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Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Tuesday, April 4, 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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Marie Reed Tutoring
Saturday April 9 and April 23, 9:00am
 
We will tutor at Marie Reed Learning Center on the following Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. til 11:30 a.m.  Be sure to arrive a little before 9am.If you haven't done this before, please contact me for directions.
 
Thanks for you help.
 
Pete Davis, 202-365-7624
Save the Date!
Church Retreat 

When   
October 14-16

Where
Camp Wabanna,
Edgewater, MD

Contact
Doug Hallward-Driemeier

Camp Wabanna

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Adult Spiritual Formation: "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few"
Sundays, 9:00am, Library
Beginning April 10
 
We will discuss Robert Reich's book "Saving Capitalism," an excellent analysis of how the well off in America have tilted our economic and political systems in their favor at the expense of the middle and lower classes. 

Notes will be prepared a week in advance each week so you can participate even if you haven't read the book. 

Contact Pete Davis 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.

Memorial Service
Thursday, April 14, 12:30pm
 
We will have a memorial service to celebrate the life of Alice Duncan on Thursday, April 14 at 12:30pm, followedby a reception in the Social Hall.
Calling All Artists!
Art must be submitted by April 14
 
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 hang, 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, at margeharvey@verizon.net, of your contribution to the exhibit no later than April 14.  
Choir for a Day
Sunday, April 17, 9:00am
 
Ever wondered what it would be like to sing with the choir? Do you enjoy singing but don't have the time in your schedule to commit to the choir full-time? Well, this is your chance! Join us at 9:00am in the Sanctuary as we prepare a few simple pieces to sing during worship. No other rehearsals are required.
 
Questions? Contact Alec Davis.
Middle East Committee
Sunday, April 17, 11:30am, Parlor

Jamie McCauliffe, President of Education for Employment (EFE), will describe that organization's work at the April 17 Middle East Committee meeting. EFE is one of the most important initiatives to relieve youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa. EFE trains thousands of young men and women and places them in jobs with key employer-partners. Special thanks to Westmoreland's own Alton Frye for arranging Mr. McCauliffe's visit. Alton, who serves on EFE's board, will introduce the speaker. Everyone is invited.
Book Discussion
Sunday, April 17, 4:30-6:00pm, Parlor
 
"Westmoreland's StillReading" book group will meet to discuss The Gate of Angels by Penelope Fitzgerald, the acclaimed author of The Bookshop, The Blue Flower, and other terrific novels.

At Cambridge University in 1912 the model of a universe governed by the Mind of God is giving way to a wholly rational universe governed by the Laws of Physics. For Fred Fairly this means that the demands of the soul will finally be seen for what they are: a distraction and an illusion. So why does he suddenly wonder whether it was simply a freak bicycle accident that put him literally into bed with the wholly mysterious Daisy?

Please join us for snacks and conversation!
Prime Timers
Tuesday, April 19, Noon
 
Prime Timers invite you to join our special guest Doug Gaddis and us on Tuesday April 19 at noon. Doug will share photos and stories from a few of his recent adventures, including Paris, European Christmas Markets, holiday decorating with family Christmas treasures, and musical performances.
 
Come at noon for conversation and appetizers in the parlor, then lunch in the social hall at 12:30, then Doug's pictures and stories as we finish dessert. Cost: $10.00
 
Please RSVP by Sunday, April 17, email Betsy Bennett, or call at 301-657-8565.
Film Series and Potlucks
The last Wednesday of each month
 
Wednesday, April 27: "A Place at the Table" - a documentary about food insecurity and hunger. We will have a very special meal this evening based on what most of the world's population has for dinner!
 
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!
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 14
Saturday May 21
Saturday June 25
Saturday September 17
Saturday October 1
Saturday October 29
Saturday November 12

Last Names H, I & J
Last Names K & L
Last Names M & N
Last Names O, P, Q & R
Last Names S & T
Last Names U, V, W, X, Y & Z
Newcomers, Oops-Forgetters & Couldn't-Make-It Earlier Folks

RSVP to  tuttpotluck@gmail.com
200 People and 9 Pies
 
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 - 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
 
There are 9 Sundays before June 12. For the "pie-ing," we need attendance of 200 or more on three of those Sundays.
Children's Collection in April: 
Food for So Others Might Eat 
 
So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.) is an interfaith organization that helps the poor and homeless of Washington, DC by providing food, clothes, and health care. Additionally, they offer services such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling. They are a Westmoreland Volunteer Corps host agency and a Westmoreland Social Justice grant recipient.
 
We will collect the following items in April during our Time for Children for their food bank:
  •  Pancake Mix
  •  Syrup
  •  Ground Coffee
  •  Non-Refrigerated Creamer
Our SOME casserole delivery on April 6 includes the generous shelf staple donations from Anna Hosh and friends in honor of Anna's 15th birthday. On May 4 we'll deliver the breakfast donations from our April Children's Collection and our usual casseroles. Thank you all for your help in our ongoing support of SOME
"StillVisiting" Congregational Care Program

There are perhaps 20 members of our community who are no longer able to attend worship or most other church events and would enjoy a monthly visit from a fellow Westmorelander as a way to remain connected with the ongoing ministry of Westmoreland. The deacons are seeking 20-­25 members to serve as "visitors" in our newly revamped "StillVisiting" program.  

Each Westmoreland visitor will be paired with a homebound Westmorelander for short monthly visits to bring the church's greetings, news, and even the service of communion. Tim Tutt will lead a training session in early May, using materials from the UCC's "Called to Care" program
 
The deacons plan to launch this congregational outreach program in June. If you know of a fellow Westmorelander who would make a good visitor under our "StillVisiting" program, please send a nominating e­mail to Brad Case or leave a voice message for him at 703-­288­-1899.

Parlor Renovation
          
The Parlor Committee and Property Committee are receiving bids from several contractors to do the planned updates to the Parlor. It is anticipated the work will be accomplished in June. Parlor Design configurations have been posted on the Social Hall bulletin board. The three designs show possible arrangements that the Parlor can be configured for depending on a particular function.

New furniture will be ordered for the Parlor. Consequently, the Property Committee is selling the furniture in the Parlor. If you are interested in purchasing any of the furniture, rugs, or art work in the Parlor 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. Any items not sold to church members will be either sent to Sloan Kenyon Auction House or Wider Circle. Items in the Parlor that are sold my not be removed until late May.

Money from the sale of the furniture in the Parlor will be used to supplement the renovation of the Parlor. Get a piece of Westmoreland history.

--Roy Grossnick, Property Chair