West Side UMC
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
WHERE THE SPIRIT IS ALIVE

Who We Are

THE SPIRIT IS ALIVE AT WEST SIDE
 
 
             OUR VISION
 
 
To have faithful, fruitful and bold ministries,  growing mature disciples of Jesus Christ, equipping ministers of God's Word,
and living Christlike in the community                                                                      
 
We envision faithful, fruitful and bold ministries, growing mature disciples of Jesus Christ, equipped to be ministers of God’s word, and working with Christ to redeem souls and circumstances.
 
 
              OUR MISSION
 
 
 
The West Side United Methodist Church is a faith-sharing congregation meeting the ongoing spiritual and physical well being 
of its members and community through servant ministries, discipleship training and worship
 
 
 
 
The Mission of the West Side Church is;
 
 
(1) To help people to have the assurance of their salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the born again experience through the work of the Holy Spirit.
 
(2) To nurture people through God's Word and prayer so that they become the disciples  of Jesus Christ.
 
(3) To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the end of the earth (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8)
 
(4) To minister to our second  generation  so that they can have the inheritance  of good faith in Jesus Christ and their own identity.
 
(5) To prepare  people for the second coming of Jesus Christ our Lord through study of Biblical prophesies
 
Our Vision describes our church’s future. It is where God is calling us to go. 
Our mission reminds us why we’re here.
 
                        TOGETHER WE CAN "OPEN MINDS, OPEN HEARTS, OPEN DOORS"
    
                                 
       Pastor JinWook Jeong                                         
 
 
Pastor: Reverend JinWook Jeong
 
Ministers: The believers
 
Choir Director: Gene Pfeiffer     
 
Office Sec.:  Volunteers   Office hours: 9:30 AM-12:30,
Mon  and  Thur,; Wed 10 - 12 and 5-7 
 
                    Same hours as STP, the food pantry. 
 
Director, Enrichment Center: Anita Plantamura
 
 
West Side Methodist is located at
16 Maxim Drive, Hopatcong, NJ 07843
 
Church Office Telephone Number  973 398 0846      Fax Number   973 398 9948  
 
Church's e-mail address    westsideumc@optimum.net 
Parsonage Telephone Number   973 601 7727 
Pastor Jeong's e-mail address pastorjeong@hotmail.com
and cell phone (908-265-2766).
 
Enrichment Center Office Telephone Number  973 398 5010
 
Websites: Church
www.hopatcongwestsideumc.org         
 Enrichment Center     enrichmentctr-westside.org        
or through the church website
                                                                                                                                    
    
                                                           West Side United Methodist Church
                                                                          Leadership Team
 
PASTOR
 Reverend JinWook Jeong
 
 
OFFICE SECRETARY
 Volunteers
 
 
LAY LEADER
Gene Pfeiffer
 
 
LAY MEMBER TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Gene Pfeiffer
 
 
RESERVE LAY MEMBER
Gene Pfeiffer
 
Gene Pfeiffer
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
   
 LAY SPEAKERS     
Dick Hodson, Certified
   
   
NURTURE
Dick Hodson
 
 
 
 
OUTREACH CO-CHAIR
Dick Hodson
 
 
 
 
WITNESS  CHAIR
Dick Hodson
  
 
CHURCH COUNCIL CHAIR
Dick Hodson
 CHURCH COUNCIL SECRETARY     
 Hodson/Pfeiffer
   
 Church Council members: R. Hodson,
Gene Pfeiffer, Mark Carter; Leon Hoffacker;
Artie Morelli; Susan Taylor; Kim Carter;
Pastor Jeong; Anita Plantamura (Enrichment Ctr)
 
YOUTH ADVISOR  
   
 SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPT.
 
FINANCE CHAIR
Gene Pfeiffer
 
 
TREASURER
 Susan Taylor
 
 
FINANCIAL SECRETARY
Susan Taylor
 
 
WEB SITE ORGANIZER Dick Hodson
   
MUSIC DIRECTOR
Gene Pfeiffer
 
 
 
TRUSTEES CHAIR Leon Hoffacker  
     
CHAIR OF PPRC Mark Carter  
 
PASTOR  PARISH  COMMITTEE
         Chair Kevin Devine
Class 2013
Class 2014                            
Class 2015
Hannah Kab
Gene Pfeiffer
Venus Mendoza
Kevin DeVine
Art Morelli
Susan Jackson
 
