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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, September 30, 1999 Page 11


First Congregational Church Names New Senior Minister NEW MINISTER… The First Congregational Church of Westfield announced

the appointment of the Reverend Dr. Christopher Atwood as Senior Minister. Dr. Atwood is shown with his wife, the Reverend Jodi Atwood, and their children, Elizabeth and Benjamin.

WESTFIELD — The First Congregational Church (FCC) of Westfield has announced that the Reverend Dr. Christopher Atwood has been named as new Senior Minister.

His appointment completes a oneyear search following the retirement of the Reverend Dr. John Wightman in

August 1998. Dr. Atwood has been Senior Minister of the Brecksville United Church of Christ in Brecksville, Ohio, since 1996. There, he was instrumental in reenergizing the church, strengthening attendance and stewardship, and initiating a capital campaign.

He began his pastoral ministry at the First Congregational Church of Gibraltar, Mich.

With his wife, the Reverend Jodi Atwood, he was CoPastor of the Guild House Campus Ministry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Born in Houston, Tex., Dr. Atwood was raised in the Roman Catholic Church.

He graduated from the University of Texas and earned his Master of Divinity Degree with honors from Vanderbilt Divinity School. He completed his Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Degree at the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1997.

He and his wife have two children, Benjamin, age 3, and Elizabeth, age 1.

“I am delighted to be called to my duties as Senior Minister of such a thoughtful and committed congregation,” said Dr. Atwood. “This church is a warm, welcoming community of real people, with a strong sense of both humor and purpose. It is an honor and inspiration to serve God among them.”

First Congregational Church is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, a denomination of approximately 1.5 million members nationwide. It is located at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield.

Visitors are welcome and child care is available. For further information, please call the church office at (908) 2332494.


St. JUDE, glorious Apostle, faithful servant, and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, who am so miserable; pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolations and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities tribulations and sufferings, particularly (here make your request), and that I may bless God with the Elect throughout Eternity – Amen.

St. Jude, Apostle, martyr and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary and of Joseph, intercede for us. – J. V. C., S. K. G.

To be said in cases despaired to

Area Minister to Be Honored For Religious Broadcasting

Reverend Charles Brackbill

MOUNTAINSIDE — The Reverend Charles Brackbill of Mountainside was recognized for his professional contributions to religious

broadcasting at the second annual “Giants Among USA Luncheon” yesterday. Reverend Brackbill served ecumenical and denominational communication interests throughout the country and is recognized as the innovator who first applied radio advertising techniques to presentation of religious messages for secular audiences.

The luncheon honored retired religious broadcasters whose careers at some point involved meaningful interaction with the church and the broadcasting industry in the New York Metropolitan area.

A Presbyterian and a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Reverend Brackbill was Pastor of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, where he began experimental production of 30and 60second radio spots, hoping to direct religious messages to a secular audience.

When he was named Director of RadioTV for the New Jersey Synod, he was the first to hold such a posi tion in his own denomination and

had very few counterparts in other denominations as well. He was simultaneously Director of RadioTV for the New Jersey Council of Churches.

As Associate Executive Director of the Presbyterian Church’s Division of Mass Media, he headed its radio and TV production for 12 years and was largely responsible for all marketing.

Later, Reverend Brackbill coestablished the American Values Institute. He worked as a media consultant with NBC, ABC, independent producers, two government agencies, five denominations and several ecumenical agencies. Reverend Brackbill created the first national television spots dealing with racial justice for the Advertising Council.

Recently, he was Interim Minister for four years at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield.

WELCOMING NEW TEACHERS… The Reverend Michael A. Merlucci and Sister Louise Lauretti introduce the teaching staff of St. Bartholomew the Apostle School in Scotch Plains to new families of the school at a “Welcome Tea” which was held on September 9.

Willow Grove Church To Hold Presentation, ‘From Russia With Love’

SCOTCH PLAINS – George A. Kondak will hold an audiovisual presentation entitled, “From Russia With Love,” based on his recent trip to Russia, on Friday, October 8, at 7 p. m. at the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains. A borscht soup supper will also be included.

The presentation will include slides from Vyborg, St. Petersburg and Moscow, as well as scenes from everyday life in Russia.

A $5 donation is suggested. For more information, please call the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church at (908) 2325678.

First United Methodist To Mark Anniversary

B’nai B’rith Announces Dinner, Special Auction

SCOTCH PLAINS — The B’nai B’rith Ketubah Married Couples Unit (40+) are holding two special events in October.

The group will be meeting for dinner at the Portuguese Manor Restaurant, 310 Elm Street in Perth Amboy on Sunday, October 10, at 5 p. m.

Ketubah Unit welcomes and encourages prospective members to come. For reservations, please call by Friday, October 8.

