Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Wednesday, November 28, 2016
(Sorry, our "Monday" email is a bit late this week!) 
Welcome New Members
The following people officially joined Westmoreland on Sunday:

Maia and Marcus Larsson have been visiting Westmoreland since October 2015.  Markus is the founder and executive director of Life Asset, a non-profit that gives micro-loans to low-income entrepreneurs around the DC area. In his spare time he enjoys family, traveling, studying the inner spiritual journey, and spending time in nature.  Maia Larsson is a healthcare attorney in the Life Sciences and Government Strategies practice at the law firm of Foley Hoag.  When not at her professional job, she enjoys time with her family, studying and speaking Korean, cooking, photography and swimming. Together, Markus and Maia are the parents of Lucas, age 3 ½ and Jacob, 10 months. They came to us from Church of the Savior.
Rick Sullivan has been visiting Westmoreland since September.  He holds a Masters Degree in Divinity and a Certificate in Medicine, Theology and Culture from Duke University.  On joining here, he will become a Member In Discernment as he pursues a call to ministry in the United Church of Christ.  Currently he is serving as a chaplain at American University as the Associate in Community Engagement. His leisure pursuits include film, literature, technology, theology and philosophy. He joined by Letter of Transfer from Newark United Methodist Church, Newark, DE.
Charu Vijayakumar has been visiting Westmoreland since November 2015. She works for Dexis Consulting monitoring and evaluating global development projects.  In that capacity she travels a great deal around the world so we are happy when she is "in country" and can join us for worship. She lives in Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase. In her leisure time she enjoys reading, cooking and dance.  She joined as an Associate Member and is retaining her full membership at her home church, Olmstead Community Church, Olmstead Falls, OH.
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Poinsettia Sunday
December 18
The poinsettias which decorate the sanctuary for Christmas services are an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of Christmas and to remember loved ones at this meaningful time. Names and attributions will be listed in the Bulletin on December 18. The charge is $10 for a 6 inch plant. Your order can be mailed to the church, dropped in the Offering plate, or delivered to the church office. Please write "poinsettia" on the memo line of your check. You can take your order home with you after the December 18 service. Place your order by December 13.

The Flower Committee thanks you!     
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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Angel Tree Christmas Gifts
For Shaw Community Ministries
Donations for Shaw Community Ministries will be available on December 4. Names of children will be attached to gift tags on our Christmas tree display on the stage in the Social Hall.
Choose a name and bring your wrapped gift labeled with the recipient's name to church on December 11 and place it under the Angel Tree in the Social Hall.

Questions? Contact Rev. Kassim
From Bethlehem's Manger Square
to Westmoreland
Next Sunday, December 11, Following Worship
The Middle East Committee invites everyone to a special coffee hour after worship on Sunday, December 11.  We will honor the tenacious Christian community in Bethlehem by replicating their celebration of Jesus's birth with special food, music, and fun.  The event is the committee's way of thanking Westmoreland for supporting our work.
60's Generation Christmas Party
Saturday, December 17, 6:00pm, Parlor

Join Your 60's Generation Friends
In The NEW Parlor
For Christmas Cheer
Saturday, December 17,6:00pm
Please RSVP with the dish you wish to bring!
a) a dish to serve 8
b) a bottle of wine
So that we can set places for you at the tables, RSVP to OR
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 11, 9-9:50am, Mabry Room *
December 18, 9-9:50am, Mabry Room *
December 18, 10-11am, Mabry Room
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 11, 11:30am, Sanctuary
December 18, 11:30am, Sanctuary
December 24, 3:30pm, Final Rehearsal, Sanctuary.  
The pageant is at 5:00 pm on Saturday, December 24.
For more information contact Amy Tutt.
Children's Collection -
Anacostia Health Clinic 
The November children's collection of Christmas gifts for the Anacostia Health Clinic will continue through next Sunday, December 11.

December Childrens Collection -
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
StillReading Book Group
Sunday, January 22, 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.