Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
In this issue . . .
Westmoreland and the Weather

Winter is here. If it's snowing or icy, will the church be open? Here's what you need to know:

On weekdays, if the Montgomery County Schools are closed due to weather, the church office will be closed.

If there is inclement on Sunday, please check your email. A church-wide email will go out by 8:00 am.

Most importantly, use common sense. If church events are taking place (even if you are scheduled to usher or sing or host coffee hour) and you do not feel safe or comfortable making your way to church, please stay home.

Please be safe.

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Food, Fellowship & Conversation
Wednesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m.
The Men's Group and Building 2020 Team invite you to an evening of food, fellowship and a conversation about moving forward to construction of improvements in facilities and parking at Westmoreland. Please RSVP to David Bennett ( or 301-657-8565) by Monday, January 18, with number attending and food contribution to the our potluck dinner.

Download Proposal from the Building 2020 Committee 
Barbara McDowell Foundation Anniversary
Thursday, January 21, 7:30pm
Westmorelanders are invited to a celebration hosted by Drinker Biddle & Reath on Thursday, January 21, 2016 to honor the 5th anniversary of the Barbara McDowell Foundation and the Drinker Biddle High Impact Pro Bono initiative. The cocktail reception will be held from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the SunTrust Bank Building, 9th floor, 1445 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005. Barbara was a member of Westmoreland.  Please see the invite here .
Potlucks for Families with Young Children
Saturday, January 23, 5:00pm

These potlucks are mainly geared toward families with babies, toddlers, or school age kids who are young enough to need to come with you. But all are welcome! We have had a mix of people from Westmoreland and other friends and neighbors. We'll have some drinks (kid and adult), plates, utensils, cups, kitchen supplies, and an oven and stove fired up to reheat your dish.
We hope you can join us. And please invite friends and neighbors to join you!  Mark your calendar for future potlucks: S aturdays, February 20,  March 19, and  April 23

Looking forward to seeing you,
Yonce, JoJo, and Cole Shelton
5017 Brookdale Rd
(near River and Western Roads)
Bethesda 20816
A Parlor Talk with Jonathan Kuttab
Human Rights Lawyer & Palestinian Christian
Sunday, January 24, 11:30am, Parlor
Westmoreland's Middle East Committee invites everyone to hear Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian Christian and human rights lawyer who will offer a non-violent perspective on current realities in Palestine/Israel. The committee urges everyone to hear and engage with him and to encourage your friends and colleagues to come as well.
Anti-Gun Violence Event
Sunday, January 24, 5-7 pm
Washington Hebrew Congregation, located at 3935 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016.
A time of education, personal stories, and community-building dedicated to ending gun violence.

The program will feature: Daniel Webster, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research; Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and other elected officials; and victims of gun violence. We have invited over a dozen local and national anti-gun violence groups to be on hand with information booths to engage people of faith about their work.
Sponsored by: Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, Temple Emanuel, and Washington Hebrew Congregation
Adult Spiritual Formation - Story Theology
9:00 am Sundays, Library, through February 7
"Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear." - Matthew 11:15
God hides in the stories. Stories are where God takes refuge, hoping that someone will uncover and dream another reality, closer to God's dreams for the world.
Story Theology is a spiritual practice of understanding ourselves as characters in God's story. In this study, we will develop our ability to articulate our experience, deepen relationships with each other through sharing and reflecting on these experiences, learn the art of sacred listening, and discover God's wondrous presence and divine plot threading through our lives. Alexis Kassim and Adam Barth, leaders.
Piano Duo Benefit Concert with
Alejandro and Grace!
Sunday, January 31, 5:00pm, Sanctuary
Celebrating the birth of their son, Santiago, Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez and Grace Cho will present a special piano duo program of their favorite pieces inspired by children. The concert is free and open to the public. Your generous free-will donation will benefit the New Orchestra of Washington.
The program includes:  Overture to the Magic Flute by Mozart; Mother Goose Suite by Ravel; The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky. A reception follows.
George Singleton Celebration
Sunday, February 7
"For everything there is season..." Ecclesiastes 3:1
After 43 years of serving as the bass Soloist and Section Leader of the Westmoreland Choir, George Singleton is retiring. His last Sunday to sing in the choir will be February 7.  We will feature George in the service on that day and will celebrate George and Jane at a reception after church. The good news is that Jane and George will continue to be part of the Westmoreland congregation.  Jane will serve on the Beard of Spiritual Formation next year, and George continues his service on the Governance Council.  And George has offered to sing in services and for special occasions from time to time. Our love and thanks go out to George for his years of sharing and leading music with us.
Valentine's Day Parents Night Out
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 5:00 - 8:00pm

Parents, enjoy a special evening all to yourselves and leave the kids with us for a night full of fun including a movie, pizza party, and games.

Westmoreland UCC, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda MD 20816.  $40 per child; $20 for each additional sibling.
All proceeds will go to raise funds for our Stop Hunger Now! event on Saturday, May 14, in which we will package over 10,000 meals to feed those in need in developing countries.

RSVP to Alexis at by February 6, 2016.
Register now for Advocacy Training Weekend
April 15-18
"Lift Every Voice: Racism, Class, and Power"
In our neighborhoods and around the world, social, economic, corporate, and political powers are working to reduce citizens' access to decision-making. These practices violate the rights and silence the voices of those most affected by these decisions and severely hamper the ability of all citizens to determine the best policies for our communities and nations. As Christians, God calls us to lift up all voices so that we the people might regain influence in the policies that affect our nation and our world. Come to Advocacy Training Weekend April 15-18 and lift up your voice for transparent and participatory government at home and abroad.
Visit to register.
Westmorelanders Increase SJA Christmas Contribution by 25%

The Social Justice and Action Board extends its deep gratitude to the generosity of Westmorelanders who contributed $26,140 to the Christmas offerings designated exclusively for the Social Justice and Action grant funds. These funds along with those donated in our Easter offerings will be dispersed next fall to organizations in the metropolitan DC area that address urgent, unmet needs and empower people to claim full dignity and opportunities in this country. This is an increase of nearly 25% over last year's collection of $21,194. In my December mission moment, I asked you to be a raft, a bridge, a tree of miracles-and you have done just that. Thank you on behalf of SJA and thousands who will be aboard those rafts.

--Caryn McTighe Musil, SJA Chair
Attendance Challenge

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. (Last year, we had 200 or more people in attendance on six Sundays during that time period.) If we have nine Sundays with attendance of 200 or more, Rev. Tutt has offered the following exchange - 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.

Children's Collection: Diapers in January 

Please donate baby diapers of all sizes for clients of Interfaith Works. Interfaith Works is a coalition of more than 165 congregations, working together to meet the needs of the poor and homeless in Montgomery County. Interfaith Works programs shelter, clothe, and feed our neighbors and provide supportive services with the goal of helping them achieve self-sufficiency. Westmoreland Church is one of the founding congregations of Interfaith Works.

Happy Birthday to . .
1/18        Mary Grossnick
1/19        Sarah Adamson
1/20        Noemi Riker
1/22        Violaine Dumorne
1/23        Lisa Truitt
1/24        Pamela Mertz
1/24        Janet McDavid
1/24        Pierre Toureille
1/24        Olivia Ahn