Ney’s husband, Richard, were part of the afternoon ceremony in the church’s sanctuary on September 26. Mr. Ney is choir director at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains.
Mrs. Ney began studying piano at age four and became organist at St. James Episcopal Church in Atlantic City at 14, starting a music ministry that has included work at Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic and Presbyterian churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She was organist/director at Temple Beth Israel and Temple Emeth Shalom in Atlantic County.
The Reverend Dr. Randolph T. Riggs, senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, Pa., whom Mrs. Ney credits for encouraging her to become an ordained minister, delivered the sermon. Mrs. Ney entered Princeton Theological Seminary in 1996.
The husband-and-wife musical team worked together for seven years at Grace Presbyterian Church in Jenkintown, Pa.
The ordination ceremony was led by the Reverend Jill H. Kitsko, moderator of the Elizabeth Presbytery.
Others participating were the Reverend Dr. William Ross Forbes, senior pastor of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield; the Reverend Robin Bacon-Hoffman, chaplain at The Presbyterian Home at Meadow Lakes; the Reverend Robert M. Hoag, parish associate at Grace Presbyterian Church
in Jenkintown; and the Reverend Christina L. McCormick, associate pastor of the Westfield church, and Helen D. Bovenkerk, chairperson of the search committee, which nominated Mrs. Ney.
Prayers were offered by the Reverend Pedro Rivera, interim associate executive presbyter of the Elizabeth Presbytery; the Reverend Dr. Elizabeth Edwards, professor emerita at Princeton Theological Seminary, and Wendy W. Thode, associate pastor at the Westfield church.
Marilyn Thorne, an elder at the Willow Grove Church, led the Call to Worship, and Eunice Baer, chairperson of the committee on ministry for the Elizabeth Presbytery, read a selection from the Bible.
Methodist Historian to Give Presentation at Area Church
Dr. Robert Simpson
WESTFIELD – First United Methodist Church of Westfield will offer a presentation by Dr. Robert Simpson, a Methodist historian and authority on the life of Bishop Francis Asbury, on Sunday, October 10, during the Sunday School hour at 9:45 a.m.
Dr. Simpson will come in costume portraying Bishop Asbury (1745-1816), the founder and first bishop of American Methodism. He will tell the bishop’s life story and preach a brief sermon typical of the early Methodist preachers.
From the United Methodist Archives and History collection, Dr. Simpson will bring Bishop Asbury’s
pocket watch, powder horn, glasses and a set of saddle bags used by a Methodist circuit-rider 150 years ago.
Dr. Simpson is a retired Methodist minister in the Northern New Jersey Annual Conference, Assistant Archivist at the Methodist Center and Adjunct Professor at Drew Theological School. He is a member of the Bridgewater Methodist congregation.
The community is invited to attend the presentation, which is part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the Westfield church.
For further information, please contact the church office at (908) 2334211.
First Baptist Church Installs New Cross at Sanctuary
WESTFIELD — A new six-foot high cross now hangs in the front of the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Streetj, Westfield.
The wooden cross is gilded and is superimposed on a circle. The same circle and cross pattern is used in the stained glass windows in the walls of the sanctuary.
The cross is the gift of church members Oscar and Diedree Morong. It was designed by church member
Art Taylor and was custom-made by Donald Finley of Mountainside. Both the cross and lighting for it were installed in mid-September.
In addition, the church has added six live palms across the front of the church, which will be maintained by Parker Greenhouses in Scotch Plains.
The screen in front of the 1,376 pipes of the 1970 Reuter Organ was replaced last spring. The new screen has provided a new focal point for the church’s walls.
The sanctuary is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday and Sunday mornings.
Torah Center to Hold Tutoring Program
WESTFIELD — The Union County Torah Center will offer a Torah Tutoring Program on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., beginning on October 13 at the Center, located at 418 Central Avenue in Westfield.
The program has been designed to help children with their Judaic studies. It is geared toward youngsters who are currently enrolled in a Jewish Day School or Hebrew School and need additional help in certain subjects or would like supplemental instruction.
The program is also for children who are not in Hebrew School and would like tutoring for Jewish subjects.
For more information, please call the Center at (908) 789-5252.
