Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 
In this issue . . .


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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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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
Adam Barth in Jamaica through January 11
Adam Barth is our student pastor. He is a second year Master of Divinity student at Wesley Theological Seminary. From January 1-11, Adam is taking part in an intercultural immersion experience as part of his degree requirements. The team will join with the Jamaican Deaf Christian School ( to learn about the Jamaican deaf culture and explore challenges unique to deaf ministry programs.  Adam has learned basic ASL communication to facilitate this experience. Ask Adam about this experience the next time you see him or email him to learn more at
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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.
Middle East Committee Gifts for Children
Sunday, January 8 During Worship
The Middle East Committee will give a special gift to Westmoreland's children from nursery age through the 3rd grade during the Time for Children.  Parents of these children are encouraged to bring the children next Sunday, January 8, for this special event.
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.
Housing Requested for Women's
March on Washington

Westmoreland has had two inquires asking if Westmorelanders could provide housing on January 20 and 21 for some people who want to attend the March on January 21. A niece of our member Swanee Maddox is hoping to find housing for four women. Maryn Goodson has a group of family members who need housing. If you have one or more beds and a bathroom available and are able to have some house guests please contact either Alice Dolbow (Swanee's niece): or 919-314-7347; or Maryn Goodson: or 301-652-6843.
Teach-In: Resisting a Muslim Registry
Saturday, January 14, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Parlor

Concerned about efforts to target and profile communities of color, especially Muslims? Join a teach-in on Saturday, January 14 in the Westmoreland Parlor to learn about the domestic war on terror, the local and federal efforts that could threaten and undermine the rights of Muslim communities in our area, and to identify solidarity activities and next steps.

The teach-in will be led by Dr. Maha Hilal, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, Deepa Iyer (Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion and author of We Too Sing America), and Arjun Sethi (Civil Rights Columnist & Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center).

Click here to RSVP.  Donations will be accepted at the meeting.

Co-Sponsored by: Showing Up for Racial Justice, Montgomery County (SURJ MoCo), Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition, DC Muslims for Justice Coalition, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, Defending Dissent Foundation

Tim Tutt Begins Doctoral Program Through January 13
Reverend Tutt begins his doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary this week. The program focuses on Christian engagement with public life. Tim will be in Charleston, SC, from January 2-13, where his cohort will be learning at Mother Emmanuel AME Church. Tim will be available via email and cell phone during this time. He will be back in the pulpit here on January 15.
New Adult Study Begins in January 15
Sundays at 9:00am, Library

You are invited to join me in the Library at 9:00 every Sunday morning beginning January. As you may know I am beginning a doctoral program in January 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 will also make sure we have good coffee and tea. Feel free to bring snacks.) I am calling this The Pastor's Class, until we come up with a better name. I hope you will join me beginning January 15.

 - Tim Tutt

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.