Weekly E-News
Monday, September 11, 2017
Westmoreland is home to the JuBELLation Ringers, an adult handbell choir that performs regularly during worship. They rehearse weekly on Sundays from 12:15 to 1:00 pm. They also occasionally host “Open Ringing” sessions, where everyone is invited to come learn how to ring the bells. The next Open Ringing session is Sunday, September 17 at 11:45 am in the Sanctuary. To learn more about the JuBELLation Ringers, see Janet Hofmeister.  
Worship Next Sunday, September 17:
Tim will continue his Sermon Series on "Pigs, People, and Possibilities" with "Pseudonyms."
Worship Last Sunday, September 10:
Tim began his Sermon Series entitled "Pigs, People, and Possibilities" with "Beginning at the End" on Welcome Back Sunday.

Our Sunday Morning Fall Schedule:

Education Hour for All at 9:00 am
* Nursery Care for Infants, Toddlers and Twos
* Children’s Choir for Pre-K - 5 th Grade
* Youth Group for 6 th -12 th Grade
* Adult Discussion Group
* Chancel Choir Warm-Up

Worship in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am

* Nursery Care for Infants, Toddlers and Twos
* Church School for Children

Our children begin in the Sanctuary with their families, help gather the Children’s Collection, take part in Time for Children, then go to Church School. We have three rooms for Church School with volunteer leaders.

Social Hour After Worship

After the service, we have Coffee Hour in the Social Hall with refreshments provided by church members.
Adult Discussion Group: Sundays at 9:00 am
You are invited to join Jill Johnson, Katie Taylor, and Rick Sullivan in the Library at 9:00 am every Sunday morning. They will facilitate a conversation based on Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II's book,  The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement . Jill, Katie and Rick will do the hard work of reading the book and distilling it down into some key quotes and ideas to talk about, all you have to do is show up ready to share your ideas and listen to those of others.
The church's Office Hours are:
Mondays & Tuesdays, 10 am - 5 pm
Wednesdays, 12 - 3
Thursdays & Fridays 10 - 5 
"500: A Study of the Reformation"
Join Tim for a Pastor's Class beginning on September 13th and continuing every Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm through October 25th at Westmoreland. Everyone is welcome to take part!
Alternative Worship Experience:
Saturday, September 16 at 5:00 pm
Our next monthly Saturday evening service is Saturday, September 16, at 5:00 pm in the Parlor. 
Yes, Saturday. Yes, the evening. Yes, the Parlor.
Please join us for an informal, contemplative, alternative worship experience (AWE) that will include meditation, group prayer, pass-the-cup communion, Taize singing, and plenty of time for sharing joys and concerns. 
We hope to see you there! 
Church School Orientation for Leaders and Parents (PreK - 5th Grade)
Sunday, September 17 at 11:30 am in the Mabry Room
All parents and interested volunteers are invited to learn more about Church School! We will go over the curriculum, give an orientation to the classrooms and storage spaces, and provide information about how you can become a Church School teacher or assistant.
Youth/Parent Joint Meeting (6th to 12th Grade)
Sunday, September 17 at Noon in the Youth Room
Let's talk about plans for the coming year! All parents and youth are invited to join Adam in the Youth Room after worship on Sunday, September 17.
Middle East Committee: Special Guest Speaker
Sunday, September 17 at 11:45 am in the Parlor
Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) will speak at the Middle East Committee after worship on Sunday.Formerly, Lara served as the Director of Policy and Government Relations at Americans for Peace Now. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring guests.
Join the Team for the Walk & 5K to End HIV - Saturday, October 28
LJ Ingram, Chair of the Potomac Association LGBTQ Task Force, is inviting everyone to join our sister UCC churches on the Association team at the 31 st annual Walk & 5K to End HIV. This walk and run will benefit the HIV programs and services of Whitman-Walker Health. HIV remains an epidemic in DC and Whitman-Walker Health focuses on services and education designed to prevent transmission of the virus and provide care to those who are infected. The Walk & 5K to End HIV is a vital part of ensuring we have the resources to continue our support of at-risk and HIV-positive populations.

  • To join our team and participate with us on October 28, please begin here
  • To sponsor our team, you may donate directly (with credit to our team) here.
  • To buy a t-shirt to help our cause (a percentage of the proceeds are credited to our team), click here. Order prior to October 3 to have the shirt in time for the event!
  • For further Information on UCC Potomac Association's participation, go to the Fundraising Page.

We’ll see you on October 28!
Construction Update

We have our building permit! That means that after months (really, years!) of planning, waiting, and financially contributing, our building work will begin soon.Look for shovels, hard hats, and trucks!

During the next several months of construction, our parking lot will be used as the staging area for construction supplies. Limited parking spaces will be available. Please park on nearby streets. Please park as far away as you are able to walk to allow those with mobility needs to park closer. Please be neighborly. Follow all parking signs. Do not block driveways. Park courteously.

At some point, the Massachusetts Avenue entrance will be closed. Plan to use other doors. Please greet guests, building-users, and anyone who is “lost.” Help each other enter the building.

Be prepared for confusion, delays, noise, and mess. Construction may jumble plans at the last minute. Your patience and kindness are most appreciated.

Volunteers will be needed. No, you won’t have to pour concrete or hang drywall, but we will need volunteers to move furniture (then move it back), to serve as parking lot greeters, and to help with other tasks. Your assistance will be appreciated. Look for opportunities!
Volunteer to Assist in the Nursery
It is time for a new list of people who, on occasion, would be willingly to help out in the nursery. Please let Pat know if you would like to be on this list. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the youngest among us.
Donate Flowers for Worship
The flowers on the chancel add much beauty to our worship. Individuals or families may sign up for any given week to provide flowers with a dedication included in the Sunday bulletin. Please contact Judy Fogt and let her know that you are interested. The cost is $50. You can mail your check the church office or drop it in the collection plate with a notation that it is for chancel flowers.
Sign Up to Host 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.
Giving to Westmoreland
Look for information in the mail and via email about ways that you can support Westmoreland and our work in the world.
2017 Annual Giving
Gifts to support the ongoing life of our church -- music and worship, spiritual formation programs, fellowship events, staff salaries, and building maintenance. 
Capital Campaign
Gifts to our four-year campaign to build a new entrance, add a new elevator, add a gender neutral restroom, and an updated kitchen. 
Children's Collection
Items collect by our children in worship each Sunday to give to local helping groups.
Special Offerings
The five UCC offerings (plus our own outreach offering) that go across the country and around the world to meet needs.