Saturday, November 26, 2016

Winter Fest! The Magic Returns

On Saturday December 10, WES will host its annual multigenerational Winter Fest celebration, this year with two performances, at 4:30 and 7:00.  We hope you will join us for a skit, singing, dancing, snacking, and a joyous tribute to the timeless values of the season--hope, joy, giving, peace.  A great event for friends and family.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Stone Soup Sunday-November 20

It's that time of year--pumpkin pie, gratitude, and Stone Soup Sunday.  Please join us November 20 for platform, followed by lunch at 12:45.  Our always wonderful multigenerational celebration is a great way to kick off the holiday season.
WES members please contribute according to your last name.  (Choose the first alphabetically in the family, if there are multiple last names.)
A-F: Pre-cut dessert
G-L: Pre-sliced bread or rolls
M-Q: Apple cider in jugs
R-Z: Pre-sliced cheese for the bread
The soup will be made by our Sunday School children, with a little help from their adult friends.  See you there!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Save the Date--Fall Membership Meeting and Potluck on Sunday, November 13

We hope WES members will attend our annual membership meeting on Sunday, November 13, from 1:00-2:30.  We'll have a potluck lunch and discuss our community's growth, as well as hear a finance report and other topics.  Contact Sera Morgan by November 1 if you have something for the agenda, and Melissa Sinclair by November 8 for childcare.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Don't Forget--Immigration Film Fest Oct. 20-23

The annual film fest, founded by members of WES, has grown to include 22 films from 19 countries, playing at venues around the Washington area.  You won't want to miss the gala reception and filmmaker awards celebration on Saturday, held at George Washington University.  And Sunday night, be sure to come to WES at 6:30 to catch four shorts.  See you at the movies!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Annual WES Auction Coming Up on October 15

Mark your calendars---the most fun event of WES's social season is fast approaching.  The annual auction promises laughter, wonderful food, and fabulous things to bid on--from vacation homes to dinner parties, theme baskets of goodies, nature walks, and this year a beautiful quilt donated by WES member and quilter-extraordinaire Donna Radner.  The "prom" theme gives you the chance to go all out, reimagining yourself on a prom date--or come as you are.  All are welcome. Tickets are $25.  See you there!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New This Fall--WES Talks!

You've heard of TED Talks--brief lectures  by experts on all sorts of fascinating topics that you can listen to online.  Starting in September, we're launching WES Talks--a chance to hear in-person from a range of speakers on compelling issues. This will be a chance for WES members and friends to expand their knowledge and to connect with others.  The talks will be held between our two platform services at 10:45, with the first one on September 11.  Stay tuned-- first speaker to be announced soon. (Image by Johannes Jansson)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Long-Time WES Members Honored by American Ethical Union

Lynne and Todd Waymon received the Anna Garlin Spencer Award at the recent American Ethical Union annual assembly, an honor given to lay members of Ethical Societies who make significant volunteer contributions.  Lynne joined WES in 1968, and Todd became a member eight years later.  Together they led the adult education program, including developing a relationship-building course that was immensely popular and drew on Lynne's expertise in networking. 
Their legendary warmth and friendliness attracted many new members. "On my very first day at WES, what I remember most is Todd Waymon giving me a hug hello," recalled one member.  "Lynne taught me how to talk to people, and that changed my life," said another. Not surprisingly, given these qualities, Lynne served on the Welcome Team and Todd was Head Usher, among many other contributions. 
Perhaps most significant was their founding of our well-respected Coming of Age Program (COA-MATT).  They created the program as a lasting, positive testament to their beloved son Matthew, who was killed in a car accident, caused by a teenage friend who was driving recklessly.
As Amanda Poppei noted in her nomination of the Waymons for this award, they "have supported WES's vitality and growth in so many ways...they embody the spirit of Ethical Culture."
The Waymons now live in a Quaker retirement community in Pennsylvania--but they remain an integral part of our community.