Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday , January 30, 2017
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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

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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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Motion in Support of Extravagant Welcome to Immigrants and Refugees of All Faiths 
Approved January 29, 2017 at the Congregational Meeting
Yesterday, the people of Westmoreland took a faithful, compassionate stance, voting unanimously in favor of a motion to oppose the executive order that bans travel to the United States by people from certain countries. The travel ban runs counter to the scriptural Christian call to love our neighbor, accompany the vulnerable, and welcome the stranger. Our motion outlines specific ways that church members can act on our call to show faith-based hospitality. In the coming days and weeks, the Westmoreland staff and leadership will be carrying out parts of this motion and suggesting ways that all church members may add their voices. Please read the motion and email me with your feedback and action ideas.
Here's a first step for how you may be involved. Call your United States Senators or Representative in the U.S. House. Ask them their views on this executive order. If they agree with you, thank them for their views, and let them know of the stance your church has taken. If they disagree with you or have not yet made up their mind, kindly inform them of your views, and let them know of the stance your church has taken. You may find contact information for elected officials by clicking here
Sandwich Making for Martha's Table
Tuesday, January 31, 10:00am, Kitchen
All hands on deck on Tuesday morning, in the Westmoreland Church kitchen for Martha's Table sandwich making. First-timers, children and grandchildren welcome. With enough help, it does not take much more than an hour. Questions? 301-229-7736. Sponsored by the Briggs Center for Faith and Action.
Potluck Dinner and Discussion
Sponsored by Men's Group

Tuesday, January 31, 6:30-9:00pm, Parlor 
Join Westmorelander Jim Thurber as he discusses the transition and the first 100 days of the Trump administration.  All are welcome.

Please RSVP to John Edie at
Action in Montgomery Meeting
Thursday, February 9, 7:00-9:00pm
Silver Spring United Methodist Church
Join AIM and the Montgomery Housing Alliance for our Public Aaction with the County Executive and County Council members. Join leaders from schools and congregations to launch our 2017 Listening Campaign and to hold our elected officials accountable to putting our values into out County's budget:
Þ   Dream Academy , high quality after-school programming in high poverty elementary schools.
Þ   Housing that is affordable and dignified for all.
The Action will take place at Silver Spring United Methodist Church at 8900 Georgia Ave in Silver Spring. Children are welcome. Contact Westmorelander Jeff Eagan or Nancy Van Meter for more information.
Chili Potluck Lunch
Sunday, February 19, Following Worship, Social Hall

Let's celebrate the (almost) end of winter with our annual chili lunch. Please bring a meat or vegetarian chili to share or sides.  It's very helpful if you bring it in your own crock pot or warming dish. Thank you! The Board of Membership and Fellowship

Click here to let us know what you are bringing.
Westmoreland's StillReading" Book Group
Sunday, February 19, 4:30-6:00pm , Parlor
We will discuss "The Marriage Plot" by Jeffrey Eugenides. Madeleine Hanna is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, celebrated for their traditional "marriage plot" novels, while encountering love in real life through relationships with the bipolar philosophy/biology major Leonard and the religion major (and incipient minister?) Mitchell-all within the anti-traditional environment of Brown University in the 1980s. Please join us for discussion and snacks!
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. I am calling this The Pastor's Class, until we come up with a better name. 
This Sunday, February 5, we will discuss this sentence, "Public theology is an informed, descriptive, normative, public discourse about public issues, institutions, and interactions, addressed to the church and other religious bodies and to the larger public." -Harold Britenberg in "Public Theology for a Global Society" (2010). 

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.
Governance Council Update
Due to scheduling challenges, the January 2017 meeting of the Governance Council took place on Monday, January 17. After an exercise of Spiritual Practice, we had a briefing concerning the proposed Westmoreland CUCC - Shaw Community Scholarship-Mentorship Initiative presented by the Board of Social Justice and Action, with presenters Caryn McTighe Musil, Melissa Herman and Dick Staufenberger. Following this discussion we reviewed possible 2017 focus areas for the Governance Council such as Black Lives Matter, Tim's Sabbatical, Liaison Roles and plans for the Church Leadership Retreat which was held at 5:00 PM on Sunday, January 22nd and plans for the Congregational Meeting following church on Sunday, January 29.

--Submitted by George Singleton