Weekly E-News
Monday, May 21, 2018
Worship Last Sunday, May 20:

Caroline Case preached 'Livin' on a Prayer' on Graduation Sunday, led by the graduating youth of Westmoreland.  Click here to listen to the sermon.

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Worship Next Sunday, May 27:
Rev Timothy Tutt will preach 'A Runner's Prayer,' part of his Sermon Series on Exodus.

Church School will be available for children age 3 to 5th grade. Children begin worship in the Sanctuary with their parents, then go to Church School following the Time for Children.

Nursery Care will be available for children under 2nd grade.
A Sermon Series on Exodus: April & May

Tim will lead a Sermon Series on Exodus entitled 'Finding Faith in the Pharaoh: Exploring Resistance, Resilience, & Renewal.' Join us for worship on Sundays at 10:00 am here at Westmoreland!

Sun, Apr 8 - Meeting God finding a fire in your soul
Sun, Apr 15 - Be Still doing nothing can be everything
Sun, Apr 22 - Jesus Matters liberating captives is our job
Sun, Apr 29 - Funerals in a Post Christian World burying each other
Sun, May 13 - Murderers and Mothers seeing the good in all
Sun, May 27 - A Runner’s Prayer experiencing grace
Sun, Jun 3 - The Names on our Bones honoring our DNA
Sun, Jun 10 - Locusts and Depression living with mental illness
Upcoming Events at Westmoreland: Mark Your Calendars!
        
Saturd ay, June 2: Festival Chorus Concert Benefitting Bethesda Cares
Sunday, June 3: Retirement Celebration for Janet Moyer
Sunday, June 10: Last Day of Church-Year Schedule
Hello Summer Picnic & Construction Open House
Sunday, June 17: Summer on the Circle Schedule Begins
Farewell Celebration for Adam Barth
Support the Youth Bible-A-Thon

The youth will be having a lock-in on June 9 from 6:00 pm to June 10 at 9:00 am. The youth will be spending the night in the church and, along with many other activities (movies, Mario Kart, games), they will be participating in a Bible-A-Thon fundraiser to raise funds for the KY Mission Trip and the Housing Development Alliance. This is similar to a Walk-A-Thon, but instead of collecting pledges based on how far one walks, the pledges are based on how far the youth get in reading the Bible, starting with Matthew 1.

The youth will read out-loud in two hour shifts on rotating teams; each team, when they rotate, will pick up in the Bible where the previous team left off. We will see how far from Matthew 1 the youth can get with 15 hours to read.  Learn more or pledge here!

We will announce how far the youth were able to read in church on June 10! If you have any questions, please email Adam at adam@westmorelanducc.org .
'Hello Summer' Picnic - Sunday, June 10

The Board of Spiritual Formation invites everyone to our annual 'Hello Summer' Picnic on Sunday, June 10 after worship in the Social Hall! The picnic will be catered, but we ask that everyone bring a dessert to share.

A donation of $5 is requested and will get you one raffle ticket to win one of two gift cards.

During the picnic, the Capital Campaign Committee and the Building 2020 Committee will provide an update on our construction project, and there will be a 'Construction Open House,' which will give you to a chance to get an up-close preview of the progress we've made!
A Tribute
Fellow Westmorelanders:

Just before summer begins, we will be losing the services of a remarkable woman and a faithful staffer who has given her heart and soul to our church for many years.

Janet Moyer is retiring. Her official title is Membership Coordinator, but we all know that she has been so much more - historian, recruiter, welcomer, master of all details large and small. She set the mold for what will later be called the Director/Minister for Congregational Care. From attending and arranging memorial services and comforting grieving families to overseeing wedding logistics and planning special tributes, she has done it all with grace and commitment.

She put the sanctity into our Sanctuary, concerning herself with every aspect of worship: changing the color of the paraments, creating a checklist for head ushers, assuring the presence of pew bibles, counting attendance, and distributing the weekly bulletin.

Janet has welcomed many visitors and introduced new parishioners to us. Now, it’s time for us to demonstrate our appreciation and celebrate her service and dedication to our church.

You are invited to make a financial contribution toward a special retirement collection that we will present to Janet on her last Sunday, June 3. If you would like to express your appreciation to Janet in this way, please mark your gift “Janet Moyer Retirement.” You may place your gift in the Offering Plate any Sunday in May, mail or deliver your gift to the Church Office, or you may give online . And, of course, please plan to be present on Sunday, June 3, as we honor Janet’s years of work.

Sincerely,
Greg Perla, Personnel Committee Chairperson
Meet Our New Members

Melissa and Seth Waite first visited Westmoreland in December 2011. Almost exactly five years later, in 2016 and living in Bethesda, they returned with a three-year-old boy named Henry, and they have been attending ever since. 

Melissa is a physical therapist and works at NIH, where she does research. Seth has been in the area for 20 years and maintains strong ties to Rhode Island, where he will retain his primary church membership. Melissa is joining by affirmation of faith. Henry, now almost five years old, attends pre-school. His favorite part of church is Church School.
Register for Peace Camp

All children in kindergarten through rising 6th graders are welcome to register for Peace Camp, which will be held from June 18 to 22, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm!

Peace Camp is an annual summer experience for elementary school-aged children that explores themes of peace and co-operation. We will meet in the Maby Room each day for a light supper, music, art projects, games, and storytelling. This year, our broader theme will be 'Living in Palestine,' focusing on five cities in Palestine, their biblical significance, and what life is like now for children who live and go to school there.

