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Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday , February 13, 2017
 
In this issue . . .

 

Be sure to visit our Sermon Archives to read or listen to past sermons.  

 

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 alexis@westmorelanducc.org or sign up at SignUpWestmoreland.org.

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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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"Many of our congregations in the United Church of Christ are involved in welcoming refugees and aiding in the resettlement and integration process. It is part of our faith tradition and a moral imperative to serve those who have faced life threatening, trauma and extreme injustice. We cannot condone excluding people based on their nationality or religious background, but instead must work towards inclusivity and justice for all, no matter where they are on life's journey. The UCC will continue to be in solidarity with refugees as we advocate for policies that welcome all people."

- Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ
Gun Violence and Our Communities
Wednesday, February 15, 7:00pm, Metropolitan Church

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church will host DC Councilman and Chairman Pro Tempore Kenyan R. McDuffie to speak in their February series Gun Violence and Our Communities.  This session will be on Policing: Its Important Role and What Can Go Wrong. Mr. McDuffie will speak on the 2016 Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act which reforms DC's criminal justice system by engaging behavioral and mental health professionals for tasks that previously fell to law enforcement officers. He will also share his thoughts on community policing and how to improve community/police relationships. Metropolitan Church is at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW in Washington, DC. 
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 Patricia or Alton at (703) 356-6739.

Film Series - Voices from the Holy Land 2017
Two Blue Lines 
Sunday, February 19,  2:30pm,
Washington National Cathedral Perry Auditorium
 
You are invited to attend the screening of "Two Blue Lines" this Sunday at the Washington National Cathedral and to participate in a discussion about justice and human rights in the Holy Land. We are an official Supporter of this timely film series. Two Blue Lines examines the human and political situation of the Palestinian people from the years prior to the creation of Israel to the present day. The film splices together dueling creeds of Zionist settlers' and Palestinians' claim to the land. The Zionist say that the land is their territory returned by God. Palestinians assert that the Israelis are trespassing. Human rights' advocates counter such maxims deploring the contradiction between a "Jewish" state and a democracy with equality for all. The Very Rev. Randolph Hollerith will open this year's series with an interfaith prayer. Prof. Barbara Wien, School of International Service at American University will moderate the audience Q&A discussion after the screening.

Free Admission and parking.
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. 
 
This Sunday, we will read and discuss the religious aspects of the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Click here for some background information.    

Governance Council Update
 
Governance Council met Wednesday, February 8, 2017, in the Library. Following our Spiritual Practice of imaging various bible verses using play dough, our business meeting took place.

Jane Williams, from the Board of Spiritual Formation, reported on her research concerning use of the Library.   A discussion followed and The Board of Spiritual Formation will present their proposal for the Library to the congregation.

A discussion followed concerning the Motion in Support of Extravagant Welcome to Immigrants and Refugees of All Faiths passed by the congregation at the Congregational Meeting in January. Lori Mosher will take a leadership role informing the congregation of opportunities to participate via the church bulletin.

The GC will be meeting with Building 2020 Team, Architect, Capital Campaign Committee, and a representative from the Volunteer Corp to more fully understand how to move forward with our Building Project and Capital Campaign.

As general business discussion came to an end, we joined in a closing prayer and adjourned.

--Mary Grossnick, reporting
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.