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Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday, February 22, 2016
In this issue . . .
Westmoreland and the Weather
 
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Winter is here. If it's snowing or icy, will the church be open? Here's what you need to know:

On weekdays, if the Montgomery County Schools are closed due to weather, the church office will be closed.

If there is inclement weather on a Sunday, please check your email. A church-wide email will go out by 8:00 am.

Most importantly, use common sense. If church events are taking place (even if you are scheduled to usher or sing or host coffee hour) and you do not feel safe or comfortable making your way to church, please stay home.

Please be safe.

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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. (Last year, we had 200 or more people in attendance on six Sundays during that time period.) If we have nine Sundays with attendance of 200 or more, Rev. Tutt has offered the following exchange - He 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.

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Sandwich Making for Martha's Table
Tuesday, February 23, 10:30am, Kitchen
 
All hands on deck on Tuesday morning, in the Westmoreland Church kitchen for Martha's Table sandwich making. First-timers, children and grandchildren welcome. With enough help, it does not take much more than an hour.
 
Questions? 301-229-7725. Sponsored by the Briggs Center for Faith and Action.
Potluck for Virginia Residents
Saturday, February 27, 5:00pm
 
All Virginia Westmoreland members and friends are invited to a potluck dinner at the home of Steve and Peggy Dyer on Saturday, February 27, 5 pm. Main courses of lasagna and ham will be provided. Guests are invited to bring a side dish, salad or dessert. Please let the Dyers know that you plan to attend and what you will bring. You can reach them at 703-442-6514 or tstephendyer@gmail.com
The Westmoreland  Festival Chorus  presents
 
Mozart's Missa Brevis in F Major
Sunday, February 28
as part of the 10:00 am service.
   

Chili Lunch
Sunday, February 28 after church
 
The Board of Membership and Fellowship invites the congregation to celebrate the end of winter with a chili potluck lunch.  Please consider bringing your favorite meat or vegetarian chili in a crockpot and we'll make sure it stays warm!  If you prefer, you can bring cornbread, salads, or "fixins" to accompany the chili.  Please let us know what you are bringing by clicking here  or email Leslie Weber at leslie_mike_weber@verizon.net  Other questions:  301-718-7844. 
One Great Hour of Sharing Collection
Sunday, February 28
 
On Sunday, February 28, Westmoreland's collection will benefit the United Church of Christ's One Great Hour of Sharing. This mission supports disaster relief, refugee/immigration efforts, and development ministries around the world. Our gifts will also support OGHS's programs in heathcare, education, agriculture, food sustainability, micro-financing, and women's empowerment.
"Lenting"
A Lenten worship series about gerunds. And more importantly, about living as everyday Christians.
 
1st Sunday of Lent, February 14
Becoming
OWL students lead worship
 
2nd Sunday of Lent, February 21
Sitting 
Psalm 27
 
3rd Sunday of Lent, February 28
Singing
Choir presents Mozart's "Missa Brevis in F Major"
 
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
 
Easter Sunday, March 26
Being
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!

Coffee hour hosts typically bring crackers & cheese, vegetables & hummus/dip, cookies/pastries, tortilla/pita chips, and salsa/guacamole. Hosts prepare and serve the food, bring empty dishes and food back into the kitchen, take left-overs home or to a food bank, and help Martell Galloway, our custodian, clean, dry, and put away dishes, as needed.  

Thanks, Stacey Fannon
Children's Collection in February: Reading Glasses, Umbrellas & Hand Sanitizer   
 
O ur February Children's Collection will support the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, a Westmoreland Volunteer Corps host agency and Westmoreland Social Justice grant recipient. SMGW is a community partnership bringing together homeless people and others in need with support from churches to improve the lives of all. We will collect and donate the following for their clients:
 

- Reading glasses (all powers from +1 to +4 with case)
- Small folding umbrellas 
- Pocket-sized bottles of hand sanitizer