For more information, please contact Pat Nelson at nelsonpatb@gmail.com. Click here for the Registration Form!
Chaperones Needed for Youth Mission Trip

Westmoreland youth will be traveling to Hazard, Kentucky to work with the Housing Development Alliance from June 24-30, 2018, and they are in need of one male and one female chaperone! We encourage you to take this opportunity to get to know these wonderful people who will soon become the next leaders of our church! Email Adam (adam@westmorelanducc.org) for more information.
Summer Vacation Hours - Help Needed!

Samantha Steinfeld, our Office Administrator and Communications Coordinator, will be on vacation from Wednesday, June 27, 2018 to Wednesday, July 11, 2018. She will return to Westmoreland on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

While she is away, the building will remain open, but Westmoreland's Church Office will not be open for regular office hours .

We are looking for a group of volunteers who would be willing to run the Church Office for a few hours every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday while Samantha is away. They would be responsible for opening the office, greeting visitors, answering the phones, sorting the mail, and assisting Tim with simple tasks.

If you would be willing to volunteer, please click here to learn more and to sign-up! Contact Samantha (samantha@westmorelanducc.org) for more information.
Dear Friends,

When we began supporting SOME in the 1970’s - at first with breads, then with casseroles, as volunteers, with financial donations and peanut butter and Christmas boxes and turkey-trot runs and walks - we hoped that SOME could grow from that first small soup kitchen to the multi-service, whole-person-serving community that it has now become. I want to thank those who have supported SOME for so many years. I was proud to be there to accept SOME’s thank yous to us last Saturday at the dedication of the new Conway Center. It was a beautiful ceremony celebrating this most recent piece in SOME’s development of affordable, stable housing and support services throughout DC.

SOME’s new Conway Center in Ward 7 is a seven-story green building combining comprehensive healthcare ( ~10,000 patients annually), intensive job training and placement (serving ~ 300 low-income job seekers each year) with affordable housing for 30 families and 152 single individuals. 

I share three pictures from the dedication last Saturday. One profressional photo shows the building; the others I took of two of the “thank you” pavers in the entrance walkway to the Conway Center.

I especially appreciated Father John Adams thanking the whole community of helpers, volunteers, casserole makers - people who have given to SOME in so many ways over the years since SOME began (1970). To get the Conway Center built right across the street from the Benning Road Metro Center, in order to effectively serve the residents of Ward 7, it took donations and tax shelters in the millions of dollars, but without the steady support of the “little donors” of the whole greater DC community for the past 48 years, SOME never would have reached the point where even planning this major project would have been possible.
- Betsy Bennett
Annual Staff Review

The Personnel Committee is presently conducting its annual review of our paid staff’s job performances. Please send your comments about Rev. Tim Tutt's job performance over the last year to Greg Perla,
Co-Chair of the Personnel Committee at greg.perla@yahoo.com . Please respond no later than Wednesday, May 30. Thank you.
CAC Conference Minister Search Committee Discussion Groups -
May 26 and May 31

The CAC Conference Minister Search Committee is seeking YOUR input! The Conference Minister Search Committee will be holding “discussion groups” in the Potomac Association, giving you two different opportunities for dialogue so that you can share with us what you think about:

1.The strengths of our conference
2.The soft spots (weaknesses / challenges) our conference faces
3.The opportunities on the horizon and the potentials that if seized would lead to giant gains for the conference.
4.The threats that could impede or block these opportunities

Inputs from this discussion will be used by the Search Committee to help inform the characteristics, skills, and personality of the Conference Minister being sought.

There will also be an opportunity to address questions and provide information on the search process. Please come join us at either session: Saturday, May 26th at 12 pm, at Faith UCC in Washington DC OR Thursday, May 31, 7:30 pm at Hope UCC, in Alexandria, VA.

Questions? Please be in touch with Holly Jackson ( hollyrjackson@gmail.com), William Cooper ( wcooper05@gmail.com), or Bishop Dwayne Royster ( ddroyster1969@gmail.com). We hope to see you there!
Wonder, Wow & Wisdom:

We are beginning something new, and you are invited to take part!

It’s called Wonder, Wow & Wisdom: Spiritual Tidbits from Westmoreland Church.

This new online experience will be a place to take a brief break, a place for spiritual refreshment, a place to pause, a place to think about the wonder of life, a place to ponder wisdom, a place to say, "Wow."

Here’s how it will work: occasionally (not daily or weekly, just occasionally), we will email out a spiritual tidbit. It may be a brief video, a short prayer, a photograph, or a link to a song.

In addition to the email, these tidbits will be a posted to the Wonder, Wow & Wisdom website and Facebook page. Go to the Wonder, Wow & Wisdom website for more information, or click here to sign-up for the emails!
Donate Flowers for Worship
Flowers add beauty and meaning to our Sunday worship service. Individuals or families may sign up for a date to donate with a dedication in the worship bulletin. Please contact the Flower Chairman, Judy Fogt by phone (301-229-1183) or email (judyfogt@gmail.com) and she will give you the details. And THANK YOU!
The church's Office Hours are:
Mondays & Tuesdays, 10 am - 5 pm
Wednesdays, 12 - 3
Thursdays & Fridays 10 - 5