Westmoreland has a long tradition of serving the community locally,
nationally, and globally. The Board of Outreach Ministries (formerly Board of Community Action) (OM) acts as
the common arm of the congregation, reaching out to improve the lives of
those around us by providing financial support to service agencies,
encouraging and supporting members who offer personal service to local agencies, coordinating
donations in kind, and supporting special projects and offerings.
Westmoreland encourages and emphasizes community action in a variety of ways,
including music, sermons and scripture in the worship services as well in other
activities in the church.
Each fall one Sunday is designated as Outreach Ministries Day, celebrated with a worship service dedicated to
community service and action, and a Outreach Ministries Fair is held during coffee
hour. At the fair, representatives of service agencies and projects supported by
Westmoreland describe their programs and new ways for members of the
congregation to join them in that service. Click here to view photos of
a Outreach Ministries Fair held by OM.
Three sources provide funding for Westmoreland's grant program, a special Christmas offering, a special
Easter offering, and a congregation-wide Bazaar
held each November. These three sources generate about $27,000 per year.
Personal Service and Donations in Kind
Many Westmorelanders volunteer their time and effort in the community. OM coordinates some of these activities
and provides financial support for others. A brochure describing some of Westmoreland's Outreach Ministries is attached.
Through Shaw Community Ministry, City Gate and the
Marie Reed School, the Church financially supports the education of "at risk" youth, and in some cases, members are
actively involved in tutoring in math and reading both during the school day and in after school programs.
Westmorelanders provide breakfast for homeless Washingtonians by preparing and
delivering food to S.O.M.E.
(So Others May Eat) headquarters.
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season Westmoreland collects
food and funds for holiday meals for low-income neighbors plus toys and
Christmas gifts for their children.
Members provide support for the homeless in our community through Bethesda Cares.
Westmoreland's historic commitment to service is expressed in several long and short term activities designed
to meet specific needs.
Westmoreland serves the greater Washington community through the
Corps program. Five volunteers, usually recent college graduates, live in intentional Christian community while
working in social service or advocacy positions for one year. A separate Volunteer Corps Board supports and administers this program, coordinating with OM.
Each year Westmoreland and other UCC
churches take up special offerings that support programs outside the
During Lent UCC congregations, including Westmoreland, join nine other
denominations in One Great Hour of Sharing.
This offering supports disaster relief, economic development, refugee
settlement, and social service around the globe.
In October UCC congregations contribute to Neighbors
in Need, a nationwide program that funds the promotion of social justice as well as environmental and economic
Page last updated 24 August 2011.
February 25, 2012
Westmorelanders tutored at the Marie Reed school to help students prepare for their No Child Left Behind tests.
June 25, 2011
Westmoreland delivers tuna casseroles each month to So Others Might Eat (SOME) in DC.
April 15, 2011
Video on Bethesda Cares made by Westmoreland Volunteer Corps member Sabrina Vasa. Westmoreland formed Bethesda Cares over 20 years ago, and it continues to be one of our Core Ministries in outreach.
March 26, 2011
Plate given to Westmoreland Church by So Others Might Eat in recognition of our support.
March 5, 2011
Pete Davis at a Saturday morning tutoring session for students of Marie Reed.