We are returning to Hazard, KY to work with the Housing Development Alliance. The trip is scheduled for June 24-30, 2018. The cost per youth will be $100. All youth going must have completed 6th grade. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to ask the youth who went last year about the experience! RSVP by March 18, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All children in kindergarten through rising 6th graders are welcome to register for Peace Camp, which will be held from June 18 to 22, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm!
Peace Camp is an annual summer experience for elementary school-aged children that explores themes of peace and co-operation. We will meet in the Mabry Room each day for a light supper, music, art projects, games, and storytelling. This year, our broader theme will be 'Living in Palestine,' focusing on five cities in Palestine, their biblical significance, and what life is like now for children who live and go to school
The Board of Spiritual Formation invites everyone to our annual 'Hello Summer' Picnic on Sunday, June 10 after worship in the Social Hall! The picnic will be catered, but we ask that everyone bring a dessert to share.
A donation of $5 is requested and will get you one raffle ticket to win one of two gift cards.
During the picnic, the Capital Campaign Committee and the Building 2020 Committee will provide an update on our construction project, and there will be a 'Construction Open House,' which will give you to a chance to get an up-close preview of the progress we've made!
Please join us for the Westmoreland Children and Youth Musical, "It's A Hit!", on Sunday, May 6 at 10:00 am!
A new girl in town has joined the baseball team. No problem. But wait! She wants to be the pitcher? That has never been done before, at least on this team! Throughout the innings, the players learn to be true All-Stars whether the score shows a win or loss.
The children and youth of Westmoreland are have been hard at work for the past six weeks rehearsing for the musical, so be sure to join us for worship on Sunday, May 6 to support Westmoreland’s youngest members, and come dressed in your favorite baseball gear (hats, jerseys, etc.)!
Pastor Tim Tutt will lead a Sermon Series on Exodus: "Finding Faith in the Face of the Pharaoh - Exploring Resistance, Resilience, & Renewal' on Sundays at 10:00 am in April and May.
Sun, Apr 8 - Meeting God finding a fire in your soul
Sun, Apr 15 - Be Still doing nothing can be everything
Sun, Apr 22 - Jesus Matters liberating captives is our job
Sun, Apr 29 - Funerals in a Post Christian World burying each other
Sun, May 13 - Murderers and Mothers seeing the good in all
Sun, May 27 - A Runner’s Prayer experiencing grace
Sun, Jun 3 - The Names on our Bones honoring our DNA
Sun, Jun 10 - Locusts and Depression living with mental illness
All 6th through 12th graders are invited to the Youth Spring Break Retreat in Emerald Isle, NC from March 24 to 28, 2018. The cost per youth will be between $100-$200. RSVP by January 13, 2018 to email@example.com. The trip needs a minimum of 10
youth to be viable!
In 1940, Langdon Gilkey, then a recent college graduate, went to China to teach English. Two years later, the Japanese interned all the foreigners in China. Three thousand people, including Langdon, were shipped to Shantung and imprisoned. For the next four years, those 3000 people had to create a society that provided housing, food, schools, and medical care to the internees. Langdon kept a detailed diary of those four years, and 20 years later, he wrote about his experience in an acclaimed book titled Shantung Compound.
You are invited to discuss this book on Sundays, March 11 and 18 before worship at 9:00 am in a Lenten study led by Tom Lenhart. The book is available on Amazon and is a quick and compelling read. RSVP to the Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-229-7766) or to Tom by emailing him at email@example.com.
Ash Wednesday is fast approaching! Join us on Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary for a service on the day that marks the beginning of Lent.
Lent is a challenging season. It is often thought of as a time of contemplation and penitence -- a time when we acknowledge and seek forgiveness for our weaknesses and transgressions. Yet, Lent ought not to be principally about cataloguing our faults -- but more about examining in the days leading up to Easter who we really are, how we can be our best selves, and what it means to be created in God’s image. Join us on Ash Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary as we begin our Lenten journey with worship that culminates in the imposition of ashes.
All are invited to the New Orchestra of Washington’s Family Concert on Monday, January 15 at 11:00 am here at Westmoreland, featuring “Labertino” by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez and “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens. This family-friendly concert will include a ‘musical petting zoo’ after the concert, with a pizza lunch to follow.
Tickets start at $10, and children under 3 will be admitted free of charge! For two-for-one tickets, use the code ‘WESTMORELANDNOW.’ Go to www.neworchestraofwashington.org for more information!
Worship at Westmoreland on Sunday, December 24:
Fourth Sunday of Advent - 10:00 am
Tim will preach “What about the Baby?”
