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Westmoreland Windows Weekly E-News
Monday, May 2, 2016
Capital Campaign Update
The Capital Campaign Committee is currently meeting to plan the stages and structure of the upcoming Capital Campaign to fund the "Building 2020" welcoming and accessibility renovation. As voted by the membership, we will be considering whether the plan can be aligned with a social justice component and what that might entail, including how far to stretch fundraising goals for the social justice component. In addition to input from the Social Justice and Action Board and other church leadership groups, we welcome individual input into the development of a social justice component. Please send any thoughts or suggestions on a social justice component for the Capital Campaign to JoJo Shelton (johannaemily@gmail.com) by Saturday May 7.

Parlor Update
Property and the Parlor Committee have selected a contractor to do the work in the Parlor. Construction in the Parlor will begin on June 6, 2016 and hopefully will be done by the end of July.
                                     --Property Committee 
In this issue . . .
Mother's Day Musical Potluck
Sunday, May 8, 11:30am 
 
In celebration of Mother's Day AND our children's musical "David and the Giants", Westmoreland will feature a Potluck Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 8.  Click here to sign up.   

Thanks for your generosity!

--Stacey Fannon and BMF
 
Thank You Note 

Dear Westmoreland Family,
 
Thank you so much for your generous purse in honor of my retirement as Soloist/Section Leader. Your gift has enabled me to further pursue my visual art in photography. I have upgraded my cameras, including converting one to infrared, and I am attending a class in Cape May, NJ the first week of May, where I will be studying nature photography with nationally renowned photographer, Tony Sweet.
 
Again, thank you for your generosity.
 
George Singleton
2016 Church Directory

The 2016 church directory is available in the church office during the week and in the Narthex on Sunday.  You can also get the directory on the member area of our website.
 
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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Peace Camp
June 20-24, 5-8:00pm   
Peace Camp is our annual summer camp experience for K-5th graders. This year we will explore Paul's letter to Philemon along with the UCC's resolution to change the name of the Washington football team and discuss, "what's in a name?"
 
For more info or to sign up, please contact Alexis.
Save the Date!
Church Retreat 

When   
October 14-16

Where
Camp Wabanna,
Edgewater, MD

Contact
Doug Hallward-Driemeier

Camp Wabanna

Shaw Community Ministry
Send a Kid to College/Send a Kid to Camp!
 
Please consider making a financial donation to the Shaw Community Ministry scholarship and summer camp programs. Funds are greatly needed to support both programs, and your gifts will have an immediate and direct impact on the work of this small non-profit. Please make your check out to "Shaw Community Ministry," designate if you'd like it to go to the scholarship or the general fund, and address it to: Shaw Community Ministry, 1701 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Questions: Contact Melissa Herman at hermanml@aol.com or 301-897-5609.
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Children's Musical
Sunday, May 8, 10:00am


 
Sermon Series - The Book of Revelation

May 8
Children's Musical

May 15              
Revelation 21
"Politics of the Wind"
 
May 22 
Revelation 18
"Preaching to
the Proletariat"
 
May 29
Revelation 17
"War and Women"
 
June 5 
Graduation Sunday
 
June 12 
Revelation 7 & 19
"Roadkill at the End of Time"
Adult Spiritual Formation: "Becoming Wise"
Sundays, Through June 12, 9:00am, Library

New Adult Spiritual Formation discussion beginning May 1. Jill Johnson will lead us in reading Krista Tippett's new book,
Becoming Wise . Tippett is the host of On Being, a national public radio program, and was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. Class schedule is as follows:
 
  • May 8: Chapter Two "Words: The Poetry of Creatures"
  • May 15: Chapter Three "Flesh: The Body's Grace"
  • May 22: Chapter Four "Love: A Few Things I've Learned"
  • May 29: Chapter Five "Faith: The Evolution"
  • June 5: Chapter Six "Hope: Reimagined"
  • June 12: Closing reflections
Refugee Documentary at Whitman
High School
Tuesday, May 3, 7pm
 
The community is invited to a showing of "Salam Neighbor," a documentary about refugees in Syria. The viewing will be Tuesday, May 3, at 7 PM at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. The event is free. Donations will be accepted for the Save the Children Foundation. A panel discussion will follow. The presenters of the film say it is "not political statement about any one group," but is "a cry for all refuges to get the aid they need."  For more information see LivingOnOne.org/SalamNeighbor.
Men's Group
Thursday, May 12, 6:30pm, Parlor

"Beating Up the Body Politic: A Conversation about How NOT to do That"

Subtitle: "Men's Group Discussion on Civility in Politics, the Current Political Cycle, How Different Sides Might Find Common Ground, and More.
 
For more information contact Tim Tutt
 
Potluck Supper at the Tutts

During 2016, Amy and Tim Tutt are inviting the entire Westmoreland family to their home for a series of potluck suppers in small groups (divided alphabetically) on Saturday evenings from 5-7pm.
 
