The First Congregational Church of Westfield will continue its annual Summer Sermon Series with a special look at figures who appear only once in the Bible but who still made a significant contribution to our faith story then and now.   Visitors are welcome to attend the air-conditioned family worship and to stay for light refreshments on the lawn following each service.

The series, titled “One Hit Wonders,” begins this Sunday, July 7, with a look at Matthias, “the thirteenth Apostle,” chosen as a replacement for Judas by the remaining apostles.   Led by Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, Senior Minister, the series will continue over nine consecutive Sundays, concluding on September 1.   A program of Summer Sunday Stories is offered for young children in lieu of church school during the service. 

Among the other Biblical characters to be examined throughout the summer are Orpah, sister-in-law of Ruth, who is faced with the decision to return to her homeland in the face of severe famine or remain with her mother-in-law Naomi, on July 14.   On July 21, Simon of Cyrene, chosen by Roman soldiers to help carry the cross at Jesus’ crucifixion, inspires an examination of what it means to “bear another’s cross,” especially when the choice is not ours to make.   

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In “The Talking Donkey,” on July 28, the subject is how God uses a beast of burden in the Book of Numbers to help a man see how the path he is set on will lead to ruin, and how difficult it is to learn from those we see as lowly in the world’s eyes.   The series will continue through August with a look at the contributions of Gideon, Barnabas, Michal and Naboth.

First Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, is located at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield.   The sanctuary is wheelchair accessible and equipped with an infrared audio system for the hearing impaired. For additional information, please contact the church office at 908-233-2494 or visit www.fccofwestfield.org.