Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Tuesday, September 5, 2016

The church office will be closed at 10am today as our staff spends time in afall planning retreat. 
In this issue . . .
Church School Teachers Needed

More church school teachers needed! If you are interested in volunteering to teach in our Preschool, K-2nd, or 3rd-5th grade class for a few Sundays over the course of the year, please contact Alexis at
Public Theology Survey
This survey will aid Adam Barth in his project to determine Westmoreland's public theology. It should take between 10 - 20 minutes. It is important Adam receives as many responses as possible so he can get an adequate idea of Westmoreland. Please take the time to respond and follow up with Adam Barth at, if you have any questions.

Sermons Online 


Be sure to visit our Sermon Archives to read or listen to past sermons.  


September Children's Collection
During the Time for Children, we will collect clothing to donate to the Pregnancy Aid Center. The Center provides culturally sensitive, individualized medical and mental health care to low-income women, adolescents, and newborns who have Medicaid or who have no insurance. 
We will collect baby clothes and children's clothes size 1-6X.

Westmoreland Sermons on iTunes!   

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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!

Thanks,  Stacey Fannon
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Welcome Back Sunday
Sunday, September 11

Nursery Care · Infants, Toddlers, Twos
Children's Choir · PreK-5th grade
Youth Group
· 6th-12th grade
Choir Rehearsal
 "Let's Talk: White Privilege"
· Conversation for Adults
Nursery Care · Infants, Toddlers, Twos
Children's Church
· PreK-5th grade
  Picnic on the Lawn!
Roger Nelson Memorial Service
Saturday, September 10, 2:00pm, Sanctuary

Join us to celebrate and remember the life of C. Roger Nelson, a member of Westmoreland for 60 years, who died on July 25.
Potluck Supper at the Tutts
During 2016, Amy and Tim Tutt are inviting the entire Westmoreland family to their home for a series of potluck suppers in small groups (divided alphabetically) on Saturday evenings from 5-7pm.
Saturday September 17       
Last Names O/P/Q/R  
Saturday October 1 
Last Names S/T

Saturday October 29           
Last Names U/V/W/X/Y/Z

Saturday November 12       
Newcomers, Oops-Forgetters & Couldn't-Make-It-Earlier Folks
NOW Concert at Westmoreland
Saturday, September 17, 7:00pm

The New Orchestra of Washington will present the first concert of their 2016-17 season at Westmoreland at 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 17. Westmorelanders are being offered special ticket prices -- two for the price of one. Go to and use the promo code WESTMORELANDNOW to purchase tickets. The concert will include Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" and Copland's "Appalachian Spring." The New Orchestra of Washington was founded by Westmoreland musicians Grace Cho and Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez and others five years ago and held their first concert here - that concert included the Appalachian Spring by Copland.

Ecumenical Accompaniment Speaker
Middle East Committee Meeting
Sunday, September 18, 11:45, Parlor
Daniel Romero, a seminarian at Chicago Theological Seminary, has recently returned from serving with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). He will describe his experiences at the September 18 meeting of Westmoreland's Middle East Committee - via SKYPE from Chicago.
EAPPI, a World Council of Churches project and Global Ministries partner, "seeks to support local and international efforts to end the Israeli occupation and bring a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a just peace, based on international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.
Westmoreland's StillReading
Sunday, September 18, 4:30-6:00pm, Parlor

We will discuss The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich.  You could take a semester to unpack all of the wonders in this book! Father Damien Modeste, now more than 100 years old, is reflecting on a life that has included times spent as the musically passionate young nun Sister Cecilia and ex-nun Agnes DeWitt as well as nearly 80 years as the mission priest on the isolated reservation of Little No Horse. The author, herself a member of an Ojibwe (Chippewa) nation, beautifully integrates native American spirituality and supernaturalism into this portrait of Ojibwe society persisting through multiple difficulties, as seen through the eyes of a sympathetic though flawed Catholic missionary. If you haven't yet read any of Erdrich's books, let this be the first of many!

We always serve snacks, and always welcome new members. 

...and two more book discussions

"The Gilded Years" by Karin Tanabe
Saturday, October, 15, 1:30 pm, Church Retreat
Westmorelander and writer Karin Tanabe will lead retreat participants in a discussion of her latest novel about the first  African-American student to attend Vassar.
"Guapa" by Saleem Haddad
Sunday, October 23, 11:45, Parlor
The Middle East Committee will discuss t his novel that tells the story of Rasa, a young gay man coming of age in the Middle East.
Prime Timers and Tim Tutt invite you to join us in the parlor at noon on Tuesday, September 20 for lunch and Tim's talk about his time as a delegate to the church in Germany last spring. Tim was part of a UCC Central Atlantic Conference delegation to the Evangelische Kirche in Mitteldeutschland (Evangelical Church in Central Germany) in April. After lunch on Tuesday, he will tell us about his experiences on the trip, the state of Christianity in Germany, and the role the German church is playing in welcoming refugees.
Please RSVP by September 18 to Betsy Bennett, at coffee hour, or or 301-657-8565.
Potluck for Families with Young Children
Saturday, September 24, 5:00pm
We'll continue to just have fun and allow families at Westmoreland UCC and other friends to get to know each other better. This potluck is 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. And please invite friends and neighbors to join you! Looking forward to seeing you at our home for this fun evening.  Yonce, JoJo, and Cole,
Church Retreat 
October 14-16, 2016 - Camp Wabanna, Edgewater, MD

You are invited to attend the Annual Westmoreland Retreat.  Click here for details.   
The retreat gives you the opportunity to:
  •  make new friendships and deepen existing ones,
  •  relax in the natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay,
  •  test your daring on the giant swing,
  •  sing old favorites around the campfire, and more!