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Baptist Church Grants Citizenship Award By KIMBERLY A. BROADWELL
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
WESTFIELD Amidst hours of prayers, fellowship, singing and worship, the Bethel Baptist Church on Trinity Place in Westfield, stopped briefly last Sunday to award one of its members with the 16th annual Rebecca Oakes Good Citizenship Award.
According to the Reverend Kevin Clark, Pastor of the church, Verdell Mc Mullen was picked to receive the prestigious award because of her many hours spent nursing the sick members of her church.
According to Pastor Clark, Mrs. Mc Mullen has made a commitment every Sunday to help patients who need medical attention, while the pastor visits them to preach on Sunday afternoons.
Pastor Clark added that he commended Mrs. Mc Mullen’s efforts because of her “wanting to work with bed-ridden patients, while others would run from such a commitment.”
He added that the award was special because it was reserved for recipients who do their work not looking for credit, but for those that do the work simply because they want to.
He also stated that award recipients do not know that they have won the award, until it is announced at the ceremony.
In addition to her hours spent helping the sick, Mrs. Mc Mullen had adopted a baby in 1982, being a single mom at the time, from Children’s Specialized Hospital. The baby, however, was not expected to
live to see his first birthday. It was credited through her care and love that this child, named Brandon, went to Kindergarten.
She also is a part of the Youth Ministry, a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Music Committee. Her motto is known throughout the church to be, “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain.”
According to Warren Victor, longtime friend of Rebecca Oakes, The Rebecca Oakes Award was established in 1982 to select a parishioner to honor yearly, who the church decides has made a commitment to “good citizenship.” The award became a Memorial Award after her death in 1983.
Mrs. Oakes herself was the very first recipient of the award in which she was recognized for her work helping the community. According to Mr. Victor, Mrs. Oakes dedicated much of her time assisting others in her church and her community in various outreach programs .
Mr. Victor, who had known Mrs. Oakes since his childhood, stated that she was a “very caring woman who had a strong sense of finding simple answers to help people when nowadays there are so many complex long dissertations without solutions.”
Mr. Victor, who donates the money given for the award, says that he does so to pay tribute to other individuals who have also worked for the community and church that Mrs. Oakes loved so much.
Kimberly A. Broadwell for The Westfield Leader and
A GOOD CITIZEN...Verdell Mc Mullen speaks before the congregation at Bethel Baptist Church in Westfield after receiving the Rebecca Oakes Good Citizenship Award. At left is the award presenter, Warren Victor.
Catholic Golden Age Slates Trips; Announces Meeting
SCOTCH PLAINS – The Scotch Plains Chapter of the Catholic Golden Age will meet on Sunday, March 21, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Nelligan Hall in Scotch Plains.
The program entitled, “Young At Heart,” will feature the “Golden Lights,” a senior singing group from Evangel Church in Scotch Plains. All members, family and friends will be invited to attend.
Upcoming trips include a visit to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City on Wednesday, March 24. The bus will leave St. Bartholomew’s at 9 a.m.
On Friday, April 23, the group will visit New York City with trips to South Street Seaport and lower Manhattan. The bus will depart at 10 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m.
A trip to Hunt’s Landing, Pennsylvania, with breakfast, lunch, open bar, a show and dancing, will be held on Friday, May 21. The bus will leave at 8:45 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, June 24, “A Day at the Races” will be featured at Monmouth Park. A full day of racing will be accompanied by a dinner at Squire’s Pub. The bus will leave at 10:30 a.m. and return at 8:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact John at (908) 322-1804 or Charlie at (908) 889-2152.
Holy Trinity to Hold Communion Breakfast
Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Westfield will hold its Annual Communion Breakfast on Sunday, March 21, after the 9 a.m. Mass at the church. The breakfast will be held at The Gran Centurions, 440 Madison Hill Road, Clark.
Monsignor Robert Harrington will be the guest speaker. He was formerly assigned to Holy Trinity as a parochial vicar and later lived in residence in the early 1990s.
Tickets will cost $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $5.50 for children. Tickets will be on sale after Sunday Masses and in the Church rectory, 315 First Street, in Westfield.
For more information, call the rectory at (908) 232-8137.
