Weekly E-News
Monday, June 26, 2017
Summer on the Circle
Lettuce Pray: Sermons on Faith & Food
During the summer we will have an abbreviated time of worship (10:00-10:40am) with classes for all ages (10:50-11:30am) from June 25 through July 30.
Senior Minister Annual Review

The Personnel Committee is conducting its annual review of the staff job performance. 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 by July 3, 2017.   Thank you. Greg Perla, Personnel Committee  
Take a Book Sunday
Sunday, July 2, 11:30am-1:30pm, Library  

The take-a-book event will continue in the church library into July.  Items you can peruse and take home with you are on the folding and drop-leaf tables, as well as the bookcart and the green cabinet.  Items on the shelves will form the core collection the church will keep.  The children's books will remain in the library as well.  
July Children's Collection
School Supplies for Marie Reed Community Center
School Supplies for Marie Reed Community Center.   Since 2004, Westmoreland has provided assistance to at-risk children through a partnership with the Marie Reed Community Learning Center, a public elementary school in the District with 90% of children living below the poverty line.  Over the years, our congregation has providing tutors, books, clothing, furniture, music education, and food.  They are a Westmoreland Social Justice grant recipient.   Please bring new school supplies for collection during our Time for Children.  
Right to Retirement Transit Action
Thursday, July 27, 11:00am  

WMATA’s plan calls for privatizing 10,000 good, middle class jobs. Recent WMATA history shows us that privatizing leads to near-poverty wages and no secure retirement for a workforce that is 95% African American. This is the new frontier of the Civil Rights Movement. Join AIM and the Amalgamated Transit Union to demand the protection of good jobs with pensions. Senator Madaleno is confirmed to come. Mr. Freddie Brown, who drove for MLK, will share his perspective on this modern civil rights fight.  For more information, contact Kayla McKinsey at 508-269-8406

The hearing will be held at:
Church of the Ascension
205 S Summit Ave, Gaithersburg  
Youth Summer Mission Adventure  
August 6 - 11

Several middle and high school students from Westmoreland and youth from First Congregational UCC will take part in a summer mission experience in Hazard, KY, August  6-11. The group will stay in churches, learn about Appalachia, and build homes with “ Hammerin’ in the Hills” and the Housing Development Alliance.  Ask our students about their plans!  
Female Chaperones Needed for Youth Trip
August 6-11  

Two women are need as chaperones for the August 6-11 youth trip. The two chaperones from First Congregational UCC who had planned to go had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. This will be a great experience. Contact Adam Barth if you would like to take part.  
Immigrants Welcome.org
 Want to be kept in the loop about UCC's refugee ministries? Sign up for their monthly newsletter here.
              
Want to take action on the justice issues you care about, including immigration and refugees? Join UCC's Justice and Peace Action Network (JPAN) here.

Want to help plan how Westmoreland will carry out our motion in Support of Extravagant Welcome to Immigrants and Refugees of All Faiths? Email Lori Mosher to get involved. 
Giving to Westmoreland
Look for information in the mail and via email about ways that you can support Westmoreland and our work in the world.
   
2017 Annual Giving
Gifts to support the ongoing life of our church -- music and worship, spiritual formation programs, fellowship events, staff salaries, and building maintenance. 
             
Capital Campaign
Gifts to our four-year campaign to build a new entrance, add a new elevator, add a gender neutral restroom, and an updated kitchen. 
 
Children's Collection
Items collect by our children in worship each Sunday to give to local helping groups.
 
Special Offerings
The five UCC offerings (plus our own outreach offering) that go across the country and around the world to meet needs.
Sermon Availability
 Be sure to visit the Westmoreland Sermon Archives to read or listen to past sermons. 

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Sign Up to Host 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.
Donate Flowers for Worship
The flowers on the chancel add much beauty to our worship. Individuals or families may sign up for any given week to provide flowers with a dedication included in the Sunday bulletin.  Please contact Judy Fogt and let her know that you are interested.  The cost is $55. You can mail your check the church office or drop it in the collection plate with a notation that it is for chancel flowers.
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