Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday , February 6, 2017
Sermon Help Needed for February 19

I need a few volunteers to help with the sermon on February 19. I need volunteers who are willing to have their feet washed during the sermon. Your role will be easy -- wear suitable footwear, sit in a chair on the chancel while I wash your feet and say a few words about foot-washing. After this is done, I will ask you how it felt to have your feet washed, will give you the microphone, and you can say a few words about your experience.

Foot-washing is an old Christian ritual (see John 13:14-17), that makes us feel a little bit icky, I suspect. We observe a foot-washing ritual on Maundy Thursday. But I want to give this a whirl on a Sunday morning for larger conversation. And I want your help preaching the sermon by hearing your thoughts.

If you want to take part, let me know. I need about five or six volunteers, so this will be first-come, first-served (or first responding, first washed).  Email me at

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Sunday Flowers

The flowers on the chancel add much beauty to our worship. Individuals or families may sign up for any given week to provide flowers with a dedication included in the Sunday bulletin.

Please contact Judy Fogt and let her know that you are interested.  The cost is $55.

You can mail your check the church office or drop it in the collection plate with a notation that it is for chancel flowers.
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
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A White Historian Confronts American Slavery
Monday, February 6, 7:00pm, Bethesda Library

A free talk and discussion featuring Dr. Susan Strasser.  Sponsored by Bethesda Friends Meeting.

In response to #BlackLivesMatter and the murders at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church, historian Susan Strasser seeks to serve people grappling with contemporary issues of race and racism by discussing the latest historical scholarship on slavery.

Dr. Strasser, Richards Professor of American History Emerita at the University of Delaware, is a prize-winning historian of American consumer culture. For more about Susan Strasser, see
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.
Potluck Supper for Virginia Westmorelanders
Saturday, February 18, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Patricia and Alton Frye are hosting a postluck dinner for all of our Westmorelanders who live in Virginia.

Please RSVP to Particia or Alton at (703) 356-6739.

Film Series - Voices from the Holy Land 2017
Sundays, Feb. 19 and 26, March 5 and 28, April 2 and 23,
Washington National Cathedral, 2:30-4:30 PM. 
Westmoreland is joining two other groups in sponsoring a series of films that address the current situation in Israel/Palestine on six Sunday afternoons beginning February 19. The other sponsors are the Jerusalem Companion Diocese Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield, VA.  The screenings and garage parking will be free, no tickets or reservations required.  An audience discussion will follow each film.  Brochures describing the series are available on the Middle East Table in the Social Hall.  For more details visit or

You may also contact Maryn Goodson or Lori Mosher.
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 12, we will read and discuss The Barmen Declaration -- the statement that the Confessing Church in Germany developed in 1934 to express their opposition to to Hitler and the German Christian movement which supported Naziism and antisemitism.  

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.
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.