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Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday, May 16, 2016
In this issue . . .
2016 Church Directory

The 2016 church directory is available in the church office during the week and in the Narthex on Sunday.  You can also get the directory on the member area of our website.
 
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

Sermons Online 

 

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Shaw Community Ministry
Send a Kid to College/Send a Kid to Camp!
 
Please consider making a financial donation to the Shaw Community Ministry scholarship and summer camp programs. Funds are greatly needed to support both programs, and your gifts will have an immediate and direct impact on the work of this small non-profit. Please make your check out to "Shaw Community Ministry," designate if you'd like it to go to the scholarship or the general fund, and address it to: Shaw Community Ministry, 1701 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Questions: Contact Melissa Herman at hermanml@aol.com or 301-897-5609.
Peace Camp
June 20-24, 5-8:00pm   
Peace Camp is our annual summer camp experience for K-5th graders. This year we will explore Paul's letter to Philemon along with the UCC's resolution to change the name of the Washington football team and discuss, "what's in a name?"
 
For more info or to sign up, please contact Alexis.
Save the Date!
Church Retreat 

When   
October 14-16

Where
Camp Wabanna,
Edgewater, MD

Contact
Doug Hallward-Driemeier

Camp Wabanna

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Sermon Series - The Book of Revelation

May 22 
Revelation 18
"Preaching to
the Proletariat"
 
May 29
Revelation 17
"War and Women"
 
June 5 
Graduation Sunday
 
June 12 
Revelation 7 & 19
"Roadkill at the End of Time"
Adult Spiritual Formation: "Becoming Wise"
Sundays, Through June 12, 9:00am, Library

New Adult Spiritual Formation discussion beginning May 1. Jill Johnson will lead us in reading Krista Tippett's new book,
Becoming Wise . Tippett is the host of On Being, a national public radio program, and was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. Class schedule is as follows:
 
  • May 8: Chapter Two "Words: The Poetry of Creatures"
  • May 15: Chapter Three "Flesh: The Body's Grace"
  • May 22: Chapter Four "Love: A Few Things I've Learned"
  • May 29: Chapter Five "Faith: The Evolution"
  • June 5: Chapter Six "Hope: Reimagined"
  • June 12: Closing reflections
Potluck Supper at the Tutts

During 2016, Amy and Tim Tutt are inviting the entire Westmoreland family to their home for a series of potluck suppers in small groups (divided alphabetically) on Saturday evenings from 5-7pm.
 
Dates and Groups
Saturday May 21 - Last Names K/L
Saturday June 25- Last Names M/N 
Saturday September 17- Last Names O/P/Q/R 
Saturday October 1- Last Names S/T 
Saturday October 29- Last Names U/V/W/X/Y/Z 
Saturday November 12 - Newcomers, Oops-Forgetters &
                                         Couldn't-Make-It-Earlier Folks

RSVP to  tuttpotluck@gmail.com
Potluck for Families with Young Children
Saturday, May 21, 5:00pm

We'll continue to just have fun and allow families at Westmoreland UCC and other friends to get to know each other better. This potluck is 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. And please invite friends and neighbors to join you! Looking forward to seeing you at our home for this fun evening.  Yonce, JoJo, and Cole, yonceshelton@gmail.com.
 
Middle East Committee Meeting
Sunday, May 22, 11:30am, Parlor

John Timmer will describe his January 2016 Interfaith Journey to Israel and the West Bank, emphasizing changes he noticed since his last trip. After John's brief presentation the committee will consider the proposed new statement of purpose being offered by the Steering Group. Copies of the proposed text are available at the Middle East table in the social hall. Everyone is invited.
South to Antarctica!
Tuesday, May 24, Noon, Parlor/Social Hall

Prime Timers invite you to join us for lunch and a virtual travel adventure to the most southern regions of the western hemisphere! We welcome special guest Gail Edie who will share pictures and stories of John and Gail's recent trip very far south.

Join us at noon as we greet and talk with Gail over appetizers in the parlor. We'll move to the Social Hall for lunch at 12:30 and Gail will take us on our Antarctic Adventure as we finish our dessert and coffee.
Cost: $10.00. Please RSVP by May 22 to Betsy Bennett 301-657-8565, betsybennett12@icloud.com or at coffee hour.
Film Series and Potlucks
The last Wednesday of each month
   
Wednesday, May 25: "Capitalism: A Love Story" - a documentary that explores the social costs of pursuing profits over the common good.
 
Hosted by the Board of Spiritual Formation. Come one, come all!
Graduation Sunday - Calling all graduates!
Sunday, June 5, 10:00am

Graduation Sunday is June 5! Graduates from high school on up will be recognized on this day. Please send your graduate's info (full name, school graduating from, next steps) to Mimi Miller, mmiller@westmorelanducc.org, by May 29.
200 People and 9 Pies
Let the fun begin! 
   
You did it!  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. Tim said that if we have nine Sundays with attendance of 200 or more, 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. Congratulations, you did it!
And Here is an attendance update:
  
January 3        165     
January 10      196     
January 17      185     
January 24      no worship - bad weather
January 31      194
 
February 7    261
February 14     155
February 21     195
February 28  243
 
March 6          204
March 13          180
March 20        252 
March 27        406  - Counts for two 200+ Sundays!

April 3              161
April 10          223  
April 17          207
April 24            192  

May 1              197
May 8             216  
May 15           222 
Children's Collection in May: 
Baby Items for Interfaith Works
 
Interfaith Works is an interfaith coalition of 165 congregations in Montgomery County (Westmoreland Church is a founding member) that provide shelter, clothe, and feed our homeless neighbors in need with the goal of helping them become self-sufficient. IW is a Westmoreland Social Justice grant recipient.
 
We will collect the following items to support their Welcome Baby! program to help newborns and families get off to a good start:
  • Receiving blankets,
  • Burp cloths,
  • Wash cloths,
  • Newborn sized diapers,
  • Diaper bags.
Parlor Renovation
In anticipation of the Parlor renovation in June the current Parlor furniture is being offered for sale to Westmorelanders.  Please click here for a listing of the Parlor furniture and price.  Contact the Property Chair, Roy Grossnick, if you are interested in purchasing any of the items listed.

--Roy Grossnick, Property Chair

Westmoreland Art Exhibit

The All Westmoreland Art exhibit is now hanging in the hallway and in the Social Hall. We hope you will take time to view the exhibition and admire the talents of friends and fellow members of Westmoreland. In this exhibit, we also remember deceased members of our community through their artwork.
"Marriage Reimagined" by George Singleton
Board of Social Justice and Action Update
 
The Board of Social Justice and Action will be beginning its grant proposal review process this spring. Grants will be awarded in the fall, and we look forward to sharing with you what we learn during the review process. Due to the congregation's generous contributions to the Christmas and Easter offerings, our pool of monies to distribute has reached a record high. Many thanks to you all!