Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday, June 6, 2016
Building Updates

Parlor Renovation 
Parlor with Furniture Removed 
Since many members of the church will be affected by the parlor renovation, the Property Committee is minimizing the disruptions by beginning the construction phase this week as activities are winding down for the academic year. There will be several phases to the project but we hope to have it completed by the end of July and most of the furniture in place by September. There are swatches of the fabric we plan to use on new furniture and accessories on a presentation board in the Social Hall.
Some background: The Property Committee budget is used for many things, some of which you may not have noticed. In 2015 these funds, approved by the church as part of its annual budget, were used to paint classrooms and the main hallway, and to renovate the office spaces. During this calendar year Property has also done roof repairs, asbestos abatement, and new floor tile in the Children's Center. Currently we are working on installing a new hearing aid loop in the Social Hall. The Parlor renovation is our "special project" for 2016. This project was approved last year and a special committee has been hard at work for over 15 months with the aid of a Bethesda design firm.
The Parlor renovation is a project of the Property Committee and is not part of the Building 20/20 committee working on an elevator addition and other accessibility and environmentally friendly renovations to the church building which will be supported by the coming Capital Campaign.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Parlor renovation please contact Property Chair Roy Grossnick.

Building 2020 Update
Rendering of Massachusetts Entrance 
The Building 2020 Committee is working hard to carry out its charge from the January 31 Congregational Meeting. Working closely with Larry Frank of Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, we are about 75% complete on design development for a more accessible, welcoming building that will support our mission well into the future. Last week we sent out requests to four contractors for preliminary pricing estimates for our project. These numbers will both guide us as we move toward our final design and help the Capital Campaign Committee in its planning and goal setting.
Per the January 31 charge, the work of the Building 2020 Committee is funded from unrestricted funds remaining from the last capital campaign, contributions in recent years for improving accessibility at Westmoreland and 2016 undesignated donations or donations designated to Building 2020. 
In this issue . . .

Begins June 19

Summer worship schedule begins on June 19.

Click here for the complete schedule. 

Parlor Closure
The Parlor is closed for renovation. Hopefully the renovation will be complete by the end of July. Property will keep Westmorelanders posted on the progress of the renovation.
2016 Church Directory

The 2016 church directory is available in the church office during the week and in the Narthex on Sunday.  You can also get the directory on the member area of our website.
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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Westmoreland Art Exhibit

The All Westmoreland Art exhibit is now hanging in the hallway and in the Social Hall. We hope you will take time to view the exhibition and admire the talents of friends and fellow members of Westmoreland. In this exhibit, we also remember deceased members of our community through their artwork.
Peace Camp
June 20-24, 5-8:00pm   
Peace Camp is our annual summer camp experience for K-5th graders. This year we will explore Paul's letter to Philemon along with the UCC's resolution to change the name of the Washington football team and discuss, "what's in a name?"
For more info or to sign up, please contact Alexis.
Save the Date!
Church Retreat 

October 14-16

Camp Wabanna,
Edgewater, MD

Doug Hallward-Driemeier

Camp Wabanna

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200 People and 9 Pies
Let the fun begin! 
You did it!  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. Tim said that if we have nine Sundays with attendance of 200 or more, 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. Congratulations, you did it! 
Adult Spiritual Formation: "Becoming Wise"
Ends this Sunday, June 12, 9:00am, Library

Jill Johnson will lead us in reading Krista Tippett's new book,
Becoming Wise . Tippett is the host of On Being, a national public radio program, and was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama.
Doug Hallward-Driemeier to Speak at Central Atlantic Conference
Saturday, June 11, 6:30 pm
The Annual Meeting of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ will be June 10-12 at the University of Delaware.  Westmorelander Doug Hallward-Driemeier will be the featured speaker at the banquet at 6:30 pm, Saturday, June 11. To register or for more information go to

Church Picnic
Sunday, June 12, 11:30am

Celebrate the arrival of summer on Sunday outside on the grass!  
We'll provide the main course as well as drinks and cutlery. We ask you to please bring a dish to share:

Last Name A-G: dessert;  
Last Name H-Z: side dish or salad.

If you can help with set up, serving, clean up, or activities for our younger members, please contact Rev. Kassim (
--The Board of Spiritual Formation
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 June 25- Last Names M & N 
If your last name begins with A-L and you missed an earlier potluck, feel free to attend on June 25.

The Q-Z potlucks will take place in September, October and November.
Westmoreland's StillReading Book Group
Sunday, June 19, 4:00pm, Library
The book discussion group was unable to hold our discussion of "Year of Wonders" as scheduled, so we have reschedule it for Sunday, June 19 at 4:00-5:30 instead.
For more information, contact Brad Case.
Joint Worship Service at Lincoln Congregational Temple
Sunday, June 26, 10:00 am
Lincoln Congregational Temple has invited Westmorelanders to join them for a joint worship service at 10:00 am on Sunday, June 26 at Lincoln Temple,  1701 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. The service will celebrate the construction of the Channing Phillips Apartments, the new affordable housing  that is part of the Lincoln Temple Housing-a ministry our churches have shared since the late 1960s.  We will not have events at Westmoreland on June 26. Everyone is encouraged to attend the service at Lincoln Temple. Parking is limited. Plan now to carpool with others. We especially want our long-time members to attend so if you are able to offer rides and to assist those who have limited mobility, please begin to make those plans.  Rev. Tutt will preach at the Lincoln Temple service.  Childcare will be provided.
Invitation to Ramadan Fast-Breaking Meal
Thursday, June 30, 8:00 PM
Westmorelanders are invited to join the Institute of Islamic & Turkish Studies and Ezher Bloom mosque for a meal to break the Ramadan fast at sun down.  You are invited to arrive at the mosque at 8:00 pm for a tour of the mosque, a brief introduction to Islam, a chance to observe the evening prayer, a delicious meal, conversation with our Muslim hosts, and dessert with Turkish tea.  Location: 10359-B Democracy Lane, Fairfax, VA 22030.  Email Tim to RSVP
Children's Collection in June: 
Washington Animal Rescue League 

Washington Animal Rescue League's mission is to "honor and strengthen the human-animal bond by providing the best quality care for homeless dogs and cats, and supporting companion animals in their homes through affordable veterinary care, community outreach, and education.
We will collect: 
  • Towels (new or gently used)
  • Fleece blankets,
  • Peanut butter,
  • Oregano and celery seeds