The programs, activities, and operation of Little River United Church of Christ are established broadly at congregational meetings. The annual meeting of the congregation is held on the last Sunday of January. While our ordained pastors and other leaders guide the implementation of congregational intent, members carry out most of the programs, activities, and operations through service on boards and committees.
All meetings of the church and any of its constituent organizations are open to members of the church, except when it is necessary to protect the privacy of an individual. To attend a meeting, check the Calendar to confirm the next scheduled meeting of a particular group. To volunteer to be considered for nomination to a board or committee,
or call the church office at 703-978-3060.
Roster of Congregational Leaders
This roster lists our officers, board and committee members, and leaders and contact people for other groups in our congregations.
The Church Council consists of the pastors, the other church officers, and the presiding officer of each board, committee and organization of the church. The Council considers the entire work of the church, advises the pastors on the general direction of the church’s activities, and facilitates a well-rounded program. The Moderator (an elected layperson) chairs the Council and can act for the church in minor matters.
Board of Deacons
The Deacons cooperate with the pastors in the spiritual welfare of the church. Specifically the Deacons assist in worship, promote the concerns of evangelism and fellowship, and are responsible for special care and ministries in the parish. These roles are accomplished through the work of the Worship, Evangelism, Fellowship, and Parish Care Committees of the Board. The Board also has a Pastoral Relations Committee that is responsible for pastoral staffing needs. (Last Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.) A schedule of Deacons' worship support duties is available here.
Board of Christian Education
The Board of Christian Education at Little River designs and implements educational programs for infants through adults. The Board’s work complements and supports the ministry of the pastoral staff. Board members serve on one of three committees: Church School, Youth Fellowship, or Adult Educational Ministry. (Third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.)
Board of Missions
The Board of Missions promotes and facilitates the distribution of monetary support beyond our local church, increases awareness within the congregation of the local, national, and international mission and relief activities supported by the church, and encourages volunteerism at the local organizations. In so doing, the board allocates the annual church budget for outreach among these mission and relief projects, considers special funding requests, promotes special offerings during the year, and provides coordinators for mission projects of the church. Click here to learn about missions supported by Little River UCC. (Usually second Sunday at 8:00 a.m.)
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees coordinates the overall management of the property, the financial affairs, and the business operations of the church and manages the details of these areas except as specifically delegated to other boards or committees. Committees of the Trustees oversee Building and Grounds, Finances, and Operations. (Second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.)
Board of Commonwealth Trustees
The Board of Commonwealth Trustees holds legal title to all church property.
Christian Social Action Committee
The Christian Social Action Committee identifies opportunities for involvement by the Little River UCC community to speak out and take action for social justice in the community at large. The Committee also actively supports the work of the Adult Education Committee of the Board of Christian Education in organizing Our Faith and the World classes on social justice issues. (Meeting days and times are flexible, usually monthly on Sunday morning)
The Music Committee guides the church’s music programs, provides general supervision of the music staff of the Church, and allocates the funds budgeted for music programs. (Sunday, monthly, at 12:30 p.m.)
The Stewardship Committee promotes the ideals of Christian stewardship, interprets the program needs of the church in financial terms, and secures financial pledges to underwrite the annual budget of the church. The committee works closely with the pastors to ensure broad involvement in this aspect of the Christian life. New pledges are welcome at any time during the year; click for our giving brochure and response form. Online gifts by credit or debit card are welcome here.
Nominations and Appointments Committee
The Nominations and Appointments Committee provides nominations for all positions (except for the Nominations and Appointments Committee itself) to be filled by congregational vote at the annual meeting and makes interim appointments to fill vacancies that occur between meetings.
Endowment Fund Committee
The Endowment Fund Committee oversees operations and investment policies for the church's endowment funds. Click here for our brochure that explains how to contribute to the Fund and its goals and policies. Online gifts by credit or debit card are welcome here.
The Audit Committee audits the church's financial records.
Safe Church Committee
The Safe Church Committee administers the Safe Church Policy and investigates any complaints under this policy.
The congregation or the Church Council may appoint temporary committees for special projects. Examples of Special Committees include search committees, Welcome Center Committee, Planning Committee, and Multiracial Multicultural Committee.