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Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday, September 12, 2016

In this issue . . .
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 alexis@westmorelanducc.org.
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 huskers-1@hotmail.com, 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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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 make our kitchen functionable.  

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.
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 NewOrchestraofWashington.org 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.

Building a Stronger Welome!
Capital Campaign Kick-Of f
Sunday, September 18 
 
From September 18 through November 13, you will hear more about how to pledge to the four-year Capital Campaign (separate from annual giving to fund the ongoing operations of the church). To get an early start, please fill out a green pledge card or use the "Pledge to Capital Campaign" button on the church website.  Visit www.westmoreland2020.org to learn how Building 2020 will improve accessibility and help us welcome more people into the life of our church.
Protective Presence? Ecumenical Accompaniment?
Sunday, September 18, 11:45am, Parlor
 
Learn about this effort in the West Bank and Israel at today's Middle East Committee meeting at 11:45 in the church parlor.  Daniel Romero, a Member-In-Discernment and seminarian in Chicago who recently returned from a 3 month stay in the West Bank while working with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel, will speak to us via Skype. Daniel spent the majority of his time in Hebron but traveled throughout the area developing relationships, monitoring checkpoints and mosques, and providing protective presence to Palestinian school children, farmers, Bedouins and shopkeepers.
 
Westmorelanders Jeff Egan and Nancy Van Meter spent time with Daniel while visiting in East Jerusalem. 
Book Discussions at Westmoreland

"The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse" 
by Louise Erdrich.  
Westmoreland's StillReading Book Group
Sunday, September 18, 4:30-6:00pm, Parlor

The story of Father Damien Modeste and his life as the mission priest on the isolated reservation of Little No Horse. 
We always serve snacks, and always welcome new members. 

"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 betsybennett12@icloud.com 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, yonceshelton@gmail.com.
Concert Across America to End Gun Violence
September 25, 2016, 7:00pm
Temple Emmanuel
10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington MD 
Faiths United to End Gun Violence is a nationwide religious coalition working to prevent gun violence. They are organizing and promoting a nationwide  Concert to End Gun Violence  on September 25.
 
Temple Emanuel in Kensington is hosting a local version of that concert and has invited the Westmoreland Choir to take part.
 
You are invited to join the fun, enjoy the music, and take part in this important national effort.
 
Click here for more information.
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!