Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Tuesday , January 17, 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
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Civility on the Circle
Friday, January 20, Westmoreland Circle
Civility on the Circle , the inspiration of some Pyle Middle and Whitman High School students, is a way to mark the inauguration in light of the discord of recent months, including incidents in our own neighborhood and schools. The aim is to do something constructive that sends a positive message about what is important, and that should speak to everyone. The community is invited to a gathering on Westmoreland Circle (where Massachusetts Avenue meets Western Avenue) to celebrate Civility on the Circle , by standing and holding signs representing shared core values such as respect, truth, inclusion and kindness.
We will meet in the Social Hall as a place to gather to make signs and to share some hot drinks and snacks (the event itself is non-denominational and non-partisan). People are welcome to come any time during the day, with a focal point being the noon-1:00pm hour.
Please do come join us, bring a sign or sign-makings, a message you want to add to the Civility on the Circle gathering and we can stand together to affirm values we share.
For questions, please contact:
Woman's March
Saturday, January 21
First Congregational Church located at 945 G Street, NW will be open to UCC marchers from 7:00am to 2:30pm. Stop by to warm up, grab a snack, connect with friends, or spend a quiet moment in reflection. There will be a welcome breakfast from 7:00-9:00am and a prayer and commissioning at 9:15am. Twenty slots at the breakfast have been reserved for Westmorelanders. If you plan to attend, please email Nancy Lohman at by January 18.
Leadership Retreat + Potluck
Sunday, January 22, 5:00-8:00pm

All Board and Committee members are invited to a Leadership Retreat + Potluck Supper on Sunday, January 22 from 5:00-8:00pm in the Social Hall. After beginning with a potluck supper, we plan to discuss the following:

  • What's ahead at WCUCC in 2017
  • How we can all support the Black Lives Matter movement
  • How committees/boards can help support Stewardship efforts
Please take a moment to RSVP and fill out the brief questionnaire by  clicking here
I look forward to working with you and hope you can make it on the 22nd.

Gary Walbridge, Moderator
featuring author Greg Garrett
Wednesday, January 25,7:00-8:30pm, Westmoreland Parlor 

Greg Garrett
As we approach the 2017 Academy Awards, last year's #oscarssowhite controversy continues to resonate because movies have a long history of ignoring or imperfectly representing people of color. In this way, they are emblematic of the larger culture. Join us for an evening of conversation about film, race, and faith with Dr. Greg Garrett, "one of America's leading voices on religion and culture" (BBC Radio). Greg is currently at work on a book on race and film, and on a race and film initiative with the National Cathedral. He is the author of over twenty books (including critically-acclaimed works on film, popular culture, religion, and politics), Professor of English at Baylor University, and a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church.

Spring Musical 2017: "The Unity Tree" Meeting
Sunday, January 22, 2017

All children and youth are invited to participate in the spring musical, "the unity tree" on May 7, 2017 (note: this is the Sunday before Mother's Day)
Information about the musical will be provided on Sunday, January 22 at 9am in the Mabry Room. Auditions for parts will be on Sunday, January 22 at 9am in Mabry Room.  Rehearsals are Sundays at 9am every week until the presentation.
Questions? Ask Amy Prichard Tutt 
Potluck Dinner Sponsored by Men's Group
Tuesday, January 31, 6:30-9:00pm, Parlor 
Join Westmorelander Jim Thurber as he discusses the transition and the first 100 days of the Trump administration.  All are welcome.

Please RSVP to John Edie at
Adult Study - The Pastor's Class
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 began 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. This Sunday, we will talk about the "church visits" that African America students from Tougaloo College made to white Mississippi churches in 1964. You may read about that by by clicking here.  I hope you will join me. 

Giving to Westmoreland
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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.