Old Stone Chapel Marks Anniversary RELIGIOUS HISTORY...The Old Stone Chapel of Willow Grove Church in
Scotch Plains will celebrate its 110th Anniversary with an Open House on Saturday, March 13, and a special worship service on Sunday, March 14. Pictured, above, is the Old Stone Chapel circa 1897.
By KIMBERLY A. BROADWELL
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
SCOTCH PLAINS To mark the 110th Anniversary of the Old Stone Chapel, the Willow Grove Church on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains will hold an Open House on Saturday, March 13, and a special worship service on Sunday, March 14.
The open house, which is set to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, will feature tours of the original stone chapel and the current church. Making crafts and hearing stories of the history of the chapel will also be featured during the open house.
According to church officials, area farmers and their wives started the non-denominational Sunday School in 1826 in a little log school house.
It wasn’t until 1888 that the Old Stone Chapel was constructed and officially used for Sunday School classes.
The first day of official use was on Christmas Day, 1888.
According to Wilma Sinnock, Chairperson for the 110th Anniversary, the land used for the Stone Chapel was originally donated by John Lambert, who owned the nearby grist mill and cider mill.
She stated that the stones used for the Chapel were donated by neighboring farmers and that its original construction was for the community
children to have a place to attend Sunday school classes.
Mrs. Sinnock stated that presently the Stone Chapel is again used by children for Willow Grove’s Preschool program.
She noted that the non-profit Christian nursery school, licensed by the State of New Jersey, is sponsored by the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church, and serves children from 2 and 1/2 to over four years of age.
During the Open House, the school’s Director, Kathy Calello will be on hand to show the classroom that occupies the Chapel. In the adjacent hallways, visitors will have an opportunity to make crafts related to the 1890s and taste home-baked foods that are for sale and made by church members who used recipes from the late 1800’s.
Members of the Scotch Plains Historical Society will also be participating in the event by dressing in costumes of the time period and displaying household items that were used in the 1890s.
On Sunday, March 14, the anniversary worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. and will follow the typical format of the late 19th century. The Pastor of the church, the Reverend Kenneth G. Hetzel, dressed in an oldfashioned frock coat, is scheduled to preach on “Jesus and the Children.”
Torah Center Prepares Pre-Purim Activities
WESTFIELD — The Union County Torah Center will present a Pre Purim Jewish Story and Crafts Hour for children ages three to five on Sunday, March 28, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at the Center, 418 Central Avenue, Westfield.
Children will listen to a story and learn about Purim and participate in a related arts and crafts project. Popular holiday songs will also be taught.
Rabbi Levi Block of the Center said, “This will give a chance for children who are not yet in Hebrew schools to learn about the Purim holiday in a fun and entertaining way.”
The fee for the program will be $3 per child. For more information and to reserve space, please call (908) 789-5252.
Local Resident To Perform At Mid-Day Musicales Event
WESTFIELD – Westfield resident and clarinetist, Andrew Lamy, will perform with violist Brett Deubner and pianist Inessa Zaretsky in the Mid-Day Musicales series of free concerts on Wednesday, March 17, at noon at the First Congregational Church.
The program will feature works by Mozart, Max Bruch, and New Jersey composer Laura Carnibucci.
Mr. Lamy has been a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) since 1994.
He is also an active New York soloist, freelancer and chamber musician, as well as a member of the NJSO Education Trio. He coaches the Greater Newark Youth Symphony and teaches at Seton Hall University.
Mr. Deubner has played with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently the Principal Violist of the Sonic Orchestra of New York and Assistant Principal Violist of the NJSO.
Ms. Zaretsky has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, Steinway Hall, Landon Gallery, Lincoln Center Library and on WQXR’s “Young Artists’ Showcase.” She has also performed
across the country and in Italy, Israel, Mexico and Canada.
Following the concert, a soup and sandwich luncheon will be available in the church social hall for $4.50.
Funding for these concerts 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.
Holy Trinity Church Slates Cantata Concert
WESTFIELD — On Sunday, March 21, at 4 p.m. the cantata, “Jesu, Joy and Treasure” by Dietrich Buxtehude will be presented at the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, Westfield Avenue and First Street, Westfield.