John DeVersa 
David Sowinski 
 
United Methodist Men
 
UMM PRESIDENT
Gene Pfeiffer – elected by UMM
             TREASURER
  Rich Toth
 
 
YOUTH PRESIDENT
 
 
SECRETARY- CHURCH COUNCIL
 
 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 
                                CHAIR
Leon Hoffacker
                        VICE CHAIR
To be elected by Trustees
Class 2013
  Class2014                        
Class 2015
Kevin DeVine
Anita Plantamura
Richard Toth
Leon Hoffacker
          
John Schoebel
Carl Scimeca
Marcial Mendoza
Stephen Chirco
 
 
THE ENRICHMENT CENTER – DIRECTOR –      Anita (Mrs. P ) Plantamura
ENRICHMENT CENTER COMMITTEE:    April Sutphen, Teacher;
   Kevin Devine, Chair PPRC;
 Anita Plantamura, Center Director;     JinWook Jeong, Pastor
 
Head Teacher Kdg Teacher Judith Burke       – Asst.Head Teacher  Ellen Scherr
Infant Room/Bookkeeper    Sandy Toth       
 
Pre-School Teachers:   Ms. Bonnie Peterson
   April Sutphen
   Fran Boatman
Before & After Care Teachers  Ms Pat Frezzo
   Peggy Caputo   
   Katie Byron
Teachers Assistants   Mrs Judith Schneider   
   Ms. Lee Slater
 
College Students      Ms. Jen Bickar
   Melissa Bogart
    Brandi Misner
     Mr. Will Majestic      Steve Marusiak   Ms. Laura Svendsen     Alissa Sullivan
High School Students    Alissa Brown  Taylor Englehardt     Jordan Melillo
 
 
West Side is a United Methodist Church. We have long been involved in outreach programs to help “our neighbors” and to
 increase our spiritual health. Since its beginning the Methodist Church has been involved in service. The Thrift Shop and
Save The People food program date back to the early 1970’s. West Side Methodist is part of the Skylands District of the
Greater New Jersey Conference.
 
 As parts of the Body of Christ, we are the only feet, hands, bank account, and mouthpiece that Jesus has on this earth.
 
Volunteers embody Christian love in action by bringing their talents to Christian service.
 
To the world you might be one person; to one person you could be the world.
 
They will know you are a Christian by your love.
 
GODS ARE WHATEVER YOU WORSHIP, STOP BEING A POLYTHEIST.
                    ANALYZE HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME.
 
PREDICTIONS FOR 2011
THE BIBLE WILL STILL CONTAIN THE ANSWERS
PRAYER WILL STILL WORK.
JESUS WILL CONTINUE TO LOVE YOU.
 
  
GOD IS NOT CONCERNED WITH OUR ABILITY NOR OUR INABILITY.
                                                                               GOD IS CONCERNED WITH OUR AVAILABILITY.
 
“Who We Are”, a 40 page booklet, is available free in the entrance way of the church building. It describes the people
of The United Methodist Church: who we are, where we are, how we serve, and general information.
 
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HISTORY OF WEST SIDE:
NO GOD                                                              KNOW GOD
NO PEACE                                                          KNOW PEACE
 
West Side Methodist Church started in the summer of 1894. The first service was held on the lawn of
Dr. Theodore A. K. Gessler’s home and because of the response of the congregation, Dr. Gessler
suggested that a chapel be built on land that he had looked in to that might be donated for that purpose. 
On November 18, 1899, Byram Cove Land Company and Charles Noble gave a deed of trust for land
at River Styx, on the Lake, to Dr. Gessler and Richard R. Edwards, the first Mayor of Hopatcong. This
conveyance was made subject to the use of the Religious Society, known as the Baptist Congregation. 
 
The church sanctuary was used only in the summer, because there was no heat in the Sanctuary. The
basement served as the Sunday school all year long, since a pot-bellied stove heated it. West Side
Church was a non-denominational church in its early years; all were welcome. It supplied the residents
the needs for summer, as well as all year long, no matter what their religious affiliations were. West Side
joined the United Methodist in 1948 and was a circuit church until it became a full time Church in 1956. 
In 1960, the present property was purchased from the Maxim Dee Estates to accommodate the growing
needs of the Church. A fire on October 18, 1969 destroyed the interior of the River Styx Church, leaving
services held in various buildings until March 14, 1971. The West Side United Methodist Church was
dedicated on March 21, 1971.
 
West Side is a people oriented Church with many missions including, a Thrift Shop and Save The People
(STP food distribution program), both started in the 1970’s, food baskets at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and
Easter time, and an Angel Food program sponsored by the Boy Scouts and distributed at West Side. West
Side is open to everyone. We invite you to visit and perhaps you will stay awhile!
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