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Our 64th Year Roberta Croll, EditorRevised May 25, 2018

Trinity Sunday
10:00 am Worship with Baptism

Sunday, May 27

We're having a baptism this Sunday!

Be sure to join us in worship at 10 am as we celebrate with the Martin family.

This Week


Strengthen the Church Offering

Sunday, May 27

If you missed last week, you can still give to the Strengthen the Church Offering. This wider church offering is used to revitalize local churches, begin new faith communities, and underwrite a fellowship for new faith-based businesses to help end system poverty. Simply write a check with "Strengthen the Church" in the memo line, or use one of the envelopes that are available in the pews. Please be generous, so that next generations may see hope and promise offered through Jesus Christ!

LRUCC Meditation Group Meeting

Sunday, May 27

Please join the Little River Meditation group on Sunday, May 27 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 .

Next Week and Beyond


Monday Morning Bible Study - The History of Christianity Part II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch

Monday, May 28

Monday Morning Bible Study will not meet on May 28, and June 4 will be the last class before summer break.

Church Office Closed

Sunday, May 28

The church office will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume our normal office hours on Tuesday, May 29.

Honoring our Graduates

Wednesday, May 30

On Sunday, June 3, we will honor members of our church family who graduated this spring or have done so since last June. This includes graduates from high school, college, technical school, or graduate school. If that describes you or a family member, please notify the church office in writing ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) as soon as possible. Please include the graduate’s name, school and degree, relationship (if not a Little River UCC family member) and, for high school graduates, whether they will continue their education, military service, etc. Also, please let the office know about any address changes for graduates listed in the church directory. Please email this information to the office before Wednesday, May 30.

End-of-Year Picnic

Sunday, June 3

Dietary CardAfter worship on June 3 all are welcome to stay and enjoy our end-of-the-year picnic! As usual, everyone is invited to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share, while the church will provide the main dish, cake, and beverages. In keeping with the theme of Pastor Alexis' installation, the picnic will also be a celebration of the social justice and environmental commitments of the church. How so, you ask? The main dishes will be vegan, which means that they will contain no meat, dairy, or other ingredients deriving from animals. Pastor Alexis has embraced a plant-based diet as a way of embodying nonviolence and environmental sustainability, and asks that we be mindful of that when preparing our picnic items. Does this mean that you can't put cheese in your casserole? No, but we do ask that you please label your items! Little River is an inclusive community and we want to make sure that everyone, regardless of dietary preferences or restrictions, will have food to enjoy! When you drop off your items in the Social Hall on June 3, you will be asked to fill out a card (pictured here) to label the ingredients in your dish. Bonus points for vegan and gluten-free items! Thanks for your cooperation!

Food Pantry Reminder

Sunday, June 3

On Sunday, June 3 and every Communion Sunday we invite your gifts of non-expired, non-perishable staple food and baby items, which are placed in our church’s FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) pantry and used to help the hungry in our community. Food is distributed by FISH; to local charities including Food for Others, Alternative House, and Thrive DC; and to individuals who ask for assistance from the pastoral staff.

Individual pre-packed bags of food are prepared for use by FISH and church staff to respond to immediate needs. A bag of food includes: two boxes of cereal, one can of fruit, two cans of vegetables, one canned meat product, two boxes of pasta, one jar/can of pasta sauce, dry milk, and a jar of peanut butter. These items and paper or reusable grocery bags to pack them in are always appreciated. Thank you for your ongoing generous donations to the pantry.

Second Saturday Yoga

Saturday, June 9

Beginning in this month, Little River UCC will host yoga classes on the second Saturday of each month. New member Irena Pavlin, who has been teaching yoga for over 10 years, will offer a Gentle Yoga class from 8:30-9:15 am and a Flow Yoga class from 9:30-10:45 am. Gentle Yoga is a calming, stress-relieving type of yoga focused on gradually stretching and strengthening the body, while Flow Yoga is more vigorous. Both classes will emphasize mindful breathing and are open to adults of all yoga skill levels. Classes will be held in the social hall. Please bring your own yoga or exercise mat. Contact Irena at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have additional questions.

Greenspring Ministry

Wednesday, June 13

On the second Wednesday of the month, Pastors David and Alexis visit with our church members at Greenspring Village, a retirement community in Springfield. This visit happens in the Craft Room at Hunters Crossing from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. If you or someone you know lives at Greenspring, be sure to let them know about this opportunity to get together with their neighbors and church friends!

More Church News


Are You Interested In Helping Settle a Refugee Family?

Not since World War II has the world seen a refugee problem on the scale we have today. How can one person be part of the solution? Scale it down to the level of one family and join with others of faith, that's how. Such an opportunity is knocking. Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) recently voted to work through Lutheran Social Services to resettle a refugee family. Peace Lutheran and Ravensworth Baptist are leading the effort and seeking more coordinating churches to send a representative to planning meetings and help lead the work when the family arrives. How much does the refugee crisis move you? Could you be that representative for Little River? If yes, or maybe, 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 .

Save the Dates: DC Capital Pride Parade and Festival

Little River UCC is registered for both the Capital Pride Parade and Festival (June 9 & 10) through UCC Potomac Association. We would like to have marchers from Little River on Saturday night (June 9) and table staffing at the festival from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 10.

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 if you are interested in helping out. We will have rainbow bookmarks available to handout. Specific lineup location and time will be available after June 1.

Parents: Does Your Child Have a Birthday in May?

If so, then please come by the church office anytime during the week that is convenient for you so your child can pick up a “Happy Birthday” pillowcase from Pastor David or another member of the office staff. This is a small gift from Little River UCC so each child can feel special on his/her birthday.

Stewardship Committee Meeting Update

The Stewardship Committee met on May 21 at the church. We debriefed on the Church Council meeting and Treasurer reports and discussed a proposal to design and print our annual Program Brochure, Pledge Card, and Giving Guide. We also approved a committee partnership, outreach plan, and budget for the Silent Auction to help raise funds for general operations (stay tuned for further information!). The team will be reaching out to boards and committees about revised language and photos for the Program Brochure. The Stewardship Committee’s next meeting will be June 18.

Board of Deacons Meeting Update

The Deacons would like to bring your attention to the following upcoming events:

  • June 3: All-Church Picnic and Pastor Alexis' installation. The congregation is invited to provide side dishes. If anyone would like to volunteer for set-up and clean-up, please let a member of the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it know.
  • Early September: Rally Day & Meal

The Board of Deacons is also looking for new coffee team members. Interested? Let 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 know. They are also looking for folks to volunteer as ushers. Finally, the Board of Deacons is currently in discussion about taking over the charter for a Boy Scout troop from St. Ambrose.

Board of Outreach and Social Justice Meeting Update

The Board of Outreach and Social Justice (BOSJ) met May 20, discussing updates to administrative matters, invitations to engage with other churches in the community, and planned activities. The congregation will see information on several events over the next several weeks. BOSJ is also coordinating participation in DC Pride on June 9 and supporting the planning of a summer reading initiative related to the Church’s racial justice activities. The next BOSJ meeting will take place on Sunday, June 17.

Communications Committee Meeting Update

The Communications Committee met on May 23 and reviewed a video of the page templates for the new website and made suggestions for the designer, and asked her to move forward with the rest of the website project.