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The Presbyterian Church in Westfield
140 Mountain Ave.
Westfield, NJ  07090

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Key Staff

 

Kevin Wilkin
Director of 
Contemporary Worship
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Amanda Huels
Associate Pastor for Youth
908-233-0301 x37

Cindy Bowman
Interim Associate Pastor
908-233-0301 x47

Christine Treger
Director of
Christian Education
908-233-0301 x38

Linnette Mercado
Youth Assistant
908-233-0301 x22

Lou Ann Kaplonski
Administrator
908-233-0301 x26

Betty Born
Secretary
908-233-0301 x24

Jim Kajosevic
Maintenance Supervisor
908-233-0301 x334
 
Kristin Pirich
Mission Coordinator
973-262-2952

Key Team Leaders

 

Worship Team
Kevin Wilkin

Hospitality Team
Diane Hansen

Production Team
Robin Hoy

W4W Kidz
Patty Chen

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Welcome

We extend a warm welcome to all as a witness to Christ’s embrace. As a congregation of Jesus Christ, Christ is at the center of our preaching, teaching, and worship. Clarity about our common center frees us from worrying about boundary issues that exclude people. Christ holds us together.

We are a congregation composed of children and youth, families, single and retired people. We come from many walks of life and hold different opinions about many issues. Only Christ could hold us all together, and we give thanks for how wonderfully he does this in the bonds of tender love. We also are grateful for the way he reveals his holy purposes for our lives and unites us in common mission.

When Christ calls us to be part of the life and mission of his church he accepts and embraces us as we are with all our full life experiences. We welcome everyone with the gifts and calling to serve in all church offices.

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Our Mission

As a community rooted in grace, our mission is to help people:

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We invite you to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  We want the this to be a safe community in which to search to know God and grow on your spiritual journey.  We believe that a relationship with God changes lives.  God has the power to forgive, mend relationships, bring inner peace, lead us in a calling (work that serves God and neighbor), restore joy to our lives, and secure our future.  Experience your heart being drawn toward God as we gather to worship.   But don’t stop there…

Engage.

Find a place in the church where you can grow in faith and love.  The church is composed of many small groups and mid-sized fellowship groups where close bonds are developed and spiritual growth occurs.  We encourage everyone who joins our church to also join a small group where you can question, study, learn, serve, receive support from and care for others.  But don’t stop there…

Transform.

The church does not exist for the sake of its members, but for the sake of the world God loves in Jesus Christ.  Being part of this fellowship means being part of a mission that impacts lives through concrete service and sharing the gospel. God wants everyone to live in a happy and holy society at peace with God and others.  Experience the joy that comes when you discover God using you to reach out with the love of Christ to others facing life’s struggles.  Discern your unique gifts for ministry.  Explore how your work can be an avenue of service to God and others.

Worship Team

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Kevin grew up in Wooster, Ohio.  In addition to working on his MDiv, he has degrees in music and audio engineering. Kevin is a veteran of the AV Industry and a lifelong Minister of Music.  He became part of the team in August 2013 to create a contemporary worship experience at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield.  Kevin is married to Yomayra and has four children: Crosby, Evangelina, Jayden, and Jordyn.  
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Amanda Huels: Associate Pastor for Youth
Amanda Huels was born in Morristown, NJ and is the oldest of four siblings. From NJ, Amanda and her family grew up in Winnetka, IL. Amanda graduated from Wesleyan University. She served as the Jr. High Youth Director as a full time Youth Intern at her local church. Her ministry there led her to Princeton Theological from which she graduated in 2015.  While there, Amanda became Paoli Presbyterian’s Director of Missional Engagement for The 505, a contemporary worship service and outreach. She was ordained and installed at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield on October 4, 2015.
Cindy-Bowman
Cindy graduated from Princeton Seminary and began her ordained ministry 30 years ago in Pittsburgh. Her ministry has included leading Youth Ministry and Christian education as well as serving in the capacities of Chaplain, Solo-Pastor, and Co-Pastor

Cindy grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. She has one daughter, Rebecca who recently graduated from Elizabethtown College in Social Work.  Cindy enjoys going to Lancaster, PA, the beach, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Playing games and doing a variety of crafts as well as spending time with friends fill up her free time.

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Christine joined our staff in August, 2013. Her goal at the church is simple. “I want both parents and children to know that they can be comfortable here. It is a place where they are cared for and nurtured.”Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Masters of Divinity. She has experience as a Minister of Education, Youth, and Families and served as a Chaplain. Through the school year, Ms. Treger leads the program that she started nine years ago as a church member, the mid-week program for K-5th grades called COW, Church on Wednesday.

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Sundays.  9:45 am.

Westminster Hall  140 Mountain Ave.  Westfield, NJ
(on the campus of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield)

What is the service like?

Modern.  Relevant.

A typical service lasts about an hour. Worship is next-gen contemporary meaning it’s a multi-sensory worship experience with video, audio, lighting that supports practical and relevant message in a modern style.  Music is current.  The vibe is loving and inclusive.