The concert will be presented by the Holy Trinity Choir and instrumental ensemble. The cantata will be in the context of Evensong sung to Gregorian chant.
Rives Cassel is Director of Music and Organist. The public is invited to attend.
Andrew Lamy Temple Emanu-El to Host
Kids Carnival Fundraiser
WESTFIELD — Temple EmanuEl Nursery School will hold its annual Kids Carnival on Sunday, March 21, from 11 to 3 p.m., at 756 East Broad Street in Westfield.
Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase educational materials, as well as subsidize tuition for children who would otherwise be unable to attend the Nursery School.
The Carnival, which is geared for children ages 2-10 years old, offers an afternoon of family fun including
games, prizes, a professional magic show, Moon Walk and silent auction.
Some of the more popular items available to silent auction bidders include a weekend at the Four Seasons Hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida; an autographed bill signed by New York Yankee Shortstop Derek Deter; and a Movado watch.
The Carnival is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door. The cost will be $5 for a 12punch card ticket; and $10 for a 25punch card ticket.
For more information, call the Nursery School at (908) 2327663.
First Baptist Delegates Join Mission Event
WESTFIELD — Members of the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street, Westfield, will join with members of other American Baptist Churches in central New Jersey on Sunday, March 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Irvington to review the activities of Baptist World Aid.
Baptist World Aid responds to emergencies around the world.
The organization’s Executive Director, Paul Montacute, will speak on “Using Our Treasures to Tell the Story.” Mr. Montacute will speak at two other locations in New Jersey on Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13.
Each presentation will be preceded by dinner, at a cost of $9 per person.
For additional information or directions, call the First Baptist Church of Westfield at (908) 233-2278.
Presbyterian Church Slates Lenten Musical Concert
WESTFIELD – “Music for the Season of Lent” is the theme of the concert to be performed on Sunday, March 14, at 7 p.m. by The Chancel Choir of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield in the church sanctuary.
“Three Lenten Poems” of Richard Crashaw by Daniel Pinkham and “A Sermon from the Mountain: Martin Luther King” by Alice Parker are the major works to be performed, along with anthems by Michael Tippett and Leo Sowerby.
UPCOMING CONCERT…“Music for the Season of Lent” is the theme of the concert to be performed on Sunday, March 14, at 7 p.m. by The Chancel Choir of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield in the church sanctuary.
Soloists will include Jan Hedden, soprano; Mary Beth Minson, mezzosoprano; Drew Martin, Tenor; and Ralph Braun, bass baritone. Senior Pastor Dr. William Ross Forbes and Leeanne Davis will narrate.
A string quartet, guitar and drums will be featured. Annette White is the organist and James Simms is the conductor for the concert.
Advance ticket purchase is not necessary. A freewill offering will be accepted.
First Baptist Church Prepares ‘Lift High the Cross’ Series
WESTFIELD — The ministers of the First Baptist Church. 170 Elm Street, Westfield, are offering a series of studies on the crucifixion of
Jesus Christ entitled, “Lift High the Cross,” on successive days of the week for four weeks in March.
On Tuesday, March 16, the Reverend Louis Ruprecht will conduct a study of the biblical images of the passion, or suffering, of Jesus and of the resurrection. Comments on the biblical passages will be interspersed with favorite hymns based on the biblical account of the last days of Jesus.
On Wednesday, March 24, Dr. Dee Dee Turlington will introduce slides of religious art that illustrate classical numbers played on the organ by Minister of Music William Mathews.
The ministers will conduct an intimate service of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, April 1, at 7 30 p.m. and reflections on the crucifixion on Good Friday. April 2, at 1 p.m.
The church’s annual Good Friday Day Camp will also available to the public for Pre-K through fifth grade children from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 2.
Call the church office at (908) 2332278 for more information on any of these events.
Faith Lutheran Church Sends Money to Tanzania
Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence recently sent a gift of $29,000 to Masama Mboreny Lutheran Church in Moshi, Tanzania.
The people of the parish in Tanzania suffered extensive damage to crops
and arable land due to the devastation of El Nino, reducing their income by 95 percent. This established Tanzania as the third most impoverished country in the world.
