Summer on the Circle

Summer on the Circle lets us experience church in new ways.  Each Sunday will feature a more informal, abbreviated worship service, followed by classes for all ages during June and July.  

Summer on the Circle helps us explore Westmoreland’s commitments to community, learning and service.  And you are invited. 

Join us on the circle this summer.

Summer on the Circle
June 25, 2017 - July 30, 2017


Summer on the Circle Worship
10:00-10:40 AM
Lettuce Pray

Sermons about Food and Spirituality - Exploring question about customs, prayers, and communal life: Why do we pray? Why do we share? What rituals are important? What do we eat? With whom do we eat?

June 25 -  "Praying with Coffee"
“Rejoice, always. Pray without ceasing….” - I Thessalonians 5:16-18   
Theme: Finding God in everything

July 2 - "Dining for Diversity"
“If your enemies are hungry, give them bread to eat…” - Proverbs 25:21
Theme: Welcoming refugees, eating meals with strangers, America as the melting pot

July 9 - "A Prayer for Tomatoes"
“Love your enemies…” - Matthew 5:43-48
Theme: Eating foods you don’t like, dealing with people you don’t like

July 16 - "Gardening for Jesus"
“Contribute to the needs of the saints…” - Romans 12:9-18
Theme: a new way of being church, experimenting, more than Sundays, millennials

July 23 - "Bikinis and Burkas at the Beach"
“And the word became flesh…” - John 1:1-14
Theme: body images, eating disorders, incarnation

July 30 - Andrew Hallward-Driemeier preaching

August 6 - Rabbi invited to preach about keeping kosher

 August 13 - "Eating with Cab Calloway"
“The jar of meal was not emptied…” - I Kings 17:10-16, II Kings 4:1-7
Theme: Sharing, plenty

August 20 - "Saying Grace"
“They devoted themselves to the breaking of bread and prayers….” - Acts 2:37-42
Theme: Family, prayers at the table

August 27 - "Packing Lunches, Or, What a Pastor Learned from Imam While Seated Next to a Rabbi"
“Do not worry about anything…” - Philippians 4:6
Theme: Being grateful for all things

September 3 - "Picnics, Parties and Such"
“Jesus said, Come and have breakfast…” - John 21:1-14
Theme: favorite meals

Summer on the Circle Classes
10:45-11:30 AM

Architecture - “It's not new that architecture can profoundly affect a place, sometimes transform it. Architecture and any art can transform a person, even save someone.” – Frank Gehry. A conversation about buildings and their influence. Leaders: Peter Ernst and Susan Langley. Choir Room

Kairos Palestine: A Call to Action – How will we respond? The study will review the history of the Israel/Palestine region, hear from Palestinian Christians, consider the church’s work for justice and peace, learn how the UCC understands this call to action, and explore our response. Leaders: Members of the Middle East Committee. Parlor.

Transgender 101: A Study of Gender Identity - We will discuss language, theology, legal concerns, and personal stories related to gender identity and transgender persons. This study will help prepare us for a vote in the fallto add transgender to our Open and Affirming Statement. Leaders: Tim Tutt with transgender guests. Sanctuary.

Youth Group (6th-12th grade) - Middle and High Schoolers are invited to the Youth Lounge for conversation, community, and fun.  Leaders: Rick Alfonso, Adam Barth, and Elizabeth Benton. Youth Lounge.

 Children’s Class (Pre-K—5th grade) - “Growing Faith With Food” Leader: Pat Nelson. Mabry Room.

 Nursery Care (Infants, Toddlers and Twos) - 10:00-11:30 every Sunday. Nursery.


Fellowship Hour
11:30 AM

Coffee and light refreshments every Sunday after Worship and Classes.



During the month of August, we will have Worship and Nursery Care at 10:00 am.