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Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday, February 8, 2016
In this issue . . .
Westmoreland and the Weather
 
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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 weather on a 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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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.

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Ash Wednesday Observances
Wednesday, February 10
 
DC-Area UCC "Union" Service
12:00 noon
Lincoln Temple Congregational UCC
Rev. Tutt and other UCC clergy will be taking part in this service which will include communion, ashes, hymns and prayers. All are invited.
 
Westmoreland UCC
The French Protestant Church of Washington
The German Lutheran Church of Washington
7:00 pm at Westmoreland
A service will feature prayers, hymns and scripture in English, French and German. Worshipers will have the opportunity to have the sign of the cross on the forehead with ashes. All are welcome.
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 alexis@westmorelanducc.org by February 6, 2016.
Potluck Coffee Hour
Sunday, February 14

This Sunday, February 14, we will feature a Potluck Coffee Hour. If you will be attending church, please bring a sweet or savory dish or treat to share. I will be hosting a Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating Table for the kids, or kids-at-heart.

Thanks, Stacey Fannon
"Lenting"
A Lenten worship series about gerunds. And more importantly, about living as everyday Christians.
 
1st Sunday of Lent, February 14
Becoming
OWL students lead worship
 
2nd Sunday of Lent, February 21
Sitting 
Psalm 27
 
3rd Sunday of Lent, February 28
Singing
Choir presents Mozart's "Missa Brevis in F Major"
 
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
 
Easter Sunday, March 26
Being
Prime Timers are Going to Paris . . .
Doug Gaddis
And You are Invited! 
Tuesday, February 16, Noon  
Doug Gaddis will share stories from a few of his recent adventures, including Paris, European Christmas Markets, holiday decorating with family Christmas treasures, and musical performances.
 
12pm, Conversation & appetizers in the parlor
 
12:30pm, Quiche and salad lunch in the Social Hall followed by pictures and stories from Doug
 
Cost: $10.00
RSVP to Betsy Bennett
betsybennett@rcn.com
Potluck for Families with Young Children
Saturday February 20, 5 pm
Sheltons' house
 
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! Contact us for info. Looking forward to seeing you.
 
Yonce, JoJo, and Cole, yonceshelton@gmail.com
Screening of Out of Cordoba
Sunday, February 21, 11:30 am
 
Join the Middle East Committee with the Board of Spiritual Formation, Board of Social Justice and Action, and the Arts Committee for a screening of the film, Out of Cordoba. All are welcome!

Out of Cordoba is a documentary about Jews, Muslims, and Christians struggling against the hijacking of their religions by extremists. The film profiles contemporary people of faith, who, inspired by two "wise men" from the city of Cordoba in medieval Spain - Averroes the Muslim, and Maimonides the Jew - are challenging the propositions that there is an inevitable "clash of civilizations" between the West and the Muslim world.

Contact Lori Mosher at mosher.la@gmail.com with any questions.
Chili Lunch - Save the Date! 
Sunday, February 28, After Worship
 
Sponsored by the Board of Membership & Fellowship
The Westmoreland
Festival Chorus
presents
 
Mozart's Missa Brevis in F Major
Sunday, February 28
as part of the 10:00 am service.
 
New singers are welcome.
Rehearsals Thursdays at 8:00 pm
 

Sign Up for Coffee Hour!

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!

Coffee hour hosts typically bring crackers & cheese, vegetables & hummus/dip, cookies/pastries, tortilla/pita chips, and salsa/guacamole. Hosts prepare and serve the food, bring empty dishes and food back into the kitchen, take left-overs home or to a food bank, and help Martell Galloway, our custodian, clean, dry, and put away dishes, as needed.  

Thanks, Stacey Fannon
Children's Collection in February: Reading Glasses, Umbrellas & Hand Sanitizer   
 
O ur February Children's Collection will support the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, a Westmoreland Volunteer Corps host agency and Westmoreland Social Justice grant recipient. SMGW is a community partnership bringing together homeless people and others in need with support from churches to improve the lives of all. We will collect and donate the following for their clients:
 

- Reading glasses (all powers from +1 to +4 with case)
- Small folding umbrellas 
- Pocket-sized bottles of hand sanitizer