A Word from Laura: A Woman of Valor

As mother of an almost-teenage girl, as pastor of women who have survived sexual violence, as a former teenage girl with a story of my own, as a human being and person of faith reading Christine Blasey Ford’s account of sexual assault, I felt my heart both sink and ignite.  Professor Blasey Ford’s story sounded too much like other stories I’ve known.

Christian faith has not often been on the forefront of speaking out against sexual violence or giving voice to those who have survived; in fact, the larger church has been known to perpetuate a mantle of secrecy, silence and shame.

In truth, our Christian faith is rooted in the imago dei, our belief that all are created in God’s image.  Human life and sexuality are sacred.  Jesus himself often went against his culture’s gender norms...



Selah Returns October 11

Selah is our alternative worship service that is rooted in contemplation, meditation, and a little bit of yoga. Instead of Sunday evenings we will be moving to Thursday nights in conjunction with our "Last (Thursday) Suppers" for campus ministry. We will meet in the Courtyard Room at 8pm. Services will be on 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/29, and 12/13.

Sponsor a “Starter Kit” for Newly Housed Miriam’s Kitchen Guests

Mr. V moved into his own apartment last month after being homeless for 25 years in and around Capitol Hill.  He is very proud of the fact he got clean while living on the streets and has now been sober 16 years.  He cites his faith in God as what got him through, knowing that God would one day help him.  He feels that being matched to a housing voucher and moving in with the help of his case managers at Miriam’s Kitchen are an answer to his prayers.  His sister lives in Maryland and he is excited to have her over to celebrate in his new home, and now he will be able to use all his new kitchen items to cook her dinner!  He is very grateful for everything he has received.

We all need the basics when we move to a new home. For our unhoused neighbors moving into permanent supportive housing, like Mr. V.,that need is even bigger and you can help meet it. Items like cleaning supplies, dishes and silverware, bed sheets, and bath towels are no longer provided by DC government and can’t be purchased with food stamps.

Our Mission Ministry is partnering with Miriam’s Kitchen to provide “Starter Kits” with these supplies for two newly housed guests each month. You can sponsor a kit for $100, the Mission Ministry Team will do the shopping, and Miriam’s staff will deliver the items to the resident. Give online by choosing “Mission/Miriam’s Starter Kit” as your designation, or write “Starter Kit” it on your check. Organized by Cheryl Williams ( 


Youth Ministry Family Potluck Dinner

Sunday, September 30, 5-8pm at the Amos Home

The Youth Ministry is holding a family potluck BBQ dinner on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 5 - 8PM. The dinner will be held at the home of Lauren and Aubrey Amos in upper northwest DC. It's a family affair! The gathering will not only be an opportunity to share stories and photos from the New Orleans mission trip, but also a chance for all of us to catch up with each other.  RSVP to Lauren Amos by Friday, September 28 with the number of family members who will attend.  Please indicate what you plan to contribute to the potluck on CCB

World Communion Sunday Events



A Woman of Valor

Mark 9:33-37; Proverbs 31:10-31

Rev. Dr. Laura Cunningham, preaching

Before Worship:

11am Worship:

After Worship:

  • 12pm Hospitality - Families with last names T-Z are invited to bring refreshments. Courtyard Room
  • 12pm Children and Families-Music Meet and Greet. Sanctuary
  • 12:15pm Western Plaza Task Force Meeting. Room 216
  • 12:15 pm Missions Ministry Team Meeting. TBY Room

Children and Families - Music Meet and Greet

Sunday, September 23, After Worship

Stay after worship for 15 minutes to meet our new Minister of Music Allan Laino, and speak with Children's Choir director Amy DeLouise. Meet other parents and learn about music ministry opportunities at Western. Treats and a special organ tour included!


This Week

Counselor at Western on Tuesdays
9/25 - 8:00am | TBY Room

Western Volunteers at Miriam's Kitchen
9/26 - 6:00am | Miriam's Kitchen

Counselor at Western on Wednesdays
9/26 - 8:00am | TBY Room

*MK Behind the Scenes Breakfast
9/26 - 10:30am | Multi-Purpose Room (MK Dining)

Crosslinks Young Adult Happy Hour
9/26 5:30pm | Saf Haus

9/26 - 6:00pm | Choir Room

Last (Thursday) Supper
9/27 - 7:00pm | Courtyard Room

Save the Date

Youth Ministry Family Potluck Dinner
9/30 5pm | Amos Home

World Communion Sunday & International Potluck
10/7 - 11:00am | Sanctuary, 12:00pm | Courtyard Room

All Church Retreat
10/20-21 | Camp Hanover

Last (Thursday) Supper

7pm on the Last Thursday of the Month

We're going to be hosting monthly dinners for college students this fall.  It will be the last Thursdays of the month stating in September.  Dinner will be at 7pm in the courtyard room and it's open to all students.  If you'd like to help out or bring a meal please contact John Molina-Moore





Did you know that nearly 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions* come from livestock? 



Prayer Requests

Would you like the Deacons and others in the church to pray for you?  Submit a prayer request. If you would like to join the Deacons in prayer, login to CCB: Church Community Builder, and join the group "Prayer Requests." 



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