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Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Tuesday, May 25, 2016
What is Westmoreland's Public Theology?
 
Public theology is a conversation about religious faith, practice, and experience of God and God's relation to the world that seeks to be understandable to both those in the religious tradition and those outside it. The relation between Christian convictions and the broader social and cultural context is important because the Christian community does not operate in a vacuum. Public theology's goal is to identify the particular places where Christian convictions intersect with the practices of contemporary public life to address issues, institutions, and interactions that are of importance to both the church and larger society.
 
How do the Christian convictions of Westmoreland interact with the public? What is Westmoreland's public theology? I am taking the summer to find out with face-to-face interviews, small group discussions, and a church wide survey. If you are available for an interview Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday in June or July please contact me at huskers-1@hotmail.com. Stay tuned for more information as we move into the summer!

--Thank you, Adam Barth
In this issue . . .
Parlor Closure

The Parlor will be closed beginning June 1 for renovation.  Hopefully the renovation will be complete by the end of July. Property will keep Westmorelanders posted on the progress of the renovation.
Property Chair

--Roy Grossnick, Property Chair
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

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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 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 29: Chapter Five "Faith: The Evolution"
  • June 5: Chapter Six "Hope: Reimagined"
  • June 12: Closing reflections
Film and Potluck
Wednesday, May 25
6:30 PM

Viewing and discussion of "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 is June 5
Potluck Fellowship Hour Sign-up
 
We will honor all of our graduates in worship on June 5 at 10:00am! If you, or someone in your family is graduating this Spring, please send their full name, institution graduating from, and any future plans to Mimi Miller (mmiller@westmorelanducc.org) by May 29 so that we can include them in the bulletin!
 
We will have a potluck fellowship hour following the service.  Please click here to sign up.
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! 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
May 22            184 
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.
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
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.
 
Saturday June 25- Last Names M & N 
If your last name begins with A-L and you missed an earlier potluck, feel free to attend on June 25.

The Q-Z potlucks will take place in September, October and November.
 
RSVP to  tuttpotluck@gmail.com