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Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday, March 7, 2016
Meet Our New Members

The following individuals were welcomed into the membership of Westmoreland on Sunday, March 6:
 
Tucker Ball has been attending Westmoreland since August 2015. He is the Chief Digital Officer at the National Partnership for Women and Families. His leisure interests are wide-ranging and include hiking, film, cooking, politics, travel and comedy. He has two children, Erin, 10, and Towers, 9 and he lives in Bethesda. He joined by transfer from St. Columba's Episcopal Church.
 
Sergio DiazGranados has been attending Westmoreland with his family since the spring of 2015. They are posted here for a few years for Sergio's position as the Executive Director of the Interamerican Development Bank. In his spare time, he enjoys walking, reading and kayaking. Sergio is married to Paola Vergara who joined Westmoreland last November and they have three children Lorenzo, 10, Isabel, 7, and Julieta, 5, all of whom are active in church school. The family lives across the street from the church. Sergio joined as an Associate Member, retaining his primary affiliation with Roman Catholicism.
 
Dunstan and Barbara Hayden have been visiting Westmoreland since last October. They were members of an ecumenical community led by Yonce Shelton. Dunstan is a retired teacher of mathematics at the college level. His leisure interests include home repair and theological study. Barbara is still actively employed as a nurse. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, canoeing, kayaking, reading. They live in northwest DC and joined by transfer from Community of Christ, an ecumenical fellowship in DC.
 
Julie Reddig and her family first visited Westmoreland back in the spring of 2012. They re-appeared last November with Quinn, 3 and their newest family addition, Colin, now nearly 10 months. Julie is an employment attorney at Lerch, Early and Brewer. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and golf. She lives in nearby northwest DC with her husband, Brian McIlhargie, and their children. Julie joined by transfer from Grace United Church of Christ in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
In this issue . . .
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Calling All Artists!
 
The Arts Committee of Westmoreland is planning an all church art exhibition.   For this exhibit we want to display the artistic expressions of children and adults, across as many genres as possible.  This is an opportunity to share your artistic side with others in the church community.   All are welcome.   Given space restrictions, we need to limit the number of art pieces submitted to three per person.
 
Installation of the exhibit will be April 22 and 23, with the opening on Sunday April 24th. Each piece needs to be brought ready to hang, or otherwise exhibited. Please identify your work with your name on each piece and if you choose, a brief description of your art.
 
Please notify Marge Harvey of your contribution to the exhibit no later than April 14.  
Death with Dignity Forum
Sunday, March 20, 11:30am, Parlor

A conversation about the death-with-dignity movement and issues related to right-to-die options. A panel of Westmorelanders and friends will address this issue from theological, legal, political, and medical perspectives. The forum will include time for question and answer. All are invited. Contact Will Irwin for more information.
Westmorelanders Against Gun Violence
Sunday, April 10, 11:30, Library

Are you interested in preventing gun violence in our community and in our nation? If so, you are invited to this meeting as we revive our church-based gun violence prevention group. Contact Tim Tutt for more information.
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"Lenting"
A Lenten worship series about gerunds. And more importantly, about living as everyday Christians.
 
1st Sunday of Lent, February 14 Becoming Romans 12:1-5, 9-10
 
2nd Sunday of Lent, February 21 Sitting Psalm 27
 
3rd Sunday of Lent, February 28 Singing  Psalm 63
 
4th Sunday of Lent, March 6 Walking
Psalm 63, Luke 15:11-32
 
5th Sunday of Lent, March 13 Sleeping 
John 12:1-8
 
Palm Sunday, March 20 Speaking
 
John 12:12-16
 
Easter Sunday, March 26
Living 
 John 20:1-18
 Easter Flower Sign-Up

Westmoreland's Flower Committee invites everyone to celebrate Easter and honor loved ones by donating $15 toward the special floral arrangements that will fill the sanctuary on Easter Sunday.

To participate, please fill out and submit this form no later than Tuesday, March 22, for inclusion in the Easter Sunday bulletin on March 27. Donors will be invited to take plants after the worship service.
Children's Collection in March: Games & Books for 11-18 Year Olds   
 
In March we will collect: new games and books for 11-18 year olds for Sasha Bruce Youthworks (a Westmoreland Volunteer Corps host agency and Westmoreland Social Justice grant recipient). Sasha Bruce 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.
Adult Spiritual Formation: "Grounded: Finding God in the World" by Diana Butler Bass
Sundays, 9:00am, Library
 
We will explore Diana Butler Bass' new book, and reflect on the question "Where is God?" For more information contact Rev. Kassim.
Marie Reed Tutoring
Saturdays, 9:00am
 
Please consider tutoring on Saturday mornings to prepare for the No Child Left Behind tests will start Saturday, March 5, and will run through mid-April. Each Saturday, we will do an hour of English comprehension and an hour of basic math. Plan to arrive just before 9 a.m. and to depart around 11:30 a.m. This really makes a difference and is quite rewarding.
 
Please RSVP to Pete Davis (202-365-7624) and call with any questions. Pete can arrange transportation for those who need it.
Westmorelanders and Action in Montgomery
Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 PM, Library

Action in Montgomery is non-partisan, multi-faith, multi-racial, network dedicated to making Montgomery County a better place to live and thrive. Westmoreland was a founding member of AIM in 1998. The agenda for this meeting includes: a re-cap Westmoreland's involvement with AIM; a quick run-down on what AIM is currently doing and how Westmorelanders are involved with AIM (initiatives include affordable housing, after school programs for underserved children, and gun violence prevention); spiritual grounding in ways that foster our social action; and planning next steps. Everyone is invited. Contact Jeff Eagan for more information.
BDS? Anti-BDS? What's going on?
Sunday, March 13, 11:30am, Parlor
 
Are you curious about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement?  Would you like to know its history?  Its goals?  Which groups, institutions are participating and at what level? How the resolution approved at UCC's General Synod last summer fits into the total picture?  What steps are being taken by the anti-BDS movement in this country and elsewhere?  If so, come to the Middle East Committee meeting next Sunday, March 13, in the parlor at 11:30.  Everyone is invited to attend; everyone is invited to submit questions of their own to Maryn Goodson mpgoodson@comcast.net.  We will try to incorporate them into the program.

Prime Timers - Change of Plans
Tuesday, March 15, Noon

Prime Timers invite you to join us for lunch at noon on March 15.
We'll enjoy appetizers and conversation in the parlor at noon,then move to the Social Hall for quiche, salads, coffee and dessert. Cost $10:00.

Please RSVP by Sunday, March 13 to Betsy Bennett
at coffee hour, or 301-657-8565 or betsybennett12@icloud.com

Potlucks for Families with Young Children
Saturdays, March 19, April 23, 5pm
 
We'll continue to just have fun and allow families at Westmoreland UCC and other friends to get to know each other better. 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'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 save the dates below. And please invite friends and neighbors to join you! Looking forward to seeing you,
 
Yonce, JoJo, and Cole, yonceshelton@gmail.com
Holy Week
 
March 20 - Palm Sunday
 
March 24 - Maundy Thursday
We will be joined by the French-speaking Protestant Church and the German Luther Church.
7:00pm - Potluck Supper - Please bring a dish (main, side, salad) to share . All are welcome!
8:00pm - Worship Service - The service will include hymns, scripture-reading, foot-washing and hand-washing, and communion.
 
March 27 - Easter Sunday
7:00am - Easter Sunrise Service
8:00am - Light Breakfast
10:00am - Easter Worship
11:30am - Light Brunch with Mimosas