Faith Lutheran learned of their predicament this past fall, in a letter from their pastor, the Reverend Ndemfoo Masawe. In his letter, he stated that the Tanzanian parish had been forced to close their school, and their school and parish staff had not been paid in a year.
He requested help to continue the employment of at least one teacher for their school, at a cost of $1,800 year.
With this gift from Faith Lutheran, Masama Mboreny Lutheran Church has purchased grain grinding and milling equipment, which will provide them with a future source of income.
In addition, the funds allowed the staff to be paid and the school to be reopened. The gift was made possible by a large individual donation, combined with funds from the church.
Faith Lutheran Church has had a long-standing relationship with Masama Mboreny Lutheran Church in Tanzania, dating from 1990.
First Congregational Sets Church Concert
WESTFIELD — The Festival Chorus and Soloists of the First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer Street, will present “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Theodore Dubois on Sunday, March 14, at 10 a.m. during the worship service.
The performance will be directed by Dr. Barbara Thomson, and feature soloists Meredith Hoffmann-Thomson, soprano; Frederick Urrey, tenor; Richard Lissemore, baritone; and Karen Stern, harp.
Mr. Dubois was a noted organist and composer in Paris around the turn of the last century, and was a contemporary of such composers as Cesar Franck and Camille Saint-Sacus. He is known for his church music, and the “Seven Last Words” is his most enduring work.
Calvary Nursery School Sets Kindergarten Open House
Calvary Nursery School and Child Care, 108 Eastman Street, in Cranford will hold open houses on Tuesday, March 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday, March 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
A limited number of spaces are available in the full-day kindergarten program for the 1999-2000 school year, which will begin in September.
Parents will have the opportunity to tour the facility with their children, speak with the school’s staff and learn more about the program. Enrollment materials will be available at both open houses.
The kindergarten program offers a full-day class from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with the option of before-school care beginning at 7 a.m. and afterschool care until 6 p.m.
A complete academic curriculum is taught by a state-certified teacher, plus a full-time aide.
The school offers computer instruction, gymnastics activities, a music specialist, library, indoor physical education area, fullyequipped outdoor playground and
enrichment opportunities. For more information about all programs, please call Director Barbara Ustupski at (908) 272-3962.
Sabbath Sunday to Focus Needs of Mentally Retarded
PLAINFIELD — Every Sunday the residents of a Westfield group home, sponsored by The Arc of Union County, worship at The Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Plainfield.
“They also take a message to all houses of worship: Persons with developmental disabilities want to fulfill their spiritual needs. They welcome the opportunity to become involved,” said Arc spokeswoman Carlotta Hotline.
Since 1979, The Arc of the United States has sponsored National Mental Retardation Month in March. This weekend, March 13 and 14, has designated Sabbath Sunday Weekend.
Arc spokeswoman Carlotta Hotline notes that the designation, “offers the special opportunity for churches, synagogues and other religious organizations to recognize the spiritual needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families.”
Reverend Antonio Torrence, Pastor of The Cross of Life Church, spoke of the residents with developmental disabilities who are members of the church.
“We love their participation,” he said. “At Christmas our shared their holiday spirit as one family. We appreciate their involvement and our members are very open to their join
ing our congregation. I think any ministry or church needs to be open to people with disabilities. The scriptures teach that Christ ministered to the blind and disabled as equals, and we are charged to do likewise.”
According to Frank X. Caragher, Executive Director of The Arc of Union County, 7.2 million Americans are developmentally disabled.
“People with mental retardation have the same needs as you and I. They want to learn, work, worship and contribute good things to the community. During Mental Retardation Awareness Month, we want to provide the public with a greater understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities and make clear all that they are capable of when given an opportunity,” said Mr. Caragher.
The Arc, based in Plainfield, provides residential services, transportation, educational services, child care services, clinical services and family support through its 18 group homes, five work centers, two child development centers, a private school, summer camp, and an adult medical day care facility.
For more information about The Arc of Union County, please call (908) 754-7826.
Education Association Offers Scholarship
WESTFIELD — The Westfield Education Association (WEA) is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a member of the 1999 graduating class of Westfield High School.
Consideration is given to academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities and commitment to community service.
Applications are available from the Westfield High School Guidance Office. Completed applications must be received by the WEA Scholarship Committee no later than Friday, March 26.