Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday, December 19, 2016
Staff Christmas Party Tomorrow - Tuesday, December 20

The church office will close at 11:30am tomorrow for our annual Christmas Party! The office will be open on Wednesday from 9am-4pm. 
In this issue . . .
Rev. Tutt Quoted in The Atlantic
The Atlantic ran an article last week entitled "Trump Is Bringing Progressive Protestants Back to Church." Tim Tutt is quoted with thoughts in being a liberal minister and some thoughts about Westmoreland. Click here to read the article.


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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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Social Justice & Action Christmas Collection
Saturday, 12/24, and Sunday, 12/25

Proceeds from the Christmas Collections will be used to fund the grants awarded by the Board of Social Justice and Action for the year 2017 to outstanding community programs in the greater Washington DC area. The 2016 grant recipients are:

  • Action in Montgomery (AIM),
  • Bethesda Cares
  • The Briggs Foundation
  • Calvary Women's Services
  • Critical Exposure
  • Marie Reed Elementary School PTA
  • Mobile Medical Care
  • Offenders Aid and Restoration (OAR)
  • Pregnancy Aid Center
  • RISE
  • Samaritan Ministry
  • Seabury Resources for Aging
  • Shaw Community Center,
  • So Others Might Eat (SOME)
  • Thrive
  • A Wider Circle
Here are a few examples of how your money will be used to help those in need:

  • Upgrade an after school program for preschoolers with an arts program at Marie Reid.
  • Pay tutor stipends in a new scholarship program at RISE.
  • Provide magazines and a TV in the waiting room of a medical clinic at SOME.
  • Support a ten-week photography program for youths ages 14-21 at Critical Exposure. 
In many such concrete but potentially far reaching ways, your contributions can and will make a difference.

Checks should be designated for SJA grants on the memo line.

Christmas Eve Pageant
Rehearsal Schedule
All children (preschool thru elementary school)  and youth (middle and high school) are welcome to participate in the Christmas Eve pageant. Rehearsals begin Sunday, November 27.
Children (preschool-elementary school)
December 24, 3:30pm, Final Rehearsal, Sanctuary. 

* Parents: You are invited to volunteer as rehearsal helpers or to attend the adult discussion group in the Library at 9 am.

Youth (middle and high school)
December 24, 3:30pm, Final Rehearsal, Sanctuary.  
The pageant is at 5:00 pm on Saturday, December 24.
For more information contact Amy Tutt.
Church Office Hours After Christmas
Monday, December 26, Closed all day
Tuesday, December 27, Closed at noon
Wednesday, December 28, Closed at noon
Thursday, December 29, Closed at noon
Friday, December 30, Closed all day
Monday, January 2, Closed all day
December Childrens Collection -
Socks for Bethesda Cares
Bethesda Cares strives to end homelessness in our community by providing housing assistance, food, clothing, and prescription assistance to individuals in need. We will collect socks (women and men sizes) for their clients who walk for miles everyday, and clean, dry socks can help prevent infections, frostbite, or other ailments, as well as providing comfort.
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.
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
Knit for Others
Saturday, January 7, 10:00am, Parlor
Join us for this fun, new activity! All are welcome. We will knit items for donation.
Frequently asked questions:
  • I'm already working on a knitting project. Can I bring it? Yes!
  • I don't know what to knit - any ideas? We have a pattern for a beautiful prayer shawl.
  • I don't have any knitting supplies, will you have any? Yes, we will have supplies for about 10 people.
  • I don't know how to knit. Can I still participate? Yes! We will teach you!  
Sponsors: Grace McGuire, Linda Ernst, and Leigh Case. Questions? Call Leigh Case at (703) 328-2236.
StillReading Book Group
Sunday, January 8, 4:30-6:00pm, Parlor

We will discuss Last Orders by Graham Swift. Awarded the Booker Prize in 1996, this novel traces the relationships among a group of friends traveling together to carry out their friend's "last orders"-scattering his ashes from a pier. In this framework-reminiscent of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying-Swift explores love, guilt, loyalty, betrayal, friendship, and resentment before closing on a note of transcendent understanding. Please join us for discussion and snacks.