Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Church Summer Hours 
Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm. Closed on Friday.
In this issue . . .
Get Acquainted Lunch
Sunday, August 28, 11:30am
Interested in learning more about Westmoreland?  You're invited to attend a Get Acquainted Lunch on Sunday, August 28, 11:30 am.  You'll have the opportunity to meet some other Westmorelanders, ask questions about the church, and learn more about the life and work of Westmoreland Church. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Janet Moyer by Friday, August 26.

Sermons Online 


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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
Sa ve the Date!  Church Retreat 
Camp Wabanna
October 14-16

Camp Wabanna,
Edgewater, MD

Doug Hallward-Driemeier

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Sunday Worship 10:00-10:45
Forum on Racism  
See notice below for details.
Can We Talk?
Conversations about Race and Racism
Sunday, August 28 at 11:00 am 

Can we talk? What does the phrase "Black Lives Matter" mean to you? How do you experience race? Where do you see racism? How can the church confront racism? How can you personally confront racism? What concerns and hopes do you around issues of race and racism?  Each Sunday during August you are invited to a forum at 11:00 am in the Parlor to discuss these and other questions. Members of our Governance Council and others will guide these conversations. Everyone is invited to take part.
  • August 28 ▪ Panel of Guests from Other Churches: Sharing Ideas About Racial Justice
And look for more conversations... The UCC's new "White Privilege: Let's Talk" study. Beginning this fall at Westmoreland.
Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, August 28 at 10:00 am
The start of another school year is upon us! Soon we will greet each morning to the sight of children headed off to school bus stops lugging backpacks filled with books and lunches. At the same time adults are headed to work, lugging briefcases, laptops, and maybe lunches too. To help carry that workload Westmoreland will hold a Blessing of the Backpacks (and work related carry-alongs) during the worship service on August 28th. This blessing will not make the books any lighter or the laptops any less likely to crash, but hopefully the owners will be comforted in knowing that they have the spiritual strength and support of the church with them to help carry the load.
The Justice Revival
Featuring Rev. William Barber II
Sunday, August 28 at 7:00 PM
(Anniversary of the March on Washington)
Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church
3000 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington DC
Sponsored by Faith Strategies (Rev. Graylan Hagler, Plymouth UCC, DC) and Repairers of the Breach (Rev. William Barber, Moral Mondays; Rev. Traci Blackmon, UCC Justice and Witness Ministries; and Rev. James Forbes, Pastor Emeritus, Riverside Church New York)
Syrian Refugee Update

Thank you to those of you who have already brought items to church for the Syrian refugees! We have an updated needs list from Najla Drooby that emphasizes specific items. Please bring the following used items (good condition only) or new items to church Sunday 8/28. If you need to bring items after Sunday 8/28, please contact Nancy Pielemeier ( or Lee Alekel (

  1. Laptops and tablets (in good working order) with power cords and Skype installed
  2. Bicycles in good working condition - ongoing need
  3. Shoes and boots; all sizes, since ~160 additional children are expected to arrive by October
  4. Light jackets / sweaters - all sizes
  5. Digital TVs in good working order
  6. Step stools
  7. Large cooking pots
  8. Giant grocery store gift cards - ranging from $25 to $50
  9. Cash donations would be very much appreciated - funds are urgently needed to help people pay their rent & utilities.
  10. Please make checks out to Langley Hill Friends Meeting (add "refugee fund" in note section) and send your check to:
Langley Hill Friends Meeting
6410 Georgetown Pike
Mclean, VA 22101
Please select only from the list of things above, rather than items on previous lists. The Syrian refugees have many needs, yet we want to provide them with the most urgent items first. Please do not bring furniture, as their apartments are small and furnished. Thank you so much!
Update on Central Atlantic Conference Leadership
Following the untimely death of Rev. John Deckenback on July 19, CAC staff have worked with the national office in Cleveland to find an acting Conference Minister. Below is an excerpt from the announcement sent from Lois Carrigan, CAC Board President. Guided by President and General Minister, Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, the Executive Committee has decided to bring in a retired conference minister with the skills and tools necessary to get our conference through a period of healing and search for a called conference minister.
"Rev. Dr. Sheldon Culver is a recently retired Conference Minister having served in the Illinois South Conference, and previously, as an Associate Conference Minister in Missouri Mid- South Conference. She is a trained Intentional Interim Minister with years of experience in local church settings as well as in conference settings. She is passionate about the welfare of congregations and pastors, and looks forward to walking with the CAC during this time of transition.
Rev. Culver will begin her position as the CAC Acting Conference Minister on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.