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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised July 20, 2018

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 am Worship

Sunday, July 22

In Ephesians, the Apostle Paul writes that God reconciles the church and creates peace among diverse peoples. What does it mean to be reconciled to one another today?

Join us this Sunday at 10 am for worship as Pastor David preaches about this tricky topic!

This Week


Congregational Meeting

Sunday, July 22

Next week Little River UCC members are called to a special congregational meeting in the sanctuary at 11:30 am. See the official call posted in the atrium.

LRUCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, July 22

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, July 22 at 9:00 am, in the Archival/Historical Room (L6) as we explore meditation as a contemplative practice that helps to quiet the mind. We will have a brief guided meditation followed by sharing about the experience. We will continue to meet every other Sunday throughout the year. Questions? Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

"What It Is Like To Be a Transgender Dad" by LB Hannahs

Sunday, July 22

Our Summer Adult Education opportunities continue this Sunday. On each of the five Sundays in July, join us at 9:00 am in Room 8 to watch a variety of short TED Talks followed by discussion.  This week LB Hannahs candidly shares the experience of parenting as a genderqueer individual -- and what it can teach us about authenticity and advocacy. "Authenticity doesn't mean 'comfortable.' It means managing and negotiating the discomfort of everyday life," Hannahs says. Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Next Week and Beyond


Still Looking for Donations!

Sunday, September 9

Donations Must be Received by August 15

This year’s silent auction will take place on September 9, Rally Day! Items will be available for viewing before the service and bidding will begin after the service during the Rally Day Picnic. We hope this fun multi-generational event will add to the excitement of the day.

To make this event happen, we need donations! Donations could include any of the following:

  • Goods (New items, please - unless it is an item such as art, jewelry, vintage items. Handmade items welcome!)
  • Services (Babysitting, dinners, resume help, lessons, etc.)
  • Outings/Experiences
  • Tickets
  • Vacation destinations/homes
  • Gift Cards Gift baskets
  • Donations from Teens and Children - Please encourage your child or teen to get involved in this multi-generational by donating an item or service. Babysitting, lawn mowing, leaf raking, cake baking, craft projects are ideas they could donate to support Little River with this event.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Stewardship Committee and the Arts and Design Committee with all proceeds going to fill any Stewardship budget gaps and to fund the Arts Committee’s next project (TBD - stay tuned!). Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email or phone at (703-863-4453) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email or phone (571-435-6891) to donate, volunteer, or with questions about appropriate donations.

More Church News


Summer 2018 Photo Exhibit

The Arts and Design Committee would like to invite you to participate in the Summer 2018 Photo Exhibit! Help us document the Summer of 2018 at Little River by submitting your photos to the Arts and Design Committee for display on the gallery walls.

Requirements:

  • LRUCC Life/People/Activities/Campus
  • Photos taken during summer 2018
  • Black and White or Color
  • Photos can be submitted via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Printed photos can be submitted to the church office
  • Please limit your submissions to 5 so there’s room for everyone’s pictures
  • Printed photos will be returned to the artist

Recycling at Little River UCC

We recently received a communication from American Disposal regarding their recycling policy. In a nut shell, any recycling we deposit into the bin near the dumpster out back cannot have plastic bags (grocery bags or trash bags). Please empty plastic bags into the trash dumpster, or you can recycle the bags by putting them into one of the two collection boxes in the building. One is located in the preschool hallway near the stairwell leading to the playground. The other is in the hallway near the kitchen. If your bags are wet or soiled, discard them in the dumpster. Questions? Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see the flyer on the bulletin boards in the Social Hall.

Board of Outreach and Social Justice Meeting Update

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice enjoyed a lively meeting on Sunday, July 15, 2018. Little River UCC received several thank you notes for benevolences sent earlier in the year. The Board discussed the status of several upcoming events, including the Racial Justice Coalition-sponsored The Color of Law book discussion on September 2, 2018. Updates were provided on collaboration efforts to support a refugee family with other local churches, and re-energizing the church’s commitment to being Open and Affirming. Members also provided planning updates for future events for Rise Against Hunger and White Gift. The next Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) meeting will take place on Sunday, August 19, 2018 immediately following the morning service.

Board of Trustees Meeting Update

The Board of Trustees met on July 17. We began by reviewing the status of the budget. The pledge income shortfall previously highlighted to the congregation by the Stewardship Committee has stabilized but we remain behind for the year. Expenses are currently running slightly under budget by a similar amount, but the situation merits continued careful monitoring to avoid ending the year in deficit. Trustees agreed to delegate authority for minor routine office, facilities, and grounds expenditures to selected staff now that our office team is fully staffed with experienced people. Trustees also agreed to provide feedback to the Future Ministries Task Force on problem areas with our current building and grounds. We reviewed progress on safety and security improvements and voted to proceed on a project to allow for remote operation of the front door lock (a report on safety and security improvements is being made separately). We also discussed maintenance issues with the door openers and kitchen. Trustees reviewed our agreement with the Annandale Cooperative Preschool, which is up for renewal, and voted to authorize development and signing of an updated agreement. Trustees revisited a request received earlier in the year to make space available at Little River for a local Boy Scout troop and are seeking input from the ministry board on this request before making a final decision. Two other building use requests for this fall were approved.

