Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Tuesday , February 21, 2017
In this issue . . .


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


2017 Church Directory

The 2017 church directory is available on the member area of the church website.  It is also available in the church office and in the narthex on Sunday.
Sunday Flowers

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.
You are Needed in Church School 

Our children need kind, caring grown ups to lead in our Preschool, K-2nd, or 3rd-5th grade class for a few Sundays over the course of the year. It's fun and important, To volunteer, contact Alexis at or sign up at

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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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.

Syrian Refugee Update
Over the past months Westmorelanders have responded generously in donating household and other items to help Syrian refugees resettling in our area. With the blessing of Tim Tutt and the Social Justice and Action Board, we are now in the process of establishing a Syrian Refugee Support Group to explore how Westmoreland can be of further assistance, including the possibility of supporting an individual family. If you are interested in participating in the support group or have thoughts to share about this effort, please contact Nancy Pielemeier for more information. 
Middle East Committee Meeting
Sunday, February 26, 11:45am, Parlor
Intersection of 2 movements: Black Lives Matter and Palestinian Human Rights
Rev. Alexis Kassim will discuss the Black Lives Matter platform, focusing on the areas of intersection. Other program elements will include examples of intersection/overlap in issues affecting the African-American community and the Palestinians as well as issues that make collaboration difficult. Everyone is invited to come to the meeting prepared to share ideas, thoughts, comments.
Film Series - Voices from the Holy Land 2017
Where Should The Birds Fly
Sunday, February 26, 2:30pm,
Washington National Cathedral Perry Auditorium

You are invited to attend the screening of "Where Should the Birds Fly" next Sunday at the Washington National Cathedral and to participate in a discussion about justice and human rights in the Holy Land. We are an official Sponsor of this timely film series. "Where Should The Birds Fly" is the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel's siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. It is the story of two young women, survivors of Israel's Operation Cast Lead. The film reveals the strength and hope, the humanity and humor that flourishes among the people of Gaza and reveals the impact of modern warfare and sanctions on a civilian population. Imam Johari Abdulmalik of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center will open the session with an interfaith Welcome Prayer. Saleem Zaru, Executive Director of United Palestinian Appeal will moderate the audience Q&A discussion after the screening.
Free Admission and parking.
You may also contact Maryn Goodson or Lori Mosher.
Adult Study - The Pastor's Class
Sundays at 9:00am, Library

You are invited to join me in the Library at 9:00 on Sunday mornings. As you may know I am in a doctoral program at Wesley Seminary, focusing on how the church engages (or not) in public life. I will lead this class based on material I am reading in my program. Each week I will bring paragraph, an idea, or an article for discussion. Your job is to show up with you best ideas. 
This Sunday, we will read and discuss the religious aspects of the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Click here for some background information.    

Governance Council Update
Governance Council met Wednesday, February 8, 2017, in the Library. Following our Spiritual Practice of imaging various bible verses using play dough, our business meeting took place.

Jane Williams, from the Board of Spiritual Formation, reported on her research concerning use of the Library.   A discussion followed and The Board of Spiritual Formation will present their proposal for the Library to the congregation.

A discussion followed concerning the Motion in Support of Extravagant Welcome to Immigrants and Refugees of All Faiths passed by the congregation at the Congregational Meeting in January. Lori Mosher will take a leadership role informing the congregation of opportunities to participate via the church bulletin.

The GC will be meeting with Building 2020 Team, Architect, Capital Campaign Committee, and a representative from the Volunteer Corp to more fully understand how to move forward with our Building Project and Capital Campaign.

As general business discussion came to an end, we joined in a closing prayer and adjourned.

--Mary Grossnick, reporting
February Children's Collection
Men's Undershirts for Offender Aid and Restoration
Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County (OAR) is a community-based restorative justice organization that assists individuals who have been incarcerated and are planning to live in the area. They provide life skill classes, such as anger management and employability skills, as well as other reentry services, including transition assistance. We will collect white , men's crew neck undershirts in various sizes.
Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, March 1, 7:00pm
We will begin the season of Lent with a joint service with our friends from the German Evangelical Church of Washington and the French Protestant Church of Washington. 

Exhibition of Quilt Artistry by Ann Harwell
March 12 - April 23

The Westmoreland Arts Committee is announcing an exhibition featuring Fabric Artist, Ann Harwell. Her work is displayed in the Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh, NC, in Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery in Winston Salem, NC and in many homes. You might recall Westmoreland Arts Committee's winter 2015 exhibition of Ann Harwell's beautiful astronomy - themed quilts. This spring's exhibition will open on March 12, 2017 and run until April 23, 2017, and will feature Ann's floral - themed quilts.
Craft & Beauty Market Fundraiser
Briggs Center for Faith & Action ESL Program
Saturday, March 25, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm,
Westmoreland Social Hall
Please join us for this unique Craft & Beauty Market. 30% of all sales will be donated to the Briggs Center ESL Program. Students and teachers will offer the following services and handmade items for sale:
  • Hair Cutting & Braiding
  • Makeovers & Manicures
  • Pottery, Paintings, & Patchwork 
  • Kids Crafts & Face Painting
  • Alpaca Gloves
  • Beaded Jewelry
  • Vintage Clothing
  • Homemade Cupcakes
  • Snacks & Refreshments
  • CafĂ© Justo Coffee for sale
All Westmorelanders are invited to attend and/or participate. If you would like to provide a service, sell your homemade items, or if you have any questions, please contact Stacey Fannon at or 301-564-4330. 
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.  Click here to pledge on-line to the Annual Fund. 
Capital Campaign
Gifts to our four-year campaign to build a new entrance, add a new elevator, add a gender neutral restroom, and make our kitchen functionable.  Click here to pledge on-line to the Capital Campaign. 
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.