Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday , January 23, 2017
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Our children need kind, caring grown ups to lead in our Preschool, K-2nd, or 3rd-5th grade class for a few Sundays over the course of the year. It's fun and important, To volunteer, contact Alexis at

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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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featuring author Greg Garrett
Wednesday, January 25,7:00-8:30pm, Westmoreland Parlor 

Greg Garrett
As we approach the 2017 Academy Awards, last year's #oscarssowhite controversy continues to resonate because movies have a long history of ignoring or imperfectly representing people of color. In this way, they are emblematic of the larger culture. Join us for an evening of conversation about film, race, and faith with Dr. Greg Garrett, "one of America's leading voices on religion and culture" (BBC Radio). Greg is currently at work on a book on race and film, and on a race and film initiative with the National Cathedral. He is the author of over twenty books (including critically-acclaimed works on film, popular culture, religion, and politics), Professor of English at Baylor University, and a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church.

Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 29 Following Worship

Topics will include updates on the 2018 budget, the Capital Campaign, and the Building 2020 plans. Everyone is encouraged to attend. 
Sandwich Making for Martha's Table
Tuesday, January 31, 10:00am, Kitchen
All hands on deck on Tuesday morning, in the Westmoreland Church kitchen for Martha's Table sandwich making. First-timers, children and grandchildren welcome. With enough help, it does not take much more than an hour. Questions? 301-229-7736. Sponsored by the Briggs Center for Faith and Action.
Potluck Dinner and Discussion
Sponsored by Men's Group

Tuesday, January 31, 6:30-9:00pm, Parlor 
Join Westmorelander Jim Thurber as he discusses the transition and the first 100 days of the Trump administration.  All are welcome.

Please RSVP to John Edie at
Action in Montgomery Meeting
Thursday, February 9, 7:00-9:00pm
Silver Spring United Methodist Church
Join AIM and the Montgomery Housing Alliance for our Public Aaction with the County Executive and County Council members. Join leaders from schools and congregations to launch our 2017 Listening Campaign and to hold our elected officials accountable to putting our values into out County's budget:
Þ   Dream Academy , high quality after-school programming in high poverty elementary schools.
Þ   Housing that is affordable and dignified for all.
The Action will take place at Silver Spring United Methodist Church at 8900 Georgia Ave in Silver Spring. Children are welcome. Contact Westmorelander Jeff Eagan or Nancy Van Meter for more information.
Westmoreland's StillReading" Book Group
Sunday, February 19, 4:30-6:00pm , Parlor
We will discuss "The Marriage Plot" by Jeffrey Eugenides. Madeleine Hanna is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, celebrated for their traditional "marriage plot" novels, while encountering love in real life through relationships with the bipolar philosophy/biology major Leonard and the religion major (and incipient minister?) Mitchell-all within the anti-traditional environment of Brown University in the 1980s. Please join us for discussion and snacks!
Adult Study - The Pastor's Class
Sundays at 9:00am, Library
January 29: The Religious Difference Between Republicans and Democrats

You are invited to join me in the Library at 9:00 every Sunday morning beginning January. As you may know I began a doctoral program in January at Wesley Seminary, focusing on how the church engages (or not) in public life. I will lead this class based on material I am reading in my program. Each week I will bring paragraph, an idea, or an article for discussion. Your job is to show up with you best ideas. (I will also make sure we have good coffee and tea. Feel free to bring snacks.) I am calling this The Pastor's Class, until we come up with a better name. 

This Sunday, January 29, we will talk about the religious differences between Republicans and Democrats. I hope you will join me. 

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.  Click here to pledge on-line to the Annual Fund. 
Capital Campaign
Gifts to our four-year campaign to build a new entrance, add a new elevator, add a gender neutral restroom, and make our kitchen functionable.  Click here to pledge on-line to the Capital Campaign. 
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.