Endowment Committee Meeting Update

The Endowment Committee met on July 18 and the committee reports that the average market value of the Fund over the previous 12 calendar quarters was $391,851. Under our policy, this is the basis for disbursements for calendar year 2019. The committee voted to disburse 4.1 percent of this amount, or $16,000, noting that this amount would be $2,000 more than for 2018 and $4,000 more than for 2017. Per our policy document, 20% or $3,200 will be available for the operating budget, 10% or $1,600 for scholarships, 40% or $6,400 for outreach, and 30% or $4,800 for innovative ministries or capital projects. George will notify the Council of these amounts so that boards and committees can consider them in preparing their 2019 budget requests and for submitting proposals to utilize these funds.

This was George Leonard’s final meeting as a member and chair of the Endowment Fund Committee and is greatly thanked for his long service and applauded for his leadership in developing our procedures for making disbursements from the fund, something made possible only during his tenure. Joe Christiansen was elected chair for the remainder of 2018.

Worship Committee Meeting Update

The Worship Committee met on Wednesday night this past week. During that meeting, they discussed worship planning through the fall, including World Communion Sunday in October. They are also planning to send a Worship Survey out to the congregation in the coming months, in order to hear from you about your hopes, needs, and desires around worship at Little River. The committee invites your prayers and asks that you respond to the survey when you see it later this year.

Ministry Board Meeting Update

The Ministry Board met on Wednesday night this past week. They discussed a variety of topics concerning the various programmatic ministries of the church, including approving the Silent Auction as a fundraiser for September 9. The largest portion of the meeting board focused on coordinating the calendar of church programs through the end of 2018. The Ministry Board invites your continued prayerful support as they work together to help our church’s various ministries work hand-in-hand to embody God’s radically inclusive love.

Voices of the Holy Land Film Series Continues in July

Little River is a sponsor of the Voices from the Holy Land film series. Here are two of the latest, local screenings available free to the public:

Sunday, July 22 (12:00 pm): Al-Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine
Q&A, Discussion to Follow; Light Lunch Available
Plymouth Congregational UCC Church, Washington, DC | www.plymouth-ucc.org

An African-American gospel choir is the Greek chorus for a Palestinian play on Martin Luther King Jr. which tours the West Bank preaching nonviolence. The choir is apprehensive about working with Palestinians whose American media image is that of angry, violent terrorists. For the Palestinian actors, Americans are unconditional supporters of their occupiers. It is a personal and cultural exchange where, over the course of the journey, their ideas about each other are radically transformed. Happy to finally visit the Holy Land, the choir witnesses life in the occupied territories, perform in a unique theater inside a refugee camp using art as an alternative to violence, and meet Fadi Quran, a young leader of a nonviolent movement for justice. At the end of their tour reality will astonishingly mirror the play on MLK, a man who died for his beliefs.

Wednesday, July 25 (7:00 pm): Life in Occupied Palestine
Q&A Discussion to Follow
Rock Spring Congregational UCC, Arlington, VA | www.rockspringucc.org

Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American Columbia graduate and Fulbright scholar, presents her discoveries as a volunteer with the International Women's Peace Service in the West Bank, documenting human rights abuses and supporting Palestinian-led nonviolent resistance to the Occupation. Baltzer's presentation provides those interested in the Israel/ Palestine conflict with critical information and documentation that can be difficult to obtain through mainstream Western media sources, and to encourage dialog towards taking action on the issue. Topics discussed include checkpoints, settlements, Israeli activism, Zionism, 1948 War & refugees, censorship, the Wall, the ongoing annexation of Palestinian land, and the almost unbearable living conditions under the occupation.

Adult Education Opportunities for Summer

On each of the five Sundays in July, join us at 9:00 am in Room 8 to watch a variety of short TED Talks followed by discussion. The schedule for each week is listed below. Questions? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

July 22 - "What It Is Like To Be a Transgender Dad" by LB Hannahs
LB Hannahs candidly shares the experience of parenting as a genderqueer individual -- and what it can teach us about authenticity and advocacy. "Authenticity doesn't mean 'comfortable.' It means managing and negotiating the discomfort of everyday life," Hannahs says.

July 29 - "Why I'm Done Trying To Be Man Enough" - by Justin Baldoni
Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be. And he has a challenge for men: "See if you can use the same qualities that you feel make you a man to go deeper," Baldoni says. "Your strength, your bravery, your toughness: Are you brave enough to be vulnerable? Are you strong enough to be sensitive? Are you confident enough to listen to the women in your life?"