The Unit will also host its Annual Vacation and Goods and Services Auction on Saturday, October 16, at the Old Bridge Civic Center, Route 516 in Old Bridge.

The doors will open at 7: 15 p. m. and the auction will begin at 8 p. m.

The price of admission is $3 per person, which includes refreshments and beverages. The auction is open to the public.

For further information about the auction, please call Ed at (732) 2646604 or Larry at (973) 7365729.

Financial Workshop Set At Scotch Plains Baptist

SCOTCH PLAINS — Scotch Plains Baptist Church will host a money management workshop on Saturday, October 16, from 8: 45 a. m. to 1: 45 p. m.

The facilitator has been trained by Christian Financial Concepts, an Atlantabased ministry that trains debt and budget volunteer counselors, and will teach using principles from this ministry and the Bible.

The workshop entitled, “Your Money Matters” will focus on debt and budget management, getting credit card debt in control and learning how to plan to spend one’s resources.

The workshop is open to the public. Snacks and handouts will be provided at a cost of $4 per person. Scotch Plains Baptist Church is located at 333 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains.

For registration or more information, please call (908) 3225487.

Senior Social Club Of Holy Trinity Sets Meeting on October 4

WESTFIELD — The Senior Social Club of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church will meet on Monday, October 4, at 1: 30 p. m. in the gymnasium/ auditorium of Holy Trinity Interparochial School.

The program for this meeting will be a talk by Richard Stone, the Program Coordinator for the Senior Council. A social period and refreshments will follow the meeting.

On Tuesday, November 16, the club will take a trip to the Cloisters, with dinner to follow. Future trips will be held in December to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse and in February to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

WESTFIELD — First United Methodist Church of Westfield will celebrate its Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary during the month of October.

In recognition of the anniversary, three former ministers of the church will return on consecutive Sundays to serve as guest ministers.

The Reverend Clark W. Hunt will present a sermon entitled “Friends” on October 3. He was the Senior Minister of the church from 1958 to 1974.

The Reverend Philip R. Dietterich will lead a musical celebration on October 10. Reverend Dietterich was the Associate Minister of Music, Worship and Arts from 1962 to 1994.

On October 17, The Reverend Robert B. Goodwin will preach. He was the Senior Minister of the church from 1974 to 1985.

The community is welcome to attend these Sunday services at 11 a. m. at 1 East Broad Street. For further information, please contact the church office at (908) 2334211.

– Directory to Houses of Worship –

ALL SAINTS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH 559 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains

(908) 3228047

Reverend Thomas Laws

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

Dr. Christopher Atwood, Senior Minister 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

TEMPLE SHOLOM 815 W. Seventh Street, Plainfield

(908) 7566447

Rabbi Joel N. Abraham

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

Westfield Old Guard Slates Fall and Winter Activities

WESTFIELD — The Old Guard of Westfield, an organization that provides activities, informative and entertaining programs and fellowship for retired and semiretired men, has announced its programs and events for the remainder of 1999.

· Thursday, October 7 – A slide presentation entitled, “A Trip To Ireland,” with Dr. Arthur Bilenker, a Cranford dentist, will be offered.

· Thursday, October 14 – Christopher Veal will discuss “Long Term Care Insurance.”

· Thursday, October 21 – Retired Union County Judge Richard Muscatello will present the topic, “Historic Legal Cases.”

· Thursday, October 28 – Glen Owens, a retired employee of the Union County Prosecutors Office, will present a discussion entitled, “Forensic Evidence.”

Other activities scheduled during the fourth quarter of 1999 include:

· Wednesday, October 13 — Trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse for luncheon and stage production. This trip is fully booked.

· Thursday, October 21 – “BringaFriend” to the meeting at 9 a. m. for refreshments and to greet Old Guard members. Mr. Muscatello will give a presentation on “Famous Trials.”

· Monday, November 1 — VIP Trip to Atlantic City and the Taj Mahal. This trip is fully booked.

· Tuesday, December 7 — Trip to Drumthwacket Governor’s Mansion for a tour and viewing of the Christ mas display.

· Tuesday, December 14 — Christmas Luncheon for Old Guard members and their wives or friends at Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains.

The Old Guard of Westfield, organized in 1933, meets every Thursday at 10 a. m. in the Westfield Y. The Westfield chapter, with an average weekly attendance of 80, is one of 22 in New Jersey and also serves Scotch Plains, Cranford, Fanwood, Clark, Roselle, Roselle Park, Kenilworth, Springfield, Mountainside, Garwood and Rahway.

Weekly meetings provide guest speakers, films and other interesting programs in addition to committee updates.

