News & Updates

Session met on Tuesday, February 13. Here are the highlights: Ari Brose, chair of the stewardship ministry, reported on the 2018 campaign. Members have already pledged $357,000. There will be another push, with the campaign closing on March 15. The music ministry task force has started its work. John Bader explained the group has started by discussing music’s role inRead More →

Dear Friends, I drove home from church yesterday, ashes smeared across my forehead, listening to two of the students from Parkland, FL describe how they survived the shooting.  As I passed the middle school where Ginny will attend, I wondered what I would say – to her, to you, to God. I thought of how I prepared to talk toRead More →

The Office of Public Witness (OPW) of Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) here in the nation’s capital has been the public policy ministry of our denomination since 1946. On Sunday, February 25 the Free Inquiry class is hosting OPW’s Associate for Domestic Poverty and Environmental Issues, Nora Leccese.  Ms. Leccese, on the OPW staff since 2015, will speak to the classRead More →

How will our music ministry help Western grow into the church God is calling us to become? Our music task force gathered this past Thursday night to wrestle with the question and discern who will be the next to lead Western’s music ministry, as we also prepare to say good-bye to Tom Beveridge.  The group present included chairperson and sessionRead More →

Although it’s still almost two weeks away, Lent has been on my mind this year.  As John Molina-Moore and I have been planning for preaching and small groups, we’ve circled back to the ancient practice of giving up something for Lent.  And this year we’re asking you to experiment with giving up something.  This year’s Lenten preaching theme is GivingRead More →

Stay after worship on January 28 for the congregation’s Annual Meeting. We’ll gather over lunch, receive the Annual Report, and do more work of the church.Read More →

Dear Western Members and Friends, On behalf of the Session of Western Church, we are excited to invite you to celebrate Gaston Paige.  On March 11, we will gather after worship to honor Gaston’s 59 years of faithful service to Western, and we hope that you will join us.  We know of no other church staff member anywhere with thisRead More →

A friend of mine describes worship and mission as being the inhale and exhale in the life of the church. I can’t remember which was breathing in or out. As part of Western’s delegation to Frontera de Cristo in Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, Sonora, one of the PC(USA)’s six bi-national ministries on the US-Mexico border, I was often unableRead More →

Welcome to Lena Aburdene Derhally, MS, LPC, a licensed psychotherapist with the Imago Center of Washington, DC.  Lena will be seeing clients in the TBY room on between 8 am and 5 pm through a user agreement with the counseling center. While she is not an employee of Western, Lena is available for individual and couples therapy.  Her areas ofRead More →

As we prepare for 2018, we are in the midst of transition in building management at Western. Gaston Paige, who has served Western faithfully for almost sixty years, will finish in his current role at the end of this year. While the details of Gaston’s retirement and celebration are still being worked out, his last official day with us willRead More →