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Page 10 Thursday, June 24, 1999 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION


– Directory to Houses of Worship –

Woodside Chapel Sets Vacation Bible School

FANWOOD — Woodside Chapel in Fanwood will hold its Vacation Bible School from Monday through Friday, June 28 to July 2.

The theme will be “We Shine for Jesus.” All children from kindergarten through high school are invited to attend. There is no fee.

Classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon for children in kindergarten through grade 7, and from 7 to 9:15 p.m. for grades 8 through 12 (June 27 to July 1).

The chapel is located at 5 Morse Avenue, at North Avenue, in Fanwood. For additional information, please call (908) 232-5705.

First Baptist Plans Program Sunday on Caring for Earth

WESTFIELD — An intergenerational program on Christian responsibility for nature will

begin at 9 a.m. this Sunday, June 27, at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street in Westfield.

In succession, attendees will participate in an intergenerational lesson and seed planting, a 10:30 a.m. worship service celebrating creation, a noon “brown bag” picnic, and a guided walk through the Great Swamp, ending at about 3 p.m.

“All of us need reminders that we are connected to and responsible for the environment,” said Dr. Darla Dee Turlington, Minister of Christian Education and Evangelism.

The program is under the direction of Westfield resident and church member Lisa Sottung, and the Great Swamp hike will be conducted by a local biologist. Members of the public are invited to participate, but must register for the hike by calling the church office at (908) 233-2278.

Scotch Plains Baptist To Show The Ride

SCOTCH PLAINS — Scotch Plains Baptist Church, 333 Park Avenue, will show the film The Ride

on Saturday, July 10, at 7 p.m.

The Ride is a Billy Graham video that has been shown on American Airlines and has received six awards including the Best Picture and Best Evangelistic Film awards at the 1998 Crown Awards. It is a movie for both adults and children.

The Ride features actors Michael Biehn, Brock Pierce and Jennifer O’Neill.

Refreshments such as ice cream and other desserts will be served immediately following the viewing. The program is open to the public and free of charge.

For more information, please call (908) 322-5487.

LEARNING EXPERIENCE…The fifth-grade Student Council at Jefferson Elementary School in Westfield recently hosted an afternoon of learning and discussion with residents of the Westfield Center, Genesis ElderCare Network in town. Students enjoyed sharing their skills in technology, while their guests were eager to discuss their own childhood experiences and memories of going to school. Pictured, left to right, are: Jefferson students Craig Coulter, John Boyle, Laura Fernandez and Katie Read, with a Genesis ElderCare resident.

United Way Raises $518,500 During ’98-’99 Campaign

ALL SAINTS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH 559 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains

(908) 3228047

Reverend Robert Griffiths

BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 539 Trinity Place, Westfield

(908) 2324250

Reverend Kevin Clark


(908) 8895556

Bishop Linden Slaugh


Mountainside (908) 2329490

Reverend Christopher R. Belden

CONGREGATION ARI YEHUDA 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains

(732) 5414849

(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

(908) 8891830

Rabbi George Nudell

ECHO LAKE CHURCH OF CHRIST 419 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

(908) 2334946

Jeff Harris

EVANGEL CHURCH 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains

(908) 3229300

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

(908) 2332278

Dr. Robert L. Harvey



422 East Broad Street, Westfield (908) 2335029

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH United Church of Christ 125 Elmer Street, Westfield

(908) 2332494

Reverend Harry Taylor Reverend Pamela Gilchrist

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1171 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains

(908) 3229222

Reverend Sam Chong

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1 East Broad Street, Westfield

(908) 2334211

Reverend David F. Harwood

GRACE ORTHODOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1100 Boulevard, Westfield (908) 2333938 or (908) 2324403

Reverend Stanford M. Sutton, Jr.


(908) 2338533

Reverend Dimitrios Antokas

HOLY TRINITY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Westfield Avenue & First Street, Westfield

(908) 2328137

Reverend Joseph Masielio

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY RC CHURCH 1571 South Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains

(908) 8892100

Reverend John F. Kennedy


(908) 2332855

Reverend Clement Griffin

MOUNTAINSIDE CHAPEL 1180 Spruce Drive, Mountainside

(908) 2323456

Reverend Dr. Gregory Hagg

OUR LADY OF LOURDES RC CHURCH 300 Central Avenue, Mountainside

(908) 2321162

Reverend Patrick J. Leonard


(908) 2330301

Reverend Dr. William Ross Forbes

REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 229 Cowperthwaite Place, Westfield

(908) 2321517

Reverend Paul E. Kritsch


(908) 3225192

Reverend Michael A. Merlucci

ST. HELEN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 1600 Rahway Avenue, Westfield

(908) 2321214

Reverend Monsignor James A. Burke

ST. JOHN’S BAPTIST CHURCH 2387 Morse Avenue, Scotch Plains

(908) 2326972

Reverend Kelmo C. Porter, Jr.


(908) 2332547

Reverend Leon E. Randall

ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 414 East Broad Street, Westfield

(908) 2328506

Reverend Richard W. Reid

SCOTCH PLAINS BAPTIST CHURCH 333 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains

(908) 3225487

Reverend Gary Rothwell

TEMPLE BETH O’R/ BETH TORAH 111 Valley Road, Clark

(732) 3818403

Rabbi Shawn B. Zell

TEMPLE EMANUEL 756 East Broad Street, Westfield

(908) 2326770

Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff

TERRILL ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH 1340 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains

(908) 3227151

Michael C. Seaman

TERRILL ROAD BIBLE CHAPEL 535 Terrill Road, Fanwood


1961 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains (908) 2325678

Reverend Kenneth G. Hetzel

WOODSIDE CHAPEL 5 Morse Avenue, Fanwood

(908) 8892375

Frances Poranski Receives Restorative Justice Award

WESTFIELD — Frances M. Poranski, a member of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, and a volunteer for 27 years in the East Jersey State Prison in Rahway, is the recipient of the Restorative Justice Award for 1999.