How should I dress?

What you wear on your days off.

The only dress code is wear clothes. In other words you’ll see all styles of dress at wired4worship.com which means you should feel comfortable regardless of your attire. Come dressed as you like in a suit or in jeans and t-shirt.

What if I have kids?

Yeah, we’ve got that covered.

This is a great place for kids of all ages. Kids love the service and are free to stay for the duration, loud or not.

If you want Christian education for your kids we have an amazing team of educators and caregivers ready to minister to your kids from birth through senior high school on Sunday mornings.

Our children’s and nursery classes have been developed with your child’s security — and your peace of mind — at the forefront, which is why we require training and background checks on all persons ministering and teaching in our children’s and youth ministries.

Do I have to give money?

Nope.

No. We do not ask you to visit us for your money. We want to be a blessing to you. We want you to experience the love of Christ, the friendly spirit, and the powerful message from God’s Word.  Please do not feel obligated to participate during the offering as a guest.

How Do I Get Involved?

Plug in.  Engage.  Transform.  Not necessarily in that order.

See Volunteer Opportunities.

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Plug In.

Plug in to a small group community.  Tune in.  Join us for worship on Sunday.  Make yourself at home.  Grab some refreshments.  Discover what we’re about.  Ask any questions you like.  The Orientation Table is open Sunday mornings to welcome you and answer your questions.   Let us know who you are.  We won’t embarrass you or harass you but we are excited to meet you.

Engage.

 Engage your spiritual giftedness.  Discern your God-given gifts to see where you might connect best.  Learn about the faith.  Grow in the knowledge of God.  Consider an orientation class for becoming a member.  No pressure.  Take all the time you need.  We’re just happy you’re here.

Transform.

Transform through service for others.  Be transformed and be transformational.  God has equipped you with gifts to positively impact and further the kingdom of God.  Actively use your gifts of time, talents, and treasure in service to God.  Where will you volunteer with the church or in mission?  It is in giving that we receive.

Discover your spiritual gifts.

What is Discipleship?

Discipleship is…

Discipleship is the diligent and intentional teachings and practices that promote the lifelong lifestyle of becoming ever more like Jesus and reproducing the Christ-life in others.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian, in his book Discipleship, places discipleship at the center of Christianity. He wrote:

“Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. It remains an abstract idea, a myth which has a place for the Fatherhood of God, but omits Christ as the living Son…There is trust in God, but no following of Christ.”

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A definition of disciple is suggested by Jesus’ self-referential example from the Gospel of John 13:34-35: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

Be Transformed

Generally in Christian theology, discipleship is a term used to refer to a disciple’s transformation from some other World view and practice of life into that of Jesus Christ, and so, by way of Trinitarian theology, of God himself. Note the Apostle Paul’s description of this process, that the disciple “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) Therefore a disciple is not simply an accumulator of information or one who merely changes moral behavior in regard to the teachings of Jesus Christ, but seeks a fundamental shift toward the ethics of Jesus Christ in every way.

 

The Great Commission

Jesus institutes the Great Commission, commanding all present to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20a). Jesus has incorporated this practice into the very definition of being a disciple and experiencing discipleship.

W4W KIDZ

Key Contact

Christine Treger
Director of Christian Education
(908) 233-0301 x38

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Children in Worship

Your child is more than welcome to participate in the duration of the wired4worship.com worship experience. It is a family friendly service that’s very engaging through the use of multi-media, fun music, and interactivity.  This is not a worship service where you need to “shush” your child or feel bad that they are being noisy or loud.  We want children to be themselves here.  Our sound system is loud enough that others should still be able to hear comfortably regardless.

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The Learning Experience

We are proud to offer age appropriate christian education for children and youth of all ages and that programming is available to your family as a part of the wired4worship.com experience.  Even though it’s multimedia based, we recognize the sermon time can be somewhat challenging for the younger children so W4W Kidz is a great alternative that gives them a fun and meaningful learning experience that meets them where they are at developmentally.

The lesson itself will generally fill the duration of the sermon time.  We sometimes follow that up with a fun activity that reinforces the lesson of the day.

Who

  • Early Learners: Ages 0-3  (opens at 8:50 am)
  • W4W Kidz:  Ages 4 through 5th grade

When

  • Childcare starts as early as 8:50 am.
  • After the announcements and during the song just prior to the sermon the older kids can choose to move into the next room – approximately at 9:55.  The lesson itself will generally fill the duration of the sermon time.  We sometimes follow that up with a fun activity that reinforces the lesson of the day.  On those days the children may be engaged until later in the service or even to the end of the service.

Where

The room where the W4W kids meet is directly off of the worship space so they are immediately accessible.  Feel free to peek in on your child(ren) to see how they’re doing.

The preschool classrooms can be found through the kitchen doors down to the bottom floor in Room 103 or 104 depending on their age.

