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Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday, February 29, 2016
In this issue . . .
Sign Up for Coffee Hour!

Coffee Hour is a time to welcome guests and to strengthen relationships within our church community. This ministry is vital to the life, spirit, and growth of our church. Beverages (coffee, tea, water, juice/lemonade) and tableware are provided by Westmoreland. Food is a welcome addition and is provided by Coffee Hour Host(s). Please sign up to host coffee hour (once per year is recommended) with your family or pair-up with another member of the church.  Click here to sign up!


Thanks,  Stacey Fannon

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Update:
Attendance Challenge

In his sermon on January 10, Rev. Tutt challenged the congregation to have worship attendance of 200 or more people for nine Sundays before June 12. If we have nine Sundays with attendance of 200 or more, Rev. Tutt will let the middle and high schoolers "pie" him with nine pies at our summer picnic on June 12, and he will bake nine pies for the congregation to enjoy for dessert at the picnic.  Here is an attendance update:
 
January 3 - 165 
January 10 - 196    
January 17 - 185
January 24 - No worship - Snow
January 31 - 194
February 7 - 261 
February 14 - 155
February 21 - 195
February 28 - 225 
           
There are 14 Sundays remaining before June 12. We would need attendance  of 200 or more at 7 of those weeks for the "pie-ing" to take place.
Calling All Artists!
 
The Arts Committee of Westmoreland is planning an all church art exhibition.   For this exhibit we want to display the artistic expressions of children and adults, across as many genres as possible.  This is an opportunity to share your artistic side with others in the church community.   All are welcome.   Given space restrictions, we need to limit the number of art pieces submitted to three per person.
 
Installation of the exhibit will be April 22 and 23, with the opening on Sunday April 24th. Each piece needs to be brought ready to hand, or otherwise exhibited. Please identify your work with your name on each piece and if you choose, a brief description of your art.
 
Please notify Marge Harvey of your contribution to the exhibit no later than April 14.  
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"Lenting"
A Lenten worship series about gerunds. And more importantly, about living as everyday Christians.
 
1st Sunday of Lent, February 14 Becoming Romans 12:1-5, 9-10
 
2nd Sunday of Lent, February 21 Sitting Psalm 27
 
3rd Sunday of Lent, February 28 Singing  Psalm 63
 
4th Sunday of Lent, March 6 Walking
Psalm 63, Luke 15:11-32
 
5th Sunday of Lent, March 13 Sleeping 
John 12:1-8
 
Palm Sunday, March 20 Speaking
 
John 12:12-16
 
Easter Sunday, March 26
Living 
 John 20:1-18
Children's Collection in March: Games & Books for 11-18 Year Olds   
 
In March we will collect: new games and books for 11-18 year olds for Sasha Bruce Youthworks (a Westmoreland Volunteer Corps host agency and Westmoreland Social Justice grant recipient). Sasha Bruce strives to improve the lives of homeless, runaway, abused and neglected youth and their families in the Washington, DC area. They help young people find safe homes, achieve and maintain good health, create and strengthen supportive and stable families, and explore opportunities in education and careers.
Adult Spiritual Formation: "Grounded: Finding God in the World" by Diana Butler Bass
Sundays, 9:00am, Library
 
We will explore Diana Butler Bass' new book, and reflect on the question "Where is God?" For more information contact Rev. Kassim.
You're Invited! Potluck at the Tutt's 
Saturday, March 5, 5:00-7:00pm,
Last Names Beginning with A & B


During 2016, Amy and Tim Tutt are inviting the entire Westmoreland family to the their home for a series of Potluck Suppers in small groups (divided alphabetically). This Saturday is for Westmorelanders whose last names begin with the letter A and B. Please respond to
: tuttpotluck@gmail.com.  

Westmorelanders and Action in Montgomery
Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 PM, Library

Action in Montgomery is non-partisan, multi-faith, multi-racial, network dedicated to making Montgomery County a better place to live and thrive. Westmoreland was a founding member of AIM in 1998. The agenda for this meeting includes: a re-cap Westmoreland's involvement with AIM; a quick run-down on what AIM is currently doing and how Westmorelanders are involved with AIM (initiatives include affordable housing, after school programs for underserved children, and gun violence prevention); spiritual grounding in ways that foster our social action; and planning next steps. Everyone is invited. Contact Jeff Eagan for more information.
Prime Timers Welcomes 
Master Gardener Mary V. Gold
Non-Conventional Agriculture
Tuesday, March 15, Noon

Prime Timers invite you to join us at noon on March 15 for lunch and a program looking forward to spring with our special guest, Mary V. Gold who will introduce us to the world of non-conventional agriculture.
 
A long time colleague of Jayne MacLean in the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center at the National Agricultural Library, Mary specialized in organic farming, organic gardening and sustainable agriculture. Mary is a Master Gardener, and an avid community gardener; she wrote a popular gardening column for the Baltimore Sun.
 
Come at noon to meet Mary and enjoy appetizers and conversation in the parlor. At 12:30 we'll have quiche and salads in the Social Hall. Mary will begin her presentation on organic gardening and sustainable agriculture as we finish our coffee and dessert. Cost $10:00.  RSVP by Sunday, March 15 to Betsy Bennett. 

Potlucks for Families with Young Children
Saturdays, March 19, April 23, 5pm
 
We'll continue to just have fun and allow families at Westmoreland UCC and other friends to get to know each other better. These potlucks are mainly geared toward families with babies, toddlers, or school age kids who are young enough to need to come with you. But, all are welcome! We'll have some drinks (kid and adult), plates, utensils, cups, kitchen supplies, and an oven and stove fired up to reheat your dish. We hope you can save the dates below. And please invite friends and neighbors to join you! Looking forward to seeing you,
 
Yonce, JoJo, and Cole, yonceshelton@gmail.com
Death with Dignity Forum
Sunday, March 20, 11:30 AM, Parlor

A conversation about the death-with-dignity movement and issues related to right-to-die options. A panel of Westmorelanders and friends will address this issue from theological, legal, political, and medical perspectives. The forum will include time for question and answer. All are invited. Contact Will Irwin for more information.
Westmorelanders Against Gun Violence
Sunday, April 10, 11:30, Library

Are you interested in preventing gun violence in our community and in our nation? If so, you are invited to this meeting as we revive our church-based gun violence prevention group. Contact Tim Tutt for more information.