There are also regular group activities such as golf, bowling, bridge, day trips, luncheons, ladies events, the Merrymen (a chorus group that performs regularly at charity functions, public gatherings and formal concerts) and shuffleboard.

For more information, please call Don Finter at (908) 2331407.

Nature Club to Hold Meeting; Sets Events

WESTFIELD — The 19992000 season meetings of the Greater Watchung Nature Club will begin at 8 p. m. on Tuesday, October 5, at a new meeting place, the Courthouse of the Mountainside Municipal Building on Route 22 East and New Providence Road.

The October meeting program will feature Jeffry Hall who will present “The Color of the Rainforest” of Central America. His program highlights not only colors, but also the plants, animals and other aspects of this natural area.

On Saturday, October 9, Gerry Breitenbach will lead a trip to Warren Green Acres to look for fall migrants. This is a halfday trip, with the group meeting at 9 a. m. at the site on Mountain Avenue, 1.3 miles west of Stirling Road.

Guests are welcome.

Local Chamber of Commerce Slates ‘Clean Sweep’ Project

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the “Clean Sweep” project in downtown Westfield on Saturday, October 9, from 10 a. m. to 1 p. m.

Mayor Thomas C. Jardim and the Westfield Department of Public Works will be working with the volunteers as everyone pitches in to help clean up the downtown.

The “Blue Machine,” the new sidewalk sweeper, will be out cleaning the main sidewalk areas. Volunteers will be given gloves and garbage bags, and will be assigned to areas that need some sprucing up.

Susan Brand, of Brand Travel, is spearheading the “Clean Sweep” effort for the Chamber. Participants will come to Brand Travel with brooms and rakes and receive their cleanup area assignment.

Scout troops, Westfield organizations, school groups, and church and temple groups are all invited to be a part of the “Clean Sweep.” Landlords are invited to join the effort by cleaning up the parking areas and alleyways behind their buildings.

The “Clean Sweep” program creates “Pride in Downtown,” a continuing theme for the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, according to Executive Director Debbie Schmidt.

The Mayor and council have approved the recommended purchase of 100 new garbage receptacles to be placed throughout the downtown in

the near future. They have also approved the recent privatizing of the downtown garbage collection to provide expanded service for downtown, which will also help to continue the cleanup effort.

“It’s important for everyone in Westfield to be a part of the ‘Pride in Downtown’ effort to make our downtown look its best,” said Ms. Brand.

Groups may register by calling the Chamber office at (908) 2333021.

GUEST SPEAKER… Dr. Mark I. Miller of Associates in Urology in Westfield spoke to Westfield Rotarians last week on the subject of erectile dysfunction. He was accompanied by representatives of Pfizer U. S. Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of Viagra, a relatively recent addition to a number of corrective medications and means of overcoming the problem. Pictured, left to right, are: Pfizer representatives Maggie Finnerin, Jason Whiteside, Michelle Saverd and Joe Remes; Dr. Miller, Pfizer representative Jeff Eglow and District Manager Mark Reading; Rotarian Jane Sentivan and Westfield Rotary Club President Dr. William B. Bonsall.

Parenting Meeting Set By La Leche League

WESTFIELD — The La Leche League of Westfield has formed a new support group for parenting toddlers that will meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 10: 15 a. m. at the Scotch Plains Public Library. The next meeting will be held on October 6.

Meeting topics will rotate among the following: “Nighttime Parenting;” “Whole Foods for the Whole Family;” “Discipline... Loving Guidance;” “Playful Learning;” “Supportive Husband/ Nurturing Dad” and “Parenting Two or More.”

For more information, please call Sharon London at (908) 8890010 or Chrissy Alba at (908) 6531598.

Family Bird Walk Planned by County

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that a Family Bird Walk will be held on Saturday, October 9, from 9 to 11 a. m. The rain date is Sunday, October 10.

Experienced birders from the Friends of Lenape Park will attend. Participants should meet near the Watchable Wildlife Signboard in the Trap and Skeet Parking Lot in Lenape Park, located off Kenilworth Boulevard on the Cranford/ Kenilworth border.

Please bring your own wildlife guides and binoculars.

The Public is Invited to Submit Topics for Area’s Candidates Forums, Debates

Scheduling is under way by The Westfield Leader, The Times of Scotch PlainsFanwood and the League of Women Voters for televised forums and debates by candidates for local offices.

Separate events will be held in the middle of October and at the end of the month for candidates in Westfield, Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

Topics for discussion will be deter mined in advance and given to the

candidates so that they can prepare. The public is invited to submit topics desired for discussion to this newspaper by Tuesday, October 5, by email at press@ goleader. com; fax at (908) 2320473, or by mail at The Westfield Leader, P. O. Box 250, 50 Elm Street, Westfield, 07091.

Please include a name, address and phone number for confirmation.

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