  • Birth through 2 Years (Loving Care), Room 104, 8:50-11 am

Loving Care in Cribbery for Infants and Toddlers (Birth-23 months): Infants and toddlers may be dropped off in the Cribbery, Room 104, before the service for tender loving care while you are in worship.

  • 3 Year Olds (Wee Believe), Room 103

Wee Believe for Three Year Olds: Kids meet in the 10am traditional service and are then escorted to their classroom where they enjoy “Wee Believe,” a program designed to nurture faith development through age-appropriate Bible stories.

Church On Wednesdays (C.O.W.)

For all children ages 4–5th grade. Children grow in faith through Music, Bible Story, Fellowship (a meal) Mission and Crafts!  COW begins at 5pm and ends at 6:30pm Wednesdays.

Youth Connections

Key Contacts

Associate Pastor for Youth
(908) 233-0301 x37
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Linnette Mercado
Youth Assistant
(908) 233-0301 x22
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Youth Sunday School (Grades 6-12)

    • Jim Cole Room, 9:00 am. Refreshments, 8:45 am.

Sunday Evening Fellowship (Grades 6-12)

    • Grades 6-8: 5pm – 6:15pm
    • All Grades: Dinner 6:15pm – 6:45pm
    • Grades 9-12: 6:45pm – 8pm

Middle School Breakfast Club (Grades 6-8)

    • Thursday: 7am
    • Games, breakfast, bible study
    • We give you a ride to school!

Youth Mission Volunteer Opportunities

Additional Information

Share The Gospel!

wired4worship.com is eager to provide media you can engage with and share.  Please take advantage of them!  In the meantime, if you’re going to share the Gospel don’t be afraid to invite a friend to worship!

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Stewardship Questions to Consider

1. What is generosity?

Generosity is the natural, consistent, and occasionally spontaneous giving of our material possessions to God’s service and our communities because of and modeled after what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross. As God “did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all” (Rom. 8:32), so our posture toward God and others in response to his love should be one of cheerful sacrifice and generosity.

 

2. What is stewardship?

A steward is a person who has been entrusted with, and manages, another’s resources according to the owner’s vision and values. Each of us was created for stewardship by God. (Gen. 1:28). A steward is both a ruler, with authority to govern resources, and a slave, accountable to an owner of those resources. The New Testament calls Christians caretakers of God’s truths and gifts – even “God’s grace” (I Cor. 4:1, I Peter 4:10).

 

3. What is the basis for the tithe?

In the Old Testament, believers were required to give a tenth of their income to the support of the ministry and the needs of the poor. The New Testament teaches that we should give as we are “able and even beyond [our] ability” (2 Corinthians 8:3). Therefore, the tithe (10%) is seen as a kind of minimum guideline for giving.

 

4. Do I give 10% of my gross or net income?

Scripture teaches that we are to give back to God our “firstfruits” (Exodus 23:16, 19). Proverbs 3:9 encourages us to “honor the LORD with [our] wealth, with the firstfruits of [our] crops,” meaning the primary and choicest of our possessions. God has modeled “firstfruits” giving in offering us his Son Jesus Christ. Our response to God should reflect our love of and devotion to him.

 

5. What if I am unable to give 10% right now?

There are seasons to our economic life. There are financial responsibilities to our families, friends, communities and, in some cases, creditors. In any stage of life, good planning is necessary to increase our giving over time without neglecting our legal and personal financial obligations. Further, for some people, 10% is too low a starting point. For others, giving even 5% is a sacrifice. The goal is to increase one’s commitment up to and above 10%, so that it models Christ’s love to our communities.

 

6. Should I give all of my tithe/offering to the Presbyterian Church in Westfield?

The answer to this is a qualified “no.” Your gift is an act of personal worship to God in response to his grace in your life and the gift of his Son. The allocation of your money and time to God’s service should be a byproduct of prayer and consultation with other Christians to whom you are accountable. However, if you consider PCW your “home church,” you should consider allocating a significant portion of your tithe and offering to the community where you invest most of your time, and where others are investing in you.

 

7. Isn’t there more to generosity and stewardship than money?

We certainly must be good stewards of all that God has given us: money, time, skills, influence, and position. Therefore, generosity and stewardship are about much more than money, but not less than our financial resources. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21). Our heart’s inclination is to worship anything other then God. Money can become an idol. Therefore, giving it away generously to God’s service can liberate us from our idolatry and fix our eyes on Jesus (Heb. 12:2).

 

HOW DOES PCW REACH OUR VISION?

From the beginning, the Presbyterian Church in Westfield’s vision has been to build not just a good church but also, through the ministries of the church, to fulfill the command of Jeremiah 29:7 and build a great city.

In a large church with as many ministries as PCW has, it is easy to think that your individual contributions do not make a difference to the work that is being done. However, more than 90% of PCW’s operating budget comes from the weekly giving of our members and regular attendees. Your giving counts and is greatly appreciated!

 

 

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