Dates and Groups

Saturday May 14 - 
Last Names H/I/J
Saturday May 21 - Last Names K/L
Saturday June 25- Last Names M/N 
Saturday September 17- Last Names O/P/Q/R 
Saturday October 1- Last Names S/T 
Saturday October 29- Last Names U/V/W/X/Y/Z 
Saturday November 12 - Newcomers, Oops-Forgetters &
                                         Couldn't-Make-It-Earlier Folks

RSVP to  tuttpotluck@gmail.com
Invitation to Muslim Sisters and Brothers
Sunday, May 15

On Pentecost Sunday, May 15, we are inviting Muslim friends and neighbors to join us for worship and conversation at Westmoreland. This invitation is designed to create trust and community in the face of anti-Muslim political rhetoric. This is one small way we can share life with each other, learn from each other, and seek peace together.  Click here for the letter we have sent to DC-area Muslim congregations and groups.  Please invite your Muslim friends, colleagues, neighbors, and family members to join us on May 15.  We will celebrate a baptism in that morning-so our guests will see how we welcome the youngest among us. The choir will prepare music that is inclusive and hospitable.  We will explore the Pentecost story-which is, in part, about God transcending language, culture, and geography. Mark your calendars to take part in this day and be prepared to welcome and include our guests.
"Westmoreland's StillReading" Book Group
Sunday, March 15, 4:30-6:00pm, Library

We will discuss "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks, a novel set in 1665 that examines the impact of a plague on a small English village. Brooks, whose other novels included March and People of the Book, examines how young housemaid Anna Frith tries, with the Rector and his wife, to hold together the community and meet the medical and spiritual needs of the beleaguered villagers-and how the experience permanently broadens Anna's view of the possibilities of a life of service.

Please join us for conversation and snacks!

                     --Brad Case
Film Series and Potlucks
The last Wednesday of each month
   
Wednesday, May 25: "Capitalism: A Love Story" - a documentary that explores the social costs of pursuing profits over the common good.
 
Hosted by the Board of Spiritual Formation. Come one, come all!
Graduation Sunday - Calling all graduates!
Sunday, June 5, 10:00am

Graduation Sunday is June 5! Graduates from high school on up will be recognized on this day. Please send your graduate's info (full name, school graduating from, next steps) to Mimi Miller, mmiller@westmorelanducc.org, by May 29.
Congratulations Patricia Frye!
 
Patricia Frye, a member since 1983, was honored by Seabury Resources for Aging at the Senior Celebration hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and the Potomac Association of the UCC on April 27. Her list of service to Westmoreland is long: Women's Guild; Deacon; Chair, Board of Community Action (where she re-established the Vacation Bible School to which she continues to contribute); a faithful member of the Chancel Choir for more than 35 years; and now a member of the JuBELLation Bell Choir. She has been a regular member of the church book clubs and planned and hosted potluck dinners to bring together Westmorelanders living in Virginia. Patricia is, perhaps, best known for her indescribable contributions of floral arrangements to church services of all kinds. Her creative arrangements grace the sanctuary and inspire her fellow worshippers with their splendor and originality. For her many-faceted service and cheerful personality, we say "Thank you!"
200 People and 9 Pies
 
In his sermon on January 10, Rev. Tutt challenged the congregation to have worship attendance of 200 or more people for nine Sundays before June 12. If we have nine Sundays with attendance of 200 or more, Rev. Tutt will let the middle and high schoolers "pie" him with nine pies at our summer picnic on June 12, and he will bake nine pies for the congregation to enjoy for dessert at the picnic.  Here is an attendance update:
  
January 3        165     
January 10      196     
January 17      185     
January 24      no worship - bad weather
January 31      194
 
February 7    261
February 14     155
February 21     195
February 28  243
 
March 6          204
March 13          180
March 20        252
March 27        406  - Counts for two 200+ Sundays!

April 3              161
April 10          223
April 17          207  
April 24            192
May 1               197 
 
  
There are five Sundays before June 12. For the "pie-ing," we need attendance of 200 or more on only ONE of those Sundays.
Children's Collection in May: 
Baby Items for Interfaith Works
 
Interfaith Works is an interfaith coalition of 165 congregations in Montgomery County (Westmoreland Church is a founding member) that provide shelter, clothe, and feed our homeless neighbors in need with the goal of helping them become self-sufficient. IW is a Westmoreland Social Justice grant recipient.
 
We will collect the following items to support their Welcome Baby! program to help newborns and families get off to a good start:
  • Receiving blankets,
  • Burp cloths,
  • Wash cloths,
  • Newborn sized diapers,
  • Diaper bags.
Parlor Renovation
In anticipation of the Parlor renovation in June the current Parlor furniture is being offered for sale to Westmorelanders.  Please click here for a listing of the Parlor furniture and price.  Contact the Property Chair, Roy Grossnick, if you are interested in purchasing any of the items listed.

--Roy Grossnick, Property Chair

Westmoreland Art Exhibit

The All Westmoreland Art exhibit is now hanging in the hallway and in the Social Hall. We hope you will take time to view the exhibition and admire the talents of friends and fellow members of Westmoreland. In this exhibit, we also remember deceased members of our community through their artwork.
"Marriage Reimagined" by George Singleton