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Action in Montgomery Meeting
Tuesday, January 5, 7:00pm 

River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation


You are invited to attend this meeting to discuss the Westbard redevelopment plan, especially as it relates to including affordable housing in the redevelopment. Doug Hallward-Driemeier has been Westmoreland voice on this matter. If you know of others who may be interested, please invite them as well.

Adult Spiritual Formation - Story Theology
9:00 am Sundays, Library, beginning January 10, 2016
Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear - Matthew 11:15
Faith leaders in many traditions say that 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. Together 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, most importantly, discover God's wondrous presence and divine plot threading through our lives. Alexis Kassim and Adam Barth, leaders.
Prime Timers, Sue Kirk, Guest Speaker
Tuesday, January 19, at noon
Sue Kirk
Prime Timers invites you to join us when Sue Kirk, Executive Director of Bethesda Cares, will talk to the group and show a few short videos to help us understand both the plight of and the ongoing work on behalf of people experiencing homelessness in our community. We will learn about Bethesda Cares' work to end, ease, and prevent homelessness. We will have a chance to ask Sue about the history of Bethesda Cares (founded in 1988), their current programs and future plans, and about some of her adventures as Executive Director there.
As Bethesda Cares' Executive Director, Sue is deeply and actively involved in policy matters affecting their clients. She is an advocate not only for their clients, all of whom she knows by name, but also for all the most vulnerable people in our community. You probably know Sue, because you talk with her here on Sunday and at some of our special events; she is so often an usher, reception host/leader, or both at Westmoreland Concerts. Perhaps you served on a Westmoreland or Montgomery County board or committee with Sue, or worked with her when she was Moderator of our congregation.
We'll have conversation time with Sue over appetizers in the parlor at noon, then lunch in the social hall at 12:30. Sue's talk to the whole group will begin as we conclude our dessert and coffee time.
Please RSVP by Sunday, January 17, to Betsy Bennett, or 301-657-8565, or sign up at coffee hour on Sunday. Cost: $10.00
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.

Barbara McDowell Foundation Anniversary
Thursday, January 21, 7:30pm
Drinker Biddle & Reath is holding a special celebration 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.
The evening will feature a keynote by Honorable Jose A. Cabranes, who is a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and a member of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. Judge Cabranes will speak about the significant and positive work the Foundation and the Drinker High Impact Pro Bono Initiative has achieved over the past five years to honor the memory of Barbara McDowell, who served as his law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Please see the invite here.
Children's Collection 

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.

Free Light Bulbs

Property is having a Give-Away. Last year Pepco replace all our light bulbs in the church with energy saving LED bulbs. Property has a very large surplus of 48" florescent light bulbs. If you are interested in getting some of these bulbs please see Roy Grossnick, Jerry Smith, or David Bennett at Coffee Hour on January 3 or January 10. Also, if you know of a non-profit that could use these bulbs we would be happy to make them available.
                                             Property Committee
Happy Birthday to . .
1/5         Alice Duncan
1/5         Katie Buenneke
1/5         Carolyn Connor
1/6         Spencer Durbin
1/7         Scott Grove
1/7         Cole Shelton
1/7         Samuel Leistra
1/8         Leslie Weber
1/8         Daniel Kraft