Ms. Poranski was nominated by the Council of the Presbytery of Elizabeth and endorsed by that Presbytery’s Outreach and Social Concerns Unit and by the session of the Westfield church.

Her volunteer work includes service as a member of the Volunteer in Courts and Corrections Committee, which recommends changes in the criminal justice system to the State Prison Administration. She also is part of the Rahway Institution’s Prison and Rehabilitation Development (PARD) program, a minimumand maximum-security program for adult males; she recruits other volunteers, acts as an informal liaison between prisoners and corrections officials and sometimes communicates with prisoners’ families.

Douglas W. Oldeaburg, moderator of the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (USA.), announced Ms. Poranski’s selection to receive the award on May 9 while leading worship at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

On May 25, Vice Moderator James Tse and Bill Chapman of the National Ministries Division Committee presented the award during the Elizabeth Presbytery’s meeting. The Rahway prison also held a celebration on May 25, giving Ms. Poranski a plaque and reading a letter from Jack Terhune, the New Jersey Commissioner of Corrections.

The Restorative Justice Award was established in 1991 to recognize individuals and groups related to the Presbyterian Church (USA) for outstanding contributions to direct-service ministries or to change advocacy in the criminal-justice system.

Lance Bailey, an offender who has worked with Ms. Poranski while in prison, summarized the feelings expressed in several testimonials that accompanied her nomination, “Perhaps the most important thing I get out of my counseling with you is the return of my spirituality. I’ve gotten away from praying and belief in God in recent years. You’ve put me back on a path of righteousness and positive thinking.”

Greek Mythology Lecture Set at Orthodox Church

WESTFIELD — Dr. Louis Markos, a Professor at Houston Baptist University, will speak at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield, on Wednesday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The topic, “Greek Mythology: The Gods, The Heroes, and the Tragic Houses,” will offer a fast-paced tour of Greek Mythology.

The Greek myths are the raw material that inspired the poets of ancient Greece and Rome, the painters of the Renaissance and the writings of more modern poets.

Dr. Markos will focus on the origins and relationships of the major gods, the mythological causes of the Trojan War and the tragic fall of the House of Atreus. He will explore and explain the deeper meanings of these tales and assess their relevance for today.

Dr. Markos, a native of New Jersey, is an Associate Professor of English and Classics at Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas. He has published and has presented papers at conferences. He is listed in

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

He earned a doctorate in English with a minor in Classics, and Master

of Arts Degree in English from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

PLAINFIELD — United Way of Plainfield, North Plainfield, Fanwood and Scotch Plains recently held its annual meeting at which the results of its 1998-1999 campaign were discussed.

Gregory R. Haworth stressed that the non-profit organization is prepared to meet the challenges that lie ahead in the new millennium.

He also reported that United Way has generated a projected total of $518,500 during its campaign, a 4

percent growth over the prior-year. “We have found success in creating a brighter future for the people of our communities because we recognize and address the distinct problems that each area faces,” said Mr. Haworth. “We will continue to create success stories each day and boost the potential of thousands of lifetimes for future generations.”

Like other local United Ways throughout the country, United Way of Plainfield, North Plainfield, Fanwood and Scotch Plains is independently operated and must generate all of its financial resources through the collaborative effort of its staff, volunteers and community leaders.

Its primary goal is to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another by supporting a network of human-care services in our area, according to United Way spokeswoman Pilar Lopez.

The community-wide fundraising campaign is focused on lending assistance to the hungry and homeless, children at-risk, people with disabilities and the elderly. The organization also supports programs for disease prevention and treatment and family support.

The United Way chapter distinguishes itself among charitable organizations by maintaining strong partnerships with local governments, community leaders and volunteers to better assess and address the critical needs of the community, Ms. Lopez said.

In the past year alone, over 105,000 individuals received assistance from programs supported by the chapter.

SCIENCE & SCOUTS…Pack No. 172 of Franklin Elementary School in Westfield held its annual year-end Blue & Gold Dinner at the Westwood in Garwood on May 20. One hundred and fifty Cub Scouts and parents were treated to an evening of good food, stories and awards. Entertainment was provided by the Mad Scientist of Union County, who regaled the Scouts with tricks using fire, ice and gas. Bill Risberg, pictured above, was honored for being the Cubmaster of Pack 172 for the last five years.

MADD Seeks Students To Represent Their Towns During Youth Summit 2000

WESTFIELD — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is seeking high school student leaders from across the country to represent their communities in Washington, D.C, at the MADD National Youth Summit to Prevent Underage Drinking 2000.

One high school student from each of the 435 U.S. congressional districts will be selected to attend the historic MADD summit in the nation’s capitol to address youth alcohol use.

During this second MADD National Youth Summit, September 29 through October 4, 2000, youth delegates will develop a series of recommendations for preventing underage drinking and present their solutions at a Capitol Hill national news conference and directly to policy makers.

The youth summit is sponsored by the GuideOne Foundation and Alamo Rent A Car.

Student applicants to the summit must have a strong commitment to addressing the problem of underage drinking and be able to work with their local MADD chapters and community leaders to implement their recommendations when they return from this youth summit.

Adult advisers from each state will also be chosen to attend the event.

Selected delegates must find local sponsors to cover the cost of transportation to Washington, D.C. as well as a $100 registration fee. Lodging, meals and local transportation will be covered by MADD.

Students interested in serving as delegates at the MADD National Youth Summit must complete an application and return it to MADD postmarked by February 1, 2000.

Applications can be obtained by contacting a local MADD chapter or from MADD’s websites at
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