May 24
NEWS & NOTES
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THIS SUNDAY's Platform Location Changes!

Please note the unique platform schedule for this weekend's Platform Services.

The 9:30am platform will be at the campsite.
 
"Into the Woods!" Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader, and friends. Join Amanda at the WES Camping Trip for a special platform around the picnic tables. The woods often call to us as a place of escape and mystery. What does it means to get lost in the woods? How do we embody the journey of the woods in our own lives?

The 11:30am platform will be at WES.
"Immigration: Embodying Our Values" Forum Theatre actors and WES Sanctuary Task Force members. Join us for this very special platform as actors from Silver Spring's Forum Theatre share scenes from their new play, "Building the Wall." Join members of WES who have been working on issues around immigration and deportation. This will be a challenging and inspiring platform--one not to miss. Music from the WES Chorus led by Bailey Whiteman.
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Pop-Up Chorus Scheduled
The WES Chorus rehearses on Wednesday nights at WES from 7:15-9pm. However, for the May 24 rehearsal, Music Director Bailey Whiteman (baileyw@ethicalsociety.org) invites you to join them for a pop-up rehearsal. A pop-up chorus is a perfect chance for those that want to sing with WES Chorus but can't fit it in a regular weekly rehearsal into their schedule.

Join the Chorus for rehearsal tonight, May 24, and then sing with them May 28 (there will even be a rehearsal May 28 at 10:15am, if you can't come on Wednesday nights). Come sing!

For all the details, check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1919602198258507/.
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A New Way To Donate: A Cashless Option Now Available
Do you think our Share the Plate organizations are a great cause? Do you often want to participate in collection but never carry cash? Look no further than WES's very own text message giving option!
To use, just follow these simple steps:

1) Text the amount you would like to donate and wording to let us know what it's for to  202-335-1885 .   We recommend saving the phone number as a contact in your phone. 
Example:  Text "$50 pledge" or "$50 share the plate" or just simply "$50" to donate to WES.

2) Follow the prompts to set up your account. (It will ask which  credit card you'd like to use, your email, your name, and billing information.)

3) You will receive a confirmation message.
That's it! So simple! And if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Robyn at robynk@ethicalsociety.org.
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This Sunday's Platform
9:30 & 11:30am.

9:30am Platform Service. "Into the Woods!" Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader, and friends.
Join Amanda at the WES Camping Trip for a special platform around the picnic tables. The woods often call to us as a place of escape and mystery. What does it means to get lost in the woods? How do we embody the journey of the woods in our own lives?
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1 1:30am Platform Service. "Immigration: Embodying Our Values," Forum Theatre actors and WES Sanctuary Task Force members.
Join us for this very special platform as actors from Silver Spring's Forum Theatre share scenes from their new play, "Building the Wall." Join members of WES who have been working on issues around immigration and deportation. This will be a challenging and inspiring platform--one not to miss. Music from the WES Pop-Up Chorus led by Bailey Whiteman.
This Sunday at WES.

WES Pop-Up Chorus Rehearsal, 10:15am, Social Hall. Join the regular WES Chorus to rehearse and then sing at 11:30am platform.
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Ethical Living Laboratory, 11am, Library. Join the Community Relations Committee to explore the topic of "truthfully express your perspective with kindness and fairness."
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Working For Racial Equity, 1pm, Social Hall. Drop in to our WRE Talk & Teach Topics to learn with and from each other. The session will include a brief learning opportunity, video and/or exercise with facilitated discussion on the following topic: History of Racism in America:  How did we get this messed up?
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Aging with Intention Discussion Group, 3pm, Campbells' home.  This month's discussion will focus on how our particular age cohort's challenges, views on aging and opportunities differ from our parents' and how recognizing and dealing with those differences can help us going forward. We will also have time to each share 2 resources on aging that we'd recommend to others.

upcomingweeks The Upcoming Weeks at WES
Wednesday, May 24
  • WES Chorus rehearsal, 7:15 to 9pm, Social or Main Hall. Pop-Up Choristers Needed: Wanting to sing with WES Chorus, but you can't fit it in your schedule regularly? Join us for rehearsal  and then sing with us May 28 (there will even be a rehearsal May 28 at 10:15 am, if you can't come on Wednesday nights). Come sing! The WES Chorus meets weekly to rehearse, under the direction of Bailey Whiteman, Music Director. All music abilities welcome!
Tuesday, May 30
  • Budget Forum, 7pm, Library. Join Amanda and Tom to talk through details of the budget(s) being proposed at this year's annual Spring Membership Meeting on Sunday, June 4.
Wednesday, May 31
  • WES Chorus rehearsal, 7:15 to 9pm, Social or Main Hall. WES Chorus meets weekly to rehearse, under the direction of Bailey Whiteman, Music Director. All music abilities welcome!
Thursday June 1
  • Board of Trustees Meeting, 7pm, Library. All are welcome to attend meetings of the Board of Trustees! Agenda and materials are available in the Members' Access section of our website.
Friday, June 2
  • WES People of Color Meeting, 7pm, TBD. A chance to meet, discuss WES and our mutual values and our diverse experiences as people of color, the POC group meets monthly on the First Fridays. We rotate meetings at various homes. WES POC members and visitors are welcome to join. Please email Trang Duong at trangd@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Sunday, June 4
  • Platform Service, 9:30 & 11:30am, Main Hall.
  • Newcomers' Q and A, 11am & 1pm, Library. New to WES? Join us for this informal gathering to learn a little about who we are and what we do here, and to get your questions answered!
  • Eat Dessert First: A Farewell to Barbara Searle, 1pm, Front Patio. Help us say bon voyage to longtime member Barbara Searle, who is moving to California, by enjoying ice cream and memories!
  • Spring Membership Meeting, 1-3:30pm, Main Hall. Join fellow WES members for our semi-annual membership meeting. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, June 7
  • WES Chorus rehearsal, 7:15 to 9pm, Social or Main Hall. WES Chorus meets weekly to rehearse, under the direction of Bailey Whiteman, Music Director. All music abilities welcome!

Saturday, June 10

  • Second Saturdays are for Service at Wider Circle, 12-2pm, A Wider Circle. All are welcome! Noon to 2 pm. Join your WES friends as we help sort, clean, and move items for a good cause. Wider Circle: 9159 Brookville Rd # C, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Capital Pride Parade, 4:30-7:30pm, 15th St. & P St.

You can see the full calendar here. ( http://ethicalsociety.org/blog/events/)
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DC Pride Parade and Festival

WES will be participating in the Pride Parade on Saturday, June 10 from 4:30-7:30pm and the Pride Festival on Sunday, June 11 from 12-7pm. If you're interested in participating as a marcher or festival volunteer, please email Amanda ( amandap@ethicalsociety.org)

Tooth Paste Donations
The Global Connections organization sends a delegation, with many WES members, to El Rodeo, El Salvador every summer.  While there they run a fully operational Dental Clinic, including helping parents teach proper dental care to their children.  For this year's delegation we are asking the WES community to donate FULL SIZE TUBES OF TOOTHPASTE with fluoride for the trip in June.  The toothpaste donation box can be found in the lobby for all of May.


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