Hospital Chaplain to Speak At Local Baptist Church
SCOTCH PLAINS — Chaplain David Quiring, Protestant Chaplain at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield, will discuss his pastoral care/hospital ministry at the Scotch Plains Baptist Church on Sunday, October 24, during the 11 a.m. worship service.
Reverend Quiring graduated from the American Baptist Seminary of the West and earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Drew University School of Theology. He is a fellow in the Association of Professional Chaplains.
He has been Chaplain at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center for 23 years, where he coordinates pastoral care ministries.
Reverend Quiring’s presentation is taking place in conjunction with a special recognition week during which the American Baptist Churches, USA, salutes their Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors serving throughout the United States and
overseas in the military. For more information or directions, please call (908) 322-5487.
Jewish Center to Hold Blood Drive on Sunday
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Central New Jersey, in cooperation with the New Jersey Blood Services, will hold a blood drive on Sunday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the JCC Wilf Jewish Community Campus, 1391 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains.
Registration is recommended. To reserve a time, for directions, or for information about donor qualifications, please call (908) 889-8800 in advance.
Although donating blood only takes a few minutes, participants are advised to allow one hour for sign-in and rest afterward.
Interfaith Singles Reveals Calendar Of October Meetings
WESTFIELD — Interfaith Singles, a support group for single adults over age 45, holds weekly discussions on successful single living at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street in Westfield.
Continental breakfast is offered, and a donation of $2 is requested.
Meetings will be held on Sundays, October 10, 17, 24 and 31, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. For further information, please call (908) 889-5269 or (908) 889-4751.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Sponsors Band Competition
BAND PERFORMANCE…The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Raider Band performs at half-time at a recent Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Raider football game.
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Music Department will sponsor a marching band competition on Sunday, October 10, beginning at 1 p.m. at Perry Tyson Field at the high school.
Although the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School Raider show band has participated in marching band competitions for many years, this is the first year time that the high school has sponsored such an event.
The high school band will participate in the event, but, in the tradition of marching band festivals, the Raider band will only perform in exhibition, not competition.
Seven to 10 bands from central New Jersey are expected to participate in the competition.
Gates will open at noon on Sunday, October 10. An awards ceremony is scheduled for about 4 p.m. that day.
The admission fee is $6.
Scotch Plains Groups Set Fall Spelling Bee
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains Recreation/Junior Woman’s Club Fall Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, October 16, at the Scotch Hills Clubhouse, Jerusalem Road, Scotch Plains.
Third graders must report at 9 a.m., fourth graders will report at 9:30 a.m. and fifth graders will participate at 10 a.m.
The event is an elimination contest for grades three, four and five, with words chosen from each grade level’s spelling course. At the finals, more difficult words will be used.
Prizes will be awarded for first and second place in each grade. Registrations will be taken in Room No. 113 at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building on Park Avenue in Scotch Plains until Friday, October 15.
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The Hearing Society to Offer Free Courses
WESTFIELD — The Hearing Society has resumed their free lip reading and basic sign language classes.
Every Thursday, sign language is taught from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. After a short coffee break, basic lip reading is taught from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. A certified teacher of many years experience is on the staff.
The organization holds monthly “pot luck” lunches and an annual dinner in May for members, friends and the public to end its functions.
The society, which is located at the First Baptist Church in Westfield, also provides a scholarship for area deaf students who wish to continue their education in an accredited college.
Office hours are Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from mid-September to May. For more information, please call (908) 233-0266 or mail P.O. Box 2534, Westfield, 07091.
Union Hospital Center Sets Kid’s Nutrition Program
Donna Lushak, an Outpatient Nutritionist for Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, will present a program on children and nutrition at an upcoming meeting of the Mom’s Club at Union Hospital’s Center for Kids and Family on Friday, October 15, at 1 p.m. at the Center, 973-A Stuyvesant Avenue in Union.
All mothers and their children are invited to attend.
Ms. Lushak will offer informative tips on choosing a balanced, healthful diet for children ages 2 to 5. She will also cover other nutrition-related topics including vitamin supplements, hunger cues, processed foods, fat content and cholesterol.
To register for the Mom’s Club program, please call (908) 810-9523. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.