Christmas Pageant - 5:00 pm
Our favorite carols will be sung and the Christmas Story reenacted!
The Holy Family, shepherds, magi, and angels herald the arrival of the
baby Jesus at this service for all ages. Bring your bell!
Traditional Candlelight Service - 10:00 pm
Join us for carols, Scripture, a sermon by Tim, and Communion.
The Board of Membership & Fellowship invites everyone to celebrate the abundance of our blessings at the annual 'Tables of Thanksgiving,' a potluck meal after worship on November 5. BMF will provide the turkey, trimmings, dessert, and utensils. We request that Westmorelanders bring a “table-ready” side-dish to serve 8. All are welcome!
Join NOW in celebrating Día de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, with Mozart’s magnificent Requiem in D Minor, featuring the voices of National Cathedral’s professional choir, Cathedra. Experience the vibrant culture of Mexico with two gorgeous contemporary works by Javier Alvarez and Emmanuel Arias Y Luna, performed by NOW’s new string-quartet-in-residence, the Aeolus Quartet.
General Admission: $30
Students & Youth (12-18): $15
Kids (Under 12): Free
Use the promo code WESTMORELANDNOW for 2-for-1 tickets!
On Sunday, October 29, Westmoreland will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation during worship with special musical guests the Aeolus Quartet. This is a featured group of musicians from the New Orchestra of Washington. They are joining us as part of NOW’s collaboration with Westmoreland as our Ensemble in Residence. The musical offering will feature a journey through the Lutheran Musical Heritage, including works by Luther himself, along with Bach, Schütz, Mendelssohn, and others.
Join us for a weekend of making new friendships and strengthening old ones, spiritual renewal, and stunning physical beauty on the Chesapeake Bay. Friday evening, enjoy songs and s’mores around the campfire. Saturday we will reflect on how we can better respond to racial injustice, including a conversation about “Just Mercy” (a powerful book about race and the criminal justice system) and an interactive activity to explore cultural barriers to communication. On Saturday afternoon, relax or try the giant swing, and join in evening intergenerational games. Sunday, we worship together in the midst of God’s beautiful creation. Even if you cannot join for the whole weekend, please come for Saturday.
The retreat will be held at Camp Wabanna in Edgewater, MD.
To register or for more information, email Samantha (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join us for a conversation about the influence of films on today’s racial understandings and misunderstandings with Dr. Greg Garrett, "one of America's leading voices on religion and culture" (BBC Radio) at 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 10.
Welcome Back Sunday - Sunday, September 10
9:00 am - Nursery Care, Children’s Choir, Youth Group, Adult Group, and
Chancel Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am - Worship (with Nursery Care and Children’s Church School)
11:00 am - Welcome Back Picnic
Join us for Welcome Back Sunday!
Our Spiritual Formation programs for children, youth, and adults will begin at 9:00 am.
In worship, Tim will begin a Sermon Series entitled ‘People, Pigs & Possibilities’ on
exercising our faith and exorcising our doubts, and the Chancel Choir will sing.
After worship, join us for food and fellowship at our Welcome Back Picnic!
We look forward to seeing you as we begin fall at Westmoreland!
Join us for this beloved annual event hosted by Keller and Mary Staley at their home in Bethesda!The Board of Membership and Mary and Keller Staley invite Westmoreland members and friends for a picnic dinner and swim at the Staley home. Fajitas and fixings will be provided! Participants are invited to bring beverages (soft drinks and adult drinks) or dessert, as well as lawn chairs and blankets. Bring or wear your swimsuit and towel if you plan to swim! Email Keller or call 301-229-7766 to RSVP by 12:00 on Wednesday, August 30 with (1) the number of adults and children in your group and (2) what you are bringing to the picnic.
Please join us on Saturday, August 19 at 5:00 pm in the Parlor for an informal, contemplative, alternative worship experience (AWE) that will include meditation, group prayer, pass-the-cup communion, Taize singing, and plenty of time for sharing joys and concerns.
We hope to see you there!
The Westmoreland Festival Chorus (WFC) is partnering with the Great Noise Ensemble (GNE), Washington DC’s preeminent ensemble dedicated to New Music, for a concert on Saturday June 3rd, which will raise funds for the local charity Bethesda Cares, Inc. The program will comprise music of living composers, including the premier of a new work, and will feature mezzo-soprano Lena Seikaly. Join both Armando Bayolo (GNE) and Alec Davis (WFC) on the podium as we explore aspects of human perspective, society, and time.
-Osvaldo Golijov: Ayre (2004)
-Alec Davis: Ruminations on words by Charles Bernstein (2017)
-Christopher Cerrone: The Branch Will Not Break (2015)