Westmoreland Weekly E-News
Monday, June 5, 2017
The Church Office will be closed on Tuesday, June 6 from 11:45am until 2:00pm as we have a staff send off for Alexis Kassim.
Peace Camp - Please Register This Week!
June 19-23, 5-8pm
Peace Camp, our summer learning experience for elementary school-aged children, is scheduled for Monday through Friday, June 19-23, 2017, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. We begin each evening with a light supper, then move on to music, games, and arts and crafts, all aimed at helping children learn about cooperation and peace-building in a fun setting. For more information contact Pat Nelson.
Youth Group Trip to Kings Dominion
Saturday, June 10 from 9am-9pm  
All youth grades 6-12 are welcome to come – parents welcome to help drive and chaperone Contact Alexis  for more information.  
Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
Sunday, June 11, 9:00am
This will be our last day of Church School for the schoolyear, and we will honor all of our teachers at a special Teacher Appreciation breakfast at 9 am in the Parlor and during the worship service.  

  (Note: Our end-of-year picnic is not on the 11th. We will have the picnic on June 18.)
Bring An Instrument!
Sunday, June 11, 10am
Bring a handheld instrument to worship this Sunday. We will read Psalm 100 (“Make a joyful noise to God”) and add the sounds of instruments. Kazoos, trumpets, bongo drums, bells, vuvuzelas, and more are welcome! If you don’t have an instrument or forget yours, we will have extras on hand.
The Equality March for Pride and Unity
Sunday, June 11, 10am-2pm, National Mall
The Equality March for Unity and Pride will take place the same day as the Capitol Pride Festival. Westmorelanders are encouraged to take part in the march and festival as a show of justice and solidarity with LGBTQ persons. Because this march is on a Sunday, we are exploring ways to connect marchers who will be on the Mall with those who are gathered here at Westmoreland. If you plan to take part in the Equality March, please email Tim Tutt at tim@westmorelanducc.org, so that we can arrange a Westmoreland meet up.
Picnic: Hello, Summer!  Farewell Alexis!
Sunday, June 18, 11:15am
We will welcome summer and bid farewell to Rev. Alexis Kassim on June 18. Alexis will preach in worship, and we will honor her during that time. After the service, the Board of Spiritual Formation is hosting our annual summer picnic celebration.

We'll provide the main course as well as drinks and cutlery. We ask you to please bring a dish to share :
  • Last Name A-G: dessert;
  • Last Name H-Z: side dish or salad
If you can help with set up, serving, clean up, or activities for our younger members, please contact Rev. Kassim (alexis@westmorelanducc.org).
 
            --The Board of Spiritual Formation
Groundbreaking
Sunday, June 18, 11:15am
As part of our picnic on June 18, we will officially break ground on our building addition and renovation.  


Summer on the Circle Begins
Sunday, June 25
During the summer we will have an abbreviated time of worship (10:00-10:40am) with classes for all ages (10:50-11:30am) from June 25 through July 30.
 
Look for more information about classes on transgender issues, music, architecture, and more.
June Children's Collection
Sasha Bruce Youthworks
Sasha Bruce Youthworks (a Westmoreland Volunteer Corps host agency and Westmoreland Social Justice grant recipient) strives to improve the lives of homeless, runaway, abused and neglected youth and their families in the Washington, DC area.  They help young people find safe homes, achieve and maintain good health, create and strengthen supportive and stable families, and explore opportunities in education and careers.   

We will collect: new games and books for 11-18 year olds.
Immigrants Welcome.org
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Want to take action on the justice issues you care about, including immigration and refugees? Join UCC's Justice and Peace Action Network (JPAN) here.

Want to help plan how Westmoreland will carry out our motion in Support of Extravagant Welcome to Immigrants and Refugees of All Faiths? Email Lori Mosher to get involved. 
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.
Sermon Availability
 Be sure to visit the Westmoreland Sermon Archives to read or listen to past sermons. 

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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.
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 $55. You can mail your check the church office or drop it in the collection plate with a notation that it is for chancel flowers.
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