Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ is a lively, busy, active church with programs for every generation. Sunday worship, church school, and post-worship coffee hour are at the core of our common life — the place and time where weekly we come together as a community to express our faith in God and each other.
Our community is enriched by our many groups and shared experiences. We have a Middle East committee engaged in active work for peace and youth groups that come together in service and fun. We have Bible study groups, book clubs, choirs open to all who would like to sing, and a spiritual yoga class that caters to both body and mind. We have members who make casseroles and sandwiches to feed the local hungry or read to underachieving students in city schools. Some of our members teach English as a second language to newcomers from other countries. We have a "green" group that helps us connect our faith with our responsibility to the Earth and we have a lively arts community that benefits from our relationship with the Washington Music Conservatory. We also are proud of our Volunteer Corp, the group of young adults that we support with housing and household expenses while they work with non-profit agencies in our metropolitan area.
Our membership enjoys all kinds of social gatherings, among them happy hours for young professionals, potluck dinners for parents of children of all ages, luncheons for members in their prime-time and a yearly spiritual and social retreat where we get away together for the weekend.
We also come together several times a year in church-wide fellowship. Each September we have a luncheon on the lawn after church, each fall we work together on a fund-raising bazaar, and we celebrate Thanksgiving together on the Sunday before the holiday with a big turkey dinner. And just when winter may be making us feel desolate, we have a Valentine’s Sunday brunch to lift our collective spirit.
Last but not least, our community cares for one another in times of need. We pray for each other and our extended families every Sunday during worship. We also take worship services to those who are homebound and send letters and phone calls their way to let them know they are not forgotten. We have developed Community Cares – a volunteer-run network to help each other in times of crisis, such as death or illness, or chaotic joy, such as when a baby is born.
Page last updated 10 April 2011.