Our next Pub Theology gatherings will be Wednesday, June 26, and July 24 at The Limerick Pub (11301 Elkin Street, Wheaton, MD). This is a new location. One of the owners of The Limerick is the partner of Alyssa Stanton, our alto section leader. Gathering at The Limerick allows us see a new place and support a Westmorelander. Pub Theology is an open-ended discussion group - we meet for beer (or the beverage of your choice), food if you want it, and a conversation about a big idea or topic. Everyone is welcome.
Tai Chi and Qigong Classes. Wednesdays, August 21 through October 9. in the Mabry Room Zhineng Qigong from 5:00 to 5:50 pm, Tai Chi 24 Yang Style from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Beginner classes suitable for anyone 16 or over. Tai Chi and Qigong are rooted in the traditional principles of Chinese medicine and awaken your well-being and vitality. Contact Alessia Barbieri, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our annual All-Church Retreat at Camp Wabanna in Edgewater, Maryland will be from Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20. Join us for our campfire on Friday night, our discussion sessions, kickball, giant swing, and game night on Saturday, and our worship time on Sunday morning.
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Benton at email@example.com.
Sunday, June 16 at 5:00 pm. A collaboration between the Washington Conservatory Community Orchestra and Festival Chorus, featuring Rachel Barham and James Rogers. This Father’s Day concert is free to all and will raise funds for Bethesda Cares. Singers and Instrumentalists are invited to join for this end of year community event. Contact Alec Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org), or sign-up here.
Rehearsals for the Children's Musical have begun! This year's children and youth musical, "Swamped" is a musical about friendship, tolerance, and courage, featuring frogs, turtles, tadpoles, dragonflies, and more! All children and youth are invited to take part in the musical on Sunday, May 5, 2019 (the week BEFORE Mother's Day) during the regular worship service.
Rehearsals are every Sunday morning at 9:00 am.
March 6 at 7:00 pm. We will be joined by our friends at the Deutsche Worship Deutsche Evangelische Kirchengemeinde, the Eglise Protestant Francophone de Washington, and the Iglesia Cristiana Nacional (Discipulos de Cristo) for a worship service in English, French, German, and Spanish. All are welcome.
Every Sunday in February, we will have the opportunity to use our worship time to volunteer as a community to bring a bit of good into the world. We will gather for a short (15 minutes or less!) worship service, then we will spend the rest of our time working together on a hands-on intergenerational service project. Everyone is invited to take part! Nursery Care will be available for infants and toddlers.
Sunday, February 3: Packing Meals for Rise Against Hunger
Sunday, February 10: Baking Cookies for Neighbors
Sunday, February 17: Sandwich Making for Martha’s Table
Sunday, February 24: Caring for Our Community (Various Offsite Projects)
Worship at Westmoreland on Sunday, December 24:
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.
Are you interested in joining Westmoreland? Do you just want to know more about the church? If so, you are invited to a Get Acquainted Lunch and Conversation on Sunday, December 2, at 11:30 am in the Parlor.
Contact Kaeley McEvoy at email@example.com to RSVP.
The Board of Spiritual Formation invites you to the Westmoreland parlor for a screening of the film “The Mask You Live In” by The Representation Project. This film is about boys and young men “as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.”
The film discusses how boys and men are taught “to be a man” and how they treat women and the connection to violence. The film was an Official Selection in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and received two awards at the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival.
A discussion will follow. Light snacks and drinks will be served.
The Board of Membership and Fellowship (BMF) invites you to join us for Thanksgiving pie and fellowship at a special Coffee Hour after church on Sunday, November 11. Come and enjoy a time of giving thanks and helping others while “Sharing Our Piece of the Pie.”
The pies will come from Food and Friends (learn more at foodandfriends.org), a local charitable organization.
In addition, we all can help Bethesda Cares restock their food pantry (bethesdacares.org) by donating a non-perishable item from the following Bethesda Cares wish list. Be sure to carefully check expiration dates! On November 11, please add your donation to grocery bags decorated by our children.
Boxes of Nutri-Grain bars or other soft, easy-to-chew meal bars
Mini bottles of water
Jars of peanut butter
Microwavable or pop-top cans of Chef Boyardee, beef chili, beef stews (e.g. Chunky brand)
Boxes of cereal
Instant rice (flavored or unflavored)
Canned carrots, corn, fruit, yams, peas, green beans, chicken-noodle soup
Spaghetti (dry or canned)
Microwavable bowls of mac n cheese. Or boxed mac n cheese
Individual bags of Splenda, Sugar, Tea
Heavy duty trash bags
Heavy duty paper towels
Extra-wide heavy duty Foil
Ziplock bags (gallon and sandwich size)
Questions? Please contact Christina Staufenberger, firstname.lastname@example.org
After worship on Sunday, October 28, we will have a church-wide service project in the Social Hall. Tables will be set up with paper, glue, markers, glitter, and other craft supplies so that we can make Thanksgiving cards for Shaw Community Center. These cards will go to Shaw with our gift cards (see page 17 for more information) as a way of sharing love and kindness with the world.
October 28 is also Stewardship Sunday - the day that 2019 pledge cards are due. This service project is a way of giving thanks for our many gifts. Lisa Choate and Amy Tutt are coordinating this project on behalf of the Governance Council. Everyone is encouraged
to take part.
Join us for a new worship opportunity this fall! Dinner Church, a ‘meal with meaning,’ will continue this Saturday, October 20 at 6:00 pm. RSVP here.
Early Christians once gathered around a table to pray together over a shared meal. Nowadays, a more formal Sunday morning church experience can leave us wanting to connect more deeply with those who sit next to us in the pews. ‘Dinner Church’ gives us the opportunity to do just that.
We will come together over a dinner in the Sanctuary to both strengthen our connections with one another and with God. The meal will begin with opening words, then lead into time for fellowship and food, and conclude with a closing prayer.
The meal will be prepared for you. Kids are very welcome.
‘Dinner Church’ will continue this fall on Saturdays, November 17, and December 15 at 6:00 pm.
Please join us to celebrate Westmoreland’s accessibility project!
“Oh oh oh oh and we’re buying an Elevator to Heaven”
6:00 pm: Silent Auction & Wine and Passed Appetizers
7:00 pm: Festive Buffet Dinner
8:30 pm: Live Auction & Dessert, Tea, and Coffee
Proceeds from the evening will be used to welcome all with a new driveway drop-off, a ground level entrance, a new elevator, a refurbished internal elevator reaching three levels, a handicap accessible women’s restroom, a gender-neutral restroom, and a functioning kitchen.
Look for your invitation in the mail in early September! You can also RSVP and purchase tickets by clicking here.
If you’d like to donate something to the auction, please click here for the form.
Tim Tutt will lead a morning meditation group every Sunday from 9:00 to 9:50 am in the parlor during October, November, and December. The group will practice various forms of meditation and will explore the relationship between meditation and the brain, the body, social justice, food, exercise, the Bible, and more. Everyone is welcome.
Choir members are inviting Westmorelanders to sign up for ‘Choir For A Day’ on Sunday, October 14. There are no prerequisites – just come to the sanctuary at 9:00 am to practice before the service.
Worship through song kindles a strong, inspirational fellowship, and the choir wants to share that joy with you. Sign up at Coffee Hour or email Jim Tyson at email@example.com.
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!
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 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.